Calum Marsh

Calum Marsh

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Esquire Magazine , Film Comment Magazine , Film.com , House Next Door , Little White Lies , Paste Magazine , Sight and Sound , Slant Magazine , The L Magazine , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
147

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 70% Magic Magic (2013) " Juno Temple is sensational in this assured psychological thriller from Sebastián Silva." — Little White Lies
Posted Apr 17, 2014
100% Manakamana (2014) " I've never seen anything like it." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
8% Authors Anonymous (2014) " You get the sense that Kanner would benefit from attending a few workshops of her own." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
83% Soft In The Head (2014) " Surprising, challenging, and never less than thrilling." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
91% The King of Comedy (1983) " Hilarious, sad, electrifying." — Esquire Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2014
—— Nothing Without You (2014) " What remains seems in some ways closer to a parody of bad thrillers than an earnest example of one - the only difference is that Nothing Without You doesn't know that it's funny." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2014
36% Just a Sigh (2014) " The interiors of our likeable lovers have not been furnished substantially enough to suggest real lives beyond the hotel walls." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
88% Dear White People " It's anger that gives Dear White People the charge lifting it from funny to great." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
100% Buzzard " A vigorous and strangely compelling character study, a sustained burst of punk-rock ferocity, and one of the most original American films to emerge in some time." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
78% Història de la meva mort (Story of My Death) " It is a singular achievement and, perhaps, something of an esoteric masterpiece." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
—— Jewel Robbery (1932) " Today, its potency persists undiminished: The film delights as more than mere escapism." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 12, 2014
—— The Island Of St. Matthews (2014) " At its best, the film does the job of the albums lost to the floods: It captures a town's history." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " For the most part a wrong-man mystery in the style of early Hitchcock, enriched by moments of inspired lunacy. " — Esquire Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2014
8% Chlorine (2014) " Jay Alaimo's tiresome dramatic comedy often seems as if it were assembled using the cut-up technique favored by Burroughs and his beat contemporaries, in which clichés are thrown together and arbitrarily rearranged." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 25, 2014
—— Hard to be a God (Es ist nicht leicht ein Gott zu sein) (1990) " What's striking in Hard to Be a God isn't the horror but the ubiquity of it - something terrible is happening everywhere all the time." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 25, 2014
34% The Counselor (2013) " While it operates in a heightened register, it nevertheless grounds its squalor in the reality of the world." — Esquire Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2014
29% Angels in Stardust (2014) " From broaching (and ultimately shrugging off) domestic abuse to murdering a pet cat for emotional effect, Stardust is a catalog of bad ideas." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 18, 2014
33% A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2014) " For all its comic panache, A Fantastic Fear of Everything too often feels forced rather than funny - the strain evident in the setup is rarely worth the payoff, and the result simply proves exhausting." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 11, 2014
—— Swim Little Fish Swim " Such a concise expression of theme ought to be appreciated -- it betrays an elegance of construction scarcely seen in likeminded indie comedies." — Film.com
Posted Feb 5, 2014
—— Återträffen (The Reunion) " Odell is a perceptive director, a magnetic star, and a fascinating subject." — Film.com
Posted Feb 1, 2014
83% Ping Pong Summer (2014) " Ninety minutes of vapid 80s fetishism packaged to resemble a proper feature film, a memory-baiting time-sink for twenty-somethings eager to mainline nostalgia at length." — Film.com
Posted Jan 28, 2014
83% The Lady from Shanghai (1948) " For all the violations it suffered, The Lady From Shanghai seems strangely coherent in its extant form -- or rather, coherently incoherent, and in a way that seems quite deliberate." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2014
68% Visitors (2014) " Watching a Godfrey Reggio movie is like hearing somebody brag about not owning a TV -- it's insufferable as much for being sanctimonious as for being utterly clichéd." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2014
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " 12 Years a Slave proves McQueen's formal prowess and, more significantly, his utter seriousness as a dramatist." — Sight and Sound
Posted Jan 10, 2014
0/4 25% The Grounded (2014) " That The Grounded lies is regrettable. That someone may believe it is scary." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2014
3/4 92% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " The site of the action, the pummeled landscape of revolution and war, isn't incidental -- it's what their generation has inherited, alongside disorder and dissent." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2014
57% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) " A particularly risible nothing whose premise alone betrays the paucity of Franco's imagination and wit." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/4 95% Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) " One of the great films of the century to date, poignant and affecting." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2014
5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The best Scorsese film since Goodfellas ... Its excellence in other areas aside, this is plainly among the funniest films of the year -- ribald, riotous, ridiculous." — Little White Lies
Posted Dec 18, 2013
2/4 96% The Crash Reel (2013) " Walker's strategy yields drama on par with a scripted thriller ... But what's missing, I think, is a moral sense." — Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2013
86% Sexy Beast (2000) " It's this formal vigor that elevates Sexy Beast well above its generic crime-picture roots." — Esquire Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2013
88% The Turin Horse (2012) " Strangely hypnotic, even mesmerizing." — Esquire Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2013
34% Passion (2013) " The film works toward its own gleeful deconstruction, bringing as many cliches of the genre into its orbit so that they can be obliterated together." — Esquire Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2013
90% Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983) " As youthful and contemporary as ever." — Esquire Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2013
4/4 61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992) " In its own singular, deeply strange way, Fire Walk With Me is David Lynch's masterpiece." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 13, 2013
67% World War Z (2013) " That it never quite coheres is the point. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2013
1/4 97% Gravity (2013) " Resembles nothing more than an unusually portentous Disney theme-park ride or a video-game cutscene expanded to feature length." — The L Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2013
4/4 100% A New Leaf (1971) " A film of such wit and comic invention that it belongs among the great American comedies." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 13, 2013
1/4 —— The Fall Of 1980 (2013) " Refusing to think small, Lonergan cannot help but fail big." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 13, 2013
2/4 —— Skinwalker Ranch (2013) " Whether sprinting by the camera spectrally or blinding us with a garish burst of light, you have to wonder whether aliens have anything better to do." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 13, 2013
1/4 50% Khumba (2013) " Khumba, despite being resoundingly terrible, will probably appeal to children in the same way that a Lucky Charms commercial or an inflatable bouncy castle would. " — Village Voice
Posted Dec 13, 2013
49% Black Nativity (2013) " By the time the credits rolled, my eyes were sore from all the rolling." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2013
8.4/10 89% White Reindeer (2013) " Clark rarely seems interested in anything that might be expected." — Film.com
Posted Dec 5, 2013
42% Night Train To Lisbon (2013) " August's vision of the world, archaic though it may willingly be, is appealingly urbane ..." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 3, 2013
4/4 83% They Live (1988) " Behold the message as articulated by John Carpenter's sublime sci-fi opus: "I'm giving you a choice: Either put on these glasses, or start eating that trashcan."" — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
75% The End Of Time (2013) " "We all see our own unique rainbows," he reflects, with an absence of irony that in its own way is sort of endearing. The film goes on like this, glacially, for two hours." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 26, 2013
71% Weekend Of A Champion (2013) " Stewart, found here at the height of his prowess and celebrity, proves a rather charming and loquacious subject, long ago inured to the spotlight and thus comfortable indulging our interest with candor." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 19, 2013
47% Reaching for the Moon (2013) " A film which, despite its almost parodically lofty title, takes strictly the most pedestrian approach to its subject ..." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
53% Haunter (2013) " Has an elegance roughly on par with a Goosebumps novel, refusing to follow its own contradictory rules and barely sustaining a pretense of internal logic." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2013
3/4 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " As is so often the case in Jim Jarmusch's films, simply spending time in the company of his creations proves engrossing." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2013
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