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Don McKay Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 7, 2010
Goldberger gets a few good tonal feints in, especially when he consults the Coen recipe book for the disorienting effect of blood (and bloody violence) on American simple folk.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 2, 2010
[Director] Greenberg's tyro script is both dark comedy and slick whodunit and all the players do it justice. He handles his material and fine cast with a deft hand that belies his freshman status.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 2, 2010
When you pack your movie with performers like Mr. Church, Ms. Leo, Mr. Rebhorn and Keith David (as Donâ(TM)s old friend), all with faces and deliveries that can slide easily between comedy and menace, youâ(TM)re holding a full house.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
April 1, 2010
Savvy viewers aren't likely to get too invested in these characters and their dilemmas, if only because the style of this parody of wish fulfillment will tip most of them off about the plot's misrepresentations in advance
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 1, 2010
...doesn't have the most tightly written script, but off kilter performances, particularly a hilariously determined Elisabeth Shue as the femme fatale Sonny...keep things bubbling along as the plot rolls to a boil over.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
March 31, 2010
The plot unfolds like a numbed-down neo-noir, and the actors treat it as such, using overwrought dramatic turns as a springboard for delightfully hammy performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
Time Out
March 31, 2010
An alluring blonde has spelled many a noir protagonist's doom, and that stereotypical femme is exploited for modest suspense and humor in writer-director Jake Goldberger's off-kilter tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
March 31, 2010
An entertaining enough diversion, though in this critic's opinion it veers sharply from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
March 30, 2010
A squirmy-funny exercise in oddness that happily takes its time getting to the truth...Church hasn't had many roles as juicy as the title character of Don McKay.
Adam Keleman
Slant Magazine
March 29, 2010
Jake Goldberger has lassoed a great cast to ham it up in this comical homage to Billy Wilder's classic noirs Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 31, 2011
...an almost aggressively pointless piece of work that simply isn't able to justify its very existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com
July 24, 2010
Labored and distractingly uneven, Don McKay comes across as a lackadaisical film school writing assignment that somehow lucked into a feature film deal.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 29, 2010
Goldberger makes the most of his eclectic, multi-Oscar-nominated cast to make up for the lack of scope and visual panache, not to mention the sometimes strained machinations of his plot
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
April 8, 2010
The tone and the pacing always seem a little off and as a result, we become all too aware of mechanics of the screenplay grinding along towards a finale that is simply too complicated and unbelievable for its own good.
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
April 6, 2010
Clearly Goldberger thinks he can juggle this delicate noirish soufflé but it all comes crashing down around him because the true nature of his characters' actions just don't make a whole lot of sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 2, 2010
Church's performance could be stuffed and mounted with no loss of liveliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 2, 2010
Don McKay certainly has its moments, but it never manages to maintain the consistent tone so crucial if a black comedy is going to actually be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Bailey
DVDTalk.com
April 2, 2010
I can't fully endorse or recommend 'Don McKay'--it's too messy and all-over-the-place for that--but it certainly isn't boring. I'll give it that much.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 1, 2010
First-time writer-director Jake Goldberger may have a great film in him. But "Don McKay" isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 1, 2010
This is a movie that, if you can make it to the last 30 minutes, starts to make some sense. It seems the plot twist is the only good idea in the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Hollywood Reporter
April 2, 2010
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