Man of the Year Reviews

  • Robin Williams would never stand a chance, either as a presidential candidate or as a TV talk-show comic, a major drawback in a what-if scenario so self-congratulatory and smug.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • In a pre-election season full of drama, contention and surprise, Man of the Year arrives on the scene with the blistering impact of a spoonful of cold mashed potatoes.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Cynicism or stupidity? It's hard to say which has the run of this idiotic satire in which Robin Williams plays a talk-show host who runs for president on a ticket of cleaning up politics.

    Cath Clarke — Guardian [UK]

  • When great premises go wrong, the result is movies like Man of the Year.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Man of the Year is a movie that can be smart-funny and astutely topical.

    Jennifer Frey — Washington Post

  • Man of the Year has to be one of the most frustrating dropped balls in recent multiplex memory.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • In short, it would have been great if it had stopped, oh, 12 minutes in.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • A few moments do not make a new Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Frank Capra can continue to rest in peace.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Man of the Year isn't Movie of the Year. It might have been an ironic condemnation of electoral fraud and the malignant sway of corporate profits. But for a while, anyway, it had my vote.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • At a time when politicians are most in question, [director] Levinson feels no qualms about depicting the process as a hilarious and yet dangerous farce.

    Mario Tarradell — Dallas Morning News

  • There's a Preston Sturges lesson in Man of the Year: Entertaining folks is its own civic duty. At times, making citizens laugh (and think) might be the most honorable profession of all.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Williams' scene as Dobbs debating his presidential opponents alone is worth the price of admission to this film. It is laugh-out-loud hysterical.

    Bill Zwecker — Chicago Sun-Times

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

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Tribune

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

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Mainly it's a shambles, though for once Williams gets to do what he's best at (his stand-up shtick), and the absurd story, no matter how carelessly assembled, keeps moving.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • Barry Levinson, director of films as diverse as Diner, Bugsy, and Wag the Dog, is a national treasure. So, it is with deep disappointment that I report Man of the Year is dross.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • In Man of the Year, a thriller without thrills collides with a mirthless comedy.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Man of the Year is a well-intentioned mess, a dated, yuk-it-up sloppy civics lesson with such a lack of conviction that it backs away from the very questions it poses.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Though Williams can still make us laugh, Man of the Year doesn't deserve your vote.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

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