The Cobbler (2015)
Critic Consensus: The Cobbler represents a slight step up from Adam Sandler's recent comedies, but while its cloying sentiment proves a more palatable substitute for his usual crass humor, it still isn't terribly compelling.
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Critic Reviews for The Cobbler
A top-of-the-range supporting cast makes this grindingly dull experience almost bearable.
The conceit is both ridiculous and clever, but the director, Tom McCarthy, pushes it to facile conclusions without tapping its deeper potential ...
Throughout The Cobbler, Sandler himself seems more invested than he's been for a long time. But the rest of this ghastly movie lets him down.
"The Cobbler" is almost fascinatingly awful enough to recommend. If one subscribes to the theory that you can learn as much from a bad movie as from a good one, this one's a master class in what not to do.
A failed fairy tale with a saccharine, klezmer-inflected tone undercut by the movie's own plot.
Audience Reviews for The Cobbler
When I saw the first trailer for this film I was actually quite impressed. The concept looked visually appealing and seemed to deal with questions of morality in an intelligent way. Even some of the gags in the trailer gave me a little chuckle. Shortly after I stumbled upon the trailer, I found out that the film had been yanked from theaters, and given immediate VOD release in September of last year. This is nothing new in a spiking trend of Adam Sandler bombs and missteps, but unlike "The Interview" this film stayed buried. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/8/2/the-cobbler
Finally, Adam Sandler steps up in a film I enjoy again.. Typical Sander film though, yet I loved this one. Already re-watched it a couple times.
Well, what first needs be said is that here is finally an effort with Adam Sandler that doesn't leave you with the feeling that you've slept with the ugly town whore, and that's quite the accomplishment. Set in the realm of the Jewish dreamtime (as well as modern day multicultural New York), a disgruntled-with-life small businessman finds a reason to live through a magical shoe repair machine. A brilliant start, but unfortunately dropped in the follow through, while at the same time chock full of charming little I-love-New-York scenarios. Its the most enjoyable Sandler effort in some time, well supported by an able on hand cast (including the not seen enough Ellen Barkin). Its not a total disaster.