This Is Martin Bonner
This Is Martin Bonner (2013)

The striking sophomore film of writer/director Chad Hartigan, THIS IS MARTIN BONNER is a warm and perceptive meditation on friendship, human connection and getting a second chance at life. Fifty-something Martin Bonner (Paul Eenhorn) leaves… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 10, 2013
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Solemn but heartfelt, This is Martin Bonner is a slow-burning drama with an outstanding performance by Paul Eenhoorn as the title character.

Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

This Is Martin Bonner takes a magnifying glass to everyday goodness and lingering pain, illuminating their contours and complexities but pulling away before the movie can ever burst into sentimental flame.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

Patience is privileged, nothing is forced, and by the end of this quietly devastating character study, the ordinary has become extraordinary.

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

Inspiring in a way that movies too often aren't, in that it provides a realistic yet optimistic vision of how someone can positively affect the world around them

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

This contemplative drama draws strength from day-to-day ordinariness and a terrific lead performance from Paul Eenhoorn, yet sadly falls short.

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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice

By calling on his leads to underplay nearly every moment, Hartigan calls into question our deeply ingrained instinct, as moviegoers, to witness a steady parade of amped-up emotions.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Thankfully it avoids the sentimentality of so many other similar redemption indie pics.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

Mr. Eenhoorn (whose patient expressions here suggest a kindly priest) gives his character the shy charm of palpable decency.

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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

Rigorously subdued in performance and tone, this low-key character portrait is distinguished by its empathetic honesty.

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

A lovely film makes use of fundamental Christian belief, and of lonely men in their autumn years, and of second chances forced upon us, subjects not generally celebrated in Hollywood.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Panta Oz
This unexpectedly excellent drama which will slowly draw you in, is written and directed by Chad Hartigan. The film stars Paul Eenhoorn as Martin Bonner, an… More
Cameron Johnson
Wait, hold on, this is Martin's what now? I'm sorry, that was kind of risky there, especially for me, that one jerk who makes sure that his reviews… More
Stephen Earnest
Cinematic understatement often comes with schmaltz and a handful of pretensions, but thankfully, 'This Is Martin Bonner' isn't another one of… More