Alan Scherstuhl

Alan Scherstuhl

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Alan Scherstuhl's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
33% Poltergeist (2015) "Poltergeist 2015 is to Poltergeist '82 what today's shipped-frozen-to-the-store Pizza Hut dough is to the kneaded-on-site pies the chain's stoned cooks tossed in the Reagan era. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 22, 2015
94% Güeros (2015) "There's no reverie Alonso Ruizpalacios's Güeros can't shatter, no presumed truth it can't complicate, no expectation of closure it won't dash. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 19, 2015
61% The Connection (2015) "The film is engaging, propulsive, cut with rare brio, chockablock with consummate tough-guy business. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015
88% Slow West (2015) "It's the rare western that invites you to imagine what life then and there might actually have felt like, sight gags and all. Maclean is a supremely promising talent. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015
98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "About 90 minutes in ... my dazzlement sank into something like horror: What if the wasteland rage of Fury Road is the only feeling studio movies of the future bother to stir in us? " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 11, 2015
43% The D Train (2015) "The D Train has one great idea, a couple strong jokes, and a void at its center - a man who is only believable when he briefly becomes specific. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 5, 2015
69% Welcome to Me (2015) "The movie's messy. But it's funny, pungent, and sometimes affecting. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 28, 2015
17% Little Boy (2015) "[A] cynical, poisonous, deeply stupid film ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2015
100% Forbidden Games (2015) "[It] has gone from the exemplar of what expressive narrative filmmaking could be to something more elegiac: This is what it now rarely even dares aspire to. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2015
29% Misery Loves Comedy (2014) "A documentary that asks many comics big questions about the dispositions of comics - but doesn't often enough put anyone off balance, the audience included. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2015
62% Unfriended (2015) "Unfriended is the one movie from 2015 you'll always be able to look back at and feel something of what life was like back when, even if you're not a cyberbullying white teen. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2015
93% Monkey Kingdom (2015) "Monkey Kingdom is delightful, and its swinging and vaulting best any stuntwork you'll see in this year's summer blockbusters ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2015
57% Antarctic Edge: 70 South (2015) "What they find is scarier than what their predecessors turned up in The Thing and The Thing From Another World, and they explain it with such clarity and force you might feel bad for wishing the movie would let you Zen out to the landscape more often. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2015
78% The Sisterhood Of Night (2015) "An adaptation of a Steven Millhauser short story, Sisterhood drags out to feature length a mystery that's best handled in just a couple pages. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 7, 2015
31% Desert Dancer (2015) "The film plays too safe with its narrative. Fortunately, like its characters, it's most daring when it's in motion. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 7, 2015
23% Broken Horses (2015) "It's sometimes a little prim, but its suspense scenes are well executed, and Chopra composes complex, arresting images full of reflections and natural split-screen effects that I only wish were illustrative of some meaning. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 7, 2015
98% About Elly (2015) "This superb, suspenseful film ... opens as a playful comedy of vacationing couples and awkward romance, one that might be set in the French countryside, but by the end has become a moral drama likely to corrode your certainties. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 7, 2015
88% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "The rare truthful and beautiful film about the rock 'n' roll life. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 31, 2015
91% Manos Sucias "As it dashes up the coast and railroads through the jungle, the film is vigorous in its evocation of place and prickling and insistent with its suspense. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 31, 2015
75% That Guy Dick Miller (2015) "Miller can't from out-of-nowhere save a picture that's only about Miller from out-of-nowhere saving pictures. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 31, 2015
84% Cheatin' (2015) "If you were a Bill Plympton character, your skull would be riven open by the experience of watching Cheatin', the animator's first feature since '08. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 31, 2015
67% She's Lost Control (2015) "While smart, well acted, and shot with a vigorous chilliness, She's Lost Control shares one of that client's maladies: You try to get close to it, and it shies away, even as its subject and protagonist fascinate. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 17, 2015
87% Spring (2015) "The suspense and pleasure of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's talking-and-tentacles horror romance Spring lies in discovering what shape the film is going to take. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 17, 2015
91% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "With a son's love and duty, Tedesco ... breezily celebrates the team that laid down a thousand riffs back just before pop became too serious for anonymous craftsmanship. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 10, 2015
96% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) "A fleet and surefooted account of Scientology's origins, Hubbard's years at sea escaping U.S. taxes, and the misery and harassment faced by the church's apostates. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 10, 2015
100% Of Horses and Men (2015) "Of Horses and Men is the rare honest film about horses, one as frank about their tubelike erections as it is caught up in the beauty of gaits and forelocks and that profusion of lashes over those moistly delicate eyes. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 10, 2015
82% Nostalghia (2013) "Stick with it. There are shocking acts that rupture the stillness, and then there's one of cinema's great endings, a wrenching, rapturous scene that would set both of those poets into embarrassed rewrites. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2015
84% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "This material might be familiar to Frontline viewers and magazine readers, but Kenner's telling of the stories proves independently dramatic ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2015
97% An Honest Liar (2015) "Plays more like a greatest hits compilation than a biography ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2015
93% Grey Gardens (1975) "Richly detailed and boundlessly evocative, even at its most claustrophobic. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2015
70% Young Bodies Heal Quickly (2015) "Even in its longueurs Young Bodies yields beauty and surprise, and there are inklings of some grand conception, even among scenes that feel haphazardly chosen ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 24, 2015
38% Ejecta (2015) "The whole never makes much sense, and there's entirely too much screaming, but the directors stage the shocks with wicked aplomb. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 24, 2015
79% McFarland USA (2015) "The film's well made, well acted, and sometimes beautiful. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 17, 2015
35% Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) "Exhibits all of Lee's weaknesses - clashing tones, careless pacing, the straightest dude's hand-in-pants idea of lesbianism - but also just enough of his might and madness that the Lee-minded shouldn't miss it. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 10, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Everything in Kingsman is familiar, cribbed from James Bond and a thousand other sources, yet every setup gets twisted twice, and then once more, just when you think you're ahead of it. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 10, 2015
60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "From moment to moment, this Last Five Years is a robust entertainment, often stirring, sad, and funny. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 10, 2015
25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "The movie's a fascinating mess, grand and gaudy, often hilarious. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 5, 2015
100% The Wind (1928) "For all the twisters and panicking crowds, this is a face-and-character piece built around Gish's most subtly pained performance and well-observed bursts of naturalistic life ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 3, 2015
18% Strange Magic (2015) "The best Lucas film in 25 years: funny, idiosyncratic, hippy-dippy, packed with creatures and visions worth beholding. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 2, 2015
38% Black or White (2015) "Not since the last Dinesh D'Souza flick has a movie seemed so eager to tell us who are the good black people and who the bad ones. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 27, 2015
74% Amira & Sam (2015) "Writer-director Sean Mullin gives us some of the usual beats, but he and his performers invest them with rare persuasive power ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 27, 2015
95% Girlhood (2015) "The movie's an empathetic triumph. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 27, 2015
27% Wild Card (2015) "Overstuffed and distractible, this episodic redo feels like a couple episodes of some Showtime series stitched into a feature ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 27, 2015
18% Alien Outpost (2015) "Viewers are ... stuck for 90 minutes watching actors in camo gear shout "Go! Go! Go!" while dashing around drab scrubland. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 27, 2015
11% The Boy Next Door (2015) "It's built for dumb, shivery, sexed-up pleasure, and it delivers, albeit somewhat modestly. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2015
36% Song One (2015) "He's got writer's block, she's waiting out the brother's coma, and the audience is left to wait out the inevitable resolution to both hoary plotlines. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2015
28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "Hart rants, Gad fidgets, and together this pair barrels through the plot, shaping between them a surprisingly potent friendship. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 16, 2015
98% Paddington (2015) "Here's a kids movie mostly stripped of manufactured, go-nowhere plot crises! " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015
98% Appropriate Behavior (2015) "Forget its generic title, its breakup setup, and its indie-standard Brooklyn walk-and-talks: Writer/director Desiree Akhavan's Appropriate Behavior is the freshest comedy of life and love in the city since Obvious Child. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015
81% Human Capital (2015) "At first you'll seethe - then your heart will ache. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015
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