Joshua Tanzer Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Joshua Tanzer

Joshua Tanzer

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 54% Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) "These are visions from among the dark recesses of the mind, shoved in our faces with ruthless imagination. Even beauty. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Dec 12, 2003
3/4 100% Hukkle (2001) "Kind of like Koyaanisqatsi without an agenda. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Dec 10, 2003
3/4 94% Power Trip (2003) "An up-close look at a poor communist country's transition to capitalism through an unexpected vehicle - the local power company. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Dec 10, 2003
3.5/4 100% Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War (2004) "For a brief, artlessly spliced series of talking-head quotes, this documentary gives a remarkably thorough demolition of the Bush administration's concocted case against Iraq. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Dec 2, 2003
2.5/4 80% Valley of Tears (2003) "Never feels very thorough but is well worth seeing for clues to the state of race relations from the '70s to the present, especially in out-of-the-way locales like rural Texas " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Nov 29, 2003
2/4 67% Raja (2004) "This story of a dissolute Frenchman who uses his money to exploit desperately poor Moroccan girls is upsetting because it pretends to be about love. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Oct 15, 2003
3.5/4 98% The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) "What becomes clear is that McNamara - often confident and convincing - is not an entirely reliable narrator of his own story. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Oct 13, 2003
4/4 61% The King Is Alive (2001) "About as far from a Shakespearean stage but as close to Shakespearean essence as it can be. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Oct 13, 2003
2/4 72% Elephant (2003) "Elephant carries the tag line 'an ordinary high school day. Except that it's not.' And that's kind of a problem - the movie is too mundane for its subject matter. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Oct 8, 2003
2.5/4 87% Mystic River (2003) "After many meticulously drawn connections, it's a disappointment to see most of our two-plus hours of careful attention thrown away. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Oct 3, 2003
3/4 70% Dogville (2003) "Dogville is not a cry of rage against America -- it's a cry of rage against all mankind. It demands to be seen but not to be loved. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Oct 1, 2003
2.5/4 65% My Life Without Me (2003) "Despite pat characters and a melodrama problem, My Life Without Me has a core that's strong. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Sep 30, 2003
4/4 90% Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003) "Rises so far above the conventions of genre and of most ordinary filmmaking that it's a transcendent experience - an exhilarating, two-feet-off-the-ground fireball of a movie. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Sep 2, 2003
3.5/4 73% Buffalo Soldiers (2001) "Buffalo Soldiers is the wrong movie for today's America. That's what's so perfect. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Sep 2, 2003
3/4 89% Oasis (2003) "Oasis is pretty strong filmmaking, admittedly, but you are almost guaranteed to walk out of the theater saying to yourself, 'That was really f----d up.' " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Aug 18, 2003
4/4 83% Peppermint Candy (Bakha satang) (2000) "It's a story about the original sin of a nation as well as one character. There has rarely been a better film made, ever " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Aug 14, 2003
2/4 52% The Holy Land (2003) "Setting out to be deliberately provocative, The Holy Land splits into 3 pseudo-controversial movies, each less dangerous than one well-conceived story could have been. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Jul 24, 2003
4/4 81% Blue Car (2003) "The truest depiction I have ever seen on film of how children grow up with divorced parents. Hollywood blockbuster hype notwithstanding, this is actually the must-see movie of the summer. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Jul 15, 2003
2/4 97% Capturing the Friedmans (2003) "Not convincingly redeemed by any ultimate meaning, the film remains essentially a car wreck by the side of the road that we compulsively gawk at as we cruise by. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Jul 15, 2003
1.5/4 No Score Yet Pinochet's Children "The main problem with the documentary is that it doesn't tell a story. Its four protagonists speak only in retrospective generalities. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Jun 16, 2003
3/4 No Score Yet Ford Transit "The bright, charismatic Rajai as the Han Solo of the West Bank, is worth the price of admission by himself. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Jun 16, 2003
3.5/4 93% Rana's Wedding: Jerusalem, Another Day (2003) "The final scene packs a huge impact. Simple but surprising, intensely personal and yet symbolic of the greater Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the film is as eloquent a statement as can be made on war, peace and humanity in Israel. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Jun 16, 2003
1/4 79% Pistol Opera (2001) "Stylish but obtuse. Charitably, we might try to think of 'Pistol Opera' as the 'Tampopo' of killing people. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Jun 14, 2003
40% As Três Marias (2002) "Not a bad effort but it looks fable-like and detached. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted May 16, 2003
51% Hafið (The Sea) (Havet) (2002) "A watchable but calculated drama. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted May 16, 2003
.5/4 No Score Yet Runaway Pistol (2005) "The Chinese have discovered pop Freudianism. I'm so impressed. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted May 15, 2003
3/4 No Score Yet Out "A surprisingly good-natured black comedy about corpse mutilation by mistreated Japanese housewives. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted May 15, 2003
3/4 81% So Close (2003) "A fun ride if what you want in a movie is long, shapely legs kicking a**. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted May 15, 2003
3/4 60% Double Vision (2002) "Looks very much like a lost Chinese episode of The X-Files, but it's still a good, weird ride starring Hong Kong star Tony Leung and American actor David Morse. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted May 15, 2003
3.5/4 75% Ping Pong (2002) "Surprisingly wonderful. Ultimately transcends the ka-plink ka-plink ka-plink of little plastic balls on wooden tables - it becomes an elegant tango of the mind and soul. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted May 15, 2003
2/4 64% The Dancer Upstairs (2002) "Squanders the intensity of its strongest moments by running away from its own political implications, not to mention by being in the wrong damn language. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted May 2, 2003
4/4 89% Kadosh (2000) "An unforgettably emotional film, as the love between the lead characters becomes shot through with tension, guilt and jealousy. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
2/4 26% Julien Donkey-Boy (1999) "Most people who see Julien Donkey-Boy will leave the theater disturbed and it will take a special kind of odd-movie aficionado to appreciate the feeling. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
No Score Yet The Ice Rink (2000) "Not as subtle as, say, "Living in Oblivion" - but often enough clever and on-target. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
2.5/4 90% Getting to Know You (2000) "Heather Matarazzo of Welcome to the Dollhouse stars as a teenage girl who tries to find humanity at an upstate bus station as it evaporates in her own family " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
3.5/4 73% The Five Senses (2000) "You'll probably think in a new way about the sounds and the music, the look of places and people, how much or little you take note of the scents and sensations of daily life. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
3/4 No Score Yet Fallen Arches (1999) "A constantly dark, absorbing and personal turn on the mob genre. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
3.5/4 86% Earth (1999) "Ultimately becomes a stunning exploration of the blackness of the human heart. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
3.5/4 94% Dark Days (2000) "An unromanticized and fascinating glimpse of the lives of a community of homeless people surviving in a train tunnel in Manhattan. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
3/4 100% Les Convoyeurs Attendent (2000) "Rarely has man's capacity for badness been captured in such an ordinary-guy character. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
3.5/4 74% The Backyard (2002) "Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! I think my brain is bleeding from watching The Backyard. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
No Score Yet Kagami "I have misgivings about the hourlong voiceover monologue style of filmmaking. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
3.5/4 No Score Yet Letters from the Dead (2003) "Whatever you want to say about bravery and camaraderie, tragedy and lunacy in wartime, can be just as true of the enemy soldier as it can of our own. It's an experience very much like the German film Das Boot, without the boat. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
3/4 67% Manic (2003) "Shows scenes of life in a psychiatric unit, and it's up to you to draw conclusions about the usefulness or pointlessness of the high-tension life of the ward. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
3/4 No Score Yet All Night Bodega (2004) "Turns from a rather predictable and not terribly well written or performed movie about a family that can't get along, to a perfectly done story about a girl cut loose from that family. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 29, 2003
3.5/4 100% Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999) "As Errol Morris shows us how this strange little man got into the execution business and Holocaust denial, we should ask ourselves: Did we create 'Mr. Death'? Is he us? " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 16, 2003
3/4 97% Love & Diane (2002) "A clear-eyed look at the struggles of a Brooklyn family trying to break the cycles of neglect, drugs, and poverty with sometimes surprising results. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 16, 2003
3.5/4 71% All the Real Girls (2003) "Patiently reveals itself as a simply poetic romance told in fragments of Southern-accented conversation. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Apr 8, 2003
4/4 99% Bus 174 (Ônibus 174) (2003) "Think of it as the best episode of 'Cops' ever made. You can't take your eyes off this movie, and you'll leave with a very heavy heart when it's over. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Mar 28, 2003
2/4 96% Raising Victor Vargas (2003) "Features strong performances, but inadequate writing and directorial preparation leave it dramatically stagnant. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Mar 28, 2003
2/4 48% Assassination Tango (2003) "Take Duvall out of the picture and let this family demonstrate the tango, and you'd have a terrific movie. " ‐ Offoffoff
Posted Mar 27, 2003
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