'Collaborator' Critic Reviews

MovieWeb:   0 reviews
75%
Rotten Tomatoes:   25 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    The dolefully talented actor Martin Donovan wrote, directed, and stars in a pressure-cooker two-hander.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    An exceedingly earnest, high-minded hostage drama in which any visceral tension is secondary to topical debates by a captor and his prisoner.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Packham Village Voice (Top Critic)
    On one level, it's a dark, funny tragedy, but it's also Donovan's thesis on his own craft.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    It's no surprise that Donovan's directorial debut finds him firmly rejecting the mainstream in favor of a deliberately suffocating challenge.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Farran Smith Nehme New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Both characters are riveting, and they even manage to earn most of the freight that Donovan loads onto his heavily ironic title.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    What really matters is the interplay between two fine actors, the icy Donovan and the fiery Morse.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Adam Litovitz Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Morse and Donovan hold us rapt in this clearly told tale about identity confusion.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    30
    Oddly, it's Donovan's performance here that proves the movie's weakest link, though his writing and helming tie for a close second.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    50
    ...the movie's various problems [are] exacerbated by a complete and total absence of suspense or tension.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Barsanti PopMatters
    80
    Collaborator is a sharp and vital debut that keeps viewers guessing at all the right moments.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Katherine Monk Vancouver Sun
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • T'Cha Dunlevy Montreal Gazette
    Working with modest means, Donovan has created an intriguing chamber film very much in line with the idiosyncratic markers of his career so far.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chelsey Grasso Paste Magazine
    67
    Overall, The Collaborator is the type of film that rewards repeated viewings.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Norman Wilner NOW Toronto
    80
    Collaborator is a gimmick movie, but the gimmick is sound.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Adam Nayman Metro News
    60
    A witty and well-paced thriller.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    It's a promising debut for the director and an intriguing study of characters facing desperate circumstances.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Avi Offer NYC Movie Guru
    74
    A quietly suspenseful, provocative and surprising directorial debut. It shows great promise in Martin Donovan's budding career as a writer/director.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michelle Orange Movieline
    80
    What takes shape is a character piece that makes a literary job of deconstructing the hostage thriller.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Gabe Toro The Playlist
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Cabin Slant Magazine
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrew Lapin NPR
    Writer-director-star Martin Donovan can't connect the dots; the film is a ponderous bore.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Noh Film Journal International
    In his debut auteurial flourish, writer-director-writer Martin Donovan proves himself a triple-threat bore.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Keith Uhlich Time Out New York
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Marshall Fine 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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Prairie Miller WBAI Radio
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago