Alan Scherstuhl

Alan Scherstuhl

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% 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
90% The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) (2015) "Quemada-Diez's approach emphasizes nature and naturalism, and the film never pretends that this adventure isn't dangerous and terrifying. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 25, 2015
77% 7 Chinese Brothers (2015) "7 Chinese Brothers is a go-nowhere shrug of a movie, the kind of indie that might send you screaming for the multiplex. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 25, 2015
83% The Mend (2015) "It's a tough film to shake, a slice-of-life that slices, knifelike. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 18, 2015
97% Being Evel (2015) "He may not be likable, but he remains fascinating. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 18, 2015
64% Learning To Drive (2015) "The filmmakers' hearts might be in the right place, but the film's doesn't kick in until well after you might already have declared it dead. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 18, 2015
82% The Iron Ministry (2015) "What emerges is a sense of an optimistic people well aware of how hard times can be but convinced they might be getting better. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 18, 2015
91% Meru (2015) "There's steady, scary thrill in the final third of Meru, the latest attempt to conquer the climb-and-tweak-the-nose-of-God mountaineering documentary, a genre that has yet to reach its apex. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 12, 2015
20% Air (2015) "All the end-times mysteries develop into a meditation on the limits of humanity, which is the most charitable way of saying that there's lots of scenes of dudes chasing each other with guns. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 11, 2015
96% We Come as Friends (2015) "South Sudan might be new, but the forces shaping it are the same that have damned Africans for centuries - the rest of the world's lust for resources and conversions. That everything is beautiful just makes it hurt all the more. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 11, 2015
8% Fantastic Four (2015) "Counting Roger Corman's unreleased stab, this is the fourth Fantastic Four movie. It's also the fourth whose producers seem embarrassed at the thought of making a Fantastic Four movie. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 6, 2015
78% Cop Car (2015) "The film soars early as a fantasy steeped in life and crashes into a drag of a crime drama, one ripped from the movies rather than anyone's idea of small-town Colorado. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 4, 2015
88% Counting (2015) "A luminous jumble, Jem Cohen's latest experiment in non-narrative urban portraiture captures, in its beauty and bad moods and consistent epiphanies, many contradictory truths of city life itself. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 28, 2015
92% The End Of The Tour (2015) "A pleasantly talky chamber piece ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 28, 2015
92% Horse Money (2015) "The particulars of what's happening are never clear, but what matters always is: Costa again steeps us in a crumbling world, in anger and loss, in the alienation of an impoverished and marginalized life. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 21, 2015
No Score Yet Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai "By all means, entice your friends by saying, "It's a low-budget African Purple Rain - doesn't that sound crazy?" Then groove with them for 75 minutes and watch them buy every Moctar and Sahel Sounds record they can. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 20, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Condon, like this Holmes, can't quite keep everything in his story straight and clear, but he and his film come close just often enough. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 14, 2015
38% Lila & Eve (2015) "It's an actors' piece rather than an action flick, and Davis finds new, moving nuance in the film's familiar beats. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 14, 2015
100% Court (2015) "Court is one of the strongest debut features in years. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 14, 2015
79% Ant-Man (2015) "Ant-Man is the first Marvel film - and the first of this summer's pixels-go-kablooey time-wasters - to get better as it goes. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 9, 2015
50% Boulevard (2015) "I spent the movie aching for its star, not its characters. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 7, 2015
43% SlingShot (2015) "This is fascinating, but the story demands journalism rather than hagiography. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 7, 2015
91% Stations of the Cross (2015) "The ending's a touch too cute, but the best scenes here stand as potent, empathetic, well-observed broadsides against fundamentalism. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 7, 2015
83% A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015) "Whiskery and restless, grooving and grotesque, the documentarian Les Blank's long-suppressed film A Poem Is a Naked Person plays like your memories of some mad, stoned last-century summer. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 1, 2015
100% Stray Dog (2015) "I'm thankful for the chance to meet Hall. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 30, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) "Detestable even as it's charming and ingratiating. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2015
75% 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
52% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "A picture whose emphasis feels off from the start. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2015
79% 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
26% 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
88% 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
49% Live From New York! (2015) "The show, and the film's treatment of it, remains confused. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2015
56% 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
43% 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
91% 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
71% 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
52% 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
31% 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
93% 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
44% 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
71% 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
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