Alissa Simon

Alissa Simon

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Variety
Total Reviews:
215

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
86% We Are Mari Pepa (2014) " A middle-class Guadalajara teen with typical adolescent-male summer plans must come to terms with significant life changes in the tender, pitch-perfect coming-of-ager We Are Mari Pepa." — Variety
Posted Aug 13, 2014
67% The Almost Man (2014) " A slender but polished dramedy." — Variety
Posted Jul 30, 2014
93% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) " Mohammad Rasoulof's slow-burning, clandestinely made fifth feature is a brave, challenging look at Iran's feared security apparatus." — Variety
Posted Jun 25, 2014
54% Miss Lovely (2014) " An atmospheric tragedy set in the sordid world of Bombay's exploitation-film industry during the late 1980s." — Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2014
93% An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013) " As matter-of-fact as its mouthful of a title, Danis Tanovic's touching social-realist drama An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker offers a modest, low-key glimpse into the struggles of an impoverished Roma family." — Variety
Posted May 2, 2014
50% Somewhere Slow (2014) " Jeremy O'Keefe directs a tonally all-over-the-place drama that fails to convince." — Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2014
69% Visitors (2014) " Walkouts and snores are to be expected, although those on the film's meditative wavelength will be held rapt." — Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2014
67% Detroit Unleaded (2013) " Lebanese-American helmer Rola Nashef delivers a lively slice-of-life in this mainstream-friendly romantic comedy largely set at a Detroit gas station." — Variety
Posted Nov 22, 2013
89% My Joy (2011) " Although discomfiting to audiences desiring a steady narrative thread (and less accessible to those unfamiliar with Eastern European history and culture), it sustains interest throughout as a devastating critique of Russian society." — Variety
Posted Nov 12, 2013
60% GMO OMG (2013) " Combines the folksy charm of Taggart Siegel's The Real Dirt on Farmer John and the frightening facts of Robert Kenner's Food, Inc." — Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2013
56% Inch'Allah (2013) " A sober, intelligently made drama." — Variety
Posted Aug 26, 2013
86% The Patience Stone (2013) " Sensual and horrifying, The Patience Stone plays like a mesmerizing, modern take on the tales of Scheherazade and a parable on the suffering of Afghan women." — Variety
Posted Aug 12, 2013
96% The Deep (2013) " Baltasar Kormakur's latest is a touching, low-key depiction of an incident in which a fishing boat sinks a few miles from shore." — Variety
Posted Jul 16, 2013
10% Killing Season (2013) " The sight of Robert De Niro and John Travolta sharing the screen for the first time reps the one and only selling point of Killing Season." — Variety
Posted Jul 11, 2013
77% Venus And Serena (2013) " An engaging, warts-and-all look at the Williams sisters." — Variety
Posted May 15, 2013
—— Tepenin ardi (Beyond the Hill) " An eye-catching parable about scapegoating and the multitude of sins it covers." — Variety
Posted May 9, 2013
82% About Sunny " A showy vehicle for producer-star Lauren Ambrose, whose emotionally volatile character comes off as unsympathetic and practically bipolar, the overly contrived, hard-to-swallow script undermines viewer compassion." — Variety
Posted Mar 29, 2013
—— Houston " This odd, tonally all-over-the-map drama proves less intriguing in its narrative than in its visuals ..." — Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2013
87% Il Futuro (2013) " Even though mood trumps character psychology, the entire cast provides mesmerizing, evocative performances." — Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2013
96% Metro Manila (2014) " Boasts the stock characters and situations, sentimentality, foreshadowing and melodrama of soap opera. Yet by cleverly blending these ingredients with those of an action caper, the pic presents a fresher appeal." — Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2013
—— Wajma (An Afghan Love Story) " A sober, downbeat indictment of a patriarchal society's traditional right to uphold family honor." — Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2013
67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " Although there are moments when it feels the plot might move in unexpected directions, in the end, the expected cliches reign." — Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2013
17% Very Good Girls (2014) " With a screenplay lacking the freshness and credibility of Foner's best work, this all-around misfire saddles a miscast group of name thesps with some strikingly awful costume design." — Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2013
88% It Felt Like Love (2014) " An evocatively shot, rawly unsentimental coming-of-ager from debut helmer Eliza Hittman." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " Zachary Heinzerling's five-years-in-the-making pic is a warts-and-all portrait of love, sacrifice and the creative spirit." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
52% Where Do We Go Now? (2012) Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
37% Stand Up Guys (2013) " A mildly raunchy, modestly entertaining geriatric comedy starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin as retired gangsters who reunite for one last night on the town." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
—— A 7 Hour Difference Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
60% Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (2013) " A prologue featuring French poet Rimbaud underlines Mishory's vision of the American actor as part of a line of iconoclastic artists. But his pre-fame Dean seems more sullen brat than talented maverick." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
—— The Village - One family's sacrifice will let a country live Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
—— Pink Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
62% It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl (2012) " Helmer Trank deserves kudos for trying to convey this complicated history with primary materials." — Variety
Posted Aug 9, 2012
93% The Central Park Five (2012) " A gripping investigative docu from co-directors Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns and her husband, David McMahon." — Variety
Posted Jun 1, 2012
—— 3 (2012) Variety
Posted May 30, 2012
—— Me and Me Dad " Katrine Boorman turns the camera on her indefatigable helmer father in breezy, low-tech docu "Me And Me Dad"; result is a cross between biopic, whimsy and family therapy." — Variety
Posted May 24, 2012
—— Kek (2007) Variety
Posted May 16, 2012
82% Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment (2012) " Toby Perl Freilich's thought-provoking docu Inventing Our Life sketches the history of the radically socialist, more-than-100-year-old kibbutz movement." — Variety
Posted Apr 24, 2012
63% Jackpot (2014) " In his sophomore feature, helmer Martens delivers on the promise he displayed in his debut, United, creating a stylish and pacey action-comedy full of spot-on performances, inspired but gruesome gags, with crack comic timing and barbed dialogue." — Variety
Posted Apr 20, 2012
6% The Devil Inside (2012) Variety
Posted Apr 16, 2012
100% Which Way Home (2009) Variety
Posted Mar 22, 2012
67% Friends With Kids (2012) " Although the comic riffs about parenting and alternative families easily rep the pic's sharpest dialogue and strike a chord with more mature audiences, they coexist uneasily with Westfeldt's inclusion of a cruder brand of humor." — Variety
Posted Mar 6, 2012
—— Kronjuvelerna (The Crown Jewels) (2011) Variety
Posted Mar 6, 2012
—— Rysa (Scratch) (2008) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Canaan Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Rain Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
44% Mama Africa (2002) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Hello! How Are You? (Buna! Ce faci?) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Órói (Jitters) (2010) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Osadné Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
—— Submarino (2010) Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
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