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The Extra Man Reviews

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Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
September 20, 2010
The episodic script is all verve and no wit, a relentless tribute to nonconformity that starts to exhaust its goofiness after the first hour.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
August 6, 2010
Filled with odd behavior and curious quirks. What it's not filled with are recognizable humans.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 12, 2010
The movie aggressively pushes its whimsicality to the point where it feels less whimsical than just aggressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 20, 2010
Dano and Kline are very fine performers. So why is this comedy such a chore? The answer appears to be whimsy overload.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 17, 2010
While directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are busy tipping their caps to their favorite literary figures, they seem to forget their obligation to good movie-making.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Moraitis
FILMINK (Australia)
September 13, 2010
Too clever for its own good, this film moves abruptly between serious drama and broad comedy.
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
July 30, 2010
While corsets/fishnets fit as seamlessly as jackets/trousers worn by the hero, the feature format isn't tailor-made for novelist/tv writer Ames -- giving us vignettes rather than an arcing storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 28, 2010
"Man" is always likable. Indeed, the film works hard to be so. One longs, though, for a glimpse of the humanity behind the shtick and comic gestures. The film just never gets that intimate with its characters.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 13, 2010
The Extra Man is a comedy, but the humor is so genteel and smug it's as if the movie thinks it would be rude for us to laugh.
| Original Score: 2/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
September 10, 2010
...so full of improbabilities (you begin to wonder if anyone connected with the film has actually been to New York) that the whole experience just becomes wearying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine
July 27, 2010
Like Kevin Kline's ridiculously pretentious Harrison, the film fancies itself much more interesting than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tricia Olszewski
Film Threat
August 20, 2010
Flies one freak flag too many.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 30, 2010
Darlings, there's nothing quite so tragique as a boring eccentric.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric Kohn
New York Press
July 29, 2010
The Extra Man is a grating one-note comedy posing as something more.
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
August 27, 2010
As paltry and unsubstantial a film as The Extra Man is, I cannot find it within myself to completely resist its charms. The reason can be summed up in two incandescent words: Kevin Kline.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 5, 2010
Kevin Kline is by far the best thing in this movie, which is otherwise so overloaded with oddball characters that it never finds an even keel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
August 20, 2010
The worst movie I have seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
July 29, 2010
Kline's performance as Henry -- regal in its classical stage pronunciations -- is clearly the best thing in the film. But the character still fails to resonate; Henry isn't much more than a bag of peculiarities.
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
May 23, 2010
... mainstream moviemaking with indie colors and oddball edges just quirky enough not to offend.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 28, 2010
What feels enjoyably outré in the 1998 coming-of-age novel by Jonathan Ames feels oppressively outré in this deadened, literal adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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