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
75% Watergate (2019) Ferguson presents an information overload that is undeniably fascinating, but also mentally exhausting due to the sheer volume of information it delivers. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) If Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue was about nothing, then Martin Scorsese has made the Seinfeld of documentaries by chronicling it. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese is at once about nothing and everything. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Wild Nights With Emily is revisionist history played to the hilt. T - Cinemablographer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
86% Mouthpiece (2019) Mouthpiece is a risk that pays huge dividends as it fully realizes one woman's interior life and struggles - Cinemablographer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
97% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Echo in the Canyon might be the Baby Boomer-iest film ever made. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
87% Pavarotti (2019) Pavarotti is a work-for-hire film, plain and simple, which makes it a bit of a rarity in the world of theatrical documentary, but relatively in tune with Howard's overall filmography. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
100% Andy Irons: Kissed By God (2018) Kissed by God has echoes of Amy as it chronicles the scope of Andy's career as a surfer to give audiences the full shaker of the cocktail that killed him. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
95% Filmworker (2018) After a while, the anecdotes amount to Kubrick stanning. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
79% Blind Spot (2018) We're invested in these characters from the moment we meet them, and the full-throttle conviction of the ensemble ensures that every performance is rife with real, tangible, human emotions. - Cinemablographer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
94% The American Meme (2018) When Paris Hilton is the lone voice of reason in a documentary, one can't help but worry for the next generation. North Korea can't fire the nukes soon enough. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
26% All I See Is You (2017) A stronger actor with better screen presence might have exploded the film's commentary on toxic masculinity, so Clarke's wishy-washy loser makes the drama intermittently dull. - Cinemablographer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
95% Who We Are Now (2018) What a treat it is to see a character actor find a great a lead role and dive into it. - Cinemablographer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
75% Three Peaks (2019) Whatever you do, don't forget to breathe. - Cinemablographer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) How wonderful life is when you're in Rocketman's world. - BeatRoute EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
78% Photograph (2019) Sparks don't fly in Photograph as Batra delivers a slow burn of a love story, something that simmers up from within and warms the heart as the romance between Rafi and Miloni takes form like the pictures on one of Rafi's Polaroids. - Cinemablographer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
91% You Don't Nomi (2019) Nomi leaves it up to audiences to decide if Showgirls is trash, a masterpiece, or a "masterpiece of trash," but one thing is certain: no matter how good or how bad one considers the film's objective quality, one can enjoy Showgirls all the same. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
70% Adrift (2018) True stories like these often elevate adventures since one knows that the heroes weathered the storm. Don't do any reading beforehand and go into Adrift blind. - Cinemablographer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
77% Halston (2019) A chic study of capitalism's ability to destroy all beautiful things. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
92% I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) The screaming fans of Lonely Boy suddenly make sense. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
96% On Her Shoulders (2018) lexandria Bombach won a directing prize at Sundance for this portrait of Murad, but On Her Shoulders might just as well have been made by Murad's publicist. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet Playing Hard (2018) Video games either thrill a person or they don't, and watching them is even less fun than playing them. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
78% The King (2018) With The King, Eugene Jarecki delivers a brilliantly original music doc that deconstructs the decline of the America empire through one of its greatest icons. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet Take Light (2018) The film is an absorbing character-driven study of the country's fight for sustainability amidst post-colonial corruption. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
88% Hitler's Hollywood (2018) Hitler's Hollywood is as thorough and informative as a Master Class seminar, if as dry as Melba toast, and the collage of classic images presents snippets of film history that are both beautiful and unsettling. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) Rob Stewart's last dive in Sharkwater Extinction is a fitting tribute to his legacy. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet When Arabs Danced (Au temps où les Arabes dansaient) (2018) When Arabs Danced is a welcome reminder that actions speak louder than words. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
85% The Raft (2019) The Raft offers a fascinating study in the dynamics of power and control. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
97% Science Fair (2018) Science Fair is cute, fun, and inspiring, but let's not kid ourselves: we've seen this documentary a million times before. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) As splendid as whisky in a teacup. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet Hugh Hefner's After Dark: Speaking Out in America (2018) Berman's film, like many great music and pop culture docs, uses the time capsule of popular culture to reflect upon the influence of art and media to shape social progress. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet Almost Almost Famous (2018) While Almost Almost Famous provides as an amusing diversion, it's frustrating to see the missed opportunities to expand upon the formula. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
92% Hal (2018) Ashby's story is also one of the battle between the auteur filmmaker and the studios, and one of fighting for artistic integrity in an industry that continues to define itself largely by commercial success. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
100% Call Her Ganda (2018) Laude's family is the heart of the film, however, and the love for their daughter, sister, aunt, and friend shows that they (and she) deserve justice. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) America might be going down the crapper, but this riotous doc reminds us that, like bathrooms, it can be a special kind of place. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
82% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) In the Intense Now is inspired more by dusty novels and Godard films than it is by the revolutionary spirit of the working class. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
93% Screwball (2019) Screwball is a truly original home run in documentary storytelling. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
92% Maria By Callas (2018) Every good diva deserves a doc portrait. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
100% Angels Are Made of Light (2019) The film is almost emotionally exhausting as it honours the children's stories and reflects their daily lives. - Cinemablographer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
No Score Yet The Stone Speakers (2018) The Stone Speakers conveys how any attempt to mythologize a nation invariably fictionalizes it. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
75% Heartbound (2018) Heartbound offers an intimate glimpse into the human condition that one hopes to find in the best of documentaries. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
100% The Panama Papers (2018) Alex Winter is quickly becoming a master of something one could call the techno-thriller documentary. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
70% The Invisibles (2019) Even though the outcome for the four survivors is evident in their presence as elderly interviewees, the narrative threads remain consistently compelling as we watch the characters drift imperceptibly throughout the city. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
50% Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin (2018) Poupart gives a bold and fearless performance as Marie Claire. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
89% Mary Goes Round (2017) Mary Goes Round dares audiences to cast judgement on anyone wrestling with such personal demons. - Cinemablographer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
91% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2019) The [team's] latest film is the culmination of a major body of work and it's as visually stunning and intellectually invigorating as the previous two films are. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
91% Beast (2018) Buckley gets under the skin of her character as Moll finds herself caught between two worlds. - BeatRoute EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
14% Life Itself (2018) So many feels... - BeatRoute EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Beale Street flows like sweet jazz as the film cuts back and forth between Tish and Fonny's present-day predicament and the early stages of their romance in 1970s Harlem. - BeatRoute EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
57% Kingsway (2018) This savagely funny and impeccably acted dramedy might be Sweeney's best film yet. - BeatRoute EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
71% Climax (2019) I actually loved nearly 30 minutes of it, which is more than I can say for the rest of Noé's filmography combined. - Cinemablographer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019