Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 89% of the time.

Publications:
About.com , AWFJ Women on Film , New York Press
Total Reviews:
231
Location:
New York

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
25% The Grounded (2014) " [A] folksy and beautifully shot documentary." — About.com
Posted Feb 5, 2014
5/5 100% More Than Honey (2013) " More Than Honey is a phenomenally well-researched and thorough study of bees and their complex influence on human civilization, and an in depth investigation of the honeybee colony collapse disorder." — About.com
Posted Jan 1, 2014
1.5/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " [There is] an emotional disconnect that seems downright dangerous in a film about genocide." — About.com
Posted Dec 16, 2013
4.5/5 100% Musicwood (2013) " An excellent and entertaining documentary." — About.com
Posted Nov 4, 2013
85% Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (2013) " Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers is entertaining and insightful. A must see." — About.com
Posted Aug 6, 2013
5/5 62% Nicky's Family (2013) " A great story, brilliantly told. Sir Nicholas Winton is pure inspiration. See this wonderful documentary to catch some of it..." — About.com
Posted Jul 16, 2013
86% Terms And Conditions May Apply (2013) " A compelling, comprehensive and particularly timely documentary that addresses the future of both privacy and civil liberties, showing them to be in a fragile state of uncertainty." — About.com
Posted Jul 1, 2013
4/5 90% Storm Surfers 3D (2013) " Surf's up! In fact, in this sports documentary, it's waaaay up and it's in 3D that really wraps you up in the action." — About.com
Posted Jun 14, 2013
5/5 98% This Is Not a Film (2012) " The complex, brilliant, heartbreaking diary of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi under house arrest in Tehran, and prohibited from making movies." — About.com
Posted Dec 16, 2012
4.5/5 100% The Waiting Room (2012) " The galvanizing chronicle of a 24-hour period at the emergency room of a public hospital in Oakland, California. " — About.com
Posted Dec 16, 2012
5/5 84% Detropia (2012) " A hard-hitting yet lyrical documentary about the current economic woes of once prosperous Detroit, an iconic American city." — About.com
Posted Dec 16, 2012
5/5 88% Tchoupitoulas (2012) " With wide-eyed wonder, three young brothers are charmed by New Orleans' spectacular nightlife for the first time." — About.com
Posted Dec 16, 2012
5/5 93% The Central Park Five (2012) " Exclusive interviews with former heads of Israel's counter terrorism agency reveal insiders' analysis about the country's policies. Fascinating. Frightening. " — New York Press
Posted Dec 16, 2012
5/5 99% How to Survive a Plague (2012) " What making a difference is really all about!" — New York Press
Posted Dec 16, 2012
4.5/5 95% Searching for Sugar Man (2012) " 'Searching For Sugar Man' simply shouts out for celebration!" — About.com
Posted Dec 16, 2012
5/5 95% West of Memphis (2012) " A gripping investigative documentary about the infamous West Memphis Three murder case, raising the question of whether citizens should ever settle for partial justice." — About.com
Posted Dec 16, 2012
70% Sexy Baby (2012) " Hopefully those who see the film will find it one that stimulates serious discussion about women and the pressures they face regarding sexuality, and that it doesn't wind up as yet another source of titillation for voyeuristic viewers." — About.com
Posted Oct 24, 2012
4/5 96% Brooklyn Castle (2012) " This engaging, entertaining film might just spur you to become involved in some way in making sure that important and productive public school programs survive the recession and further budget cuts." — About.com
Posted Oct 15, 2012
4/5 94% Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012) " As a biographical documentary, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel is complete and satisfying. As a leading character, Mrs. Vreeland is entirely entertaining." — About.com
Posted Oct 5, 2012
62% It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl (2012) " The bottom line is that Herzl was an absolutely fascinating man, and he proves to be a most compelling character this excellent film." — About.com
Posted Aug 10, 2012
94% The Queen of Versailles (2012) " Let them eat cake!" — About.com
Posted Jun 26, 2012
95% The Imposter (2012) " The story told in this crime thriller of a documentary is so bizarre it's hard to believe it's true. But it is. A perfect example of stranger than fiction! " — About.com
Posted Jun 26, 2012
88% Ballplayer: Pelotero (2012) " An up close look at the challenging lives of young men in the Dominican Republic who aspire to become major league baseball players in the U.S., as their ticket to a better life for themselves and their families." — About.com
Posted Jun 26, 2012
97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) " Alison Klayman has a fascinating subject for her first feature -- the media savvy Chinese activist artist who lays his career, family and life on the line for civil rights. " — About.com
Posted Jun 26, 2012
5/5 100% Planet of Snail (2012) " An exquisite documentary about an extraordinary love." — About.com
Posted Jun 26, 2012
4.5/5 90% Yiddish Theater: A Love Story (2006) " The Yiddish Theater: A Love Story is as charming, humorous, convincing, tenacious and relevant as its wonderful leading lady." — About.com
Posted Jun 17, 2012
3.5/5 95% Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012) " Chronicling performance artist Marina Abramovic's solo show at NYC's Museum of Modern Art, the film doesn't quite capture the force of Marina's personality, nor does it explain why she's become a contemporary cultural icon." — About.com
Posted Jun 11, 2012
4.5/5 98% The Invisible War (2012) " Seeing Kirby Dick's shocking expose about rape in the U.S. military is a civic obligation!" — About.com
Posted Jun 11, 2012
90% Portrait of Wally (2012) " In chronicling the law case, the film also provides a fascinating profile of the lives of Schiele, Wally and Lea Bondi, and of Vienna's cultural ambiance pre-World War II." — About.com
Posted May 29, 2012
5/5 88% Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2012) " An alarming look at the profitable industry that has grown up around nonprofit fund raising for breast cancer research. Must see!" — New York Press
Posted May 28, 2012
4.5/5 91% Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (2012) " A deeply affecting documentary that chronicles the coming out of Nashville singer Chely Wright, and the anguishing criticism she faces from conservative country and western fans." — About.com
Posted May 28, 2012
3.5/5 71% MIS Human Secret Weapon (2012) " Filmmaker Junichi Suzuki reveals a WWII secret: 6,000 Japanese-Americans joined MIS (Military Intelligence Service, fighting against Japan, even 'tho the U.S. placed their loved ones into internment camps. " — About.com
Posted Apr 11, 2012
3.5/5 40% Last Will and Embezzlement (2012) " Economic predators are taking advantage of senior citizens who've lost their capacity to responsibly handle their financial affairs. The specific scenario may differ, but the scams are similar, following specific patterns. This film calls them out." — About.com
Posted Apr 11, 2012
5/5 83% Player Hating: A Love Story (2012) " A rare insider glimpse at a lifestyle of deprivation that drums all ambition out of some youngsters, and pushes others to do whatever they need to do and can do to succeed." — About.com
Posted Apr 11, 2012
4/5 50% An Encounter with Simone Weil (2012) " Filmmaker Julia Haslett was so moved by a quote of Simone Weil's that she spent the next six years studying the French philosopher and making a film about her life and writings." — About.com
Posted Apr 11, 2012
5/5 75% Surviving Progress (2012) " An intellectually stimulating and provocative film that raises more questions than it answers. In our age of increasingly rapid technological advances, this examination of the notion of progress is timely. It is, indeed, a vital necessity." — About.com
Posted Apr 11, 2012
3.5/5 93% Gerhard Richter Painting (2012) " Corinna Belz' documentary presents a singular opportunity to watch a famous artist at work. And, Richter's process is quite mesmerizing. " — About.com
Posted Mar 11, 2012
3.5/5 67% The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2012) " A compelling character study and a fascinating reflection of contemporary culture, but you must decide for yourself whether their obsession is the love of art or art of love." — About.com
Posted Mar 5, 2012
4/5 99% Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) " A penetrating look at traditional Japanese culture, and tasty treat for sushi snobs." — About.com
Posted Mar 5, 2012
4/5 86% Shakespeare High (2012) " The hardest thing about watching this movie is realizing that some of the kids you come to like so much, and their teams who've worked so hard, are going to lose the competition" — About.com
Posted Mar 5, 2012
5/5 stars 100% The Miners' Hymns (2012) " Filmmaker Bill Morrison mined the archives of the British Film Institute for found footage for this poetic and haunting impressionistic study about coal mining in England." — About.com
Posted Feb 12, 2012
4/5 72% Windfall (2012) " Filmmaker Laura Israel's investigation of how construction of wind turbines in rural New York State impacts local citizens is an important reminder that there are no easy and quick fixes for environmental issues." — About.com
Posted Feb 6, 2012
4/5 82% Splinters (2012) " The surf's up in Papua New Guinea, and rivalry is intense as Vanimo villagers compete for a slot on their national surfing team -- and a fast track ticket to status and the wide world beyond their beaches." — About.com
Posted Feb 6, 2012
5/5 83% Crazy Horse (2012) " Don't walk. Don't trot. Gallup to see Frederick Wiseman's reveal all documentary about Paris' Crazy Horse, home of the world's most famous and classiest nude review." — About.com
Posted Feb 6, 2012
95% Knuckle (2011) " A hard-hitting documentary in which the men of rival Irish traveler clans periodically beat each other to a pulp to settle a family feud that began for a reason that nobody remembers. Bloody amazing!" — About.com
Posted Dec 12, 2011
5/5 100% Daguerr√©otypes (1976) " Agnes Varda's magnificent documentary, filmed in 1976, gets its long-awaited US premiere in Dec 2011. Pure joy!" — About.com
Posted Dec 12, 2011
4.5/5 92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel (2011) " This A-list documentary shines a glowing spotlight on the career achievements of Hollywood's B-movie mogul. Very entertaining, indeed!" — About.com
Posted Dec 12, 2011
4.5/5 86% Khodorkovsky (2011) " Russian mogul Mikhail Khodorkovsky's fascinating story presented with stunning cinematic style." — About.com
Posted Nov 25, 2011
4/5 86% In Heaven Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery (2011) " The film's lead character is Weissensee Jewish Cemetery itself, a place that houses the dead, but has survived to become a symbol of human resilience, and of the importance of recognizing and respecting tradition. " — About.com
Posted Nov 13, 2011
5/5 85% Garbo: The Spy (2011) " A real life spy thriller of a documentary: "Garbo" is better than "Mata Hari."" — About.com
Posted Nov 13, 2011
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