The Weather Man

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Universal acclaim- based on 169 Ratings

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  • Summary: Nicholas Cage stars as popular Chicago TV weatherman David Spritz who has a shot at the big time when "Hello America," a national morning show calls him for an audition. At the top of the world professionally, David is approaching disaster on a personal level as rapidly as the weatherNicholas Cage stars as popular Chicago TV weatherman David Spritz who has a shot at the big time when "Hello America," a national morning show calls him for an audition. At the top of the world professionally, David is approaching disaster on a personal level as rapidly as the weather changes. His painful divorce, his dad's illness, and trouble with his kids have David poised on the knife's edge between stability and calamity. Trying to gain control of his situation, David slowly comes to realize that life, much like the weather, is completely unpredictable. (Paramount Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. 88
    This film has moments of uncommon observation and touching insight.
  2. It works as an intriguingly offbeat character study while offering Nicolas Cage a chance to show why he used to be considered one of the top actors of his generation.
  3. The movie gives actors many chances to shine, and they do. But I went away most impressed with Verbinski.
  4. Screenwriter Steve Conrad has less success with the female characters: The always dependable Davis is forced into shrewish territory, and David's mother (Judith McConnell) is so barely present that it's a wonder she's written in at all.
  5. 60
    What ultimately keeps The Weather Man from being a better film than it is that it doesn't no when to quit.
  6. The Weather Man is what indie misery looks like when re-created by one of Hollywood's big studios.
  7. 25
    Meet American Beastly, perhaps the most bitter studio film of the year.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. ClaytonB.
    Oct 28, 2005
    10
    Realistic.
  2. ArielG.
    Feb 22, 2006
    10
    Excellent movie. A great black comedy and character study. Occasionally depressing but it pays off in the end. Nicholas Cage is wonderful in Excellent movie. A great black comedy and character study. Occasionally depressing but it pays off in the end. Nicholas Cage is wonderful in his role. It reminded me a lot of Alexander Payne's 'About Schmidt', so if you liked the tone of that movie, this one is more than highly recommended. Added to my list of the best movies I've seen in a long while. Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  4. BuckE.
    Nov 4, 2005
    9
    Michael Caine is winning in a movie that has to do with real life. "The right thing to do & the hard thing to do are usually the same thing." Michael Caine is winning in a movie that has to do with real life. "The right thing to do & the hard thing to do are usually the same thing." "Easy doesn't enter into adult life." These are lines that Caine delivers convincingly. There is so much fluff, glitz, and perversity in today's films that a good dose of reality is refreshing. Expand
  5. JamesW
    Nov 5, 2005
    8
    I'm amazed by the petty complaints of the "professional" reviewers. Must the protaganist be a cut above the fray, in order to merit all I'm amazed by the petty complaints of the "professional" reviewers. Must the protaganist be a cut above the fray, in order to merit all that screen time and attention? Why is the inner life of an average, flawed and struggling man dismissed so easily? Comments regarding the character's lack of "likeable" traits sound more like a personal encounter than a movie review. As an average, flawed, non-star quality human, I took a lot away from this film. Expand
  6. JonD.
    Mar 9, 2006
    7
    This isnt a bad movie at all. This movie isnt a comedy movie for half of it. This movie isnt a Drama for half of it. The weatherman is a This isnt a bad movie at all. This movie isnt a comedy movie for half of it. This movie isnt a Drama for half of it. The weatherman is a movie for people who like drama and comedy because the first half is funny but the second half doesnt include one laugh and is very serious. Expand
  7. JamesB.
    Nov 2, 2005
    1
    Similar in nature to "Punch-Drunk Love" with Adam Sandler, except that PDL was a good movie. Depressing, tedious, dark, plotless, and a waste Similar in nature to "Punch-Drunk Love" with Adam Sandler, except that PDL was a good movie. Depressing, tedious, dark, plotless, and a waste of time...The only bright points were Michael Caine and a few chuckles. Expand

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