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Man of the Year (2006)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 112

Weakened by second-half attempts at thriller and romance, this presidential comedy also fails to hit any sharp political notes, resulting in a confused and unsatisfying mess.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 28

Weakened by second-half attempts at thriller and romance, this presidential comedy also fails to hit any sharp political notes, resulting in a confused and unsatisfying mess.



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Good Morning, Vietnam duo Barry Levinson and Robin Williams re-team to tell the tale of a quick-witted radio talk-show host whose fanciful bid for the presidency becomes a surprising reality in the one political comedy that truly speaks for the people. When talk show host Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams) makes an offhand comment that he would be a better president than the leader who currently occupies the White House, a grassroots campaign conducted by his legions of fans finds him unexpectedly


Television, Comedy

Feb 20, 2007


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All Critics (146) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (112) | DVD (15)

Levinson has written and directed in many genres. But rarely has he made a film as indecisive and diffident as Man of the Year.

October 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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A surprisingly complex and dark satire that skewers the media as well as the political process.

October 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Man of the Year makes telling points and has a lot to say, but it loses its voice along with its consistency around the mid-way point, and that will likely make it an also-ran in the box office race.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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It's a comedy, a political thriller, a love story: Barry Levinson's Man of the Year tries to be all things to all people and fails on every count -- a little like the generic, ineffectual politicians it's pretending to excoriate.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source:
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A few observations about the hollowness of party politics, plus Robin Williams doing lots of funny shtick as a Jon Stewart-like comic running for president, have been thrown together with low regard for logic or consistent tone.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Barry Levinson's Man of the Year squanders a promising premise; it's ultimately overlong, underwritten and strangely unfunny.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Lame political comedy misses the mark.

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

Uneven, but never less than entertaining.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Man of the Year has some nice ideas and a handful of excellent scenes, but it struggles to find the right tone and is hamstrung by a ridiculous plot point.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Too compromised to be more than a reasonably pleasurable entertainment, as if it is scared about what it is saying about the American political process.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

This being Robin Williams, it's hard to find his routines as vote-winningly hilarious as they're meant to be.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

There are good moments, although it doesn't work properly either as a satirical thriller or a rom-com.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Cynicism or stupidity? It's hard to say which has the run of this idiotic satire in which Robin Williams plays a talk-show host who runs for president on a ticket of cleaning up politics.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

One of the least convincing political satires of the millennium so far - no bite, no vision and no laughs.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Political comedy morphs into attempted thriller in this confused, fitfully entertaining film.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source:

Trust me, a sloppily-edited, unmanageable insult to the intelligence with far too many shortcomings to deserve any further analysis.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: EURWeb

Levinson pose les bonnes questions par le biais d'une démarche artistique un peu laborieuse, mais qui n'en demeure pas moins directe et efficace.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Panorama

Eschewing personality, it mistakes pandering for insight.

March 15, 2007 Full Review

If you look the other way and go with it regardless, Man of the Year can be an idealistic pleasure.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's not a simple genre film, and some will find it complicated to digest for that reason, but if you're up for a bit of intelligent stimulation, this will reward

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Man of the Year, the weaker brother of the Wag the Dog and Good Morning Vietnam polital satire family, relies heavily on conceptual humour and Robin Williams' shenanigans to carry the boneless plot through.

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The Robin Williams you love. A very entertaining movie and a showcase for the brilliant Robin Williams.

February 17, 2007

The opening narration by Christopher Walken starts sucking the life out of the film before it gets a chance to gain any momentum.

January 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

It didn't know if it wanted to be a satirical comedy or a political thriller.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Robin Williams turns in his smartest, funniest performance in at least a decade.

November 6, 2006

Rarely has Williams ever seemed so rote, so glaringly sleepwalking through a role.

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Man of the Year

Friend and fellow Flixster reviewer, Scott Wilson, asserts that Man of the Year "couldn't decide what kind of movie it was going to be," and I agree, in so much as it does shift tones a lot. It goes from irreverent comedy to political satire to whimsical romance to schizoparanoid thriller, but I find the shifts suspenseful and entertaining.

The usually crass and bombastic Robin Williams is so genteel and streamlined as the television news comedian turned presidential candidate. He's even a bit of a stud when Eleanor Green enters the picture. He and Laura Linney seem to have good chemistry, perhaps by virtue of Linney's not-necessarily-loving but definitely-tension-filled gaze. Her drug-induced breakdown is quite alarming, going from 0 to 60 and back with her different intonations of "I've got it. I've got it! I'VE GOT IT! ... I've got it."
January 1, 2012

Super Reviewer

I think this film is based on Al Franken's run for senator, or a hypotehtical scenario where Jon Stewart decides that he's had enough of pointing out bungling and decides to do a little himself. But imagine that character is played by Robin Williams and he actually wins. It's hard to tell if this film was trying to be a comedy driven by Williams' persona and performance or whether it was supposed to be a drama about corporate election rigging and fraud. It was kind of both and a lot of neither, at times. It's pretty good, but I think it might have been better if it had come down on one side or the other. And if it had been a drama, it should have been devoid of Williams.
October 8, 2011

Super Reviewer

It was going so well before the unnecessary plot deviation into election cover ups and faulty election computers, the problem is that this film doesn't know what it wants to be. The idea of a Chat show host/Comedian/Celebrity winning the election was good enough a story to explore alone, the acting was good and the dialogue was really good and then all of a sudden, In walks Laura Linney (a very hit or miss actor at the best of times) and the whole film goes rapidly down hill, swerving between unconvincing romance, less than thrilling thriller territory and mis-placed comedy. A real wasted opportunity. Annoying as what I meant to rent was actually Worlds greatest Dad! (thought it was Dad of the year, an easy mistake to make eh!) Oops! Watch it for Christopher Walken's performance and if you're a Robin Williams fan (he is quite funny here) but certainly don't rush to go see it.
March 14, 2011

Super Reviewer

I believe they made to make this something of a cross between a thriller and a comedy, but it's just lacking, and abysmally strange.
August 3, 2010

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