Reign Over Me Reviews

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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 19, 2007
Director Mike Binder has twigged on to the fact that if you root Sandler's genially churlish moron act into a more sober foundation, a vulnerable, believable and even lovable character can begin to emerge.
April 17, 2007
Worth anyone's time.
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
Binder's insistence on pitching everything at the level of either sitcom shenanigans or movie-of-the-week weepiness compromises any significance the subject matter might have.
March 24, 2007
For all its flaws, Reign Over Me is still surprisingly affecting.
March 23, 2007
This is not a simple, uplifting tale. It's never clear whether Charlie will fully recover, and that sense of realism is the film's strength.
March 23, 2007
At the very least, it puts a whole new spin on Billy Madison.
March 23, 2007
There's something creepy about peddling such ideas without thinking through their moral or intellectual downside.
March 23, 2007
Reign Over Me isn't nearly as arresting as it should be given its powerful subject matter.
March 23, 2007
There are lots of things in the script that ring false, but the acting is honest, witty and soulful. Sandler's performance is perfectly believable while the weak link, surprisingly enough, is the writing.
March 23, 2007
Mike Binder's oddball film keeps retreating into fantasy -- as if to avoid precisely the kind of issues that have kept the studios from confronting the legacy of 9/11.
March 23, 2007
Cheadle is good, as always, but Sandler's portrayal of a guy on the perennial brink of a psychotic breakdown is amazing.
March 23, 2007
A heartfelt but overly schematic movie that, in its attempt to explore the true cost of living one's life in denial, ends up superficial and banal.
March 23, 2007
Movies about male friendship are often trivialized with the 'buddy' tag, but this one resonates beyond that.
March 23, 2007
It's a tough ride, but worth it.
March 23, 2007
Reign Over Me drizzles down on us for two full hours, persistently determined to prove that, if it hangs around long enough, a coherent movie will turn up. No such luck.
March 23, 2007
Director-writer and former Detroiter Mike Binder (The Upside of Anger) has always had a great movie in him, and it bursts out, emotionally, dramatically, sometimes sloppily yet always honestly, in Reign Over Me.
March 23, 2007
The movie often feels as if it's drifting, yet it has a sad, lingering presence.
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