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Man of the Year Reviews

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Lame political comedy misses the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 13, 2006
It's a nearly tone-deaf satire of American politics and the culture of celebrity, a comedy without enough laughs, a satire without enough bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 13, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 12, 2006
I think I recall a few of the jokes from the Ford administration. Which makes sense because as irreverent and subversive as it wants to be, it is just bland.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 12, 2006
[Barry] Levinson has written and directed in many genres. But rarely has he made a film as indecisive and diffident as Man of the Year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 13, 2006
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.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 16, 2006
The film's writer-director and headliner are guilty of committing the very crime they warn against -- entertainers taking themselves too seriously.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 12, 2006
The Eleanor stuff makes the comedy move more methodically than Tucson's Downtown renewal efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 6, 2006
Confusion and mixed messages work against a coherent viewpoint -- and laughs.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
October 10, 2006
As well as this may have worked as a comedy ... it tries too hard to be a thriller and a drama, which is where it falls flat on its face.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 12, 2006
Many actors were paid to pretend Williams is still funny in Man of the Year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 10, 2006
There's nothing about Man of the Year that's quite as fantastic as its depiction of moribund Saturday Night Live as culturally and politically relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kam Williams
EURWeb
April 27, 2007
Trust me, a sloppily-edited, unmanageable insult to the intelligence with far too many shortcomings to deserve any further analysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
October 13, 2006
It's more Jay Leno than Jon Stewart, and there's no way that's a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
October 13, 2006
Instead of a highly relevant political satire, writer-director Barry Levinson takes the easy way out and churns a paint-by-numbers tale of corporate malfeasance. Guess he had no special interests in creating a smart, savvy comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
October 12, 2006
Man has the kind of dizzying tonal changes that makes one wonder if a P.A. should've administered a breathalyzer test on Levinson during production.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 13, 2006
Man of the Year is longer than the FDR administration, less funny than Calvin Coolidge and deader than Abe Lincoln.
| Original Score: 1/4
Karl French
Financial Times
November 2, 2007
There are good moments, although it doesn't work properly either as a satirical thriller or a rom-com.
Cath Clarke
Guardian
November 2, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 15, 2006
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 15, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
March 2, 2007
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