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He Was A Quiet Man

He Was A Quiet Man (2007)

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Bob Maconel is about to have a bad day. Another eight hours of sitting in a dull gray cubicle, ignored by his co-workers, existing in a world where he feels completely out of sync. On this particularly bad day, Bob crosses the line from potential killer to inadvertent hero and in the process saves Venessa's life. This invisible nobody saves the object of his desire only to have her ask him to end her life.

Jan 15, 2008

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With the right audience He Was a Quiet Man might well play as black comedy. But Slater, disappearing into his role, brings a note of earnest desperation to his performance that's hard to laugh at, and hard to look away from.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Slater does well to soften the lines of his no-hoper caricature, but writer-director Cappello steers his film to nowhere particularly memorable.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Imagine Marty if Marty had turned out to be the Unabomber and you'll have the gist of writer-director Frank Cappello's oddly compelling, pitch-black comedy.

December 5, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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He's [Christian Slater] still a capable actor, but seems to be having as much trouble finding good scripts as his Heathers co-star Winona Ryder.

December 5, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Cappello's brilliant script and expert storytelling would merely be interesting if anyone other than Christian Slater had been cast as Bob Maconel.

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: JWR | Comment (1)

He Was a Quiet Man devolves near the end, but it has enough memorable moments (a comic-turned-horrible karaoke sequence is a highlight) to merit a cautious recommendation.

June 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Occasionally works as a black comedy, but there's nothing real or true in it

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The nightmare is enhanced by Slater's gonzo performance. It's great to see the once mighty king of cool challenged in Quiet Man with a complex role that Slater bites down hard on.

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Slater really sells Bob's tormented inner soul in a very appealing way; he feels like a real person inside his insane world.

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

An absorbing and well-made indie drama.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's dark and too relentless for the comedy it would like to be.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

A real oddity of a film: a satire of corporate office despair.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

At the end you are just left admiring one of Slater's best ever performances.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Christian Slater's dedicated performance aside, He Was A Quiet Man tries to be both a black comedy and a drama, each ultimately undermining the other.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Although the budget is low and the plot uneven, it's got a certain cultish charm that should appeal to disaffected office workers.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Combining the mordant observations of The Office with the twisted romance of Boxing Helena, this macabre farce is an acquired taste, whose fantastical flourishes and toilet humour merely heighten the unsettling perversity of the whole.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

An enjoyable satire is let down by a third act that juggles too many ideas for its own good.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Above average (just) comedy drama.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

With its dreamlike flourishes and unrelenting despair, Frank A. Cappello's pitch-black dramedy feels distinctive even if it recalls bits from Falling Down, Office Space and even Boxing Helena.

December 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for He Was A Quiet Man

Bob Maconel: There comes a time when the diseased and the weak must be sacrificed to save the herd.

"A daily routine that changes from one moment to another."

He Was a Quiet Man is a hard movie to describe. It's part black comedy, part romance, part drama, and part something else that can't really be summed up in words. It's not a movie for everyone, but there's definitely a sizeable audience for a film like this and fortunately for me; I fell into that sizeable audience.

A man, Bob Maconel, works in a cubicle at a large office building. Bob isn't what you'd call the most popular guy in the office. He's awkward and quiet, and emotionally, there's not too much more he can take. He's largely ignored by his co-workers and when they do acknowledge him, it's a bullying sort of way. Bob carries a gun with him to work, as he fantasizes about offing some of his co-workers. One day as he lays on the floor of his cubicle, trying to pick up a bullet he dropped; he hears gunfire and sees bodies drop. Another worker has snapped before Bob did, and Bob ends up the hero after he shoots the man and saves a woman in the office.

Christian Slater is absolutely perfect for this role and does a great job. I recommend this one to people who like dark drama films and even dark comedies. Just know going in that this isn't really much of a comedy. There's little that seems funny through the character that Slater plays. That being said, this is still a very good movie.
April 27, 2014
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Melvin White

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A very interesting film that wouldn't have worked as well with anyone else leading it other then Christian Slater who really digs deep to give what is probably his most serious performance as a office employee who wants to shoot up his co-workers but is beaten to it by a fellow member of staff.

Like I said earlier Slater is extremely intense and the film is so much better for it, some of the symbolism seemed slightly overdone but in the end this is an extremely interesting piece of work that wil probably find its way into my collection for Christian Slater's performance alone.
August 2, 2012
Cameron Sherwell

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Good movie. I actually did not recognise Christian Slater here - definitely not a glamour role for him, playing a downtrodden, henpecked office employee who is near to flipping, when someone beats him to it...
There was a lot to like here. Elisha Cuthbert was the best I have ever seen her. She plays the attractive co-worker that Christian Slater's Bob has always admired from afar, and they become friends when she is shot by someone else, and paralysed. The ending is a little open ended, so not everyone will get it - I know for me, I had to do a little online research to see what others thought, though I won't reveal it here and ruin it for anyone. (Or maybe I am just a little slow to register!). I enjoyed this movie. It stayed interesting all the way through. The talking fish was also a nice touch and an indication of how far removed from reality Bob had become!
January 11, 2011
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Christian Slater, Elisha Cuthbert, William H. Macy

Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) is about to have a bad day. Another eight hours of sitting in a dull grey cubicle, ignored by his co-workers, existing in a world where he feels completely out of sync. On this particular bad day Bob crosses the line from potential killer to inadvertent hero and in the process saves Venessa's (Elisha Cuthbert) life. This invisible nobody saves the object of his desire only to have her ask him to end her life.

The story was just OK for me. Seemed to drag for me a bit. Didn't care for the characters. But the best thing about the film was Christian Slater's performance. He really threw himself into his character. Thought Elisha Cuthbert was great as well. Just not my kind of movie maybe.
January 20, 2010
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    1. Bob Maconel: As the fish: The bitch lied.
    – Submitted by Zachary C (2 years ago)
    1. Scott Harper: Forget golf on Sunday you f**king freak.
    – Submitted by Jamison J (3 years ago)
    1. Paula: I'd be more than honored if you wanted to look inside my blouse.
    – Submitted by Marialuisa M (3 years ago)
    1. Venessa Parks: Finish what Coleman started.
    – Submitted by Marialuisa M (3 years ago)
    1. Bob Maconel: But I only killed one man...
    – Submitted by Marialuisa M (3 years ago)
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