Not many seem to be overwhelmed by the story in this film. It felt like a typical detective episode in some television series. Most critics agree on that, and so has the public, judging from the less than stellar box office.
That said, everyone is very pleased to enjoy DeNiro and Pacino on the screen together as partners, for the first time in a significant manner. Although I wished for a better plot, paying attention to these very gifted talents as they interact together was well worth the price of admission. True acting greats!