Man in the Chair Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 21, 2007
The movie works so hard at juggling its clichés that it fails to generate interest in its story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 7, 2007
It's a cute idea that a better filmmaker than writer-director Michael Schroeder could have done a lot with.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 4, 2007
Writer-director Michael Schroeder compulsively references canonical films and books, presumably in the hope that genius rubs off.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 11, 2007
If you have to see this film for one reason, see it for Plummer...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 7, 2007
A modest budgeted comedy-drama about learning life lessons that is sentimentally written and directed by Michael Schroeder.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 22, 2008
This attempt to make a film is about a guy who is attempting to make a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
January 24, 2008
By the end it's lost any edge and is as soft and unappealing as a geriatric incontinence pad.
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
December 12, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 2, 2007
A neorealist drama passed through a J-Horror filter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
December 7, 2007
For its first 45 minutes or so, and intermittently thereafter, Michael Schroeder's Man in the Chair feels, annoyingly, like a film school project.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 7, 2007
[Director] Schroeder peppers scenes with snippets of classic films, and there's no doubting his deep love of cinema. But the honest truth is that no matter how generous your audience, it's never a good idea to remind us of other, better movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 7, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 10, 2007
Schroeder's heart is in the right place, but his cinematic taste is unfortunately elsewhere.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 22, 2008
Too slight and formulaic to amount to much.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dave White
Movies.com
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 7, 2011
The subject is honorable, but this plea for the elderly is too cliche-ridden and manipuative
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Empire Magazine
November 24, 2007
As in Cocoon(1985), the emphasis is on sentiment, feel-good and reclaiming the elderly from the scrapheap. But the performances are nowhere near as subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leigh Singer
Film4
January 24, 2008
Ambitious, heartfelt but, Plummer's excellent performance aside, dramatically lightweight and unconvincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
January 24, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 18, 2008
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
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