Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
Film Journal International
Total Reviews:
380

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Showing 101 - 150 of 380
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
93% Lake of Fire (2007) " Lives up to its promise of definitiveness...a significant piece of journalism." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 25, 2007
89% Forever (2007) " [A film with] power to stir a memory of beauty beheld and shared." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 12, 2007
88% The Willow Tree (2007) " The filmmaker compels us to see in the dark, to recognize beauty in the absence of color and light." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 3, 2007
57% Becoming Jane (2007) " It's worse than male fantasy: It's Austen for Idiots." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 27, 2007
82% The Sugar Curtain (El Telon de azucar) (2007) " After 40 minutes of schoolgirl and schoolboy reminiscences, and the filmmaker's attempts to filter history through nostalgia, the documentary is about as appealing as a home movie." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 24, 2007
100% Live-in Maid (Cama adentro) (2007) " Gaggero's vision is gentle and optimistic and, like all things which come upon us slowly and gracefully, it possesses an undeniable verisimilitude." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 19, 2007
52% Fairy Tale - A True Story (1997) " A film with no discernable point of view that's directed at no definable audience." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 16, 2007
86% Mother and Son (1998) " Sokurov has thought deeply about his subject, but he does not dwell in the emotional and spiritual lives of this mother and son." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 13, 2007
83% Nenette and Boni (Nénette et Boni) (1996) " Captures the fragile and fleeting impression you often have of life, that's actually closer to life itself than the more comforting, linear perspectives of narrative film." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 11, 2007
83% O Amor Natural (1996) " Composed of dramatic and thoughtful readings followed by surprisingly candid interviews." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 11, 2007
80% Soul Food (1997) " This story is right out of America's collective unconscious." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 11, 2007
67% A Self-Made Hero (Un héros très discret) (1997) " Clever as the commentary may be, you simply don't care what happens to the protagonist." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 10, 2007
88% Strike (Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig) (2007) " Kudos to Schlöndorff for celebrating the woman who sacrificed that glory for the greater good--and who continues to fight." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 25, 2007
70% 9 Star Hotel (Malon 9 Kochavim) (2007) " A riveting portrait of disenfranchisement." — Film Journal International
Posted May 23, 2007
92% La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid) (2004) " Only in a Chabrol film can subjects like lust, obsession and family dynamics not lead you to a psychological insight. That's why The Bridesmaid is so much fun to watch. It's scary and seductive, and you're not bothered in the least by that connection." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 25, 2007
100% Brother (1997) Film Journal International
Posted Apr 14, 2007
4% The Specialist (1994) Film Journal International
Posted Apr 14, 2007
79% Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs) (2007) " With the exception of an agonizingly long and overwritten opening scene, Private Fears is an absorbing if somewhat theatrical drama of six intertwined lives." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 10, 2007
94% Cinévardaphoto (2005) " Everything is in Varda's perspicacious photos." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 7, 2007
80% Die Stille nach dem Schuß (The Legend of Rita) (The Legends of Rita) (2000) " Excellent performances by lead actors Beglau and Martin Wuttke...as well as an unforgettable performance by Nadja Uhl...humanize the unfamiliar internal politics of Germany." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 7, 2007
95% U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha (2005) " U-Carmen is brash, often strident, yet in the end it is not cathartic." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 30, 2007
95% Offside (2006) " Its indictment of Iranian mores is no less incisive than that of The Circle." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 8, 2007
88% The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007) " It's a dissertation, not a story." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 8, 2007
50% Blossoms of Fire (2006) " While Blossoms of Fire avoids the fluff and sensationalism of an Elle article, it is by no means the last word on Zapotec culture." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
33% Trudell (2006) " Like many "documentaries" that are essentially homages, Trudell often lacks context." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
51% Manderlay (2006) " Manderlay is shorter but just as dull, pretentious and condescending as Dogville." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
94% Wheel of Time (2003) " Wheel of Time is flawed because Herzog attempts to illustrate faith through the exercise of faithfulness. He runs after the poetry of Buddhism and it eludes him." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
68% Cape of Good Hope (2005) " Mostly manages to feel authentic and uplifting, putting a human face on a complex colonial culture." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
76% The Devil Wears Prada (2006) " An insipid script by Laws of Attraction co-writer Aline Brosh McKenna packs a few droll one-liners, but mostly the film only aspires to its chick-lit roots." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
87% The Beauty Academy of Kabul (2006) " It is that lack of small-minded judgment which distinguishes The Beauty Academy of Kabul and which makes it thoughtful, yet so much fun to watch." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
81% Voices in Wartime (2005) " An absorbing and eye-opening documentary about war poetry." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
85% Wandâfuru raifu (After Life) (1998) " How people remember, how they fictionalize their memories, and the nature of memory itself are all part of the fascination of After Life." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
89% A State of Mind (2005) " Will raise many more questions about totalitarianism, and about the foreign policies of Western countries with regard to North Korea, than it ever answers." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
92% The Devil's Miner (2006) " The flawless progress of this documentary lies in the filmmakers' unwavering fealty to their subjects." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
68% North Country (2005) " While the performances are flawless, Michael Seitzman's screenplay is embarrassingly sophomoric, so much so that the film's denouement completely obliterates its feminist message." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
27% The Omen (2006) " John Moore's The Omen is not as frightening as Richard Donner's 1976 version--Moore resorts to scare tactics rather than impending horror." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
89% Sir! No Sir! (2006) " An aimless pastiche of archival footage and current interviews of former Vietnam vets court-martialed and jailed for their anti-war activities." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
90% The Take (2004) " A paean to the resiliency of the human spirit." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
88% Shake Hands With the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire (2005) " Raymont gets the most out of what little footage and still photographs remain from 1994." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
91% After Innocence (2005) " An advertorial rather than a solid piece of investigative journalism." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
92% Saraband (2003) " We find [Bergman]at 87, sifting through his pictures, wondering at the choices he's made." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
79% Been Rich All My Life (2006) " It's a credit to MacDonald that she provides a little-known view of Harlem's halcyon days, but what's missing is the pith and marrow: We feel that the women still elude us." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
87% Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2006) " Although Sophie Scholl is noteworthy for its performances, it will undoubtedly fail to capture the popular imagination here." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
58% Stolen Childhoods (2005) " The result is an infomercial rather than a film." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
80% Electric Shadows (Meng ying tong nian) (2005) " In an astonishingly accomplished first feature, female filmmaker Xiao Jiang puts an entirely different face on China's Cultural Revolution." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
94% Blind Shaft (2003) " An auspicious first feature; although relentlessly benighted, it is nevertheless beautifully filmed and well-acted." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
97% The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005) " In his retelling of the events, Beauchamp reconstructs the legacy of diaspora." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
86% The Intruder (L'Intrus) (2005) " A film that's so recondite, it's barely there." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
81% L'Ivresse du pouvoir (Comedy of Power) (2006) " Although Chabrol is celebrated as a master of suspense, his great movies, like this one and the underappreciated masterpiece Madame Bovary (also starring Huppert), meticulously expose the mechanisms of our entrapment." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
90% When the Sea Rises (Quand la Mer Monte...) (2006) " Magical and enchanting." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
77% 4 (Chetyre) (2006) " The performances are so good and the images so darkly expressive that Khrzhanovsky's experiment with cinematic deconstructionism nearly works." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2007
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