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Man in the Chair Reviews

November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 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
December 14, 2007
[An] elegant documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 10, 2007
A ramshackle but likeable story
December 7, 2007
Once its machinery is humming, it settles into a soothing fable of a last hurrah.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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 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 4, 2007
Writer-director Michael Schroeder compulsively references canonical films and books, presumably in the hope that genius rubs off.
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.
November 24, 2007
Touching if by-the-numbers.