Second Best
Second Best (2004)

Writer Eric Weber (author of the infamous paperback How to Pick Up Girls) directs his screenplay Second Best. Set in New Jersey, the story concerns a group of fiftysomething men dealing with their feelings of inadequacy. Struggling writer… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 16, 2004
DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jake Tracer
L.A. Weekly

Second Best tries too hard for sincerity, when it's actually more sincere when cynical.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Unfortunately there's nothing very sympathetic about Elliot, or even interesting.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Weber's losers really are losers -- envious, spiteful, complacent, mean-spirited and ultimately boring malcontents pickled in their own poison, and they drag his film down with them.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

While the dialogue and characterizations frequently resonate with uncomfortable truths and some genuine humor, the central character's quirks are far more irritating than illuminating.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Though the essays are smartly written and Pantoliano manages to make Elliot vaguely sympathetic, Second Best is a long slog in the dumps.

Chris Barsanti

An embittered writer's movie about the coruscating damage of jealousy and the impossibility of finding nobility in failure

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Might have made a good stage monologue, but as a film it's overstated and barely baked.

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

Eric Weber's spot on character study of the restless and down trodden white America male is a bit of bittersweet magic.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Curiously, watching the unseemly-looking and self-obsessed Second Best is not unlike being trapped in an abusive relationship.

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