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The Cobbler Reviews

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February 27, 2016
Method Man is the easy standout, proving to be the most memorable piece of a film that embraces its slightness to warm hearts and lets the rest come what may.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 12, 2015
The core story hook may be preposterous, but what best resonates in "The Cobbler" are its human slice-of-life elements and the big-city, blue-collar milieu in which it is set.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 3, 2015
Adam Sandler stars in a watchable movie so, yes, there's a miracle involved. Sandler tamps down the moron act to play Max Simkin, a Bronx cobbler with a magical stitching machine that enables him to transform into his customers by slipping on their shoes.
March 11, 2015
Magical social realism graces this strange politically conscious comedy about bad landlords, housing activism, a Yiddish cell meeting on the Lower East Side a century ago, and Sandler for a change getting in touch with his sort of inner workingclass hero
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March 11, 2015
It revives the pleasant art of storytelling most of today's young filmmakers have all but abandoned, and cures (temporarily, anyway) my allergy to Adam Sandler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 10, 2015
Likeable but ordinary.
October 30, 2017
It manages to turn a potentially charming piece of contemporary magic realism into a tedious and clunkily episodic mess that, with its lazy racism and unnecessary violence, is rarely fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 16, 2017
It's mostly just boring, and then toward the end it's actually confounding.
January 9, 2017
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
April 2, 2016
You don't want to be in Adam Sandler's shoes right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
February 29, 2016
Throughout the film's 99 minutes you will find yourself wondering whether this is a genuine black comedy, a family comedy, a dramedy, a cheap-shot drama, or possibly a melodramatic modern-day superhero story about being a good Samaritan.
January 3, 2016
The quirky magic-realist conceit has great potential but co-writer/director Tom McCarthy fails to bring it to a shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 21, 2015
The problem with this movie, like so many Sandler films, is that it tries to be a heartwarming tale while at the same time being offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 18, 2015
The Cobbler is startlingly thin and naive, especially in regard to the larger implications of its hero's actions.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 17, 2015
The Cobbler is the rare movie so terrible that it's hard to figure out why it even exists, why somebody didn't run in front of the speeding train of its production yelling, "Stop!"
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 6, 2015
A strange departure into slapstick renders any genuine sentiment null and void and the balance between comedy and drama is just never properly gaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 3, 2015
Proves too high-concept for the indie sensibilities of writer/director Thomas McCarthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 2, 2015
Much play is made on "sole" and "soul", and Sandler looks depressed throughout. Fine - let it be him for a change.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 31, 2015
Sandler had an opportunity to explore ethnicity, family and morality. He botches the whole thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 31, 2015
It's difficult to believe this sentimental pudding is written and directed by Thomas McCarthy, who was behind the genuinely touching The Station Agent and The Visitor and wrote the script for Pixar's Up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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