Nicolas Rapold

Nicolas Rapold

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Nicolas Rapold's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, L.A. Weekly, New York Times, Time Out, Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
62% Samba (2015) "Mr. Toledano and Mr. Nakache, who wrote the scattered screenplay, have a well-honed touch for comic beats and a feel for workaday details. That comes in handy when their points about French identity miss the mark ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
17% The Vatican Tapes (2015) "The director Mark Neveldine deploys queasy lighting and a trembling score, but his best choice is to let Ms. Dudley stare at us. She conveys unnerving shifts in self-awareness and sinister intent with her eyes. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
57% Meet Me In Montenegro (2015) "This story has echoes of a Richard Linklater story, but peters out early on and an interminable voice-over grinds every other dramatic moment into dust. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
90% Zarafa (2015) "This hand-drawn French adventure is a children's story in the routine template of many friends-and-villains quests, but with a fresh historical setting and a serenely subdued look. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
97% Amy (2015) "But the voyeurism that Kapadia managed to evade with Senna becomes inescapable in Amy, with the story having the added weakness of feeling warmed-over thanks to Winehouse's extensive media exposure while her travails were unfolding. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2015
85% Glass Chin (2015) "Despite an appealing fondness for New York locations and habits, Mr. Buschel and his cinematographer, Ryan Samul, have embalmed their film in style. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
No Score Yet Evaporating Borders (2015) "Despite the urgent subject matter and lyrical touches, it's a film that needs further layers of complication and texture. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2015
47% Manglehorn (2015) "In the hands of Mr. Pacino, a story of self-realization has a bit more groove in its step than it usually does (and shades of darker moods). " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2015
20% Chagall-Malevich (2015) "It's a literally colorful and playful attempt to portray battlefields of artistic ambition and political struggle. But its dialogue and characters are also written as subtly as a radical manifesto. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
93% Charlie's Country (2015) "Using a combination of bleak realism, fatalistic humor and a healthy dose of sentimentality, Mr. de Heer traces the downward spiral of a man who has become a refugee in his own homeland. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
61% Hungry Hearts (2015) "Mr. Costanzo's attempt at rendering the fraying of minds and marital bonds draws on notions of hysteria that only shortchange his characters. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
71% Uncertain Terms (2015) "Pivoting off pop music cues, "Uncertain Terms" can feel slight, and, oddly for this filmmaker, it dips into clichéd dialogue. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 29, 2015
86% Heaven Knows What (2015) "At the very least, the directors, Josh and Benny Safdie, have created a small, beautiful classic of street theater by rendering these public disputes within a vibrant Manhattan setting through ingenious photography. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 28, 2015
67% Seeds Of Time (2015) "The urgency of expanding the world's seed portfolio is made eminently clear, but the film falters at explaining how these preventive efforts would translate into an impact on a grand scale. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 21, 2015
100% Forbidden Films (2015) "This is a documentary fascinated with and fearful of cinema's potency, but it's also devoted to the idea of open discourse, a stance that underlines the urgency of thinking about film critically. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015
53% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) "While by no means misfiring, Mr. Téchiné is definitely capable of finer orchestrations. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015
84% The Wolfpack (2015) "This is a film less about gawking than about watching-the power of movies as escapism, and, quite literally, escape. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015
76% Good Kill (2015) "In Good Kill, the war movie, like the postmodern warfare it depicts, looks a little different from the norm. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015
43% Gerontophilia (2015) "Mr. Borden, an acclaimed Canadian stage actor and playwright, turns in a slyly entertaining performance. But the relationship between Lake and Melvyn feels a bit more one-sided than perhaps was intended. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
69% Kung Fu Killer (2015) ""Kung Fu Killer" lacks the brio and spice of its ancestors. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
No Score Yet Below Dreams (2015) "With an impressionistic style and mostly nonprofessional actors, what emerges is a handful of adequate scenes that constitute an assortment of notes toward a film rather than a final draft. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
66% The Dead Lands (2015) "Honor and shame are frequently announced concerns in the story, and the staginess recalls Mr. Fraser's experience as a theater director. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
21% Broken Horses (2015) "Mr. Yelchin's character looks somewhat at a loss about what goes on here, and who can blame him, especially when he visits the former music teacher who has lost his legs in a run-in with the bad guys and now lives in a house warmed by a flaming barrel. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
77% That Guy Dick Miller (2015) "[It] feels scattered and less than the sum of Mr. Miller's many parts. But it has its heart in the right movie-mad place. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
No Score Yet The Forecaster ""The Forecaster" has the distinct hermetic feel of a documentary that employs an echo chamber of people too close to the material. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
22% Tracers (2015) "Corny twists and exchanges ensue in the wobbly story, but, delightfully, Daniel Benmayor's film shows love not just for stunts but for the dynamic surfaces of the city. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 20, 2015
50% Lost And Love (2015) "Confronts serious problems but is too busy reaching for epic sweep and soaring moments to nail the fine detail of main characters' fraught give-and-take. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
100% Of Horses and Men (2015) "[Erlingsson] pushes ahead with efficient visuals, snappy transitions and a driving score split between cantering rhythms and choral hymns. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 10, 2015
No Score Yet Mercuriales "Mysterious and soulful, Virgil Vernier's debut fiction feature has its eyes on the night skies and its feet firmly planted on concrete. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2015
89% The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (2015) "Guillaume Nicloux's hostage comedy features a prime slice of stunt casting that works like a charm " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2015
88% Faults (2015) "Stearns's film presents a risky black-box proposition: what happens when you put the potentially rote dynamics between cult member and deprogrammer in a stage play-like setting? In this case, the result is a satisfying, small-scale success. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2015
20% Earth's Golden Playground (2015) "Mr. Horvath's procedural, increasingly dry documentary takes the "rush" out of "gold rush." " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
90% The Life And Mind Of Mark Defriest (2015) "The indomitable personality and talents of the serial prison escapee Mark DeFriest outshine the weaknesses of this documentary that bears his name. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
73% Young Bodies Heal Quickly (2015) "Some of the deadpan moments and more fraught exchanges don't really come off. But all in all, it's one curious, and furious, escapade. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
84% Wild Canaries (2015) "Setting this pair of squirrelly, suspicious minds loose on matters of love and death, Mr. Levine spins a caper that wins you over more through tenacity than through originality. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 24, 2015
100% Approaching the Elephant "There's still something exhilarating about the school's experiment and the children's ability to apply democratic principles without clobbering one another (much). " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
No Score Yet Coast of Death (2015) "While the faces of the people in Mr. Patiño's film are too tiny to make out, their voices are clear as day ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
23% White Rabbit (2015) "All too much of Tim McCann's drama about this disturbed loner comes to feel like a checklist of warning signs. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
36% Hits (2015) "[A] modest, focused directorial debut ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "While less fluid and fresh than its 2004 predecessor, the new film displays enough nutty writing and sheer brio to confirm the stamina of its enduring and skillfully voiced characters. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2015
100% Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (2015) "Seeks to restore the Matt Shepard of his friends' and family's memories, and in so doing return a human symbol to a state of ordinary but beloved individuality. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2015
23% Enter the Dangerous Mind (2015) "Despite a novel pursuit for its troubled protagonist - he's a part-time composer of electronic dance music - the filmmakers, Youssef Delara and Victor Teran, fall back on some familiar beats. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
30% Mad As Hell (2015) "It's a job requirement for a show host like Mr. Uygur to project his personality and beliefs; this filmmaker doesn't muster a healthy skepticism to match. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
27% Wild Card (2015) "Slow-motion knockouts follow, with Mr. Statham as sure-fisted as ever, but the "Expendables" director Simon West can only summon dead air in between. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
34% Project Almanac (2015) "Self-awareness doesn't save the film from fizzling. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
94% Hard to be a God (2015) "The roiling setting alone enforces a medieval mind-set that feels genuine: brutal yet often jovially rambunctious and crude, pre-psychological in its sense of the cheapness of life and yet rich with local custom and detail. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
10% The Boy Next Door (2015) "Mr. Cohen, no stranger to delivering pulp product, employs visual clichés as if they were flash cards; no exposed thigh or made-you-jump reveal goes unexploited. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
14% Americons (2015) "Deteriorates into a hot mess of montages, trailer-ready one-liners and thudding drama. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
No Score Yet The Bubble 3D (2015) "Like the world it depicts, the film is a well-preserved sample - a rare visitation of old-school sci-fi. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 19, 2015
No Score Yet 20 Once Again (2015) "Mining deeper emotions from the fanciful premise doesn't work out for the film, which gets tied down to a generic musical-contest subplot. It's a workable comedy that's sunk by its attempts to impersonate something else too. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 17, 2015
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