The Weather Man
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A man struggles to get a grip on a life that's spinning out of control in this emotional comedy drama. Dave Spritz (Nicolas Cage) is a television weatherman on a high-profile Chicago news program. Professionally, Dave is doing just fine -- he makes great money for a job that demands little effort, and he has a shot at an assignment with a network morning news and chat show. But Dave's personal life leaves a lot to be desired -- his father, respected author Robert Spritzel (Michael Caine), is in failing health, he's divorced from his wife, Noreen (Hope Davis), and his relationship… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

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"In the face of a character no one cares about, can audiences be faulted for asking: Why should we?"
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's a strange film."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The Weather Man is more of a parable than a story; it just goes on and on and on, and the only point is to endure. It's not very uplifting, but sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's sad; sometimes hopeful, and sometimes melancholy. But that's life."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"A look at the commonest fear nipping at the heart of Middle America. Not the war in Iraq, nor terrorism, but the breakdown of the family unit and how - and if - people can cope with it."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"It may look bleak, but there's still some beauty."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"The most supremely odd American film of the year."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"A meticulously developed character piece."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Intended as director Gore Verbinski's palate cleanser before back-to-back "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequels, this is an apprehensive cringe comedy of male malaise. It's also Verbinski's best to date, a small-scale challenge he should attempt more often."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Narrated by Nic Cage in a zombie-like monotone, this flick is not only gross and morose, but relentlessly depressing."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"A bleak, messy midlife crisis drama as unsure of itself as a weather forecast."
‑ Matt Pais,
"[Verbinski] and Steven Conrad hold their ground, sticking to their conviction that Dave's story should play as a belated-coming-of-age movie."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Yet another retread of Cage's weak formula of a gloomy man examining his life."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"If you've never heard of a "living funeral," this film is an icy introduction."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"One can imagine this film as a nasty, edgy, biting little indie. But all dressed up in slick Hollywood finery, it has nowhere to go."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Dave Spritz is a shallow creation, one that even an actor of Cage's talents cannot bring to three dimensional life. The problem gets worse: we wouldn't much care for him even if he were real."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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