John Powers

John Powers

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Publications:
L.A. Weekly , musicOMH.com , NPR's Fresh Air , NPR.org , RaEL Film Guide
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
86

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
76% 8 Mile (2002) " What saves all this from being purely conventional is the filmmaker's keen sense of Rabbit's essential solitude as an artist, even when surrounded by friends." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 7, 2014
97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " The Last of the Unjust has a vivid immediacy." — NPR
Posted Feb 19, 2014
—— Borgen: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " Borgen plays like a more astringent version of The West Wing, a show it clearly borrows from and improves on. " — NPR
Posted Feb 7, 2014
100% The Square (2013) " If, like me, you watched all this on TV, the ongoing turmoil began to feel like a distant, abstract blur. Noujaim takes us inside this history by centering on three protesters, each from a different background." — NPR
Posted Jan 13, 2014
100% Portrait of Jason (1967) " Whether Jason is laughing or crying, he holds you rapt with tales that conceal as much as they reveal." — NPR
Posted May 2, 2013
97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) NPR.org
Posted Jan 22, 2013
92% O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012) " Charged with an air of impending danger, the movie just keeps building." — NPR
Posted Aug 24, 2012
97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) " Offers a good introduction to the career of this fascinating man who is no shrinking violet." — NPR
Posted Jul 26, 2012
80% Putin's Kiss (2012) " What makes Putin's Kiss interesting goes beyond Masha's personal rise and fall. For starters, it offers a fresh glimpse into how Putin's Russia actually works." — NPR
Posted Feb 22, 2012
87% Miss Bala (2012) " While it may not tell the whole story of Mexican life, it clearly captures a truth nobody can deny." — NPR
Posted Jan 19, 2012
72% Mondovino (2005) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
70% Amazing Grace (2007) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
100% The Palm Beach Story (1942) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
66% Wristcutters - A Love Story (2007) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
91% Operation Filmmaker (2008) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
86% Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
85% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
97% Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection (2007) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
85% Old Joy (2006) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
94% Christmas in July (1940) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
90% A Fistful of Dynamite (Duck, You Sucker) (Giù la testa) (1972) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
92% Darwin's Nightmare (2005) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
92% Our Brand is Crisis (2005) NPR.org
Posted Oct 18, 2008
81% The Manchurian Candidate (2004) " If Demme's version lacks the wallop of its predecessor, it is more likely to be popular with contemporary audiences, who will enjoy not only its labyrinthine twists but its stars' burnished professionalism." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 28, 2004
89% Oasis (2003) " This is a film that gives humanism back its good name." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 17, 2004
64% Coffee and Cigarettes (2004) " It's worth fidgeting through the mediocre stuff to get to three good pieces." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 12, 2004
78% The Saddest Music in the World (2004) " Surely the oddest 1930s musical ever made, in or out of the 1930s." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 6, 2004
91% Shaun of the Dead (2004) musicOMH.com
Posted May 1, 2004
62% Young Adam (2004) " For all the symbolic weight of its title, Young Adam doesn't come close to giving us Existence. But it does give us one limited human being." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 15, 2004
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) " Vol. 2 is the most sheerly enjoyable movie I've seen in ages, allowing for all the intimacy that was missing from its predecessor." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 15, 2004
80% Millennium Mambo (Qianxi Manbo) (2001) " A ravishing bauble about la dolce vita in Taiwan." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 25, 2004
55% The Ladykillers (2004) " Bludgeons you with cartoonish gags about stupid football players, irritable-bowel syndrome and (for the second Coen film in a row) somebody accidentally shooting himself in the head." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 25, 2004
90% James' Journey to Jerusalem (2004) " An enjoyable, sneaky-smart fable about the collision between innocence and experience." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 25, 2004
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) " As a friend joked, 'If you peel away the movie's postmodern tricks, what you're left with is about as profound as a Hugh Grant movie.'" — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 18, 2004
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) " A fan-boy's paradise." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 9, 2003
87% Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2003) " The most inventive vampire picture of the last 80 years." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 26, 2003
87% 28 Days Later (2003) " While 28 Days Later is itself a stylistic tour de force, Boyle recaptures his earlier storytelling briskness and deft touch with actors." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 26, 2003
75% The Good Old Naughty Days (2003) " Provide a revealing glimpse into an earlier, if not more innocent, erotic universe." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 3, 2003
73% Together (He ni zai yi qi) (2003) " If you can get past the corn, the story exerts a not-unsatisfying emotional pull thanks to Yun's soulful gravity and a tenderness that Chen hasn't shown quite so openly since his 1984 debut, Yellow Earth." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 29, 2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence (2003) " What's missing is anything resembling a point of view ... or the slightest sense of critical discrimination." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 29, 2003
48% Bruce Almighty (2003) " It drowns [Carrey's] hilarious physicality in an ocean of sap." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 29, 2003
73% The Italian Job (2003) " Paramount's new version boasts no such cultural resonance, but it's far more enjoyable than, say, X2 or The Matrix Reloaded." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 29, 2003
29% Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters (The Era of Vampires) (2002) " The Hong Kong movie industry is crumbling, and this painfully slack horror picture is another sign of its decay." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 22, 2003
73% The Matrix Reloaded (2003) " Feels like a jerry-built sequel." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 14, 2003
79% Owning Mahowny (2003) " [Kwietniowski] tracks his lost hero's descent with a cool, precise visual style that's humanized by Hoffman's unerring ability to seem at once dull, decent and out of control." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 1, 2003
96% Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur) (2003) " The footage ... is astonishing both for the beauty of the birds and for its sheer technical brilliance." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 1, 2003
80% Japón (2003) " Reygadas grapples with the most elemental of issues ... and the result is sly, touching and more than a little loony." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 24, 2003
62% Identity (2003) " Enjoyably swervy." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 24, 2003
87% Ten (2003) " One of the year's finest movies." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 24, 2003
47% City of Ghosts (2003) " Dillon doesn't yet possess the directorial chops to give his story the necessary snap; the action too often feels poky and muffled." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 24, 2003
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