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Brendan Kelly

Brendan Kelly
Brendan Kelly's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety, Montreal Gazette

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 No Score Yet 1:54 (2016) It's all quite conventional but packs a powerful punch, in large part thanks to Pilon's nuanced performance. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Dec 9, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Prank (2016) It's an often-hilarious, frequently vulgar off-kilter comedy about four young people on a quest to pull off the ultimate prank. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet 9 (2016) It is entirely unsurprising that 9 - Le film is uneven. That's virtually always the case with projects like this made by multiple directors. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 23, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet Nitro Rush (2016) Hollywood churns out more than its fair share of believability-stretching action flicks, and the rather silly thriller Nitro Rush is simply the Québécois variation on that formula. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 2, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Mon Ami Dino (2016) Films don't often surprise me. So that's one reason right off the bat that I really liked director Jimmy Larouche's Mon ami Dino. Then there's the fact that it also happens to be one deeply moving film. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Aug 11, 2016
4/5 80% Boris Without Beatrice (Boris Sans Béatrice) (2016) Like Côté's best work, this morality play is challenging and utterly original. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 16, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet Chasse-Galerie (2016) It's just a little hard to take this seriously. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 26, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Floride (2015) There are many reasons to see French writer-director Philippe Le Guay's Floride. In a movie world dominated by stories focused on young, beautiful people, this moving drama shines the light on one rather cranky 81-year-old man. That's one plus. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Dec 1, 2015
3/5 70% Snowtime! (2016) First things first: La guerre des tuques 3D, the animated remake of the classic 1984 Quebec family film, looks beautiful. This is no minor detail. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Sugar Coated (2015) There's much food for thought here. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2.5/5 No Score Yet Le Journal D'un Vieil Homme (2015) There is a real force to the drama right at the end, which has us wondering why it couldn't generate such intensity level much earlier. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Le Dep (2015) On one level, it works simply as a tight minimalist thriller. But Bonspille Boileau also manages to weave in a rich family drama and take a look at a bunch of social issues. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Le Mirage (2015) All the lead actors do reasonably well and it's a credit to Morissette that he manages to make this guy - who could so easily come off as a creep - appear to have some redeeming qualities. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Antoine Et Marie (2015) Like Larouche's first feature, 2012's La cicatrice, his new film is a heavy-duty drama that doesn't shy away from showcasing some of the darker corners of the human psyche. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jun 26, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Caprice (2015) From the get-go, Mouret sets the tone -- a light oh-so-original comedy that's impossibly charming. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Ce qu'il ne faut pas dire (2015) The mood kind of veers all over the place, and some of the big dramatic moments don't work nearly as well as they should. Still, Lepage deserves credit for mixing it up, with the dark drama counterbalancing the sophisticated comedy. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted May 29, 2015
5/5 98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) It's stylistically daring and emotionally wrenching, two things you don't often see in the same film. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted May 8, 2015
3/5 81% The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier) (2014) [It's] entirely predictable and just as predictably moving. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted May 8, 2015
3/5 44% Preggoland (2015) There is no shortage of goofy humour here, but Sonja Bennett's screenplay also grounds those light laughs in a story that skips around a defining question for women in their 30s. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2.5/5 No Score Yet N.O.I.R. (2015) The narrative itself is too episodic, too scattered, and features too many disparate storylines to be fully satisfying. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 14, 2015
3/5 70% Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (Astérix: Le domaine des dieux) (2014) One of the things that's nice here is that there's a lot of humour that can appeal to adults as well as kids and there's a social complexity to the situation that's quite unlike mainstream American animated films. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 19, 2015
4/5 77% Felix & Meira (2015) In a strange way, Félix et Meira is so powerful precisely because it's so understated. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 2, 2015
4.5/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) Less is more. That's what the Dardenne brothers are all about. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Qu'est-ce qu'on fait ici? (2014) The actors do the best they can and Desmarais, Dumontier and Paré-Beaulieu are particularly good at investing their characters with some depth. But it's not enough to truly bring this film to life. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 25, 2014
5/5 89% Mommy (2015) The trademark Dolan stylistic flourishes are still on display, but they're all there this time around to support the emotional narrative. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Supercondriaque (2014) Dany Boon is a very funny guy. You want proof? The French actor-comic is remarkably funny in Supercondriaque, even though the film is quite a lame romantic comedy. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3.5/5 93% Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014) The film never gets too heavy. But light as it is, it does a good job of capturing a time and place that few of us are familiar with. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Aug 28, 2014
4.5/5 100% Tu Dors Nicole (2015) It's hard to explain just why I so adored Tu dors Nicole. Can't you just take my word for it? ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3.5/5 76% Welcome To New York (2015) If you make it through [the first] half-hour of anonymous sex, you'll stumble into a fairly engrossing drama about a man brought down by his inability to control his urges ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 45% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) One of the issues is that Lespert provides little insight into Saint Laurent's creative genius. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Aug 15, 2014
No Score Yet 1987 (2014) It helps that Boucher is such a natural, bringing real warmth to his portrayal of a teen going through the rites of passage. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet La gang des hors-la-loi (The Outlaw League) (2014) How can you not have a soft spot for a gentle homegrown film about a bunch of kids in a village in New Brunswick who want nothing more than to play baseball? ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Exil (2014) Watching Exil, it's easy to forget you're seeing a work of fiction. Writer-director Charles-Olivier Michaud takes a very naturalistic approach in this powerful drama about a Haitian boy's search for his mother. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jun 26, 2014
4/5 79% Attila Marcel (2014) It's impossible not to be charmed by the off-kilter comedy, and by Chomet's penchant for slyly juxtaposing a highly stylized real world with an even more stylized imaginary world. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted May 22, 2014
No Score Yet 3 Histoires d'Indiens (2014) It's a great thing for Quebec cinema that Robert Morin exists. But that doesn't make his films any easier to watch. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/5 78% Joy of Man's Desiring (2015) It's interesting to get a glimpse of a world many of us know little about but Côté is not the kind of filmmaker who's into explaining what he's filming or giving it any context. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 No Score Yet Meetings With A Young Poet (2013) McHattie looks uncannily like Beckett and the seasoned Canadian actor has just the right mix of quirk and grit to pull off the performance. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 3, 2014
1/5 No Score Yet La Garde (2014) There might well be a good film lurking in here somewhere but it's several major rewrites away. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 78% Tom at the Farm (2015) When you see Xavier Dolan's Tom à la ferme -- and you must! -- you will almost certainly come out of it thinking of the many echoes of the work of thriller-meister Alfred Hitchcock on display here. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Maïna (2013) The cool thing is that although it takes place among the country's aboriginal communities prior to the arrival of the Europeans, the themes couldn't be more contemporary. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/5 No Score Yet Ayiti Toma, au pays des vivants (2013) It's great to have this take on Haitian culture and history that provides an alternative to what we're used to seeing on the news. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/5 65% The French Minister (2014) The neat twist is that the clownish minister perhaps isn't the goof we all think he is. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/5 83% Me, Myself and Mum (2014) It takes a bit of effort to get into Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!, but it's worth the work. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Bunker (2014) There is a great idea lurking somewhere inside Bunker, but it's as if director Patrick Boivin and screenwriter Olivier Roberge aren't quite sure how to express that idea. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3.5/5 No Score Yet Miraculum (2014) There is much to like in Miraculum. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Le Coq de St-Victor (The Rooster of St-Victor) (2014) This is an endearing little movie. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/5 No Score Yet Québékoisie (2013) The timing couldn't be better for this film. In the end, this is a documentary making a plea for a more open, more diverse society where we're all proud of our heritage and happy to showcase our differences. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jan 24, 2014
4/5 83% Whitewash (2014) I like the fact that Hoss-Desmarais is willing to sacrifice narrative energy to focus on the poetry of this guy who's lost in the woods... and is losing his mind. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jan 24, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Ressac (2013) It's a tough, no frills drama about three generations of women trying to come to grips with the loss of the man of the house. It's a moving piece, but don't say I didn't warn you -- it moves at a very slow pace. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4/5 100% My Prairie Home (2013) There's a real emotional force to this portrait of an artist growing up oh so different in an evangelical Christian environment where being different is not exactly the easiest thing to pull off. ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Dec 12, 2013