Man of the Year

2006

Man of the Year

Critics Consensus

Weakened by second-half attempts at thriller and romance, this presidential comedy also fails to hit any sharp political notes, resulting in a confused and unsatisfying mess.

22%

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Total Count: 143

45%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 203,441
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Movie Info

To make waves on the campaign trail, a late-night political talkshow host runs for president--only to have his prank backfire when he actually wins the election.

Cast

Robin Williams
as Tom Dobbs
Christopher Walken
as Jack Menken
Laura Linney
as Eleanor Green
Jeff Goldblum
as Alan Stewart
Lewis Black
as Eddie Langston
Faith Daniels
as Moderator
Tina Fey
as Herself
Amy Poehler
as Herself
Chris Matthews
as News Anchor No. 1
James Carville
as Political Commentator No. 1
Rick Roberts
as Hemmings
Karen Hines
as Alison McAndrews
Linda Kash
as Jenny Adams
Dave Nichols
as President Kellogg
David Ferry
as Senator Mills
Brandon Firla
as Grimaldi
Sasha Roiz
as Donald Tilson
J.C. Kenny
as News Anchor No. 2
Mark Andrada
as Young Guy
Kim Roberts
as Makeup Artist
George King
as Motel Manager
Sabrina Sanchez
as Sales Girl
Jacqueline Pillon
as Security Tech
Zoé Mugford
as Woman in Audience
Chris Gillett
as Head of Alliance
Ho Chow
as Dr. Nash
Mickey Sherman
as Talking Head Lawyer
S. Lee Taylor
as CNN Business Reporter
Cathleen Crier
as Political Commentator No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Man of the Year

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (112)

  • Too compromised to be more than a reasonably pleasurable entertainment, as if it is scared about what it is saying about the American political process.

    Nov 2, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • Cynicism or stupidity? It's hard to say which has the run of this idiotic satire in which Robin Williams plays a talk-show host who runs for president on a ticket of cleaning up politics.

    Nov 2, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Political comedy morphs into attempted thriller in this confused, fitfully entertaining film.

    Nov 2, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Levinson has written and directed in many genres. But rarely has he made a film as indecisive and diffident as Man of the Year.

    Oct 21, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • A surprisingly complex and dark satire that skewers the media as well as the political process.

    Oct 17, 2006
  • Man of the Year makes telling points and has a lot to say, but it loses its voice along with its consistency around the mid-way point, and that will likely make it an also-ran in the box office race.

    Oct 13, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Man of the Year

  • Nov 12, 2012
    Funny for the first forty minutes or so of its running time, "Man of the Year" is frustratingly unengaging, during its porous second half. The premise is solid enough, with the plot following comedian Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams), who hosts a successful Daily-Show clone on cable television. When an off-hand remark starts an Internet petition to elect Dobbs as the next President, he responds by eschewing commercials and public spending in favor of energetic (and hilarious) debate performances. Things look to get very interesting when a flaw in a fancy new digital voting system anoints Dobbs as the leader of the USA. Unfortunately, the script cannot take advantage of whatever comedy momentum the film builds up during the first half, with cheapened attempts at suspense and romance subplots fall embarrassingly flat. The direction is swift enough, and the actors manage to get in some good comic banter (I wish Lewis Black's character of a jaded writer for Dobb's show, were fleshed out more), but it's mostly much ado about nothing in terms of satire. Unlike movies cut from a similar satirical cloth, "Man of the Year" sputters along without having anything new to add to the discussion. Skip it.
    Matt F Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2012
    This film surprised me. I've read many reviews about how the film starts off as a promising-ish comedy and then flounders into a romantically-charged thriller and yes, these reviewers certainly have a point. However, while the transition from comedic romp to intrigue-filled muddy waters was a tad jarring, it wasn't handled as poorly as it could have been. The film rides on Robin Williams and for most of it, he's right in his element, doing pretty funny (if tamer than his usual) stand-up, some material straight from his real-life routines. Robin Williams can easily be grating when he turns the hyperactivity up to 11 and bounces willy nilly about the screen but, believe it or not, he turns in a relatively measured performance here. There are moments when his character is serious, and it's clear that Tom Dobbs is a performer, an entertainer who isn't funny-crazy all of the time. Christopher Walken is also good as Dobbs' manager, he doesn't go over the top as he well could have and is actually the voice of reason. It's not his most memorable performance, but it isn't phoned in either. Laura Linney is quite believable as a woman who discovers something she shouldn't have and is plunged headlong into some unpleasant business, even if her subplot is the weak link in the film. In terms of political satire, it isn't very biting, astute or even extremely funny, but it's relatively entertaining to see Robin Williams doing his thing, and on the whole it's not that bad at all.
    Jedd Y Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2012
    Man of the Year is a fun and entertaining political comedy full of clever satire. It's the story of a political satirist who runs for president and wins, or so he thinks until a whistleblower reveals that his election was a fraud. The cast is full of wonderful comedic talents, including Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, and Jeff Goldblum; who all give great performances. The satire is well-crafted, without being too didactic, and the film takes itself serious enough that it doesn't devolve into a farce. The story has a few glitches, but Man of the Year manages to be entertaining and hilariously fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2012
    Friend and fellow Flixster reviewer, Scott Wilson, asserts that Man of the Year "couldn't decide what kind of movie it was going to be," and I agree, in so much as it does shift tones a lot. It goes from irreverent comedy to political satire to whimsical romance to schizoparanoid thriller, but I find the shifts suspenseful and entertaining. The usually crass and bombastic Robin Williams is so genteel and streamlined as the television news comedian turned presidential candidate. He's even a bit of a stud when Eleanor Green enters the picture. He and Laura Linney seem to have good chemistry, perhaps by virtue of Linney's not-necessarily-loving but definitely-tension-filled gaze. Her drug-induced breakdown is quite alarming, going from 0 to 60 and back with her different intonations of "I've got it. I've got it! I'VE GOT IT! ... I've got it."
    Alice S Super Reviewer

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