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Man of the Year Reviews

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January 1, 2011
Lame political comedy misses the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 13, 2006
It's a nearly tone-deaf satire of American politics and the culture of celebrity, a comedy without enough laughs, a satire without enough bite.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 13, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 12, 2006
I think I recall a few of the jokes from the Ford administration. Which makes sense because as irreverent and subversive as it wants to be, it is just bland.
Read More | Original Score: C
October 12, 2006
[Barry] Levinson has written and directed in many genres. But rarely has he made a film as indecisive and diffident as Man of the Year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 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.
October 16, 2006
The film's writer-director and headliner are guilty of committing the very crime they warn against -- entertainers taking themselves too seriously.
October 12, 2006
The Eleanor stuff makes the comedy move more methodically than Tucson's Downtown renewal efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 6, 2006
Confusion and mixed messages work against a coherent viewpoint -- and laughs.
October 10, 2006
As well as this may have worked as a comedy ... it tries too hard to be a thriller and a drama, which is where it falls flat on its face.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
October 12, 2006
Many actors were paid to pretend Williams is still funny in Man of the Year.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 10, 2006
There's nothing about Man of the Year that's quite as fantastic as its depiction of moribund Saturday Night Live as culturally and politically relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 27, 2007
Trust me, a sloppily-edited, unmanageable insult to the intelligence with far too many shortcomings to deserve any further analysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 13, 2006
It's more Jay Leno than Jon Stewart, and there's no way that's a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 13, 2006
Instead of a highly relevant political satire, writer-director Barry Levinson takes the easy way out and churns a paint-by-numbers tale of corporate malfeasance. Guess he had no special interests in creating a smart, savvy comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 12, 2006
Man has the kind of dizzying tonal changes that makes one wonder if a P.A. should've administered a breathalyzer test on Levinson during production.
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 7, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 13, 2006
Man of the Year is longer than the FDR administration, less funny than Calvin Coolidge and deader than Abe Lincoln.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 2, 2007
There are good moments, although it doesn't work properly either as a satirical thriller or a rom-com.
November 2, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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