Don McKay Reviews

  • Goldberger gets a few good tonal feints in, especially when he consults the Coen recipe book for the disorienting effect of blood (and bloody violence) on American simple folk.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • When you pack your movie with performers like Mr. Church, Ms. Leo, Mr. Rebhorn and Keith David (as Dona(TM)s old friend), all with faces and deliveries that can slide easily between comedy and menace, youa(TM)re holding a full house.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • This is a movie that, if you can make it to the last 30 minutes, starts to make some sense. It seems the plot twist is the only good idea in the script.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • A strange, largely inert indie thriller.

    Michelle Orange — Village Voice

  • A ludicrously pretentious train wreck masquerading as a movie.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Writer-director Jake Goldberger's mild riff on Double Indemnity, etc., works best as a showcase for its veteran cast.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

  • Don McKay certainly has its moments, but it never manages to maintain the consistent tone so crucial if a black comedy is going to actually be funny.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • (Don McKay movie review at Hollywood Reporter)

    Hollywood Reporter

  • An admirable attempt even if the film only works spottily.

    David Germain — Associated Press

  • almost aggressively pointless piece of work that simply isn't able to justify its very existence.

    David Nusair — Reel Film Reviews

  • Labored and distractingly uneven, Don McKay comes across as a lackadaisical film school writing assignment that somehow lucked into a feature film deal.

    Brian Orndorf —

  • Goldberger makes the most of his eclectic, multi-Oscar-nominated cast to make up for the lack of scope and visual panache, not to mention the sometimes strained machinations of his plot

    James Kendrick — Q Network Film Desk

  • The tone and the pacing always seem a little off and as a result, we become all too aware of mechanics of the screenplay grinding along towards a finale that is simply too complicated and unbelievable for its own good.

    Peter Sobczynski —

  • Clearly Goldberger thinks he can juggle this delicate noirish souffle but it all comes crashing down around him because the true nature of his characters' actions just don't make a whole lot of sense.

    Pete Hammond — Boxoffice Magazine

  • [Director] Greenberg's tyro script is both dark comedy and slick whodunit and all the players do it justice. He handles his material and fine cast with a deft hand that belies his freshman status.

    Robin Clifford — Reeling Reviews

  • Church's performance could be stuffed and mounted with no loss of liveliness.

    Kurt Loder — MTV

  • First-time writer-director Jake Goldberger may have a great film in him. But "Don McKay" isn't it.

    James Verniere — Boston Herald

  • Savvy viewers aren't likely to get too invested in these characters and their dilemmas, if only because the style of this parody of wish fulfillment will tip most of them off about the plot's misrepresentations in advance

    Jules Brenner —

  • ...doesn't have the most tightly written script, but off kilter performances, particularly a hilariously determined Elisabeth Shue as the femme fatale Sonny...keep things bubbling along as the plot rolls to a boil over.

    Laura Clifford — Reeling Reviews

  • Thomas Haden Church wears a puzzled scowl throughout this bizarre film noir, and so will viewers as they struggle to figure out just what Jake Goldberger is going for.

    Annlee Ellingson — Moving Pictures Magazine

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