The Man (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Man (2005)



Critic Consensus: Despite the steely presence of Samuel L. Jackson and the comic timing of Eugene Levy, The Man's plot is pointless and its jokes rehashed, as it ends up playing out like the Odd Couple with gas.

Movie Info

Les Mayfield directs Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy in the buddy action comedy The Man. Jackson plays ATF agent Derrick Vann. His partner, who it turns out was corrupt, has been killed after a cache of guns were stolen from the ATF office in Detroit. Internal affairs believe Derrick was in on the gun theft, forcing him to go off on his own to bring the bad guys to justice. Dental supply salesman Andy Fiddler (Levy) happens to be in Detroit for a business convention. During the course of figuring out who is responsible for his partner's death, Derrick arrests Andy because of a miscommunication. Soon the hard-edged law enforcer and the meek businessman team up to extricate themselves from their life-threatening predicament.more
Rating: PG-13 (for language, rude dialogue and some violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Stephen Carpenter, Jim Piddock, Margaret Oberman, Steve Carpenter, Stephen W. Carpenter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 17, 2006
Box Office: $8.3M
New Line Cinema - Official Site


Samuel L. Jackson
as Derrick Vann
Eugene Levy
as Andy Fiddler
Luke Goss
as Joey/Kane
Miguel Ferrer
as Agent Peters
Susie Essman
as Lt. Rita Carbone
Gigi Rice
as Susan
Philip Akin
as Second L.A. Agent
Joel S. Keller
as Laptop Guy
Kathryn Greenwood
as Flight Attendant
George Ghali
as Cab Driver
Leni Parker
as Cashier
Matt Cooke
as Uniform Cop on PA
Joe Sacco
as Rookie
Neville Edwards
as Tall Agent
Scott Wickware
as Booking Officer
Geoff Bowes
as Phone Agent
Jessica Kelly
as Female Prisoner
Eldridge Hyndman
as Muscular Prisoner
Peter Oldring
as Young Guard
Max McCabe
as Pinto Driver
Frank Spadone
as Conventioneer
Andrew Stelmack
as Conventioneer
Gordon Bolan
as Conventioneer
Toby Proctor
as Cavity Search Guard
Peter Kosaka
as Asian Man
Lindsay Ames
as Waitress
Jason Gautreau
as Bicycle Cop
Christopher Murray
as Homeless Man
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Critic Reviews for The Man

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (36)

So tired.

Full Review… | September 12, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

While Fiddler is a bumbler, he is not stupid, and actually makes a few good decisions. Vann is clever dealing with criminals, but he has some emotional shortcomings. They are an interesting pair, and in this genre, that is what really counts.

Full Review… | April 6, 2016
Laramie Movie Scope

A derivative, readily-forgettable insult to the intelligence!

Full Review… | May 25, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

...watered-down and egregiously silly...

Full Review… | May 7, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

If the fart jokes had been cut out, if the ultimate identity were less of an anticlimax, if Levy had had some context, if Jackson showed the slightest rapport with his co-star... No, it's no good; The Man is a dud. Move along people, nothing to see here.

Full Review… | October 26, 2005
Urban Cinefile

Only Levy gets out of this one looking good.

Full Review… | October 15, 2005
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for The Man

Absolutely terrible comedy buddy movie. Bearing in mind that Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy have built their careers playing pretty much the same characters in each of their respective movies, you don't even need to see this to know exactly what it's going to be like. Take some advice: skip it and spend your 90 minutes more profitably elsewhere.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer


I hadn't had great expectations for this film but was pleasantly surprised by some of it's hilarious content. Eugine Levy provides non stop laughter and the relationship between him and Samuel L Jackson throughout the film, reminded me much of the film "Midnight Run"

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

probably one of the worst films starring samuel L. jackson! this movie blows majorly.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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