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The Extra Man Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2010
[A] drearily quirky mess.
September 10, 2010
An entertaining kinky kick of a movie, a lightweight delight about dreamers and dilettantes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 10, 2010
The Extra Man is a disappointment coming from Berman and Pulcini, whose American Splendor was an imaginative biopic about the late comic-book author Harvey Pekar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 20, 2010
Swifter comedic timing and a clearer narrative thread might have helped center this peculiar adaptation of Jonathan Ames's 1998 novel of the same name. Then again, maybe not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 12, 2010
Some actors are dinner. Kevin Kline is dessert, and his comic brio saves the film version of The Extra Man from its limitations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
August 6, 2010
Adapted from the Jonathan Ames novel, the film is too precious around the edges, but it gets somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 2, 2010
Kevin Kline tends to give bravura performances even when he's not playing bravura characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 2, 2010
I liked it enough to say rent it.
August 2, 2010
I felt the whole movie was kind of mannered and labored.
July 30, 2010
Darlings, there's nothing quite so tragique as a boring eccentric.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 30, 2010
It's relentlessly unwacky and even quietly subversive.
July 30, 2010
Kline is his usual engaging self but it's a supporting role he's playing by virtue of the script, but also Mr. Dano's presence, in this potent charmer of a film.
July 30, 2010
Kline has a ball, while Dano turns in a pitch-perfect performance. He never mocks his character's desires, or undersells his fears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 30, 2010
The Extra Man not only gilds the flower, but then glues on sequins and forces it into cha-cha heels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 30, 2010
For all its flighty charms, The Extra Man never really lands.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 29, 2010
Kline gives a wild, wonderful performance, reminiscent of his work on A Fish Called Wanda.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
July 29, 2010
In this maddeningly uneven film version of Jonathan Ames' acclaimed 1998 novel, Kevin Kline gives a master class in acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
July 28, 2010
The film knocks itself unconscious trying to be whimsical and offbeat, but is so contrived that it is as embarrassing as it is unfunny.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
July 28, 2010
The movie you were hoping to avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 27, 2010
Going below the surface, the filmmakers and the cast (including a marvelous performance by Marian Seldes as an osteoporotic doyenne) successfully create the hardest characters to pull off: exotic yet recognizable New Yorkers.
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.
January 28, 2010
Although too devoted to matters literary, theatrical, operatic and sexually outre to make it with general audiences, this adaptation of Jonathan Ames' novel exudes the sort of smarts and sophisticated charm specialized audiences seek.