Tom at the Farm Reviews

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January 1, 2018
It's all a bit improbable, but Dolan -- who claimed never to have watched any Hitchcock before filming -- pulls off a Master-of-Suspense Psycho-drama, down to the scraping, disturbed violins.
January 28, 2016
Grief, lies and webs of deceit are the flesh-eating monsters. The film exudes a living poetry.... Dolan has the ability to render any banal activity ominous.
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 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
Wildly entertaining, sexy and beautifully shot in the Canadian heartland.
August 13, 2015
As a director of actors, Dolan is especially strong at capturing ambiguous menace and sharing the screen.
August 13, 2015
As in Dolan's own stories, a mother's hunger for her children encompasses both loving and devouring them.
August 13, 2015
Dolan's ambivalence over his main character's mental state means we care little about him, too.
August 13, 2015
Despite moments of intense suspense and glints of bizarre horror, Tom at the Farm is ultimately a psychological thriller - a movie about the secrets we sometimes try to bury deep inside us in order to deceive ourselves.
August 12, 2015
Dolan's idea of how to build suspense involves shadowy close-ups and keeping his scene partner out of the frame.
August 12, 2015
Dolan is capable of making not only a genre film, but one that clocks in under two hours, even with his usual languid pace.
Top Critic
July 29, 2015
Following an arc of dread that builds to a breathy climax, Mr. Dolan continues his usual theme of how people test their love and hatred for themselves and each other while he keeps your heart racing.
May 30, 2014
The result, a sometimes awkward bit of Québécois gothic, is unconvincing.
May 29, 2014
A dark and unsettling journey to the countryside.
April 4, 2014
The third act is hard to swallow but it hardly matters. Dolan looks like Farley Granger and shoots like Hitchcock.
April 3, 2014
It's intriguing stuff, coiled with ardour and fear.
April 3, 2014
The French-Canadian upstart, Xavier Dolan, comes of age with this blistering psychosexual fable which doffs a cap to Hitchcock.
April 1, 2014
Taut, creepy, compelling and sexy.
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