Jonathan Curiel

Jonathan Curiel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Publications:
Filmcritic.com , San Francisco Chronicle
Total Reviews:
149

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
—— A Voice from Heaven (2001) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2011
—— 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 84% 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 —— 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 93% 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 82% 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 43% 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 —— 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
4/4 100% 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
54% 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 —— 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
3/4 100% 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 & 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
4/4 90% The Take (2004) " A balance of fact and fury." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 18, 2005
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