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"Reign Over Me" reviews are in and they're generally good.  The trades liked it and so did Anthony Lane of the New Yorker.  A.O. Scott appreciated the performances, but didn't love the film calling it "maddeningly uneven."  Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post wrote, "You might want to stop, and even turn around. "Reign Over Me" is much better than its main elements would immediately suggest, thanks largely to Don Cheadle in yet another note-perfect performance." 

Scott Foundas of Village Voice noted, "Like Spike Lee's 25th Hour, writer-director Mike Binder's Reign Over Me is less expressly about 9/11 than about how New Yorkers have tried (and in some cases failed) to reassemble life in the aftermath—and if Binder has a considerably heavier hand when it comes to metaphor, his movie nevertheless remains buoyant because the feelings in it are immutable, and because Sandler has never before held the screen with greater intensity."  Philip Martin of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette wrote, "Reign Over Me is an actors’ movie in that it’s all in the casting. While the dialogue might have sounded trite and/or histrionic on the page, Cheadle and Sandler make it feel spontaneous and natural. And while Sandler is once again playing a volatile character given to explosive acts, there’s nothing the least bit cartoonish in his realization of Charlie.  He’s a genuinely sad, shattered man, another fallout boy in the city, Bobby Boucher grown up and hollowed out, splattered all over Manhattan."

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