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After a long absence, gangster and father Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric) arrives home to a house haunted with memories, towing the body of a teenaged girl and a bound and gagged young man. His gang waits inside his house, having shot their way past police. There is friction in the ranks. Ulysses, however, is focused on one thing: journeying through the house, room by room, and reaching his wife Hyacinth (Isabella Rossellini) in her bedroom upstairs. The equilibrium of the house has been disturbed and his odyssey eventually becomes an emotional tour, as the ghostly nooks and crannies of the house… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

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"Still too self-referential, too hermetic and too glacial to offer much enjoyment beyond the gorgeous monochrome visuals."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Funny enough to be disarming even when it's spinning its wheels thematically."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A bravura journey into a noirish nightmare world and a lock that even paid-up Maddinites won't be able to pick on a single viewing."
‑ Wally Hammond, Little White Lies
"This rousing and tormented monochrome tale of a deadbeat gangster making an unusual odyssey through his haunted home is sordid, sinister and bafflingly brilliant."
‑ Jennifer Tate, ViewLondon
"A peculiar film rich with varying tones and styles. It's not hard to see why Maddin has been deemed Canada's answer to David Lynch."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"Patric's performance is a deadpan treat. His can-do, take-charge character is in continual zany contrast to his surreal surroundings."
‑ Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
"A Maddin film has a disturbing way of always seeming to exist in the present, like a dream. You know what happened and you even know what will happen, but you also see it all shifting and changing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Strangled by its own nostalgic mad love."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"While it's playfully inventive, it's also aggravatingly elusive"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Though self-referential to a fault, the deadpan humour, frayed logic and monochrome dazzle cast their own richly peculiar spell."
‑ Carmen Gray, Total Film
"'Keyhole" is the first Guy Maddin movie that feels as if it got only halfway out of the director's head and onto the screen."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Like Maddin's melancholic and relatively more conventional My Winnipeg, Keyhole is about a memory house, but one that is even more fragmented, mythical and elusive."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Maddin has always been something of an acquired taste - and he seems to be doing his utmost to keep it that way."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Keyhole is an enchantment of chiaroscuro compositions which float across the screen like a dream; it's an acquired taste but pure cinema nevertheless."
‑ Emma Simmonds, The List
"Maddin bathes it in his usual weirdness."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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