Emily S. Mendel

Emily S. Mendel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Biography:
culturevulture.net film critic.
Publications:
culturevulture.net
Total Reviews:
76

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
63% A Five Star Life (2014) " Margherita Buy very much deserved the [Italian Oscar (R)] she won for her role ... And although [it] can be slow at moments, in its own way, it's an important film about women, and should be seen." — culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 5, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " ...the movie actually drags a bit in between songs. Lacking is the dramatic staging and lighting of the musical." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 6, 2014
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " What might have been merely a sycophantic airbrushed view of Ms. Stritch and her marvelous talents, instead, is a fully candid, unrehearsed, intimate, three-dimensional portrait. " — culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 25, 2014
32% The Monuments Men (2014) " By trying to follow closely the book on which it is based, no individual dramatic component of the film grabs the viewer. ... And then, there's no satisfying conclusion." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 25, 2014
24% Third Person (2014) " The plot is disjointed, the dialogue is clumsy, and some of the acting is sub-par (...) yet I wanted to know the film's outcome. " — culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 25, 2014
83% The Double (2014) " Talented director Richard Avoade (Submarine), cinematographer Erik Wilson and the art and set directors have created a riveting authoritarian world. " — culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 24, 2014
88% Hannah Arendt (2013) " From watching Hannah Arendt, we learn that it is possible to make a taut, compelling film about intellectuals, their opinions and discourse." — culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 17, 2014
87% The Attack (2013) " We learn that beneath some urbane and sophisticated Israelis lies a cold and hardened heart. We see Palestinians who live to commit terror without regard to its consequences." — culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 17, 2014
76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " This is not a film about the good-hearted Christmas-loving Dickens." — culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 17, 2014
30% Austenland (2013) " ... a frothy summer movie with romance, humor, a dab of social commentary and a happy ending."" — culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 29, 2013
94% The Rabbi's Cat (2012) " Sfar's enchanting portrait of a society in which Jews and Muslims live compatibly is a lesson for our time" — culturevulture.net
Posted Jan 19, 2013
96% Brooklyn Castle (2012) " ... a powerful and positive story about dedicated teachers helping kids succeed no matter what their circumstances" — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 10, 2012
74% Hello I Must Be Going (2012) " I'm of two minds about Hello I Must Be Going. It's a slow-paced movie, and at times, too slow ... Yet the fine actors, especially the emotive-faced Melanie Lynskey and the restrained Blythe Danner, elevate the film well beyond its story line." — culturevulture.net
Posted Oct 2, 2012
18% $upercapitalist (2012) " $upercapitalist" exposes the heady, fast-paced, amoral world of New York/Hong Kong high finance" — culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 23, 2012
95% The Imposter (2012) " Only an extraordinary documentary ... can create such a sense of intrigue, tension and mystery." — culturevulture.net
Posted Aug 2, 2012
88% Neil Young Journeys (2012) " Young's joyful revisit to [his hometown] contains some of the best scenes ... as we get a glimpse of a happier, freer Young" — culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 5, 2012
90% The Fairy (2012) " perfect timing, improvisational talents and [an] exuberant screenplay turn an absurd comedy into a thoroughly enjoyable absurdist comedy" — culturevulture.net
Posted May 3, 2012
51% The Iron Lady (2012) " Despite Streep's great performance, the film wavers between a touching story about a sympathetic old woman and a cautionary tale of hubris gone wild." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jan 29, 2012
94% Hugo (2011) " Director Martin Scorsese brings us an enchanting Christmas gift ... a marvelously inventive and inspiring 3-D film that has a heartfelt holiday message." — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 3, 2011
84% My Afternoons with Margueritte (2011) " a small charming film that only the French could create." — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 2, 2011
93% Midnight in Paris (2011) " Woody Allen's latest movie gift ... combines blithe romantic comedy with fantasy, adds a touch of insight and wraps it all up in a beautiful Parisian bow." — culturevulture.net
Posted May 26, 2011
40% Henry's Crime (2011) " ... despite some minor grumbles, I was entertained by Henry's Crime." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 26, 2011
97% Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune (2011) " ... a "must see" for those who lived through the turbulent 1960s, and those who today question our country's continuing engagement in foreign wars." — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 19, 2011
88% Nora's Will (Cinco dias sin Nora) (2010) " ... a complex, nuanced, darkly amusing, yet poignant film. " — culturevulture.net
Posted Feb 16, 2011
91% Kings of Pastry (2010) " ... through highly skilled directing and editing, this documentary comes alive with universal concerns and emotional content. " — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 2, 2010
81% Today's Special (2010) " ... Aasif Mandvi has whipped up a delicious film, a heart-warmer sans clichés" — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 14, 2010
54% The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010) " Noomi Rapace, once again, is superb as Lisbeth Salander ... " — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 10, 2010
68% Jack Goes Boating (2010) " ... a touching portrayal of four ordinary people ... a nuanced, emotional, yet optimistic film." — culturevulture.net
Posted Oct 1, 2010
69% The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010) " ... combines a fascinating character study with thrills and chills. I wholeheartedly recommend it." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 9, 2010
93% Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009) " Kempner has made The Goldbergs informative, entertaining, poignant, and ... nostalgic. A piece of history has been saved." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 30, 2010
29% Shrink (2009) " Shrink has fine acting, intriguing characters and moments of humor and pathos, but I left the theater feeling a bit cheated." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 30, 2010
97% Ajami (2010) " Ajami is a powerful crime drama in which all are heroes and all are villains." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 30, 2010
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) " A haunting and relentless film ... But for the scenes [of violence, rape and torture], I would recommend [it] without reservation." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 30, 2010
62% The Joneses (2010) " The Joneses is somewhat entertaining ... because of its deliciously clichéd suburban location ... good acting and creative premise." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 30, 2010
82% Panique au village (A Town Called Panic) (2009) " What is fantastic and funny in a short film became less so in a 75-minute one." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jan 26, 2010
76% The Young Victoria (2009) " Fans of romantic movies will savor The Young Victoria ... with all its pomp and circumstance" — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 17, 2009
24% Serious Moonlight (2009) " it is nice to see a film made for adults, with fine acting and the amusing last-minute twist that pulls the film together." — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 4, 2009
48% La Fille de Monaco (The Girl from Monaco) (2009) " ... an engaging and stylish film." — culturevulture.net
Posted Sep 12, 2009
49% Whatever Works (2009) " Whatever Works is reminiscent of Allen's much-loved films about relationships in Manhattan in which comedy vies with angst, with a soupçon of Jewish humor." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 27, 2009
96% Herb & Dorothy (2008) " As the film progresses, we become captivated by the enchanted existence [Herb and Dorothy Vogel] have made for themselves." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 12, 2009
52% Easy Virtue (2009) " I enjoyed Easy Virtue with its witty dialogue, great character acting and the mother-in-law from hell." — culturevulture.net
Posted May 28, 2009
37% Angels & Demons (2009) " Langdon ... comes off as a stuffy, self-important egghead with no sense of humor. He's no Indiana Jones." — culturevulture.net
Posted May 23, 2009
91% Every Little Step (2009) " ... wonderfully entertaining and emotionally genuine ... Every Little Step actually improves on the original." — culturevulture.net
Posted May 8, 2009
48% Battle For Terra (2009) " Battle for Terra is a CG-animated sci-fi film with amazing 3-D effects, but the clichéd plot is only 1-D." — culturevulture.net
Posted May 1, 2009
89% Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (2008) " Made on a shoestring budget, but with vision, heart and talent, Rafferty has created an action-packed, yet thoughtful film." — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 26, 2009
72% Sunshine Cleaning (2009) " With spot-on performances and a creative screenplay by Megan Holley, Sunshine Cleaning is funny, sweet and full of insight. It's a small film with a big heart." — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 22, 2009
67% Cadillac Records (2008) " Cadillac Records has impressive performances by multi-talented actors, heart, soul, and of course, music that just won't stop." — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 10, 2008
64% Quantum of Solace (2008) " ... a darker continuation of the Casino Royal story line ... a good fast-paced action film, but not a great Bond film." — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 18, 2008
59% W. (2008) " Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men) gives a brilliant performance as George W. Bush, who was so far over his head that one almost felt sorry for him at times." — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 7, 2008
78% Burn After Reading (2008) " While the end of Burn After Reading dribbles away, we realize that we don't care very much about the characters and their futures." — culturevulture.net
Posted Sep 30, 2008
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