Laura Kern

Laura Kern

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , New York Times
Total Reviews:
138

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
96% Blue Ruin (2014) " The absolute antithesis of the standard cheer-on-the-wronged revenge thriller, Blue Ruin is a stripped-down take that unfolds much the way it might in real life." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2014
—— Estômago, (Estomago: A Gastronomic Story) (2007) " Its frequent close-ups of dishes being prepared are so luscious-and its accompanying score so playfully lusty-that it might even be described as food porn." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2013
31% The Good Heart (2010) " The relationship of the characters played by Cox and Dano, more innocent than the dynamic the two actors explored nine years ago in L.I.E., makes for an eccentric buddy-film gone right. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
83% Mademoiselle Chambon (2010) " Mademoiselle Chambon may be a small film about inconsequential people, but the situations and emotions it stirs up are universally profound" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
97% Animal Kingdom (2010) " Seldom is a debut feature handled with such assurance and intelligence" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
69% Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) (2010) " To fully appreciate the pleasures of Pascal Chaumeil's debut feature, Heartbreaker, it helps to know-and love-Dirty Dancing. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2013
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Perhaps the cinematic equivalent of tough love, Dallas Buyers Club may be more feel-bad than it would have been in the hands of the more cliché-inclined." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2013
—— Kidnapped (1995) " The drama remains strictly confined indoors, intensified by handheld camerawork, in-your-face close-ups, and an inspired use of split screen" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2013
92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " Taking its cue from Michael Haneke's deeper, crueler Funny Games, The Cabin in the Woods explores why we-sicko viewers-take pleasure in the suffering of others. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2013
74% You're Next (2013) " A rare example of satisfying horror-comedy, a crowd-pleaser laced with some hilariously gruesome violence." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2013
93% The Hunt (2013) " Mikkelsen, one of his country's finest actors, in collaboration with Thomas Vinterberg, one of its finest directors, delivers what may be his strongest performance yet." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2013
91% Point Blank (2011) " Point Blank is saddled with the same title as John Boorman's 1967 masterpiece, but the only thing the two films really have in common is coolness. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
95% Best Worst Movie (2010) " [The] doc offers fittingly low-tech amusement throughout --which is a hell of a lot more than can be said about the tediously incomprehensible movie it champions." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
73% Soul Kitchen (2010) " Like the aphrodisiac-spiked dessert that Shayn prepares one night, the movie's effects may not linger long, but they are feverishly fun and guilt-free while they last." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
75% The Eclipse (2010) " The Eclipse is wholly, if strangely, cinematic; its dream-like tonal and narrative unpredictability, interspersed with a few completely jarring horror-film moments, make for an experience that will, yes, haunt audiences for a long time to come." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
49% Sleeping Beauty (2011) " She spends much of the movie baring her fascinatingly underdeveloped body; her vagina is her temple. There's no graphic sex, but its intimations are anything but sexy." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2013
79% Shame (2011) " Many may hail Shame as a voyeuristic masterpiece when in fact it's an empty provocation verging on the ludicrous. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2013
82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " It's a film for people who believe that fallen souls aren't inevitably destined to become lost ones." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2013
87% Buried (2010) " A nifty gimmick rarely translates into satisfying cinema, but Buried qualifies as an exception." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2013
41% Little White Lies (2012) " Little White Lies is less a portrait of the poignance and beauty of lasting, mostly platonic relationships than a lesson in how to be a shitty friend." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2013
32% All Good Things (2010) " David (Gosling) finds potential salvation in Katie (Kirsten Dunst), a free spirit so saintlike that she verges on caricature." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2013
87% Blue Valentine (2010) " Unlike Bergman's searing Scenes from a Marriage, which sustains itself for every one of its 299 devastating minutes, Blue Valentine begins to falter somewhere during its 114." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2013
79% The Grey (2012) " In the case of The Grey, less would have decidedly been more." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2013
94% Blancanieves (2013) " Blancanieves is painstakingly crafted, emotionally gripping at times, and more authentically Grimm than most interpretations, and it puts a slightly unsettling new spin on Prince Charming and the proverbial happily-ever-after ending." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2013
74% The East (2013) " The film, if you can temporarily suspend disbelief, is still the kind of rock-solid intelligent entertainment that has become all too rare." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2013
56% American Mary (2013) " Sexy and delightfully deadpan, Katharine Isabelle absolutely kills it as loner med student Mary, so passionate about perfecting her surgical skills that she spends her evenings suturing turkey flesh. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2013
70% Ocean's Thirteen (2007) New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2013
33% Kidnapped (2011) " Thoroughly unsettling." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2012
73% The Tree (2011) " [It] would be much easier to write off as silly and self-serious, if it weren't so involving." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2012
98% The Artist (2011) " A rare instance of movie perfection." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2011
29% Machine Gun Preacher (2011) " Even during this biopic's most absurd moments, Gerard Butler is terrific, conveying gentle and brutal equally well. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2011
77% The Debt (2011) " The film delivers both as a love story and as an old-fashioned espionage thriller that no amount of implausibility can spoil." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2011
44% A Serbian Film (2011) " Viewers will need a lifelong shower after enduring it. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 11, 2011
83% The Double Hour (2011) " Showing special attention to sound design and, as the title suggests, the play of time, it's an expertly crafted work. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2011
55% The Conspirator (2011) " Ultimately, The Conspirator showcases a lead actor in search of a better movie and fascinating source material worthy of a grander vision." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2011
—— The Sacred Family (La Sagrada Familia) (2008) New York Times
Posted Apr 4, 2011
98% Let the Right One In (2008) " Exquisitely crafted." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2010
4/5 89% The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) " An irresistible documentary about the inexhaustible sibling songwriting duo Richard and Robert Sherman." — New York Times
Posted May 22, 2009
1.5/5 65% Brothers at War (2009) " Insights shared by those left behind sharpen the focus on the sacrifices made by those who go off to war -- a message that might have been clearer were the film not so self-serving." — New York Times
Posted May 8, 2009
2.5/5 —— 13B (2009) " Despite its near-total absence of subtlety, bloated running time and, yes, even the inclusion of a couple of out-of-place musical sequences -- does manage to change to a relatively new channel." — New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2009
2/5 21% Johnny Got His Gun (2008) " Staged plays just aren't that cinematic, and even under the capable direction of Rowan Joseph, Mr. McKenzie doesn't provide enough spark to offset the problem." — New York Times
Posted Dec 4, 2008
3/5 80% Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie (2008) " In the once booming, now fading steel town of Portsmouth, Ohio, two friends share a talent for spotting the apelike creature most popularly known as Bigfoot." — New York Times
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2/5 27% The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008) " Exposes itself as a technically deficient bore with little on its agenda." — New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2008
3/5 54% Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert (2008) " The title doesn't lie." — New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2008
2.5/5 —— Unspooled (2008) " Unfortunately allows an overly dramatic approach (and score) to eclipse its much-needed sense of irony." — New York Times
Posted Sep 26, 2008
3/5 36% The Lucky Ones (2008) " With a smooth, light touch, The Lucky Ones focuses on the idea that the present and the people who factor into it are all we really have." — New York Times
Posted Sep 26, 2008
3/5 14% My Best Friend's Girl (2008) " There are no surprises here, but speedy pacing and a smattering of laughs along the way, as well as a knowing turn by Alec Baldwin as Tank's even more piggish father, make My Best Friend's Girl a date not entirely to be skipped." — New York Times
Posted Sep 22, 2008
3/5 60% Quilombo Country " The forceful baritone of Public Enemy's frontman Chuck D, who narrates, makes the film's history-telling go down smoothly." — New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3.5/5 67% Amexicano (2007) " Realistic performances and genuine emotions make Matthew Bonifacio's quiet charmer Amexicano much more than just another preachy treatise on illegal immigration." — New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3/5 48% The Tree of Life (2008) " Ms. Volterra, acting as narrator and interviewee herself, can't seem to resist the urge to be the star of her own film, which too often feels like a wearisome exercise in self-therapy." — New York Times
Posted Sep 12, 2008
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