Reign Over Me Synopsis
A man who lost his family on Sept. 11 rekindles a friendship with his college roommate.
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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...
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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...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A triumph for Cheadle and Sandler, whose performances strew the seeds of regeneration.
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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...
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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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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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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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heart-wrenching and real.

By rosettamarie
There are countless movies that portray the struggle of facing one's own past, of bottling up emotions, and of searching for an authentic relationship with another person. Reign Over Me, however,...

A Truly Great Film

By jsttsl
I was blown away by Adam Sandler in this movie. He's amazing! Don Cheadle is amazing! This movie really took me away and I fell right into the story line. One of my easily top 20 movies of all time!...

Get past it...

By Millerfam2001 know, Adam Sandler in an unexpected role, he does a fantastic job in this movie. I watched it expecting it to be laborious and boring, but was enthralled by the ease in which he portrayed the...

Forget it's an Adam Sandler Movie.

By EmoryJ
The toughest thing about going to see an Adam Sandler movie is getting over the expectation stereotype for what you're likely to see him doing in the film. There have been glimpses of his dramatic...

Great acting!

By heathergray
Not the typical Adam SAndler Movie, but GREAT acting on all parts!...

Reign Over Me Reigns Tall.

By Moviedude
Reign Over Me is a pleasant surprise of a movie that,I hope more people will see when it comes out on DVD,if they missed it in the theatres.The movie has great acting by Don Cheadle,and especially...

not a good movie

By mattz
i didnt think this was one of adam sandlers best movies....

Laugh, cry, scratch your head...

By Baldgreybeard
A solid film with good performances. Sandler shows he can be more than Billy Madison and Big Daddy; and when will Don Cheadle get his props for being one of the best actors of the current crop? ...

Great Movie!!

By jenilee94
This movie was very good. Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle were fanstastic. This move had me laughing and crying. It was very moving....

I Bought the DVD

By blumusdu
Don Cheadle is one of my favorite actors. I'm an old Adam Sandler fan as well. I fast forwarded through many parts. It was a very slow movie. Adam Sandler and Liv Tyler were nice too look at. The...

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Rated R | For language and some sexual references
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Grief-stricken Adam Sandler deals with 9/11.
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