Man of the Year
Man of the Year (2006)

To make waves on the campaign trail, a late-night political talkshow host runs for president--only to have his prank backfire when he actually wins the election.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 13, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Weakened by second-half attempts at thriller and romance, this presidential comedy also fails to hit any sharp political notes, resulting in a confused and unsatisfying mess.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Levinson has written and directed in many genres. But rarely has he made a film as indecisive and diffident as Man of the Year.

Stephanie Zacharek

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.

Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media

Lame political comedy misses the mark.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

A surprisingly complex and dark satire that skewers the media as well as the political process.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Uneven, but never less than entertaining.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Barry Levinson's Man of the Year squanders a promising premise; it's ultimately overlong, underwritten and strangely unfunny.

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Matthew Turner

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Friend and fellow Flixster reviewer, Scott Wilson, asserts that Man of the Year "couldn't decide what kind of movie it was going to be," and I… More
KJ Proulx
Some parts are none stop hilarity! After a while it get's very boring, and scary! Does not work too well! But I still like it!
Emily Armstrong
I think this film is based on Al Franken's run for senator, or a hypotehtical scenario where Jon Stewart decides that he's had enough of pointing out… More
danny d
very good because it raises interesting questions. more serious of a movie than the previews made it look, but it was very funny and robin williams was… More
Spencer S.
I believe they made to make this something of a cross between a thriller and a comedy, but it's just lacking, and abysmally strange.
Conner Rainwater
It was a disturbing blend of comedy and a thriller about government conspiracy cover-ups. Robin Williams and Laura Linney were decent, but it wasn't… More

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