Reign Over Me

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Movies about male friendship are often trivialized with the "buddy" tag, but this one resonates beyond that.
  2. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    60
    Cheadle's finest hour and proof that Sandler can act. Funny, sad and flawed -- like its characters.
  3. 50
    It's tough to make a good tearjerker - one need look no further than this misfire to understand why.
  4. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    50
    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.
  5. 50
    Reign Over Me uses the rhythms and moods of comedy to explore, and also to contain, overpowering feelings of loss, anger and hurt. And like that earlier movie ("The Upside of Anger"), this one is maddeningly uneven.
  6. 50
    As overstuffed as a twice-baked potato.
  7. 50
    It's not exactly a surprise the makers of Reign Over Me feel compelled to manufacture a happy ending for a story that really has none. Pity.
  8. As moving as some parts are, it's muddled by a script that tries to pack in too much. There's sufficient material for a couple of films and a sitcom.
  9. 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.
  10. Sandler, whose mop of curls makes him look like a 40-ish Bob Dylan, acts up a satisfying storm. Cheadle remains an appealing island of calm; other cast members deliver the little that's asked of them.
  11. 50
    Depends on one's ability to accept Sandler in the part: For me, the casting felt too much like a stunt, a filmmaker's compromise to get his intimate, uncommercial script green-lit.
  12. 50
    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; sometimes it seems there's barely enough tension in the story to keep the images from sliding off the screen.
  13. 50
    Has some nice touches. Cheadle is capable as always, and Paula Newsome kills as his acerbic receptionist.
  14. The film is slick when it needs to be raw, tidy when it needs to sprawl, and amorphous when it needs to focus.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 214 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 44
  2. Negative: 4 out of 44
  1. JasonE.
    Apr 5, 2008
    10
    I honestly cannot understand why critics have been so mediocre towards this movie. It is possibly the most real, human drama I've seen I honestly cannot understand why critics have been so mediocre towards this movie. It is possibly the most real, human drama I've seen in a very long. Every single actor in this movie is brilliant, and the writing is honest and natural. Far better than the standard overdramatic drivel you'll find critics praising much more readily. Full Review »
  2. Jun 25, 2015
    9
    This is a change of pace for Adam Sandler. He puts in a serious effort in this one as a tragedy forces him to try to cope. Don Cheadle isThis is a change of pace for Adam Sandler. He puts in a serious effort in this one as a tragedy forces him to try to cope. Don Cheadle is always great and he only adds to the emotion felt in this. The plot is well-thought-out and it is executed well. Full Review »
  3. Mar 13, 2012
    9
    A fantastic movie that's also an eye opener and emotionally moving, Sandler and Cheadle both gave fantastic performances, I recommend SandlerA fantastic movie that's also an eye opener and emotionally moving, Sandler and Cheadle both gave fantastic performances, I recommend Sandler fans watching so they can see Sandler's more serious side, the characters are extremely likable and the movie is incredibly well written, I highly recommend watching, although not one for younger audiences, it's got nice touches of humor sprinkled throughout, and the friendship between Sandler's and Cheadle's characters is 100% believable, I don't typically watch these kinds of movies, but I'm a huge Sandler fan and I was very happy with this movie, I highly recommend. Full Review »