Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Melissa Anderson's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) "Much of the visual footage here -- the film-highlights reel, the Sacheen Littlefeather incident at the 1973 Academy Awards -- is already so familiar that it dulls the pleasure of hearing Brando's unfettered thoughts. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 28, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) "I'm not sure who's most responsible for Trainwreck's ultimate timidity, for the mordant ribaldry evinced in the first half hour or so inexorably oozing into couple-y goo. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 15, 2015
100% Court (2015) "Suffused with a pointed, cool, never didactic despair, Tamhane's narrative-feature debut exposes India's highly dysfunctional judicial system, one still upholding scores of laws dating back to British rule almost seventy years after independence. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 15, 2015
100% Lilith (1964) "The story of Lilith - a man's love for a manipulative madwoman makes him go insane - may not be especially gripping, but the way that it's told highlights an intriguingly perverse sensibility. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 14, 2015
95% Orange is the New Black: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "The series' assiduous attention to the particulars of each inmate's life, whether delving into her past or her present, has made it one of the most brilliantly kaleidoscopic in the history of television. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 30, 2015
62% The Princess Of France (2015) "The precise attachments, romantic or otherwise, among the constellation of characters may be deliberately confusing, but the performers themselves, all part of the writer-director's regular troupe, are exceptionally vivid. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 26, 2015
80% My Name Is Khan (2010) "Khan's disorder, clearly used to make our hero a pure-hearted naif, comes dangerously close to being exploitative. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 26, 2015
86% Heaven Knows What (2015) "It centers on electrifying newcomer Arielle Holmes as a homeless junkie named Harley, a character largely shaped by the performer's own extremely recent past. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 26, 2015
86% L For Leisure "A ludic early-1990s time capsule, Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn's L for Leisure pays tribute to egghead volubility and good-vibes indolence. " ‐ Artforum
Posted May 22, 2015
86% The Rose (1979) "The Rose isn't big but enormous. " ‐ Artforum
Posted May 22, 2015
76% Love at First Fight (2015) "Rejuvenating the romantic comedy through its unusual premise - in which training for an elite army unit releases a flood of pheromones - Cailley's film is also buoyed by its enormously appealing leads ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 19, 2015
81% Dior and I (2015) "Though the film is unquestionably a flattering portrait of Simons, it is also more broadly, and more fruitfully, a testament to a tradition and to those who have upheld it for decades. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Apr 10, 2015
74% Welcome To New York (2015) "That bluntness never ceases in Welcome to New York. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Mar 27, 2015
89% The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (2015) "The Houellebecq we see on screen is obviously rooted as much in fiction as in fact, yet what makes his performance so fascinating is the mischievous glee he takes in sending up his own persona. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 24, 2015
69% She's Lost Control (2015) "Too often, She's Lost Control hazily drifts from scene to scene, invested in examining the exhausted topic of what happens when a sex professional finds that the rigid boundary between work and off-duty pleasure has become uncomfortably porous. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Mar 18, 2015
89% Amour Fou (2015) "Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner has an unerring talent for examining, skeptically but never cynically, grand notions about destiny ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 17, 2015
87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "The film, especially in its second half, after Kumiko lands at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, is resolutely more invested in, and sympathetic toward, its heroine than her fetish objects. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Mar 13, 2015
95% Stage Door (1937) "Stage Door crackles with zingers ad-libbed by a cast that includes Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, Eve Arden, and Lucille Ball. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Feb 12, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "In the interest of consumer reporting, I'll say this: The book isn't better than the movie, and the film isn't better than the book. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Feb 12, 2015
95% Girlhood (2015) "Sciamma has a particular gift for spectacular opening scenes. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jan 29, 2015
69% The Foxy Merkins (2014) "Merkins sends up both male-hustler movies (Midnight Cowboy and My Own Private Idaho in particular) and the upscale, conservative daughters of Gomorrah with unerring goofiness. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jan 21, 2015
No Score Yet A Thousand Suns "Mati Diop's lush and elegant A Thousand Suns requires only forty-five minutes to astutely consider weighty matters of history and legacy. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jan 20, 2015
78% Joy of Man's Desiring (2015) "Joy of Man's Desiring forgoes obvious didactics and visual cues in favor of letting viewers draw their own conclusions. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015
99% Selma (2015) "A large part of Selma's success is rooted in Oyelowo's superb, nuanced portrayal of a figure held to be a near deity. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Dec 22, 2014
71% If You Don't, I Will (2014) "The loose confidence on display throughout much of If You Don't, I Will helps make the material, however frequently (and often enervatingly) mined, seem fresh. Although dour, Fillières's movie is free of cynicism and bad faith, and buoyed by sly wit. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Dec 17, 2014
50% Tip Top (2014) "This sui generis policier audaciously balances slapstick with a fiercely intelligent probing of the still-knotty legacy of France's colonialist past. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Dec 12, 2014
96% 3 Women (1977) "The film is rich in brilliant oddities and juxtapositions, never more so than when Duvall and Spacek are encompassed in the same frame. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Dec 9, 2014
98% The Babadook (2014) "Writer-director Jennifer Kent's domestic-horror movie The Babadook satisfyingly pierces the obscene sanctification of "mommyhood" -- a pathological mandate that seems to have become an irreversible cultural imperative. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Dec 1, 2014
96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "As seductive and forebodding as its title -- a simple, declarative sentence that encompasses many mysteries -- Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature reanimates and restores the sexiness of the vampire movie. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Nov 21, 2014
55% White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) "Grounding White Bird in a Blizzard and providing its warmth, however, is Woodley. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 24, 2014
73% Camp X-Ray (2014) "Even as Camp X-Ray builds to its preposterous final scene, Stewart and Moaadi remain fascinating to behold. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 21, 2014
98% Citizenfour (2014) "Laura Poitras's Citizenfour is an electrifying countdown to an epoch-altering event, unfolding in an antiseptic all-white room. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 21, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) "Fincher's adaptation bears all of the filmmaker's trademark precision, his impeccable ability to conjure dread in the most seemingly benign locales of the Show Me State heightened by the terror-drone composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 1, 2014
58% Bird People (2014) "Bird People finds new ways to anatomize 21st-century malaise. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2014
73% Fedora (1978) "This wearying nostalgia for golden-age moviemaking aside, Fedora exposes, through a major plot twist I won't give away, the off-screen pathologies that constitute the nightmares of the dream factory. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Sep 3, 2014
No Score Yet T.A.M.I. Show (2010) "The T.A.M.I. Show turns fifty this year, though its unsurpassed exuberance, not just onstage but also off it, assures that it will remain forever young. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 29, 2014
91% Heaven Adores You (2015) "The film is at its best when resurrecting the '90s Portland scene that shaped Smith musically and personally, drawing on intimate, original interviews with Smith's friends and colleagues of the period. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 31, 2014
67% Paris Blues (1961) "Despite how square this movie about hepcats seems -- if only from the admittedly unfair vantage point of more than five decades on -- expressions of raw emotion stir Paris Blues to life. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 31, 2014
73% The Strange Little Cat (2014) "Zürcher's talent for illuminating the specific also extends to his precise arrangement of bodies in rooms and hallways; the various entrances to and exits from the kitchen, for example, reveal a tightly, yet never fussily so, controlled choreography. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 31, 2014
100% Tristana (1970) "One of the greatest films from Buñuel's extremely rich late period. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 10, 2014
45% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) "Like off-the-rack clothing, this study of a remarkable talent and relationship follows standard patterns. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 26, 2014
100% Town Bloody Hall (2001) "The entire debate at Town Hall is defined by a manic, stimulating energy -- the kind that's hard to replicate via Twitter wars. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 20, 2014
84% Violette (2014) "The great accomplishment of Violette is its sober presentation of Leduc's frequently intractable nature, unruliness that the film honors without sentimentalizing or solemnizing it. " ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 10, 2014
78% 2 Autumns, 3 Winters (2014) "The film strongly evokes the spirit and playfulness of the Nouvelle Vague ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
85% Night Moves (2014) "What remains constant is Reichardt's ability to coolly present thorny sociopolitical and moral issues. " ‐ Artforum
Posted May 30, 2014
94% The Normal Heart (2014) "Despite its flaws, this iteration of The Normal Heart also exhorts us to remember. " ‐ Artforum
Posted May 29, 2014
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) "Despite the cadaverous appearance of its lead actor, Dallas Buyers Club wants to be pretty, too, presenting a tidy, uplifting history of the years when unconscionable inaction and prejudice toward those with AIDS were a matter of federal policy. " ‐ Artforum
Posted May 22, 2014
94% Her (2013) " Phoenix's performance is imbued with such genuine heartsickness that Theodore's musings on why his marriage fell apart ring of piercing, real-life regret, not break-up bromides. " ‐ Artforum
Posted May 22, 2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) "Scorsese's hard-R portrayal of Belfort and company's insatiable appetites -- for money, for whores, for drugs, for stuff -- pierces until it numbs. " ‐ Artforum
Posted May 22, 2014
93% American Hustle (2013) "The movie's greatest strength [is] Russell's magnanimity toward his characters, an equable, never cloying embrace of their imperfections. " ‐ Artforum
Posted May 22, 2014
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