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The Merry Gentleman Reviews

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October 25, 2019
It's a low-key film, sustained primarily through MacDonald's sweet, earnest performance and Keaton's stillness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 11, 2019
The real star of this picture is MacDonald, whose range draws you in and makes you care about what's happening.
December 5, 2018
Miss Macdonald is an underrated actress, and she easily carries off the difficult task of being reticent but telling us everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 31, 2013
It is a slow film, which could work, if it eventually became intriguing, but all we get is a showcase for annoying people who would have nothing in their lives, if they weren't already in a movie.
December 11, 2009
The subdued relationship that develops between the two characters is out of balance with the fanciful contrivances that bring them together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 11, 2009
There are undercurrents of a Catholic kind about grace and redemption.
December 4, 2009
Despite memorable scenes, the narrative's aim is never clear: is this a crime drama, dark comedy or a May-December romance?
| Original Score: 2/5
December 4, 2009
A flawed but decidedly promising first movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 4, 2009
The film never quite convinces as anything other than a puff-piece for Keaton, but it is bolstered by another deeply empathetic turn from Macdonald.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 4, 2009
[Michael Keaton is] the pained and taciturn star of a pained and taciturn drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 4, 2009
In a word: awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 4, 2009
Keaton the director wisely draws a leaf from Clint Eastwood's book. Keeping the framing neat, his style is the kind of unobtrusive classical filmmaking that is a dying breed in contemporary Hollywood.
December 4, 2009
The only merriment that The Merry Gentleman delivers is through Michael Keaton's masterful direction and the performances of the two leads. It's perfectly watchable, but the story lacks the content and incident to deliver an emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 4, 2009
Part tastefully muted, part plain morose, Keaton's direction styles this as a character study of hearts in winter. But it doesn't wash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 4, 2009
We are never quite sure whether this is a thriller or a dark romance, but Keaton conjures up some excellent scenes and allows Macdonald the chance to shine.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 4, 2009
MacDonald's perky performance is a distinct plus, especially because Keaton's character is so enigmatic he's unfathomable, while the movie's lack of pace is only partly offset by some very subtle camerawork.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 4, 2009
Keaton is good, McDonald with her spooky equanimity and still-waters profundity even better. Sartre's Huis Clos? Forget that. This is hell, as moodily atmospheric as low-budget screen infernos get.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2009
Michael Keaton's directorial debut is a low-key character study which just about survives its odd shifts of tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 4, 2009
Notable for its calm composure, unfussy style and some fine performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2009
Moody and thoughtful, this quiet character study is extremely beautiful to look at and features some superbly understated performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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