Jan Lisa Huttner

Jan Lisa Huttner

Agrees with the Tomatometer 62% of the time.

Jan Lisa Huttner's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Trainwreck has its laugh-out-loud moments, Shumer is feisty and adorable in her first starring role, [and] the first half is very promising. But the runtime--125 minutes--is a give away: there is a whole lot of dead air in Trainwreck. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jul 24, 2015
2.5/5 100% Stray Dog (2015) "So dull I could barely stay awake ... I am baffled by the big buzz and notable nominations for Stray Dog. While Ron Hall seems to have lived a paradigmatic Middle American life, Granik's 'fly on the wall' approach fails to illuminate any of it. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jul 19, 2015
5/5 90% A Borrowed Identity (2015) "Riklis and Kashua make a terrific team, seamlessly melding the particular and the universal to create a powerful, unforgettable 20th Century narrative. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jul 4, 2015
5/5 81% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "First-time filmmaker Maya Forbes has written and directed a beautiful tribute to her extraordinary parents. If I ruled the world, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, and Maya Forbes would all receive Oscar nominations [for their work]. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jun 24, 2015
4.5/5 72% Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2015) "A beautifully-crafted multidimensional drama that touches on many important contemporary topics. Terrific performances by Vincent Lacoste and Reda Kateb. Excellent, low-key direction by Thomas Lilti [and] screenwriting team. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2/5 20% Chagall-Malevich (2015) "The good news is that the film is bright, colorful, and engaging. The bad news is that the narrative is ludicrously simplistic, and the characters never come to life. Regardless of good intentions, 119 minutes of this was painfully difficult to watch. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jun 21, 2015
4/5 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "I wanted Testament of Youth to be superlative, but I'm forced to say it's merely extremely good ... [But] that still makes Testament of Youth--starring Alicia Vikander as the perfect embodiment of Vera Britain--a MUST SEE. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jun 14, 2015
2/5 42% Madame Bovary (2015) "Mia Wasikowska as Emma Bovary drowns in molasses, bringing the whole cast down with her. The only way to excuse this mess is to assume that Barthes made her most fundamental decisions for the sake of budget ... Blunt truth? I had trouble staying awake. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4.5/5 54% Gemma Bovery (2015) "A 'Personal Best' for director Anne Fontaine ... Fabrice Luchini and Gemma Arterton are perfectly cast. Everything is light and lovely until it isn't, and what looks to be a period comedy slowly reveals itself as an erudite and insightful modern tragedy. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jun 2, 2015
4.5/5 93% The Farewell Party (2015) "Jewish Humor walks the razor's edge between comedy and tragedy in this mordant 'laugh through your tears' dramedy. Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon have such a light touch that laughter bubbles forth even in the blackest moments. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 27, 2015
4/5 14% Aloft (2015) "The cinematography, score, and sound design are superb. And Connelly is so compelling as a struggling single mother in Claudia Llosa's new film that narrative details like whys and wherefores pale next to the need to find her again after she disappears. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 23, 2015
3.5/5 100% Forbidden Films (2015) "Director Felix Moeller thoughtfully addresses the question of what to do with films made in Germany during the Nazi Era: destroy them, preserve them or just let them rot. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 21, 2015
2.5/5 26% Every Secret Thing (2015) "Here is a film with prominent actresses carrying a woman-centered film, plus award-winning female filmmakers behind-the-camera. So am I satisfied? No I am not satisfied. Sad to say, Every Secret Thing is a grim and tedious a mess. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 15, 2015
4/5 83% Piku (2015) "Lovely 'road trip' movie from India follows all the genre conventions, but still manages to take us to places both old and new. So get in the car and travel to Kolkata with Piku. You'll be glad you did! " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 13, 2015
2.5/5 100% One Cut, One Life (2015) " Unfortunately Lucia Small has bitten off more than she can chew ... It is not my job to tell her what film she should have made. But it is my job to tell my readers that the film Lucia Small has made is diffuse, disorganized, and just too 'fuzzy' for me. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 13, 2015
4/5 79% 24 Days (2015) "Zabou Breitman is riveting as Ruth Halimi, [in this] harrowing but critically important French film. Rather than dwell on the gruesome physical details of Ilan's captivity, the filmmakers focus on the mental torture of those who are desperate to save him. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 4, 2015
4/5 48% Ride (2015) "Oscar winner Helen Hunt wrote, directed, and stars in this lovely dramedy. What will surprise you is how warm, genuine, and generous this story is... Well, maybe it won't surprise you, but it certainly surprised me. I laughed; I cried; I had a great time! " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 2, 2015
3/5 70% Welcome to Me (2015) "This film is being marketed as a comedy ... [and while] I wish I could laugh about all this because that's clearly the filmmakers' intention, the plot is just too contrived and the outcome is too over-determined. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 2, 2015
4/5 75% Alex of Venice (2015) "Sweet, earnest, perfectly-crafted first feature from actor Chris Messina about an LA family in transition. The delicate plot is graced with wonderful performances in all major and minor roles. Low-key and luminous. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Apr 25, 2015
4/5 71% The Voices (2015) "Watching The Voices is like walking a tightrope, which director Marjane Satrapi pulls off brilliantly. This odd, hard-to-describe film is a touching tour de force - even when you're laughing through your tears. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Apr 6, 2015
4/5 42% Effie Gray (2015) "Dakota Fanning does a wonderful job as Effie and watching her mature from high-spirited girl to self-possessed woman on screen is a joy ... But the essence of Effie Gray is in the screenplay by Emma Thompson. BRAVA, Thompson: You've done it again. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Apr 6, 2015
4/5 53% Woman in Gold (2015) "WOMAN IN GOLD is a meditation on the meaning of the term 'restitution.' Once something is stolen, can it ever be restored? " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Apr 6, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Une Histoire Américaine "Vincent's quest becomes increasingly abstract as Barbara-the-Person transforms before our eyes into Barbara as the embodiment of Vincent's American Dream. In this case, the journey is its own reward. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 89% Amour Fou (2015) "Although I am usually just the right audience for this kind of period drama, I am sorry to say I found Hausner's take sopororific. It felt as if a vampire has drained all the blood from the actors, leaving them to walk through their parts in a fog. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Mar 25, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Anashim Ketumim (Orange People) "A poignant journey contrasting the lives of four generations of Jewish women through space and time from rural Morocco to urban Israel. Seasoned with a dash of magical realism, this historically-wrenching dramedy is served up as a savory cinematic stew! " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Mar 24, 2015
4.5/5 No Score Yet Fidelio, Alice's Journey (2015) "A striking first feature about the struggle of a woman to succeed in an all male world. Fidelio, Alice's Odyssey is simultaneously totally specific, yet easily generalized to other Road Warrior professions ... [And] Ariane Labed is excellent as 'Alice.' " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Mar 22, 2015
4.5/5 75% The Lesson (2015) "Anchored by Margita Gosheva's superlative performance as Nade, The Lesson is an unforgettable journey to the Dark Side. Kudos to Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov for the relentless narrative drive of their haunting screenplay, and elegant execution. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Mar 9, 2015
3/5 60% Drunktown's Finest (2015) "Freeland promises more than actually delivered in her first feature-length film. Unfortunately, the telling of this somewhat predictable but very well-intentioned story depends on young actors who are a bit too inexperienced to carry their weight. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Mar 1, 2015
3/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "That which promised dark sexual mysteries, ends up delivering Vogue magazine eye candy sprinkled with psychobabble. Fortunately, by casting Dakota Johnson in the lead, Sam Taylor-Johnson and team have served up perfectly acceptable cinematic junk food. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Feb 24, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet Somewhere Only We Know (2015) "Gorgeously photographed double melodrama [in which] parallel romances are told with such sincerity that they were genuinely moving. There is something thrilling about watching these women discover themselves as heroines . " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Feb 20, 2015
4.5/5 No Score Yet The Muses of Bashevis Singer "A great deal of self-confidence was required to dig deep into the life of such a archetypal persona and what fascinated me most was Asaf Galay and Shaul Betser's deep examination of the process of translation itself. As a writer myself, I was mesmerized. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Theodore Bikel: In The Shoes Of Sholom Aleichem "An intentionally personal story told by one of the most accomplished and politically-influential Jewish entertainers of the 20th Century makes for an enchanting and fast-paced film ... One to see in theaters and to buy on DVD to watch again and again. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Feb 20, 2015
4.5/5 No Score Yet El Misterio de la Felicidad (2014) "The Mystery of Happiness may well be the most beautiful adult love story ever made ... [And] Guillermo Francella is perfect as Santiago. He is always affable, and even as the plot grows darker, his eyes continue to twinkle with merriment. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Feb 15, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Incompresa (Misunderstood) "Misunderstood pulled me into Aria's wonderfully vivid reality, swirling with emotions and imaginative flights of fancy. A fantastic cinematic memoir based on director Asia Argento's childhood as the daughter of a famous filmmaker. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Feb 1, 2015
3/5 95% Girlhood (2015) "While interesting things happen around the edges of Bande de Filles ... the new French film [is] trying way too hard to be 'commercial' instead of telling the story writer/director Céline Sciamma really wants to tell. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Feb 1, 2015
3/5 98% Appropriate Behavior (2015) "Despite some promise, the film has a 'been here/done this' quality that makes it difficult to care. A well-intentioned first feature that throws us yet again into the angst of a 20something seeking her place in the world ... And I am bored to death. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jan 29, 2015
2/5 36% Song One (2015) "The film is so bad that I wanted to flee from the screening room after 15 minutes? Sad... but true. Every plot point in Song One is totally predictable. The entire film degenerates into a tedious, domestic drama ... a total waste of time and talent. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jan 28, 2015
4.5/5 84% Zero Motivation (2014) "Totally exhilarating MUST SEE film written & diected by Talya Levie. Two young women are assigned to the HR Dept at a remote military outpost. Hilarious consequences ensue ... I was laughing through my tears. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jan 18, 2015
4/5 49% Maleficent (2014) "The filmmakers have created a luminous world full of deep meaning that goes well beyond the splendid Special Effects. Angelina Jolie is magnificent and Elle Fanning provides genuine sweetness and light in the critical role of Princess Aurora. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jan 18, 2015
4/5 88% The Good Lie (2014) "The Good Lie made important points about the way Americans live and amount of things we take for granted. Somewhat didactic but ultimately a very moving drama, a film that was very emotional and very good. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jan 18, 2015
4/5 63% The Golden Era (2014) "Gorgeous, talented Wei Tang did an incredible job. And although the film is difficult to watch for an American audience--when you aren't familiar with the people and are trying to sort the story and characters at the same time--it's definitely worthwhile. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jan 18, 2015
4.5/5 No Score Yet Un beau dimanche (Going Away) "Going Away is the kind of film that grabs hold, pulls you in, and never lets go. What makes it so good is the emotional complexity of the story, and the understated excellence of the actors who bring these characters to life onscreen. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jan 18, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Farah Goes Bang (2015) "This road trip goes beyond female bonding to become a political awakening for all 3 characters. And Boosheri, who received great reviews for her strong performance in Circumstance, turns in an even better, more multi-dimensional performance here as Farah. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jan 18, 2015
4.5/5 99% Selma (2015) "Ava DuVernay's Selma is a triumph of Activist Filmmaking. It is not only one of the best films of 2014, it is also one of the most significant films of this decade. See Selma at your first opportunity, and you will understand, and you will believe. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jan 12, 2015
4/5 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "The film is beautiful to look at, spooky and haunting with black and white imagery - on one hand pulpy but on the other, romantic. Between the Iranian pop music and the Farsi dialogue, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is clever, beautiful, and well done. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jan 6, 2015
4.5/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) "Big Eyes is a high wire act-strung between the twin poles of Comedy and Tragedy-performed by two incredible actors who are each at the top of their game. Amy Adams [delivers] far and away the greatest female performance to be seen anywhere this year. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Dec 25, 2014
4/5 10% Always Woodstock (2014) "In some ways, almost all the characters in Always Woodstock are stock characters, but the acting made them exceptional (particularly James Wolk). The folk-music-filled film is a charming, enjoyable romantic comedy to watch. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Nov 30, 2014
3/5 81% Beyond the Lights (2014) "Mbatha-Raw and Parker are both gorgeous, but both performances are on the surface. The plot simply churns along, totally predictable from beginning to end ... Only Minnie Driver, playing Mbatha-Raw's ferocious stage mother, hits a homer. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Nov 30, 2014
3/5 40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater (2014) "This BioDoc seems determined to see Linklater as a Boy's Boy and therefore focuses on the earliest films. The filmmakers had remarkable access to Matthew McConaughey and just can't get enough of him. It throws their film totally off balance. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Nov 13, 2014
4/5 84% Listen Up Philip (2014) "For Jewish fans of novelist Philip Roth, Listen Up Philip arrives in our art house theatres like an early Hanukkah gift. The film stands on its own as a black comedy about trying to make it as a serious writer in the era of noxious 'self-branding.' " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Nov 1, 2014
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