The Merry Gentleman
The Merry Gentleman (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 1, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Michael Keaton's directorial debut, The Merry Gentleman, is a slow character study aided greatly by the performances of Keaton and Kelly MacDonald.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

A flawed but decidedly promising first movie.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

As an actor and now as a promising first-time director, Keaton's keen instincts serve him well.

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Adam Lippe

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

That this gloomy movie partly succeeds is a credit to the sharp dialogue, the fine cast and the directing debut of a reluctant star.

Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

The subdued relationship that develops between the two characters is out of balance with the fanciful contrivances that bring them together.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Michael Keaton the actor should work with Michael Keaton the director more.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

There are undercurrents of a Catholic kind about grace and redemption.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Frank Logan: You find presents under a tree. I found a girl.  Kate Frazier: You must have been a very good boy.  "A man with a secret. A woman with a… More
Walter M.
In "The Merry Gentleman," Kate(Kelly MacDonald) has a black eye and has just started work as a receptionist. During the holidays, she spots… More
Cast: Michael Keaton, Kelly Macdonald, Tom Bastounes, Bobby Cannavale, Darlene Hunt, Guy Van Swearingen, William Dick, Jay Disney, Randall Jones, Debbi Burns… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Reminiscent of the superior Last Lullaby, Merry Gentleman is beautifully shot, with Keaton giving a very nuanced performance. Its' biggest drawback,… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Frank Logan: I found a girl under a Christmas tree. I managed to catch a commercial for this film randomly and saw a chance to support Michael Keaton at the… More
Daisy Maduro
Micheal Keaton's The Merry Gentleman, was a movie for Lifetime Television. Kelly McDonald's role was a silly one, and her character did not do any… More