He Was A Quiet Man
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Bob Maconel is about to have a bad day. Another eight hours of sitting in a dull gray cubicle, ignored by his co-workers, existing in a world where he feels completely out of sync. On this particularly bad day, Bob crosses the line from potential killer to inadvertent hero and in the process saves Venessa's life. This invisible nobody saves the object of his desire only to have her ask him to end her life.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With the right audience He Was a Quiet Man might well play as black comedy. But Slater, disappearing into his role, brings a note of earnest desperation to his performance that's hard to laugh at, and hard to look away from."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"He's [Christian Slater] still a capable actor, but seems to be having as much trouble finding good scripts as his Heathers co-star Winona Ryder."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Occasionally works as a black comedy, but there's nothing real or true in it"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"An absorbing and well-made indie drama."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"At the end you are just left admiring one of Slater's best ever performances."
‑ , Sun Online
"Slater does well to soften the lines of his no-hoper caricature, but writer-director Cappello steers his film to nowhere particularly memorable."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Cappello's brilliant script and expert storytelling would merely be interesting if anyone other than Christian Slater had been cast as Bob Maconel."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"The nightmare is enhanced by Slater's gonzo performance. It's great to see the once mighty king of cool challenged in Quiet Man with a complex role that Slater bites down hard on."
‑ Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com
"It's dark and too relentless for the comedy it would like to be."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Christian Slater's dedicated performance aside, He Was A Quiet Man tries to be both a black comedy and a drama, each ultimately undermining the other."
‑ Tristan Burke, Film4
"Imagine Marty if Marty had turned out to be the Unabomber and you'll have the gist of writer-director Frank Cappello's oddly compelling, pitch-black comedy."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"He Was a Quiet Man devolves near the end, but it has enough memorable moments (a comic-turned-horrible karaoke sequence is a highlight) to merit a cautious recommendation."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Slater really sells Bob's tormented inner soul in a very appealing way; he feels like a real person inside his insane world."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A real oddity of a film: a satire of corporate office despair."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Although the budget is low and the plot uneven, it's got a certain cultish charm that should appeal to disaffected office workers."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
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