Donald J. Levit

Donald J. Levit

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Biography:
Donald J. Levit is a free-lance writer with a B.A. from Duke and a Ph. D. from Chicago. Although born in Nashville and raised there and in Brooklyn, he has lived in many other places in the U.S. He also resided for a time in the Caribbean and, for twenty-two years, in Spain. Dr. Levit now calls New York City his home.
Publications:
Film Threat , ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
868

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 868
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Llewyn springs full blown and neither changes nor reaches self-awareness. He's a poor face in the crowd whose story's seldom told, has its moments, but seems no more engrossing than most. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 8, 2013
11% Argento's Dracula 3D (2013) " Through 3D glasses too darkly, the extra dimension is not taken advantage of -- and in fact appears detrimental." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 6, 2013
61% The Summit (2013) " Homage to 37-year-old McDonnell and the others who perished or were seriously injured in that worst day on the world's most dangerous mountain. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 4, 2013
53% Jimmy P. (2014) " Focuses on the playing off of two actors in the developing of rapport and empathy between two very different human beings. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Sep 30, 2013
84% Good Ol' Freda (2013) " At first glance hinting maybe condescension in the title, ' Good Ol' Freda' really does anything but, those three little words being the lads' fond reference to her." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Sep 13, 2013
86% The Conjuring (2013) " These things run on faith, not reason, like the silly amateur exorcism that will have to be intoned when a priest is too far away and the silly scientific paraphernalia carted around. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Sep 12, 2013
83% Blue Caprice (2013) " 'Blue Caprice' sidesteps the easy path of sensational splatter, does not rest its case on video-game violence, and does not cheapen that case by playing any race, ethnicity or religion card." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Sep 12, 2013
75% The Grandmaster (2013) " The cinema confusion that persists here would be acceptable, for this is after all chop-socky with pretentions, but the deadpan solemnity makes for too weighty a load. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Aug 30, 2013
92% Our Nixon (2013) " In its refusal to cram a point of view or crucify an easy target,'Our Nixon' is a variation from the tired current non-fiction format. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Aug 29, 2013
54% Lovelace (2013) " 'Lovelace' is significant for its portrayal of a battered, exploited woman and of the macho social attitudes which foster such situations. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Aug 8, 2013
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " 'The Act of Killing' is unsettling in drawing in the viewer, in almost humanizing its unrepentant vile inhuman men who in theory did not act for personal motives." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Aug 8, 2013
72% Wish You Were Here (2013) " Kieran Darcy-Smiths first feature mixes past and present, some few of such shifts adding to our understanding or familiarity with the returnees and deepening the mystery. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jun 20, 2013
99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " Sundance-premièred '20 Feet from Stardom' showcases those fantastic backing voices which come from largely unknown uncredited throats." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jun 13, 2013
83% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013) " The prodigious talent on display is in itself a treat. The vision becomes added pleasure for those willing to enter into the spirit of exquisite pain and happiness alike. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jun 6, 2013
88% Hannah Arendt (2013) " The film's point is made in the contrast of staunch stick-to-her-guns individual Hannah Arendt as against the personality-less bureaucratic Nazi official." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted May 27, 2013
100% Khyi rgan (Old Dog) (2013) " To the eye of the Occidental moviegoer, nothing much goes on. Underneath, however, roils a "cultural genocide" of generational, cultural, social and political upheaval. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted May 23, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) " Jesse and Celine's path of self- and mutual-discovery strikes true and lovely in this third go-round. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted May 23, 2013
67% State 194 (2013) " It is nigh impossible to clarify through summarizing the situation in the area and its ramifications for the world arena, much less in ninety-eight screen minutes." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted May 17, 2013
77% Venus And Serena (2013) " Through it all, there remains, not sibling rivalry, but a rare closeness, unselfish mutual boosterism and enviable love. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted May 9, 2013
60% Kiss Of The Damned (2013) " 'Kiss of the Damned' does not advance confidently enough in the direction of its nightmares to rise above the fanged pack. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted May 2, 2013
55% Post Tenebras Lux (2013) " Creates so many possibilities that it may be likened to a rough draft awaiting editing. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Apr 29, 2013
71% The Life of Emile Zola (1937) " Stacks up well against many a film biography of the subsequent three-quarters of a century. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Apr 21, 2013
—— Toussaint Louverture " Far from the worst of the overpopulated-biopic genre, a decent if long uneven watch when translated to the big screen." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Apr 16, 2013
72% Primer (2004) " Shot for a begged and borrowed $7,000, 'Primer' looks it: grainy-ish, fuzzy on details and effects, acting running the gamut from A to B, and clipped incomprehensible technobabble for dialogue. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Apr 13, 2013
—— Borom Sarret (1963) " Stark, satiric 'Borom Sarret' was the first-ever indigenous black African film." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Apr 12, 2013
84% Upstream Color (2013) " So soft-focus is Shane Carruth's praised anticipated 'Upstream Color' that any adjectives might be applied except 'coherent' and 'bearable.' " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Apr 4, 2013
79% No Place On Earth (2013) " At first a mystery unraveled by its discoverer and narrator Chris Nicola, 'No Place on Earth' manages to convey suspense in a tale whose outcome is already a given." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Apr 4, 2013
73% Violeta Went to Heaven (2013) " The great draw here is theater, television and film actress Francisca Gavilán's performance as the conflicted, lonely multi-talent. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 28, 2013
—— Kibô no kuni (The Land of Hope) (2012) " The subject is one for indignation and urgency. But despite straightforward no-frills treatment in 'The Land of Hope,' nothing rises above the predictable ordinary." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 16, 2013
—— Yellow Line (Osen Chitai) " 'Yellow Line/Osen-Chitai' goes beyond stock stick figures into deeper character ambiguousness. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 16, 2013
86% Maya Lin - A Strong Clear Vision (1995) " Processes are illuminated, dedicatory ceremonies shown, honorary degrees conferred, but the carefully un-political woman does not emerge as a personality beyond a wall of concentration. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 12, 2013
31% Emperor (2013) " A major thread and a weak one, the proclaimed 'love story' is not fleshed out." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 8, 2013
91% Beyond The Hills (2013) " A powerful consideration of what are among man's basic needs and fears, 'Beyond the Hills' offers a subtle beauty that many viewers might not notice." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 7, 2013
84% Leviathan (2013) " A very little of 'Leviathan' goes a long way, one gets the point, and essentially what are repetitions go overboard and for too many frames." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 2, 2013
25% Phantom (2013) " This story does not in the end sink or swim on warfare or anyone's U-boats but on the men who man them and the choices that must be made." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Feb 28, 2013
95% 5 Broken Cameras (2012) " More than or in addition to being a non-fiction, the film is a piece of life told from a personal perspective. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Feb 23, 2013
19% Inescapable (2013) " Ruba Nadda's 2012 Toronto International Film Festival Gala Presentation is an okay actioner of the political mystery intrigue type. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Feb 20, 2013
82% Like Someone in Love (2013) " Kiarostami's output is arresting, unsettling and nonjudgmental in refusing to provide clear end 'answers.' " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Feb 13, 2013
13% Love And Honor (2013) " 'Love and Honor' does not descend to the infantile humor and language of many films about this age group and class. It is better than one would expect. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Feb 11, 2013
100% Tarnished Angels (1958) " Given limited budget and technology, the airplane races are well staged over a short oval course around the striped pylons. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Feb 4, 2013
91% Caesar Must Die (2013) " As much in the corridors, cells and courtyards as on the virtually prop-less stage, these nearly entirely non-professionals give moving performances." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Feb 4, 2013
87% Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013) " Too quietly uneventful for the big screen and burdened narrationally with Western-civilization pomposity on the purity of unencumbered subsistence life and the sacrosanctity of Nature." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 28, 2013
95% Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) (1957) " Several actors who were to form the director's virtual stock company are here, but it is Sjöström who is heart and soul of the film. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 25, 2013
88% Django Unchained (2012) " Whereas there was savage beauty and irony in the '60-'70s violence of Penn, Peckinpah, and Leone, the coda of 'Django Unchained' is mere benumbing splatter. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 21, 2013
95% The Imposter (2012) " The film looks like many a television crime series, and is as manipulative. With no disclaimer or separation, its method screams that this is full honest fact." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 18, 2013
94% The House I Live In (2012) " It is the insiders, the prisoners themselves who are most cinema-eloquent, along with a surprising Iowa U.S District Court judge and an Oklahoma corrections center security chief." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 7, 2013
—— Wutai jiemei (Stage Sisters) " Blatant revolutionary platitudes take over the ending, but otherwise the 'sisters'' paths shed light on little known but crucial aspects of this period in the emergence of modern China. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 29, 2012
60% Here and There (2013) " 'Here and There/Aquí y allá' does not consider politics, border polemics, cartels or global recession but, rather, is an unshrill rumination on family, love and hope. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 17, 2012
—— Daybreak (Tianming) " Had 'Daybreak" been made in the West, it would be valued as a minor but telling classic. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 29, 2012
100% Gimme Shelter (1970) " 'Gimme Shelter' is not a concert film but a statement of a sea change, of the group way back when and of an end to its and the public's innocence and to the counterculture that once flourished. " — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 23, 2012
62% Hitchcock (2012) " 'Hitchcock' would apply an indefensible happy ending-spin to allegations of ruining careers and harassment of his blondes." — ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 22, 2012
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