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  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This contemplative drama draws strength from day-to-day ordinariness and a terrific lead performance from Paul Eenhoorn, yet sadly falls short. show more

  • 80
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    Acted with smart restraint and shot with corresponding composure, this is a somber, slow-moving drama built out of small but acutely observed moments of naturalistic human behavior. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    At its best, with its quiet, ominous pace in the early going and its economical distribution of information throughout, the film is reminiscent of Todd Haynes's Safe. show more

  • 50
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    The players utterly inhabit their banal characters, but Hartigan only delivers a couple of scenes that merit all this attention to detail. show more

  • 80
    Andrew Lapin The Dissolve

    This Is Martin Bonner is a story of faith and redemption, but Hartigan casts aside the conventional wisdom that there must be a causal link between the two. show more

  • 100
    Los Angeles Times

    This Is Martin Bonner, wonderfully acted and something of a minimalist masterpiece, is a striking, moving ode to lives lived day to day, even hour to hour, in which the smallest gesture has the power to make one hopeful for the next, like a small fire gently stoked. show more

  • 80
    John Anderson Variety

    A mood piece, a character study and an exercise in poetic gesture possessed of a sort of evanescent, secular spirituality. show more

  • 70
    Chuck Wilson Village Voice

    This Is Martin Bonner isn't exciting, but it's also never dull. show more

  • 70
    Nicolas Rapold The New York Times

    It’s gratifying to see the care taken with his characters, though it would be no betrayal of them for Mr. Hartigan to flesh out their world and their lives further. show more

  • 83
    Sam Adams The A.V. Club

    It’s a brief wisp of a movie, but one that’s not easy to shake. show more

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