Pat Mullen

Pat Mullen
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Pat Mullen is the online co-editor of POV Magazine, Canada's destination for documentary culture. Pat also runs the movie blog Cinemablographer.com and has contributed to The Canadian Encyclopedia, BeatRoute Magazine, Paste, Documentary, and other sites. Pat has a Master's Degree in Film Studies from Carleton University and is a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Association. He lives in Toronto with his cat Fellini.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
88% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) How many synonyms are there for 'great'? - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
100% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) It's an ambitious and gutsy film that's bound to knock the wind out of anyone who sees it. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
100% Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man (2019) Bathroom humour is rarely so effective. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
No Score Yet One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk (2019) One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk returns its hero to his land and reasserts the values that Noah articulated so eloquently and patiently, but fell on deaf ears. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
93% Western Stars (2019) In a year full of nostalgic Baby Boomer music docs, it's a joy to watch a legend like Bruce Springsteen reinvent himself. - BeatRoute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Few films tap into the cultural zeitgeist as brilliantly and originally as Parasite does. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
71% The King (2019) For fellow members of the Shakespeare on Film Fan Club, it complements Orson Welles' 1965 film Chimes at Midnight and its take on the Henry plays. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
No Score Yet Dads (2019) There are great stories here that challenge the traditional (and simplistic) image of fatherhood - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
100% Anne at 13,000 ft (2019) The film hinges on Campbell's performance and her ferociously committed turn as Anne is an astonishing feet. This is an emotionally charged and physically demanding performance fuelled by passion and rage. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
55% Becoming Nobody (2019) Becoming Nobody is cinematic soup for one, as Catto's ladling the noodles only for himself. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
100% MS Slavic 7 (2019) For anyone who really loves digging through the stacks and embracing the tactility of history, MS Slavic 7 is a geeky thrill. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
58% Matthias and Maxime (2019) Xavier Dolan's Matthias & Maxime is easily his sexiest film yet, and also one of his strongest. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
89% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) In Scrabble-speak, one could say that Bill Nighy lands a double word score in Sometimes Always Never. The film itself, however, doesn't net as many points. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Star persona and performance blur in this portrait of an actor struggling to understand her purpose when the spotlight's gone. Zellweger is heartbreakingly good in realizing Garland's vulnerability. - BeatRoute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
100% Human Nature (2019) Adam Bolt puts a bun in the science oven and births something mind-boggling in Human Nature. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) After all these celebratory profile documentaries, it's a joy to see a film like Where's My Roy Cohn? in which the interviewees candidly portray the subject as an insufferably rotten bastard. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
83% Roger Waters: Us + Them (2019) While it's handsomely shot, amped up, and ready-made for the big screen, they've captured Waters' work before and they've done it better. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
93% Monos (2019) Nicholson is the film's emotional anchor. With few scenes and fewer speaking lines, she injects the film with a compelling current of humanity. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Perhaps it's unfair to fault Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice simply for coming at the end of an assembly line of products, but it's officially time for a moratorium on Baby Boomer music docs. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
No Score Yet The Capote Tapes (2019) The beautifully assembled doc offers a peek behind the curtain into the life of the great writer, his troubled mind, and the book(s) that killed him. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
100% The Australian Dream (2019) This energetic and emotional portrait of footballer Adam Goodes is an essential snapshot of the road to reconciliation. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
No Score Yet And We Go Green (2019) And We Go Green is one of the most entertainingly effective environmental docs I've seen. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
100% This Is Not a Movie (2019) Fisk's story is a compelling reminder of just how real the news can be. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) They say it's a Golden Age for television, but Downton Abbey proves that the big screen still reigns supreme. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
83% My Zoe (2019) While she's always been excellent as both an actor and a writer, My Zoe is a major leap forward for Delpy as a director. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Workforce (Mano de obra) (2019) Zonana's humorous and damning essay is an assured first feature. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
86% The Sleepwalkers (Los Sonámbulos) (2019) [F]eatures an ensemble of characters flying off the rails with irrational, unmotivated, and unconvincing behaviour. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
71% Wet Season (2019) Chen's characters feel inauthentic as their icky situation takes predictable turns, leading to some handsomely composed shots with eye-roll inducing drama. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
73% Proxima (2019) It's a cold movie-so cold one could declare it clinically dead. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
79% The Friend (2019) Segel has never been better. The Friend uses every inch of his everyman charm and likable charisma. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
100% White Lie (2019) Continuity issues aside, White Lie proves this filmmaking team as one of the most exciting voices emerging in Canadian cinema. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
79% The Audition (Das vorspiel) (2019) Like Isabelle Huppert, Hoss has a knack for inhabiting "unlikable" characters and turning them into beguiling psychological studies of the human condition. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
100% Blow the Man Down (2019) Martindale delivers a hoot of a performance decked out in a matronly fur coat and a pimp stick playing the manager of a seaside brothel - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
58% The Moneychanger (Así habló el cambista) (2019) Sure, it's timely to see The Moneychanger in an age in which nice guys still finish last and a******s continue to get ahead, but the film peddles a kind of basic comedy that's oddly tone-deaf... - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
42% The Laundromat (2019) The dizzying madcap whirl with The Laundromat gives audiences the rinse and the spin they need. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
88% And the Birds Rained Down (Il pleuvait des oiseaux) (2019) Archambault goes straight for the heart in adapting Saucier's novel. The result is poignant, touching, and profoundly moving. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
83% The Aeronauts (2019) The Aeronauts is top-flight escapism that lets audiences soar high above the clouds. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
80% There's Something in the Water (2019) While there is no denying [Page's] passion and convictions, the delivery doesn't quite match the film's sincere intentions. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) There aren't many films like in the Sky. This strange unfamiliarity makes Lucy's downward spiral an awkward, difficult, and sometimes anxiety-inducing experience. But this character lives for exploring uncharted terrain. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Banderas, who won Best Actor at Cannes and deserves further recognition, has never been so bold, wily, and vulnerable. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
75% I Am Woman (2019) When Helen Reddy performs at a 1989 women's march at the end of I Am Woman, one almost expects to see a #PussyGrabsBack sign waving in the crowd. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
61% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Motherless Brooklyn is the kind of grand, beautifully crafted, and relevant film that mature audiences see too rarely these days. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) I'll give the adaptation this much: it's better than the book. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) If there's one case in which Where'd You Go, Bernadette completely delivers on its potential, it's in casting Cate Blanchett as the wily, hilarious, and heartbreaking Bernadette Fox. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) This mystery makes Jeffrey Epstein's death look like an open-and-shut case. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
68% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) Unstoppable is another entry in a growing field of soft PR/branded content documentaries, a fascinating new reality, especially in sports docs.... - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
79% Free Trip to Egypt (2019) Alternatively humorous, heartfelt, awkward, ignorant, haphazard, and downright embarrassing, the film doesn't do its participants any favours despite its sincere attempt to make the world a better place. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Broomfield has a habit of inserting himself into his movies, but this time he's both a character and an inquisitor as he reflects upon two lives that shaped his path. - BeatRoute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday is an impossibly charming essay that reminds us why few artists live forever. - BeatRoute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) If Ally Campana and Jackson Maine had a smokin' hot threesome with Susan Boyle, the star born from the passionate tryst would be Rose-Lynn Harlan. - BeatRoute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019