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This Is Martin Bonner Reviews

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May 18, 2013
Small lives, carefully observed, can be awfully dull most of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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+
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
March 5, 2013
This Is Martin Bonner may be about absence, but there's no absence of heart in the story or the characters, which makes for an extremely enjoyable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 27, 2013
Huge warmth is emitted from beautifully realised performances and scripting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
June 26, 2013
For those with a willingness to go with the flow and discover the wonder hiding beneath the surface, This Is Martin Bonner is a triumph of the elegant kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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+
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
Top Critic
June 20, 2013
Nothing happens in This Is Martin Bonner, and that's the best thing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
July 1, 2013
The writer and director, Chad Hartigan, transforms the potentially maudlin premise into a luminous reach for grace.
June 17, 2013
This Is Martin Bonner is undoubtedly a small film but it is finely crafted and holds a big heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 18, 2013
It's a very low-key, slowly paced piece that has a cumulative power through its honesty and realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5.0
October 17, 2013
Thankfully it avoids the sentimentality of so many other similar redemption indie pics.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 22, 2013
A mood piece, a character study and an exercise in poetic gesture possessed of a sort of evanescent, secular spirituality.
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