“Velon’s performance is excellent and poignant… She grabs you from the start, establishes an emotional connection with the audience, and then straps you in on an emotional roller coaster ride.”
- Film Threat [Alan Ng]
“…writer/director Stella Velon's emotionally involving and thought-provoking short film The Critic continues on what should most assuredly be a successful run through the indie fest circuit.
The Critic is nearly instantly engaging and a remarkably poignant story that somehow manages to travel a broad emotional spectrum while delivering a complete story within its modest 15-minute running time.
The heart and soul of the film is unquestionably Velon, who manages to convince as both a confident, award-winning actress and as a young woman with a fragile facade... It's powerful, disturbing actually, to watch Velon's entire being shift throughout the interview - her language, her facial expressions, and her body language all revealing every little transition in subject and tone.
Lensing by Akis Konstantakopoulos is top-notch throughout, while Asaf Sagiv's original music is atmospheric and heightened in its drama. Mostly, however, this is Velon's baby and what an amazing baby it is to behold.”
– Richard Propes [The Independent Critic]
“The film deals with heavy material, and, from its start, Velon (who also stars in the film as the actress) positions herself as a serious filmmaker. Its opening… is cinematic beauty…
What stands out about The Critic is its production value and aim, which are both pristine in their execution. The film is ambitious, and… you’re left with the distinct impression of watching a film…
The acting is astute, and both Velon and Alan Smyth… turn in wonderful performances.
…a scene with director Velon… is the film’s most powerful. It requires a terrific physical performance of tears and pain from Velon, and she delivers… the pain – both psychological and physical – is palpable, and Velon (through her direction and acting) makes us feel it.
All-in-all, The Critic is a good production that involves the audience directly in the picture. It’s painted with vibrant colors, has a solid intention, and delivers on both fronts of cinematography and acting. It’s easy to follow, watches quickly, and has a soundtrack and score… that are immediate and powerful.
Velon has written and produced a powerful indie here, and I’m eager to see what she does with her next production.”
– Mark Ziobro [The Movie Buff]