Alan Scherstuhl

Alan Scherstuhl

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
Alan Scherstuhl is film editor at the Village Voice. He also covers books, music, and other matters for the Voice, in addition to writing Studies in Crap, his ongoing humor column about bizarre books and ephemera found at junkshops. He is on Twitter at @studiesincrap.
Publications:
Village Voice
Total Reviews:
162

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
89% Locke (2014) " Although we're never taken far beyond the hero's windshield, it's still very much a movie rather than some stagebound theater piece." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2014
—— Next Goal Wins (2014) " If you're a person, and you find other people worth your time and attention, Next Goal Wins will stir you ..." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2014
50% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Unlike many of the features targeted to what Hollywood is calling the "faith audience," the movie is well-acted and shot, often thoughtful and (intentionally) funny." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
64% The Railway Man (2014) " Has it ever occurred to contemporary commercial filmmakers that maybe audiences could take a movie's word for it that a character has been tortured?" — Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
70% A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power And Jayson Blair At The New York Times (2014) " While mostly well made, and certain to serve as a handy prĂ©cis for the J-school set, A Fragile Trust is more a soiling reminder than a revelation for anyone already familiar with Blair's case." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
86% Alan Partridge (2014) " The story is a familiar one of corporate takeovers and the sacking of longtime employees, but with a welcome, biting surprise, all filmed with the carpet-store flatness that is Coogan's element ..." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
—— Flex Is Kings (2014) " An eye-popper showing the old pop and lock brought to thrilling, disorienting extremes, Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nichols's Flex Is Kings movingly documents the flex dance scene centered around Brooklyn's BattleFest." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
77% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " At the birthplace of Darwinism, we witness human potential give way to animalism." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
29% Alien Abduction (2014) " Credit this spirited, uncommonly effective found-footage thriller for breaking the templates promised by its genre and title." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
—— Go Down Death (2014) " A captivating excursion into surrealist Americana ..." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2014
84% Cheap Thrills (2014) " By the end, Cheap Thrills too closely resembles the behavior it depicts." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2014
98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Fascinating and perversely uplifting ..." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
77% Anita (2014) " So shapeless in its hagiography, so triumphal in its vagueness, so hapless in arguing its case." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
100% Big Men (2014) " Here's the rare current-affairs documentary that doesn't just show us something gone wrong in some part of our world." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
—— Sparks (2014) " Here's a hearty keep-at-it award for Christopher Folino and Todd Burrows, directors of this restless, reckless superhero crime curio ..." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
82% Teenage (2014) " The engrossing, sometimes frustrating cine-essay Teenage offers occasional moments of thrilling revelation ..." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " More puns, less story, please." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 7, 2014
95% Particle Fever (2014) " A dazzling, dizzying documentary about nothing less than whether we exist in a coherent universe of ordered, even beautiful laws ..." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
22% Son Of God (2014) " This is more a pageant than a story about characters and their motivations; it's as brusque in its storytelling as an illustrated children's bible, which would at least offer some mystery and grandeur in the composition of its images." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 28, 2014
91% Kids for Cash (2014) " The documentary is stellar, despite some vague visual-metaphor stuff involving dioramas in an attic. Bring something you can punch, as you will be furious." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 25, 2014
25% Pompeii (2014) " Unlike most city-go-smash setpieces, this is vibrant and surprising, only occasionally rote, the shots of screaming crowds and raining fire a skin over the heart and muscle of a story better told than many." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 20, 2014
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " As much a playdate as portrait, a jumble of salty highlights attesting to the pleasure of her company." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 18, 2014
45% In Secret (2014) " In Secret boasts vigor and thematic richness, that feeling of artists expressing something vital rather than just banging out that year's script from the drawer." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 18, 2014
69% About Last Night (2014) " Mostly, Hart aces his many showcase moments, not so much stealing the movie as occasionally letting the other actors possess it for a while." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 14, 2014
100% 7 Boxes (2014) " The film surges by, powered by high spirits, well-plotted surprises, and the directors' admirable attention to both the real and romantic ..." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2014
88% A Field in England (2014) " The film, Wheatley's fourth, feels both reckless yet fully controlled, a jest that's dead serious in the manner of Yorick's skull, which gets a sort of cameo in the final act." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2014
18% The Wait (2014) " Gorgeous and haunting, inscrutable but rewarding of scrutiny, writer-director M. Blash's The Wait achieves the rare distinction of being warm and unsettling at the same time ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2014
4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " It doesn't come close to working, but it's sweet that they tried." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 24, 2014
25% 24 Exposures (2014) " It's too high-minded to offer the cheap comforts of genre but too low-minded to skip one last chance to ogle the kind of woman viewers might have a crush on in real life." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2014
—— Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (2014) " Here's a slight, likable charmer starring a slight, likable charmer ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 14, 2014
—— When I Saw You " Here's a story of refugee life from the perspective of a brash and attentive kid, one just discovering - and often rejecting - the political realities grown-ups accept." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 14, 2014
13% 47 Ronin (2013) " Solemn as a funeral march, humorless as your junior high principal, as Japanese as a grocery-store California roll, Keanu Reeves's let's-mope-about-and-kill-ourselves samurai drama has exactly three things going for it." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 26, 2013
30% Grudge Match (2013) " Drab and plodding as a matter of principle." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 24, 2013
61% Hours (2013) " Here's a hero who's maybe like you, suffering like you might but also scraping through like you hope you could." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 10, 2013
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Sure, all the studios offer anymore are big, dumb adventure spectacles, but that's not a knock against the achievement of this one, which at least parades wonders before us, not the least being the greatest dragon in the history of movies." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2013
81% Lenny Cooke (2013) " Shooting over a decade, the filmmakers introduce us to both the cocksure wunderkind and the man with his promise behind him." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 3, 2013
20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) " The first half plays out by the numbers, with undead astronauts popping open the fragile bubble protecting the crew, but there's some grandeur to the second ..." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 3, 2013
89% White Reindeer (2013) " There's radiance in White Reindeer's darkness, which is what winter solstice festivals have always been about in the first place." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 3, 2013
—— JFK: A President Betrayed (2013) " Rather than doling out scandal and conspiracies, Taylor focuses on the one thing so often unmentioned in discussions of our first modern celebrity president: actual policy." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 19, 2013
100% Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa... (Sandra of a Thousand Delights) (1965) " A dessert cart for the cinema-minded." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 19, 2013
90% Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013) " A documentary-like dazzler, Gondry's Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? proves another edifying treasure hunt into the depths of a living mind." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 19, 2013
71% Everyday (2013) " Wise and involving ..." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 19, 2013
71% Go For Sisters (2013) " [The characters are] well written and performed, but too wearied by their lives to invest much of themselves in connecting with each other - or to us." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
66% Great Expectations (2013) " Lazy English teachers who park their students in front of this will be doing those kids a service." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
67% How I Live Now (2013) " The film is a fine one, moving and surprising and scraped of most of the love-me! fantasy that typifies formulaic YA." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
—— Sidewalk Stories (1989) " Laughs, romance, and even something of an adventure flower in Lane's New York." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
100% The Visitor (1979) " The great surprise is how, consistency be damned, these individual sequences fascinate." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
92% Medora (2013) " This stellar, incisive slice-of-life doc centers on the kind of crowd-pleasing competition story that lures in audiences and then lays bare heartsick truths about small-town America today." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " The space battles don't have the usual problem of looking like video games; instead, they have the unusual problem of looking like terrifically cluttered screensavers." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 1, 2013
43% Sal (2013) " As always, Franco demonstrates a talent for and interest in composition, performance, and the naked human moment." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
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