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Danny Collins (2015)



Critic Consensus: Thanks to Al Pacino's stirring central performance - and excellent work from an esteemed supporting cast -- Danny Collins manages to overcome its more predictable and heavy-handed moments to deliver a heartfelt tale of redemption.

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Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act. -- (C) Bleecker Street Media

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Al Pacino
as Danny Collins
Annette Bening
as Mary Sinclair
Jennifer Garner
as Samantha Leigh Donnelly
Bobby Cannavale
as Tom Donnelly
Christopher Plummer
as Frank Grubman
Giselle Eisenberg
as Hope Donnelly
Josh Peck
as Nicky Ernst
Scott Lawrence
as Dr. Ryan Kurz
Michael Patrick McGill
as Neighbor Steve
Nick Offerman
as Guy DeLoach
Eric Schneider
as Young Danny Collins
Davide Donatiello
as Young Danny Collins
Eric Lange
as Dr. Silverman
Joshua Sternlicht
as Josh the Bartender
Tim Jo
as Tim
Hiroshi Morotomi
as Autograph Seeker
Margy Stein
as Hotel Bar Patron
Hiroshi Moroto
as Autograph Seeker
Eric Daniel Newnham
as Hotel Bar Patron
Francine Levinson
as Night Club Fan
Hal Alpert
as Night Club Fan
Henri C. Wittelsohn
as Night Club Fan
Patrick Kudej
as Chime in Magazine Intern
Carmel Echols
as Danny's Background Singer
Judith Hill
as Danny's Background Singer
Kari Kimmel
as Danny's Background Singer
Don Was
as Danny's Band
C.J. Vanston
as Danny's Band
Kenny Aronoff
as Danny's Band
Tim Pierce
as Danny's Band
Mindi Abair
as Danny's Band
Bill Cantos
as Danny's Band
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Critic Reviews for Danny Collins

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (41)

Pacino is good company, keeping his more mannered Pacinoisms in check, but none of it feels like a stretch for him.

May 29, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Return to sender.

May 28, 2015 | Rating: 1/5

It's an encouraging premise, and one which is squandered in every way imaginable by this weedy and entirely second-guessable comic drama.

May 28, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Danny is a role tailor-made for Pacino at this stage in his career, one that enables him both to indulge in some very hammy scene-stealing, but also to show his character's vulnerability and essential decency.

May 28, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

He is is infinitely watchable, but Al Pacino's decision to star in the schmaltzfest of Danny Collins was a mistake.

May 28, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's nothing resembling a surprise in this movie, but its simple tune works due to the quality of the performances.

April 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Danny Collins

Inspired by a true story, Danny Collins is a fun comedy that delivers some good laughs. After receiving a letter from John Lennon 37 years late, washed up rock star Danny Collins decides to make some changes to his life, and begins by reconnecting with his estranged son; which lead him to start to write music again. Starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale, and Jennifer Garner, the film has a solid cast. However, the plot's a little formulaic; with all the standard tropes about fallen rock stars and estranged fathers and sons. Yet they kind of work, and made for some touching moments. While it may want for originality, Danny Collins an entertaining and heartfelt film about second chances.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


"Danny Collins" has Al Pacino at his best in years as the title role, and boy did I not expect this movie to be so great. I have seen biopics about rockstars of the past before and most of them turn out to be a little pretentious and overdone, but not this picture. Filled with wit, heart, real human drama, and a lot of love, "Danny Collins" is a terrific film. I do wish the film explored a little more of him personally, rather than his sons family, but that is me just being nit-picky. This is a terrific film from start to finish, filled with great music and superb performances all around. I really believed Bobby Carnavale as Al Pacino's son in this film. "Danny Collins" is one of the most heartwarming stories of 2015, and Al Pacino deserves every bit of praise he is receiving for his portrayal of Mr. Collins. This film moved me.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

A real crowd-pleaser. A beautifully crafted and handsomely performed film. Al Pacino gives one of his best performances in years. A true star in top form delivering humor and charm.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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