Reign Over Me Reviews

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August 27, 2009
Mike Binder, a director of TV-sized smarm, continues to dismantle his own best effects
February 2, 2009
Reign Over Me is like spending two hours with a shrink. Self-absorbed and repetitive, it has an occasional moment of truth, and a lot of hot air.
March 3, 2008
The main problem is Reign Over Me always skirts around the issue instead of tackling it head on. Depression and loss are hell, and hopefully friends can be there to bring you out of it.
September 27, 2007
Pretty much a run-of-the-mill carbon copy of Rain Man.
July 14, 2007
Has its heart in the right place, and its message that everyone should be able to grieve in their own time is admirable, but Mr. Binder doesn't have enough to say to sustain the film's running time.
April 20, 2007
Without Sandler, Reign Over Me would be a gloopy, post-9/11 love-in, making cavalier use of a fine but helpless cast.
April 20, 2007
It's as if 9/11 was simply coopted to bring an extra weight to a script that couldn't be trusted to deliver on its own.
April 20, 2007
A self-indulgent addition to American cinema's post-9/11 cinema, Reign Over Me sees Sandler over-reaching himself in a straight-faced role.
April 19, 2007
Has a good heart, and does some things very well, but may bore passive audiences
April 12, 2007
Successful until the rusty workings of its story gears start to show.
April 6, 2007
Builds up a nice head of a warm and quirky comedy of men trying to be men in a post-feminist world...also succumbs to niggling artificialities that drain the story of credibility and genuine heft.
April 4, 2007
To enjoy this movie, you have to look past the small difficulties and inconsistencies (and gender stereotyping) in character and story, soak in the images and the music, and focus on the delicate and interesting friendship between the two main characters.
April 4, 2007
Reign Over Me surrounds its weighty subject with so much contrived nonsense that after a while the film feels like an affront to real suffering.
April 1, 2007
Long after I've forgotten this film -- starting with the stalker chick -- I'll remember the music and what it was trying to communicate when the rest of the film had its headphones on.
April 1, 2007
Even as it probes the difficulties of coping with loss and showcases Cheadle's remarkable capacity for compelling understatement, the movie also grants Sandler too much time to perform his seriosity in close-up.
April 1, 2007
There's a sympathetic therapist, the inevitable crack-up, and the requisite feel-good ending. It's like Fisher King 2: The Edge of Reason.
March 29, 2007
One of those movies that keeps screaming "I'm a message movie!"
March 28, 2007
Ultimately not a lot more than a sometimes engaging buddy/odd couple picture with important themes and some dime-store psychiatry poured over it in a generous serving.
March 26, 2007
The film is slick when it needs to be raw, tidy when it needs to sprawl, and amorphous when it needs to focus.
March 24, 2007
Sandler does a good job but the story is awful.
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