Mike Binder, a director of TV-sized smarm, continues to dismantle his own best effects
Reign Over Me is like spending two hours with a shrink. Self-absorbed and repetitive, it has an occasional moment of truth, and a lot of hot air.
| Original Score: 2.0/5
A personal drama made accessible by Binder's unusual touch.
| Original Score: 8/10
It's a gripping and very sad glimpse at grief and it's lasting effects on us when we truly lose something we cherish...
The main problem is Reign Over Me always skirts around the issue instead of tackling it head on. Depression and loss are hell, and hopefully friends can be there to bring you out of it.
| Original Score: 5/10
Like the characters populating it, this film leaves us with a sense that something is missing, but it's still smart, compelling, offbeat, and worth seeing.
| Original Score: 73/100
Pretty much a run-of-the-mill carbon copy of Rain Man.
| Original Score: 4/10
Has its heart in the right place, and its message that everyone should be able to grieve in their own time is admirable, but Mr. Binder doesn't have enough to say to sustain the film's running time.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Performances by Sandler and Cheadle give the film enough of what it needs in order to recommend it.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This is a rather glossy confection, extremely well performed, in which everyone's problems are perfectly resolved.
This film manages to be not just bearable, but on occasion actually quite affecting.
Without Sandler, Reign Over Me would be a gloopy, post-9/11 love-in, making cavalier use of a fine but helpless cast.
| Original Score: 2/5
It's as if 9/11 was simply coopted to bring an extra weight to a script that couldn't be trusted to deliver on its own.
A self-indulgent addition to American cinema's post-9/11 cinema, Reign Over Me sees Sandler over-reaching himself in a straight-faced role.
Cheadle's finest hour and proof that Sandler can act. Funny, sad and flawed - like its characters.
| Original Score: 3/5
Has a good heart, and does some things very well, but may bore passive audiences
Emotionally engaging, superbly acted drama with a terrific script and impressive direction from writer-director Mike Binder.
| Original Score: 4/5
Director Mike Binder has twigged on to the fact that if you root Sandler's genially churlish moron act into a more sober foundation, a vulnerable, believable and even lovable character can begin to emerge.
Worth anyone's time.
Successful until the rusty workings of its story gears start to show.