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½ September 22, 2017
Nails what PTSD & Grief Related to Guilt FEELS like inside the survivo, but is not often acted out upon.
½ July 28, 2017
Considering that Adam Sandler has more or less turned himself into a punchline with his succession of depressingly repetitive, lowest common-denominator raunch comedies, it's somewhat nice that he does occasionally branch into more serious work, though with, it has to be said, pretty shaky results. In Reign Over Me he takes on that familiar trope of grim introvert who just needs to be loved. The film is way too long at 2+ hours, the emotional and tonal balance is completely out of whack, and like most Sandler movies, logic and common sense are thrown out completely to provide an utter treacle fest of an ending. I did like some aspects of it. Don Cheadle is great as always, and Sandler really does show an adeptness at begrudgingly expressing internal emotional, even if his shouting voice is identical in every film he's in. It jumps back and forth between glib whimsy and maudlin tragedy so jarringly and so often that it fails to develop or sustain any kind of investment. The levity is especially weak, and very few laughs are available to ward off the sense of weariness and boredom that begin to rapidly pervade the story. Aside from some decent acting, a few good scenes and a nice soundtrack, this is not one I can honestly recommend.
May 12, 2017
Heartbreaking and surprisingly uplifting and heartwarming. Reign Over Me is a comedy-drama with solid performances and just enough silly humor to make up for it's depressing story
April 17, 2017
April 16, 2017
A good film and story but I feel Adam Sandler was the wrong man for the part and wasn't a realistic believable reflection of ptsd and the impact it has on life.
April 15, 2017
Great acting from Adam Sandler that most ppl won't expect
February 18, 2017
This is one of the finest movies I ever watched. Sandler wants to be taken seriously and With Cheadle he attains greatness with his character. I'm a sucker for the song itself, by The Who. But this post 9-11 drama is affecting and effective as a movie about what happens to people who are damaged by tragic events.
December 31, 2016
A drama made with good intentions, Reign Over Me is a somewhat uneven result that swings back and forth between an emotionally resonant look at grief and a feel-good story that hits all the beats you expect. The choice to use 9/11 as a catalyst for Charlie Fineman's grief seems tacked on, and never goes anywhere that really necessitates using it as a plot point; fortunately, director Mike Binder never takes this story anywhere that allows for any outright disrespect towards the event. The scenes that land really hit hard, namely the scenes in which Adam Sandler's performance takes over. They say comedians' tendency to draw from past memories make them perfect for dramatic performances, and Sandler completely reinforces that idea. In one of his most grounded and raw performances, Sandler finds a passion that we never seem to get from his comedic works: scenes in which he gets angry feel real, and one particular monologue in which he finally reminisces about his past is absolutely heartbreaking. He works well alongside Don Cheadle, who is great as always, and even steals the show from him in some scenes; knowing Cheadle's prestige, that's no easy feat. Sandler's performance is essentially enough to keep this one afloat when the story starts to lose focus and drift into saccharine territory.
December 12, 2016
Con esta película Adam Sandler demuestra que es un gran actor con el problema que se ha acostumbrado a escoger muy malos papeles para actuar y producir películas para las masas. Algo que me decepciona es que pelicula como estas sean bastante infravaloradas. Una muy buena pelicula bastante conmovedora desde el inicio hasta el fin.
October 2, 2016
Hands down, Adam Sandler's best performance. What a great, moving plot, and who knew Sandler could pull off a role like this? It's a genuine piece of art from the acting to the emotion, and, it's not predictable. The vibe from start to finish will leave you wanting more, love it!
½ September 6, 2016
Nice performances from Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle, but overall unsure of itself and generic
½ August 19, 2016
"Reign Over Me" deals with touching themes with sensitive direction where Adam Sandler showcases a strong dramatic performance with emotional versatility and Don Cheadle's performance is insightful and empathetic.
½ July 21, 2016
Am I the only one who recognized this movie was garbage? Do not let me catch you manipulating me. And this showy film, with an excellent performance by Don Cheadle is lost in a see of tripe.
June 19, 2016
A devastating subject, treated with tact and subtlety, and brought home by stellar performances by all.
May 30, 2016
To remind yourself that Sandler shouldn't be dismissed outright. Like most comic actors, he hits you square in the heart hardest.
April 3, 2016
Thought this movie was going to be alot better than it was. The plot is not that good and Adam Sandler should stick to comedy he is not a very good dramatic actor, Don Cheedle does a good job the material is not good enough to make up for it.
½ March 14, 2016
Not what I'm used to with Sandler and yet that seemed to make it better?!
½ January 9, 2016
Adam Sandler proves yet again (after "Punch Drunk Love") to be able to do much more than two-dimensional fecal humor for braindead masses. The film is a very touching drama with some genuine comedic moment that will make you smile, and leaves you with a sweet ending, which is exactly what it needs to avoid becoming too heavy. It might make you wish that the movie was unrelated to the used and abused 9/11 theme, though, and all the inevitable political conclusions might leave you confused on how to feel about the movie.
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