Man from Reno


Man from Reno

Critics Consensus

Man from Reno rises on the strength of solid performances and a sharp script, adding up to a densely plotted neo-noir with some subtle twists.



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A stranger in the increasingly strange city of San Francisco, Japanese crime novelist Aki (Ayako Fujitani - Tokyo!) is unsure of precisely what role she has to play in a real-life murder mystery involving ambiguous MacGuffins and amorphous identities. Unfolding in lonely places such as bookshops and hotel bars, Dave Boyle's (Surrogate Valentine, White On Rice, Big Dreams Little Tokyo) moody thriller uncovers exhilarating new takes on genre conventions. Consequently, it's an alluring l'homme fatal who supplies Aki with the breadcrumb trail of clues that entices her into a labyrinthine plot of sinister dealings. In turn, the aging sheriff (veteran character actor Pepe Serna - Scarface, The Black Dahlia, The Jerk, fantastic in a rare leading role), who should rightfully be riding to her rescue, proves to be equally out of his depth. The game is afoot, the chase is exhilarating and the stakes are perilously high in this inspired neo-noir. (Courtesy of Los Angeles Film Festival) (C) First Pond

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  • A story that yields its secrets slowly but sinuously, making the most of its language and cultural differences.

    Jul 30, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Boyle, known best for a string of winning romantic comedies (Surrogate Valentine, Daylight Savings) now finds himself making a successful leap to the dark side with this decidedly "hard-Boyled" genre picture.

    Apr 30, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The moody Man From Reno,/i> is a slow-burn, atmospheric, low-budget thriller that also offers an intriguing blast of culture clash.

    Apr 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/5
  • If you can hang on for close to two hours with almost no resolution, it's worth the ride.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Instead of building toward a climax, the film drifts off into nothingness, with a last scene that will send people shuffling out of the theater thinking, "Who cares?"

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Dave Boyle is best known for his offbeat rom-coms with San Francisco musician Goh Nakamura (Surrogate Valentine, Daylight Savings), and his gift for eccentric characters redeems this standard whodunit.

    Apr 2, 2015 | Full Review…

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