Edward Guthmann

Edward Guthmann

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
San Francisco Chronicle , San Francisco Free Press
Critics' Group:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
678

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— Uttoran (1998) " Sandip Ray isn't a cinematic master, but the gentle, generous gaze that he gives to his characters is clearly his father's bequest." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2011
—— Not Bad For A Girl San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 23, 2010
1/4 80% Anthem (1997) " a naive, surprisingly sloppy documentary." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 22, 2007
3/4 100% A Short Film About Love (1988) " It's well-crafted and satisfying, even if it lacks the depth of Red." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 7, 2004
3/4 83% A Short Film About Killing (1988) " Kieslowski movingly demonstrates the unexpected connections that strangers make, and ponders the metaphysical forces that not only bind us, but also redeem us." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2004
—— Waga jinsei saiaku no toki (The Most Terrible Time in My Life) (2000) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2004
100% Normal (2003) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 15, 2003
4/4 65% My Life Without Me (2003) " One of the year's sweetest surprises." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 10, 2003
3/4 94% Power Trip (2003) " A bleak picture." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 10, 2003
3/4 48% Dog Days (Hundstage) (2001) " This is a lament on the human condition, free of scented roses and free of solemnity." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 3, 2003
2/4 81% L' Imbalsamatore (The Embalmer) (The Taxidermist) (2002) " Mahieux ... builds a character so relentlessly powerful and creepy that The Embalmer leaves an aftertaste -- we can practically smell him." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 26, 2003
4/4 100% Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot) (1954) " A classic policier." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 26, 2003
2/4 12% Cold Creek Manor (2003) " Hokum with a big-budget gloss, it's a simple, formulaic nail-biter." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2003
2/4 59% Secondhand Lions (2003) " [A] schmaltz fest." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2003
4/4 95% Lost In Translation (2003) " [Coppola] gives us a film so poignant, so funny, so free of self-satisfied bravado, that one can't help but look forward to her next work." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 12, 2003
2/4 81% So Close (2003) " Has moments of style and audacity, but the script is a shameless muddle and the shifts in tone -- from gooey romance to hard-driving, hyper-pop action -- give the impression that the movie was directed by six or seven people in alternating shift." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 12, 2003
3/4 82% Matchstick Men (2003) " A clever look at con artists and their games of deception." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 12, 2003
3/4 83% Warrior of Light (2003) " When it sticks to Bezerra de Mello, who's a genuine heroine despite her joking disavowals of her importance, it's riveting." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 3, 2003
3/4 30% Teknolust (2002) " Sci-fi has rarely been so playful." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 22, 2003
4/4 87% Kukushka (The Cuckoo) (2003) " Beautifully acted, a pleasure to watch." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 15, 2003
2/4 73% Buffalo Soldiers (2001) " Ultimately, it's a cold, caustic film that doesn't take a strong point of view but seems to offer up its numerous set pieces ... for sheer goony pleasure." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 8, 2003
3/4 37% Le Divorce (2003) " Ivory's direction is so polished and smooth and full of smart observations that I never found my attention lagging." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 8, 2003
2/4 24% Masked And Anonymous (2003) " Void of inflection, Dylan doesn't act, but stands and looks uneasy in whatever space the camera is pointing. The deadness in his eyes stops the movie cold." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 1, 2003
4/4 94% Dirty Pretty Things (2003) " All told, the best ensemble cast I've seen this year." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 25, 2003
2/4 53% Km. 0 (Kilometer Zero) (2001) " A bland, contrived soap opera." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2003
3/4 33% Johnny English (2003) " The spy-spoof genre is old hat ... but Atkinson is such an inventive, endearing clown that one doesn't mind." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 18, 2003
3/4 60% Madame Satã (2002) " Brazilian filmmaker Karim Ainouz doesn't glorify dos Santos but examines the hot, reckless fever of his life in all its thorny complexity." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 11, 2003
2/4 56% Jet Lag (2003) " Jet Lag is a time-waster that might be diversionary on a dull cross-Atlantic flight -- but only in the absence of alternatives." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 27, 2003
3/4 94% Manito (2003) " A low-budget wonder." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 13, 2003
4/4 97% Capturing the Friedmans (2003) " It leaves us puzzling, long after the film has ended, about the Friedmans' strange family dynamics, about the justice system and community that condemned them, about the elusive nature of 'truth.'" — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 13, 2003
3/4 97% Sweet Sixteen (2003) " The casting is impeccable, the dialogue raw and the impenetrable Glaswegian brogue is wisely translated with English subtitles." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 6, 2003
3/4 87% Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2003) " Maddin is an image-maker first and a storyteller second, and most of the fun in watching Dracula is sharing the high he feels in building such giddy, gauzy atmosphere." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 6, 2003
3/4 94% In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2003) " Not only celebrates Deren's cinematic legacy but also reveals a gifted talent whose explosive temperament was at odds with the lyrical, dreamlike imagery she put on screen." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 16, 2003
4/4 98% The Man Without a Past (2002) " [Kaurismaki] trusts us to find the humor and the humanity that coexist in his world and in the process retains a purity of style and intent." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 25, 2003
1/4 79% Hush (2002) " Starts promisingly but disintegrates into a dreary, humorless soap opera." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 25, 2003
1/4 14% The Young Unknowns (2000) " First-time director Catherine Jelski dredges up every cliche about druggy, obnoxious dreamers on the fringes of Hollywood and assumes that said cliches have the power to shock and surprise." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 25, 2003
2/4 68% Tattoo (2002) " It's all gratuitous before long, as if Schwentke were fulfilling a gross-out quota for an anticipated audience demographic instead of shaping the material to fit the story." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2003
3/4 —— Revenge " It's Polanski's show, clear and simple. On the heels of his well-deserved Oscar for The Pianist, it's a treat to see this terrific artist reveal another, unexpected dimension of his talent." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2003
3/4 76% Marion Bridge (2003) " Parker is very good at conveying Agnes' wobbly mixture of instability and emotional bravery, and Jenkins finds the sad, lonely ache below Theresa's urge to regiment the lives of everyone in the family." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 11, 2003
2/4 85% Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) (2001) " A well-acted, exquisitely photographed, plot-jammed movie that sinks into melodrama and reveals too little about the African culture and landscape in which it's set." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2003
1/4 35% What a Girl Wants (2003) " A dreadful teen comedy." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2003
1/4 52% Down and Out With the Dolls (2003) " A lot of the acting is amateurish, and most of the plot feels like a rehash of a rehash." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 21, 2003
1/4 57% Irreversible (2002) " Is there a point to this spew, a cry against the mongrel violence of men? Or is Noe merely a sadist who enjoys inflicting ugly, pitiless images on his audience?" — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 14, 2003
3/4 83% Chihwaseon (2003) " A handsome film, filled with lavish costumes and set designs and told in a series of exquisitely composed images." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 14, 2003
3/4 71% All the Real Girls (2003) " A movie that eliminates Hollywood gloss and pop cliches -- and in their place offers an honest look at young love and its pitfalls." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 28, 2003
2/4 44% Deliver Us from Eva (2003) " Hardwick ... directs with energy and rhythm." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 7, 2003
3/4 53% Love Liza (2002) " Oddly, the film isn't nearly as downbeat as it sounds, but strikes a tone that's alternately melancholic, hopeful and strangely funny." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 31, 2003
3/4 94% Lost in La Mancha (2003) " Captures one of the wildest, most heartbreaking episodes in Gilliam's career." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 31, 2003
—— America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story (2003) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 20, 2003
1/4 24% P.S. Your Cat is Dead! (2003) " It's another world now, which is why Kirkwood's play, adapted to the screen by actor Steve Guttenberg, feels so moldy and out of date." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 17, 2003
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