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Man in the Chair (2007)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 19

A committed performance from Christopher Plummer can't save Man in the Chair's troubled and cliched script.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 7

A committed performance from Christopher Plummer can't save Man in the Chair's troubled and cliched script.



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With the help of a group of retired filmmakers living at the "Motion Picture Home for the Aged," a rebellious teen enters a student film competition in hopes it will get him into film school.


Drama, Comedy

Michael Schroeder

Apr 1, 2008

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A fair-to-middling contemporary fantasy drama that, despite its surfeit of flashy effects, is mildly charming in the way it addresses the injustice of old folk having to live out their final years in decrepit homes.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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By salvaging a troubled script with deep, committed, touching portrayals, Plummer and Walsh help prove Schroeder's points about how Hollywood isn't just the province of the rich, young and pretty.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The movie works so hard at juggling its clichés that it fails to generate interest in its story.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Though they can't transcend writer-director Michael Schroeder's pointed contrivances, the actors tap into something achingly true in this valentine to Hollywood's below-the-line crafts people and society's castoffs.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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[An] elegant documentary.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Overdirected and underwritten, this litany of Hallmark Channel tropes and button-pushing sentiment uses Tinseltown treacle to gussy up an otherwise forgettable message movie about humane treatment for the elderly.

December 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The subject is honorable, but this plea for the elderly is too cliche-ridden and manipuative

August 7, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

It's hard to imagine anyone other than Christopher Plummer taking on the role of Flash Madden.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: JWR

By the end it's lost any edge and is as soft and unappealing as a geriatric incontinence pad.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Ambitious, heartfelt but, Plummer's excellent performance aside, dramatically lightweight and unconvincing.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Watchable drama with a strong performance from Christopher Plummer, though the script often feels simplistic and can't quite manage the emotional punch the story deserves.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A movie about movies and the people who love them.

January 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

This attempt to make a film is about a guy who is attempting to make a film.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Too slight and formulaic to amount to much.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Man In The Chair feels a bit like a high school movie project, which is appropriate since that's exactly what it's about.

January 1, 2008 Full Review Source:

A film that probably never wouldn't have seen the light of a projector if it wasn't for some kind of "Let's get Actor X that long-deserved Oscar" grab.

December 12, 2007 Full Review Source:

If you have to see this film for one reason, see it for Plummer...

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Schroeder's heart is in the right place, but his cinematic taste is unfortunately elsewhere.

December 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

With its flashy, music-video style edits, rock-scored montages and septuagenarian cast, it's hard to say who, exactly, is the right audience for this unusual comedic drama from director Michael Schroeder.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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