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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

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"A fair-to-middling contemporary fantasy drama that, despite its surfeit of flashy effects, is mildly charming in the way it addresses the injustice of old folk having to live out their final years in decrepit homes."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Though they can't transcend writer-director Michael Schroeder's pointed contrivances, the actors tap into something achingly true in this valentine to Hollywood's below-the-line crafts people and society's castoffs."
‑ , Los Angeles Times
"The subject is honorable, but this plea for the elderly is too cliche-ridden and manipuative"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Ambitious, heartfelt but, Plummer's excellent performance aside, dramatically lightweight and unconvincing."
‑ Leigh Singer, Film4
"This attempt to make a film is about a guy who is attempting to make a film."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"By salvaging a troubled script with deep, committed, touching portrayals, Plummer and Walsh help prove Schroeder's points about how Hollywood isn't just the province of the rich, young and pretty."
‑ Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune
"[An] elegant documentary."
‑ , Los Angeles Times
"It's hard to imagine anyone other than Christopher Plummer taking on the role of Flash Madden."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Watchable drama with a strong performance from Christopher Plummer, though the script often feels simplistic and can't quite manage the emotional punch the story deserves."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Too slight and formulaic to amount to much."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The movie works so hard at juggling its clichés that it fails to generate interest in its story."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Overdirected and underwritten, this litany of Hallmark Channel tropes and button-pushing sentiment uses Tinseltown treacle to gussy up an otherwise forgettable message movie about humane treatment for the elderly."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"By the end it's lost any edge and is as soft and unappealing as a geriatric incontinence pad."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"A movie about movies and the people who love them."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Man In The Chair feels a bit like a high school movie project, which is appropriate since that's exactly what it's about."
‑ Paul Arendt,
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