Reign Over Me has the best of intentions but, despite its desire to show how the perseverance of a good man can produce profound results, it bungles the attempt. This is a shameless and clumsy tearjerker - a film that inadvertently comes across as exploiting the tragedy of 9/11 in the quest for sappy melodrama. Writer/director Mike Bender has overstretched his ability, crafting a bogus would-be feel-good tale that takes too long where it's going and stops instead of ending. The script is littered with strange contrivances and pointless tangents, and the thespian skills of Adam Sandler are unequal to the task of playing a man whose emotional pain has reduced him to a shell-shocked husk.
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