Jonathan Curiel

Jonathan Curiel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Jonathan Curiel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Filmcritic.com, San Francisco Chronicle

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 69% Brothers in Arms (2003) "Alexander, a political writer and radio host, gets riveting, emotional confessionals from the veterans. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 5, 2015
1/4 5% The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) "Formulaic films are released every week, but it's rare that one has a $100 million budget, big stars whose roles are embarrassing to watch and unusual special effects that only serve to mask a predictable plot and cliche-ridden scenes. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 23, 2013
No Score Yet A Voice from Heaven (2001) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2011
No Score Yet Mahiha ashegh mishavand (The Fish Fall in Love) (2009) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 24, 2010
4/4 100% Afghan Star (2009) "Like The Kite Runner novel and movie, the documentary Afghan Star succeeds at dramatizing the lives of Afghans, but those we see on screen are real flesh-and-blood characters -- people who let their true feelings emerge. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 21, 2009
4/4 83% Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love (2009) "Youssou N'Dour is a beautiful film to watch as it unfolds the life of N'Dour and, by extension, the lives of millions of West Africans who are anonymous to many in the West. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 31, 2009
4/4 98% Avaze gonjeshk-ha (The Song of Sparrows) (2009) "At times funny, sad, poignant and suspenseful, Sparrows is a showcase for Majidi's masterful storytelling -- and Naji's superb acting. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2009
3/4 96% Fados (2009) "For those who've never before heard fado, Fados will be a revelation -- a window into a music that (like blues music) can be poetic, heartbreaking, melodramatic and redemptive, all at the same time. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2009
4/4 78% Outrage (2009) "Outrage is essential viewing -- a film that offers a window into modern politics, and the political obstacles faced by gays and lesbians around the country. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 8, 2009
3/4 74% American Violet (2009) "American Violet dramatizes Kelly's case, and does so in a way that will leave audiences applauding in their seats -- and wondering how much of the film is true. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 1, 2009
3/4 No Score Yet Lost in the Fog "Corey's documentary is much more than a sports profile. It's really a character study of Aleo and his resolve to stick to his principles -- even in the wake of his horse's tremendous success four years ago. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2009
3/4 92% Sugar (2008) "Sugar is a gripping look at the immigrant experience, with small moments as important -- and visually arresting -- as any on the baseball diamond. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2009
3/4 83% Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) (2008) "The movie is an ideal blend of character study, deceptively simple plot twists, inspired acting, and travelogue. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2009
4/4 93% The Betrayal - Nerakhoon (2008) "The touching music (which includes quasi-choral chants) completes a film that, despite its tough subject matter, is life-affirming in the best possible way. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 27, 2009
4/4 81% Serbis (Service) (2008) "Serbis has the feel of a documentary, but a documentary can't accomplish what "Serbis" does: Take us to a corner of the world where sex and regret are so intimately entwined. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 20, 2009
3/4 44% Chandni Chowk To China (2009) "To appreciate this scenic spectacle requires a leap of faith that will test even die-hard Bollywood fans. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 16, 2009
4/4 47% The Beautiful Truth (2008) "It's Michael Moore without the truculence, PBS without the pretension, CNN without the commercial grandstanding. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2009
4/4 96% Waltz with Bashir (2008) "The best movie of 2008? The most revealing war film ever made? The greatest animated feature to come out of Israel? All these descriptions could apply to Waltz With Bashir. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2009
3/4 83% Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet (2005) "Schaedler's film raises as many questions as he answers. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 5, 2009
3/4 25% Bedtime Stories (2008) "For prepubescent kids, Bedtime Stories will be a perfectly enjoyable work -- a PG-rated introduction to a heralded comic actor trying to inspire a new generation of Adam Sandler fans. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 29, 2008
4/4 100% Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008) "This illuminating film by director Gini Reticker and producer Abigail Disney is a much-needed attempt to put the spotlight on a moment of history that still inspires. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 12, 2008
2/4 24% The World Unseen (2008) "It suffers from an abundance of transparent acting, simplistic plot twists and music that essentially screams, 'These are important scenes to behold!' " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 14, 2008
3/4 No Score Yet Fish Fall in Love (2008) "The dreamy opening credits (complete with Erik Satie-like piano) and steamy close-ups of boiling food set the stage for a nuanced story about regrets and the quest for redemption. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 10, 2008
4/4 No Score Yet Delwende (2005) "This West African drama looks at a single village in the throes of change -- change that reveals people's cruelty, their fixation on being right, and the clash between modernity and traditional beliefs. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 31, 2008
4/4 82% Saving Marriage (2006) "Even for those who think they know the full story of Massachusetts' historic same-sex marriage law, this documentary will be a revelation. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2008
52% Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert (2008) "It's hit-and-miss. But Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert is a film that doesn't let go from the very first moment. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 3, 2008
4/4 100% Opera Jawa (2006) "Blood and beauty are set in tandem, leaving the audience to wrestle with the contradictions that [director] Nugroho highlights in a film that stands out by any standard of cinema. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2008
4/4 100% Return to Gorée (Retour à Gorée) (2008) "Conversations full of memorable words and what can only be called 'genuineness' push Youssou N'Dour: Return to Gorée into the realm of unforgettable filmmaking. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3/4 86% Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2006) "Akin's documentary gets its legs from the subtle questions it raises about Turkey's politics, nationalism, religious identity, cultural integrity and international perception. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 14, 2006
2/4 80% Inside Iraq The Untold Stories (2008) "Shiley, who dedicates his film to all those killed and injured in the war, is a fallible narrator. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 28, 2006
4/4 84% The Future of Food (2005) "Garcia, the widow of Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia, has taken a complex subject and made it digestible for anyone who cares about what they put into their stomachs. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 30, 2005
3/4 84% L' Ora di Religione (Il Sorriso di Mia Madre) (The Religion Hour) (My Mother's Smile) (2002) "An artful look at religious hypocrisy, interfamily dynamics and the way people wrestle with personal history long after the original events are over. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 9, 2005
3/4 39% Milwaukee, Minnesota (2003) "Memorable enough to warrant another shot at director. This film ends in a way that proves Mindel doesn't rely on cliches to make a statement. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 9, 2005
4/4 77% Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2005) "Sweet, funny, sad and profound -- the sort of film that becomes more remarkable when you realize it's based on someone's real life. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 2, 2005
3/4 No Score Yet The Unwanted Woman (2005) "An engaging film about relationship struggles -- struggles that hurt both people in a couple, even if one of them is oblivious to the pain. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 26, 2005
3/4 41% The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005) "Rough around the edges, it's still a formidable movie that's stunning visually. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 19, 2005
3/4 36% Asylum (2005) "Richardson commands every scene she's in. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 19, 2005
3/4 61% Nina's Tragedies (2005) "The dry humor is disarming. The ensemble cast is engaging and interesting to watch. And the main plot, as it were (will Nadav and Nina find respective happiness?), is suspenseful. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 29, 2005
3/4 68% Lila Says (2005) "Mostly succeeds in conveying the real- life risks that disgruntled teens will take to prove they're more powerful, more sexy and more in control than they really are. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2005
4/4 89% Machuca (2004) "It's a sensitively wrought work that reveals a time in Chile when class differences were both ignored and emphasized, depending on your perspective. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 15, 2005
4/4 100% Mana: Beyond Belief (2004) "Mana -- Beyond Belief doesn't have narration, which is one of the film's strengths. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 8, 2005
3/4 84% The Tunnel (Der Tunnel) (2001) "Based on a true story from the late 1950s, this thrilling drama looks at the extraordinary lengths taken by a group of West Berliners to dig a tunnel under the city's barbed-wire border with East Berlin. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 10, 2005
3.5/4 83% Kannathil Muthamittal (A Peck on the Cheek) (2002) "In A Peck on the Cheek, we get Ratnam at his best, albeit with a few glitches. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 27, 2005
4/4 63% The Grand Role (Le Grand Rôle) (2004) "Their characters are compelling and completely realistic, the acting is first-rate, and many scenes in this black-and-white movie (which was shot in different countries, including Saudi Arabia) are breathtaking. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 20, 2005
4/4 97% Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) "There will be lots of seething at the sight of it all, but there are enough good laughs to make the experience more than worthwhile. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 29, 2005
3/4 90% Mughal E Azam (2005) "One of India's greatest feature films has been restored and colorized, giving a new generation of filmgoers a chance to see what all the fuss was about. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 15, 2005
4/4 81% Voices in Wartime (2005) "An important new documentary that looks at the ways in which poetry helps people come to terms with conflict. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 15, 2005
3/4 76% Assisted Living (2005) "Works more than it doesn't, though it's easy to conclude that the film exploits some of the elderly in the movie. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 1, 2005
3/4 64% Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land (2005) "Deserves attention. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 11, 2005
3.5/4 72% Paper Clips (2004) "What makes Paper Clips so powerful and moving is the way everyone in the film seems affected by the Whitwell project. The students change. The teachers change. The townspeople change. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 4, 2005
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