Elise Nakhnikian

Elise Nakhnikian

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Elise Nakhnikian's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 100% Stray Dog (2015) "Ron "Stray Dog" Hall proves to be a welcome antidote to stereotypes about burly, bearded red-state RV dwellers. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2015
2/4 77% Batkid Begins (2015) "Any hope of meaningful reflection or insight is doused by a steady drip of often redundant and banal observations. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2015
1.5/4 17% Wild Horses (2015) "Robert Duvall's evident admiration for his wife are typical of this film, in which so much seems touchingly sincere but clumsily expressed. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2015
3/4 93% The Farewell Party (2015) "A neatly balanced tragicomedy about the easily blurred line between assisted living and assisted death. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 18, 2015
2.5/4 94% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "Highly polished yet never quite slick, it devolves now and then into cartoonish cutesiness with its broadly drawn minor characters. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 11, 2015
No Score Yet The Driftless Area "A self-consciously quirky, slightly otherworldly tale whose eagerness to win audiences over with whimsy only succeeds at keeping us at arm's length. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2015
100% Meadowland "The film is a credible and sensitive portrayal of crippling grief. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2015
No Score Yet The Wannabe "Thomas and Rose ricochet from one boneheaded, depressing escapade to another, and by the end you may start to feel as eager as the mobsters they're tormenting to get rid already of these babbos. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2015
No Score Yet The Cut "The film is suffused with feeling and studded with memorable moments, but it sometimes feels frustratingly overlong or episodic. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2015
81% Man Up "This strenuous romantic comedy has the sweaty desperation of a slack sitcom. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2015
82% The Overnight (2015) "An unsettling uncertainty gives emotional texture and depth to what could have been just another wish-fulfillment fantasy for frustrated thirtysomethings. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2015
3/4 94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) "The cumulative effect is cheerily life-affirming, a bracing infusion of macaque-style joie de vivre. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2015
92% The Goob "A wordless montage of the Goob's night-long first date with one of the migrant pickers who harvest the crops is transcendent. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2015
81% Results (2015) "A neatly structured story with a thoroughly satisfying happy ending, yet it feels unpredictable and full of possibility. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2015
95% Spy (2015) "The girl-power angle is enough of a twist to make the spy spoof feel newish. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2015
2.5/4 77% Danny Collins (2015) "The chemistry between Pacino and his cast mates gives this lightly amusing contrivance surprising emotional resonance. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2015
50% Manglehorn (2015) "Mangelhorn is too talky by half, especially when two or even three scenes are superimposed on one another, their soundtracks running simultaneously to create a largely incomprehensible wall of sound. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2015
3.5/4 94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "True to its title, Marielle Heller's adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's semi-autobiographical novel has the loosely structured, unfiltered feel of a young person's diary. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2015
3.5/4 85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "An issues documentary that scores its points through a seductive combination of clearly stated arguments and pithy humor. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2015
2.5/4 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "Like its predecessor, the film is a charming example of what great actors can do with mediocre material. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2015
No Score Yet La voz en off "The film has a tamped-down tastefulness that makes it feel a bit sedated. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3.5/4 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "The courtroom's cramped, near-featureless air of bureaucratic stagnation becomes oppressive even for the audience, making it easy to identify with Viviane's growing hunger for freedom. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 9, 2015
1/4 12% Seventh Son (2015) "As is often the case in films like this, Seventh Son is at its weakest when it tries to leaven its brink-of-disaster gravity with a little nerdy humor. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2015
2/4 49% Cake (2015) "Cake is a study of grief that drowns in a cold bath of grim self-pity. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
80% Play (2011) "It concerns how our compulsion to construct and comply with an acceptable public face can make us act against our own instincts and self-interest. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2015
80% Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga) (2008) "It concerns how our compulsion to construct and comply with an acceptable public face can make us act against our own instincts and self-interest. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2015
.5/4 9% Taken 3 (2015) "Empowerment porn for those who long for the Cold War's clarity of purpose and American dominance in this murky age of terror. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/4 75% Episodes (US): Season 4 (TV, 2015) "Episodes is staged more like a drama than a standard sitcom, but its deft dissection of American network TV makes it one of the funniest shows on television. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 6, 2015
2/4 6% The Color of Time (2014) "If The Tree of Life was a contemplation of the universal mysteries and verities of life, The Color of Time is an hour spent scrolling through a stranger's family album. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2014
2.5/4 90% The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2014) "The documentary is hesitant to show the great work that resulted from Hayao Miyazaki's "grand hobby," never including clips from the classics referred to throughout. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 24, 2014
3/4 100% Getting On: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "Getting On is farce with a heart, shot through with unlikely moments of grace and warmed by an aura of bemused acceptance. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2014
2.5/4 No Score Yet Braddock America (2014) "It's mercifully free of the ruin-porn shots that turn so many contemporary films about struggling cities into self-consciously arty exercises in the romanticization of decay. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 27, 2014
3.5/4 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) "The soft colors, graceful movements, and clean lines that depict the animated figures and their environments, and the frequent close-ups of beautiful flora and fauna, embody the ineffable beauty of life on Earth that is one of the film's main themes. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2014
3.5/4 98% Citizenfour (2014) "Laura Poitras teaches by example, providing a privileged insight into Edward Snowden's personality and motivation while keeping the focus on government spying. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2014
2.5/4 77% St. Vincent (2014) "The actors create emotionally coherent and sympathetic characters from a collection of often contradictory, monumentally irresponsible, or just plain improbable actions. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2.5/4 64% Time Out Of Mind (2015) "The extremely slow pace that felt a little mannered in Moverman's The Messenger works well here, rhyming with George's generally unscheduled existence and unusual relationship to time. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3/4 92% Last Hijack (2014) "It intriguingly invites us to think about the forces that can drive a seemingly ordinary guy like Mohamed to do something so desperate and cruel as piracy. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2014
3/4 82% Homeland: Season 4 (TV, 2014) "In its fourth season, Homeland returns to the kind of high-stakes poker that made us fall in love with the series in the first place. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 28, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet The Wonders (2014) "Like a rural Fellini, Rohrwacher mixes the mundane with the absurd to create a sometimes fabulous tale that always feels palpably real. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2014
1.5/4 92% Pride (2014) "The film the tough true story has spawned is as formulaically cheery, didactically "uplifting," and fundamentally false as a Disney sports movie. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2014
2/4 No Score Yet Incompresa (Misunderstood) "Misunderstood is only slightly dependent on the self-pity that informed Asia Argento's last effort, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, but it feels similarly airless. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2014
1.5/4 59% My Old Lady (2014) "Israel Horovitz's film is basically a three-character play without a single character you can believe in. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3.5/4 99% Starred Up (2014) "The cautious optimism with which it answers questionsa about rehabilitation and forgiveness is credible because the characters and setting feel so thoroughly authentic. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2014
1/4 56% Coldwater (2014) "It comes as no surprise that writer-director Vincent Grashaw wrote the first draft of this movie soon after graduating high school. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2014
2/4 68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) "The film is rife with tired food metaphors and plot twists so predictable you see them coming like travelers on the poplar-lined street that leads to the dueling restaurants. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 62% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014) "Even at 74 minutes, the documentary comes to feel arduous in its recycling of the same points and imagery, the filmmaking as plodding as its subject is polished. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 28, 2014
3/4 100% God's Horses (2014) "Nabil Ayouch's film allows us see how young suicide bombers--"horses of God," as the man in charge of their mission calls them--might deserve our pity. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 13, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet More Than The Rainbow (2014) "The film's segments move seamlessly from one topic to the next with the unselfconscious ease of a good dinner party. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014
2.5/4 80% The One I Love (2014) "The film gets too caught up in the semi-farcical comings and goings of the two Sophies and Ethans to explore any of the issues it raises about relationships very deeply. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014
3/4 81% Human Capital (2015) "It gives the tired trope of cutting between overlapping stories a welcome shot of adrenaline. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2014
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