Nick McCarthy

Nick McCarthy

Agrees with the Tomatometer 55% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
76

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1.5/4 69% What If (2014) " Right up to its simplistic ending, the film is pleased to regurgitate the contrived tropes of the genre without ever honestly addressing the ethics of romantic boundaries." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2014
2.5/4 71% Alive Inside (2014) " The doc is heartwarming, but it doesn't delve deeply into the backstories that inform the ailing patients' connection to the music that stirs their memories." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/4 98% A Summer's Tale (2014) " Despite its googly-eyed missive to the power of romance fueling confidence and comfort, A Summer's Tale is most salient when addressing the bonds of friendship." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2.5/4 85% Ivory Tower (2014) " The documentary is more interested in covering all its bases than making sure it fully has its foot on each base. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2014
2.5/4 80% Zero Motivation (2014) " Tayla Lavie's film misses the prime opportunity to remark on the triviality of war." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2014
2/4 77% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) " What results is a lopsided, put-upon narrative of survival where humans, and not the animals themselves, are the ones celebrated." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2.5/4 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " This is less a portrait of an artist as a young woman than a psychological evaluation of a slippery subject." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2014
3/4 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " The patience in mercurially presenting the characters' backstories and desires is matched by the film's genuine curiosity about the healing power of sharing stories." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2014
3/4 85% The New Black (2014) " It does little to break free of the conventional talking-head documentary format, but thoughtful in how it prizes dialogue over acrimony and one-sided rhetoric." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2014
1/4 8% Cavemen (2014) " Cavemen is an apt title considering how the sensibility and maturity of the film's characters don't seem to have developed beyond primal, alpha-man impulses. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2.5/4 —— Breaking The Frame (2014) " Director Marielle Nitoslawaska's experimental approach sometimes wanders down uncontextualized paths and obfuscates the subject with filmic affectations." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2014
3/4 98% The Rocket (2014) " The particulars of Laos's historical conflicts are sometimes only obliquely confronted, but the torrid past of covered-up wars palpably echoes through the scarred yet majestic landscapes." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2014
1/4 56% The Best Offer (2014) " It ascribes to the falsehood that a rarefied milieu inherently infuses a film with intelligence, as if inept execution can be covered up by pretty lensing. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 28, 2013
3/4 82% The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2) (2013) " It most potently strikes the tone of an elegy, pensively observing that beneath the bickering in museum boardrooms lies a massive treasure trove of art history that's being kept from the public's eye. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2013
1.5/4 80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " A tale of memory and redemption that does little to linger in the mind and even less to decry P.L. Travers's claim that Disney turns everything it touches into schmaltz. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2013
1.5/4 28% Charlie Countryman (2013) " An egregious entry into the pantheon of films about white Americans traveling to exotic lands in search of identity and soul-searching adventure." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2013
1.5/4 43% Sal (2013) " It functions under the delusion that subtext will magically appear if you linger on a character long enough, and the significance of most of its scenes is nothing if not inscrutable." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2013
3/4 71% Jealousy (2014) " Due to its rather pure and unburdened perspective of complex relations, it's a plausibly hand-me-down portrait accessed from the point of view of a young child. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3.5/4 —— Când se lasa seara peste Bucuresti sau metabolism (When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism) " Corneliu Porumboiu's wry and cryptically titled film is both oblique and about obliqueness." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/4 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " It contextualizes cinema not only as a form of magic (capable of transformative, elated power), but also of revolution." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/4 86% Shepard & Dark (2013) " Treva Wurmfeld's documentary addresses, and acutely analyzes, the way friendship can bend, and occasionally snap, over time." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2013
85% Night Moves (2014) " Ambiguously hints that perhaps the devastating nadir of an activist's soul, having given way to world-weary guilt, is simply taking a step toward compromising one's ideals." — House Next Door
Posted Sep 17, 2013
81% Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) " In tackling the genre of psychological thriller with Tom at the Farm, wunderkind writer-director-actor Xavier Dolan reigns in his often flagrant use of formalism without sacrificing his confidence as a filmmaker." — House Next Door
Posted Sep 17, 2013
78% Història de la meva mort (Story of My Death) " Albert Serra's impish impulses are stretched thin as vampirism reigns supreme." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2013
93% Child's Pose (2014) " The film, more than the complicated milieu it depicts, is at odds with itself." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2013
64% August: Osage County (2013) " It pokes and occasionally stabs, but doesn't twist the knife as much as it should." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2013
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Despite its good intentions and moxie-filled performances, Dallas Buyers Club is ultimately marred by its impulse to compromise its freewheeling humanity in favor of crowd-pleasing tropes." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2013
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Despite its good intentions and moxie-filled performances, Dallas Buyers Club is ultimately marred by its impulse to compromise its freewheeling humanity in favor of crowd-pleasing tropes." — House Next Door
Posted Sep 13, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " The gut-wrenching, immersive elements are almost above reproach, but ultimately it's all effect and little affect." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2013
93% Child's Pose (2014) " The film, more than the complicated milieu it depicts, is at odds with itself." — House Next Door
Posted Sep 7, 2013
2/4 73% Populaire (2013) " Candy-colored to a potentially cavity-causing degree, the film is a bubbly regurgitation of retrograde romantic comedy tropes and reactionary sexual politics." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2013
2.5/4 80% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " The film's highly calculated beauty suffocates rather than elevates the story's emotional underpinnings. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2013
3/4 78% Jug Face (2013) " Chad Crawford Kinkle impressively imbues this supernatural world of backwoods mysticism with a plausible milieu while still staying committed to the film's own brewing insanity." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2/4 68% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) " This safe, solemn tale of an aged artist whose vitality is briefly revived by a pretty young thing is unconvincing as an articulation of the potentially spiritual nature of the artist/model relationship." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2013
2.5/4 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " One of Woody Allen's strongest and most pointed films in over a decade despite mildly falling victim to his recent propensity for clunky narrative development, cynicism, and stereotypical characterizations." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 21, 2013
1.5/4 37% Dealing With Idiots (2013) " The film is reduced to a series of unfunny mockery laid out so Garlin can display his trademark deadpan reaction." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2013
2/4 55% The Look of Love (2013) " With its softened edges, bland aftertaste, and watered-down distillation of Raymond's life and career, Michael Winterbottom's film represents the house champagne of biographical cinema." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 3, 2013
2.5/4 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) " Pedro Almodóvar's diverting pop-art bauble firmly placing the "relief" in comic relief and the "cock" in cockpit." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2013
2/4 78% Monsters University (2013) " Unfortunate proof that the animation studio previously known for its brains is now resting a little too heavily on its nominal brawn." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2013
91% Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2013) " Brad Bernstein's documentary proves that Ungerer's legacy is as historically significant as it is artistically." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2013
2/4 87% Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013) " Inflammatory talk-show host Morton Downey Jr. sparked, delighted, and quickly faded like a firecracker--not unlike the erratic, quick-fire presentation of his persona in the doc." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2013
3/4 78% Arrested Development: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " There's still a plethora of fresh homonym-friendly wordplay, surprising parallels, and witty allusions to delight and preoccupy us until the series pulls off its next magic trick. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 30, 2013
3/4 —— Pig Across Paris (1957) " An exaggerated epic of traditional buddy-comedy trappings wrapped in a picaresque farce." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 23, 2013
1.5/4 93% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) " We Steal Secrets lacks perspective and still feels wrapped in secrets and lies. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 20, 2013
3/4 74% The Source Family (2013) " The research and elucidating synthesis on display effectively illuminate the pernicious aura of a lifestyle pursued by the yearning, lost souls of the time." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 16, 2013
2/4 77% Venus And Serena (2013) " Opting for inspiration over insight, Venus and Serena is a starry-eyed pop doc that cannot transcend its scattershot, for-fans-only filmmaking." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 7, 2013
2/4 70% Greetings From Tim Buckley (2013) " Despite the counter-culture subjects at its core, Daniel Algrant's film possesses a put-upon hipness that cannot mask its disarming dorkiness." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2013
1.5/4 —— Tricked (2013) " The film is experimental in the way that the final product is much more of a labor-intensive challenge for the filmmakers than a cerebral one for the movie-going audience." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2013
2/4 73% Bluebird " Knitted-together by its sense of place and lived-in performances, yet unraveled by anemic false melodrama and overbearing music." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2013
2.5/4 89% In the House (2013) " It's buoyant and titillates, striking that distinctly Ozonian balance between the beautiful and the sinister, but it doesn't resonate. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2013
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