Alan Scherstuhl

Alan Scherstuhl

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% 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
48% Ted 2 (2015) "Detestable even as it's charming and ingratiating. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2015
78% A Murder In The Park (2015) "This welcome doc of crime and injustice serves as a fleet, compelling inquest ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2015
54% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "A picture whose emphasis feels off from the start. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2015
75% Advantageous (2015) "From its arresting first scenes, Phang's film is as much about why? as it is what next? " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2015
69% Rubble Kings (2015) "Here is a vital record of something that's still all too rare in our media culture: real black youth speaking their hearts and minds, without a condemnatory Bill O'Reilly type in sight. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 16, 2015
28% Burying the Ex (2015) "The scariest thing about Burying the Ex is that there are screenwriters and producers who believe there's an audience for this sub-Entourage swill. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 12, 2015
89% Dope (2015) "Again and again, Dope puts us in Malcolm's Air Jordans, letting us sweat or fear or hope right with him. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 12, 2015
93% An Open Secret (2015) "Berg has proven that there's a circle of powerful creeps, doing the things powerful creeps do, but not that the blame for this goes straight to the top. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2015
48% Live From New York! (2015) "The show, and the film's treatment of it, remains confused. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2015
55% Set Fire To The Stars (2015) "From the get-go, Set Fire feels movieland-hokey, and more dumb than the people in it ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2015
41% Madame Bovary (2015) "The trick with any adaptation of Flaubert's brilliantly humdrum tragedy: how to make ennui engaging. Director Sophie Barthes has little luck in this latest trek down Madame Bovary's road to Rouen. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2015
70% The Nightmare (2015) "A film that reveals the probes-and-saucers narrative as an of-its-era re-skinning of an even more pervasive phenomenon, one all mental: sleep paralysis. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 2, 2015
90% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) "Each shot in an Andersson film is part diorama, part theatrical performance, part moviemaking the way Thomas Edison did it: Build a set, plant a camera, and stage highly orchestrated comedy and tragedy. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 2, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) "Cameron Crowe writes movies like he's calling us in eighth grade with his heart on fire. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 29, 2015
70% Uncertain Terms (2015) "The film is brisk, brief, well acted, smartly crafted, and shrewdly judged. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 26, 2015
50% The True Cost (2015) "Even if, like me, you agree with the points that it's fumbling toward, The True Cost will likely read as dopey and insulting ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 26, 2015
56% Gemma Bovery (2015) "Anne Fontaine's Flaubert-inspired meta-pleasure Gemma Bovery takes as its subject the act of watching the lives around us - and of wishing those lives were literature. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 26, 2015
94% I Believe in Unicorns (2015) "The performances are strong, the imaginary visions are suggestive and fleeting, and the film as a whole is swoony, tender, skittish, a little scary - in short, this is what young love feels like. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 26, 2015
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
96% 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
74% The Connection (2015) "The film is engaging, propulsive, cut with rare brio, chockablock with consummate tough-guy business. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015
91% 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
70% Welcome to Me (2015) "The movie's messy. But it's funny, pungent, and sometimes affecting. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 28, 2015
18% 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
32% 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
61% 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
94% 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
79% 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
21% 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
97% 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
87% 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
77% 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
69% 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
89% 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
93% 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
93% 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
85% 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
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