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The Cobbler

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Tom McCarthy

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About the Movie

Max Simkin has had enough of working in his little New York shoe repair shop where he quietly envies people with more interesting lives. So when he discovers an old family heirloom with the magical ability to change his appearance and transform into any of his customers, the temptation is too good to pass up. However, his newfound ability to become someone else proves to be as troublesome as it is fun. When a ruthless real estate developer tries to take over his neighborhood, Max uses his gift to become the hero he always hoped he could be. Featuring an all-star cast including Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Cliff “Method Man” Smith and Ellen Barkin, THE COBBLER proves that sometimes you have to walk in another man’s shoes to discover who you really are.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 65
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 59
  • Average Rating: 3.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The sophomoric humor may be absent, but in its place is only a souffle of whimsy, seasoned with soot, that fails to rise. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Mar 12, 2015

Rotten: What starts off as a potentially charming fantasy never finds its footing. – Esther Zuckerman, Entertainment Weekly, Mar 12, 2015

Rotten: It's a toxic smear of curdled whimsy about a New York shoe-repair man (a lumbering Adam Sandler), who transforms into his customers when he puts on their shoes. The film is beyond awful. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Mar 12, 2015

Rotten: "The Cobbler" is a wildly ill-conceived curio from director Tom McCarthy, who co-wrote with Paul Sado. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Mar 12, 2015

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Customer Reviews

charming movie

This is a family friendly, charming and endearing film. Great to watch with the family. Very enjoyable and magical. Love it!

Rotten Tomatoes????

Often when I watch a movie that Rotten has given 70, 80, 90%, I don't enjoy it nearly as much as I expect I should, given the high ratings. And now I watch a movie that Rotten has totally panned, and find that it's one of the best movies I've seen in months. Good grief, 8%????? I found this movie extraordinarily enjoyable. I have learned a very valuable lesson here. And that is, from this moment on, to stop paying any attention at all to Rotten's opinions.

Wow. So That Was, Uh...

First, the thought of unsuspecting Sandler fans renting The Cobbler expecting a goofy Happy Madison flick makes me laugh. Oh, where to begin with The Cobbler. Okay. It’s charming and watchable. And Sandler’s good, as he usually is in his indie efforts. The fact is that The Cobbler is a tenth the movie it could’ve been. The idea of literally occupying another man’s body inspired Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) to explore the meaning of identity, the human psyche and the meaning of existence. You can do funny, but you can also choose to do smart funny. Here, occupying another man’s body literally doesn’t seem to interest the filmmakers beyond a cheap joke about having an Asian accent. The film is an excuse for transphobic humor, an awkward and unnecessary subplot involving Ellen Barkin that seems to occupy an entirely different movie, and jarring tonal shifts.

The Cobbler
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2015

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