King of the Corner
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A man looking for a new purpose in his life finds one that last place he expected in this comedy. Leo Spivak (Peter Riegert) is a man slowly sinking into the quicksand of a midlife crisis. He's become increasingly unsatisfied with his career in product testing, especially now that his young assistant Ed (Jake Hoffman) has taken to stealing his ideas and passing them on to his boss as his own work. Leo's marriage to Rachel (Isabella Rossellini) is not what it once was, especially now that she's shifted into a constant state of near-hysteria over their daughter, Elena (Ashley… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a portrait of an average guy who makes average mistakes, it conveys wit and wisdom without leaning too heavily on schmaltz."
‑ Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail
"This is perilously close to a vanity film, but since the star has always seemed like one of the least vain guys in the business, maybe he deserves to go on a bender."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A story of maturity and consequences -- teens OK"
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"We've seen the midlife-crisis comedy a hundred times before, but the smarts and the gentle wit of this one makes it a standout of the genre."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A classic tale of Jewish, middle-age angst, featuring a fine cast."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Although it's not a flashy debut, Riegert demonstrates an unfailing generosity toward his fellow actors that takes him far."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Although Riegert, who has here assembled a first-rate cast, clearly has a good touch with actors, his handling of the awkward material reveals his directorial inexperience."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A punishing but also compassionate spotlight on a New York City corporate marketeer, and the result is really the movie screen as two way mirror, warts and all."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"perfectly average in almost every way."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The marketing focus groups, product testing, and even a pre-planning visit to the funeral home provide a lot of laughs, but then you get little surprises."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"It's a warm, unexpectedly moving portrait of a man on the verge of what could either be a dreadful or delightful second chapter."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Mr. Riegert has assembled a capable cast with too little to do or say in this dry, crumbly, barely nourishing tale of intergenerational woe."
‑ Ned Martel, New York Times
"A pleasant comedy with plenty of heart and a cast that makes it worth the price of admission."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"A labor of love film where you feel love much stronger than you feel the film."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The story should have kept it's focus on the midlife crisis but tried to cover too much ground without exploring any fully."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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