Donald J. Levit

Donald J. Levit

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% The Dog (2014) " Whatever parts truth or delusion or braggadocio, 'The Dog' is an irresistible picture of the man, the place and the times. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Aug 20, 2014
58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " This Justin Chadwick biopic offers no surprises in technique or script (by William Nicholson) but is nevertheless a notch above average. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted May 23, 2014
42% Words And Pictures (2014) " The story wants its hero to be a nice guy with problems, but he comes across as irresponsible, obnoxious, pedantic, a boor and a bore. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted May 22, 2014
89% Frozen (2013) " The fairy-tale ending promises not only marriage but adds the didactic twist that 'the only fixer-upper' true love is not restricted to coming exclusively from a lover. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted May 9, 2014
93% Captain Phillips (2013) " As in many films of this genre, fiction or fact, finesse gives way to firepower force, and though the real-life outcome is fixed in advance, the voyage is exhilarating. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted May 1, 2014
91% Locke (2014) " Tom Hardy gives a spot on performance and Welsh accent, using no more than words accompanied by some few facial expressions in the near dark, in unpeeling the layers of one man's life. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Apr 25, 2014
95% Manakamana (2014) " 'Manakamana' will reward those lucky few who still possess the patient tranquility to observe and absorb which is being so sadly lost. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Apr 17, 2014
51% Cuban Fury (2014) " The movie's bright colors are attractive, but the plot is unexceptional and the jokes TV-thin. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Apr 11, 2014
85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Not merely tweaking the vampire tradition, the film pays homage to, and plays on, it in subtle, possibly half- or un-conscious details that one's antenna may quiver at. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Apr 10, 2014
75% Jews Of Egypt (2014) " Through sometimes repeated archival footage and stills, Egyptian Jewry's first-half-of-the-last-century's Golden Age is imaged, in business, finance, industry, culture and politics. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Apr 6, 2014
100% The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987) " Director Hara does not intrude; he merely records as sixty-two-year-old Kenzo Okuzaki relentlessly pursues his campaign to expose dark secrets and discredit the Emperor. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Apr 2, 2014
94% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " Several self-photos (not to be confused with selfies), the stills included in 'Finding Vivian Maier' are indeed electric. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 27, 2014
41% Cesar Chavez (2014) " Whether or not true to the original, Michael Peña's Arizona-born title hero is constantly center focus but too low-key to sustain ninety-eight minutes of viewer interest. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 27, 2014
No Score Yet La Selva Tranquila " Youthful and enthusiastic, 'La Selva Tranquila' nicely hints at the cleft stick of ecology vs. economics rather than belaboring it. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 23, 2014
71% Leave The World Behind (2014) " At first glance about a latter-day Beatlemania on steroids and without the Liverpudlians' humor, the film is actually like modern culture at large, suffering from ADD/ADHD. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 22, 2014
88% Les Bas-fonds (The Lower Depths) (Underground) (Underworld) (1936) " Gabin did not attain the international status of American counterparts or later countryman Belmondo, though his Pepel here is a thing of beauty. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 20, 2014
99% The Missing Picture (2014) " Writer-director-coeditor Rithy Panh's 'The Missing Picturs/L'image manquante' is unusual in its documentary recreation method and, beyond the medium of film, in its theme. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 18, 2014
76% Invictus (2009) " The attraction of the film lies not in any surprise but in Morgan Freeman as Mandela -- so pitch perfect that the line between actor and archival is thin. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 8, 2014
85% Wandâfuru raifu (After Life) (1998) " To its own amateur band, this film's whimsical dance of death zeroes in on what is wonderful in life and the people who live it and, in death, stay on in memory. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Mar 6, 2014
85% Dirty Wars (2013) " This documentary is at least in theory non-political and not intended as overview of the past thirteen years. Instead, the filmmakers insist, it captures a moment in time on a downward spiral. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Feb 28, 2014
100% The Loving Story (2012) " Not to take away from the film's importance, the whole is like Richard Loving, stolid and admirable but not inspiring. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Feb 19, 2014
No Score Yet La ville des pirates (City of Pirates) (1984) " There is lots of furious energy here and arresting visuals signifying an arguable nothing, but also lots of fun for some. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Feb 17, 2014
85% Kuroi Ame (Black Rain) (1989) " About normal citizens, one small family standing for many, 'Black Rain' won awards as well as censure in presenting the catastrophic dislocation of August 6, 1945, and subsequent suffering. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Feb 6, 2014
92% The Saragossa Manuscript (1999) " Derived from a hundred-sixty-year-old novel written in French, Wojciech Has's 1965 Edinburgh and San Sebastián prize-winning 'The Saragossa Manuscript' is in beautiful black and white " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 31, 2014
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " What raises the film above simple smile-through-your-fear-and-sorrow schmaltz it might have been, are performances from two male leads, McConaughey and Leto. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 30, 2014
87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " The élan vital of life and love wins out, but so blatant is the story that that outcome was not ever in doubt. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 16, 2014
11% After Earth (2013) " Does not enhance reputations or entrance audiences despite, or because of, pretentions to being larger than pure adventure. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 15, 2014
98% The Rocket (2014) " In 'The Rocket' the children and outcasts triumph because they are innocent enough to believe and act as though the impossible is possible. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 10, 2014
79% Gertrud (1964) " The director's trademarks are present: symmetrical compositions in stripped black and white; long unmoving-camera takes; abrupt cuts without dissolves or fades among relatively few separate scenes. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 26, 2013
93% Frances Ha (2013) " Game and not a self-promoting booster, always slightly outside the loop, the title character accepts what is dealt without complaint or anger. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 18, 2013
97% 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008) " Those acquainted only with Claire Denis' more frenetic work will be surprised, and moved, by her contemplative '35 Shots of Rum/35 Rhums.' " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 13, 2013
99% Wadjda (2013) " Free from ranting or raving, this quiet celebration of joy of the spirit is one first step towards righting centuries of repressive wrong. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 5, 2013
92% Nebraska (2013) " Craft, care, and the cast keep predictable sentimentality mostly at arm's length in this affectionate picture of life, accepting it and its end drawing near. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 4, 2013
48% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Leonardo DiCaprio is wrong as Jay Gatsby but right when, momentarily embarrassed for once, he stammers that 'this is a terrible mistake.' " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 1, 2013
42% Twentynine Palms (2004) " Mutterings and short clipped dialogues in ellipses may convey reality but are hard on a movie audience. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 28, 2013
100% K2: Siren of the Himalayas (2014) " From festivals at worldwide locations, 'K2: Siren of the Himalayas' came to a Film Society of Lincoln Center 'weekend of outstanding adventure films.' " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 23, 2013
76% Pola X (2000) " As one expects from this filmmaker, 'Pola X' is offbeat in the extreme. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 21, 2013
49% Trouble Every Day (Gargoyle) (2001) " Much in a Denis work depends on players' silences instead of monologues or dialogues. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 21, 2013
No Score Yet Sombre (1998) " Technique in 'Sombre' becomes annoying rather than extreme or unsettling. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 17, 2013
100% This Sporting Life (1963) " Leagues above the sanitized picture of organized professional athletics exemplified by '42,' 'This Sporting Life' wallows in the mud of the moral dirt that surrounds and runs the whole. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 10, 2013
61% Interview with the Vampire (1994) " This Golden Razzie Award-winner for Worst Screen Couple arrives dead and unmoving. And, mortal sin for the genre, it is not scary or campy. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 10, 2013
84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " 'The Armstrong Lie' gives a good enough summary of the sport and its shenanigans (and by implication those of others. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 7, 2013
100% The Square (2013) " It is her and our good luck that Jehane Noujaim happened to be on the spot, on familiar home turf, and to her credit in so well taking advantage. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 25, 2013
91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Pretentiously half-justified by a quotation from Sartre, facial close-ups are incessant and unwittingly humorous in this overlong dramatic love story. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 24, 2013
96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Apart from caricatures-as-characters reasons, the cinematography in '12 Years a Slave' is over-prettified and distracting. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 21, 2013
77% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Offers a fine cast in period costume and setting, a quiet subtle score, and careful Victorian cultural references though not the broader lit-crit jokes of, say, colorful 'Shakespeare in Love.' " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 17, 2013
93% All Is Lost (2013) " In the tradition of Crane, London and Hemingway, 'All Is Lost' is unsermonized Man against Nature at the same time as Man against Himself. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 13, 2013
No Score Yet The Chase (1946) " Not so ingenious and engaging as other, Chandler-esque convolutions. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 11, 2013
88% The Immigrant (2014) " Some of the film scenes fall flat, but, after all, the American Dream is of a future in which one never loses hope. " ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 11, 2013
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
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