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Don McKay Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
April 1, 2010
Thomas Haden Church wears a puzzled scowl throughout this bizarre film noir, and so will viewers as they struggle to figure out just what Jake Goldberger is going for.
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
April 6, 2010
Clearly Goldberger thinks he can juggle this delicate noirish soufflé but it all comes crashing down around him because the true nature of his characters' actions just don't make a whole lot of sense.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
July 24, 2010
Labored and distractingly uneven, Don McKay comes across as a lackadaisical film school writing assignment that somehow lucked into a feature film deal.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Cole Smithey
March 29, 2010
More a black comedy than the intended "neo-noir" that newbie auteur Jake Goldberger aspires to, "Don McKay" is a droll little independent flick for audiences with dark tastes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Peter Sobczynski
April 8, 2010
The tone and the pacing always seem a little off and as a result, we become all too aware of mechanics of the screenplay grinding along towards a finale that is simply too complicated and unbelievable for its own good.
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
March 31, 2010
A strange, largely inert indie thriller.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 1, 2010
This is a movie that, if you can make it to the last 30 minutes, starts to make some sense. It seems the plot twist is the only good idea in the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 2, 2010
Don McKay certainly has its moments, but it never manages to maintain the consistent tone so crucial if a black comedy is going to actually be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 31, 2011 almost aggressively pointless piece of work that simply isn't able to justify its very existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 2, 2010
Church's performance could be stuffed and mounted with no loss of liveliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jason Bailey
April 2, 2010
I can't fully endorse or recommend 'Don McKay'--it's too messy and all-over-the-place for that--but it certainly isn't boring. I'll give it that much.
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Rob Nelson
September 1, 2009
Writer-director Jake Goldberger's mild riff on Double Indemnity, etc., works best as a showcase for its veteran cast.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 29, 2010
Goldberger makes the most of his eclectic, multi-Oscar-nominated cast to make up for the lack of scope and visual panache, not to mention the sometimes strained machinations of his plot
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 31, 2010
A ludicrously pretentious train wreck masquerading as a movie.
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David Germain
Associated Press
April 1, 2010
An admirable attempt even if the film only works spottily.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 1, 2010
First-time writer-director Jake Goldberger may have a great film in him. But "Don McKay" isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
March 31, 2010
The plot unfolds like a numbed-down neo-noir, and the actors treat it as such, using overwrought dramatic turns as a springboard for delightfully hammy performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Keleman
Slant Magazine
March 29, 2010
Jake Goldberger has lassoed a great cast to ham it up in this comical homage to Billy Wilder's classic noirs Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
Time Out
March 31, 2010
An alluring blonde has spelled many a noir protagonist's doom, and that stereotypical femme is exploited for modest suspense and humor in writer-director Jake Goldberger's off-kilter tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
March 31, 2010
An entertaining enough diversion, though in this critic's opinion it veers sharply from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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