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King of the Corner (2005)

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71

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 12

Riegert makes this low-key, rueful comedy about mid-life angst appealing.

70

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 7

Riegert makes this low-key, rueful comedy about mid-life angst appealing.

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A man looking for a new purpose in his life finds one that last place he expected in this comedy. Leo Spivak (Peter Riegert) is a man slowly sinking into the quicksand of a midlife crisis. He's become increasingly unsatisfied with his career in product testing, especially now that his young assistant Ed (Jake Hoffman) has taken to stealing his ideas and passing them on to his boss as his own work. Leo's marriage to Rachel (Isabella Rossellini) is not what it once was, especially now that she's

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Oct 25, 2005

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As a portrait of an average guy who makes average mistakes, it conveys wit and wisdom without leaning too heavily on schmaltz.

February 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Although it's not a flashy debut, Riegert demonstrates an unfailing generosity toward his fellow actors that takes him far.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's a warm, unexpectedly moving portrait of a man on the verge of what could either be a dreadful or delightful second chapter.

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This is perilously close to a vanity film, but since the star has always seemed like one of the least vain guys in the business, maybe he deserves to go on a bender.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Although Riegert, who has here assembled a first-rate cast, clearly has a good touch with actors, his handling of the awkward material reveals his directorial inexperience.

September 1, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Mr. Riegert has assembled a capable cast with too little to do or say in this dry, crumbly, barely nourishing tale of intergenerational woe.

August 27, 2005
New York Times
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A story of maturity and consequences -- teens OK

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A punishing but also compassionate spotlight on a New York City corporate marketeer, and the result is really the movie screen as two way mirror, warts and all.

March 26, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

A pleasant comedy with plenty of heart and a cast that makes it worth the price of admission.

February 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

We've seen the midlife-crisis comedy a hundred times before, but the smarts and the gentle wit of this one makes it a standout of the genre.

January 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

perfectly average in almost every way.

October 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A labor of love film where you feel love much stronger than you feel the film.

October 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A classic tale of Jewish, middle-age angst, featuring a fine cast.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The marketing focus groups, product testing, and even a pre-planning visit to the funeral home provide a lot of laughs, but then you get little surprises.

September 12, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

The story should have kept it's focus on the midlife crisis but tried to cover too much ground without exploring any fully.

September 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Despite a tendency to ramble and some uncomfortable shifts of tone, overall the picture generates a quiet humor and warmth that are quite appealing.

September 10, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Peter Riegert's immense likability factor does much to carry King of the Corner, but Riegert's directorial debut is a clunky affair

September 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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