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The Merry Gentleman
Michael Keaton makes his directorial debut in this low-key story of two unlikely kindred spirits. Kate Frazier (Kelly Macdonald) is a sweet woman who has left behind an abusive husband to start her life over in Chicago. Kate lands a job as a receptionist, but one afternoon after leaving work for the day she sees a man with a rifle on the ledge of a nearby building. The man is about to jump, and Kate screams; the noise startles the man, and he falls backward to safety. As it happens, the man with the gun was Frank Logan (Michael Keaton), a hired killer who has a lingering illness and has fallen… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A flawed but decidedly promising first movie."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"As an actor and now as a promising first-time director, Keaton's keen instincts serve him well."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"It is a slow film, which could work, if it eventually became intriguing, but all we get is a showcase for annoying people who would have nothing in their lives, if they weren't already in a movie."
‑ Adam Lippe,
"Despite memorable scenes, the narrative's aim is never clear: is this a crime drama, dark comedy or a May-December romance?"
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"In a word: awful."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Keaton builds the tension nicely. Payoffs aren't as important to him as establishing a mood, a tone (mostly bleak). Patient, at times to a fault, he allows the characters to build over time."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"That this gloomy movie partly succeeds is a credit to the sharp dialogue, the fine cast and the directing debut of a reluctant star."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The subdued relationship that develops between the two characters is out of balance with the fanciful contrivances that bring them together."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"The film never quite convinces as anything other than a puff-piece for Keaton, but it is bolstered by another deeply empathetic turn from Macdonald."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Keaton the director wisely draws a leaf from Clint Eastwood's book. Keeping the framing neat, his style is the kind of unobtrusive classical filmmaking that is a dying breed in contemporary Hollywood."
‑ Josh Winning, Little White Lies
"Michael Keaton the actor should work with Michael Keaton the director more."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"With just a few tweaks, The Merry Gentleman could have made a wickedly funny parody of the over-earnest, lyrically hard-edged indie movie. But it's too late for do-overs."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"There are undercurrents of a Catholic kind about grace and redemption."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"[Michael Keaton is] the pained and taciturn star of a pained and taciturn drama."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"The only merriment that The Merry Gentleman delivers is through Michael Keaton's masterful direction and the performances of the two leads. It's perfectly watchable, but the story lacks the content and incident to deliver an emotional punch."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
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