...the movie's various problems [are] exacerbated by a complete and total absence of suspense or tension.
| Original Score: 2/4
Oddly, it's Donovan's performance here that proves the movie's weakest link, though his writing and helming tie for a close second.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
A witty and well-paced thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
Overall, The Collaborator is the type of film that rewards repeated viewings.
| Original Score: 6.7/10
Collaborator is a sharp and vital debut that keeps viewers guessing at all the right moments.
| Original Score: 8/10
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.
Morse and Donovan hold us rapt in this clearly told tale about identity confusion.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Working with modest means, Donovan has created an intriguing chamber film very much in line with the idiosyncratic markers of his career so far.
Collaborator is a gimmick movie, but the gimmick is sound.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's a promising debut for the director and an intriguing study of characters facing desperate circumstances.
What really matters is the interplay between two fine actors, the icy Donovan and the fiery Morse.
A quietly suspenseful, provocative and surprising directorial debut. It shows great promise in Martin Donovan's budding career as a writer/director.
| Original Score: 7.3821/10
What takes shape is a character piece that makes a literary job of deconstructing the hostage thriller.
Both characters are riveting, and they even manage to earn most of the freight that Donovan loads onto his heavily ironic title.
| Original Score: 3/4
An exceedingly earnest, high-minded hostage drama in which any visceral tension is secondary to topical debates by a captor and his prisoner.
| Original Score: 2/5
Writer-director-star Martin Donovan can't connect the dots; the film is a ponderous bore.
In his debut auteurial flourish, writer-director-writer Martin Donovan proves himself a triple-threat bore.
It's no surprise that Donovan's directorial debut finds him firmly rejecting the mainstream in favor of a deliberately suffocating challenge.
The banter is playful and brazenly self-aware, but the ideas are a bit stale and don't lead anywhere emotionally substantial or narratively spontaneous.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The dolefully talented actor Martin Donovan wrote, directed, and stars in a pressure-cooker two-hander.
| Original Score: B-