Abhimanyu Das

Abhimanyu Das

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
28

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 28 of 28
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 57% Lucy (2014) " Vulgar auteurist Luc Besson finally commits wholeheartedly to his decades-long preoccupation with waifish young women discovering their inner Shiva, spinning the concept out to its most delirious possible extremes. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2014
1.5/4 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Bafflingly, the Indian athletes become supporting players in their own movie, which is, in actuality, the account of one rich white guy's journey toward realizing that baseball is supposed to be fun and Lake Bell is cute enough to settle for." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 13, 2014
2.5/4 —— Match " Patrick Stewart's performance is practically an argument for Belber to jettison everything else and take the actor on the road as a one-man spoken-word act. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2014
2/4 76% Lucky Them (2014) " It labors under the illusion that an abundance of Sub Pop memorabilia is adequate substitute for the honest evocation of a creative subculture and the personalities of which it's composed." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2014
3/4 —— Life Partners " These characters, all of whom feel fleshed out and thoroughly lived-in, constitute the foundation of a story that unfolds organically, blessedly free of the twee self-regard common to films about millennials in flux." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2/4 47% Blood Ties (2014) " Jame Gray and the ghost of Sidney Lumet are just along for the ride, adding a grimy layer of old-school New York scuzz to a film that's too overstuffed, fractured, and redolent with cliché to every compellingly hang together." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/4 100% The Babadook " Its horrors go beyond any single raggedy phantom, reaching back to the primordial fear of death and loss: of a child, of a loved one, of one's own sense of self." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " For all its references to the show's history, the film never panders. It's an evolution of the core concept as opposed to a nostalgia-tinged reproduction, and is all the better for it." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2014
.5/4 21% Son Of God (2014) " The film plays for much of its length like a terrible sketch comedy with one-dimensional caricatures shuffling listlessly through a succession of stilted tableaux." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 27, 2014
1.5/4 42% Homefront (2013) " The material plays out like a particularly busy episode of Sons of Anarchy, possessing a peculiar joylessness that's anathema to the success of films like this." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 23, 2013
3/4 100% Southland: Season 4 (TV, 2012) " It's a reliably engrossing hour of television, capable of switching gears from relaxed banter to shocking violence in a split second. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
.5/4 47% Last Vegas (2013) " The film is depressing, sub-sitcom fodder that will dull whatever affection you may still harbor for these legendary actors." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2013
1.5/4 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " It fails as a critique of draconian security states and surveillance culture, moving too fast to properly consider any of the well-worn ideas it glosses over." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2013
2/4 72% Wish You Were Here (2013) " From the opening montage alone, it's clear that Australian director Kieran Darcy-Smith plans to play his cards close to the vest in this maddeningly underwritten thriller/domestic-drama hybrid. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2013
2/4 50% Now You See Me (2013) " There's nothing behind all this sturm und drang but a lineup of insubstantial ciphers, all false fronts and empty words in a pretend world not quite conducive to emotional investment." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 31, 2013
1.5/4 35% Aftershock (2013) " There's plenty of gore, but none of it is particularly inventive, nor does it engender any visceral or emotional reactions beyond jaded disgust." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 7, 2013
2.5/4 67% Sunlight Jr. (2013) " Crafting another well-intentioned, socially conscious film built around a strong female performance, Laurie Collyer drops Sunlight Jr. on audiences like a bomb." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2013
2/4 54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) " The laziest sort of political cinema, full of straw men and finger-pointing, wrapped up in an awards-friendly bow by its beautiful cinematography and a manipulative world music-y score. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2013
3/4 70% V/H/S/2 (2013) " A welcome contrast to the first film's snuff-y atmosphere and general mean-spiritedness, featuring more humor, fewer hateful characters, and occasional twinges of relatable human emotion." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2013
1.5/4 14% K-11 (2013) " It careens from one tonal extreme to the next, uncertain about whether it wants to be a gritty drama, camp artifact, or violent prison-sploitation flick." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2013
72% Wish You Were Here (2013) " Nonlinear mysteries turn on the payoff delivered by the convergence of dual timelines and, in this case, the labored plot machinations of the second half announce the anticlimactic nature of that moment well before its arrival" — House Next Door
Posted Feb 22, 2013
2.5/4 37% Stand Up Guys (2013) " Fails to plumb the dramatic depths of its setups, but every now and then the actors pick up the slack, filling in the blanks with three decades's worth of mythic resonance." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2012
2.5 0% Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child (2012) " Much of the doc plays like a moderately well produced but tediously uncritical making-of feature that could easily have been included on the opera's DVD release. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2012
2.5/4 80% Dexter: Season 7 (TV, 2012) " Surprisingly, the first few episodes of season seven indicate a willingness on the show's part to take some new chances. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2012
2/4 45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " Yet another instance of a decent, potentially thorny premise bogged down in a mess of treacly sentiment and tedious moralizing." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2012
2.5/4 100% Nurse Jackie: Season 4 (TV, 2012) " Still a collection of strong performances in search of a worthy show. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 8, 2012
3/4 100% Southland: Season 9 " It's a reliably engrossing hour of television, capable of switching gears from relaxed banter to shocking violence in a split second. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 17, 2012
2.5/4 85% Sons of Anarchy: Season 1 (TV, 2008) " Its colorful cast is excellent, holding its own amid the wealth of strong ensembles in today's cable-drama landscape. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2008
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