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  • Summary: Max Simkin (Adam Sandler) repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. SometimesMax Simkin (Adam Sandler) repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way to discover who you really are. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 14 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 18, 2015
    67
    Flawed as it is, The Cobbler retains interest throughout, chiefly because Sandler isn't bad in a rare semi-dramatic performance.
  2. Reviewed by: Esther Zuckerman
    Mar 12, 2015
    50
    What starts off as a potentially charming fantasy never finds its footing.
  3. Reviewed by: Molly Eichel
    Mar 13, 2015
    50
    A film that continues to grow more perplexing as it walks, not runs, toward an unsatisfying end.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 12, 2014
    25
    While the idea is original, it's also ridiculous, and the story is not close to clever enough to put it into any kind of context that is compelling, interesting or believable.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 12, 2015
    25
    Bad things can happen to talented people. Take Tom McCarthy, who wrote and directed "The Station Agent," "The Visitor" and "Win Win." All gems. His fourth film, The Cobbler, is a failure on every level.
  6. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Mar 16, 2015
    20
    Throughout The Cobbler, Sandler himself seems more invested than he’s been for a long time. But the rest of this ghastly movie lets him down.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Mar 12, 2015
    0
    The Cobbler is such a weirdly somber comedy that it would almost be in poor taste to laugh during it, though there’s not much danger of that happening.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Apr 19, 2015
    9
    Yes! Sandler's back! I caught The Cobbler on VOD, and was surprised that it was a Adam Sandler movie. To my surprise, I had fun with it. TheYes! Sandler's back! I caught The Cobbler on VOD, and was surprised that it was a Adam Sandler movie. To my surprise, I had fun with it. The movie is a fresh turn from Sandler's poorly acted, gross comedies, I mean this guy made classics! The Longest Yard, The Waterboy and now, The Cobbler. The movie is funny, I know Sandler has lost his charm over the years, with That's My Boy or Jack and Jill, but the whole thing clicks, well. The Cobbler is a fantasy mixed with comedy, and boy was it intriguing, this may be the most interesting work that Sandler has done! Max Simkin, a shoe repairer, gets a special power, that he can be whoever wore those shoes, it sounds silly, but it works well with what Director Thomas McCarthy wants to introduce. The critics can pan anything, but their biggest target is Adam Sandler movies, this one, doesn't need panning, it's a GOOD movie. Overall, The Cobbler is a fun, wild ride that may be Sandler's best work yet. The man IS back. Expand
  2. Apr 9, 2015
    7
    Adam Sandler has made an array of dubious movies for several years now, filled with cheap jokes and crude slapstick moments. The Cobbler hasAdam Sandler has made an array of dubious movies for several years now, filled with cheap jokes and crude slapstick moments. The Cobbler has significantly different direction than all of those, it brings an odd near magical concept that unexpectedly works. While it also has a couple of flaws like some corny jokes and predictable plot devices, it remains entertaining without forced juvenile moments and delivers genuine laughs.

    Story follows Max Simkin (Adam Sandler), a cobbler who finds out that his old apparatus has another magical function other than fixing soles. It allows him to change into the person who owns the particular shoes. The premise is good, Max steps into other persons' lives and also the wrong crowd, whose lives are far more diverse than his. Adam Sandler take a different role than his usual silly middle age men role. He brings more of casual awkwardness from a polite man, the addition of background and cultural aspects are also very welcomed to set a more identifiable setting.

    Cinematography is slightly somber, certainly a change of pace from Sandler's usual overly colorful tone. To its credit, there are amount of details of the environment and the movie portrays the setting as a fundamental part of it. Humor mostly hits the spot, the jokes will create a few chuckles here and there. Though it's not all gold, it is definitely better than maniac laughs in Grown Up which isn't infectious at all. The film has more focus as it tells the comedy with both subtlety and exaggerated motions.

    Actors deliver fair performance. Max's transformation takes him into different skins, all of which are portrayed with shared clumsiness. The body switching subgenre has a few predictable twists, the film also faces this problem, but it creates scenes with enough refinement that makes them refreshing and presentable. Screenplay and script have substantial material, they don't overreach the premise even though there are a few subplots in play.

    There are some narrative hiccups towards the latter half, although these are not intrusive and shouldn't deter one from giving the movie a chance. The Cobbler reminds me of Click, it has strange concept yet surprisingly effective. This is an improvement in Sandler's movie line-up and it's certainly worth a view.
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  3. Mar 26, 2015
    6
    I think that because Adam Sandler is in this movie its in to bash it. I dont think that he is at all bad in this film. He portrays a kind ofI think that because Adam Sandler is in this movie its in to bash it. I dont think that he is at all bad in this film. He portrays a kind of simple soul is all. I mean the guy fixes shoes and lives with his mother. Not Mr Excitement. I do believe as others have commented that its slow but overall its a good film thats original. Theres no zombie teenage vampire robot from space in this movie and thank god for that. Expand
  4. Mar 15, 2015
    5
    Let's be glad that us audiences and critics did not get another mean spirited Adam Sandler comedy. The humor is mildly impressive, especiallyLet's be glad that us audiences and critics did not get another mean spirited Adam Sandler comedy. The humor is mildly impressive, especially for an "Adam Sandler movie," when the movie started it was boring. And I never saw a boring Adam Sandler comedy, in addition we should be glad that the people that were not involved in Grown Ups. Grade B- Expand
  5. Mar 13, 2015
    5
    The Cobbler is not one of Adam Sandler's over the top, poorly acted and incredibly bad comedies, it's more of a fantasy drama with a comedicThe Cobbler is not one of Adam Sandler's over the top, poorly acted and incredibly bad comedies, it's more of a fantasy drama with a comedic tone. I am a big fan of Reign Over Me, I only have great things to say about that film, and every time that I see a drama with Adam Sandler's name stamped on it, I still rush to see it.

    The Cobbler has a good premise, and they've paired the interesting
    premise with nice trailer but what a f***ing let down.

    The film has a big, no, huge, pace problem, it's slooowww and as
    depressing and dull as Max Simkin (Adam Sandler) is the movie. I
    understand that Max Simkin is not enjoying is life at the beginning of the movie and that is fine. But he stays that way the whole way
    through, which in this case kills any comedic attempt, in fact the
    trailer was funnier than the movie was.

    Adam Sandler, despite the fact that he is the front man, is not the
    problem of this film. His performance is decent although it could have been better, it is OK. The guy can be good, he recently showed it in Men, Women, and Children. The same could be said for cast in general, even the worst of them could not have made this movie worse.

    The story and the execution seems to be the real problems. Storywise
    The Cobbler is all over the place and does not have consistence or an homogeneous identity. The Cobbler sounds like a fairy-tale, a fable kind of movie, because it looks light and fun. And it actually starts off that way but then the tone, the pace, and the story turns it into something completely different.

    I am so disappointed that I'm going to stop now, I'm too annoyed.

    @wornoutspines
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  6. Apr 17, 2015
    5
    For those in the UK it might be hard to shake off thoughts of Mr Benn while watching The Cobbler, the story of a shoe repairer who turns intoFor those in the UK it might be hard to shake off thoughts of Mr Benn while watching The Cobbler, the story of a shoe repairer who turns into other people when he puts on their shoes, but after an hour, when the guns come out, those thoughts soon dissipate. For an Adam Sandler film this is way better than most, and for the first hour its a sweet story of a nobody having fun being someone else. But the longer it goes on the more ridiculous it gets, to the point where you really do lose patience with it. Expand
  7. Apr 26, 2015
    2
    The Cobbler is very close to being unwatchable and it hurts me to say this because I generally like Adam Sandler movies. First off the plot ofThe Cobbler is very close to being unwatchable and it hurts me to say this because I generally like Adam Sandler movies. First off the plot of the movie is just not something that people would find interesting in 2015. No one gets their shoes repaired anymore. Then there were several parts of the story that I found underdeveloped and then the film become a crime movie unnecessarily while continuing to be so unfunny throughout the movie. I hate to say it be Sandler's performance is lazy and could be the worst I have seen from him. Weirdly enough though I don't think the film could be made any better. It just really did not need to be made. Its that simple. Expand

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