Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Phoenix , Chicago Reader , City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul , Film Comment Magazine , L.A. Weekly , Movieline , Mr. Showbiz , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
879

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
54% Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014) " Would that Harris had simply let the images and their historical context speak for themselves." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 26, 2014
100% Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014) " Never less than addictively fascinating - Mohassess's story is a heroic torch of individualism battling mad-state ideology, from the Shah to the mullahs, and his autumnal stance toward all things non-Mohassess is hilariously derisive." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 5, 2014
96% Double Indemnity (1944) " This expert night of the Hollywood soul is such a genre axiom it practically scans like a mid-'40s shopper's catalogue for noiristes ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
85% Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969) " Of the Godardian '60s, this effervescent, self-mocking, effortlessly iconic masterpiece may be the filmmaker's quintessential work." — IFC.com
Posted Jul 16, 2014
80% As It Is In Heaven (2014) " Overbay's palette is carefully lyrical, at a benumbed Martha Marcy May Marlene pitch, he pays attention to the verdant landscape and keeps his cast at a pensive and watchful low boil." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 11, 2014
90% Closed Curtain (2014) " Throughout Closed Curtain there's the feeling that the film itself is unfinished - it is, in fact, unfinishable, because life does go on." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2014
84% Coherence (2014) " The Rod Serling tension Byrkit is angling for never quite arrives, nor does any real Borgesian frisson." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2014
63% Heli (2014) " A dead-eyed, lyrical art film that kicks you in the throat." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
100% Marketa Lazarová (1967) " By now, this burly, seething musk ox of a movie, arguably the most convincing film about the Middle Ages ever made, should be on everyone's tongue." — Village Voice
Posted May 22, 2014
93% The Dance of Reality (2014) " The Dance of Reality may be Alejandro Jodorowsky's best film, and certainly, in a filmography top-heavy with freak-show hyperbole and symbology stew, the one most invested in narrative meaning." — Village Voice
Posted May 20, 2014
97% Intolerance (1916) " All at once the Moloch of cineastical good intentions, the first great juggernaut of auteur ambition, and the largest experimental film ever made." — Village Voice
Posted May 9, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) " [A] pallid and self-serious genre trifle." — Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 28, 2014
83% On My Way (2014) " It manages to be a mildly merry film in any case, because its realism is patient and inclusive ..." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
93% Child's Pose (2014) " Netzer keeps faith with his countrymen's gritty aesthetic, which remains pure in the spirit of New Wave neo-realism; somehow, international success has not made the Romanians crave CGI or encouraged them to pander to hipness." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 18, 2014
90% Alphaville (1965) " Iconic in its very grain, the film toggles effortlessly between toast-dry farce and vogueing postwar hipitude, and like the balletic swimmers performing mid-pool state executions, it's a thing of insensible beauty." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2014
90% Paradise: Hope (2013) " If this trilogy capper doesn't leave the contusions the other films have, it remains a necessary salve, particularly if you dare to binge-watch." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 17, 2013
84% Upstream Color (2013) " Clearly, the film is intended as a tactile experience of poetic ideas, of modern disconnection and biophysical insecurity and existential doubt, and the clarity of these anxieties is bruising and stunning." — Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 17, 2013
91% Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) (1959) " An almost irrationally infectious retelling of the Orpheus-Eurydice chestnut set during carnival and feverish with hip-swiveling hustle, exploding local color, and sleeve-worn heart." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 15, 2013
91% The Great Beauty (2013) " Sorrentino's vision is the size of Rome itself, and his confidence is dazzling." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 12, 2013
66% Faust (2013) " The film has the lingering feel of being dry-hump-assaulted by an unwashed psychotic." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 12, 2013
45% Big Sur (2013) " You don't have to be a Beat cultist to wonder why these brilliant and transgressive volcanoes of authentic cool are so friggin' boring." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " This hackneyed misfit resuscitates every cliché of the grade-B '80s Hong Kong martial arts programmer, even the plot parts that were already imitating bad American TV." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " One of the year's thorniest releases." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2013
3/5 74% Informant (2013) " Celebrated on the right and pelted with death threats from the radical left, Darby seems like nothing more than a pilot fish: apolitical and self-justifying." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/5 84% Good Ol' Freda (2013) " White's revelation-free, nostalgia massage of a film works the archivals with genuine fondness." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/5 52% Thérèse (2013) " The movie may look pretty and may plod, but it also leaves a bruise." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 21, 2013
3/5 92% The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013) " If you weren't there at the time, it's hard to believe American celebrities ever burned this bright." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 21, 2013
2/5 81% Una noche (One Night) (2013) " Everything feels fake except the Centro Habana barrios themselves." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 21, 2013
71% Paradise: Faith (2013) " Hofstätter's performance comes off as an unselfconscious tour de force, painfully real and culturally lost." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 20, 2013
4/5 —— La Beauté du Diable (Beauty and the Devil) (1950) " Essential movieness." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 83% Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer " Ahearn hits all of the usual suspects, from Fab 5 Freddy on down, but his celebration of Shabazz inevitably takes on the tone of requiem." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 30, 2013
94% Drug War (2013) " It doesn't attempt to raise the stakes on its genre, but instead fully exploits what's there, piecing together an elaborate narc campaign tale out of classic clichés and tight-knot plotting ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 23, 2013
37% Dealing With Idiots (2013) " The whole project is mean-hearted and lazy, and it dawdles in repetition and dead air as if it's got a 14-show TV season to spin out." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 16, 2013
31% Beneath (2013) " A proudly lowbrow, low-budget monster movie that sees nothing wrong with the cheap-and-dirty shortcuts of yesteryear. " — Village Voice
Posted Jul 16, 2013
1/5 40% The Secret Disco Revolution (2013) " Kastner's history is simplistic, his pacing is glacial and his film is laboriously constructed ..." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 25, 2013
86% In the Fog (2013) " In the Fog has the inevitability of an avalanche, and only our overfamilarity with Nazi-tribulation scenarios, and perhaps its excessively punctuated ending, could slow it down." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 11, 2013
83% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) " Berberian Sound Studio may scan as a psychological thriller, but it's really a lavish gift to film geeks in a lovely matryoshka box." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 11, 2013
3/5 91% Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2013) " Ungerer is certainly an irrepressible force, but beyond his surreal erotica getting him blacklisted from picture books in the early '70s, his life isn't very dramatic, and Bernstein's film pads it with historical footage and precious animations." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 11, 2013
1/5 66% Tiger Eyes (2013) " Merely an insufferable YA lint trap ..." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 4, 2013
3/5 88% Hannah Arendt (2013) " Being accused of rationalizing the Third Reich and disowned by Zionist friends doesn't provide a lot of drama, but the relentless focus on figuring out how we are to think about the Final Solution can be compelling." — Time Out New York
Posted May 28, 2013
—— Fragments of Kubelka (2013) " Martina Kudlacek's portrait pretty much lets Kubelka, now a merry, avuncular septuagenarian, run away with the show ..." — Village Voice
Posted May 2, 2013
4/5 —— Memories Look at Me (2013) " Sweet and fiercely humane, Song's layered family portrait is decidedly Buddhist: silent when it needs to be and steadfast about approaching inevitable tragedy with care and patience." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 30, 2013
3/5 74% The Source Family (2013) " Baker's cult was both progressive and decadent, and its story makes for a juicy saga-even if directors Maria Demopoulos and Jodi While reduce the collective's rise and fall to a mere talking-heads testimonial." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 30, 2013
60% The Happy House (2013) " The only surprises in D.W. Young's tiny low-budget debut are how mildly he satirizes this thinnest of genres and how sincerely he treats his clichéd characters." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2013
95% Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (Strangers) (The Lonely Woman) (1954) " Voyage to Italy is close to watching actual strangers suffer loneliness despite being together. It can leave an aching bruise, but only if you're paying attention." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2013
73% Paradise: Love (2013) " It might be the most lonesome film about a tropical vacation we've seen, and the greatest film ever made about the weird socioeconomics of tourism." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 23, 2013
55% The Company You Keep (2013) " Given the finger-wagging suggestion of its title, it's actually no surprise to find that The Company You Keep turns out to be politically chicken-hearted ..." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 3, 2013
3/5 73% Violeta Went to Heaven (2013) " A rare Chilean film that doesn't mention either the Allende or Pinochet regimes, Violeta Went to Heaven is a love letter to a lost 20th-century goddess. It's hard to resist her." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 26, 2013
2/5 68% Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013) " The time-killing universe Byington has created makes sure we never forget how absurd he thinks the whole movie is. Fun for him, perhaps." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 26, 2013
92% Gimme The Loot (2013) " Leon's grungy résumé indie is a modest deal, with a sweet, mumblecore-style ending, but it glows with unmistakable star power." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 19, 2013
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