'Collaborator' Critic Reviews
The dolefully talented actor Martin Donovan wrote, directed, and stars in a pressure-cooker two-hander.
New York Times
An exceedingly earnest, high-minded hostage drama in which any visceral tension is secondary to topical debates by a captor and his prisoner.
On one level, it's a dark, funny tragedy, but it's also Donovan's thesis on his own craft.
New York Daily News
It's no surprise that Donovan's directorial debut finds him firmly rejecting the mainstream in favor of a deliberately suffocating challenge.
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
Both characters are riveting, and they even manage to earn most of the freight that Donovan loads onto his heavily ironic title.
What really matters is the interplay between two fine actors, the icy Donovan and the fiery Morse.
Globe and Mail
Morse and Donovan hold us rapt in this clearly told tale about identity confusion.
Los Angeles Times
Oddly, it's Donovan's performance here that proves the movie's weakest link, though his writing and helming tie for a close second.
Reel Film Reviews
...the movie's various problems [are] exacerbated by a complete and total absence of suspense or tension.
Collaborator is a sharp and vital debut that keeps viewers guessing at all the right moments.
A solid, character-based drama that speaks to the disappointments of middle age and mortality in general, Collaborator doesn't let anyone off the hook -- not even the viewer.
Working with modest means, Donovan has created an intriguing chamber film very much in line with the idiosyncratic markers of his career so far.
Overall, The Collaborator is the type of film that rewards repeated viewings.
Collaborator is a gimmick movie, but the gimmick is sound.
A witty and well-paced thriller.
It's a promising debut for the director and an intriguing study of characters facing desperate circumstances.
NYC Movie Guru
A quietly suspenseful, provocative and surprising directorial debut. It shows great promise in Martin Donovan's budding career as a writer/director.
What takes shape is a character piece that makes a literary job of deconstructing the hostage thriller.
The banter is playful and brazenly self-aware, but the ideas are a bit stale and don't lead anywhere emotionally substantial or narratively spontaneous.
Writer-director-star Martin Donovan can't connect the dots; the film is a ponderous bore.
Film Journal International
In his debut auteurial flourish, writer-director-writer Martin Donovan proves himself a triple-threat bore.
Time Out New York
As the characters drink and drug a long night away, the film turns into a pointed examination of the many masks people don to hide their various grievances and torments.
Hollywood & Fine
An assured directorial debut for actor Martin Donovan (who also wrote the script)...smart, funny and tense, featuring a riveting performance by David Morse.
Donovan mulls human relationships to authority, propaganda and the media, and scrutinizes with raw power the convergence of class, war and politics along the turbulent spectrum in his movie, from Vietnam to the Red State/Blue State divide today.