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Second Best

(2005)
R In Theaters 05/27/2005 , 86min.
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44%
Critic score based on 11 reviews

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New York Post
If it weren't for "Sideways," Second Best probably wouldn't have been released at all, but the earlier film made you root for a hapless schmo. This one doesn't, mainly because its protagonist is so obnoxious. Full Review
Akiva Gottlieb
Village Voice
An ugly, amateurish film that champions mediocrity in a meta-attempt to justify its own ineptitude. Full Review
David Rooney
Variety
While Second Best is mildly engaging thanks largely to an appealingly self-effacing turn from Joe Pantoliano, writer-director Eric Weber's script could have used an extra polish or two. Full Review
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Pantoliano brings his usual degree of wily, understated humor to his role and is ably supported by the terrific ensemble, but he's unable to elevate a film that is ultimately as directionless as its protagonist. Full Review
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
A guy flick, but I can't imagine many male viewers actually identifying with Elliot or his friends. The depression would be unbearable. Full Review

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