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The Critic

By Alan Ng | June 10, 2022

DANCES WITH FILMS 2022 REVIEW! Frank Kelley’s short film, The Critic, tells the story of high-end hotel critic Meghan Dupane (Julia Collier). Her current assignment is at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. The hotel is massive in scale, an imposing structure inspired by Spanish architecture and surrounded by a finely manicured golf course (unaffordable to even the best film critic).

“…Jack realized that Meghan was a critic on a secret stay and offers to take her on a private tour.”

Meghan’s work trip is relatively standard. She checks in, chats with the hotel staff, makes a few minor requests, and secretly jots down a few notes. After settling in, she heads off to play a few holes and then an elegant dinner. But, her peaceful solitude is interrupted by the arrival of the charming Jack Tupper (Nick Puya), who imposes himself upon Meghan and joins her for dinner. From afar, Jack realized that Meghan was a critic on a secret stay and offers to take her on a private tour. This tour involves a golf lesson, long conversations by the fountain, and a walk-through of the hotel’s most expensive private room. And that is when hotel security becomes alerted.

The Critic is a romantic adventure of two out-of-place souls finding one another in a luxurious, affluent setting. But, like true love, it’s not the posh setting that brings them together but the connection between Jack and Meghan. Leads Collier and Puya have the required great chemistry to pull off such a quick romance. For writer/director Kelley, he weaves together a simple tale of love leading to a surprising ending fit for fans of the genre.

The Critic screens at the 2022 Dance With Films.

The Critic (2022)

Directed and Written: Frank Kelley

Starring: Julia Collier, Nick Puya, etc.

Movie score: 7.5/10

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"…a simple tale of love leading to a surprising ending..."

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