Nick Pinkerton

Nick Pinkerton

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Artforum , Film Comment Magazine , L.A. Weekly , Reverse Shot , Stop Smiling , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
513

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
90% The Simpsons Movie (2007) " The consensus is right: It's only pretty funny, which is all it needed to be." — Stop Smiling
Posted Aug 24, 2014
50% Pain & Gain (2013) " While Pain & Gain often frustrates, Bay's overwhelming cinematic sense is undeniable." — Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 6, 2014
100% Barabba (Barabbas) (1961) " Like Fleischer's oeuvre as a whole, it's ripe for reconsideration-the Greatest Story Ever Told has been Retold and Retold, but Barabbas brings it back from the dead." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014
69% A Scanner Darkly (2006) " It is exhausting in its yammering, yes, but the very fact of its putting forth a vision of a future that's scented with bongwater, revolving around the axis of a sloppy living room, is enough to recommend it." — Stop Smiling
Posted Mar 5, 2014
81% A Prairie Home Companion (2006) " It's remarkable how charitable, on the whole, this movie feels; in all of the previous examples, the vision of pop and people is at best tangled, at worst jaundiced." — Stop Smiling
Posted Mar 5, 2014
68% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) " Being faintly disappointed by a new Wes Anderson film -- films whose primary form of emotional address, after all, is faint disappointment -- remains one of the few consistent pleasures of American moviegoing." — Stop Smiling
Posted Mar 5, 2014
62% The New World (2005) " Great works, when they next-to-never come, are always accompanied by giggles." — Stop Smiling
Posted Mar 2, 2014
—— The Carey Treatment (A Case of Murder) (Emergency Ward) (1972) " The Carey Treatment ... belongs to its period more than to all time, but its ineffaceable qualities prove that [Blake] Edwards could never be reduced to quack or hack." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Feb 25, 2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Along with its three-hour runtime, this baggy plotting may make Wolf a somewhat harder sell to audiences but it's a deeper movie than The Departed -- among the best that Scorsese has made." — Sight and Sound
Posted Feb 7, 2014
47% Miami Vice (2006) " Mann's folly is the best show in town." — Stop Smiling
Posted Dec 17, 2013
73% Iron Man 2 (2010) " As for the actual grand finale, Downey Jr. and Cheadle seem like they're already network gaming the PS3 release instead of facing any actual threat, and Rourke goes out like a chump." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 15, 2013
93% No (2013) " Deftly appropriates mediated history for fiction." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 12, 2013
91% Caesar Must Die (2013) " So solid is that conception, and so resonant the text in which questions of freedom and slavery are paramount, that the impact can hardly be diminished." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 5, 2013
15% A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013) " With neither the moral bite of satire nor a voluptuary surrender that really basks in shallowness, this is a vague, unsatisfying work." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 5, 2013
4% Movie 43 (2013) " I see a bright future ahead for this sui generis work, which will be passed around sixth grade classrooms by odd-smelling kids for years to come." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 25, 2013
41% Parker (2013) " Hollywood hasn't butchered Parker-which is to say that it has let him remain a butcher." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 25, 2013
61% John Dies at the End (2013) " John Dies at the End is a product of a parallel universe where slacker flippancy never got old -- and, oh, it is terrible." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 22, 2013
14% Soldiers of Fortune (2012) Village Voice
Posted Jan 22, 2013
95% On the Bowery (1957) Reverse Shot
Posted Jan 22, 2013
89% Our School (2013) " Our School does much to establish how that Roma "environment" is reinforced from the outside." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 15, 2013
32% Gangster Squad (2013) " A crime against cinematic sensibility." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 9, 2013
52% Promised Land (2013) " Promised Land is a hard-sell movie because it doesn't have the confidence in its audience to make any other outcome seem personally viable, to give the opposition a fighting chance or persuasive voice." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 27, 2012
87% Tabu (2012) " A lyrical Old Hollywood melodrama projected on a bedsheet? A celluloid curio à la Barnum's Fiji mermaid? At such times, it's better to stick with a simple "wonderful."" — Village Voice
Posted Dec 27, 2012
43% On the Road (2012) " Another "primitive" postwar antique repurposed for boutique sale." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 18, 2012
93% Amour (2012) " Haneke remains, by his rules, infallible. So what?" — Village Voice
Posted Dec 18, 2012
—— Dead In France (2013) " The whole thing, dated and overly familiar, is never as ballsy, brash, or clever as it thinks it is." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 18, 2012
—— Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin (2012) " [Director] Nasheed badly needs an editor; I say this not simply because his movie is two and a half hours long, but because he has a seeming total inability to separate gibble-gabble from revealed truth." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 5, 2012
—— Honor Flight (2012) " Greatest-generation stoicism meets gushing contemporary sentiment ..." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 4, 2012
64% Silent Night (2012) " Fans of nearly nude women being fed into wood chippers will not go home disappointed (except, very likely, in their hollow lives.)" — Village Voice
Posted Nov 30, 2012
37% The Collection (2012) " A murkily directed bore "dealing" with the subject of serial killers and revenge ..." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 28, 2012
98% Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012) " In spite of Bulger's errors of tone, the movie stands as an engaging tussle with the question of what is permissible with the excuse of art." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 27, 2012
84% Dragon (2012) " It's an adept genre exercise with rare primal depths." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 27, 2012
12% Red Dawn (2012) " Single-mindedly action-oriented to the point where Milius's film seems relatively ruminative ..." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 20, 2012
—— Man At War (2012) " The nimble, funny Man at War examines a video game as return of the repressed-it could well be called Why We Keep Fighting." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 20, 2012
63% Anna Karenina (2012) " Confoundingly good performances gradually win the movie from Wright's puerile conceit, giving us an Anna Karenina if not for the ages, than at least for an evening." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 13, 2012
100% 16 Acres (2012) " Hankin's film finally makes the indigenous variety of deadlock particular to New York politicos seem as quaintly comforting as a buttered bialy. " — Village Voice
Posted Nov 13, 2012
71% Dangerous Liaisons (2012) " The least one should hope for from another adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's Dangerous Liaisons is savory, salacious trash ..." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 8, 2012
94% Nothing But a Man (1963) " The title almost suggests manhood as something trifling. The film, however, confirms it's a mighty hard ideal to reach." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 7, 2012
81% In Another Country (2013) " The cumulative impression is of figures being lightly traced in the sand only to be inevitably washed away, intentionally ephemeral and quite charming for it." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 7, 2012
49% The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) " If Iron Fists is sometimes badly made, it is refreshingly badly made." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 2, 2012
80% Orchestra Of Exiles (2012) " Although the movie is overreliant on chintzy-looking and rather corny historical reenactments, these are counterbalanced by anecdote-rich interviews ..." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 23, 2012
66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " There is a great deal of humbug about art and love in Cloud Atlas, but it is decidedly unlovable, and if you want to learn something about feeling, you're at the wrong movie." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 23, 2012
85% Two Years at Sea (2012) " The imagery has all the solemn ravishment of Béla Tarr's similarly darkening The Turin Horse with none of the epochal portentousness, while Rivers's work owes more to Billy Bitzer than most gallery art contemporaries." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 16, 2012
78% Flight (2012) " Like Cast Away, Flight's narrative is set in motion by a wreck, a foundering, but this time there's a sort of genius behind the wheel." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2012
38% Here Comes the Boom (2012) " Call it Waiting for Superman Punch." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 11, 2012
63% Sinister (2012) " A proficient, rattling horror story." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 9, 2012
21% Taken 2 (2012) " Any breathing room from the hurtling narrative illogic only allows the audience opportunity to notice slips in Mills's father-knows-best infallibility." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 3, 2012
93% Looper (2012) " In short, for all its affectionate pastiche, Looper is a humanist movie, and is all the better for it." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 25, 2012
45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " Although it doesn't worry itself with dialectic complexities, Hotel Transylvania succeeds on the level of entertainment." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 25, 2012
10% House at the End of the Street (2012) " Tonderai steers the story cleanly around its queasy hairpin turns, perversely toying with one of pop cinema's most cherished clichés: the audience's inculcated desire to side with the underdog." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2012
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