Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 88
    Keane is played by Damian Lewis. Here he inhabits an edge of madness that Lodge Kerrigan understands with a fierce sympathy.
  2. 88
    If Keane is a downer, it's a stupendously well-conceived one.
  3. 75
    Keane means to shakes us, and does.
  4. The first 10 minutes of Lodge Kerrigan's Keane have a raw, hurtling reality that's as painfully engrossing as anything you'll see in a recent non-fiction movie, a searing portrait of one man's hell, from inside and outside.
  5. Keane is a movie you might see on a dare, and though I think it is brilliantly conceived, I wouldn't dare to dare you.
  6. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Persevere through the sluggish first two acts and you'll be rewarded with a touching relationship perfectly acted by Lewis and Breslin.
  7. Lodge Kerrigan is one of the great, though largely unheralded, filmmakers of our time, and with Keane, his third feature, he finally shows himself to be in full command of his uncompromising talent.
  8. The movie draws us into complicity with someone who may be on the verge of insanity, but only because he's living with the unbearable.
  9. Affliction has rarely been so sensitively explored.
  10. Keane is a painfully specific figure but at the same time a totem, lean and frightening, for a morass of modern anxieties. That might be this phenomenal film's emergent achievement: Its raw hopelessness is its universality.
  11. May be too much suspense for some, but it's vividly powerful.
  12. 80
    British actor Damian Lewis, in an astonishingly elastic yet disciplined performance, invests Keane with a richly ambiguous, heartbreaking inner life that's only at peace when he manages to form a tenuous human connection.
  13. A wholly unexpected and ultimately gratifying experience.
  14. Extraordinary--vivid, stripped, intense.
  15. Kerrigan returns with his best work to date, at least in terms of narrative drive and suspense.
  16. 70
    Throughout Keane, there's an unnerving feeling that Lewis is capable of anything, from harming himself to assaulting anyone around him.
  17. Mr. Kerrigan isn't just playing with our sympathies; he's also playing with our assumptions. That keeps the tension going.
  18. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Convincing as a portrait of a marginal man gone beyond the emotional pale.
  19. 75
    Lewis, from the TV series "Band of Brothers," gives a super performance, but the revelation here is young Breslin, who was in Garry Marshall's "Raising Helen" and M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs."
  20. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Harrowing but enormously empathetic.
  21. This isn't entertainment in any conventional sense, but it's a mesmerizing film all the same.

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