The Weather Man

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37

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Critic Reviews

  1. One of those purposefully glum studies in alienation that Hollywood occasionally produces as blue-state specials for disenchanted liberals.
  2. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    30
    A guaranteed downer that's devoid of any upside, and free of dangerously entertaining side effects.
  3. 25
    Meet American Beastly, perhaps the most bitter studio film of the year.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 169 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. Apr 6, 2014
    10
    The Weather Man is more than entertainment. It is reflections of the life of a weather as his life crumbles around him. His life starts offThe Weather Man is more than entertainment. It is reflections of the life of a weather as his life crumbles around him. His life starts off low then gets lower but through endless struggles of trying to impress his Pulitzer prize winning father and to mend his broken relationship. His career however looks like it might save him as tries desperately to become a national weather man. Overall very uplifting and it might have changed the way I view the world. Do not watch for light entertainment. This movie may answer the question of the meaning of life. Full Review »
  2. Oct 10, 2015
    6
    The Weather Man is a decidedly average film, but does present many strengths. Hyper realistic with great and relatable characters, the filmThe Weather Man is a decidedly average film, but does present many strengths. Hyper realistic with great and relatable characters, the film really hits home quite often. Nicolas Cage, Hope Davis, and Michael Caine, are all great in their respective roles and, much like the film itself, bring a human quality to their characters. The writing is also very good and the direction from Gore Verbinski is solid, all winding up with a top-notch character study. However, what truly hurts this one, is the main character. Though realistic and relatable, he is entirely too easy to hate to the point that when things go well for him, we do not care. When things go poorly, we feel he deserves it. This may be the point, but it makes it tough to enjoy a film when you hate the protagonist. Honestly, serial killer and mob movies have more likable people as the protagonists than this one. Despite this, as I said, The Weather Man is decidedly average on a wholistic level, but does bring a lot of quality to the table and was quite an easy watch and never drifted into boredom territory, in large part thanks to its honest and realistic approach to its characters. Full Review »
  3. Jan 30, 2012
    8
    Recently noticed that this was one of the top streaming selections on Netflix -- seven years after it came out. So I think my sense that thisRecently noticed that this was one of the top streaming selections on Netflix -- seven years after it came out. So I think my sense that this would be a sleeper has been vindicated. After four viewings it is still laugh out loud funny, largely because of the usual passion Cage brings to the part. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the movie is that Spritz, bedeviled by his sense of mediocrity, is actually the least complacent character in a sea of dreary mediocrities. (Pulitzer Prize? Please. Does his estranged wife with the big sad house write sci-fi novels? What about her new blob of a suitor?) I think Ebert had it right -- this is a film about a person who thinks that the standard American measures of success are bunk. But he can't escape from the shadow of his menacing father, who, to his credit, admits in the final scenes that his "like a rock" life hasn't been worth as much as his son thinks it might have.

    The film has its false notes -- the creepy counselor scenes and the whole "camel toe" excursion -- but on the whole there's something transcendent about it.
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