The Cobbler Reviews

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July 31, 2015
Sandler had an opportunity to explore ethnicity, family and morality. He botches the whole thing.
July 30, 2015
I just can't take this film seriously.
July 30, 2015
Collapses amid its attempts to reshape a notionally sincere script to fit an A-list heel.
July 27, 2015
A top-of-the-range supporting cast makes this grindingly dull experience almost bearable.
March 15, 2015
The conceit is both ridiculous and clever, but the director, Tom McCarthy, pushes it to facile conclusions without tapping its deeper potential ...
March 13, 2015
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.
March 13, 2015
"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.
March 13, 2015
A failed fairy tale with a saccharine, klezmer-inflected tone undercut by the movie's own plot.
March 12, 2015
"The Cobbler" is a wildly ill-conceived curio from director Tom McCarthy, who co-wrote with Paul Sado.
March 12, 2015
What starts off as a potentially charming fantasy never finds its footing.
March 12, 2015
"The Cobbler" definitely won't please the audience for Sandler's mainstream blockbusters, and it's unlikely to win him new fans among the indie intelligentsia, either.
March 12, 2015
Fans of Adam Sandler are a hardy lot, impervious to the derision of friends and family and the slings and arrows his films frequently attract from critics. The Cobbler is likely to test their mettle.
March 12, 2015
The sophomoric humor may be absent, but in its place is only a souffl of whimsy, seasoned with soot, that fails to rise.
March 12, 2015
The shoe doesn't fit.
March 12, 2015
Sandler is solid, and a supporting cast that includes Steve Buscemi, Melonie Diaz and Method Man are all very watchable. But the movie is never able to find its footing.
March 12, 2015
The Cobbler has invented a new category of terrible: cruel schmaltz
March 12, 2015
It's a toxic smear of curdled whimsy about a New York shoe-repair man (a lumbering Adam Sandler), who transforms into his customers when he puts on their shoes. The film is beyond awful.
March 12, 2015
Maybe there's a good movie in here somewhere - or would have been, more than 40 years ago, with Judd Hirsch as the shoemaker. Or nearly 60 years ago, as a quick "Twilight Zone" episode. But as it's done today, it's just forced and unfunny and fake.
Top Critic
March 12, 2015
Flamboyant caricatures and casual prejudice have always been cornerstones of the Adam Sandler empire, and The Cobbler is no exception.
March 11, 2015
A painfully earnest and totally unfunny magic-realist fable set on the Lower East Side that works in no way whatsoever.
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