Josh Ralske

Josh Ralske

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
All Movie Guide , Black Star News , Twitch
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
211
Total QuickRatings:
75
Location:
nyc

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 93% Sugar (2008) " It is full of so much humor, grace, and unexpected detail, and arrives in such a truthful place, that in the end it's far more enthralling than the typical rags-to-riches tale one might have anticipated." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Mar 20, 2013
3/4 86% The House of the Devil (2009) " If you don't get a kick out of watching doomed babysitter Samantha put on that portable cassette player and dance around that creepy house to the strains of the Fixx's "One Thing Leads to Another," you might need a course in Horror Appreciation 101." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Oct 10, 2012
6/10 29% Bubble Boy (2001) " The film is only sporadically funny, and it's frequently in poor taste, but it's got energy to spare, and Gyllenhaal's performance gives it a soul." — All Movie Guide
Posted Dec 11, 2007
7/10 —— Spin (1995) " [The] film's real service is in explicating how the media's inability to inform audiences and reflect the political spectrum of our culture is a systemic problem." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 31, 2007
6/10 79% Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator (2003) " A near-perfect time capsule of a specific moment in our culture, and a telling analysis of instant celebrity and the fickleness of youth culture." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
5/10 —— The Education of Sonny Carson (1974) " There's such a wealth of genuine anger and sadness underlying the film that it transcends [its] flaws." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
5/10 90% Pups (1999) " If Stevie didn't seem like such a real and basically ordinary teen, the film wouldn't be so compelling." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
6/10 79% Daughter from Danang (2004) " A moving and troubling documentary." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
5/10 89% The Loveless (Breakdown) (1983) " A strange, but compelling amalgam of art film and homage to the American International Pictures biker flicks of the 1960s." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
5/10 87% Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2004) " A film that critiques our obsession with celebrity while simultaneously exploiting it." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
7/10 80% My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski) (1999) " A thoughtful and clever examination by the director of his longstanding friendship and creative partnership with the late Klaus Kinski." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
6/10 —— Sunshine Hotel " Dominic has made a film of heart and intelligence about those subsisting on the margins of society." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
5/10 86% Cinemania (2002) " Cinemania might have been a more edifying experience if it really delved into the roots of this obsession." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
6/10 —— The Kill-Off (1989) " An ugly, low budget noir that...somehow manages to capture the spirit of Jim Thompson's writing." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
7/10 100% Laws of Gravity (1992) " ...A sustained level of tension that few street dramas can match." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
7/10 95% The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002) " A fast-paced documentary that entertains as it informs." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
9/10 100% Burden of Dreams (1982) " A fascinating portrait of a filmmaker pushed to the outer edge of sanity..." — All Movie Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
6/10 —— Masters of Horror - Stuart Gordon: Dreams in the Witch House (2006) " ...Gordon again demonstrates his unique talent for mixing quirky, uneasy laughs with genuine horror." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
7/10 67% Isolation (2006) " Fans of good old-fashioned creature features should be very pleased..." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
3/10 —— Kinetta " ...doesn't add up to much, aside from an enervating moviegoing experience." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
5/10 73% Cavite (2006) " ...there's...a certain unseemliness to the endeavor that is difficult to dismiss." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
8/10 100% Geuk jang jeon (Tale of Cinema) (2005) " ...richly inventive and consistently fascinating filmmaking..." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
7/10 79% Le Petit Lieutenant (2006) " ...an exemplary genre piece, melding a down-and-dirty 1970s vibe with a very modern perspective on the globalized nature of contemporary Paris." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
5/10 55% I'm Reed Fish (2007) " ...demonstrates a lot of talent, but it's another case of a neophyte filmmaker not recognizing where his true strengths lie" — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
7/10 68% Brothers of the Head (2006) " ...despite outlandish subject matter that might lend itself to something more lurid or camp, it treats its characters and their story with refreshing restraint and seriousness." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
10/10 85% Old Joy (2006) " ...the landscape it maps is as much spiritual as it is physical, and the personal story it tells is inescapably political..." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
7/10 50% Color Me Kubrick (2007) " put forth with...an unapologetic sense of depraved fun..." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
7/10 43% Duelist (Hyeongsa) (2005) " ...its most salient feature is its spectacular visuals." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
6/10 —— Ek Hasina Thi " Ek Hasina Thi is not quite the revelation that its champions would like to think it is, but for the most part, it hits its marks." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
5/10 86% Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005) " ...offers some valuable insight into Korean culture." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
9/10 93% The Squid and the Whale (2005) " ...Baumbach's most emotionally potent and visually coherent film to date." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
7/10 89% Paradise Now (2005) " A tragedy regardless of its conclusion, Paradise Now is an important and powerful effort to explicate the inexplicable." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
6/10 —— Spider Forest (2005) " ...a twisted journey that lingers in the memory." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
4/10 67% Sei mong se jun (Ab-normal Beauty) (2004) " ...the film...devolves...into...standard slasher movie fare." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
7/10 87% The Motel (2005) " ...specific and detailed enough to separate itself from the pack." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
6/10 79% The Aristocrats (2005) " ...the brilliant Sarah Silverman transcends the mean-spirited nature of the joke..." — All Movie Guide
Posted Aug 5, 2006
7/10 —— Princess Raccoon (Operetta tanuki goten) (2005) " For those prepared to engage the movie's playfulness, it's a unique treat." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 13, 2005
5/10 —— Demi-Tarif " ...a uniquely unmediated look into the world of childhood." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 13, 2005
6/10 —— Gonggongui Jeog (Public Enemy) (Public's Enemy) (2002) " Despite its amusing outrageousness and well-choreographed mayhem, the film never transcends the genre the way Dirty Harry did." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 8, 2005
4/10 42% Palindromes (2004) " Aviva...in all her permutations, may as well be a bug under the director's microscope." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 8, 2005
7/10 97% Maria Full of Grace (2004) " the filmmaker's eye and ear for authentic detail and believable characterization...make the film an unusually tough and gritty slice of underworld life." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 8, 2005
5/10 90% Hotel Rwanda (2004) " ...disappointingly conventional [but] an important film nevertheless..." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 8, 2005
7/10 76% The Holy Girl (La Nina Santa) (2005) " ...at once humane, encompassing every shade of gray, and bracingly cold-eyed in its assessment of human endeavor." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 8, 2005
7/10 94% Girlhood (2003) " Girlhood thoughtfully questions not just the system itself, but our unfair assumptions about the young people caught within it." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 8, 2005
6/10 81% Yadon Ilaheyya (Divine Intervention) (Chronicle of Love and Pain) (2003) " A mordantly amusing black comedy about life among the Arab citizens of Israel." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 8, 2005
8/10 88% Uzak (Distant) (2004) " The tale has a deceptive, emotional complexity that builds to a surprisingly heartrending impact." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 8, 2005
9/10 86% Crimson Gold (2004) " The film's sociopolitical themes are all the more powerful for being subtly expressed through a starkly realistic tale." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 8, 2005
9/10 90% Blissfully Yours (Sud sanaeha) (2003) " Weerasethakul films the lost couple with such aching tenderness that the effect is not titillating, but profoundly moving." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 8, 2005
10/10 89% Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok) (2003) " ...merits mention alongside Silence of the Lambs and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer...offers an incisive analysis of the culture that produced the crime." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 8, 2005
8/10 62% Kamikaze Girls (2004) " ...a super-stylized, fast-paced romp. Sharp-wittedly reflexive, culturally specific, and unabashedly fun..." — All Movie Guide
Posted Sep 8, 2005
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