Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Artforum , City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul , Film Comment Magazine , L.A. Weekly , Time Out , Time Out New York , Variety , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
534

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 534
Previous | Next
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
53% Bird People (2014) " Bird People finds new ways to anatomize 21st-century malaise." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2014
71% 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
—— 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
—— Heaven Adores You " 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
71% 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
43% 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 (A Dialogue on Women's Liberation) (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
80% 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
86% 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
93% 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
92% Nebraska (2013) " Nebraska, despite a few pleasures, strikes me as Payne's most cartoonish, one-dimensional work." — Artforum
Posted May 22, 2014
89% Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014) " Equal parts love story and horror show, it honors two unapologetically unassimilable women." — Artforum
Posted May 22, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Anderson's film looks good enough to eat; swallowing it is another matter." — Artforum
Posted May 21, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " Aronofsky's signature grandiosity is too often at odds with -- and diminished by -- the familial melodrama he has created aboard the vessel." — Artforum
Posted May 21, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Era-specific but never nostalgic, tender but never sentimental, We Are the Best!, like all good films about teenage girls, finely illuminates the emotional extremes of this tumultuous development stage." — Artforum
Posted May 21, 2014
72% Palo Alto (2014) " One misty night in northern California (played by SoCal's San Fernando Valley) bleeds into another in Palo Alto, our grasp on these characters just as tenuous in the end as it was in the beginning." — Artforum
Posted May 21, 2014
87% The Immigrant (2014) " The beating heart of the movie is Cotillard, whose saucer eyes recall those of imperiled silent-screen legends like Lillian Gish." — Artforum
Posted May 21, 2014
97% The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) (1968) " A euphoric swirl of sherbet colors, Jacques Demy's Hollywood-musical homage The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) elevates even the most mundane actions to the spectacular ..." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " The writer-director's attention to the anarchic pull of lust, simultaneously celebrated and reproved here, is sharper than ever." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2014
88% Mauvais Sang (2013) " A salute, at once moody and ebullient, to the cinema of the past and the ferocious intensity of youth." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 26, 2013
—— Play it as it Lays (1972) " If you were to imagine a celluloid ancestor to Mulholland Drive's Diane Selwyn, she'd probably look a lot like Maria Wyeth, the heroine of Frank Perry's acerbic Play It As It Lays" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
35% The Burning Plain (2009) " What's that smell? The plain isn't the only thing that's charred in screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga's directorial debut; subtlety goes up in flames too." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2013
76% Concussion (2013) " Quickly devolves into a series of unconvincing scenes in service to an outlandish premise." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013
80% Ginger & Rosa (2013) " [Potter] here forgoes her earlier unconventional predilections for a simple, direct narrative." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 12, 2013
84% Leviathan (2013) " End of days or the beginning of new ways of seeing?" — Village Voice
Posted Feb 26, 2013
56% Snitch (2013) " Its nominal outrage over the severity of our nation's sentencing laws for first-time drug offenders is quickly subsumed by a jacked-up narrative of a father going to extremes to save his son." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 21, 2013
12% Safe Haven (2013) " Hough emits all the charisma of a personal assistant ..." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 14, 2013
83% Side Effects (2013) " Side Effects points out, but never didactically, just how broken our systems have become, whether medical, governmental, or economic." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 5, 2013
86% Yossi (2013) " Ten years later, Yossi powerfully probes the grief that still consumes the surviving ex-soldier, now working as a physician in Tel Aviv." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 22, 2013
67% Nana (2013) " A fiction film that documents the unpredictable, unscripted actions of its pint-size lead, Nana offers new ways of thinking about childhood, or, at the very least, about children in movies." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 22, 2013
93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) Village Voice
Posted Jan 22, 2013
60% 10 Years (2012) City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Jan 22, 2013
65% Mama (2013) " Mama never delivers the primal terror its premise would suggest." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 15, 2013
36% LUV (2013) " Although Common and Rainey make a well-matched duo, their chemistry is frequently squandered by a script (co-written by director Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson) that boxes them into impossible roles in one clichéd scene after another." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 15, 2013
79% Quartet (2013) " Sentimental and pandering ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 9, 2013
98% The Invisible War (2012) " Interview after interview, statistic after statistic, Dick's advocacy project thoroughly incenses -- and appears to be having results." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 7, 2013
93% Barbara (2012) " A transfixing Cold War thriller set in the East Germany of 1980 ..." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 18, 2012
81% The Impossible (2012) " [Its] horrors, and the absorbing performances of Watts and McGregor, will soon be undermined by a surfeit of sentiment." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 18, 2012
60% Here and There (2013) " As simple, straightforward, and elegant as its title." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 18, 2012
79% Any Day Now (2012) " Straining for "teachable moments," the film has one noteworthy, unintentional function: to remind us that though LGBT rights are continually evolving, the laws of kitsch remain immutable." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 11, 2012
46% Save The Date (2012) " Yet another unfocused movie about generic relationship quandaries." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 11, 2012
4% Playing for Keeps (2012) " I'll long be haunted by Dennis Quaid's manic performance as a palm-greasing dad who seems to be under the influence of bath salts ..." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 7, 2012
19% Lay the Favorite (2012) " A wan comedy about gambling that takes no risks ..." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 4, 2012
Showing 1 - 50 of 534
Previous | Next
  • Sort by Rating:

    Sort results by this critic's rating. This option is only available for critics with a rating system (4 star, letter grade, 1-10, etc.)

  • Sort by T-meter:

    Sort results by the Tomatometer (percentage of critics recommending a certain movie)

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile