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Robert Longfellow (Martin Donovan) is a famous playwright who can't seem to catch a break. His recent Broadway play was met with horrible reviews and an early cancellation, and his marriage is being tested as an old flame (Olivia Williams) has reentered his life during a particular moment of weakness. Retreating back to his childhood home to visit his mother (Katherine Helmond), Robert crosses paths with his childhood neighbor, Gus (David Morse). A right-wing, ex-con who still lives at home with his mother, Gus is Robert's polar opposite in every possible way. When Gus holds Robert… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Oddly, it's Donovan's performance here that proves the movie's weakest link, though his writing and helming tie for a close second."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Both characters are riveting, and they even manage to earn most of the freight that Donovan loads onto his heavily ironic title."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"...the movie's various problems [are] exacerbated by a complete and total absence of suspense or tension."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Collaborator is a sharp and vital debut that keeps viewers guessing at all the right moments."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"Collaborator is a gimmick movie, but the gimmick is sound."
‑ Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto
"Morse and Donovan hold us rapt in this clearly told tale about identity confusion."
‑ Adam Litovitz, Globe and Mail
"An exceedingly earnest, high-minded hostage drama in which any visceral tension is secondary to topical debates by a captor and his prisoner."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A witty and well-paced thriller."
‑ Adam Nayman, Metro News
"A solid, character-based drama that speaks to the disappointments of middle age and mortality in general, Collaborator doesn't let anyone off the hook -- not even the viewer."
‑ Katherine Monk, Vancouver Sun
"It's a promising debut for the director and an intriguing study of characters facing desperate circumstances."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"What really matters is the interplay between two fine actors, the icy Donovan and the fiery Morse."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Writer-director-star Martin Donovan can't connect the dots; the film is a ponderous bore."
‑ Andrew Lapin, NPR
"Overall, The Collaborator is the type of film that rewards repeated viewings."
‑ Chelsey Grasso, Paste Magazine
"Working with modest means, Donovan has created an intriguing chamber film very much in line with the idiosyncratic markers of his career so far."
‑ T'Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette
"A quietly suspenseful, provocative and surprising directorial debut. It shows great promise in Martin Donovan's budding career as a writer/director."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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