Elise Nakhnikian

Elise Nakhnikian

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
127

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 —— 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 78% 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 —— Human Capital (2015) " It gives the tired trope of cutting between overlapping stories a welcome shot of adrenaline." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2.5/4 66% The German Doctor (2014) " In Lucía Puenzo's film, things always feel off balance even as the plot points click all too neatly into place." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2014
3/4 —— Güeros " he film's social commentary unspools quietly in the background while the narrative focuses on the ennui, free-floating anxiety, and inchoate longing for meaning experienced by two or three privileged young people from the middle- to upper-middle classes." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2014
2.5/4 92% The Return To Homs (2014) " Talal Derki's Return to Homs is a testament to the power of video to document resistance to corrupt and abusive regimes--in this case, that of Syria's Bashar al-Assad. It's also a witness to the limits of that power." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
3/4 100% Buzzard " This is a study of a man who's hard to like, harder to dismiss, and impossible to pigeonhole. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2014
91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " As he did in The Secret of the Grain, Kechiche uses cooking and eating as keys to character and relationships. " — House Next Door
Posted Oct 14, 2013
87% The Immigrant (2014) " The film sometimes makes it difficult to suspend disbelief." — House Next Door
Posted Oct 6, 2013
64% Bastards (2013) " There's no shortage of bastards in this tale about the destructive power of a deeply dysfunctional family, but if the men inflict most of the violence, the women bear their share of the blame for the damage done. " — House Next Door
Posted Oct 6, 2013
86% Abuse of Weakness (2014) " With her customary genius for baring a character's soul while guarding some private place at her core, Huppert plays Maud's cards close to the vest. " — House Next Door
Posted Oct 3, 2013
94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Like the folk scene it immerses us in, Inside Llewyn Davis is intrigued by authenticity." — House Next Door
Posted Sep 28, 2013
81% Don Jon (2013) " Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first feature is an uneasy mix of broad comedy and earnest message-mongering that tries too hard at both to succeed at either one. " — House Next Door
Posted Mar 18, 2013
—— Getting Back To Abnormal " Conducts a tour of the racial politics of New Orleans that's as meandering and culturally rich as a second line parade." — House Next Door
Posted Mar 18, 2013
71% Loves Her Gun (2014) " This is Marslett's first live-action film (his SXSW 2010 favorite, Mars, was animated), and it's a promising start." — House Next Door
Posted Mar 15, 2013
—— Swim Little Fish Swim (2014) " What comes through strongest is its Woody Allen-esque treatment of Brooklyn, complete with golden light, beautiful young women, glamorous locations and plenty of appealingly tortured--or insufferably neurotic, depending on your point of view--artists." — House Next Door
Posted Mar 15, 2013
86% Computer Chess (2013) " That random quality and the deadpan awkwardness of the main characters gives the whole thing a comic quality, but Computer Chess is sneakily observant and surprisingly resonant." — House Next Door
Posted Mar 15, 2013
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " The Act of Killing is about the horrific past that warped and still rules Indonesia's present, but it's also about the stories we all construct so we can live with ourselves. " — House Next Door
Posted Mar 12, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) " Linklater anatomizes Celine and Jesse at nine-year intervals, at ages 23, 32, and 41, and like all of his best movies, this one is a torrent of talk poured out in a scant handful of locations. " — House Next Door
Posted Mar 12, 2013
2.5/4 —— The Girl (2012) " Uses the perils of immigrating to this country without papers as a backdrop for a poor white American woman's bumpy path to enlightenment." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2012
.5/4 12% Red Dawn (2012) " It feeds the warrior fantasies of adolescent boys with a testosterone-heavy tale of a war free of moral complications." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2012
93% No (2013) " An often lighthearted, sometimes inspirational, but ultimately unsettling feature. " — House Next Door
Posted Oct 13, 2012
93% Night Across the Street (2013) " There are moments of genuine mystery in this film, which often feels as if its come to us, as Margolin put it, "from somewhere that is not this life."" — House Next Door
Posted Oct 2, 2012
—— Memories Look at Me (2013) " Memories Look at Me is an unusually personal portrait of family life in China. " — House Next Door
Posted Oct 1, 2012
60% Here and There (2013) " Here and There is as studiously unself-dramatizing as its subject, whose signature song, which functions as the movie's theme, includes the refrain, "I just want to be humble with real people." — House Next Door
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3/4 100% The Waiting Room (2012) " Documents emotionally charged interactions between patients and hospital staff without any signs that the subjects are being made to feel self-conscious or that they're behavior is being affected." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2012
3/4 64% Headshot (2012) " This "Buddhist film noir," as writer-director Pen-ek Ratanaruang calls it, is surprisingly slow-moving and soulful for a film full of double-crosses and cold-blooded killing. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2012
3.5/4 90% Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012) " Neil Berkeley's doc is as puckish as its subject, so steeped in artist Wayne White's creative juices that it makes you want to go straight home and start making things." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2012
3.5/4 93% Girl Model (2012) " The doc makes you wonder about every beautiful woman who's ever stared out from a publication, poster, or billboard, looking sophisticated and self-assured." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2012
1/4 33% The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) " Disney draws a big fat bullseye on the fast-growing infertile-couple demographic with this airless misfire." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012
—— Salaam Dunk " A respectful and sometimes quite moving tribute to the resilience of a handful of young women." — House Next Door
Posted Jun 13, 2012
3/4 72% Chicken with Plums (2012) " A fable about the damage done when a young couple is forced to part, Chicken with Plums is deeply melancholic, yet so full of humor and humanity that it pulses with life even while tracing the trajectory of a slow suicide. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2012
3/4 64% 2 Days in New York (2012) " It keeps the entrances, exits, and misunderstandings rolling while rooting the action in emotions and character traits that are only slightly exaggerated for comic effect." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2012
2.5/4 93% Teddy Bear (2012) " From its title to its closing caress, Teddy Bear skates perilously close to the cliff's edge of mawkish sentiment. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2012
3.5/4 78% An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013) " An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a serious but never somber offering from a member of the Brooklyn boheme 2.0 generation. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2012
3/4 —— L'exercice De L'etat " Saint-Jean may be able to laugh off a woman's rage at the government's ineptitude and apparent cluelessness, but that's not so easy for the rest of us." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2012
—— The Break-Up Artist (2009) House Next Door
Posted Nov 17, 2011
89% The Descendants (2011) " Hawaiian culture is as strong a presence in this film as Omaha was in Citizen Ruth and California's wine country was in Sideways. " — House Next Door
Posted Oct 16, 2011
98% The Artist (2011) " This might have made a lovely 15- or 20-minute short, if anyone out there would fund such a thing. But at 100 minutes, it's a joke stretched a little too thin." — House Next Door
Posted Oct 16, 2011
100% This Is Not a Film (2003) House Next Door
Posted Oct 13, 2011
84% My Week with Marilyn (2011) " Williams looks pretty convincing from the neck up too, as long as she's wearing dark glasses, but when she takes them off there's just no forgetting that she isn't Monroe." — House Next Door
Posted Oct 12, 2011
98% This Is Not a Film (2012) " Alternately funny, sad, and infuriating, the film is a shiv smuggled out of a prison and driven deep into our hearts." — House Next Door
Posted Oct 11, 2011
81% The Skin I Live In (2011) " The Skin I Live In lacks the fire and emotional depth of Pedro Almodóvar's best work." — House Next Door
Posted Oct 9, 2011
99% A Separation (2011) " If it feels familiar, it's because it's as poignant, precarious, and endlessly complicated as life itself." — House Next Door
Posted Sep 30, 2011
89% El Velador (2012) " This is observational filmmaking, with almost no talking heads or title cards or interviews with the subjects to clue us in on people's backstories or thoughts or feelings. " — House Next Door
Posted Jun 22, 2011
53% Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) House Next Door
Posted Jun 18, 2011
82% Life, Above All (2011) House Next Door
Posted Jun 18, 2011
71% The People vs. George Lucas (2011) " Smart, funny, and often impassioned, it's entertaining even when it's just exploring the filmmaker's relationship with his rebellious army of fans. " — House Next Door
Posted May 4, 2011
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