• Unrated, 1 hr. 27 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Martin Donovan
    In Theaters:
    Jul 6, 2012 Limited
  • Tribeca Film

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Collaborator Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the movie's various problems [are] exacerbated by a complete and total absence of suspense or tension.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

July 21, 2012
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 19, 2012
Adam Nayman
Metro News

A witty and well-paced thriller.

Full Review Source: Metro News | Original Score: 3/5

July 17, 2012
Chelsey Grasso
Paste Magazine

Overall, The Collaborator is the type of film that rewards repeated viewings.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.7/10

July 17, 2012
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters

Collaborator is a sharp and vital debut that keeps viewers guessing at all the right moments.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 8/10

July 17, 2012
Katherine Monk
Vancouver Sun

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.

Full Review Source: Vancouver Sun | Original Score: 3/5

July 17, 2012
Adam Litovitz
Globe and Mail
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Morse and Donovan hold us rapt in this clearly told tale about identity confusion.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 17, 2012
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette

Working with modest means, Donovan has created an intriguing chamber film very much in line with the idiosyncratic markers of his career so far.

Full Review Source: Montreal Gazette

July 17, 2012
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

Collaborator is a gimmick movie, but the gimmick is sound.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2012
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

It's a promising debut for the director and an intriguing study of characters facing desperate circumstances.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

July 15, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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What really matters is the interplay between two fine actors, the icy Donovan and the fiery Morse.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 12, 2012
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A quietly suspenseful, provocative and surprising directorial debut. It shows great promise in Martin Donovan's budding career as a writer/director.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 7.3821/10

July 8, 2012
Michelle Orange
Movieline

What takes shape is a character piece that makes a literary job of deconstructing the hostage thriller.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 8/10

July 6, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Both characters are riveting, and they even manage to earn most of the freight that Donovan loads onto his heavily ironic title.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 6, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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An exceedingly earnest, high-minded hostage drama in which any visceral tension is secondary to topical debates by a captor and his prisoner.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 5, 2012
Andrew Lapin
NPR
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Writer-director-star Martin Donovan can't connect the dots; the film is a ponderous bore.

Full Review Source: NPR

July 5, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

In his debut auteurial flourish, writer-director-writer Martin Donovan proves himself a triple-threat bore.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 5, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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It's no surprise that Donovan's directorial debut finds him firmly rejecting the mainstream in favor of a deliberately suffocating challenge.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2012
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 5, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The dolefully talented actor Martin Donovan wrote, directed, and stars in a pressure-cooker two-hander.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

July 4, 2012
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