Anthony Lane

Anthony Lane

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Anthony Lane's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New Yorker

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "For anyone who denied that Titus Andronicus could ever be mashed up with The Cannonball Run, here is your answer, and we are only too happy to follow Nux as he cries, "What a lovely day!," and accelerates into a whirlwind of fire. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 15, 2015
87% Slow West (2015) "Just as your attention starts to wander, "Slow West" pulls it up short. The director is John Maclean, making his début, and, if he demonstrates how hard it is to handle whimsy, he more than atones for it ... " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 11, 2015
74% Good Kill (2015) "Hawke is on a roll right now, and "Good Kill" stirs him to another performance of cogency and zeal. Is it sufficient, however, to support an entire movie? " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 11, 2015
84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "Though its social scope is narrower than Hardy's, you do come away from it with a true sense of the shrouded world that he devised, where fate could frown upon even the blithest day. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 27, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "First, you try to understand what the hell is going on. Then you slowly realize that you will never understand what is going on. And, last, you wind up with the distinct impression that, if there was anything to understand, it wasn't worth the sweat. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 27, 2015
89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "One of the film's delights-it is more than a mere in-joke-arises from seeing Kristen Stewart inspecting her own predicament, as it were, from the outside. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 13, 2015
98% About Elly (2015) ""About Elly" both clutches us tight and shuts us out, adding wave upon wave of secrets and lies. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 6, 2015
92% Ex Machina (2015) ""Ex Machina," despite the stutters, slowly finds its grip and starts to squeeze. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 6, 2015
92% White God (2015) "The more you command it to sit and stay-to settle down as a plausible plot, or to cohere as a political fable-the more it slips its leash and runs amok. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 23, 2015
84% While We're Young (2015) "It shows a director not so much mooning over the past, with regret for faded powers, as probing his own obsessions and the limits of his style. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 23, 2015
18% Serena (2015) "Both actors, gracefully dressed and lightly anguished, draw deep on their professional aplomb in a bid to keep a straight face; the credible, bulked-up pain that Cooper brought to "American Sniper" seems a world away. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 23, 2015
30% Cymbeline (2015) "What we get-a bitty and begrimed romance-has a lyrical sway of its own, and, even if some of the cast seem lost in the lines, Hawke returns to save the day, and the movie. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 23, 2015
30% Chappie (2015) "The principal charm of the film arises from Chappie's ears, which prick up and droop like those of a titanium rabbit. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 15, 2015
100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) "The sweetness of the subject's nature and the gentle modulations of his speaking voice are so potent that it would seem not just uncivil but futile to contradict him; yet Hawke is too alert and too inquiring to let the movie subside into worship. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 15, 2015
96% It Follows (2015) ""It Follows" is a fine title, blending a logician's briskness with the job description of a stalker, and David Robert Mitchell, the writer and director, has fun with his various predators. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 9, 2015
84% Cinderella (2015) "What crowns the movie, flourishing the fullness of its purpose, is color. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 9, 2015
97% '71 (2015) "Such is the plot's momentum ... that we scarcely notice the jolts of implausibility. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 2, 2015
61% Maps to the Stars (2015) "According to Cronenberg, the script for "Maps to the Stars," by Bruce Wagner, began life more than twenty years ago, and it shows. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 2, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "Think of it as the "Downton Abbey" of bondage, designed neither to menace nor to offend but purely to cosset the fatigued imagination. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Feb 16, 2015
100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "Almost all of the film takes place inside a courtroom, at irregular intervals over five years, but there is no sense of drag or slump; on the contrary, the action quivers with tension, impatience, comic heat, and, beneath it all, an irrepressible rage. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Feb 16, 2015
96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "I found myself cackling at "What We Do in the Shadows" like a witch with a helium balloon. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Feb 9, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Countless viewers will relish the brazen zest of its invention. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Feb 9, 2015
99% Timbuktu (2015) "The release of "Timbuktu" could not be more timely, although the sad truth is that, nowadays, almost any time would do. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 26, 2015
52% The Humbling (2015) ""The Humbling" reveals an ominous gulf between the director and his theme ... " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 26, 2015
98% Paddington (2015) "He is described as being around three feet six. Its ideal viewers will be of similar height. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 12, 2015
89% Still Alice (2015) "In the absence of the anger and the wildness that are crouched and caged within this most terrible of themes, "Still Alice" is worth watching, for the sake of Julianne Moore. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 12, 2015
99% Leviathan (2014) "Many conversations start and end around a kitchen table. Why, then, should we be left with such an impression of grandeur, limitless suffering, and wrath? " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Dec 29, 2014
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "Cotillard looks dwindled and drained, leached of allure by the unkind pallor of the lighting. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Dec 29, 2014
73% Inherent Vice (2015) ""Inherent Vice" is not only the first Pynchon movie; it could also, I suspect, turn out to be the last. Either way, it is the best and the most exasperating that we'll ever have. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Dec 8, 2014
98% The Babadook (2014) "Let a law be passed, requiring all horror films to be made by female directors. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Nov 24, 2014
89% The Imitation Game (2014) "Turing will survive this film with his enigma intact, but the movie itself is the opposite of enigmatic, and Cumberbatch merits more. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Nov 24, 2014
82% The Homesman (2014) "Certainly, there is a sturdiness to it, and a stubborn want of haste, that might have earned an approving growl from John Ford. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Nov 10, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) "There is plenty here to draw and hold the eye. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Nov 10, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) "It scuttles ahead, wide-eyed, antennae waving, on a journey to the end of the night, and toward a future when nothing will not be shown. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Oct 27, 2014
95% Whiplash (2014) ""Whiplash" could become the first film to be picketed by the soccer moms of America. Let battle commence. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Oct 13, 2014
93% Birdman (2014) "The director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, doesn't tell us what to mock-or, at any rate, he knows how readily we mock what tempts us most. His film is alive to needs that never die. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Oct 13, 2014
77% St. Vincent (2014) "The movie slumps into the hokey, and the actor's curdled misanthropy makes way for a soothing, implausible uplift. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Oct 13, 2014
86% The Blue Room (2014) "Palpable, reeking of moral seediness and disrepair. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 29, 2014
82% The Two Faces of January (2014) "You should see it just for Chester-the adventurous sham, running ever deeper into a maze of his own devising. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 29, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) "Why doesn't the movie claw us as "The Social Network" did? Who could have predicted that a film about murder, betrayal, and deception would be less exciting than a film about a Web site? " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 29, 2014
95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) "[Nina Simone] put a spell on him, and now Nick Cave, with his lugubrious sleights of hand, does much the same to us. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
52% The Zero Theorem (2014) "There is something so generous and so full-hearted in this profusion that to complain seems churlish, but "The Zero Theorem" has a bothersome ratio of misses to hits. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
81% A Master Builder (2014) "There is muscle and volume in the performances; but had Demme hung back, and kept things cooler and quieter, the mastery of what Ibsen built, and the agon of his extraordinary hero, would have cast a more looming shadow. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
89% Calvary (2014) "The tension of Calvary is fitful at best, and much of the movie trips into silliness, but in Brendan Gleeson -- in his proud bearing and his lamenting gaze -- we see the plight of the lonely believer in a world beyond belief. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
29% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) "[It] looks lowly and limp, and we seldom feel just how much is at stake. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 15, 2014
36% If I Stay (2014) "The title refers to Mia's fraught decision-should she cling to existence or just give up?-and, well before the end, even loyal viewers will be begging her to hurry up and choose. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 15, 2014
92% Frank (2014) "The whole thing is in danger of becoming arch and quirky, yet Abrahamson steers the final act of his drama toward a sombre, unhappy rumination. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 5, 2014
94% Love Is Strange (2014) "What lends it spirit is the performances, both major and minor, and Sachs's determination to dramatize same-sex love not as groundbreaking, but as securely rooted -- rent control and all -- in common ground. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 5, 2014
74% Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) (2000) "The violence, in short, remains unseen, but that makes it no easier to bear; what lurks and wails behind a wall is, for Haneke, the most reliable wellspring of dread. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Aug 27, 2014
98% Boyhood (2014) "Any film that takes twelve years to shoot should be commended for its stamina alone; yet no sense of grind, still less of fatigue, attends this Richard Linklater project. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jul 21, 2014
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