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Don McKay Reviews

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January 28, 2013
Thomas Haden Church is ideal as a lonely, melancholic man who is trying to give a meaning to his boring life. And possibly the only reason to watch Don McKay.
½ July 8, 2012
A little insane, but fun to watch. Love Thomas Haden Church!
March 31, 2012
A lukewarm Lynch-like film that leaves much to be desired, especially from stiff-jointed actress Elisabeth Shue. The movie's a series of curve balls without any real dramatic tension. It also can't make up its mind tonally. One minute it's a serious thriller, the next a black comedy. It's very rough and with a little work it could have been a bit more interesting. It's just a mess of a movie that will only mildly entertain.
½ March 29, 2012
Knew I was in trouble when I was reaching for the remote after 10 mins. Pointless and waste of time horrible excuse for entertainment.
½ December 30, 2011
Taking the piss out of noir? Can't be sure. Maybe Mr. Goldberger needed to think about what kind of film he wanted this to be. Incoherence notwithstanding, it's worth watching for the myriad of twists - the less forecast ones anyway - and the odd moment of dark humour that hits the mark.
December 16, 2011
Odd but intriguing thriller.
½ December 15, 2011
things lonely sad peeps will do
½ December 6, 2011
This was a strange movie, yet engrossing. It's difficult to even summarize what was going without giving away some of the plot points. Don McKay keeps getting drawn back to small town that he grew up even though it seems like no one really wants him there. It's more an exercise into the human psyche than a "what are thinking" or "I would never do that" type moment.
August 21, 2011
Good black comedy, different and weird, not amazing but entertaining enough.
½ August 13, 2011
This independent film is an attempt to a black comedy that doesn't quite work out to be funny despite having a good cast.
August 6, 2011
What a wacky movie. It is very confusing right through the movie as to what is going on, who is who and what is what - until the preposterous ending where all the relationships emerge. The movie is like "what?" at every turn until the end where everything comes together. This movie is fun for those who like twisting plots and relationships.
August 2, 2011
Thriller tout en silence, en patience, en mensonges et en non-dits... Pas forcĂ (C)ment palpitant mais se laisse suivre...
June 29, 2011
Off-beat pseudo-detective story that wants to be THE BIG LEBOWSKI but comes up short when translating from a pretty good script.
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June 16, 2011
A lukewarm Lynch-like film that leaves much to be desired, especially from stiff-jointed actress Elisabeth Shue. The movie's a series of curve balls without any real dramatic tension. It also can't make up its mind tonally. One minute it's a serious thriller, the next a black comedy. It's very rough and with a little work it could have been a bit more interesting. It's just a mess of a movie that will only mildly entertain.
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½ April 22, 2011
Thomas Hayden Church (as Don McKay) has been around for a loooong time, as an actor...I saw this and wasn't disappointed at all!!! What a twisting, dark and delirious movie of a man that kept a secret for years and saved it to the very end.See this...his secret will stun and move you.
½ April 1, 2011
Great concept but weak performances and script. Don McKay is a combination thriller, comedy, mystery that almost works. Its certainly entertaining and actually kept me guessing for a while. Its strangeness is charming for a while but the acting wears you out at the end. Worth streaming.
February 14, 2011
Oh Don McKay is a really interesting film, a mix of quirky comedic bits with noir elements thrown into a thriller, a true genre-bender. Thomas Haden Church is the titular character, and he's really great as him, a quiet school janitor who's past comes back to him as an ex-girlfriend gets him to come back home because she's dying, or is she? Every single person in this film is shady as fuck, and when you have actors like Mr. Haden Church, Elisabeth Shue, who plays Sonny, the ex, and the great Melissa Leo, who plays Sonny's housemate you gotta love how it all comes through.

This is writer-director Jake Goldberger's feature debut, and while he does get some parts right the majority isn't right, it's kind of right, but not entirely there yet, and what is actually really right is not that much because of him as it is because of Thomas Haden Church, who really gives a powerful performance here and because every single element that's outstanding in this one came out from the playbook the Coen brothers used in Blood Simple, and Goldberger is obviously not the third Coen brother. Just sayin'.

Grade: C+
½ January 29, 2011
A quirky, twist-filled little thriller.
January 27, 2011
People don't like it because it is so plain and off-beat. but that is what makes it "noir", right?
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