Don McKay
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First time writer/director Jake Goldberger takes the helm for this thriller about a man who returns to his hometown after receiving a letter from his high school sweetheart, who claims to be dying. It's been 25 years since Don McKay (Thomas Haden Church) turned his back on his hometown, and he never imagined he would ever return. But when a letter from his former girlfriend Sonny (Elisabeth Shue) appears in Don's mailbox, he can't resist visiting his old flame one more time, before her light disappears forever. When Don comes home and realizes that his memories of Sonny don't… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
" almost aggressively pointless piece of work that simply isn't able to justify its very existence."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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,
"Church's performance could be stuffed and mounted with no loss of liveliness."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"When you pack your movie with performers like Mr. Church, Ms. Leo, Mr. Rebhorn and Keith David (as Donâ(TM)s old friend), all with faces and deliveries that can slide easily between comedy and menace, youâ(TM)re holding a full house."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"An admirable attempt even if the film only works spottily."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"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,
"Clearly Goldberger thinks he can juggle this delicate noirish soufflé 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
"First-time writer-director Jake Goldberger may have a great film in him. But "Don McKay" isn't it."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"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
"A strange, largely inert indie thriller."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"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
"[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
"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,
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