70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
A ramshackle but likeable story.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By salvaging a troubled script with deep, committed, touching portrayals, Plummer and Walsh help prove Schroeder’s points about how Hollywood isn’t just the province of the rich, young and pretty.
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60

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Man in the Chair has few surprises. Once its machinery is humming, it settles into a soothing fable of a last hurrah.
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60

Variety

By Robert Koehler
As a showcase for rising young star Michael Angarano and Christopher Plummer, pic offers the pleasures of connecting Hollywood traditions and generations in the spirit of Peter Bogdanovich's films about and inspired by the movies.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
With its flashy, music-video style edits, rock-scored montages and septuagenarian cast, it’s hard to say who, exactly, is the right audience for this unusual comedic drama.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
We'll overlook the clichéd predictability of their partnership and note that Plummer, and M. Emmet Walsh as his lonely friend, are a pleasure to watch.
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50

Los Angeles Times

Though they can't transcend writer-director Michael Schroeder's pointed contrivances, the actors tap into something achingly true in this valentine to Hollywood's below-the-line crafts people and society's castoffs.
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40

Empire

By Damon Wise
As in Cocoon, the emphasis is on sentiment, feel-good and reclaiming the elderly from the scrapheap. But the performances are nowhere near as subtle.
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38

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
It's a cute idea that a better filmmaker than writer-director Michael Schroeder could have done a lot with.
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie works so hard at juggling its cliches that it fails to generate interest in its story.
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44 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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