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
No Score Yet Prayer For A Lost Mitten (Priére pour une Mitaine Perdue) (2020) This poignant elegy for human connection reminds one of a distant past in which one could approach a stranger on the street, rather than scurry away from them during this prolonged period of social distancing. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
No Score Yet Stray (2020) Stray, like Kedi, is a provocative essay about how we treat our fellow animals, human and non-human alike. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
60% Dreamland (2020) I'll give McDonald this one point: his movies are never boring even when they don't make any freaking sense. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
86% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Tyrnauer avoids making Bowers' narrative one of tabloid trash, but the subject's way of presenting his material is too problematic to endorse. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
70% The High Note (2020) It's a welcome antidote for trash TV singing competitions with promises of instant fame. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
100% A Secret Love (2020) A Secret Love is a refreshingly intimate and sweet romance. Bolan's film is also a welcome celebration of marriage equality that is hard fought and well deserved. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
100% They Call Me Dr. Miami (2020) The film is fascinating to watch as a window into the "Miami culture" that inspires waves of people to flock to the beach and display their bodies in the middle of a pandemic. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
64% Castle in the Ground (2019) Castle in the Ground proves a worthy showpiece for Wolff, who anchors the film with an assured low-key performance. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) The extensive film clips offer familiar entertainment, convenient references, and connective tissues, but little in terms of substance. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
87% Spaceship Earth (2020) Spaceship Earth features cabin fever unlike anything one's experienced during COVID-19 lockdown, but the project speaks volumes about humankind's responsibility to environments both natural and social. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
96% Sour Grapes (2016) Paced like a thriller with aromatic notes of journalistic intrigue, Sour Grapes is a finely balanced blend. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) A superhero hasn't revealed herself so refreshingly and candidly since Ruth Bader Ginsburg disrobed for RBG. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
79% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) What Remains Behind excels as a feat of public relations, but as a documentary, it leaves much to be desired. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
100% Pahokee (2020) Every now and then comes a documentary that feels like an American landmark. Pahokee is one of those films. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) It's a lifesaver. And I don't mean this point rhetorically-this film could probably save someone's life. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
56% Resistance (2020) Resistance won't offend anyone in the way that Life Is Beautiful and Jojo Rabbit do, but it isn't likely to inspire the same levels of enthusiasm, either. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
100% To Live to Sing (2019) The stakes are real in To Live to Sing and this power resonates in each frame. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
No Score Yet The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success? (2015) The Missing Ingredient savours the pleasure of sharing a meal with friends and family, and of making a social occasion out of the act of refueling one's body and taking in some grub. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
86% Afterward (2020) This film is therapy for all involved. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) First Cow might the only western about a pastry chef the world will ever see, and if it's the only one we get, Reichardt delivers a sweetly satisfying standalone canon. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
No Score Yet Lie Exposed (2020) There's a great film somewhere in Lie Exposed, but even its few truthful moments evoke better films like Closer, Unfaithful, We Don't Live Here Anymore, Last Night, and the collected works of Atom Egoyan. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
No Score Yet Space & Time (2020) The performances mostly carry this Toronto-shot drama, but the 6ix is a standout of the film. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
79% The Times of Bill Cunningham (2020) As with the new Emma, the latest Bill Cunningham doc reminds us that some characters are well worth revisiting. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
35% Seberg (2020) Frankly, it proves Stewart a better actress than Jean Seberg was. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
22% The Jesus Rolls (2020) The Jesus Rolls might have actually worked better as a follow-up to Y tu mamá también given that it's mostly two horny guys on the road chasing tail twenty years past their prime. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
86% Emma. (2020) [Miranda] Hart, best known for the series Miranda and Call the Midwife, completely steals Emma. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) If your partner calls First Love the perfect date movie, you know you have a keeper. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
37% Downhill (2020) Downhill is lots of fun, but it's a green circle to the double black diamond of its predecessor. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
No Score Yet Sequin in a Blue Room (2019) Van Grinsven's film is an assured debut with intoxicating visuals, sharp performances, and just the right hint of danger. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey puts the audience in the shoes (or roller skates) or somebody who gets a perverse thrill from nihilistic violence. Like it or not, it's a rush. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
91% The Assistant (2020) Green's film boldly and frankly lets audiences witness the covert complicity that is pervasive in many workplaces. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
98% Rosie (2019) For anyone who has ever worked hard and worried about how to pay for tomorrow, Rosie hits a nerve. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
12% The Turning (2020) A lousy screw. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
85% Les Misérables (2020) It's an exhilarating discovery and a bold introduction of a new voice. Les Misérables gets my vote as the best first feature of the past year. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
91% Clemency (2019) The final moments of Clemency are undoubtedly the finest of Woodard's career. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
86% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) Garver invites audiences to experience Kael's love her movies and every bit of her passion is infectiously clear. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
No Score Yet Chasing Einstein (2019) Chasing Einstein will inspire audiences to embrace the seemingly vast limitlessness of the universe. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
71% Botero (2018) While Millar's doc champions Botero as the artist of his generation, it overlooks the fact that he's just a step above Mr. Brainwash. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
40% The Song of Names (2019) The film wrestles with the aspirations of art-house prestige and crowd-pleasing appeal, but it never finds harmony. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
70% Bombshell (2019) Absolute dynamite. Featuring an all-star cast and a script that bites with caustic wit, the film does for the #MeToo movement what The Big Short did for the financial crisis. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
80% A Hidden Life (2019) With each frame of A Hidden Life, the hills are alive with the sound of Malick. This Alpine odyssey is a return to form. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
88% The Twentieth Century (2019) This balls-to-the-wall phantasmagoria of maple syrup soaked ridiculousness is unlike anything we've seen. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) One wonders what Ivins' might have made of such adulating celebrations of reporters, but she would have raised a beer to the final sections of the documentary that add some warts to the portrait. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
15% The Kindness of Strangers (2020) The inevitable indifference with which this Christmas turkey will be received should be a blessing to everyone involved. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
92% In Fabric (2019) A tale of a killer dress, In Fabric is a dazzlingly stylish affair that's a cut above the rest. Say yes to the dress! - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
96% I Lost My Body (2019) If I Lost My Body is the sound of one hand clapping, then it announces Jérémy Clapin with thunderous applause. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) Like Peter Morgan's riveting The Crown, Fernando Meirelles's The Two Popes interrogates the resilience of a long-standing institution. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
90% Dark Waters (2019) Haynes' latest film invites two words one would never have imagined to associate with his work: "generic" and "forgettable." - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
96% Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Bikram marks Orner's style as one of the doggedly determined documentarian as her films tell urgent stories buoyed by hard-to-get images that hold guilty parties accountable for their crimes. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
83% Waves (2019) Waves breathes with musicality. The cinematography, editing, and performances step in sync with the songs while original music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross seamlessly ties it together. - BeatRoute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019