Man of the Year


Man of the Year (2006)


Critic 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.


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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.

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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 (39)

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…
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…

It's a comedy, a political thriller, a love story: Barry Levinson's Man of the Year tries to be all things to all people and fails on every count -- a little like the generic, ineffectual politicians it's pretending to excoriate.

Oct 13, 2006

A few observations about the hollowness of party politics, plus Robin Williams doing lots of funny shtick as a Jon Stewart-like comic running for president, have been thrown together with low regard for logic or consistent tone.

Oct 13, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Man of the Year

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 Shen
Alice Shen

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I think this film is based on Al Franken's run for senator, or a hypotehtical scenario where Jon Stewart decides that he's had enough of pointing out bungling and decides to do a little himself. But imagine that character is played by Robin Williams and he actually wins. It's hard to tell if this film was trying to be a comedy driven by Williams' persona and performance or whether it was supposed to be a drama about corporate election rigging and fraud. It was kind of both and a lot of neither, at times. It's pretty good, but I think it might have been better if it had come down on one side or the other. And if it had been a drama, it should have been devoid of Williams.

Emily Armstrong
Emily Armstrong

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I believe they made to make this something of a cross between a thriller and a comedy, but it's just lacking, and abysmally strange.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Some parts are none stop hilarity! After a while it get's very boring, and scary! Does not work too well! But I still like it!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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