Arthur Lazere

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Biography:
Publisher and editor of culturevulture.net. Member: San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Online Film Critics Society, International Association of Art Critics
Favorites:
Ten best films of 2005: Capote Saraband Good Night and Good Luck Cache Nobody Knows Munich A History of Violence The Holy Girl Transamerica Pride and Prejudice
Publications:
culturevulture.net , TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Critics' Group:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
518
Total QuickRatings:
21
Location:
San Francisco

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 518
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
75% Crash (2004) " The straddling of styles [realism vs. fable] weakens, but doesn't destroy a strong film." — culturevulture.net
Posted May 5, 2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven (2005) " Despite...weaknesses, 'Kingdom of Heaven' emerges an entertaining film...stunningly photographed, set and costumed...grandeur that evokes De Mille" — culturevulture.net
Posted May 5, 2005
76% The Holy Girl (La Nina Santa) (2005) " A stunning piece of dramatic filmmaking, a completely original approach to the material that delivers a delayed punch as the evidence accrues " — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 28, 2005
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) " Featherlight spoof loaded with grand CGI visuals...amusing, gentle satire... [but] never attains a real zaniness" — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 28, 2005
60% Winter Solstice (2005) " What's missing is any real drama--there's no protagonist/antagonist conflict..; there's little fresh in the observations of mourning and the perennial parent/child tug-of-war." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 19, 2005
88% Turtles Can Fly (Lakposhtha hâm parvaz mikonand) (2005) " The tragedy of these lives is moving, but, to some small extent, the tragedy is counterbalanced by Ghobadi in showing that somehow humanity survives in these kids" — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 12, 2005
34% Eros (2004) " Wong masterfully creates a sense of profound yearning--the screen seems saturated with unfulfilled and unrequited erotic longing." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 7, 2005
87% Comme une Image (Look at Me) (Like an Image) (2005) " Gets under the skin of these varied individuals and reveals them in rich complexity and highly individuated quirkiness" — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 4, 2005
87% Millions (2005) " Rich, rewarding, and deliciously entertaining" — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 18, 2005
53% Melinda and Melinda (2005) " It's fun and it's funny." — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 17, 2005
74% The Upside of Anger (2005) " A fresh, funny, pointed comedy" — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 10, 2005
22% In My Country (2005) " The script...intelligently explores...the profound need to make sense out of madness and to find emotional peace in its aftermath...Sustains a deep and moving involvement." — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 10, 2005
81% Dear Frankie (2005) " Emotional responses are in keeping with the characterizations, and well-written dialogue... helps sustain a reality that the turns of plot constantly threaten." — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 3, 2005
91% Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004) " A cinematic 'Götterdämmerung...'; Hirschbiegel's film pulls no punches. He neither sugarcoats nor exaggerates." — culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 17, 2005
71% Schultze Gets the Blues (2005) " Important and thoughtful themes, which in other hands would likely have been weighty and overbearing, remain drolly deadpan in this accomplished debut film." — culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 17, 2005
93% Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004) " 'Nobody Knows' and its astounding collection of young actors capture the heart without a hint of tear-jerking or saccharine sentimentality." — culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 17, 2005
—— Grid (2005) " Fully realized, three dimensional characters may be too much to expect, but imagine how much more effective the drama would be if that were provided." — culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 14, 2005
90% Head-On (Gegen die Wand) (2005) " With powerfully developed characterizations and keen observation, writer/director Akin doesn't settle for a formulaic resolution." — culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 2, 2005
84% Aliens of the Deep (2005) " The crew ooos and aahs and talks like so many valley girls ("awesome," "freaky," etc.), leaving the viewer hungry for some more substantive science to back up the visuals." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jan 27, 2005
68% The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2005) " Barratier's clever use of irony to frame his story and his characters allows him both to use and to comment upon the underlying formula." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jan 26, 2005
87% Noi the Albino (Nói albínói) (2003) " Holds the attention with imaginative detail and a veneer of deadpan humor, like thin ice over a sea of despair" — culturevulture.net
Posted Jan 12, 2005
88% The Woodsman (2004) " Kassell's disciplined direction and sympathetic performances by Bacon and Sedgwick more than overcome the script's didactic leanings." — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 31, 2004
72% William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004) " Credit Radford for keeping his sterling cast in an admirably understated mode." — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 31, 2004
90% Hotel Rwanda (2004) " Conveys the horror and anguish of anarchy and massacre while keeping the violence off screen or depicted at a distance" — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 21, 2004
84% The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) (2004) " A warm and dramatically satisfying film that doesn't hide its bias, but also allows for varying viewpoints to be expressed." — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 16, 2004
35% Imaginary Heroes (2005) " Emotional impact [is] lost in the mire of multiple motivations, less than fully realized characters, and tangential excursions." — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 16, 2004
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) " Delivers an emotional punch to match those of the pugilists punishing each other in the ring" — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 14, 2004
68% Closer (2004) " Dialogue as riveting as Marber's, delivered by four first-rate actors in peak form, transcends the tricky transition [from the stage] to the screen." — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 2, 2004
72% Paper Clips (2004) " A worthwhile record of an admirable undertaking, but a little less sentiment and a little more edge might have produced a stronger film." — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 28, 2004
78% A Very Long Engagement (2004) " There's such an excess of plot and detail that characterization is neglected--none of these characters is more than single-dimensional..." — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 24, 2004
16% Alexander (2004) " It's as if Stone deliberately were creating a parody of all the cornball biblical/historical spectacles in the history of the movies." — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 24, 2004
83% Finding Neverland (2004) " Carefully sidestep[s] the pitfall of sticky sentimentality through understated writing, sensitive performances and brilliantly imaginative direction." — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 16, 2004
90% Kinsey (2004) " What makes 'Kinsey' brilliantly subversive is the injection of a...warts-and-all, nonjudgmental viewpoint...into the format of the...adulatory encomiums of another era." — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 11, 2004
49% Alfie (2004) " The fascinatingly complex character who inspired masterpieces from the wit of Moliere and the genius of Mozart draws only humdrum mediocrity from the remake mill of Hollywood." — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 4, 2004
81% Ray (2004) " When [the music isn't playing], the film seems conventional, unimaginative and stretched out well beyond its ability to sustain narrative momentum." — culturevulture.net
Posted Oct 29, 2004
39% Birth (2004) " An imaginatively conceived meditation on grief and mourning, not entirely persuasive, but a thought-provoking and elegantly made film, nonetheless." — culturevulture.net
Posted Oct 28, 2004
76% Being Julia (2004) " Redolent with the aroma of the floor boards, spiced with the overripe theatricality of thespians, and blessed with the grace of a radiant Annette Bening" — culturevulture.net
Posted Oct 16, 2004
46% Shall We Dance (2004) " Audrey Wells' badly flawed adaptation of the original screenplay tries to bridge [the] cultural gap but it doesn't work" — culturevulture.net
Posted Oct 14, 2004
72% Primer (2004) " The Grand Jury Award for Primer is an embarrassment for Sundance." — culturevulture.net
Posted Oct 13, 2004
84% The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta) (2004) " A romanticized and lightweight road movie, a charming diversion, rather than the incisive biographical work that it should have been." — culturevulture.net
Posted Sep 23, 2004
15% Head in the Clouds (2004) " Theron lends credence here to those who think that her performance in 'Monster' was a prosthesis-assisted one-note one shot, Academy award or no." — culturevulture.net
Posted Sep 18, 2004
48% Silver City (2004) " Even the long roster of skilled players in 'Silver City' doesn't make this script come alive. " — culturevulture.net
Posted Sep 16, 2004
66% Bright Young Things (2003) " Fry...makes his debut here...but 'Bright Young Things' has the complexity, along with the verve and polish and style expected of a seasoned filmmaker." — culturevulture.net
Posted Sep 11, 2004
51% Vanity Fair (2004) " A 'Vanity Fair' with a half-realized Becky Sharp is, in the end, a Vanity Unsatisfactory. " — culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 31, 2004
95% Hero (2004) " Zhang successfully subverts the adrenaline charge of combat to the thematic explorations of art, human emotions and history." — culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 26, 2004
18% Suspect Zero (2004) " It's a movie on a treadmill--lots of energy going nowhere at all." — culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 26, 2004
65% We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004) " Audiences may or may not feel that the insights skillfully shared justify this acutely claustrophobic microcosm of domestic misery." — culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 12, 2004
51% Code 46 (2004) " With a creatively imagined world and themes of genuine significance, 'Code 46' easily sustains interest, despite the shortcomings of the characterizations." — culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 5, 2004
86% Collateral (2004) " A boffo piece of adrenaline-charged entertainment. " — culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 5, 2004
86% Intimate Strangers (Confidences trop intimes) (2003) " A surprisingly upbeat, if distinctly off-beat romance" — culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 5, 2004
81% The Manchurian Candidate (2004) " Nothing gets in the way of a great story, well told, one which manages to slip in a few political digs without losing sight of its mission as popular suspense entertainment." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 29, 2004
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