Published On: Wed, Mar 11th, 2015

The Critics Hate Adam Sandler’s ‘The Cobbler’

Movie review site Rotten Tomatoes has given it an 8% rating.


It’s official. Adam Sandler’s new movie “The Cobbler” is a stinker.

Movie review site Rotten Tomatoes has given it an 8% rating.

This is the time of year when studios burn off their big budget films with famous stars that they know are no good. It is between the end of the winter holiday season and the start of the Spring break season when stinkers like Vince Vaughn and Johnny Depp’s latest come out.

Poor Adam Sandler. That is what the studio thought of his latest too. When was the last time that he had a descent movie? As soon as audiences grew out of the immaturity of his early hits Sandler’s career tanked.

“Grown Ups 2, ” “That’s My Boy, ” “Jack and Jill, ” enough said!

Written and directed by Thomas McCarthy, “The Cobbler” stars Adam Sandler as Max Simkin, a man who repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. One day he stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way just by wearing their shoes. “Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are, ” is the film’s tag line.

The critics did give Sandler an A for effort, however. They all seem to agree that he did a good job with the material that he had.

But if Sandler truly wishes to grow as an actor then one wonders why he continues to agree to make these types of films.

About the movie Variety said, “As laughless and lifeless as all this is — and it’s hard to overstate just how few jokes the film even attempts — one is still willing to wait and see where McCarthy is taking it, with the strange sense of unreality and wall-to-wall klezmer-inspired score giving it the feel of some long-lost Yiddish fairy tale. (Even after the subtitled prologue, the film still throws out more bubelehs and boychiks than you can shake a shepleffel at.) But as a plot involving a predatory developer (Ellen Barkin) and her roving gangs of hyperviolent thugs starts to take hold around the hour mark, the film goes off the deep end completely with a series of jarring turns. The final twist simply has to be seen to be believed, and will probably alienate the few viewers who have yet to turn against it.”

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