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This Is Martin Bonner Reviews

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
June 28, 2016
As a whole, This is Martin Bonner is a subtle piece of art getting at the heart of the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
February 5, 2014
Inspiring in a way that movies too often aren't, in that it provides a realistic yet optimistic vision of how someone can positively affect the world around them
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 17, 2013
Thankfully it avoids the sentimentality of so many other similar redemption indie pics.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
October 13, 2013
A lovely film makes use of fundamental Christian belief, and of lonely men in their autumn years, and of second chances forced upon us, subjects not generally celebrated in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
October 2, 2013
... exquisite character development, observant filmmaking, and storytelling that just might change the way people live.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Amy R. Handler
Film Threat
August 29, 2013
Chad Hartigan's This is Martin Bonner is a refreshing example of stark realism, minus the grit and melodrama that tends to muddy films of its ilk.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2013
This Is Martin Bonner takes a magnifying glass to everyday goodness and lingering pain, illuminating their contours and complexities but pulling away before the movie can ever burst into sentimental flame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 15, 2013
This contemplative drama draws strength from day-to-day ordinariness and a terrific lead performance from Paul Eenhoorn, yet sadly falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
August 13, 2013
Mr. Eenhoorn (whose patient expressions here suggest a kindly priest) gives his character the shy charm of palpable decency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 13, 2013
Patience is privileged, nothing is forced, and by the end of this quietly devastating character study, the ordinary has become extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
August 13, 2013
By calling on his leads to underplay nearly every moment, Hartigan calls into question our deeply ingrained instinct, as moviegoers, to witness a steady parade of amped-up emotions.
Andrew Lapin
The Dissolve
August 13, 2013
Somewhere far beyond the hoary parables of most faith-based films and the brutal body-blows of prison flicks soars This Is Martin Bonner, an understated drama with small words and big ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jordan Cronk
Slant Magazine
August 12, 2013
At its best, with its quiet, ominous pace in the early going and its economical distribution of information throughout, the film is reminiscent of Todd Haynes's Safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
M. Faust
August 1, 2013
The detail is precise, as are the performances. These may not be people you would care to see a film about, but seeing it I can't imagine that you wouldn't be moved to care about them.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
July 31, 2013
Rigorously subdued in performance and tone, this low-key character portrait is distinguished by its empathetic honesty.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2013
This Is Martin Bonner explores what it means to be a good person at a crossroads, and whom you might find there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Guy Lodge
July 31, 2013
The rare contemporary film about Christian behavior that doesn't go out of its way to announce its secularity, it's equally unpatronizing in its sharp articulation of loneliness in middle age and beyond.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 19, 2013
Written and directed by Chad Hartigan, this touching, uncommonly humane drama centers on the tenuous friendship between two lonely older men.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
The writer and director, Chad Hartigan, transforms the potentially maudlin premise into a luminous reach for grace.
June 27, 2013
Huge warmth is emitted from beautifully realised performances and scripting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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