The Hollywood Reporter

An edgy entertainment, the movie also remarkably has the feel-good warmth of an old-time Irish film.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A sly and surprisingly sublime little noir romance.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Original, absorbing and curiously moving.
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By James Berardinelli
It has been argued that for characters to be three-dimensional, they must have a past, a present, and a future, not to mention an arc. The Merry Gentleman offers a counter-argument for those who would dispute this.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It's a very small film, undermined by a puttering rhythm and Pinter-worthy pauses in the second half and a resolution neither satisfyingly oblique nor conventionally pleasing.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
An overly muted and cautious piece of work. Watching it is like seeing a man ease out onto the limb of a tree, constantly testing its strength.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
A movie that doesn't quite have enough romance, thriller or revenge-fantasy elements to qualify for any of those genres. More than anything, it's a celebration of uncomfortable silences. The awkward moments in this movie far outweigh the joyful or tragic ones.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The potential for suspense is dropped (there's a subplot about the receptionist's flight from her violent husband, but he appears in only a couple of scenes) in favor of lots of hushed interludes in which nothing happens.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This Debbie Downer of a drama is a bitter slog.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Ms. Macdonald works modest wonders within these constraints -- she's a lovely actress, and a skilled one -- but too much is asked of her; Kate's innocence finally wilts beneath the camera's fixed gaze.
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55 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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