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  • Summary: Fifty-something Martin Bonner leaves his old life behind and relocates to Reno, where he finds work helping released prisoners transition to life on the outside, while trying his hand at speed dating and passing time as a soccer referee on weekends. Meanwhile, Travis Holloway has just been released from prison after serving 12 years. Surprising both of them, Travis and Martin form an unlikely friendship that offers them reciprocal support and understanding. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Aug 15, 2013
    100
    This Is Martin Bonner, wonderfully acted and something of a minimalist masterpiece, is a striking, moving ode to lives lived day to day, even hour to hour, in which the smallest gesture has the power to make one hopeful for the next, like a small fire gently stoked.
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jun 19, 2013
    83
    It’s a brief wisp of a movie, but one that’s not easy to shake.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Aug 13, 2013
    80
    This Is Martin Bonner is a story of faith and redemption, but Hartigan casts aside the conventional wisdom that there must be a causal link between the two.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Cronk
    Aug 12, 2013
    75
    At its best, with its quiet, ominous pace in the early going and its economical distribution of information throughout, the film is reminiscent of Todd Haynes's Safe.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Aug 13, 2013
    70
    It’s gratifying to see the care taken with his characters, though it would be no betrayal of them for Mr. Hartigan to flesh out their world and their lives further.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Aug 13, 2013
    70
    This Is Martin Bonner isn't exciting, but it's also never dull.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 16, 2013
    40
    This contemplative drama draws strength from day-to-day ordinariness and a terrific lead performance from Paul Eenhoorn, yet sadly falls short.

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