Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 27
  2. Negative: 14 out of 27
  1. Who knew Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy would make such a dynamic comic duo?
  2. An action buddy comedy is such an offbeat and inspired notion that it's impossible not to think of it without smiling.
  3. 63
    Levy and Jackson save the day, and the film. The Man isn't great entertainment, but it contains enough laughter-provoking material to make it worth a look.
  4. Both Jackson and Levy are better than director Les Mayfield's ("Blue Streak") meandering comedy.
  5. 50
    Les Mayfield doesn't know how to stage showdowns and chases so they're exciting or funny.
  6. While nothing in the movie - least of all the two main performances - is especially fresh or original, it does have a few decent gags and amusing moments.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Functional if thoroughly uninspired movie. Because it clings to the comedy-action template of "48 Hrs.," pic feels like it could have been made 15 years ago.
  8. 40
    If it weren't for the running flatulence gag, the whole silly business might be mistaken for slight, clean, fast-moving fun.
  9. 40
    Jackson and Levy strike only damp sparks off each other, and they seem to have been introduced to each other --without benefit of rehearsal -- mere moments before the director cried "Action!"
  10. 40
    It's the kind of featherweight slot-filler people turn off after 15 minutes on a plane or have on in the background on cable while they vacuum the floor.
  11. The only characters in this formulaic crime comedy that I halfway liked were a couple of barely glimpsed wives, but the two leads keep it going through sheer determination.
  12. 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.
  13. The screenplay has no idea how to modulate the banter between the movie's talented stars so that it approximates affectionate and playful sparring.
  14. 38
    Yet another screwed-up mess that will give audiences another excuse to shun the multiplexes this weekend.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    In Roy Orbison terms, enduring this movie is like working for The Man.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 30
    In some ways, The Man plays like a sequel to some terrible movie that was mercifully destroyed before it was ever released.
  19. Unfortunately, The Man makes the mistake of assuming casting is all it takes to make a good comedy.
  20. 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.
  21. 10
    I haven't seen such meaningful insight into the nature of human cooperation since this morning's "Sesame Street."
  22. 10
    Fuu . . . cryin' out loud, this movie's dumb.
  23. 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.
  24. 0
    It's just awful. Pointless, lazy, derivative and paralyzingly dull.

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