Henry Stewart

"“You do not become a critic until it has been completely established to your own satisfaction that you cannot be a poet.” — Théophile Gautier"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Biography:
Henry was born and raised in Brooklyn, where he still lives today. He held a Bachelor's degree in philosophy, but sold it when he discovered that the paper it was printed on was actually more valuable. He now has a Master's degree in journalism, equally worthless.
Favorites:
Vertigo, Annie Hall, City Lights
Publications:
Cinepinion , Slant Magazine , The L Magazine
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
665
Location:
Bay Ridge, NY

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 665
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
98% Chinatown (1974) " It's about the 20th century and the American West--and the gross ruling class that built them both. As creation myths go, this one's twisted." — The L Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2014
67% American Psycho (2000) " A mockery of Manhattan mores whose teeth have only sharpened since they were first bared--and the most honest Wall Street movie ever made." — The L Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2014
22% Radio Free Albemuth (2014) " Notable only for its source material--not for what it does with it." — The L Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2014
84% Coherence (2014) " Agatha Christie meets theoretical physics in this strange and gripping mystery in which universes are colliding--or, more aptly, multiverses are overlapping." — The L Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2014
63% The Sacrament (2014) " The creepiest thing of all is humanity's capacity for madness: not the armed psychokillers hidden in shadows but the twisted leaders right out in the open--and those troubled and desperate enough to follow them." — The L Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2014
52% Trust Me (2014) " As wry, witty, and lovable as its writer-director-star." — The L Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2014
90% Willow Creek (2014) " The centerpiece of this found-footage Blair Witch redux is destined for inclusion in horror movie textbooks." — The L Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2014
85% Night Moves (2014) " It's a movie about [Obama era] paranoia, its colorful end-credits backgrounds redolent of the 70s, evoking cynical post-Watergate political thrillers." — The L Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2014
94% The Normal Heart (2014) " Seeing the show on Broadway in 2011 was gut-wrenching in a way [the] perfectly fine made-for-HBO movie was not." — The L Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2014
86% Cold in July (2014) " Every time you think you know where it's headed, it swerves, busting cliches even as it navigates the sordid milieu of a Jim Thompson book." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
89% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " Even the beach is unbeautiful, oscillating between ominous and menacing, especially as the film reaches its climax during Superstorm Sandy." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
49% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " Maybe 10 years just made the director a dimmer artist? Or maybe he was mocking hacky producers--or even the fans themselves, unfairly demanding more of the same just better." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
23% Devil's Knot (2014) " Too often schmaltzy, too on the nose in its dialogue and characterizations, but it does get across the pain that comes from realizing that the world is a complicated, unknowable, incomprehensible place." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
100% Ape (2014) " Suggests that hard knocks make for better or at least more honest art, as though good delivery comes from life experience--that the craft is earned, not learned." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
—— Marvin Seth and Stanley (2014) " Even if you're not a man from a Twin Cities Jewish family, you might still find yourself relating to these three failures in work, in love, even in family." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
—— Ballet 422 " Instead of putting the theater out into the world, the director takes the world into the theater." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
57% Proxy (2014) " An ingenious psychological thriller all about pairing, structured in two parts with the people doubled, the frames halved, and the plot points mirrored." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
67% Go Down Death (2014) " Feels composed of pieces of REM-sleep visions already forgotten, images mingling with your nightmares and fantasies until it's difficult to separate its impressions from your own subconscious." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
88% Cheap Thrills (2014) " A bit too neat, too self-consciously edgy while reluctant to push the actual boundaries of acceptability." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
64% The Cold Lands (2014) " Demonstrates how isolationism can breed unproductive paranoia. It might not take a village, but it takes at least one other person. Every child needs a parent and every person needs a friend. That is, no man--not even manboys or little men--is an island" — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
65% U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2014) " Director and writer come to resemble their characters: like the hero, they're suckers for a good story that fits nearly into existing structures; like the villain, they're storytellers as manipulators, exploiting those narrative forms for their own ends." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
55% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) " Like a rough remake of Cruising, the Pacino role a straight actor who infiltrates the set of a gay movie; the filmmakers demystify & thus devilify the sex acts he gazes upon, recontextualizing Friedkin's menacing leather bars as erotic & beautiful" — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
44% Almost Human (2014) " What's the point of mankind's victory if it's the victors themselves that are--as in just barely--almost human?" — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
86% In Fear (2014) " Competent and compelling if sorta pointless." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
—— Lonely Sex " Dizzied visuals demonstrate flair and low-budget, Ed Wood-worthy ambition (which I mean as a compliment!)" — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
52% Lucky Bastard (2014) " Takes that one scene in Boogie Nights, in which Burt Reynolds picks up a guy off the street to have on-camera sex in a limousine with one of his stars, and turns it into a whole movie." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
—— One Day Pina Asked Me (2014) " Makes the distance of the theater seem suddenly, troublingly, affectingly intimate." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
18% The Wait (2014) " Mysterious and oblique, like an expressionistic trip through the stages of grief toward discovering coping mechanisms." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
58% Jobriath A.D. (2014) " Though it documents well just how unready the country was for an uncloseted superstar, it also marginalizes his output--much as the culture did 40 years ago." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
18% Devil's Due (2014) " Downplays its Christian concerns until the religious overtones become undertones. Instead, the writer and directors embrace the domestic drama at its core." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
60% Towheads (2013) " Its poignancy derives from the pain of not being great at any art: of being frustrated, maybe even resentful--of wanting something more than being a mom, and fighting to get it." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " Even violence that might be just or righteous hardly feels as such in this alternately gruesome and hilarious thriller." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
25% 24 Exposures (2014) " A slapdash genre picture: a mystery that's not particularly mysterious, sexploitation that's not particularly sexy, a thinking-person's drama that's not particularly thoughtful." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Art throughout the decades has asked us to sneer and jeer at those who would do wrong to a domesticated animal. The Coens instead audaciously ask us to recognize Llewyn's humanity--and still sort of like him anyway." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
44% Cold Comes The Night (2014) " Woulda been straight to DVD, but Bryan Cranston is in it, fresh off of Breaking Bad..." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
45% Raze (2014) " There's nothing here but what you bring to it--well, and a solid Zoe Bell performance." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
24% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) " Released in November 1992, it serendipitously predicted the last several electoral terms of New York City history, how we've moved from Bloomberg into the de Blasio era" — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Northup's story works as a screenplay, as popular entertainment, not just because it offers us a way in but also a way out" — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
91% Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013) " The animations are merely illustrative, not illuminating--a lot of work for very little payoff, the movie in a nutshell." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
100% Brother (1997) " Imagine if Michael Corleone's pride and joy was his Discman... a youthful portrait of life in Russia after communism" — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
—— Death Weekend (The House by the Lake) (1976) " A pretty basic I Spit on Your Grave-style setup, but with a clever twist" — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
—— Rituals (1977) " Vietnam recreated in the hills of North America" — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
63% Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man) (Demons '95) (Of Death, of Love) (1996) " A poignant and poetic portrait of a provincial person oppressed by his provincialism" — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
78% Monsters University (2013) " People with passion can still work hard to enter their fields and once there achieve modest success, and those people still have worth in our society." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
81% Lenny Cooke (2013) " An example at least to teenagers with hoop dreams everywhere about the importance of discipline." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
89% White Reindeer (2013) " The director humanizes all of his quirky and marginal characters so that they feel like real people and not just narrative pawns who teach a white lady the true meaning of family, or Christmas, or whatever." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
—— Sidewalk Stories (1989) " A great, lovable, monumental film that should finally get its due." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
63% Dear Mr. Watterson (2013) " Generic tribute--an instance of mediocrity celebrating genius." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " Sweet, sincerely acted and very moving." — The L Magazine
Posted May 21, 2014
78% All The Light In The Sky (2013) " Classic Swanberg, a smart, talky, ambling feature... about getting older, how we're all like the sun: bright, historic, and fading." — The L Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2013
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