In other words, different. Think: Punch-Drunk Love, Funny People.
"Sandler's core as a performer has always been self-loathing; in his best comedies, he weaponizes it with humiliating ruthlessness," the Village Voice said. "Here, however, he internalizes it, as his character struggles both to raise his precocious college-bound daughter (a wonderful Grace Van Patten) and bond with his judgmental, old-school–New York art-elite dad."
"Adam Sandler is good," Vanity Fair wrote. "Even if Sandler's immature comedies make you ill (an understandable reaction), his turn here as the neglected older son with a big heart and a limp is tremendous."
"With no shtick to fall back on, Sandler is forced to act, and it’s a glorious thing to watch," Variety said. "Even for those fans who like him best in perpetual man-child mode (don’t worry: the character is a full-grown variation on that familiar Sandler prototype)."