100

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The incredibly moving post-9/11 drama Reign Over Me proves that behind the funny guy facades of former standup comedians Mike Binder and Adam Sandler are a pair of very serious talents.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

It doesn't exploit our emotions about Sept. 11; it simply tells a story that exists because of what happened that day -- one that should resonate with a wide, appreciative audience.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A triumph for Cheadle and Sandler, whose performances strew the seeds of regeneration.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Reign works better much better than "Upside" because of the cast and because Sandler and Cheadle together keep it lighter. It's an easy film to watch, but less easy to be moved by.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This is not a simple, uplifting tale. It's never clear whether Charlie will fully recover, and that sense of realism is the film's strength.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A strange, black-and-blue therapeutic drama equally mottled with likable good intentions and agitating clumsiness.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In its best moments, Reign Over Me quietly says that we're our problem friends' keepers. At its worst, the movie IS a problem friend.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This is not a simple picture. It's serious, disarmingly funny at times and certainly ambitious, yet diminished by some of the traits that have made the standard Sandler characters so popular.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
As moving as some parts are, it's muddled by a script that tries to pack in too much. There's sufficient material for a couple of films and a sitcom.
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38

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Veering between sentimentality and exploitation with a few misguided stops at raunchy sex farce, Reign Over Me never finds a tone to suit its purpose.
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61 out of 100
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