Man of the Year
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Good Morning, Vietnam duo Barry Levinson and Robin Williams re-team to tell the tale of a quick-witted radio talk-show host whose fanciful bid for the presidency becomes a surprising reality in the one political comedy that truly speaks for the people. When talk show host Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams) makes an offhand comment that he would be a better president than the leader who currently occupies the White House, a grassroots campaign conducted by his legions of fans finds him unexpectedly ushered into the Oval Office and forced to live up to his promise. Unfortunately for Dobbs, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

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"Levinson has written and directed in many genres. But rarely has he made a film as indecisive and diffident as Man of the Year."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It's a comedy, a political thriller, a love story: Barry Levinson's Man of the Year tries to be all things to all people and fails on every count -- a little like the generic, ineffectual politicians it's pretending to excoriate."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Lame political comedy misses the mark."
‑ Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
"Too compromised to be more than a reasonably pleasurable entertainment, as if it is scared about what it is saying about the American political process."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Cynicism or stupidity? It's hard to say which has the run of this idiotic satire in which Robin Williams plays a talk-show host who runs for president on a ticket of cleaning up politics."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"A surprisingly complex and dark satire that skewers the media as well as the political process."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A few observations about the hollowness of party politics, plus Robin Williams doing lots of funny shtick as a Jon Stewart-like comic running for president, have been thrown together with low regard for logic or consistent tone."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Uneven, but never less than entertaining."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"This being Robin Williams, it's hard to find his routines as vote-winningly hilarious as they're meant to be."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"One of the least convincing political satires of the millennium so far - no bite, no vision and no laughs."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"Man of the Year makes telling points and has a lot to say, but it loses its voice along with its consistency around the mid-way point, and that will likely make it an also-ran in the box office race."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Barry Levinson's Man of the Year squanders a promising premise; it's ultimately overlong, underwritten and strangely unfunny."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Man of the Year has some nice ideas and a handful of excellent scenes, but it struggles to find the right tone and is hamstrung by a ridiculous plot point."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"There are good moments, although it doesn't work properly either as a satirical thriller or a rom-com."
‑ Karl French, Financial Times
"Political comedy morphs into attempted thriller in this confused, fitfully entertaining film."
‑ Anna Smith,
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