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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Mike Binder has twigged on to the fact that if you root Sandler's genially churlish moron act into a more sober foundation, a vulnerable, believable and even lovable character can begin to emerge."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Binder's insistence on pitching everything at the level of either sitcom shenanigans or movie-of-the-week weepiness compromises any significance the subject matter might have."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Mike Binder, a director of TV-sized smarm, continues to dismantle his own best effects"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's a gripping and very sad glimpse at grief and it's lasting effects on us when we truly lose something we cherish..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Pretty much a run-of-the-mill carbon copy of Rain Man."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The film is slick when it needs to be raw, tidy when it needs to sprawl, and amorphous when it needs to focus."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"This is not a simple, uplifting tale. It's never clear whether Charlie will fully recover, and that sense of realism is the film's strength."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Reign Over Me is like spending two hours with a shrink. Self-absorbed and repetitive, it has an occasional moment of truth, and a lot of hot air."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"The main problem is Reign Over Me always skirts around the issue instead of tackling it head on. Depression and loss are hell, and hopefully friends can be there to bring you out of it."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"Has its heart in the right place, and its message that everyone should be able to grieve in their own time is admirable, but Mr. Binder doesn't have enough to say to sustain the film's running time."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"For all its flaws, Reign Over Me is still surprisingly affecting."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"At the very least, it puts a whole new spin on Billy Madison."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A personal drama made accessible by Binder's unusual touch."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Like the characters populating it, this film leaves us with a sense that something is missing, but it's still smart, compelling, offbeat, and worth seeing."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Performances by Sandler and Cheadle give the film enough of what it needs in order to recommend it."
‑ Stax, IGN Movies
More reviews for Reign Over Me on Rotten Tomatoes

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