He Was a Quiet Man
He Was a Quiet Man (2007)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 30, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

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Christopher Null

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.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

Slater does well to soften the lines of his no-hoper caricature, but writer-director Cappello steers his film to nowhere particularly memorable.

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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

With its dreamlike flourishes and unrelenting despair, Frank A. Cappello's pitch-black dramedy feels distinctive even if it recalls bits from Falling Down, Office Space and even Boxing Helena.

Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Occasionally works as a black comedy, but there's nothing real or true in it

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

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.

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S. James Wegg

Cappello's brilliant script and expert storytelling would merely be interesting if anyone other than Christian Slater had been cast as Bob Maconel.

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Brian Orndorf

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Bob Maconel: There comes a time when the diseased and the weak must be sacrificed to save the herd. "A daily routine that changes from one moment to… More
Christian Slater, Elisha Cuthbert, William H. Macy Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) is about to have a bad day. Another eight hours of sitting in a dull grey… More
Cameron Sherwell
A very interesting film that wouldn't have worked as well with anyone else leading it other then Christian Slater who really digs deep to give what is… More
Wahida K
He seemed like such a nice guy.. He pretty much kept to himself...
Nicki Marie
Good movie. I actually did not recognise Christian Slater here - definitely not a glamour role for him, playing a downtrodden, henpecked office employee who is… More
Derek Daniels
I wasn't incredibly interested in this movie, just kind of intrigued about it since reading the synopsis. Cubicle drone gets tired of his life and plans to… More