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The Man Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 12, 2005
So tired.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 10, 2005
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 10, 2005
| Original Score: D
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 9, 2005
In Roy Orbison terms, enduring this movie is like working for The Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 9, 2005
At what point do you know that a movie isn't just bad, it's off-the-scale, surrender-all-hope, no-turning-back bad?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 9, 2005
At a zippy 83 minutes (including an ingenious title sequence that sets up the crime), The Man could be a lot worse. But with this kind of talent, it should be a lot better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 9, 2005
The Man arrives in theaters today with a sheet over its head and a tag on its toe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 9, 2005
The chattering salesman and the curse-crazy cop never click, but they have their moments.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 9, 2005
Unfortunately the movie is pretty trashy itself, getting most of its laughs from Jackson's habit of interrogating people by running them down in his car and then beating them with a phone book.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 9, 2005
The Man is yet another screwed-up mess that will give audiences another excuse to shun the multiplexes this weekend.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 9, 2005
Using the comic genius Levy simply for his bushy eyebrows is like using a Ming vase as a doorstop.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 9, 2005
I can't imagine how bored you would have to be with your life to find such a movie entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 9, 2005
The Man [is] a vehicle of canned comedic setups that yield a slight buzz of low-level, odd-coupling amusement and a few welcome spasms of belly laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 9, 2005
The Man definitely has a plan. And it still fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 9, 2005
The Man is so slapdash that two major characters are revealed to be the same person, a move prompted more by budgetary concerns than clever scripting.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 9, 2005
Eugene Levy gets his first costarring role playing a dental salesman, which is ironic since the film has no teeth - also no brain or heart.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 9, 2005
The Man is 83 minutes of flatulence-perfumed proof.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 8, 2005
The Man plays like a sequel to some terrible movie that was mercifully destroyed before it was ever released.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
September 8, 2005
Within a few days, you may not remember the title The Man. Within a few weeks, you may not even remember the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 8, 2005
Unfortunately, The Man makes the mistake of assuming casting is all it takes to make a good comedy.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 8, 2005
As a comedy, The Man resembles a photo negative of Midnight Run, opposite in every possible way.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 8, 2005
The formula that powers The Man is so rusty from overuse that you can practically hear it creaking and sputtering.
| Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 8, 2005
The idea that anyone would mistake Eugene Levy for Samuel L. Jackson is just about the funniest thing in this action-buddy comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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September 8, 2005
You take your laughs where you can find them.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 8, 2005
The humor isn't all that funny by comedy standards -- you're more likely to smile than laugh -- and the action scenes are low-key by adventure conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 8, 2005
The inescapable fact about The Man is that this movie is completely unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
September 8, 2005
As long as airlines need sub-par comedies, The Man will have a home flying the friendly skies. On the ground, it goes nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
September 8, 2005
When a movie's comedic zenith is Levy farting in an elevator full of nuns, or nerdily intoning the salutations 'homie' and 'bitch,' you know it's time to storm the box office to demand restitution.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 8, 2005
Characters are pretty much composites of their previous roles. Think Jackson's Pulp Fiction Jules getting all Ezekiel 25:17 on Levy's American Pie dad.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 7, 2005
Who knew Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy would make such a dynamic comic duo?
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2005
The buddy action comedy is now the megaplex equivalent of an old vaudeville routine. It is shticky, it is beyond predictable, it is such a creaky ritual that one would be hard-pressed to remember when it was actually fun.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
September 6, 2005
This movie's dumb.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 6, 2005
[A] functional if thoroughly uninspired movie.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 6, 2005
Cop buddy comedies demand a framework for their antics, and that's where The Man stumbles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4