Jessica Winter

Jessica Winter

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul , L.A. Weekly , Slate , Time Out , Time Out New York , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
317

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 317
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
88% The Woodsman (2004) " An engrossing study of a protagonist who variously inspires pity, clinical interest, fondness, and revulsion -- sometimes all at once." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 21, 2004
96% Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004) " The specter of long odds and narrow choices shades every frame of the film, yet the tone is often buoyant and legitimately inspirational." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 7, 2004
78% A Very Long Engagement (2004) " Narrative thrust has never been the director's strong suit, and the movie gridlocks amid its crowds of characters, backstories, detours, and twists; the squealing gears of heavy plot machinery eventually drown out much else." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 23, 2004
83% Finding Neverland (2004) " Finding Neverland practices a tasteful restraint, embodied by Depp's unusually subdued performance." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 9, 2004
27% Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason (2004) " All this unaccountable admiration is bestowed upon the ne plus ultra of the regressive rom-com heroine, a thirtysomething who displays the rudimentary motor functions, raging id, and darling pucker of a cuddly infant." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 9, 2004
49% Alfie (2004) " Charles Shyer (who processed the Parent Trap and Father of the Bride updates) plays coy with most matters sexual-an odd and puritanical approach to a character who molds his entire existence around the procurement and enjoyment of sex." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 9, 2004
97% The Incredibles (2004) " The Incredibles announces the studio's arrival in the vast yet overcrowded Hollywood lot of eardrum-bashing, metal-crunching action sludge." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 2, 2004
39% The Grudge (2004) " The soundtrack's Dolby thumps and screaming violins head off any genuine scares." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2004
7% Surviving Christmas (2004) " This ghastly comedy emits the subliminal whine of a sucking chest wound." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2004
—— Taxi Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2004
64% Stage Beauty (2004) " Surely it can't come as news to the filmmakers that a distinction exists between gender and sexuality?" — Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2004
10% Taxi (2004) " Throughout this Americanization of the Luc Besson-scripted French hit, Latifah itches to check her watch, Fallon appears mortified, and only Ann-Margret mainlines any comic adrenaline." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2004
84% The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta) (2004) " Lovely to look at but insipid, a lavishly illustrated Rough Guide to white liberal self-affirmation." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 21, 2004
60% Wimbledon (2004) " The appealing leads have strong chemistry, but it's the wrong kind: an affectionate big-brother / little-sister rapport that leaves a discomfiting taint on their more amorous clinches." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 14, 2004
25% Wicker Park (2004) " Dippy romantic thriller." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 31, 2004
90% Last Life in the Universe (2004) " Cheeky and elusive, Last Life in the Universe inhabits a high-lonesome world unto itself, a bright daydream that dissipates in the aching gap of a missed connection." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2004
52% The Notebook (2004) " The minutes of Allie and Noah's magical hysteria tour are duly recorded in the titular ledger-cum- framing device." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 22, 2004
64% Facing Windows (2004) " Blends past and present to draw some utterly stupefying parallels." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 15, 2004
31% Around the World in 80 Days (2004) " As the tourist on a time budget, the usually brilliant Coogan merely mugs and flails ... while he and able straight man Chan enjoy scant opportunity to develop any comic rapport." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 15, 2004
23% Raising Helen (2004) " If [Helen] had her own NBC sitcom, she'd be safe for many a season of dating mishaps, workplace cock-ups, and conspicuously plush interior design; since she's stuck in a big-screen seriocomedy ... she must be swiftly rehabilitated of her egocentric ways." — Village Voice
Posted May 25, 2004
57% Irreversible (2002) City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted May 19, 2004
87% Mystic River (2003) City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted May 19, 2004
72% Girl With a Pearl Earring (2004) City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted May 19, 2004
69% Carandiru (2004) " Every scene is cut from factory-issue prison-genre cloth to fit jailhouse stock characters." — Village Voice
Posted May 11, 2004
83% Mean Girls (2004) " Director Waters and screenwriter Tina Fey ... aim less for the usual high-gloss caricature than acutely hilarious sociology." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 27, 2004
46% Close Your Eyes (Doctor Sleep) (2002) " The somnolent cast can't keep the faith." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2004
62% Young Adam (2004) " Emily Mortimer ... McGregor, and especially Swinton are as frank and fearless with their NC-17 naked bodies as Mackenzie is uncompromised in conveying Trocchi's sulfurous purview on labor and lust to the screen." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 13, 2004
55% The Girl Next Door (2004) " Of course, once Danielle has awakened Matthew's inner party animal, the girl next door becomes a mere bystander to her neighbor's various wacky rescue ops." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 6, 2004
63% Two Men Went to War (2004) " Henderson's rickety comedy flows in the Brit-blooded vein of gruff, deceptively hapless pluck in the face of Nazi aggression." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 23, 2004
56% Ned Kelly (2003) " Marks a welcome departure from the usual rah-rah machismo of the semi-nationalist action adventure, but Jordan never escapes the mighty shadow of The Thin Red Line." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 23, 2004
73% Intermission (2003) " Like a loud and intermittently charismatic drunk at a dreary dive bar, Intermission grabs your attention, but in no time you're looking for the nearest exit." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 16, 2004
98% Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) (2004) " A choreography of the everyday timed to Demy's floating long takes and Michel Legrand's at turns jaunty and lachrymose score." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 10, 2004
93% Touching the Void (2004) " Though matter- of-factly presented, Simpson's endurance test exceeds the imagination, and reanimates every blurbable cliché in the film reviewer's word bank." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 20, 2004
74% Calendar Girls (2003) " A genial lesson in how to both honor and subvert womanly expectations." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 16, 2003
35% Mona Lisa Smile (2003) " Busybody Katherine appears more than simply angry with the mid-century sexism that her charges have so seamlessly internalized -- she seems utterly unplugged from reality in 1953." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 16, 2003
89% In America (2003) " Like a kid playing make-believe, In America is blithely confident of its own contrivances; it only benefits from a certain unselfconscious naivete." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 25, 2003
37% Sylvia (2003) " Ridden with the ankle-spraining lawn divots of the biopic." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 14, 2003
65% The Flower of Evil (2003) " Another tastefully baroque roasting of petty bourgeois rites within suffocating domestic environs." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 8, 2003
68% Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) " Having already looted the Peckinpah and spaghetti-western archives, the director now quotes his own quotations, in service of not a sequel but a vociferous reiteration." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2003
51% Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2003) " Henderson of the velvet-and- helium voice makes a princess without rival." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 26, 2003
100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) " Darkened encounters with the ghost of Abe Beame don't come more giddily thrilling." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 26, 2003
98% Chinatown (1974) " In 1974 a director, a screenwriter, and a producer (Robert Evans, who for once deserves a few of the plaudits he's apportioned himself) could decide to beat a genre senseless and then dump it in the wilds of Greek tragedy." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 5, 2003
33% Johnny English (2003) " Smug with timely zingers like 'The only thing the French should be allowed to host is an invasion,' the movie's recommended strictly for Bush advisers." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 15, 2003
94% Dirty Pretty Things (2003) " The Hollywood-formula framework is built on a decidedly un-Hollywood foundation in terms of subject matter, worldview, and plausible casting." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 15, 2003
80% I Capture the Castle (2003) " Sweet and sleepy, I Capture the Castle might feel most comfortable in a Sunday-afternoon slot on the BBC: The humor is gentle and broad, the camerawork awkward, the landscape pastoral." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2003
50% The Heart of Me (2003) " The adulterous lovers' anguished scruples scan like inert masochism." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2003
—— Colette (1951) Village Voice
Posted May 28, 2003
100% Le Souvenir d'un avenir (Remembrance of Things to Come) (2001) " The script and juxtapositions reiterate Marker's vision of recorded memory as a small, paradoxical death: at once a tragically irretrievable moment and a dread portent." — Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2003
97% Sweet Sixteen (2003) " Loach's latest adheres so closely to his long-established narrative pattern -- overdetermined case study crowned with a morbid jolt -- that viewers might underestimate its wit, empathy, and careful characterizations." — Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2003
77% L'Auberge Espagnole (Pot Luck)(Euro Pudding)(The Spanish Apartment) (2003) " Cédric Klapisch has been compared to Truffaut, but the new-waver's weakness for glib sentimentalism seems to have left the biggest impression on L'Auberge Espagnole." — Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2003
87% A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) (1964) " Godard light, but not lite: Its breezy postures front for melancholia." — Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2003
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