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The Man

The Man (2005)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 100
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 89

Despite the steely presence of Samuel L. Jackson and the comic timing of Eugene Levy, The Man's plot is pointless and its jokes rehashed, as it ends up playing out like the Odd Couple with gas.


Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 31

Despite the steely presence of Samuel L. Jackson and the comic timing of Eugene Levy, The Man's plot is pointless and its jokes rehashed, as it ends up playing out like the Odd Couple with gas.



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Les Mayfield directs Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy in the buddy action comedy The Man. Jackson plays ATF agent Derrick Vann. His partner, who it turns out was corrupt, has been killed after a cache of guns were stolen from the ATF office in Detroit. Internal affairs believe Derrick was in on the gun theft, forcing him to go off on his own to bring the bad guys to justice. Dental supply salesman Andy Fiddler (Levy) happens to be in Detroit for a business convention. During the course of

Jan 17, 2006


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All Critics (108) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (89) | DVD (13)

So tired.

September 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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In Roy Orbison terms, enduring this movie is like working for The Man.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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At what point do you know that a movie isn't just bad, it's off-the-scale, surrender-all-hope, no-turning-back bad?

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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At a zippy 83 minutes (including an ingenious title sequence that sets up the crime), The Man could be a lot worse. But with this kind of talent, it should be a lot better.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The Man arrives in theaters today with a sheet over its head and a tag on its toe.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The chattering salesman and the curse-crazy cop never click, but they have their moments.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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A derivative, readily-forgettable insult to the intelligence!

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

...watered-down and egregiously silly...

May 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

If the fart jokes had been cut out, if the ultimate identity were less of an anticlimax, if Levy had had some context, if Jackson showed the slightest rapport with his co-star... No, it's no good; The Man is a dud. Move along people, nothing to see here.

October 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Only Levy gets out of this one looking good.

October 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

A clever idea that wears thin long before the movie ends.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register | Comment (1)
Des Moines Register

While both actors are too professional to simply phone their performances in, they must have realized early on that they were fighting a losing battle against the material.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

I haven't seen such meaningful insight into the nature of human cooperation since this morning's Sesame Street.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Utterly and fantastically boring and totally without purpose.

September 21, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

It's not dreadful, but the movie is executed with total indifference, as if its creators are working from a checklist.

September 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

There's nothing here you haven't seen elsewhere.

September 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Comment (1)
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A compendium of every odd-couple pairing ever made -- tricked out with a sufficiently high flatulence quotient to satisfy the requirements of the most demanding 5 year old.

September 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The problem with "The Man" is that because it's so generic, so safe, so absolutely bland, it courts inertia and thus it becomes inert.

September 16, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Neither one of these guys is the man.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Comments (3)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

I was thinking it was about a C- movie: unquestionably bad, but not aggressively or annoyingly so. Then Levy's character started farting.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source:

Now -- and here comes the important part -- you just have to remember to give either of them something remotely funny to do or say.

September 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Whenever I see cruddy movies such as "The Man," I figured that the actors either owed somebody a favor or signed a contract.

September 13, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

The Man is a stale mismatched buddy comedy in which not a single interesting thing happens.

September 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

In this instance opposites don't attract, they repel - audiences that is

September 12, 2005 Full Review

Did the film reels for The Man arrive at theaters with a white label with a blue stripe and the words "action comedy" in block letters?

September 12, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

Audience Reviews for The Man

Absolutely terrible comedy buddy movie. Bearing in mind that Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy have built their careers playing pretty much the same characters in each of their respective movies, you don't even need to see this to know exactly what it's going to be like. Take some advice: skip it and spend your 90 minutes more profitably elsewhere.
February 21, 2014

Super Reviewer

So 1984 called and they'd like their film back please. That said, even by 80's standards, The Man never really cuts the mustard. There is nothing new to see here, only re-imaginings of things that have been done before and done better. To be honest, you should know that you're in trouble when you consider Luke Goss a scary bad-guy!
November 28, 2013

Super Reviewer

I hadn't had great expectations for this film but was pleasantly surprised by some of it's hilarious content. Eugine Levy provides non stop laughter and the relationship between him and Samuel L Jackson throughout the film, reminded me much of the film "Midnight Run"
March 25, 2011

Super Reviewer

probably one of the worst films starring samuel L. jackson! this movie blows majorly.
February 6, 2010
KJ Proulx

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