“A Powerful And Wonderfully Written Story”
“"Music Is A Form Of Escape...Adam Sandler Proves He Is Hollywood's Most Valuable Comedic Actor With This Power-performance Of A Broken Heart That Needs To Find His Way...A Brilliant Story And A Power Performance Cast...A Must See."”
“Music Is A Form Of Escape...Adam Sandler Proves He Is Hollywood's Most Valuable Comedic Actor With This Power-performance Of A Broken Heart That Needs To Find His Way...A Brilliant Story And A Power Performance Cast...A Must See.”
“A Moving Film”
“Sandler Deserves An Oscar Nod....”
“'reign Over Him'”
“Adam Sandler Is Phenominal! The First Great Film Of 2007! This Is A Must-see Film!”
“The Film Weaves An Intense Tapestry Of Emotional Highs And Lows, And Will Force You To Open Up Your Eyes To The World Around You And Make You Realize Just How Precious Life Can Be.”
“Reign Over Me Is Simply A Fantastic, Poignant Cinematic Journey That Will Leave You Satisfied And Touched.”
“Reign Over Me Is A Highly Charged Dramatic Story With Award-caliber Performances.”
A strange, black-and-blue therapeutic drama equally mottled with likable good intentions and agitating clumsiness.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Reign Over Me uses the rhythms and moods of comedy to explore, and also to contain, overpowering feelings of loss.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Without Sandler, Reign Over Me would be a gloopy, post-9/11 love-in, making cavalier use of a fine but helpless cast.
Andrew Pulver - Guardian [UK]
This is not a simple, uplifting tale. It's never clear whether Charlie will fully recover, and that sense of realism is the film's strength.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Binder has set a difficult bar -- to make a funny, sad, original movie about the healing power of not necessarily healing -- and he just manages to clear it.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Reign Over Me quietly says that we're our problem friends' keepers. At its worst, the movie is a problem friend.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Cheadle is good, as always, but Sandler's portrayal of a guy on the perennial brink of a psychotic breakdown is amazing.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
This is not a simple picture. It's serious, disarmingly funny at times and certainly ambitious, yet diminished by some of the traits that have made the standard Sandler characters so popular.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
It's a tough ride, but worth it.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
A sentimental journey of solitude and friendship.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
The film is slick when it needs to be raw, tidy when it needs to sprawl, and amorphous when it needs to focus.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Reign Over Me closes with, at best, a cautious hope, leaving us more anxious than when we went in, and throughout the film there is a stunned and bewildered air hanging over the city, like a heavy smog.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
When Reign Over Me misfires, it careens out of control.
Richard Roeper - Chicago Sun-Times
It's better than you'd expect but not as good as you'd like it to be.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
The story begins to creak badly in the last act, but both Cheadle and Sandler are funny and poignant throughout.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Reign is a triumph for Cheadle and Sandler, whose performances strew the seeds of regeneration.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
There's no quick label for the kind of assured, humane films that writer-director Mike Binder makes.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Although all the talk is about Sandler's performance, Cheadle's is every bit as good. He has a much tougher job, playing straight man to Sandler's semicraziness.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle head a strong cast in this affecting drama of friendship and regeneration.
Joe Leydon - Variety
Mike Binder's oddball film keeps retreating into fantasy -- as if to avoid precisely the kind of issues that have kept the studios from confronting the legacy of 9/11.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It was a smart move, pulling Reign Over Me from last fall's release schedule. Perhaps the world just isn't ready for an Adam Sandler Oscar nomination.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
At the very least, it puts a whole new spin on Billy Madison.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Reign Over Me drizzles down on us for two full hours, persistently determined to prove that, if it hangs around long enough, a coherent movie will turn up. No such luck.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Reign Over Me is a very gentle picture, intended to soothe us, not to jolt or shock us. But it's so gentle that it lacks any discernible energy.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Reign Over Me has the best of intentions but, despite its desire to show how the perseverance of a good man can produce profound results, its bungles the attempt.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
[A] deeply heartfelt film.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
You certainly have to appreciate that Sandler wants to stretch in such a fashion, but you also want material that allows him to do so more convincingly.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
As Charlie Fineman, a Manhattan dentist who lost his wife and two children when their jet crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11, Sandler is stuck in a movie that won't come unstuck.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Movies about male friendship are often trivialized with the 'buddy' tag, but this one resonates beyond that.
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
Mike Binder, a director of TV-sized smarm, continues to dismantle his own best effects
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Reign Over Me is like spending two hours with a shrink. Self-absorbed and repetitive, it has an occasional moment of truth, and a lot of hot air.
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
A personal drama made accessible by Binder's unusual touch.
Heather Huntington - ReelzChannel.com
It's a gripping and very sad glimpse at grief and it's lasting effects on us when we truly lose something we cherish...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The main problem is Reign Over Me always skirts around the issue instead of tackling it head on. Depression and loss are hell, and hopefully friends can be there to bring you out of it.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
Like the characters populating it, this film leaves us with a sense that something is missing, but it's still smart, compelling, offbeat, and worth seeing.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Pretty much a run-of-the-mill carbon copy of Rain Man.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Has its heart in the right place, and its message that everyone should be able to grieve in their own time is admirable, but Mr. Binder doesn't have enough to say to sustain the film's running time.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Performances by Sandler and Cheadle give the film enough of what it needs in order to recommend it.
Stax - IGN Movies
This is a rather glossy confection, extremely well performed, in which everyone's problems are perfectly resolved.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Cheadle's finest hour and proof that Sandler can act. Funny, sad and flawed - like its characters.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
A self-indulgent addition to American cinema's post-9/11 cinema, Reign Over Me sees Sandler over-reaching himself in a straight-faced role.
Jamie Russell - Film4
This film manages to be not just bearable, but on occasion actually quite affecting.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
It's as if 9/11 was simply coopted to bring an extra weight to a script that couldn't be trusted to deliver on its own.
Ian Johns - Times [UK]
Has a good heart, and does some things very well, but may bore passive audiences
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Emotionally engaging, superbly acted drama with a terrific script and impressive direction from writer-director Mike Binder.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Director Mike Binder has twigged on to the fact that if you root Sandler's genially churlish moron act into a more sober foundation, a vulnerable, believable and even lovable character can begin to emerge.
David Jenkins - Time Out
Worth anyone's time.
Paul Arendt - BBC
Successful until the rusty workings of its story gears start to show.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies