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Based on 19 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    A movie that doesn't quite have enough romance, thriller or revenge-fantasy elements to qualify for any of those genres. More than anything, it's a celebration of uncomfortable silences. The awkward moments in this movie far outweigh the joyful or tragic ones. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Macdonald works modest wonders within these constraints -- she's a lovely actress, and a skilled one -- but too much is asked of her; Kate's innocence finally wilts beneath the camera's fixed gaze. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A sly and surprisingly sublime little noir romance. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    An edgy entertainment, the movie also remarkably has the feel-good warmth of an old-time Irish film. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Original, absorbing and curiously moving. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It has been argued that for characters to be three-dimensional, they must have a past, a present, and a future, not to mention an arc. The Merry Gentleman offers a counter-argument for those who would dispute this. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It's a very small film, undermined by a puttering rhythm and Pinter-worthy pauses in the second half and a resolution neither satisfyingly oblique nor conventionally pleasing. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The potential for suspense is dropped (there's a subplot about the receptionist's flight from her violent husband, but he appears in only a couple of scenes) in favor of lots of hushed interludes in which nothing happens. show more

  • 40
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Filled more with character studies than narrative intrigues, The Merry Gentleman also provides only sketchy personality details and background information. show more

  • April 23, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Over-rated but entertaining (no comedy) but pointless story of a serial killer

  • November 12, 2009 SilvermanC
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    Michael Keaton does a wonderful job, both as an actor and a director.

  • November 11, 2009 Msm153
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    The best movie I've seen this year. Keaton was excellent.

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