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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 26 )
  • 38
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A triumph for Cheadle and Sandler, whose performances strew the seeds of regeneration. show more

  • 100
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 75
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    A thoughtful, involving and sometimes moving film that almost (and I do mean almost) justifies its use of 9/11 as a dramatic device. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • April 04, 2013 drearonnell0223
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    I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. You wouldn\'t expect Adam Sandler to do so well in this sort of role. This one made me cry and smile, what more could you ask for. Adam Sandler showed how much range his acting can really have.

  • December 05, 2011 scottxyz349
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    I purchased this movie and WOW, hit it right on the nose, I have PTSD and it is an awesome tool to also show anyone how the aftermath of a trauma affects us who have it. I t came so close to home for me and I didn\'t even think it would cause mine wasn\'t from 911 but something else but I knew it was amazingly true to form because inside told me when a certain scene in the courtroom sent me into crying my eyes out literally and even after 2nd and 3rd viewing. Just amazing. I say that because it is very difficult for those who do not have this condition to understand but now that I have this movie, all I\'ll have to do to reveal my inner emotional responses is to allow anyone interested in knowing me better and what I deal with is to put the movie on for them to watch. We, of course, will do almost anything to avoid remembering such pain because it is permanent and just too much for our minds to process at the time. I recommend this movie very highly and wherever they got all the (finally) right information is refreshing for me and genius.

  • July 29, 2011 Sweetrose
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    As we come to the tenth anniversary,this film makes me ponder about suffering and hardship.A dentist(Cheadle), tries to keep in touch with his college buddy(Sandler) who lost everything in the aftermath.Sandler is really riveting,as the widower who lost his own family that day.Unfortunately,the court system wants to declare him incompetent.The scenes of rage and anger are compelling,that we wish someone would remember the calm of September 10th,2001.The next morning, would be bitter horror and dispair.Great acting by Cheadle and Sandler!

  • April 03, 2011 hKay110
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    I am a retired counselor with a Psychological counseling background. I thought this movie was very well done as it presented the major situation and all persons concerned with the events therein. I do not believe it would be possible for the role presented by Adam Sandler to be better played. I think the majority of the population (at least American) lacks understanding of the emotional pain anyone who has endured such loss can experience and the behavioral ways it can be acted out. I would call Adam Sandler's acting in this movie "supurb", and I would call the entire movie "Outstanding".

  • October 14, 2008 bunnybhutt
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    While I was able to clean the kitchen during the middle of the movie without really missing much of the story line, I thought the performances by the actors were very well done. Though slow moving, the subect content of the movie required most of this time for the unfoldding an unraveling of character roles and their delivery..

  • May 22, 2008 thebreadman531
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    I loved this movie. It made me laugh, cry and everything in between. Adam Sandler was awesome. He proved to me that he is a great actor. Don also did a great job. I can't say enough how much I think everyone should see this movie.

  • May 22, 2008 katezilla999
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    this movie was soooooo much better than i thought it would be! adam sandler made me laugh, and made me cry! i had tears rolling down my face in 2 scenes and i never cry @ movies!!! go see it!

  • May 22, 2008 sunny4j
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    this movie was AMAZING!!

  • May 22, 2008 VincentMVNY
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    I always disliked Adam Sandler on SNL and thought he was overrated and lacked talent. Wow, was I right! I got roped into going to see this movie with friends and kept an open mind. He's hard to look at, he mumbles, he's so easy to hate in this role. Pathetic acting, pathetic story, way too long. The conclusion to this movie is that violent, mentally ill people should be allowed to be among you and me on the street. Save your money, stay home and watch a Movie On Demand. You can always turn it off and you'll be $7 richer.

  • May 22, 2008 Kdcat
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    I was so surprised at the acting in this movie. I love Adam Sandler and he is a brilliant comedian but never real good at the serious stuff, well let me tell you he is brilliant and deserves the nomination for this movie. It was touching and had me from the opening credits. It is a great story or real life and what a person can go through when they lose everything. Bravo I will be running out to buy this movie on DVD.


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