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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Garlin's directing has little pacing, and many of the borderline gags could have been salvaged with some sharper editing. And there's a shocking amount of jokes and situations that just don't work. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Garlin, like Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine in "Marty," is good company, even when his out-of-control eating and self-loathing threaten to overwhelm him. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is a minor movie, but a big-time minor movie...If there is such a thing as a must-see three-star movie, here it is. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    If you’re a Chicagoan, if you have just a smidgen of interest in the city’s arts scene and if you’ve been around a while, there’s no way to be objective about I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Garlin's movie is beautiful in its own way. It also suggests that David's show would still be brilliant without the aggravation. I'm not saying that David should renounce misanthropy. But maybe he could curb less of Garlin's apparent enthusiasm for people. show more

  • 63
    Marta Barber Miami Herald

    Cheese is written with plenty of sophisticated wit, but it is not quite convincing as a movie. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Slight but charming. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    None of it really adds up to much but it's smart, low-key fun -- terrible title and dangling preposition notwithstanding. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    The film is visually bland and hits a few comic dead ends, but there's an element of pathos that allows us to believe in the plight of the fictional James. show more

  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly

    A wry movie that, packed with his well-known friends and scored intermittently to bouncy accordion music, plays like a softer episode of "Curb." show more

  • October 30, 2008 ria130
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    This was the most boring movie I have ever seen. I would not waste my time if I were you. BORING....

  • June 18, 2008 Riginred
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    Brief Synapsis: Dumb

  • May 22, 2008 jojackie3
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    For those of us who appreciate subtle humor, stand-up comedians, and want to spend an easy 80 minutes in a theater, it's perfect.

  • May 22, 2008 morry12345
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    Garlin is unquestionably a comedian's comedian and a comedian to anyone looking for a good time. His first film, which is entirely of his own creation and production, tells a simple story about a struggling Chicago actor James Aaron with whom Jeff obviously identifies. He wonderfully juxtaposes James to "Marty" and the great Jackie Gleason as he exposes James' dilemmas in scenes with an array of actors that in real life are Jeff's friends. He wonderfully utilizes Sarah Silverman's diametrical cuteness and scathingly absurd humor to exemplify how despite using passion and common sense life's contentment can too often belie unyielding frustration. Bonnie Hunt gives an endearing performance as a romantic interest that you would think is perfect.Don't let the simple story mislead you, the conflicts and characters are well thought out and true. Those that follow Garlin's career and understand his humor is based on telling reality humorously, not creating fiction that too easily can be contrived to be funny, will appreciate the dialogue driven plot. I bet we see Garlin working much more as director and writer with other intelligent talented comedic actors who undertake the great challenge of making life funny.

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