The Merry Gentleman - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Merry Gentleman Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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+
June 19, 2009
As an actor and now as a promising first-time director, Keaton's keen instincts serve him well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 17, 2009
That this gloomy movie partly succeeds is a credit to the sharp dialogue, the fine cast and the directing debut of a reluctant star.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2009
With just a few tweaks, The Merry Gentleman could have made a wickedly funny parody of the over-earnest, lyrically hard-edged indie movie. But it's too late for do-overs.
June 11, 2009
A sly and surprisingly sublime little noir romance, which marks the directing debut of Michael Keaton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 11, 2009
An interesting film with some really well thought out and well grounded characters and I was surprised by it.
May 11, 2009
A lot goes on in this film without much being said, a credit to Keaton, who shoots it deliberately and thoughtfully, in a film demonstrating there should be a lot more work on both sides of the camera ahead for Michael Keaton.
May 8, 2009
A movie that doesn't quite have enough romance, thriller or revenge-fantasy elements to qualify for any of those genres.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 7, 2009
An overly muted and cautious piece of work. Watching it is like seeing a man ease out onto the limb of a tree, constantly testing its strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 6, 2009
Anchoring the film, which is driven more by characters than plot, are fine performances by Keaton and Kelly Macdonald and a screenplay in which the pauses between words are as meaningful as the words themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2009
In his uneven directorial debut The Merry Gentleman, Michael Keaton plays a distinctly unmerry Chicago hit man named Frank Logan who falls for a mousy receptionist, Kate Frazier (Kelly Macdonald), on the run from an abusive cop husband.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 1, 2009
We're always aware of watching characters--not people--languish through the usual indie ennui.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 1, 2009
The potential for suspense is dropped in favor of lots of hushed interludes in which nothing happens.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 1, 2009
An austere, nearly pitch-perfect character study of two mismatched yet ideally matched souls.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 30, 2009
A dark and lovely drama about the complications of human connections that is Michael Keaton's impressive directing debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 30, 2009
The director's vision has dictated his acting choices, and that vision has been clouded by Ron Lazzaretti's sententious script.
April 30, 2009
Even if this particular story has trouble coalescing, The Merry Gentleman serves as a calling card for (director Michael) Keaton's next one. I hope there is a next one.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 30, 2009
Gentleman is a screamingly quiet film distinguished by a haunting score and terrific lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 30, 2009
The Merry Gentleman is original, absorbing and curiously moving in ways that are far from expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 29, 2009
Set during a joyless Chicago Christmas (hence the carol-like title), this Debbie Downer of a drama is a bitter slog.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
April 28, 2009
The repetitive material hobbles the actor's energies.
October 18, 2008
An edgy entertainment, the movie also remarkably has the feel-good warmth of an old-time Irish film.
January 22, 2008
[Star Kelly McDonald is] one of those rare, quicksilver actresses whose natural qualities invest everything she does with warmth, integrity, innate goodness and automatic interest.