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Hal Hartley's fourth feature is a significant break from the quirky romantic comedy territory of his previous work -- though all of the deadpan idiosyncracies which make him such a singular filmmaker remain intact, here he tries his hand at the thriller genre, a move yielding typically unconventional and innovative results. Amateur stars Hartley mainstay Martin Donovan as Thomas, an amnesiac who, in the first scenes, wakes up in an alley, badly injured; he stumbles to a nearby coffeeshop where he meets Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert), a former nun and would-be nymphomaniac who now makes her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An enjoyable quirky-humored hit man flick."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Comes across as an interesting study of the ways in which we are all amatuers at changing our lives."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Less quirky than earlier films, Amateur pushes its humor too hard and the conceit of amnesia is absurd, but there are poignant observations about purity versus experience and ignorance versus knowledge."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This one tends to fizzle instead of sizzle."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A deadpan examination of coincidence versus signs; tangibility versus faith."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp,
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