75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Man of the Year remains an interesting proposition throughout, and a tale well told.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

As Dobbs's chain-smoking and hard-eyed enabler, a quietly spooky Christopher Walken manages to straddle the genres more effectively, gently toying with the stereotype of the rough-edged showbiz manager.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
For 60 minutes, the movie appears to have found the right tone and approach, then everything goes wrong. It's rare to see a production that starts so strongly finish so weakly.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The actors, individually fine although they appear to be in different films, tread warily on each other's turf, like Martian and Venusian making adjustments for an alien gravitational field.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
You know a comedy's in trouble when the only laughter the audience can hear is coming from the speakers. There are other problems with "Man," notably its abrupt shifts from farce to romantic comedy to suspense thriller, and the near absence of a political edge.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Levinson diverts his film into a political thriller with its own conspiracy theory, an improbable romance and a curious subplot that feels like an anti-smoking ad. Little wonder his bewildered star, Robin Williams, looks confused much of the time.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Like a politician who waters down his message to gain favor with the masses rather than truly serving his constituency, Man of the Year seems determined to play it safe on all counts.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
One walks out of Man of the Year aching for the squandered opportunities.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Williams turns out to be exactly the wrong candidate for the job, a comedian singularly uninterested in letting anyone else get a word in, but with nothing to say.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The result is a mess -- sometimes an entertaining mess, but mostly a movie that makes a perfunctory mockery of the mockery currently passing for political discourse.
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39 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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