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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Man of the Year remains an interesting proposition throughout, and a tale well told. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    It's the damndest thing, watching this light but genial movie self-destruct. It's as if writer-director Barry Levinson set out to sabotage his own film by gradually turning what should have been a minor subplot into the story's main subject. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Wobbles unsteadily between broad humor and paranoid thrills. The result is a bland muddle. show more

  • September 17, 2011 artv200
    Report This User

    Maybe we don\'t like looking at ourselves. I enjoyed the movie because it made me feel uncomfortable. This film was made in 2006 before national politics became as weird as it is today. No mention was made of foreign wars, or dangerous debt, but the idea of a stolen election seems eminently real and what people might do to protect that secret at least possible. The film does morph from light-hearted to serious/dangerous for the characters so it does seem like three mini-stories tied together. Perhaps that explains its lukewarm popularity.

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