Amy Taubin

Amy Taubin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Amy Taubin's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Previous | Next
Showing 1 - 50 of 240
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Last Train Home (2010) "Rarely in a documentary does every shot matter as a bearer of emotion and information. Lixin Fan's nonfiction debut, Last Train Home (2009), is just such an exceptional movie. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 2, 2015
85% Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) "Tamra Davis's documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child might make you weep (it did me) and might help you better appreciate a painter whose work matters enormously in the history of late-twentieth-century art. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 2, 2015
93% Lovers of Hate (2011) "Doubek, Karpovsky, and Kafka should be commended for making their characters thoroughly unappealing while eschewing villainous flourishes. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 2, 2015
88% Araya (1959) "A stunning, strangely liminal movie in form and content. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 2, 2015
79% The Informant! (2009) "The Informant! is an inspired social satire, a near-perfect single-carat diamond in an age of mindless movie bling. It's a small movie, but not in any sense minor. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
83% The September Issue (2009) "Insubstantial though it is, The September Issue has its pleasures and even revelations. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
81% Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009) "My affection for Thirst has mostly to do with the performance of Kim Ok-vin as Tae-ju, a sullen household slave who's transformed into a ravenous, punishing bloodsucker. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) "Mostly I love Harry Potter for the actors " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
87% Treeless Mountain (2009) "What makes this slight narrative compelling is that it is told entirely from the children's point of view, synced to their perceptions and to the mercurial emotions that color them. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
100% Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) "Without a doubt, this is a film by a brilliantly talented artist with a rigorous intellect, a formal sophistication, and an emotional empathy astounding for someone her age. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
94% Milk (2008) "Penn burrows inside his character, capturing not only Milk's Long Island Jewish intonations and his gay body language but also the intensity of his beliefs and the particular mix of fear and desire through which he viewed the world. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
80% Ashes of Time Redux (2008) "If Wong Kar-wai's Ashes of Time Redux (2008) is not the most beautiful movie ever made, then at least its beauty is sufficient to obliterate, for the moment, the memory of all others. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
100% The Waiting Room (2012) "In a year of exceptionally strong documentaries, The Waiting Room is one of the most urgent and effective. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
86% The Unspeakable Act (2013) "The result is a film as sensuous as it is intelligent. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
66% Spring Breakers (2013) "The most extraordinary thing about Korine's direction is how he gradually shifts the position of the viewer from self-possessed outsider looking in to complete immersion during a denouement where there is no one worth rooting for. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
No Score Yet Fatima "A film that brings clarity and even a sense of exhilaration to the struggle of mother and daughters to succeed on their own terms and for one another. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted May 28, 2015
81% Results (2015) "Andrew Bujalski's entrance into the world of professional actors and state-of-the-art digital cameras happily keeps the distinguishing characteristics of America's most idiosyncratic lo-fi auteur intact. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015
97% 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
85% 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
86% 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
59% 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
Previous | Next
Showing 1 - 50 of 240