Alan Scherstuhl

Alan Scherstuhl

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% 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:
215

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
0% Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (2014) " Rand's parable is meant to showcase just how much our world needs the best of us, but this adaptation only does so accidentally -- by revealing what movies would be like if none of the best of us worked on them." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2014
100% Born To Fly (2014) " There's no discounting the pleasure of catching Streb on the big screen." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2014
89% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " Skeleton Twins isn't perfect, but it cuts to the bone." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2014
76% I Am Eleven (2014) " Heaped together into a feature, these brief introductions prove frustrating, unrevealing of any greater truth, and weighed down by the soundtrack's jaunty ukuleles ..." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2014
73% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " A good-hearted kids' drama whose earnestness and surprising moral complexity put other sunny-weepy sea-mammal flicks to shame." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2014
14% Innocence (2014) " Innocence, adapted from Jane Mendelsohn's novel, boasts a wicked setup, some strong performances, several gloriously bloody spook-out images, and a movie-wrecking hypoglycemic listlessness." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 5, 2014
93% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) " This film is stellar, a dead-on stare at the moments this country tries not to remember." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 2, 2014
67% Memphis (2014) " Tim Sutton's Memphis plays like a vaunted director's greatest folly. That's a compliment." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 2, 2014
36% The November Man (2014) " As far as escapist fluff laced with totally unnecessary real-world horror goes, The November Man isn't wretched." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 27, 2014
17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " When the Game Stands Tall feels as if it will connect with the audiences at which it's aimed." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 21, 2014
—— Spanish Lake (2014) " Spanish Lake is a heartbreaker, but it's got hope in it." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 20, 2014
60% Winter In The Blood (2014) " Winter in the Blood turns out to be the wrong kind of heartbreaker." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 19, 2014
80% The One I Love (2014) " The edges and nicks are what distinguish us from one another, and from the get-go this couple feels gel-capped. That's a real problem ..." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 19, 2014
86% Kink (2014) " The doc is often terrific fun. But it is a work of observation and advocacy rather than journalism." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 19, 2014
82% The Expedition to the End of the World (2014) " If marveling at the world - and its collapse - sounds appealing to you, hustle up a ticket." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 19, 2014
86% We Are Mari Pepa (2014) " We Are Mari Pepa is a sweaty, urgent, beautifully honest bliss out." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 12, 2014
71% Jealousy (2014) " Vital and vigorous even when its characters feel scraped of vigor/vitality, Philippe Garrel's latest finds boho Parisians facing the ends of marriages, affairs, and the feasibility of bohemian existence itself." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 12, 2014
21% Into The Storm (2014) " Have we ever before seen such big-ticket escapist entertainment about the awesomeness of something that so recently killed so many of us? Doesn't it usually take longer before everyone's eager for candy spun from trauma?" — Village Voice
Posted Aug 8, 2014
78% Happy Christmas (2014) " The movie is packed with minor incidents, all fresh, compelling, and funny." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
59% Finding Fela! (2014) " Once it gets going, it's fine, a somewhat scattered prĂ©cis of the life and accomplishment of one of the 20th century's towering musicians, activists, and curiosities." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " By the end, Corbijn and screenwriter Andrew Bovell have laid bare all of these unknowable men. The answers satisfy - sometimes they're even heartening." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 22, 2014
49% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " "The heart wants what it wants," Woody Allen has taught us, and apparently what his heart wants these days is not to have to bother with writing second drafts of film scripts." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 18, 2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " There's a fire. And a rescue. And lots of static, TV-quality scenes that drably cut from one car or plane to another as they sit in garages and discuss the importance of believing in yourself." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 15, 2014
14% Rage (2014) " Rage offers exactly what you think a Nic Cage movie called Rage would, except maybe for continually inspired lunacy." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2014
100% Underwater Dreams (2014) " The film is dismayingly formless, every point is made too many times, and there's too little drama or revelation here." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2014
8% America (2014) " Hilariously, just minutes after reducing Occupy Wall Street to an assault on small hamburger shops, D'Souza attacks insurance companies and Wall Street executives as fellow travelers in Obamacare, this country's one unpardonable sin." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 3, 2014
88% Siddharth (2014) " For all its scenes of orphans and hardscrabble street life, and its spirit of shrugging helplessness, Siddharth always feels ferociously personal." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
—— Stations of the Elevated (2014) " Lumbering, skronking, and wondrously paint-bombed, Manfred Kirchheimer's Stations of the Elevated (1981) is a 45-minute proto-hip-hop bliss-out, a masterpiece of train- and tag-spotting ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
82% Begin Again (2014) " All that prickly inner conflict Ruffalo is so adept at suggesting? Cheery Begin Again wants none of it, offering instead lots of scenes of two characters we don't believe could ever exist arguing about authenticity in pop music." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
100% The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014) " Lewis packs in as much as a movie can hold." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Eastwood may never show us his boys discovering themselves under that street lamp, but he gives us a clutch of moments worth treasuring - and mostly without overdoing it." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2014
83% Northern Light (2014) " Rather than high drama, these are moments of plain being, a rare immersion into the everyday lives of strangers." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 13, 2014
100% Burning Bush (2014) " It's tense, pained, unfailingly intelligent, and distinguished by the occasional visual flourish ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
55% The Signal (2014) " You know what could have made a thrilling twist? Developing the established story, themes, and characters into something satisfying before trying to splatter our minds all over the theater like chunks of Gallagher's watermelons." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
83% Witching and Bitching (2014) " Projectile pukes its outrages at you with a gusto recalling the early days of those (sadly) reformed upchuckers Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
95% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) " Harrowing, defiant, and exemplifying through its very existence the moral courage its totalitarian villains stamp down ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
92% The Case Against 8 (2014) " The best kind of popular history, a film that trembles with tears and hope, and I dare you to get through it without bawling some yourself." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 4, 2014
100% Master of the Universe (2014) " Bauder's film is a diagnosis of a system that is hopelessly sick and not being treated. Bring a stress ball to squish up as you watch." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
88% Willow Creek (2014) " A found-footage horror cheapie that turns out to be its creator's warmest, most satisfying work." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
53% Citizen Koch (2014) " [Offers] up montages of Tea Party screamers rather than investigative reporting or rigorous argumentation." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
86% Night Moves (2014) " The most radical thing about this eco-terrorism drama is its quiet patience and formal vigor." — Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
80% Sorcerer (1977) " First and foremost a lavish entertainment, no matter its brief examination of oil politics." — Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
62% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014) " Who knew that being lied to for 75 minutes could be so agreeable - and revealing?" — Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
88% Elena (2014) " A pained and gorgeous summoning, Petra Costa's haunted doc Elena dances with death, memory, and family, seducing viewers and then breaking their hearts." — Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
100% Frequencies (2014) " Like youth itself, the opening of Frequencies - an uncommonly ambitious science-fiction romance - is sparkling and unsettling at once." — Village Voice
Posted May 20, 2014
89% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " Stand Clear of the Closing Doors becomes dedicated to showing us everything millions of people glance at each day but don't actually regard." — Village Voice
Posted May 20, 2014
57% American Jesus (2014) " Distinguished by stirring photography, empathetic interviewing, and a shrewd sense of who to let talk and who to cut off." — Village Voice
Posted May 18, 2014
62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Much of Million Dollar Arm is pretty good for a movie committed to the wrong character's story." — Village Voice
Posted May 8, 2014
82% The Double (2014) " The Double, with its inviting alienation, nails a curious mood that's been too long absent from contemporary film ..." — Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014
23% Devil's Knot (2014) " Other than [an] act of honest argumentation, Egoyan's Devil's Knot offers little for anyone who has followed the case or seen any of the other docs." — Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014
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