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Man in the Chair Reviews

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December 21, 2007
The movie works so hard at juggling its clichés that it fails to generate interest in its story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5
December 7, 2007
It's a cute idea that a better filmmaker than writer-director Michael Schroeder could have done a lot with.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 4, 2007
Writer-director Michael Schroeder compulsively references canonical films and books, presumably in the hope that genius rubs off.
December 11, 2007
If you have to see this film for one reason, see it for Plummer...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 7, 2007
A modest budgeted comedy-drama about learning life lessons that is sentimentally written and directed by Michael Schroeder.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 22, 2008
This attempt to make a film is about a guy who is attempting to make a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 24, 2008
By the end it's lost any edge and is as soft and unappealing as a geriatric incontinence pad.
December 12, 2007
A film that probably never wouldn't have seen the light of a projector if it wasn't for some kind of "Let's get Actor X that long-deserved Oscar" grab.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 2, 2007
A neorealist drama passed through a J-Horror filter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 7, 2007
For its first 45 minutes or so, and intermittently thereafter, Michael Schroeder's Man in the Chair feels, annoyingly, like a film school project.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 7, 2007
[Director] Schroeder peppers scenes with snippets of classic films, and there's no doubting his deep love of cinema. But the honest truth is that no matter how generous your audience, it's never a good idea to remind us of other, better movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 7, 2007
With its flashy, music-video style edits, rock-scored montages and septuagenarian cast, it's hard to say who, exactly, is the right audience for this unusual comedic drama from director Michael Schroeder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 10, 2007
Schroeder's heart is in the right place, but his cinematic taste is unfortunately elsewhere.
January 22, 2008
Too slight and formulaic to amount to much.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 7, 2011
The subject is honorable, but this plea for the elderly is too cliche-ridden and manipuative
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 24, 2007
As in Cocoon(1985), the emphasis is on sentiment, feel-good and reclaiming the elderly from the scrapheap. But the performances are nowhere near as subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 24, 2008
Ambitious, heartfelt but, Plummer's excellent performance aside, dramatically lightweight and unconvincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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