The conceit is both ridiculous and clever, but the director, Tom McCarthy, pushes it to facile conclusions without tapping its deeper potential ...
Richard Brody, New Yorker, 2015-03-15
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.
Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2015-03-13
A failed fairy tale with a saccharine, klezmer-inflected tone undercut by the movie's own plot.
Molly Eichel, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2015-03-13
"The Cobbler" is a wildly ill-conceived curio from director Tom McCarthy, who co-wrote with Paul Sado.
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 2015-03-12
What starts off as a potentially charming fantasy never finds its footing.
Esther Zuckerman, Entertainment Weekly, 2015-03-12
"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.
Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic, 2015-03-12
Fans of Adam Sandler are a hardy lot, impervious to the derision of friends and family and the slings and arrows his films frequently attract from critics. The Cobbler is likely to test their mettle.
Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, 2015-03-12
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, 2015-03-12
The Cobbler has invented a new category of terrible: cruel schmaltz
Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly, 2015-03-12
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, 2015-03-12
Maybe there's a good movie in here somewhere - or would have been, more than 40 years ago, with Judd Hirsch as the shoemaker. Or nearly 60 years ago, as a quick "Twilight Zone" episode. But as it's done today, it's just forced and unfunny and fake.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2015-03-12
Flamboyant caricatures and casual prejudice have always been cornerstones of the Adam Sandler empire, and The Cobbler is no exception.
A.A. Dowd, AV Club, 2015-03-12
A painfully earnest and totally unfunny magic-realist fable set on the Lower East Side that works in no way whatsoever.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 2015-03-11
A movie like this, in which not a single scene comes together, in which almost nothing makes you laugh or cry or think, reminds you that it's truly a miracle when movies work at all.
Wesley Morris, Grantland, 2014-09-11
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.
Andrew Barker, Variety, 2014-09-10