Keane Reviews

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2011
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 17, 2011
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 16, 2006
Unshakably harrowing but deeply moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
June 16, 2006
The film achieves a dramatic intensity that is both admirable and frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 20, 2006
Lewis makes Keane's paranoia our paranoia. Kerrigan limits our world to his world. And that's how this grimly shot, roughly felt drama pulls us in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
January 12, 2006
When it comes to an emotional payoff at the end, unlike most Hollywood films, it has earned it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 6, 2005
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 21, 2005
The next time you see someone railing in the streets -- fighting a battle you'll never understand -- you may remember Keane and pause to reflect.
| Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 21, 2005
As good as Lewis is -- and he's in every frame of this 93-minute movie -- it's Kerrigan's astounding gift for addressing the wounded that demands celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 30, 2005
A movie that puts you so far into someone else's head you may have forgotten your own name by the time it's over.
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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
September 30, 2005
Lewis delivers a convincing, powerful and highly nuanced performance as a man who's fighting desperately to keep his illness in check and lead a normal life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 30, 2005
The movie isn't a crowd-pleaser, but it moves the soul, and that's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 29, 2005
The director is able to rivet us with this small story, simply because he observes it all with such a hard, unblinking gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 29, 2005
Kerrigan's films create worlds of personal obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 24, 2005
Keane is emotionally involving right from the beginning through its final frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 21, 2005
Mr. Lewis, a highly talented British actor, displays a flawless American accent in what amounts to a hyper-Wellesian monopolization of screen time and screen space.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 19, 2005
It's an amazing piece of work.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 16, 2005
Kerrigan is without peer at plumbing the violence of the mind.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 15, 2005
Lewis, in an astonishingly elastic yet disciplined performance, invests Keane with a richly ambiguous, heartbreaking inner life that's only at peace when he manages to form a tenuous human connection.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 14, 2005
Keane is a movie you might see on a dare, and though I think it is brilliantly conceived, I wouldn't dare to dare you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 9, 2005
John Foster's hand-held camera rarely strays from Keane's face. He's loony, all right, but you have to feel sorry for him.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 8, 2005
Kerrigan is as interesting a filmmaker as is haunting the margins of modern life, a place that needs some light. And certainly some sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 7, 2005
Lodge Kerrigan is a director worth watching, and Keane is a small wonder in a season of big but deadly, brainless blockbusters.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2005
Keane, Kerrigan's third feature, is his real breakthrough.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 6, 2005
That might be this phenomenal film's emergent achievement: Its raw hopelessness is its universality.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 19, 2004
Keane maintains its gritty, unsettling edge as it quietly leads up to a potentially even more troubling finale.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 14, 2004
Mr. Kerrigan both gives us a life at the edge of the abyss and pulls off an extremely deft narrative sleight of hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5