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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
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 11, 2009
There are undercurrents of a Catholic kind about grace and redemption.
December 4, 2009
A flawed but decidedly promising first movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
December 4, 2009
Keaton's directorial style is as muted as his uncharacteristically subdued performance, but it remains strangely compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2009
Michael Keaton's directorial debut is a beautifully shot, low-key relationship drama with an engaging central performance from Kelly Macdonald.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 19, 2009
...a formally minimalist film that focuses onsurface description, eschews expository dialogue and expects theaudience to collaborate in its story-making.
Read More | Original Score: 88/100
July 17, 2009
As a quiet, sad character piece, it strikes the appropriate nerves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 17, 2009
Macdonald's performance is one of understated beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 16, 2009
Keaton builds the tension nicely. Payoffs aren't as important to him as establishing a mood, a tone (mostly bleak). Patient, at times to a fault, he allows the characters to build over time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 10, 2009
Michael Keaton the actor should work with Michael Keaton the director more.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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