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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
41% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "This gung-ho but cruddy-looking mashup fails from A to Z: It's neither good Austen nor good zombie flick. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 3, 2016
76% The Club (El Club) (2016) "It's all well acted, especially the interrogations, and its specifics haunt and disturb. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 3, 2016
98% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) "It's the rare international shepherd drama that feels urgently connected to contemporary American politics. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 2, 2016
59% The Finest Hours (2016) "The real reason they don't make them like this these days is that the creators of blockbusters have forgotten that the loss of life is a tragedy, and that seeing it saved is more edifying than seeing it snuffed. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2016
80% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) "In studio movies, especially for children, all it takes to be great at something difficult is a good heart and a training montage. Go on, America, keep yelling at Common Core while parking your kids in front of this stuff. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 26, 2016
41% Synchronicity (2016) "Uncertain filmmaking and storytelling ... too often keep this dense, challenging picture from success. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 20, 2016
30% The Benefactor (2016) "Sadly, The Benefactor proves less rich and engaging as it settles into its actual genre: It's yet another troubled-dude-starts-pulling-it-together tale. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 12, 2016
13% Ride Along 2 (2016) "Like your smartphone, it's a testament to the theory of interchangeable parts, a perfectly engineered product that, if you're charitable, you might also think of in terms of art. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 12, 2016
86% Sweaty Betty (2016) "This isn't hard-times reportage or a deep-dive ethnography. It's a life-as-it's-lived picture, a chance to meet and loiter with the people in the places the interstates zip past. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 5, 2016
88% Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art (2016) "A survey of a movement whose signature works will outlast us all. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 5, 2016
46% No Escape (2015) "No Escape is as accomplished as it is vicious. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 30, 2015
75% Yosemite (2016) "Yosemite mines Franco's fiction for its most vital quality: his unsentimental depiction of youthful insecurity, this time among fifth-graders. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 29, 2015
83% The Revenant (2015) "The Revenant was famously hard to shoot, but the filmmaking has a rare and confident vigor - you are always aware you're seeing the real world, even as Iñárritu's camera bounds through it like it's Skyrim. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 22, 2015
31% Daddy's Home (2015) "It's tired in concept, flimsy in structure, and it only on occasion suggests that anything is being satirized. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 22, 2015
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "Tarantino seems determined to upend your every expectation. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 16, 2015
No Score Yet The Winding Stream (2015) "The film stands as a reminder of how much it can mean just to listen. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 15, 2015
69% Dreams Rewired (2015) "An extended look, sans nostalgia, at how we used to envision ourselves and our future - and at how those of us alive now, at what seems the apex of communication technology, will look to everyone watching us in the future. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 15, 2015
31% Don Verdean (2015) "Instead of crafting their Chicos amusing misunderstandings or malapropisms, the Hesses are satisfied with junk like "How am I supposed to bring the money? Produce it from the anus?" " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 8, 2015
73% Youth (2015) "The film mostly plays like an extended spa stay, and, like with any superior vacation, what you find in it, and what you take away from it, is probably your own. Here's the rare film that refreshes. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 4, 2015
93% The Lady In The Van (2015) "Smith, who has played Miss Shepherd onstage, is mighty and raging, stubborn and frail, always true to the woman herself rather than our idea of what Smith should be on screen. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 1, 2015
95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) "An arresting précis, sharply edited and generous with its film clips - it's a smashing supplement to Truffaut's classic study. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 1, 2015
83% Orion: The Man Who Would Be King (2015) "Ellis, who died in 1998, speaks for himself in abashed interview clips. He loved singing and his not-quite-fame, but he yearned to be known for who he was. His music powers the film, and it's well-sung and agreeable Elvis apocrypha. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 1, 2015
100% Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story (2015) "Heikin, unlike so many impatient directors, knows that in a doc about musicians, the music should breathe. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 1, 2015
80% Macbeth (2015) "Kurzel's film, and all its gloomy tableaux, is a troubled dream arising from the text - not just another setting for it. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 1, 2015
77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) "It's smart in surprising ways, daring in a few minor ones, moving in the right ones. It's also no Ratatouille or The Incredibles, but what is? " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 24, 2015
93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) "The movie won't acknowledge that Joplin's voice or image were her own, and in the end it even gives her demons to the men. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 24, 2015
67% The Night Before (2015) "The story's perfunctory, and there's little feeling in it. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2015
100% Fat City (1972) "The movie's bleak, but it's funnier than most comedies, and it suggests that life's toughness doesn't preclude joyfulness. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2015
62% Legend (2015) "Legend reminds us how easily a pretty star can get us to feel for people we'd deplore in real life - a monster's a monster, no matter how big its heart or soulful its strut. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2015
100% Democrats (2015) "As excellent a documentary about politics as you will ever see. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2015
88% Moana "Flaherty's company are performing their lives and their ancestors' lives and Flaherty's idea of both, for him, for his camera, for the world of '26, for us today, for all time. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 10, 2015
No Score Yet Out Of My Hand "Cisco comes to feel like someone you've gotten to know, not a character whose story you're passively watching. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 10, 2015
79% Entertainment (2015) "You know the way you can walk out after even a thoughtful, accomplished drama - and then never think of it again? Entertainment will stain you, grub you up, maybe ruin your week. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 10, 2015
71% Trumbo (2015) "The film fails as a portrait, and it's not much better at drama. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 3, 2015
87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "The title card claims this Peanuts is "by Schulz," but there are voices here besides his. What matters is that his is honored - and that this is as sincere a pumpkin patch as Hollywood can grow. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 3, 2015
93% Sembene! (2015) "Sembene emerges here as a courageous man dedicated above all else to his art and the vision he felt compelled to express. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 3, 2015
83% In the Basement (Im Keller) (2015) "Its interest is in private lives, in a single population, in subordinating the look and feel of its subjects to the aesthetic vision of their documenter. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 3, 2015
94% In Jackson Heights (2015) "In line with its creator's best work, a study of the public life of a place and its people stamped by a rare inquisitive patience. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 3, 2015
80% Hard Labor (2015) "The film's brittle and quiet, on occasion touched with the techniques of horror. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2015
42% Love (2015) "What little story there is Noé has chopped into small bits and spread out sparingly, like a chef squeezing a feast from a meager pantry. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 27, 2015
16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) "Vin Diesel may not run smoothly, but he runs with purpose and conviction, and any line of dialogue processed through him comes out sounding like he believes it, even the sentimental ones. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 22, 2015
19% Jem and the Holograms (2015) "The movie's poky and confused, never clearly setting up its conflicts and blowing far too much of its running time on a National Treasure clue-hunt for messages Jem's father programmed into a sassy dancing robot. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 22, 2015
No Score Yet Jason And Shirley "Exposed here is the longstanding and somewhat vampiric process of white artists extracting for their work minority perspectives and experiences. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2015
94% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) "The photography is wondrous, with the highlight a trip up against and almost under a berg the blue of flavored ice - it hulks and it creaks, indomitable even as it's doomed. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) "Suffragette expends its energy selling us on what we already believe rather than examining the way these activists pressed the world into believing it. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2015
8% Rock the Kasbah (2015) "For every moment of desert beauty, or insight into the twilight economies that flourish in a war zone, there's a key scene that appears truncated or even missing. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2015
61% Truth (2015) "The film plays as defiant tragedy, the story of a good reporter who possibly made a mistake but should never have been discredited. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2015
100% Field Niggas "Here are faces, shot with care and inspiration, and the most free and wild talk. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2015
74% Goosebumps (2015) "The filmmakers, to their great credit, spend more than half the running time bending their studio tentpole release to the spirit of Stine rather than cramming Goosebumps into their template. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2015
No Score Yet A Woman Like Me "In Sichel's inspired conceit, the self-reflexive truth-through-fiction ethos of the Iranian New Wave meets a sensitive documentary exploration of trying to live at the ends of life. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2015
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