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The Cobbler

2015
Comedy
Drama
1h 39m
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. (imdb)
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The Cobbler

2015
Comedy
Drama
1h 39m
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Rated 08 Aug 2018
24
2nd
Adam Sandler discoveres a magical empathy machine but uses it for drug trade, attempted rape & a date with his mom. One of the most bizarrely dysfunctional movies I've seen. Is it a superhero movie? A jerkoff comedy? A crime thriller? A critique of big business in NY? An offbeat fable? The only consistency in this obnoxious mess comes from bland indifference, baffling misjudgments & the usual list of Sandler-related phobias. I'm surprised this didn't instantly norbit McCarthy's oscar chances.
Rated 01 Aug 2017
70
1st
Don't waste your time. It had some potential, but did not deliver as a comedy, at all. I got a little involved in the plot and wanted to see how it all turned out, but overall one of Sandler's worst.
Rated 14 Jun 2016
55
58th
Not sure what all the hate is about, this is far from Sandler's worst film. Have you seen Jack and Jill? Sandler actually forgoes his usual nonsensical shenanigans here and plays it straight, which works. I think they could have done more with the idea, as it's basically "Click" with shoes.
Rated 03 Aug 2015
1
11th
They really got their mileage out of the transphobia and racism.
Rated 30 Apr 2015
48
15th
What was a by the numbers cutesy execution of a simplistic magic powers premise ended with one of the dumbest ways I can think of to end the movie.
Rated 27 Jul 2016
30
5th
It should've been a film about defending NY as a city of family businesses and the small, almost ancient shops that give authenticity to the people. Instead, it's a bullshit fable about a guy trading shoes to be other people, until he finally finds a way to solve a crime issue with these powers.
Rated 16 Dec 2016
40
22nd
It's not as bad as other Sandler comedies - the core idea is actually quite interesting and it has some decent moments.
Rated 22 Dec 2017
36
12th
What were they thinking?
Rated 20 Mar 2015
70
62nd
I enjoyed it! It was by no means a great movie, nor a very funny movie but it was quite alright.
Rated 21 Apr 2015
63
18th
Adam Sandler IS Method Man.
Rated 25 Feb 2016
1
4th
It's a toxic smear of curdled whimsy. The film is beyond awful.
Rated 12 Nov 2016
17
9th
D-
Rated 29 Jun 2016
19
0th
This is one of the most fascinatingly shit projects I've ever seen. I can't tell if it was a Sandler project or a McCarthy one or what. Spotlight coming out less than a year after just deepens the mystery.
Rated 27 Oct 2015
35
19th
Surprisingly, Sandler wasn't the reason this movie sucked - he was actually decent. But his lack of an over-the-top performance couldn't save an otherwise uninspired script.
Rated 22 Nov 2019
33
8th
The movie would actually be decent if they would explore the "walking in someon else's shoes" more than just barely scratching the surface. However, someone thought making this movie super rascist, white priviledged and transphobic would be a good idea. What the fuck, Thomas McCarthy.
Rated 24 May 2016
90
84th
i liked it
Rated 31 May 2018
34
2nd
33.50
Rated 01 Oct 2018
30
0th
30.00.
Rated 30 Oct 2020
55
41st
Only a slightly above average film, but much better than I expected due mainly to the premise of the film (literally walking in others people's shoes) not descending into gimmickry. Sandler does melancholy very well (there is on doubt he can act given the right situation and a competent director which McCarthy apparently is). Perhaps there is an undercurrent of racism and transphobia, but I am not convinced of that.
Rated 02 Dec 2020
30
11th
Not a piece on the trials and tribulations of a Northampton Town fan, The Cobbler is in fact an underplayed comedy-drama based on the magical qualities of a shoemaker's stitching machine. Or at least it is early on, before wildly changing tone, throwing in a load of guff about gangsters and dropping the atmosphere it'd created the best part of an hour establishing. I quite liked the first half, fucking hated the second, and found the final father-son reunion scene ridiculous.
Rated 28 Dec 2020
57
22nd
Far from Sandler's worse, but the bar is low, the aim is wobbly, and the ending is weak
Rated 06 Aug 2021
65
32nd
blare???? ?????????????????
Rated 20 Aug 2022
27
2nd
Starts out with a superficially intriguing premise that you feel isn't quite being capitalised on, before it becomes clear at the mid-point that the film-makers have run out of ideas, as they start marking time with an agonisingly tedious crime subplot, then throwing in a very strange 180 degree twist at the finale, roping in a somewhat beleaguered Hoffman to try and sell a silly and senselessly emotional happy (?) ending. Almost peculiar enough to recommend, if it weren't so long-winded!
Rated 24 Jul 2023
84
99th
I like Adam Sandler and I liked the twist at the end
Rated 03 Jun 2015
30
1st
One of the worst movies I've seen in a very long time don't know why I even watched it, too stupid to spend time on.
Rated 18 Jun 2016
92
14th
Great story up until the ending that sucked.
Rated 17 Sep 2016
54
36th
Had this in the high 50s; then I noticed its year of release. Repeatedly hitting all the lowest-common-denominator tropes is never a sign of a great movie, but seriously, a 2015 comedy that plays it weirdly straight 90% of the time, except when it veers into jokey-jokes about a dude dressing like a lady, an Asian's accent, and (groooan) "I'm not fat, I'm big boned"? Get outta here. Fun enough premise, almost a bit of heart thanks to Buscemi and Diaz, and an ending so dumb that I appreciate it.
Rated 26 Apr 2015
65
62nd
The Cobbler has a great premise but gets bogged down by having a traditional plot. Overall the film is a little slow and it's over-reliance on stereotypes doesn't work in its favour. Sandler isn't bad in this role, and I occasionally enjoy his slapstick indulgences, but the film would have been better served with someone more timid to do justice to the character, and enhance the dark humour intrinsic to the concept. I did enjoy the film, even though I called the twist at the end.
Rated 18 May 2015
38
12th
I'm not a Sandler fan, but he did his best here and didn't bring banal humor. But the actual story was a disappointment. My opinion here : http://opinion-as-a-moviefreak.blogspot.be/2015/05/the-cobbler-2014.html
Rated 21 Jan 2017
60
58th
ger; [the cobbler]; ein sohn eines schuhmachers entdeckt dass er durch die schuhe seiner kunden in deren leben schlüpfen kann - und hilft den nachbarn dass kein immobilienhai das viertel kauft.;
Rated 29 Feb 2016
70
53rd
Magicfromangel+kidagain/swings+usesmethodmantorobguyshoeslol+gonnabangguygf/cantcuzshoes+dadleftawhileago-usesshoestogivemomdinnerwithhim+shediesthatnight+irememberedbuscemi'shisdad/gaveherpearsetcalwaysaskedabouther+tazeMM/doeshisgangshit-movieworse+fight-highheelkillsMM+tellscops-body/moneygone+helpinggirlsavebuildingmehtoo+thengirlaskshimoutlol+madethingsright+dadbeenhelping-savesfromgangsters-reveals-shoebatcave:P+othertradesmen
Rated 13 Mar 2015
47
12th
The formula of family, fantasy and fun is reminiscent of Sandler's 2006 "Click" but executed tedious and foreseeable. -- Bluntly disappointing.
Rated 22 Apr 2015
55
29th
Don't understand all the bad reviews. Nothing special, but has a certain charm.
Rated 27 Apr 2016
100
93rd
I love this movie. Would make a great pilot for a T.V. show.
Rated 20 Oct 2016
44
15th
Starts decent, keep badly, and terribly.. False cast to false story.
Rated 17 Dec 2015
67
24th
Not a stinky shoe, but not a fresh set of kicks either... this movie was a strange one. Having Adam Sandler you would expect it to be a comedy, but it was almost more of a crime/drama than a funny movie. Sander did a good job, and he looked like he put on some weight for the role, but this wasn't a typical movie for him. I did like the magic of his shoe-stitcher that lets him become other people if he wears their shoes...
Rated 20 Sep 2016
35
8th
This is not an Adam Sandler movie. Sure it has Adam Sandler in it, but it has none of the trappings of a typical Sandler schlockfest. Perhaps if it had anyone but Adam Sandler in it, or perhaps if it wasn't a creepy movie about escapism with a false happy ending... Oh well, one can only speculate.
Rated 27 Feb 2017
60
44th
"The Cobbler" is a further departure from the style that Tom McCarthy established with his first two films - which is probably apparent by the fact that Adam Sandler stars in it. In truth, he is not too bad, although the supporting cast - namely Steve Buscemi, Dustin Hoffman and Ellen Barkin - totally steals the limelight. As far as the story goes, the "action" part of it might be a little haphazard but is pretty inventive and certainly enjoyable; the allegory au contraire is skin deep.
Rated 13 Mar 2015
30
17th
An unfunny and kind of nasty movie that wishes it was whimsical, The Cobbler just doesn't work. In a bygone era, perhaps it would have been successful, but watching someone impersonate and alter -- and in some cases ruin -- the lives of people simply isn't funny.
Rated 29 Mar 2017
58
10th
This is the first film that I have seen by the director Thomas McCarthy that I have not enjoyed. The film has an interesting premise but the script is a mess. The film never settles on a tone and it does not work trying to switch from comedy to fantasy to drama and back again. Also some of the actions of the characters do not make any sense. Overall this film is very disappointing.
Rated 22 Jun 2018
22
2nd
Magical realism gone terribly awry. Underneath the strained whimsy of THE COBBLER is the tale of a desperate, creepy loner who temporarily snatches other people's bodies, often for dishonest or unsavory purposes. There is little learning and even less humor in this wildly misguided film, where the lessons of empathy are only learned through social and racial tourism.
Rated 24 Jul 2015
75
88th
Entertainment: 5/4. Spirit: 1.5/3. Sustainability: 1/3.
Rated 14 Mar 2015
55
36th
I might be overrating this, but it's not...that bad, maybe? There's a nice, sweet, melancholic fairy-tale tone to the first half hour, I'll put it that way--but then the movie decides it wants to bog itself down in some sort of extraordinarily ridiculous gangster subplot involving Method Man and Ellen Barkin. After that, things get wheezy and a little unpleasant. Still, though, this is not an Adam Sandler movie in the ways you'd think it'd be an Adam Sandler movie.

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