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‘The Cobbler’ VOD Review

19 May 2015 1:12 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Adam Sandler, Method Man, Adam B. Shapiro, Ellen Barkin, Evan Neumann, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, Dascha Polanco, Dustin Hoffman, Yul Vasquez, Kim Cloutier | Written by Thomas McCarthy, Paul Sado | Directed by Thomas McCarthy

Max Simkin (Sandler) is a fourth generation cobbler working in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical shoe-stitching machine that allows him to step into the lives of his customers – literally – and see how the other half lives, and finds that sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are…

Thomas McCarthy, director of the critically acclaimed The Station Agent and the fantastic Paul Giamatti starrer Win Win, would seem like an odd choice to direct an Adam Sandler movie, but then The Cobbler is no ordinary Adam Sandler film. »

- Phil Wheat

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What Went Wrong with Tom McCarthy's 'The Cobbler'?

15 March 2015 1:02 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It's been six months since Tom McCarthy's latest, "The Cobbler," was excoriated by critics in Toronto, but the sting has yet to wear off. What Grantland's Wesley Morris called a "crime against cinema" currently has a pitiful 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (it's at C- on Criticwire and at 54 Metacritic), and while the film's star, Adam Sandler, has ample experience with reviewers' sharpened pencils, McCarthy's failure here comes as quite a shock. Update: Image Entertainment opened "The Cobbler" simultaneously in 20 theaters and on Video on Demand, scoring just $24,000 with a tiny per screen average of just $1,200. Read: Arthouse Audit: 'It Follows' is Horror Hit, and Tests Radius's VOD Plans  As a writer-director, the former actor's three previous films ("The Station Agent," "The Visitor," and "Win Win") comprise a loose trilogy that impressed critics with their nuanced observations of everyday life. »

- Matt Brennan

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Film Review: Adam Sandler’s ‘The Cobbler’ a Historical, Stupefying Disaster

13 March 2015 7:40 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The newest Adam Sandler film that doesn’t feature him dressed like a chubby middle schooler is really bad, but in a special way. Similarly, it is an instant classic in the legacy of bizarre disasters, a footnote in writer/director history that must be witnessed to be fully understood.

Part of its perplexity is how the film is always in grasp as it shows itself, and how you can reach out and try to bring it back home, but then it explodes. This is one of those films where its flaws are more believable as a conspiracy than a misjudgment. Someone, please, let the police know that writer/director Tom McCarthy is missing, and someone has his shoes.

Rating: 1.0/5.0

The key to entering “The Cobbler” is indeed not lead star Adam Sandler but co-writer/director McCarthy. If you’ve seen his films like “The Station Agent,” “The Visitor, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘The Cobbler’ Review: Adam Sandler Fable Takes Too Many Missteps

13 March 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Some directors should just stick to realism. Director Thomas McCarthy‘s best films, “The Station Agent” and “Win Win,” might tread toward the whimsical, but they mostly traffic in recognizable characters in relatable situations. But then there’s “The Visitor,” in which a constipated old white guy learns to love life with the help of some accommodating people of color, and you can feel the sweetness overpowering the filmmaker’s better instincts. Cloying as “The Visitor” was, it barely scratches the surface of wrongheadedness, cutesiness and borderline racism on display in “The Cobbler,” a would-be comedy that clumsily combines magic shoes, »

- Alonso Duralde

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Adam Sandler Plays It Straight As The Cobbler

12 March 2015 5:47 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

There are good movies, bad movies, and many, many others in that gray area in-between.  One might call The Cobbler a noble failure, but I’m not sorry I saw it. I so admire Tom McCarthy’s work as a writer-director (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win) that I can’t begrudge him a misfire…and his new movie is anything but dull. Adam Sandler—yes, that Adam Sandler---stars as the world-weary owner of a shoe-repair shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He inherited the place, and the profession, from his father and his father before him, but he has no passion for his work. The barber next door (Steve Buscemi) tries to cheer and encourage him, without success, and a local...

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- Leonard Maltin

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The Cobbler | Review

12 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Shoe Be Doo: McCarthy’s Magical Realism Has No Sole

Actor Thomas McCarthy has developed a solid reputation as an indie film director thanks to his first two films The Station Agent (2003) and The Visitor (2007). While his third outing, 2011’s Win Win, showcased a tendency for schmaltzy cliché, it’s a far cry from his most recent offering, The Cobbler. Headlining Adam Sandler, many expected this to be one of Sandler’s infrequent attempts at dramatic prowess, somewhere along the lines of his surprise turns in Punch Drunk Love, or even Spanglish…or even Men, Women & Children. Instead, McCarthy doggedly pursues a broad comedic tone, something that recalls old Jerry Lewis vehicles, except with a lethargic, bored star. Resolving a series of lazy dramatic conflicts, everyone involved coasts through this torporific exercise with grim determination.

A magical sewing machine that was inherited by one of his ancestors in the Lower »

- Nicholas Bell

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Review: Adam Sandler's Grating, Unfunny 'The Cobbler' Needs A Little More Soul

11 March 2015 3:39 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, we'll say this for "The Cobbler, "it's probably the first anti-gentrification, magical shoe, Jewish fable in the history of cinema. But that's about where the praise ends for this baffling misfire from Oscar-nominated writer/director Tom McCarthy. The filmmaker has previously taken seemingly slight loglines — a lonely train enthusiast dwarf forms unlikely friendships ("The Station Agent"), a man gets involved in the life of an illegal immigrant ("The Visitor"), a lawyer and a client's grandson connect over wrestling ("Win Win") — to turn out funny, yet deeply human comedies that are observant and insightful about the struggles of quirky, but ordinary and relatable characters. But "The Cobbler" sets a wacky tone early, and never deviates from it, taking the aphorism, "you can't know a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes" to gratingly literal and weirdly fantastical lengths. Adam Sandler — playing weary, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Cobbler Review

10 March 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This is a repost of our review from the 2014 Toronto Film Festival [Tiff 2014].

Like an orbiting celestial body, a rare Adam Sandler role appears every half-decade or so that threatens to break the actor out of his lucrative fiefdom of low-brow comedy. Punch-Drunk Love looked like a potential turning point in 2002, but a Spanglish or two aside, he avoided further dramatic work until 2010’s Funny People, which earned Sandler wide praise for how capably he lampooned his own career. He then followed that up with Jack & Jill, That’s My Boy, and a pair of Grown Ups. Clearly, if Sandler were interested in a McConaughey-esque career turnaround, he would have gone for it by now.

The underwhelming returns on his latest vacation disguised as a comedy, Blended, along with a pair of upcoming dramatic roles once more see the established Sandler narrative being challenged. The Cobbler is the first of two »

- Sam Woolf

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'The Cobbler' Poster: Adam Sandler Saves His Neighborhood

23 February 2015 11:56 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Adam Sandler is saving the neighborhood one sole at a time in the official poster for the upcoming comedy The Cobbler. This magical fantasy adventure arrives from director Thomas McCarthy, known for such indie hits as Win Win and The Visitor. He has pulled in quite an impressive ensemble to star alongside Sandler, including such heavy hitters as Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin and Dan Stevens.

The Cobbler follows Max Simkin (Adam Sandler), who repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.

Check out the latest one-sheet for The Cobbler, which finds »

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'The Cobbler' Poster: Adam Sandler Saves His Neighborhood

23 February 2015 11:56 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Adam Sandler is saving the neighborhood one sole at a time in the official poster for the upcoming comedy The Cobbler. This magical fantasy adventure arrives from director Thomas McCarthy, known for such indie hits as Win Win and The Visitor. He has pulled in quite an impressive ensemble to star alongside Sandler, including such heavy hitters as Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin and Dan Stevens.

The Cobbler follows Max Simkin (Adam Sandler), who repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.

Check out the latest one-sheet for The Cobbler, which finds »

- MovieWeb

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Adam Sandler struggles to make shoes in ‘The Cobbler’

18 February 2015 2:08 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

After an underwhelming performance in last year’s Men, Women and Children, can Adam Sandler try to hit gold with another role outside of his usual comedies? It seems like the reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival don’t agree.

A new trailer for The Cobbler hit the web on Wednesday. The film stars Sandler as Max, a shoe repairman who stumbles across a pair of magical shoes that allow him to become other people depending on who wore them.

The film, which is directed by Win Win‘s Thomas McCarthy, was hit hard by critics when it premiered in Toronto. Indiewire said that it “misses its marks wide and often, almost from the first frame. To say that it’s in need of repair would only be the start of addressing the multitude of problems the picture presents, because what it actually needs is a little more soul. »

- Zach Dennis

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First Look: Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams & More in 'Spotlight'

6 February 2015 10:38 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Last year, we heard about the new drama Spotlight, the latest film from Win Win and The Station Agent director Tom McCarthy. The film focuses on the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts, and a stellar cast was announced last year including Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and more. Now they all appear, along with Brian d'Arcy, in the first photo from the film which takes its title from the Spotlight Team of reporters who discovered this story. Here's the first photo from Tom McCarthy's Spotlight from ScreenDaily: Spotlight is directed by Tom McCarthy (The Cobbler, Win Win, The Station Agent) who co-wrote the script with "The West Wing" writer Josh Singer. Michael Keaton, Liev Schreinber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy, Stanley Tucci and more star in »

- Ethan Anderton

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Birdman Comes to Blu-Ray February 17th

3 February 2015 10:41 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

20th Century Fox has revealed that the Michael Keaton starring film, Birdman (which is nominated for 9 Academy awards), is coming to blu-ray in just a couple weeks.  So if you missed out on it during it's limited run in theaters, you'll soon get your chance to see what all the commotion's about.  Come inside for all the details on the blu-ray!

Birdman will hit blu-ray with it's (admittedly light) special features on February 17th, but you can catch it on digital download right now: 

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Regency Enterprises invite audiences to take flight with a New Regency / M Productions / Le Grisbi production, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) – winner of two Golden Globes® Awards and 9 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture, the critically-acclaimed film soars onto Blu-ray™ and DVD February 17 and is now available on Digital HD™. “Daring, devastating, and howlingly funny »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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'The Cobbler' International Trailer Starring Adam Sandler

2 February 2015 8:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Three months after the domestic trailer debut for The Cobbler, an international trailer has arrived with new footage from this upcoming comedic drama. Adam Sandler stars as Max Simkin, who repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.

As you can see in the new footage, this enchanted heirloom not only allows Max to literally become his customers, it creates an awkward doppleganger situation when he runs into the man whose shoes he's wearing, Ludlow (Method Man). He is also given the power to bring the dead back to life, turning him into a makeshift zombie, »

- MovieWeb

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Adam Sandler is a Sad Sack Shoe Man in UK Trailer for 'The Cobbler'

2 February 2015 8:07 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"You are a guardian of souls. You are the cobbler." No, The Cobbler isn't the latest hero to join The Avengers, but once you see the kind of powers Adam Sandler obtains as a shoe repair man, it'd be hard to argue against his usefulness in a way. The film from Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Station Agent) follows Sandler as the titular character who finds himself with the power to literally walk in other people's shoes; when he puts on their shoes, he becomes them. It starts off as innocent fun, but then causes trouble after taking money from one of his customers. It all feels very silly and not really what we hoped for. Watch? Here's the new UK trailer for Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler from Yahoo UK: You can still watch the previous international trailer for The Cobbler right here. The Cobbler is directed by Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch: Adam Sandler Fixes Shoes And Changes His Life In First Trailer For 'The Cobbler'

2 February 2015 5:58 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Even though the premise sounded Adam Sandler-esque through and through, we really had high hopes that with "The Station Agent" and "Win Win" director Thomas McCarthy behind the camera, "The Cobbler" might be a welcomed reprieve from the comic actor's usual schtick. We were wrong. A complete misfire and a total flop when it premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last fall (here's our review), you can now see for yourself how this thing turned out, with the first international trailer dropping today. Co-starring Method Man, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, and Dustin Hoffman, the story follows a mild-mannered cobbler who discovers a magical stitching machine that allows him to inhabit the lives of people whose shoes he mends. This leads to romance, creepily stalking women, facing off against thugs, and though it's not mentioned in the trailer, a battle against gentrification. And yes, it's as messy as all of that sounds, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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