Special (2006)

Les Franken is a kind-hearted and soft-spoken man who loves reading comic books. He's the type of guy who most people walk by on the street without even noticing; in essence, he's completely average and virtually invisible. However,… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 31, 2009
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This quirky indie comedy's low budget is readily apparent, but it's elevated by Michael Rapaport's dedicated performance.

Ben Lyons
At the Movies

I just thought it was a cool indie film with a great leading performance from an actor we don't usually get to see in a lead.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

It may not be perfect, but this under-the-radar indie from Hal Haberman and Jeremy Passmore is smart enough to leave you glad you found it.

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Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Special offers a unique spin on the superhero template but rarely soars beyond its sly premise.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

The premise is intriguing, and the film is occasionally amusing, but it feels stuck between a completely satirical farce and an aching drama.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

Ultimately it adds little to our understanding of the curious return of the superhero as our paradigmatic pop archetype.

Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects

The quiet-yet-hip tone of the film reminded me a lot of Roger Dodger, another indie film that let's its script and acting do the talking.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Rappaport does a yeoman's job in this tonally confused oddity.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Its ambitions are limited -- though at 81 minutes, wisely proportioned -- but its heart is in the right place.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Eccentric, depressing thriller won't grab teens' attention.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Michael Rapaport makes you believe in the character, this is one of the best performances I've seen from him. The story is actually brilliantly written… More
Daniel Hetteix
A churning, dark drama that inexplicably bills itself as satirical or humorous. The concept: to play out dark psychological drama against a paper-thin backdrop… More
Devon Bott
What happens when a parking meter cop with low self-esteem gets super powers? What if he just believes he has super powers even though they're just… More
A.D. Villarreal
A satifsfyingly quirky comedy/drama with a standout performance from the underused Michael Rapaport. Worth it if you're looking for something a little… More
Randy Tippy
A nerdy, social misfit volunteers for an experimental medical study of a new drug and discovers that the pills give him super powers. Back in high school I… More
Steve K
Fun, small independent film with a terrific performance by Rapaport as a medical test subject who experiences some interesting side effects. A small gem, worth… More