Average Rating: 6.1/10
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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
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Robert Longfellow (Martin Donovan) is a famous playwright who can't seem to catch a break. His recent Broadway play was met with horrible reviews and an early cancellation, and his marriage is being tested as an old flame (Olivia Williams) has reentered his life during a particular moment of weakness. Retreating back to his childhood home to visit his mother (Katherine Helmond), Robert crosses paths with his childhood neighbor, Gus (David Morse). A right-wing, ex-con who still lives at home with
Jul 6, 2012 Limited
Tribeca Film - Official Site
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Oddly, it's Donovan's performance here that proves the movie's weakest link, though his writing and helming tie for a close second.
Morse and Donovan hold us rapt in this clearly told tale about identity confusion.
What really matters is the interplay between two fine actors, the icy Donovan and the fiery Morse.
Both characters are riveting, and they even manage to earn most of the freight that Donovan loads onto his heavily ironic title.
An exceedingly earnest, high-minded hostage drama in which any visceral tension is secondary to topical debates by a captor and his prisoner.
Writer-director-star Martin Donovan can't connect the dots; the film is a ponderous bore.
...the movie's various problems [are] exacerbated by a complete and total absence of suspense or tension.
Overall, The Collaborator is the type of film that rewards repeated viewings.
Collaborator is a sharp and vital debut that keeps viewers guessing at all the right moments.
A solid, character-based drama that speaks to the disappointments of middle age and mortality in general, Collaborator doesn't let anyone off the hook -- not even the viewer.
Working with modest means, Donovan has created an intriguing chamber film very much in line with the idiosyncratic markers of his career so far.
It's a promising debut for the director and an intriguing study of characters facing desperate circumstances.
A quietly suspenseful, provocative and surprising directorial debut. It shows great promise in Martin Donovan's budding career as a writer/director.
What takes shape is a character piece that makes a literary job of deconstructing the hostage thriller.
In his debut auteurial flourish, writer-director-writer Martin Donovan proves himself a triple-threat bore.
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