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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
91% Venus in Fur (2014) "Ever the alchemist, Roman Polanski continues his quest for the process whereby theatre is transmuted and reforged into film. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 30, 2014
52% Jersey Boys (2014) "Christopher Walken plays a gangster who can fix anything; maybe he should have taken charge of the film. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 30, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) "The one person who gets the balance right, weighing parody and homage, is the composer, Joel McNeely, whose opening theme stirs hopes and memories that the movie cannot match. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 16, 2014
49% Maleficent (2014) "As for the screenplay, by Linda Woolverton, it treads carefully, and all too kindly, in the footsteps of "Wicked" ... " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 16, 2014
72% Léon: The Professional (1994) "The most objectionable thing is Gary Oldman's performance, baroque in its awfulness. Almost as bad is the director's attempt to construct a visual style -- and, for that matter, characters -- by piling one mannerism on top of another. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 4, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) "There just aren't enough films about teen-age girl punk bands made by left-wing feminist Swedish Christian males. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 2, 2014
25% Pearl Harbor (2001) "The effect of watching a Michael Bay film is indistinguishable from having a large, pointy lump of rock drop on your head. His new picture, Pearl Harbor, maintains the mood. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 28, 2014
74% Godzilla (2014) "The beasts just want to have fun, but the gravest letdown in Edwards's film is that, most of the time, he fends off the chance to have fun himself. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 16, 2014
86% Chef (2014) "Worst of all are the tweets that pop up onscreen and then fly away, chirruping... This digital worship, unlike the food, is flavorless and dehumanizing, and in a few years' time it will look archaic. For now, it spoils the appetite. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 6, 2014
96% Ida (2014) "This is solemn filmmaking, devoutly restrained and unshakably purposeful. We expect its austerity to fend us off, but no; it gathers us in and forbids us to look away. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 6, 2014
91% Locke (2014) "The movie's greatest asset by far is Hardy, whose rich, unflappable tones, even in times of high emotional pressure, bear a distinct echo of Richard Burton ... " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 5, 2014
73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) "The result is both bracing and exasperating ... " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 5, 2014
73% Neighbors (2014) "It's a promising setup, but it gets frittered away-partly by narrative laziness (the involvement of other neighbors is dismissed out of hand) but mainly by a flaccid belief in the power of the gross-out. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 5, 2014
53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) "Despite the efforts of Electro, the franchise is running shockingly low on juice. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 5, 2014
86% Heat (1995) "The taciturn De Niro and the braying Pacino share a flawless scene over a cup of coffee, but the real honors go to Val Kilmer and Ashley Judd as a warring, loving couple. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 29, 2014
93% The Great Escape (1963) "This is a Boys' Own Tale, and, as boys, we wanted it, cleansed of horrors, for ourselves. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 23, 2014
94% Fargo (1996) "A few scenes go around in circles, as if snow-blind, and the humor may be too inward and contorted for some tastes. But McDormand brings order to the weirdness and warms it up. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 21, 2014
92% The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (Othello) (1952) "There is no excuse not to see it. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 21, 2014
86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) "Has undoubted panache, and wit to spare, especially when Swinton is in the frame. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 14, 2014
89% Amélie (2001) "How far should we trust a plea for benevolence when it feels like a box of tricks? " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 9, 2014
87% Far From Heaven (2003) "With tact and care, the movie digs into all the subjects that lay concealed below the surface when Max Ophuls and Douglas Sirk were filming their own melodramas in the nineteen-fifties. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 1, 2014
94% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) "An unlikely tale, well told. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 31, 2014
65% The French Minister (2014) "The films of Bertrand Tavernier have often been fringed with humor, of a rueful kind; now, in his seventies, and in a rousing rebuke to tranquillity, he has turned to farce. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 31, 2014
85% Under the Skin (2014) "Glazer is nothing if not ambitious; the rough edge of naturalism, on the streets, slices into the more controlled and stylized look of science fiction, and the result seems both to drift and to gather to a point of almost painful intensity. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 31, 2014
92% Memento (2000) "The young British writer and director Christopher Nolan, who has every intention of putting us through the mill, doubles his fun by running the whole story backward. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 26, 2014
89% Rushmore (1998) "Schwartzman is cautious but stubbornly optimistic, while Murray is possessed by the mania of near-despair... They make the best and most disconcerting odd couple that American movies have produced in a long while. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 17, 2014
88% Le Week-End (2014) "It's easy to tire (if not despair) of them, but both lead actors are in fine sparring form, and the story is rescued and revived, just in time, by a delectable cameo from Jeff Goldblum. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 17, 2014
75% Enemy (2014) "The movie sticks to you ... and the ending is strange and sudden enough to make you revise, or interrogate, all that has come before. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 17, 2014
80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) "Each character, as ever, is tucked into a shell of his or her obsessions, and yet the filming itself -- the grace of Anderson's draftsmanship, as it were -- binds the figures together into a team. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 4, 2014
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) "As a rule, movies about toys need to be approached with extreme caution; some of them have been bad enough to count as health hazards. This one is the exception. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 3, 2014
91% Omar (2014) "A fraught film ... " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 3, 2014
91% High Fidelity (2000) "When happiness does arrive in this movie, it has the air not of something that you reach, like your top speed, but of something that you give in to, like baldness or old age. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Feb 10, 2014
98% The Last of the Unjust (2014) "A startling double portrait of the will to endure. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Feb 10, 2014
93% Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) (1994) "That guarantee of good taste is, finally, a bit of a downer; there are plenty of surprises, but no hint of risk. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Feb 3, 2014
87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) "What stays with you ... is the unlikely shadow of loss, not least in the hearts of the boys' mothers: how can a loving child, even the "wrong" one, be let go? " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 27, 2014
97% The Selfish Giant (2013) "Much of the movie is hard to bear, yet it never drags, thanks to the momentum that Barnard finds in the fable, and, above all, to the energy that she unleashes in her young leads. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 13, 2014
34% Labor Day (2014) "It looks swell, and Winslet adds another portrait of pained watchfulness to her gallery of suffering heroines, but the result feels like a richly implausible dream disguised as a soulful drama. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 13, 2014
93% No (2013) "The best movie ever made about Chilean plebiscites, No thoroughly deserves its Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 1, 2014
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