Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Not since Roman Polanski at the
pinnacle of his European weirdness have I seen a film this strange and riveting. `Buddy
Boy' is the work of a gifted new American director, Mark Hanlon, with a unique and
courageous cinematic vision that produces nightmares. It's a thrill to discover a
filmmaker with a talent as uniquely inspired and original." Read full review.
Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood
"A highly stylized and immensely
watchable portrait of obsession [with a] visual style respectfully echoing the creepy
ambience of a `Rosemary's Baby' or `Repulsion.'"
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"In his feature debut Hanlon has
put a lot on his plate, but his psychological insights are quite compelling."
Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker
"A striking fusion of
Polanski-esque psychological horror and an American Gothic sensibility."
Michael J. Agovino, Time Out New
"From the beginning, `Buddy Boy'
has something going for it: a strong visual sense that jumps off the screen. And the film
becomes something else -- indeed something quite good, recalling Kieslowski's brilliant
`Dekalog' in its mood, religious preoccupations and spare dialogue."
Lee Marshall, Screen
"This first feature by
scriptwriter Mark Hanlon hits the right balance of menace, weirdness and humor in its
study of a mind on the edge of sanity. Susan Tyrrell is deliciously grotesque and the low
camera angles and oppressive yellowy darkness look like they might have been shot by
Samuel Beckett on acid."
Roger Kelsey, Dark Horizons
"Movies like this remind me why
I like movies so much. A great film with some scenes that will blow you away!"
A.G. Basoli, Moviemaker
"A brooding and visually
haunting first feature."
Noah Cowan, Toronto Star
"This intense, darkly-conceived
study of voyeurism and alienation is a disquieting and beautifully realized work; it marks
a most impressive first effort from director Mark Hanlon."
Stuart, New York
"Mark Hanlon's `Buddy Boy' is a
quirky and slyly amusing psychological thriller."
F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"The overall feeling of the film
combines the creepy intensities of David Lynch and Roman Polanski; in particular, there
are distinct echoes of `Eraserhead' and `Repulsion.' And from one end of `Buddy Boy' to
the other, Hanlon shows real promise."
Dan Persons, Cinefantastique
"A unique mix of smart chills,
surreal drama, and black, black humor. Mark Hanlon's dark, wicked `Buddy Boy' takes risks,
startles sensibilities, and toys with your mind."
Brian Nixon, Austin
"`Buddy Boy' has all the
elements of a great Hitchcock thriller. Coupled with a haunting score by Graeme Revell,
this movie is stunning. The images are both haunting and alluring."
Laura Kern, Indiewire
"The script, written by the
director, contains some very smart, darkly comic dialogue [and] Hanlon certainly shows
promise as a writer/director. His images are impressive."
Ron Wells, Film Threat
"A movie my mother would hate.
In this case, that's good enough for me. 3.5 of 4 stars."
Eric Monder, Film Journal
"Writer-director Mark Hanlon
creates a distinct film of his own with a loopy, unexpected sense of humor and a
low-budget Grand Guignol atmosphere."
Anna-Maria Petricelli, Cinema
"A beautifully acted, haunting
enigma about the sub-reality of daily experiences, two things jump off of the screen in
'Buddy Boy,' Aidan Gillen's performance and Mark Hanlon's directorial talent."
Jeff Bond, Mothership.com
"Part REPULSION, part REAR WINDOW and part BLUE
VELVET, BUDDY BOY is a maniacally focused directing debut for Mark Hanlon that uses its
limited budget brilliantly to create a claustrophobic, inescapable environment for its
characters. Its Hitchcockian plot twists keep the viewer glued to the screen."
Bilge Ebiri, CitySearch New York
"From the performances to the
visual composition, every frame of the film is directed with a kind of authority that
first-time filmmakers always attempt but rarely attain."