Man in the Chair - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Man in the Chair Reviews

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 7, 2008
It's hard to imagine anyone other than Christopher Plummer taking on the role of Flash Madden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leigh Singer
January 24, 2008
Ambitious, heartfelt but, Plummer's excellent performance aside, dramatically lightweight and unconvincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
January 24, 2008
A fair-to-middling contemporary fantasy drama that, despite its surfeit of flashy effects, is mildly charming in the way it addresses the injustice of old folk having to live out their final years in decrepit homes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Matthew Turner
January 24, 2008
Watchable drama with a strong performance from Christopher Plummer, though the script often feels simplistic and can't quite manage the emotional punch the story deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 23, 2008
A movie about movies and the people who love them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Paul Arendt
January 1, 2008
Man In The Chair feels a bit like a high school movie project, which is appropriate since that's exactly what it's about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2007
By salvaging a troubled script with deep, committed, touching portrayals, Plummer and Walsh help prove Schroeder's points about how Hollywood isn't just the province of the rich, young and pretty.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Los Angeles Times
December 14, 2007
Though they can't transcend writer-director Michael Schroeder's pointed contrivances, the actors tap into something achingly true in this valentine to Hollywood's below-the-line crafts people and society's castoffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Los Angeles Times
December 14, 2007
[An] elegant documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
December 10, 2007
A ramshackle but likeable story
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 7, 2007
Once its machinery is humming, it settles into a soothing fable of a last hurrah.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
December 7, 2007
This genuinely moving picture, with its edgy hand-cranked camerawork, represents a remarkable reinvention for a former B-movie maven whose most notable achievement before this was directing an 18-year-old Angelina Jolie in Cyborg 2.
Matt Pais
December 6, 2007
Surprisingly moving proof that you can take a man out of the movies, but you can't take the movies out of the man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
December 1, 2007
The old and the young really do have something to say to each other as pictures like this one (along with 'The Water Horse') tell us with so enjoyably.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 28, 2007
At a time when most films wallow in mankind's basest instincts, Man in the Chair is a rare, once-in-a-blue-moon kind of movie that celebrates the best qualities in people and makes you applaud the human race.
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Robert Koehler
November 24, 2007
Touching if by-the-numbers.
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
August 7, 2011
The subject is honorable, but this plea for the elderly is too cliche-ridden and manipuative
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
January 24, 2008
By the end it's lost any edge and is as soft and unappealing as a geriatric incontinence pad.
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