Brendan Kelly

Brendan Kelly

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Montreal Gazette , Variety
Total Reviews:
136

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— 3 Histoires d'Indiens " It's a great thing for Quebec cinema that Robert Morin exists. But that doesn't make his films any easier to watch." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/5 —— Hitono nozomino yorokobiyo (Joy of Man's Desiring) " It's interesting to get a glimpse of a world many of us know little about but Côté is not the kind of filmmaker who's into explaining what he's filming or giving it any context." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 —— Meetings With A Young Poet " McHattie looks uncannily like Beckett and the seasoned Canadian actor has just the right mix of quirk and grit to pull off the performance." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 3, 2014
1/5 —— La Garde " There might well be a good film lurking in here somewhere but it's several major rewrites away." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 80% Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) " When you see Xavier Dolan's Tom à la ferme -- and you must! -- you will almost certainly come out of it thinking of the many echoes of the work of thriller-meister Alfred Hitchcock on display here." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/5 —— Maïna " The cool thing is that although it takes place among the country's aboriginal communities prior to the arrival of the Europeans, the themes couldn't be more contemporary." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/5 —— Ayiti Toma, au pays des vivants " It's great to have this take on Haitian culture and history that provides an alternative to what we're used to seeing on the news." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/5 63% The French Minister (2014) " The neat twist is that the clownish minister perhaps isn't the goof we all think he is." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/5 —— Les garçons et Guillaume, à table " It takes a bit of effort to get into Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!, but it's worth the work." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/5 —— Bunker " There is a great idea lurking somewhere inside Bunker, but it's as if director Patrick Boivin and screenwriter Olivier Roberge aren't quite sure how to express that idea." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3.5/5 —— Miraculum " There is much to like in Miraculum." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 —— Le Coq de St-Victor (The Rooster of St-Victor) " This is an endearing little movie." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/5 —— Québékoisie " The timing couldn't be better for this film. In the end, this is a documentary making a plea for a more open, more diverse society where we're all proud of our heritage and happy to showcase our differences." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Jan 24, 2014
4/5 80% Whitewash (2014) " I like the fact that Hoss-Desmarais is willing to sacrifice narrative energy to focus on the poetry of this guy who's lost in the woods... and is losing his mind." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Jan 24, 2014
3/5 —— Ressac " It's a tough, no frills drama about three generations of women trying to come to grips with the loss of the man of the house. It's a moving piece, but don't say I didn't warn you -- it moves at a very slow pace." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4/5 —— My Prairie Home " There's a real emotional force to this portrait of an artist growing up oh so different in an evangelical Christian environment where being different is not exactly the easiest thing to pull off." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/5 —— À Jamais, Pour Toujours " The film... takes us behind the headlines about Sudan, giving the sort of depth you simply don't get in a two-minute TV news report on the region." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/5 —— Gare Du Nord " Watching the France/Quebec co-production Gare du Nord, I thought -- not for the first time in my life as a critic -- that this film would have worked better as a documentary." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4/5 79% On My Way (2014) " Bercot has made a film that kind of jumps all over the place, in terms of mood and pacing, but it's never dull and always original." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Nov 7, 2013
2/5 —— Dead Man Talking " The result is most unusual but mostly not very much fun to watch." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Oct 25, 2013
3.5/5 —— Bright Days Ahead (2014) " It's a moving drama about two themes not often brought together in the cinema -- adultery and retirement." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Oct 25, 2013
3/5 84% Good Ol' Freda (2013) " If you have any interest in Liverpool's most noted hitmakers, go see this film. But just don't expect to find too many revelations about the Fabsters." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Oct 17, 2013
4/5 —— Une Jeune Fille " Both leads are terrific." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Oct 4, 2013
1/5 —— La Maison du pêcheur " If you're going to make a film about the origins of the Front de Libération du Québec cell that kidnapped and murdered Liberal minister Pierre Laporte, you'd better make it a good film." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 13, 2013
4/5 88% Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014) " It's a phenomenal performance by Robitaille, who's rarely had such a meaty big-screen role, but all the others are quite impressive, too." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 6, 2013
3/5 —— Jappeloup " Eventually you may tire of the endless slow-motion sequences of horses leaping over fences, but even for those of us with little interest in the sport, it's hard not to get wrapped up in the drama." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 6, 2013
4/5 —— Quatre Soldats " All of the actors do a great job and it's always a pleasure to see a local filmmaker who doesn't cast the usual suspects." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3/5 —— Louis Cyr " Bertrand is very good, and that's a good thing because he's front and centre throughout this engaging biopic." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Jul 19, 2013
1/5 —— Voyez comme ils dansent " Sadly, the last film from noted French auteur Claude Miller to hit screens here in Quebec is not even remotely one of his best films." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Jun 28, 2013
—— 1er Amour " The frustrating thing about 1er Amour is that it has so much unfulfilled potential. There's the possibility of a really good movie about adolescent obsessions, about unrequited love, about first love." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Jun 20, 2013
4.5/5 —— La Cicatrice " Some films just come walking right up to you, grab you by the throat and don't let go. La cicatrice (The Scar) is one of those films. And that, in case you're wondering, is a good thing." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 11, 2013
3/5 —— Paulette (2013) " A funny if slight French comedy." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 11, 2013
4/5 —— J'enrage De Son Absence " A remarkably assured directorial debut." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3.5/5 —— Roche Papier Ciseaux " Welcome an exciting new filmmaker to the Quebec scene." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 21, 2013
2.5/5 —— Rouge Sang " It all kind of unravels in the last reel." — Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 5, 2013
—— Tout va bien, on s'en va (Everything's Fine, We're Leaving) (2001) Variety
Posted Mar 20, 2012
—— Kids of the Round Table (1997) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Matusalem (1993) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Pale Saints (1997) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Kaizokuban Bootleg Film (1999) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Les Boys 2 (1998) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Monica Naranjo - Colección Privada (Tour Minage) (2006) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— La Vengeance de la femme en noir Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Clandestins (2006) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Les Boys (1997) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Bandyta (Brute) (1998) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Pitch (2002) " In essence, pic is a good 15 -minute TV comedy sketch needlessly stretched to feature length." — Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— No (1998) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Milk & Money (1996) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Little Shoemaker (2004) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
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