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Man of the Year Reviews

October 21, 2006
Levinson has written and directed in many genres. But rarely has he made a film as indecisive and diffident as Man of the Year.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 17, 2006
A surprisingly complex and dark satire that skewers the media as well as the political process.
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 13, 2006
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.
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 13, 2006
Barry Levinson's Man of the Year squanders a promising premise; it's ultimately overlong, underwritten and strangely unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 13, 2006
A genre-less, imaginative riff by an intelligent filmmaker on the state of the country.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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] ends up feeling as phony the process it so desperately wants to skewer.
Read More | Original Score: D+
October 13, 2006
Only in filmmaking does one very good idea plus another very good idea sometimes add up to one less-than-great picture.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
October 13, 2006
A few moments do not make a new Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Frank Capra can continue to rest in peace.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 13, 2006
The second half of Man of the Year bears practically no relation to the irreverent comedy the movie's trailer sells you -- much like a politician who doesn't keep any of the promises that lured you to vote for him.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 13, 2006
Man of the Year isn't Movie of the Year. It might have been an ironic condemnation of electoral fraud and the malignant sway of corporate profits. But for a while, anyway, it had my vote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 13, 2006
Man of the Year is a moderately funny little movie that isn't pointed enough to successfully skewer its political targets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 13, 2006
Man of the Year is a well-intentioned mess, a dated, yuk-it-up sloppy civics lesson with such a lack of conviction that it backs away from the very questions it poses.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
October 13, 2006
No one will mistake Man of the Year for movie of the year, but it says some things worth being said without the usual straight face.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2006
Man of the Year starts out funny -- at least that's the intention -- and then morphs into a kind of paranoid thriller. Neither one of the movie's split personalities is particularly good.
Read More | Original Score: C
October 13, 2006
There's a Preston Sturges lesson in Man of the Year: Entertaining folks is its own civic duty. At times, making citizens laugh (and think) might be the most honorable profession of all.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 13, 2006
At a time when politicians are most in question, [director] Levinson feels no qualms about depicting the process as a hilarious and yet dangerous farce.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 13, 2006
Williams' scene as Dobbs debating his presidential opponents alone is worth the price of admission to this film. It is laugh-out-loud hysterical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 13, 2006
Mainly it's a shambles, though for once Williams gets to do what he's best at (his stand-up shtick), and the absurd story, no matter how carelessly assembled, keeps moving.
October 13, 2006
Man of the Year has to be one of the most frustrating dropped balls in recent multiplex memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 12, 2006
When great premises go wrong, the result is movies like Man of the Year.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 12, 2006
In a pre-election season full of drama, contention and surprise, Man of the Year arrives on the scene with the blistering impact of a spoonful of cold mashed potatoes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 12, 2006
Barry Levinson, director of films as diverse as Diner, Bugsy, and Wag the Dog, is a national treasure. So, it is with deep disappointment that I report Man of the Year is dross.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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 12, 2006
[Director] Levinson seems to be torn between making a political jest and a suspense thriller. Neither works.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 12, 2006
Man of the Year is a movie that can be smart-funny and astutely topical.
October 12, 2006
In Man of the Year, a thriller without thrills collides with a mirthless comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 12, 2006
Though Williams can still make us laugh, Man of the Year doesn't deserve your vote.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 12, 2006
Man of the Year sets its audience up to ponder the unthinkable, loses its resolve and congeals into reassuring kitsch.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 12, 2006
The new Robin Williams comedy Man of the Year is the sort of thing you almost feel sorry for.
Read More | Original Score: C
October 11, 2006
Robin Williams would never stand a chance, either as a presidential candidate or as a TV talk-show comic, a major drawback in a what-if scenario so self-congratulatory and smug.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 10, 2006
What keeps Man of the Year alive is the homey interplay of its principals.
October 10, 2006
In short, it would have been great if it had stopped, oh, 12 minutes in.
October 9, 2006
Pic eventually overcomes an awkward start and turns into a satisfying candidate for the disposable movie dollar with a story that stays on your mind.
October 6, 2006
An awkward mix of standard genres that doesn't give us what we desperately need in this increasingly desperate political season -- a black and snarling assault on our imbecile status quo.
October 6, 2006
Confusion and mixed messages work against a coherent viewpoint -- and laughs.