Laura Kern

Laura Kern

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Laura Kern's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, New York Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
60% Southpaw (2015) "Despite the occasional cliché (the too-perfect social worker, most glaringly), Southpaw is action-specialist Antoine Fuqua's most solid work since 2001's Training Day. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 2, 2015
89% Turbo Kid (2015) "Perhaps the most colorful film ever made with a postapocalyptic setting, Turbo Kid is a loud, energetic homage to Eighties kitsch. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2015
69% The Salvation (2015) "Slick, hyperstylized, and lushly scored- a far cry from Levring and co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen's Dogme days-The Salvation is, under its glossy Western veneer, a simple, old-fashioned revenge thriller. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2015
94% La Nana (The Maid) (2009) "The Maid is a film that defies expectations; expect to feel ashamed of yourself. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 2014
90% The Messenger (2009) "[Foster and Harrelson's] interplay, on the job (ruining the day of one unfortunate person after the next) and off...provides the backbone of this erratically paced film. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 2014
48% Mammoth (Mammut) (2009) "The real trouble with Mammoth is that [Lukas] Moodysson, more practiced in subtlety than he's given credit for, exhibits none here. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
63% Brothers (2009) "Anyone fond of Danish director Susanne Bier's 2004 original should steer clear of this ill-advised though faithful remake by Jim Sheridan. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
67% Daybreakers (2010) "A slick, violent, and intensely gloomy horror/action/sci-fi hybrid that stands out in a crowded field of end-of-mankind movie scenarios. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
46% Creation (2010) "An elegant, melancholy movie about storytelling, science vs. religion, family, life, and death. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
52% The Zero Theorem (2014) "The Zero Theorem is very much a Terry Gilliam film: fantastical, kooky, occasionally sloppy, but with a big brain and a beating heart. And like most of his work, it won't appeal to all, but its unmistakable passion makes it well worth the while. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2014
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
No Score Yet 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
96% 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
No Score Yet 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
91% 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
75% 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
33% 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
88% 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
57% 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
97% 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
46% 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
No Score Yet The Sacred Family (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 68% 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 No Score Yet 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
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