Amy Taubin

Amy Taubin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% About Elly (2015) " We might not care about any of the characters -- it's doubtful that Farhadi wants us to -- but it's difficult to escape the implication that their situation reflects that of their entire society and, in many ways, our own. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Apr 9, 2015
91% The Exiles (1961) " The question of who is looking and to what end is barely posed, let alone answered. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Mar 16, 2015
96% Restrepo (2010) " No one in Restrepo analyzes the war in Afghanistan in political terms or even describes it in terms of goals larger than the day-to-day mission. And yet, simply by bearing witness, the movie is a call to action. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Mar 16, 2015
86% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) " The subject of Merchants of Doubt is the catastrophe of global climate change, which is engulfing us even faster than predicted. Kenner doesn't waste time proving, in this terse, brilliantly argued movie, that climate change is happening. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2015
No Score Yet Le Beau Monde " I can't think of another movie that articulates the conflicts in its young heroine's life as intelligently, consistently, and subtly as this one does, while eschewing snark or exaggeration. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Feb 27, 2015
27% Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) " Delicate, tough, and heartbreakingly sad. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Feb 2, 2015
89% The Imitation Game (2014) " As much as I wanted to suspend my disbelief and take pleasure in the actors' brilliance, The Imitation Game lacks credibility on every level. Still, Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley... [and] Mark Strong are terrific. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jan 23, 2015
81% Beyond the Lights (2014) " The subtle but wonderfully alive give-and-take between Noni and Kaz is the best thing in Beyond the Lights. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Nov 20, 2014
86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) " Adieu au langage, which ends with a dog's bark and a child's cries, is a masterpiece, a film attuned to a future that likely will not come to pass. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 27, 2014
76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " The best thing about the enthralling, super-smart Kill Your Darlings is director John Krokidas's ability to capture the excitement of young men's minds on fire. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 1, 2014
78% Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here (2013) " Wallach and Kobland have made a graceful, enormously moving portrait of a complicated artist and an artistic collaboration. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 1, 2014
85% A Single Man (2009) " A rare thing-a mainstream, melancholy love story, haunted by the past. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
88% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Soderbergh is a chilly director-that's a description, not a criticism-but his empathy with Thackery turns The Knick into a hot show, or at least a constantly simmering one that boils over at least once or twice in every episode. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 21, 2014
86% Computer Chess (2013) " The movie seems like something retrieved from a thirty-five-year-old time capsule, which, in terms of the speed of technological change over that period, might have been light years away. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 7, 2014
98% Boyhood (2014) " Both a conceptual tour de force and a fragile, unassuming slice of movie life. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 7, 2014
80% Land Ho! (2014) " Its scenic wonders, off-kilter humor and pathos, and the unforced chemistry between its two central characters and the actors who play them will appeal to an audience broader than the senior-ticket set (of which I am one). " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 15, 2014
96% La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore) (1973) " Three and a half hours long, The Mother and the Whoreis both epic and intimate, ethnographic in its cultural detail and subjective in its exposure of the raw nerves of body and psyche. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 22, 2014
85% Under the Skin (2014) " As a sensory experience, Under the Skin often astounds. " ‐ Artforum
Posted May 21, 2014
100% Cousin Jules (2013) " Cousin Jules might have been a documentary game-changer, had it not gone virtually unseen for forty years. " ‐ Artforum
Posted May 21, 2014
90% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " Richly textured, fully engaging. " ‐ Artforum
Posted May 21, 2014
91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Polanski's Venus in Fur is neither profound nor erotic (at least not for this viewer) but it is wonderfully witty and a generous gift from the director to his two stars. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 12, 2014
85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Jarmusch has written his best script since Dead Man , its bone-dry wit, neither camp nor twee, a tender, mordant expression of love. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2014
94% Dark Days (2000) " Singer achieves remarkable intimacy with his subjects, who share their experiences and joke around with the man behind the camera as freely as they do with their peers. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2014
92% Vera Drake (2004) " The heroine of Mike Leigh's wonderfully subtle and relentlessly harrowing new film is a cheerful, compactly built middle-aged woman who spends her waking hours in perpetual motion. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) " Age has clenched Clint Eastwood's face tight as a fist, but he has never been more tender, vulnerable, and heartbroken than in Million Dollar Baby. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
94% Café Lumiere (2004) " Some 40 years after Ozu's death, the traditions that govern middle-class Japanese family life - the crux of his films - are even more frayed. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
86% The Intruder (L'Intrus) (2005) " Denis is one of cinema's greatest narrative poets, and The Intruder, the story of an adventurer, is her most adventurous cinematic poem. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
50% Actresses (Actrices) (2007) " Actresses is a comedy of errors that beggars description. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2013
64% Bastards (2013) " It is the darkest movie - visually, psychologically and spiritually - that Denis has made. It's also one of the rarest of cinematic objects - a completely contemporary, disturbingly relevant film noir. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Sep 14, 2013
58% Trash Humpers (2010) " A Dadaist delight, Harmony Korine's Trash Humpers is a direct descendant of Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures, perhaps the first and only. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2013
97% A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010) " But with its lush Alexandre Desplat score, deeply shadowed compositions, and fluid, understated camera movement, A Prophet is distinctly an Audiard construction. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2013
66% Tamara Drewe (2010) " A judicious comic actor, Arterton plays the eponymous Tamara, who throws a small English village into a tizzy when she returns from London to put the family cottage on the market. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2013
84% Beginners (2011) " Mike Mills treats love and loss with a disarming tenderness and a refusal of sentimentality that make Beginners, his second feature, something of an anomaly among male identity flicks. What a finely wrought, wryly funny, transcendently sad movie this is. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2013
98% The Hurt Locker (2009) " Her new film, The Hurt Locker, is both a structuralist war movie-it could be titled 'Seven Instances of Dismantling an Improvised Explosive Device'-and a totally immersive, off-the-charts high-anxiety experience from beginning to end. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2013
58% Film socialisme (2011) " 'No comment' is a shifter, referring back not only to this enigmatic, painful, off-putting, ravishing Film Socialisme-but to all the Godard films that preceded it. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2013
80% Out-Takes From The Life Of A Happy Man (2013) " The flight of a white gull, right to left across the water is as rapturous an image as ever committed to celluloid. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2013
95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " As fabulous as it should be and not a jot more or less. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2013
90% Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2010) " Chazelle is an exceptionally talented filmmaker. Let's hope the independent film world has enough life left in it to do him justice. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2013
100% Nancy, Please (2013) " A twisted, mordant comedy about writer's block spiraling down into complete self-destruction. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 23, 2013
64% Cosmopolis (2012) " Cosmopolis is Cronenberg's first movie since Videodrome to not only identify a particular zeitgeist but embody it in form and content. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2012
83% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013) " The film is more than the play. Most of all, it gifts us with its actors, the most memorable of whom are Mathieu Amalric and Michel Piccoli. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted May 23, 2012
100% We Were Here (2011) " The filmmakers have amassed an amazing archive of photos and videotapes, but it is the intimate, personal testimonies that make the film so vital, urgent, and necessary. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2011
72% Bubble (2006) " Is there another contemporary filmmaker whose work swings as unpredictably between the seductive and the alienating as does Steven Soderbergh's? " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2010
95% Ran (1985) " For aficionados of the war movie, the western, and the period action epic, Ran is necessary viewing. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 1, 2008
33% Keep Your Right Up (Soigne ta droite) (2001) " One of those failures by great artists that are more provocative to think about than to experience. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 17, 2007
62% The New World (2005) " A work of great intelligence, ambition and radiant beauty. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Sep 28, 2006
93% An Inconvenient Truth (2006) " An eco-horror movie that is anything but escapist entertainment... " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Sep 28, 2006
85% Old Joy (2006) City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Sep 23, 2006
88% Broken Flowers (2005) City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Aug 7, 2005
90% Minority Report (2002) " Lacking a consistent view of his source material, Spielberg pulls out all the stops by attempting to roll three wildly different genres -- action-adventure, psychological thriller, and futuristic tone poem -- into one film. " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted May 19, 2004
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