Alissa Simon

Alissa Simon

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Variety
Total Reviews:
211

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 151 - 200 of 211
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— La Domination masculine Variety
Posted Feb 16, 2011
43% Race to Witch Mountain (2009) Variety
Posted Feb 14, 2011
93% King of Devil's Island (2011) " Watchable if not entirely engrossing, this classically lensed tale about the misuse of power offers sweeping panoramas, stunning snowy landscapes, stock character types and a creakily generic narrative." — Variety
Posted Feb 14, 2011
—— The Precinct (2011) Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2011
33% 11/4/08 (2010) " Only few moments that are genuinely touching." — Variety
Posted Oct 22, 2010
68% West Is West (2011) Variety
Posted Sep 25, 2010
53% The High Cost of Living (2011) " Although there are moments when lead thesps Zach Braff and Isabelle Blais just about pull off the implausible conceit, the pic still suffers from major problems of tone as well as stilted camerawork and editing. " — Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2010
82% Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (2011) " Although Suzuki's message that humans have exhausted the resources of the biosphere and need to rethink their relationship with the natural world may be a familiar one, it bears repeating." — Variety
Posted Sep 20, 2010
75% Stake Land (2011) " A highly satisfying low-budget horror-thriller." — Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2010
23% Peep World (2011) " So lame it barely gets a rise out of permanent erection jokes. " — Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2010
73% Sarah's Key (2011) " Comprising prestige names and unknowns, the ensemble cast acquits itself well." — Variety
Posted Sep 17, 2010
—— All About Love (Duk haan chau faan) Variety
Posted Sep 17, 2010
70% Mumbai Diaries (2011) " This tale of four Mumbai dwellers at a crossroads in their lives owes more to Taiwanese or French auteur cinema than to Satyajit Ray." — Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2010
—— Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: In the 1960s (2009) Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2010
85% Easy Money (2012) " Easy Money confirms Espinosa's directing chops (it also earned him a gig helming Universal's forthcoming Denzel Washington starrer, Safe House).Performances are strong across the board, with even casting of bit parts coming up aces." — Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2010
81% Cairo Time (2010) " The fourth feature from Canadian writer-helmer Ruba Nadda ("Sabah") has a slightly breathless, old-fashioned feel, calling to mind the cliched fiction found in the type of ladies' magazine the heroine edits." — Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
98% Let the Right One In (2008) " Calling to mind the work of Anne Rice and Stephen King, atmospheric adaptation of Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist's bestseller is well directed by his countryman Tomas Alfredson." — Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
92% Gotta Dance (2009) " Heartwarming and full of self-deprecating humor, albeit somewhat over-long and repetitive." — Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
91% Kings of Pastry (2010) " Building up to the tension-filled final cook-off, the helmers introduce a trio of top candidates, observing their training methods and motivations." — Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
89% Teza " Ultimately rewards the viewer's patience with a potent sense of Ethiopian history and culture." — Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
91% Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig) (2010) " Entertaining and full of surprising twists, this highly cinematic tale of a Copenhagen policeman working punishment duty in the provinces plays with genre in a manner that can be compared with the Coen brothers or David Lynch." — Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
62% Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) " Pic's main problem is that its human story lacks drama; Hachi's the central attraction." — Variety
Posted Apr 29, 2010
85% A Matter of Size (2010) " Part sports drama, part love story, this sweetly absurd tale of forlorn blue-collar guys pursuing a difficult goal... recalls audience-pleasing fare such as The Full Monty." — Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2010
76% Killing Kasztner (2009) " Ambitious but ungainly." — Variety
Posted Oct 22, 2009
73% Beeswax (2009) " Although Bujalski's spin on the legal thriller lacks narrative tension, it ambles on pleasantly enough, buoyed by the twins' refreshingly forthright screen presence." — Variety
Posted Aug 3, 2009
—— Min Ye Variety
Posted Jun 5, 2009
84% Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) (2010) " Sensitively helmed feature debut by Haim Tabakman boasts a tightly structured, multi-layered script by Merav Doster, intimate lensing and strong, credible performances." — Variety
Posted May 21, 2009
95% No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans) (2010) " Fueled by frustration with the myriad prohibitions governing life in Iran, No One Knows About Persian Cats strings an improvised tale around Tehran's underground indie-rock scene." — Variety
Posted May 15, 2009
—— Himlens hjärta (Heaven's Heart) (2008) Variety
Posted Apr 1, 2009
—— Two Lives...Plus One (2008) Variety
Posted Mar 27, 2009
65% Brothers at War (2009) " Provides some interesting perspectives but also veers dangerously close to vanity project." — Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2009
50% Mammoth (Mammut) (2009) " Comes with too much repetitive exposition and lacks an emotional payoff." — Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2009
96% Revanche (2009) " All actors turn in fine, naturalistic perfs, but it would be remiss not to remark on 83-year-old Thanheiser's profoundly moving turn as the grandfather." — Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
56% Vinyan (2008) Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
89% O' Horten (2007) " More highly visual mood piece than sustained storytelling." — Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
—— Khastegi (Sex My Life) " A poorly structured mix of talking heads and awkwardly staged action that shows the personal lives of Iranian transsexuals and their problems vis a vis their families and strict Islamic society." — Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2008
50% Dying Breed (2009) " Even by the low standards of other horror-movie victims, the foursome here seem blithely clueless, always splitting up for no good reason and running headlong into ambushes." — Variety
Posted Jun 10, 2008
—— Astrópía (Dorks & Damsels) (2007) Variety
Posted Jun 5, 2008
—— Art of Negative Thinking Variety
Posted May 30, 2008
33% The Objective (2008) " With a low-budget look, cliched dialogue, a stale plot and so-so acting, this supernatural thriller is unlikely to achieve the phenomenal success of its fabled predecessor." — Variety
Posted May 22, 2008
81% Under Our Skin (2008) " Producer-director-writer Andy Abrahams Wilson ("Bubbeh Lee and Me") takes a creative, humanistic approach that makes the complex material dramatic and visually interesting." — Variety
Posted May 5, 2008
70% Bart Got a Room (2009) " Much sweeter and less raunchy than coming-of-agers such as Superbad or Slums of Beverly Hills, Bart's clever, PG-level innuendo is engaging and suitable for family viewing." — Variety
Posted Apr 30, 2008
60% Bitter & Twisted " Despite game perfs from a well-known cast, weak scripting and sketchy character development leave too many holes to ultimately convince or compel." — Variety
Posted Apr 29, 2008
98% Avaze gonjeshk-ha (The Song of Sparrows) (2009) " Beautifully crafted, often sentimental, sometimes humorous pic." — Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2008
93% Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) " As usual, Leigh's trademark extended rehearsal process pays off with vivid characterizations from ensemble cast." — Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2008
20% Fireflies in the Garden (2011) " Despite the mega-wattage of pic's starry cast, theatrical prospects seem dim for this clumsy melodrama, which looks and sounds no better than an average made-for-cabler." — Variety
Posted Feb 12, 2008
96% [Rec] (2007) " Lazily scripted, without even a pretense of character development or psychological depth, it offers nothing new for genre fans and no reason for mainstream auds to bite." — Variety
Posted Nov 5, 2007
77% Body of War (2008) " A powerful argument against impetuous decisions, be they to join the military or to attack a country." — Variety
Posted Nov 3, 2007
92% La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) (Couscous) (2007) " An overlong, dramatically unbalanced pic whose emotional wallop gets somewhat diffused." — Variety
Posted Oct 27, 2007
65% The Kite Runner (2007) " Nuanced perfs and standout production design convey story in cinematic terms, preserving the narrative's emotional power and historical sweep as it spans continents and decades." — Variety
Posted Oct 5, 2007
72% Love Comes Lately (2008) " Script's strong point is smooth way fictional stories flow in and out of the cover yarn." — Variety
Posted Oct 3, 2007
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