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  • Summary: A man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. 85
    The Extra Man is something of a love letter to the marvelous weirdos of New York.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Although too devoted to matters literary, theatrical, operatic and sexually outre to make it with general audiences, this adaptation of Jonathan Ames' novel exudes the sort of smarts and sophisticated charm specialized audiences seek.
  3. 70
    You'll either find The Extra Man utterly charming or thoroughly mystifying, but either way Kevin Kline, playing a community-theater version of himself, with all the foppishness and Shakespearean pretension but half the talent and none of the luck, inhabits its peculiar soul.
  4. This odd collection of oddballs doesn't quite play out as a satisfying movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Sean O\\\\\\\'Connell
    50
    Swifter comedic timing and a clearer narrative thread might have helped center this peculiar adaptation of Jonathan Ames's 1998 novel of the same name.
  6. The original Jonathan Ames novel from 1998 is a rich, funny and unusual work. The movie opts for the funny and unusual, leaving us with characters ill-equipped to rise above their shtick or engage our sympathy.
  7. 25
    The film knocks itself unconscious trying to be whimsical and offbeat, but is so contrived that it is as embarrassing as it is unfunny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Oct 8, 2010
    9
    This was absolutely terrific. It could be compared to a Wes Anderson film that isn't trying to be so cool. The main characters are expertly written and acted and the whole thing is edited perfectly. We saw this in an indie theatre and the whole audience was thrilled by this film. Audiences these days are expecting crazy action or other ploys to constantly keep them interested but this film is made the old fashioned way with great acting, writing, wit and storytelling. Expand
  2. Jun 9, 2011
    6
    I rented this to watch Kevin Kline and discovered Paul Dano. He's the one you can't take your eyes off of, playing a really quirky character without a single wrong move. Don't expect the ending to wrap things up, however. There is no ending. It just sort of comes to a stop, nothing resolved, no pointing to any kind of future. And still I was oddly captivated. Expand
  3. Aug 7, 2010
    4
    The trailer made this film look like a must-see, but I was disappointed by it. It's definitely quirky and weird, which I usually appreciate, but it's just to vanilla. It sits there, without much punch to it. And what the hell did the director do to John C. Reilly's voice? It didn't make a lot of sense to me. At first, I thought it might be going for a new "Harold & Maude" thing, but no. Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2010
    2
    There is a strange sense of humor within the film, but overall this is not worth renting. It's too weird to be even close to believable. Not worth your time. Expand
  5. May 2, 2011
    2
    The Extra Man is ridiculous. Did someone sketch out the plot and scenes on scratch paper in a library cubicle and then stop after the first draft? It is disjointed, choppy, and just an all around complete mess.
    Kevin Kline goes back in eccentric mode (think Otto from A Fish Called Wanda) but his eccentricities amount to nothing. He plays a modern day gentleman who has no particular employment except accompanying elderly women to formal dinner functions. He makes it clear he is not a gigolo, but an â
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