Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 27
  2. Negative: 14 out of 27
  1. 38
    Nobody needed to make it, nobody needs to see it, Jackson and Levy are too successful to waste time with it. It plays less like a film than like a deal.
  2. The screenplay has no idea how to modulate the banter between the movie's talented stars so that it approximates affectionate and playful sparring.
  3. 38
    Yet another screwed-up mess that will give audiences another excuse to shun the multiplexes this weekend.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    In Roy Orbison terms, enduring this movie is like working for The Man.
  5. Most of The Man is as awful as last year's debacle, "Taxi," yet Levy, stuck in a no-brainer variation on Billy Crystal's predicament in "Analyze This," shows just enough noodgy passive-aggression to suggest what the movie might have been were it not shackled to buddy-action clich├ęs.
  6. Less a movie than a longform, live-action Celebrity Death Match between its leads, this wheezing comedy may herald the death knell of the interracial buddy-cop farce.
  7. 30
    In some ways, The Man plays like a sequel to some terrible movie that was mercifully destroyed before it was ever released.
  8. Unfortunately, The Man makes the mistake of assuming casting is all it takes to make a good comedy.
  9. Arrives in theaters today with a sheet over its head and a tag on its toe. So to speak. What we have here is a complete systemic failure, a comedy that's not funny, with action that's not thrilling.
  10. 10
    I haven't seen such meaningful insight into the nature of human cooperation since this morning's "Sesame Street."
  11. 10
    Fuu . . . cryin' out loud, this movie's dumb.
  12. Indeed, this is the very kind of lame-brained folly Levy and his SCTV cohorts used to mock on their old show; now it's how he makes rent.
  13. 0
    It's just awful. Pointless, lazy, derivative and paralyzingly dull.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. MalcomM.
    Oct 20, 2005
    It's no wonder the critics bombed this film. The producers got the wrong man as The Man. Coz I'm the man. Yeah, that's right, me. I am The Man. I would have made a much better Man. Ya dig? Full Review »
  2. JerashJ.
    Dec 10, 2005
    I liked it. Sure doesn't deserve all those pro reviewers who slammed it.
  3. JonD.
    Sep 23, 2005
    This movie was HILARIOUS. I can't understand the bad reviews. I think part of it is understanding Eugene Levy's sense of humor. The humor is in his expressions & hand gestures (It's very much a Jewish sense of humor.) He is a perfect foil for Samuel Jackon's kick-ass no-nonsense. So if you don't get, you lose! Full Review »