The Cobbler

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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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 22
  2. Negative: 14 out of 22
  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: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Jul 25, 2015
    10
    Thoroughly enjoyable fantasy that intermingles humor with pathos and charm. Don't miss it. Reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode, but farThoroughly enjoyable fantasy that intermingles humor with pathos and charm. Don't miss it. Reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode, but far better. Al star cast with Sandler, Hoffman, Buscemi. The reviewers who pan it should find another line of work. Expand
  2. Jun 24, 2015
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Ignore the pompous "big" critics. They exist only to tear things down. The Cobbler was a pleasant surprise for me. This movie is neither a comedy, nor a drama. It's more of an urban fantasy or fairy tale...so you don't have to be too shocked by the idea that a man who can cobble shoes can also transform into the owner of the shoes. Yes, it's outrageous...it is meant to be! Enjoy the story. The Cobbler is fun, surprisingly sentimental, and a wild little ride. It's not perfect, but it's not bad either. If you enjoy a fun and outrageous story similar to that of The Brass Teapot, you should love this, too! Expand
  3. 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
  4. Jun 29, 2015
    6
    A cobbler in New York finds out that when he uses his dads old machine to mend shoes and then puts them on he becomes that person. AfterA cobbler in New York finds out that when he uses his dads old machine to mend shoes and then puts them on he becomes that person. After utiising it for fun, things become slightly more serious when he gets involved with a girl trying to save the local neighbourhood, local criminals and helping his mother come to terms with his fathers death. For an Adam Sandler film this is certainly a step up from his usual fare, and for the most part this is a charming Capra-esque comedy, which only falls apart towards the end as it tries to hard to please. 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. 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
  7. Jun 11, 2015
    0
    I could only watch 50 minutes of this film. During that time the main character transforms himself into three different African-AmericanI could only watch 50 minutes of this film. During that time the main character transforms himself into three different African-American characters. The first time Sandler's character becomes an African American he "skips out" on a check at a restaurant. The second time Sandler's character becomes an African-American he forces a man to take off his shoes, then steals them. The forth time he becomes an African-American, the person he doppelgangs is an actual criminal, with African-American friends who are also criminals. The only African-American who is not represented as a criminal is an obese teenage boy. I was thoroughly disgusted with this movie. How small minded and uncreative to seek humor at the expense of African-Americans. These kinds of stereotypical representations of African-Americans fuel racist ideologies, and birth new ignorance daily. Expand

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