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The Cobbler

Fantasy . Comedy . Drama

Max Simkin 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.

Actors: Adam Sandler , Dan Stevens , Steve Buscemi , Dustin Hoffman , Ellen Barkin , Dascha Polanco , Elena Kampouris , Jared Sandler , Melonie Diaz , Glenn Fleshler , Elli , Adam B. Shapiro , Evan Neumann , Allen Lewis Rickman
Directors: Tom McCarthy
Country: USA
Release: 2015-03-13
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  • Steve Persall

    Flawed as it is, The Cobbler retains interest throughout, chiefly because Sandler isn't bad in a rare semi-dramatic performance.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Written and directed with precision and sensitivity by Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent), it revives the pleasant art of storytelling most of today’s young filmmakers have all but abandoned, and cures (temporarily, anyway) my allergy to Adam Sandler.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    A film that continues to grow more perplexing as it walks, not runs, toward an unsatisfying end.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    The Cobbler definitely won't please the audience for Sandler's mainstream blockbusters, and it's unlikely to win him new fans among the indie intelligentsia, either.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Esther Zuckerman

    What starts off as a potentially charming fantasy never finds its footing.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • John DeFore

    In a movie built on the idea of walking in someone else's shoes, shouldn't learning to see others as more than stereotypes be fairly central to the plot's development?

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    With its unusual central conceit and awkward, somnambulant pacing, The Cobbler feels like a quirky foreign comedy that’s been mis-translated into English, losing all the subtlety and humour in the process.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    The gimmick is marginally amusing as Max tests it out in ways both naughty and nice. But so many holes, questions and contradictions arise that it's hard to square the rules of the game.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Whatever McCarthy hoped to do with this thin story and star casting, all he ended up with was another average Sandler movie — not as bad as some, no better than most.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Andy Webster

    The sophomoric humor may be absent, but in its place is only a soufflé of whimsy, seasoned with soot, that fails to rise.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The Cobbler goes from bad to you-have-to-be-kidding in that final act, when we’re given a big reveal that makes no sense, even in the context of a bat-bleep crazy fable.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Bad things can happen to talented people. Take Tom McCarthy, who wrote and directed "The Station Agent," "The Visitor" and "Win Win." All gems. His fourth film, The Cobbler, is a failure on every level.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Maudlin when it’s not being offensive, The Cobbler belongs to that special class of comedy that seems to get worse with every new (mis)step it takes.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    While the idea is original, it's also ridiculous, and the story is not close to clever enough to put it into any kind of context that is compelling, interesting or believable.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    When it seems like the movie can’t get worse, it does, with a finale that’s just cringe-inducing and far too neat and tidy. It’s the kind of climax that undoes all of McCarthy and Sandler’s efforts to make us invest in Max and his story.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Throughout The Cobbler, Sandler himself seems more invested than he’s been for a long time. But the rest of this ghastly movie lets him down.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    The result is a slow-motion zeppelin crash that starts as a dull-edged fable, and then spirals further and further out of control without ever growing more exciting or interesting.

    Variety Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The Cobbler is almost fascinatingly awful enough to recommend. If one subscribes to the theory that you can learn as much from a bad movie as from a good one, this one’s a master class in what not to do. Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A painfully earnest and totally unfunny magic-realist fable set on the Lower East Side that works in no way whatsoever.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Thomas McCarthy evinces no interest in the people who come into Max's store and wind up as fodder for his increasingly violent and self-absorbed escapades. Not a shred.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    The Cobbler has invented a new category of terrible: cruel schmaltz.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    The Cobbler is such a weirdly somber comedy that it would almost be in poor taste to laugh during it, though there’s not much danger of that happening.

    The Dissolve Full Review
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