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Keyhole Reviews

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Wally Hammond
Little White Lies
September 13, 2012
A bravura journey into a noirish nightmare world and a lock that even paid-up Maddinites won't be able to pick on a single viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 13, 2012
Strangled by its own nostalgic mad love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
September 13, 2012
Maddin has always been something of an acquired taste - and he seems to be doing his utmost to keep it that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Tate
September 12, 2012
This rousing and tormented monochrome tale of a deadbeat gangster making an unusual odyssey through his haunted home is sordid, sinister and bafflingly brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 12, 2012
While it's playfully inventive, it's also aggravatingly elusive
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
September 11, 2012
Still too self-referential, too hermetic and too glacial to offer much enjoyment beyond the gorgeous monochrome visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
September 10, 2012
Keyhole is an enchantment of chiaroscuro compositions which float across the screen like a dream; it's an acquired taste but pure cinema nevertheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
September 9, 2012
A peculiar film rich with varying tones and styles. It's not hard to see why Maddin has been deemed Canada's answer to David Lynch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carmen Gray
Total Film
September 3, 2012
Though self-referential to a fault, the deadpan humour, frayed logic and monochrome dazzle cast their own richly peculiar spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 18, 2012
Maddin bathes it in his usual weirdness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Orndorf
June 20, 2012
It's an exhausting feature, richly made yet punishing and baffling in a manner that doesn't invite further discussion. I suppose Maddin fans wouldn't want it any other way.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
June 14, 2012
Patric's performance is a deadpan treat. His can-do, take-charge character is in continual zany contrast to his surreal surroundings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 31, 2012
'Keyhole" is the first Guy Maddin movie that feels as if it got only halfway out of the director's head and onto the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 19, 2012
The film is creepy, depraved and often funny and Maddin's most perverse outing since "Tales from the Gimli Hospital," but although it compels through most of its running time, it doesn't quite sustain through the home stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 4, 2012
Funny enough to be disarming even when it's spinning its wheels thematically.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 3, 2012
A Maddin film has a disturbing way of always seeming to exist in the present, like a dream. You know what happened and you even know what will happen, but you also see it all shifting and changing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
April 18, 2012
Characteristically full of some beautiful and evocative images, Maddin's latest film seems doggedly intent on achieving art status merely through obfuscation.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Cole Smithey
April 14, 2012
Think of "Keyhole" as an avant-garde melodrama to cleanse you palate of all of the insipid Hollywood crap you've ever seen over the years. You need it.
Full Review | Original Score: b
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 13, 2012
Like Maddin's melancholic and relatively more conventional My Winnipeg, Keyhole is about a memory house, but one that is even more fragmented, mythical and elusive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
Amid the mythical allusions and the climate of decay, "Keyhole" overthinks its exploration of memory and forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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