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But no veneer of pedigree can contain the magical realist hooey erupting from the surface of this high concept comedy.
This film is so inferior to those works that it almost disproves the auteur theory on its own.
What starts off as a potentially charming fantasy never finds its footing.
While this isnt the worst Sandler star vehicle, and the comedian is certainly capable of serious acting, The Cobbler doesnt really showcase his range ..
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From this point on something saccharine and simple becomes a tonal mess.
Unfortunately, The Cobblers wacko ending almost seems like a setup fordare we think ita Cobbler sequel.
Adam Sandler movies tend to be unspeakable; this at least has the virtue of being differently unspeakable.
Make your own jokes, because theyre otherwise lacking here: this botched fantasy in which Sandlers downtrodden Max discovers a magical stitching machi ..
And, in case one needs reminding, this is supposed to be a quaint ethnic comedy.
This isnt McCarthys usual brand of independent introspection, nor is it Sandlers usual brand of jackassery.
Adam Sandler is in serious mode in this rare misstep from writer director Tom McCarthy, whose previous films (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win) ..
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Certainly, the film feels itchily uncomfortable in its own skin: while it carries itself like a thoughtful, award worthy movie (the palette is all gre ..
This is a disappointment coming from McCarthy, but for Sandler, its business as usual.
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As it turns out, the likeable but ordinary film is much closer to the usual Sandler vehicle than to The Visitor.
The end result is a passable effort that succeeds most keenly as a platform for Aniston, as the actress steps into the shoes of her thoroughly damaged ..
A murky, Yiddish language prologue set in 1903 gives way to present day Max Simkin (Adam Sandler), a mopey fourth generation cobbler on New Yorks Lowe ..
Sandler is still box office silver, if no longer box office gold.But something possessed the filmmaker to tie his fate to Sandler for The Cobbler, a l ..
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Also, its a superhero origin story, just to keep audiences guessing.
Bad things can happen to talented people.Take Tom McCarthy, who wrote and directed The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win.
Sentimental and fantastical plot twists follow.The sophomoric humor may be absent, but in its place is only a souffle of whimsy, seasoned with soot, t ..
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The rest of the film is much like a fire made out of sod: it smoulders and smokes and generates some heat but it never really bursts into flame.
As laughless and lifeless as all this is and its hard to overstate just how few jokes the film even attempts one is still willing to wait and see wher ..
Its a perfectly workable premise, but entertaining execution totally eludes director and co writer Tom McCarthy, who previously made a couple of charm ..
New York Post
It is not his best effort.As a quirky supernatural comedy, it is weighed down by its sincerity, generating far more eye rolls than belly laughs with i ..
A final twist offers more emotional pay off than the turf war shenanigans, but neither resolves the issues created by Maxs aspirational behaviour sati ..
Up to a point, though, this old fashioned comedy disguised as a contemporary parable cobbles together a message to savor: With the dizzying privilege ..
McCarthy deserves credit for trying something different and hard to categorise but even with the benefit of Adam Sandler and a strong cast this could ..
This dramatic fantasy is based entirely on the homophony of sole and soul.
Well, well say this for The Cobbler, its probably the first anti gentrification, magical shoe, Jewish fable in the history of cinema. But thats about ..
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Laughs aside, though, the film is ultimately a drama with stakes.
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Sandler had an opportunity to explore ethnicity, family and morality. He botches the whole thing.
Maybe theres 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 ..
This is an epic mess, one that will leave you scratching your head endlessly after seeing it.
But holy crap does McCarthy stitch this thing together something awful.
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Adam Sandler stars in a watchable movie so, yes, theres a miracle involved. Sandler tamps down the moron act to play Max Simkin, a Bronx cobbler with ..
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Max Simkin is the ultimate Sandler creation: miserable, unappreciated, dateless and too developmentally arrested to do a damned thing about it.
Soon a little movie with a potentially nauseating high concept has turned into something sillier and more outsized than any dumb blockbuster.
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Theres nothing wrong with a popular funny man wanting to branch out and combine drama with comedy, but the end result should ideally contain even trac ..
Its an amusing concept for a movie but theres nothing for it to stand on.
But a strange departure into slapstick renders any genuine sentiment null and void and the balance between comedy and drama is just never properly gag ..
Its this close to so bad its good territorythe ending is preposterousbut ultimately its too boring to count as actual entertainment.
And yes, the magical element doesnt mesh well with McCarthys underlying treatise on the dangers of gentrification.
Low key comedy drama from The Station Agent director Thomas McCarthy.
A movie like this, in which not a single scene comes together, in which almost nothing makes you laugh or cry or think, reminds you that its truly a m ..
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 t ..
Instead, its stuck somewhere between a broad comedy and a heartfelt drama, and much like its underdeveloped protagonist, it never feels very confident ..
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This quirky magic realist conceit has great potential, but co writer/director Tom McCarthy fails to bring it to a shine.
With writer director Tom McCarthys (2011s Win Win ) more observant, character oriented sensibilities, however, the film balances its comical whimsy wi ..
The Film File
Throughout the films 99 minutes you will find yourself wondering whether this is a genuine black comedy, a family comedy, a dramedy, a cheap shot dram ..
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