Don Druker

Don Druker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Reader , Globe and Mail
Total Reviews:
288

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
90% The Lion in Winter (1968) " James Goldman's screenplay, so chic and sophisticated to the ears of suburbanites, is chock-full of the worst kind of sophomoric fiddling with what Goldman takes to be genuine highfalutin lingo." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 14, 2014
88% Bang The Drum Slowly (1973) " The material is trite, but Hancock's slow-motion treatment of the experience of athletic performance is adroit and graceful." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 7, 2014
100% Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) (1961) " Elaborately rhetorical at the end, this 1961 film nevertheless develops its theme lucidly and with some of Bergman's most unforgettable sequences." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 23, 2013
80% Riten (The Rite) (The Ritual) (1969) " A rarely seen but thoroughly captivating example of filmed chamber theater." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 22, 2013
—— The Gang's All Here (1943) " Busby Berkeley's most audacious film." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 13, 2013
91% Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) " A thoughtful, intelligent film that nearly makes up in style and conviction what it lacks in dramatic substance." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 1, 2013
29% Detroit 9000 (1998) " A gritty, disturbing evocation of the ambiguities of big-city police work." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 4, 2013
100% Suna no Onna (Woman in the Dunes) (1964) " A bizarre film, distinguished not so much by Kobo Abe's rather obvious screenplay as by Teshigahara's arresting visual style of extreme depth of focus, immaculate detail, and graceful eroticism." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 4, 2013
90% Pandora's Box (1929) " One of the classic films of the German silent era." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 27, 2013
98% Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (Bicycle Thieves) (1949) " Undeniably the most important neorealist film after Rossellini's Open City." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 14, 2013
94% Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946) " A sublime, sumptuous film directed by Jean Cocteau with the help of Rene Clement." — Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 7, 2012
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) " This is classic Capracorn." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 29, 2012
84% Operation Petticoat (1959) " Blake Edwards directs with his customary wit, breeziness, and acute sense of pacing." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 15, 2012
90% Magnificent Obsession (1954) " [Sirk provides] a coolly formal approach to otherwise unwieldy projects." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 30, 2012
92% Mister Roberts (1955) " Henry Fonda stars, as brilliant as ever." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012
97% The Thin Man (1934) " One of the most popular comedies ever made." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012
100% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932) " Based on a true story, its style is simple, direct, forceful -- even after more than six decades." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012
95% Stage Door (1937) " While it sometimes lapses into pure corn, it nevertheless manages to capture the manic-depressive dormitory atmosphere of young actresses trying to make it in New York." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012
100% Captain Blood (1935) " Michael Curtiz, the most polished of Warner's studio technicians, starts Flynn off royally." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012
71% The Towering Inferno (1974) " Irwin Allen, the Busby Berkeley of natural disasters and other people's troubles, teams up with John Guillermin, a competent if undistinguished action director." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 3, 2012
90% Wanda (1971) " A brilliantly atmospheric film with a superb performance by Loden." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 22, 2011
89% Thieves Like Us (1974) " At times unbearably objective." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 23, 2011
—— Hong se niang zi jun (The Red Detachment of Women) (1971) Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 4, 2011
—— Menilmontant Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 4, 2011
100% National Velvet (1944) " A good movie for kids and armchair Freudians." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 23, 2011
—— Bank Shot (1974) " The best thing about the film is Harry Stradling Jr.'s super photography - but that's scarcely enticement to see a really minor Scott vehicle." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 23, 2010
100% Ikiru (Doomed) (Living) (To Live) (1956) " Akira Kurosawa's greatest film." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 27, 2009
100% The Dark Corner (1946) " A pretty good thriller." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 3, 2009
98% Chinatown (1974) " Polanski's film suggests that the rules of the game are written in some strange, untranslatable language, and that everyone's an alien and, ultimately, a victim." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 27, 2009
100% There Was a Father (1942) Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 18, 2008
81% On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) " Director Peter Hunt manages to inject some life into this 1969 exercise with a wonderful ski chase, but otherwise the film is a bore." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 13, 2008
91% The Women (1939) " [Cukor is] at his best with a cast that includes Rosalind Russell, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Hedda Hopper, Ruth Hussey, Paulette Goddard, and Joan Fontaine." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 11, 2008
75% Charlotte's Web (1973) " It preserves some of the form and language of White's original but fattens and sweetens his lean and pungent prose with songs by Richard and Robert Sherman." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 9, 2008
88% Fantastic Planet (1973) " The film has a flat quality that cannot entirely be overcome by the sensational animation and the obvious good intentions of its creators." — Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 9, 2008
90% Pat and Mike (1952) " The best of the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn cycle." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 4, 2008
94% Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) (1930) " The first film collaboration between Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, this reeks with decay and sexuality." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 28, 2008
80% Richard III (1956) " Laurence Olivier's classic rendition (1956) of Shakespeare's total villain contains one of his most engaging performances and reveals some of his best spatial manipulation of action." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 9, 2008
63% The Way We Were (1973) " A for effort; C for execution." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 26, 2008
90% Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different (1972) " Fans will have most of it memorized by now." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 14, 2008
100% The Big Heat (2001) " Brutal, atmospheric, and exciting -- highly recommended." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 9, 2008
100% The Killers (1946) " An example of film noir at its most expressive." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 8, 2008
90% Blazing Saddles (1974) " One of the funniest awful movies ever made." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 2, 2008
92% California Split (1974) " Robert Altman's masterful 1974 study of the psychology of the compulsive gambler." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 25, 2008
57% Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) " The music quickly becomes monotonous, and the operatic dialogue is silly right from the start." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 19, 2008
89% The Quiet Man (1952) " John Ford's 1952 Oscar winner is a tribute to an Ireland that exists only in the imaginations of songwriters and poets like Ford." — Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 11, 2008
67% Toute Une Vie (And Now My Love) (1974) " If Lelouch's sensibilities are too flimsy to substantiate his quasi-epic ambitions, the film nevertheless offers some cozy comforts and more than a few inside filmmaking jokes." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 15, 2008
77% A Man and a Woman (1966) " It's full of misty romps in the meadows, rain-soaked windshields, assorted puppies and lambs, and a 'bittersweet' theme song that drones incessantly on the sound track." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 15, 2008
100% Top Hat (1935) " This 1935 musical finds Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at the top of their form." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 11, 2008
—— Lady Windermere's Fan (1925) " One of Ernst Lubitsch's greatest accomplishments." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 11, 2008
97% Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) (1945) " It runs 187 minutes, and it's worth every one of them." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 9, 2008
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