Pat Mullen

Pat Mullen
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Pat Mullen is the online co-editor of POV Magazine, Canada's destination for documentary culture. Pat also runs the movie blog Cinemablographer.com and has contributed to The Canadian Encyclopedia, BeatRoute Magazine, Paste, Documentary, and other sites. Pat has a Master's Degree in Film Studies from Carleton University and is a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Association. He lives in Toronto with his cat Fellini.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Quo Vadis, Aida? (2021) Quo Vadis, Aida? marks a director truly hitting her stride and announcing herself thunderously. Anyone who wasn't paying attention to banić will be now. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2021
94% The Man Who Sold His Skin (2021) There are few cinematic canvasses as grand as the human body. Ben Hania knows how to frame Mahyni's physique. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2021
91% Moffie (2019) Moffie is a visceral portrait of internalised homophobia. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2021
97% Wojnarowicz (2021) This is a patched and scratched illustration of an artist's ability to defy the establishment by staying true to his voice. It does for profile docs what Sharon Needles did for season four of Drag Race. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
92% Tina (2021) Few rock 'n' roll narratives could have such a satisfying ending. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
67% Francesco (2021) Jesus wept. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
63% French Exit (2021) In Pfeiffer's hands, Frances Price could easily be the reincarnation of that cat from the Fancy Feast commercials that ate moist and delicious morsels from crystal goblets. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
No Score Yet Grit (2019) Grit is another sad story in which human lives are mere collateral damage to a corporation's bottom line. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
86% Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art (2020) This smart, funny, and accessible film runs wild with an incredible story while unpacking the convoluted machinery of the art world that allowed its insiders to be woefully duped. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
37% Cherry (2021) An ungodly Frankenstein's monster cobbled together with the leftover bits of Jarhead's toes, Trainspotting's needle-shot arm, and Go's brain that was long ago fried on drugs, Cherry is the worst kind of derivative filmmaking. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
100% Martha: A Picture Story (2019) Cooper is a great character and fans of either of the Bill Cunningham films will love A Picture Story. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
77% My Salinger Year (2020) For movie about entry-level work, it's a film of a master's résumé. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
74% The World to Come (2020) The World to Come is further proof that Vanessa Kirby is one of the best actresses of her generation and that Katherine Waterston is one of the most boring ones. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
71% Erēmīta (Anthologies) (2021) More often than not, Erēmīta amounts to empty navel-gazing images shot with good intentions. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
98% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) As Eilish develops her voice and navigates the vicissitudes of fame during her teen years, this fly-on-the-wall glimpse ultimately offers a unique coming of age tale and portrait of growing pains. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
55% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) I dare anyone to sit through Day's performance of "Strange Fruit" without getting chills. It's a dramatic full stop in Daniels' film-a brilliantly played direct address that leaves a viewer awestruck. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
74% The Mauritanian (2021) Rahim obviously gets a bravura monologue in the film's final moments of unabashed soapboxing, yet Foster ultimately emerges as The Mauritanian's secret weapon. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
100% Coded Bias (2020) Kantayya's film, while overtly about technology, offers a greater essay on gatekeeping and decision-making. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) This totally random and irreverently funny film is a warm escape. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
96% Jockey (2021) This is a passionate understated performance, sharp and focused, with eyes on the prize. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
92% Faya Dayi (2021) A tighter 80-to-90 minute cut of Faya Dayi might yield richer rewards, but the striking cinematic vision undoubtedly marks a promising new voice, as does Behir's ingenuity in crafting a visual language worthy of some buzz. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
83% Misha and the Wolves (2021) A standout selection at Sundance, the film is a twist-upon-twist, reveal-after-after, jaw-on-the-floor thrill ride. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
71% Life in a Day 2020 (2021) Life in a Day 2020 might be the most global portrait of the age of COVID to date as it collects snippets from all corners of the world. However, it's also the slightest COVID film yet, which is perhaps inevitable by the nature of its design. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
91% Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021) Tan is a very engaging subject who, unsurprisingly, tells a good story. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
94% Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words (2019) The collage of footage past and present illustrates how Ginsburg's legacy is ongoing as she left rulings and dissents that will shape America's future...This doc feels somewhat more grounded, where the other evoked a portrait of a superhero... - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
87% Supernova (2021) Tucci gives an Oscar-worthy performance as the intelligent bon vivant who confronts his future when faced with dementia. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
47% Users (2021) The film is a prescient think-piece that engages viewers with philosophical considerations of the life ahead. There are no answers, only questions. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
84% We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) Hell isn't a descent into the dark chasm of Casey's online lurking. It's the insufferable banality of escaping doomscrolling and brain-frying video calls by watching people do the very same. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
52% R#J (2021) Romeo slides into Juliet's DMs in the über-contemporary R#J...It should double tap the hearts of Shakespeare-on-film fans. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
88% Ailey (2021) Through the fluid combination of past and present, the film observes the safe and inclusive space that Ailey created for artists to express themselves and for audiences to see their lives reflected onstage. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
86% Son of Monarchs (2020) The attention to detail and research is evident in this meticulously factual drama, if a hindrance to the film's spiritual core that soars in wondrously cinematic moments. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
90% Cusp (2021) This bold and bracing portrait of youth is not an easy watch, but has its finger on the pulse of contemporary youth. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
70% Land (2021) Robin Wright makes a soul-stirring debut with Land...Land is one of those films that just grabs you emotionally, mentally, and, arguably, physically. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
70% The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021) While one can appreciate that Andrésen didn't ask to become a gay icon, Boy inadvertently adopts an undercurrent of homophobia. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
100% Flee (2020) The animation preserves the subject's privacy and security while evoking questions of absence and erasure. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
95% In the Same Breath (2021) This work will stand as one of the greater documents of these life-altering times. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
88% The Dig (2021) It's always a treat to see actors transform themselves so strikingly. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
100% Bending the Arc (2017) This powerful film profiles a group of heroes who took the call to see healthcare as a duty and service, rather than as a clinical enterprise. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
92% My Little Sister (Schwesterlein) (2020) In Hoss's hands, Lisa is both warm in her devotion to Sven and cold in the impulses that drive her. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
62% Love Sarah (2020) Love Sarah is comfort food for movie buffs. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
93% 40 Years a Prisoner (2020) Director Tommy Oliver unpacks the legacy of systemic racism's impact on one family in 40 Year a Prisoner. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
No Score Yet Monkey Beach (2020) One never enjoys panning passion projects, but this years-in-the-making adaptation of Eden Robinson's novel pales in comparison to its source. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2021
50% The Midnight Sky (2020) The Midnight Sky ultimately reassures us that isolation is just a state of mind. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) When's the last time we got a film as dark, sexy, and dangerous as Promising Young Woman? Emerald Fennell throws down the glove: anyone else making their debuts this year best be ready for the challenge. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
88% Let Them All Talk (2020) Streep finds in Soderbergh her best directorial pairing since Mike Nichols. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
55% The Prom (2020) Streep inevitably steals the show in Ryan Murphy's effervescent all-star musical. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
92% Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970) While it might not hold the same place in the canon as fellow 1970 rockumentaries Woodstock and Gimme Shelter ...or the earlier Monterey Pop!, it's nevertheless a worthy precursor to the unstoppable stream of movies about performers in their element. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
89% Sing Me A Song (2021) Balmès delivers a rich character study that asks how traditional ways can live alongside contemporary conveniences. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
79% Baby God (2020) No doc this year quite has a jaw-on-the-floor ick factor like Baby God does. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
81% Funny Boy (2020) We can finally share the joyful secret that is Funny Boy. Deepa Mehta's latest drama is a buoyant, soulful, and refreshingly openhearted film. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020