'Don McKay' Critic Reviews

67%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
40%
Rotten Tomatoes:   26 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    Goldberger gets a few good tonal feints in, especially when he consults the Coen recipe book for the disorienting effect of blood (and bloody violence) on American simple folk.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    When you pack your movie with performers like Mr. Church, Ms. Leo, Mr. Rebhorn and Keith David (as Dona(TM)s old friend), all with faces and deliveries that can slide easily between comedy and menace, youa(TM)re holding a full house.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    This is a movie that, if you can make it to the last 30 minutes, starts to make some sense. It seems the plot twist is the only good idea in the script.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michelle Orange Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A strange, largely inert indie thriller.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    A ludicrously pretentious train wreck masquerading as a movie.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rob Nelson Variety (Top Critic)
    Writer-director Jake Goldberger's mild riff on Double Indemnity, etc., works best as a showcase for its veteran cast.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Don McKay certainly has its moments, but it never manages to maintain the consistent tone so crucial if a black comedy is going to actually be funny.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Germain Associated Press (Top Critic)
    An admirable attempt even if the film only works spottily.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    25
    ...an almost aggressively pointless piece of work that simply isn't able to justify its very existence.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf DVDTalk.com
    25
    Labored and distractingly uneven, Don McKay comes across as a lackadaisical film school writing assignment that somehow lucked into a feature film deal.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk
    63
    Goldberger makes the most of his eclectic, multi-Oscar-nominated cast to make up for the lack of scope and visual panache, not to mention the sometimes strained machinations of his plot
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Sobczynski eFilmCritic.com
    The tone and the pacing always seem a little off and as a result, we become all too aware of mechanics of the screenplay grinding along towards a finale that is simply too complicated and unbelievable for its own good.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Pete Hammond Boxoffice Magazine
    40
    Clearly Goldberger thinks he can juggle this delicate noirish souffle but it all comes crashing down around him because the true nature of his characters' actions just don't make a whole lot of sense.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    67
    [Director] Greenberg's tyro script is both dark comedy and slick whodunit and all the players do it justice. He handles his material and fine cast with a deft hand that belies his freshman status.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kurt Loder MTV
    20
    Church's performance could be stuffed and mounted with no loss of liveliness.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jules Brenner Filmcritic.com
    70
    Savvy viewers aren't likely to get too invested in these characters and their dilemmas, if only because the style of this parody of wish fulfillment will tip most of them off about the plot's misrepresentations in advance
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Verniere Boston Herald
    34
    First-time writer-director Jake Goldberger may have a great film in him. But "Don McKay" isn't it.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    59
    ...doesn't have the most tightly written script, but off kilter performances, particularly a hilariously determined Elisabeth Shue as the femme fatale Sonny...keep things bubbling along as the plot rolls to a boil over.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Annlee Ellingson Moving Pictures Magazine
    Thomas Haden Church wears a puzzled scowl throughout this bizarre film noir, and so will viewers as they struggle to figure out just what Jake Goldberger is going for.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kam Williams NewsBlaze
    63
    An entertaining enough diversion, though in this critic's opinion it veers sharply from the sublime to the ridiculous.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nick Schager Time Out New York
    60
    An alluring blonde has spelled many a noir protagonist's doom, and that stereotypical femme is exploited for modest suspense and humor in writer-director Jake Goldberger's off-kilter tale.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael C. Walsh Boston Phoenix
    63
    The plot unfolds like a numbed-down neo-noir, and the actors treat it as such, using overwrought dramatic turns as a springboard for delightfully hammy performances.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Marshall Fine Hollywood & Fine
    A squirmy-funny exercise in oddness that happily takes its time getting to the truth...Church hasn't had many roles as juicy as the title character of Don McKay.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Adam Keleman Slant Magazine
    63
    Jake Goldberger has lassoed a great cast to ham it up in this comical homage to Billy Wilder's classic noirs Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard.
    Full Review » 4 years ago