Tom at the Farm Reviews

June 3, 2019
Tom and the Farm's characters make decisions based less in rationality and more in getting where the writer wants them to be. It's difficult to go along with the story when the gears in its machine are so easily exposed.
August 18, 2015
It's a tentative slow burn about the secrets we keep in the name of love, and it doesn't quite add up.
August 14, 2015
There's not enough structure to these different threads. It could work on the stage where movement and place and time are necessarily compressed, but on film it feels artificial, not fully worked out.
August 14, 2015
[An] interminably glum and violent exercise, none-too-interesting proof of yet another gay director's obsession with S&M.
August 13, 2015
The kind of domestic psychodrama that may have resonated on stage but proves pretentious and hermetical here, after some initial tension.
August 13, 2015
The cross-pollination makes for some nice-looking scenes. Ultimately, though, there's a crop failure.
August 13, 2015
Dolan's ambivalence over his main character's mental state means we care little about him, too.
August 12, 2015
Dolan's idea of how to build suspense involves shadowy close-ups and keeping his scene partner out of the frame.
May 30, 2014
The result, a sometimes awkward bit of Québécois gothic, is unconvincing.
April 4, 2014
The film lacks a real sense of menace or conviction.
April 4, 2014
An overwrought pastiche of Hitchcock that makes less sense and renders its protagonist far less plausible the longer it goes on.
Top Critic
September 14, 2013
Another misfire starring its director, Tom At The Farm is the first real folly from young French-Canadian director Xavier Dolan.
September 13, 2013
The film, initially intriguing, succumbs, like its maker, to an over-inflated sense of its own importance.
September 13, 2013
In the end, for all the plot tension and genre tastiness -underlined by some acidic colour photography and lighting that plays up sickly yellows and purples - there's just something a little too mannered about the exercise.
September 13, 2013
Ponderous, overwrought and more than a little pretentious, with a brooding self-seriousness that at times veers into camp.