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Scott Foundas, Variety

"A brooding, unusually ambitious American indie rooted in a restless sense of historical responsibility . . .Harkrider deliberately (and quite skillfully) confuses our notions of what is and isn't "real." . . . the film exudes a sly confidence. . . . Picture is strong visually, using spare, spacious compositions that suggest a dreamlike state."

Wendy Mitchell, Indiwire

"Harkrider's "Mitchellville" is the kind of astonishing debut film that seems to announce a new fully formed filmmaking talent out of nowhere. Harkrider wrote, directed, and stars in (with a kind of James Spader-like troubled charisma) this genre-blending story of a Wall Street lawyer with a secret past and an active imagination. This film taps into a slew of issues: corporate greed, race relations, suicide, childhood abandonment. It's also not just an ego stroke for Harkrider: he gives Herb Lovelle room to nearly steal the show as an elderly music teacher. The set design and cinematography were amazingly accomplished as well."

Eric Childress, WGN,

"Themes of class structure and the way forms of art define our collective history all merge into a story that intrigues and ultimately moves us in a way we could never expect. This is a film which urges a second viewing to capture all of its secrets. It doesn't toy with and doubleback its audience into a corner like the later works of David Lynch and Brian DePalma are prone to do. It rewards us with a solution, but never plays like it's exclusively about catching us off-guard. Mitchellville is a thoughtful, intellectual work that treats its audience as such and marks John D. Harkrider as a filmmaker to look forward to.

Vegas Arts Corner

"[As] subtle ending as any I have seen in a long time. This film is beyond extraordinary. . . Only a few films weave in and out of reality as this one does with such skill. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat at each turn."