The Cobbler


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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Max Simkin (Adam Sandler) repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way to discover who you really are. (C) RLJ/Image Entertainment

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Adam Sandler
as Max Simkin
Method Man
as Ludlow
Ellen Barkin
as Elaine Greenawalt
Dustin Hoffman
as Abraham Simkin
Melonie Diaz
as Carmen Herrara
Lynn Cohen
as Mrs. Simkin
Dan Stevens (IV)
as Dance Club Disc Jockey
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Critic Reviews for The Cobbler

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (21)

A top-of-the-range supporting cast makes this grindingly dull experience almost bearable.

Jul 27, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The conceit is both ridiculous and clever, but the director, Tom McCarthy, pushes it to facile conclusions without tapping its deeper potential ...

Mar 15, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 13, 2015 | Full Review…

"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.

Mar 13, 2015 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

A failed fairy tale with a saccharine, klezmer-inflected tone undercut by the movie's own plot.

Mar 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"The Cobbler" is a wildly ill-conceived curio from director Tom McCarthy, who co-wrote with Paul Sado.

Mar 12, 2015 | Full Review…

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

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Shawn Montague
Shawn Montague

Super Reviewer


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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

"The Cobbler" may seem like a heartwarming tale from it's trailers, but on screen it is just a string of things that do not work whatsoever. Adam Sandler leads this film as the fourth generation son in his family to become a cobbler, repairing the shoes of customers in need. After stumbling upon the fact that each pair of his customers shoes allows him to literally step into their shoes and become them, an unfocussed storyline ensues. From drugs, to robbery, to murder, this film is all over the place, while still trying to give you the emotional undertone it promises from the very beginning. I was disappointed with how little Dustin Hoffman is in this film, but Adam Sandler does hold it together with a solid performance, and that was sadly one of the only decent parts of this picture. It never strives to be anything more and never has a full explanation. I feel that the writers should have fleshed out this story more and had more cohesive events building up to the twist. Overall, this is a pretty forgettable film, with nice performances and a lived in atmosphere. I admired a few aspects, but it kept failing on it's promise too much for me to care. "The Cobbler" is not a very recommendable film.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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