Keyhole Reviews

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James Rocchi
The Playlist
April 6, 2012
With the locked and puzzling Keyhole, you get a sense of a filmmaker who's lost sight of how to take his audience along with him.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 20, 2012
It's an exhausting feature, richly made yet punishing and baffling in a manner that doesn't invite further discussion. I suppose Maddin fans wouldn't want it any other way.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 13, 2012
Strangled by its own nostalgic mad love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
April 4, 2012
"Keyhole" never comes together, but that's part of Maddin's creed. He makes movies about movies to express his love for movies, which is to say he makes movies about himself.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
April 18, 2012
Characteristically full of some beautiful and evocative images, Maddin's latest film seems doggedly intent on achieving art status merely through obfuscation.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 6, 2012
While it has its moments, "Keyhole'' feels like something that might have worked better as a short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 7, 2012
Yes, sometimes the whole thing comes together like a poem or an early surrealist experiment. But too often, it just seems like a jumble of fantasies and daydreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 31, 2012
'Keyhole" is the first Guy Maddin movie that feels as if it got only halfway out of the director's head and onto the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
April 6, 2012
Keyhole offers no promise of landing on solid ground or breaking through the atmosphere. It's a perpetual acid-trip comedown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
April 6, 2012
The film is wildly uneven and has a defiant sense of impenetrability.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
Amid the mythical allusions and the climate of decay, "Keyhole" overthinks its exploration of memory and forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
September 12, 2012
This rousing and tormented monochrome tale of a deadbeat gangster making an unusual odyssey through his haunted home is sordid, sinister and bafflingly brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
September 10, 2012
Keyhole is an enchantment of chiaroscuro compositions which float across the screen like a dream; it's an acquired taste but pure cinema nevertheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carmen Gray
Total Film
September 3, 2012
Though self-referential to a fault, the deadpan humour, frayed logic and monochrome dazzle cast their own richly peculiar spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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April 5, 2012
Maddin looks to the past of film the same way he often obsessively examines his own, and the two can't really be separated.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 3, 2012
A Maddin film has a disturbing way of always seeming to exist in the present, like a dream. You know what happened and you even know what will happen, but you also see it all shifting and changing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 6, 2012
Maddin's new film Keyhole reminds us that his aesthetic owes as much to David Lynch as it does to F.W. Murnau, and not just because Lynch's onetime muse Isabella Rossellini co-stars.
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
April 3, 2012
The film is infectiously somnambulant, so convincingly and unrelentingly dreamlike that its sudden end mimics the sensation of snapping awake from deep sleep.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
March 29, 2012
A night of reckoning by a hoodlum in his haunted former home is a more sober and remote Freudian farrago than one expects from Guy Maddin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
June 14, 2012
Patric's performance is a deadpan treat. His can-do, take-charge character is in continual zany contrast to his surreal surroundings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 25, 2012
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