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Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia

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Maria Garcia's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Journal International

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (2013) "This year's Oscar-nominated documentary short films (shown theatrically in two separate programs) lack the journalistic integrity one would expect in this category. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 14, 2011
100% The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation (2011) "Those of us who began our romance with the movies when double features were preceded by cartoons will revel in some of the outstanding animated shorts nominated this year by the Motion Picture Academy. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 14, 2011
100% The Sky Turns (2011) "A documentary about the demise of the filmmaker's village in Spain, The Sky Turns is poorly conceived but pleasing to look at. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 9, 2011
87% Carancho (2011) "Talented young director Pablo Trapero is undermined by a weak screenplay for this story of organized crime in Argentina. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 9, 2011
74% When We Leave (2011) "Writer-director Feo Aladag's powerful debut film about a Turkish woman fleeing her husband evokes a modern-day Greek tragedy. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 21, 2011
79% Tiny Furniture (2010) "Rambling indie tale of a young New York City woman who moves in with her mother and sister after graduating from college. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 12, 2010
50% Jolene (2008) "Based on an E.L. Doctorow short story, Jolene is an apt example of how stories about women who are in abusive relationships can be turned into sexual exploitation. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 1, 2010
93% Boxing Gym (2010) "Another unusual and thoughtful portrait of ritualized violence from one of America's master filmmakers. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 18, 2010
97% Mugabe and the White African (2010) "This portrait of a strident white farmer and his family in Zimbabwe is interesting for its close-up view of life there, but it skips too many details and ends up being morally ambiguous. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 26, 2010
91% Alamar (To the Sea) (2010) "Outstanding second feature about an unusual summer in the life of a five-year-old boy and his father in the indigenous lands of the Mexican Maya. Mexican director Pedro González-Rubio received the New Directors Award at the San Francisco International Fil " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 14, 2010
91% The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) (2010) "This drama about a French film producer and his family is entertaining despite a flawed script, and notable for its excellent direction by newcomer Mia Hansen-Løve. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 24, 2010
91% Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009) "This poetic documentary about the Japanese fascination for smaller worlds and their arthropod inhabitants is also an introduction to all things Japanese. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 11, 2010
81% Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010) "Kosashvili's film accomplishes precisely what Chekhov's short story achieves: It draws us into the lives of characters who do nothing momentous or meaningful. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 4, 2010
89% Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin (2010) "This documentary about the innovative dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin is an excellent introduction to post-modern dance and to an iconic American artist whose work is now little-known outside of dance circles. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 22, 2010
47% The Cartel (2010) "One man's rant for privatizing public education, uncomplicated by the thorny issues of curriculum reform or classroom practices " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 15, 2010
95% No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans) (2010) "In this entertaining mix of documentary and narrative film, Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi turns his camera on the Iranian underground music scene. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 7, 2010
10% Harlem Aria (1999) "Entertaining debut film about a Harlem laundry worker who dreams of becoming a famous tenor. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 5, 2010
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) "The eponymous "girl" is the only reason to see this dull, misconceived drama that centers on a defamed male journalist who takes a job with a rich industrialist. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 5, 2010
91% Old Partner (2009) "South Korean documentary-narrative hybrid centers on an aging couple and their ox. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 3, 2010
85% The Art Of The Steal (2010) "A well-researched story about the most recent art-world fleecing, this "documentary" will appeal to those interested in what the cultural elite do to amuse themselves. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 20, 2010
97% Sweetgrass (2009) "An excellent introduction to the rigors of ranching life, this documentary nevertheless exploits Americans' romantic views of the West. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 4, 2010
81% Before Tomorrow (Le Jour avant le lendemain) (2009) "The third in a cinematic trilogy of pre-Christian Inuit life that began with Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner, Before Tomorrow is an outstanding film which presents a distinctly feminine view of the history of the Inuit. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 2, 2009
90% Wolke Neun (Cloud 9) (2008) "Compelling German drama about a 67-year-old seamstress who is not content to wait out the final part of her life "aging gracefully." " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 14, 2009
88% Yasukuni (2007) "A fascinating portrait of the dark side of Japanese society, Ying Li's film is not so much about Japan's shrine to its war dead as it is an indictment of Japan's wartime aggression. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 11, 2009
59% Mutluluk (Bliss) (2009) "The director knows how to exploit beautiful scenery, but he fails at the most basic task of a filmmaker, which is to communicate emotion. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 7, 2009
75% Julie & Julia (2009) "This entertaining new comedy from Nora Ephron, about famed chef Julia Child and author Julie Powell, is a homage to every woman's unique talent for reinvention. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 3, 2009
96% Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008) "A lifeless autobiography, a shadow of the director's genius, The Beaches of Agnès is strictly for the film historian. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 29, 2009
81% Unmistaken Child (2009) "This documentary about the arcane rituals involved in identifying a child who is a reincarnated lama will leave audiences%u2014except perhaps Buddhists%u2014with far too many unanswered questions. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 2, 2009
90% 24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) (2008) "Celebrated filmmaker Jia Zhangke melds fiction and non-fiction filmmaking to portray the new betrayals in store for the Chinese as they shift to capitalism--ones not very different from the old betrayals of a paternalistic society. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 2, 2009
96% Food, Inc. (2009) "If you're an omnivore, Food, Inc. is your "must-see" documentary this year. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 20, 2009
89% Séraphine (2009) "Yolande Moreau captures both the purposeful, single-minded woman who does other people's laundry to support her painting, and Séraphine de Senlis, whose secret life of fervid creativity drove her to madness. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 20, 2009
81% Objectified (2009) "Compilation of filmed interviews with industrial designers who talk about the philosophy of design, rather than the objects they designed. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 7, 2009
92% La Ventana (The Window) (2008) "Sorin's nihilism is a matter of taste, but his claim that this movie bears any resemblance to Wild Strawberries is frankly disingenuous. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 6, 2009
78% Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys) (2008) "ike Bresson's movies, Three Monkeys is an archetype of the cinematic form in which the elements are stripped to their essences so that what remains is immaterial--as insubstantial as cinema can be. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 28, 2009
93% Oblivion (2009) "Like all of Heddy Honigmann's films, Oblivion, set in her native Lima, Peru, obliterates any previously held notions we might have had about the subjects she confronts, which, in this case, are intentional forgetfulness and the forgotten of Lima. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 10, 2009
96% Tulpan (2009) "Story of a young man's efforts to reconcile his imagined paradise with the harsh landscape he hopes will sustain him offers a romantic vision of nomad life on the steppes of Kazakhstan. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 27, 2009
98% Avaze gonjeshk-ha (The Song of Sparrows) (2009) "People of faith will see divinity in The Song of Sparrows, and the rest of us the presence of something greater than ourselves, a perfection that can only be understood in observation of another person's life. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 27, 2009
68% Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008) "This skillfully made documentary by a spurned lover of the wildly successful photographer Cindy Sherman carries the deadening taint of exploitation and self-promotion. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 26, 2009
96% Fados (2009) "Carlos Saura's valentine to fado, Portugal's blues music, is exciting despite the director's imposition of dance production numbers which add a note of dissonance. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 24, 2009
94% Katyn (2009) "An example of how a master filmmaker can make the past--in this case a World War II-era massacre--possess a bracing immediacy. Polish director Andrzej Wajda's film earned an Oscar nomination last year despite its departure from every Hollywood con " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 12, 2009
75% Our City Dreams (2008) "Documentary portrait of five women artists is the wine-party view of art from socialite-filmmaker Chiara Clemente. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 3, 2009
92% Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008) "Matteo Garrone's provocative film fictionalizes the bleak, horrifying tales of ordinary people swept into the businesses of the Camorra, while illustrating the global reach of the Neapolitan Mafia. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 26, 2009
81% Prima Ballerina (2009) "Skillfully written and entertaining documentary that is also a clever investigation into the professional lives of the world's best dancers, the ballerinas of Russia's Kirov Ballet. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 14, 2009
71% Theater of War (2008) "If you can't define "Brechtian," this documentary, ostensibly about the Public Theater's production of Mother Courage and Her Children, may elude you, yet the all-too-brief glimpses of Meryl Streep finding meaning in the play may make it all worthw " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 19, 2008
93% The Betrayal - Nerakhoon (2008) "The filmmakers, plying the easier path of sentimentality, never explore the psychological complexity of the disenfranchisement suffered by the Phrasavaths. Instead, they emphasize the everyday humiliations of poverty%u2014the better to place blame. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 21, 2008
58% The Secret Life of Bees (2008) "Despite a cliched script and bland direction by writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Secret Life of Bees celebrates women and girls, and for that reason should not be written off as just another chick flick. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 17, 2008
88% Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (2008) "For the sophisticated viewer, it is like looking at Bourgeois' work in the company of a good friend. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 25, 2008
69% American Teen (2008) "In each situation, punctuated with animated sequences that reflect the teenager's fantasies, Burstein recalls the bittersweet experience of being 18. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 23, 2008
94% Encounters at the End of the World (2007) "Signature Herzog: thoughtful, often hilarious, but also overwrought and lengthy. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 11, 2008
67% Battle for Haditha (2007) "His conflation of reality and narrative filmmaking, unique as it may seem, that doesn't always work. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 7, 2008
96% Up the Yangtze (2007) "Far too many disparate themes are never woven together to explain the underlying purpose of the film's journey. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 25, 2008
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