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‘Norman’ is Gere’s time to shine

Another movie opening on Friday is titled "Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer." It stars Richard Gere is the title character. The film scored an 87 percent positive rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Following are a few of the critical comments:

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: "Gere, who somehow seems to make himself physically smaller here, creates a character both infuriating and endearing."

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: "Is Norman a macher, a schnorrer or a mensch? Thanks to the filmmaker's sensitive touch and Gere's sympathetic performance, he gets to be all three. And that calls for mazel tovs all around."

Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com: "In Richard Gere's deft, veteran hands, Norman Oppenheimer is consistently, completely fascinating. You may not be able to root for him, but you can't help but feel for him."

Clearly, some people are Gere heads.