Nicolas Rapold

Nicolas Rapold

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , L.A. Weekly , Reverse Shot , Time Out New York , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
418

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
100% A Life in Dirty Movies (2014) " Wiktor Ericsson's "A Life in Dirty Movies" outlines this filmmaker's work reasonably well, but, somewhat surprisingly, truly hits home with a heartwarming look at Mr. Sarno's relationship with his wife, Peggy." — New York Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
46% Space Station 76 (2014) " A protracted, scattershot comedy sketch that never quite nails its tone." — New York Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
91% Wetlands (2014) " The film's gleeful defying of taboos would not succeed without Juri in the starring role." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2014
91% The Overnighters (2014) " Moss, who shoots the film himself verité-style, gets points for his on-the-ground look at the sacrifices made by those seeking a living (while leaving families behind) and at the day-to-day problems raised when merciless economic interests come into play." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2014
—— Faith Connections (2014) " The organic nature and hard-to-fathom scale of Kumbh Mela demand a more systematic strategy." — New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
50% The Pirates (2014) " Neither the action nor the comedy in this action comedy is consistently strong." — New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
—— Once Upon a Time Veronica (2014) " Mr. Gomes remains laudably faithful to his character, and Ms. Guedes's bodily sense of languor gets across more than any crystal-clear dramatic statement would." — New York Times
Posted Sep 7, 2014
—— Naked Opera (2014) " Mr. Rollinger, a protagonist of a curiously circumscribed life, proves to have an opaque appeal." — New York Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014
43% Falcon Rising (2014) " Y. T. Parazi's unmysterious screenplay drops cheesily clever one-liners on the way to a finish that suggests a bid for sequels, though you're more likely to find those on late-night cable than in theaters." — New York Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014
100% Rocks in my Pockets (2014) " With Rocks in My Pockets, Signe Baumane presents a sharp, surprising and funny animated feature, plumbing the depths of depression via her family history." — New York Times
Posted Sep 2, 2014
47% The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014) " Enervatingly synthetic, "The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears" slices and dices the images and tropes of Italian giallo-style slasher films into an inert pile of style." — New York Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
30% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) " The story comes to feel mild (and incomplete) in its tempered nostalgia." — New York Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
90% To Be Takei (2014) " [Ms. Kroot's] banalizing documentary is self-defeating ..." — New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
86% See You Next Tuesday (2014) " The actresses bring heart and nuance to their characters, whose verbal pushing and shoving go with their sisterly and maternal bonds." — New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
82% The Expedition to the End of the World (2014) " [A] playful but ominously open-ended documentary about a motley crew of Danes headed to Greenland on a schooner." — New York Times
Posted Aug 20, 2014
—— Mr. X " Documentaries like this can leave you simply impatient to see the subject's movies on display." — New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " It's all a bit like a classic-rock tribute concert, or playing with all your action figures at once, or maybe "Cannonball Run," with the strained buddy-buddy back-and-forth." — New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
76% Moebius (2014) " It's one from the heart, and a twisted tale it is." — New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
20% Into The Storm (2014) " The notion that we should worry about human beings - even poor Matt Walsh, heroically staying deadpan as lead storm chaser - becomes a source of humor in what is otherwise a showcase for extreme weather." — New York Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Attached to this movie, the title no longer sounds zany; it looks like a series of keywords." — New York Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
—— A Fuller Life " It's a proud film but average." — New York Times
Posted Aug 5, 2014
59% Finding Fela! (2014) " Maybe it's a tall order for any conventional documentary to get its arms around a man whose 30-minute-plus jams routinely broke free of their moorings." — New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
83% Rich Hill (2014) " An intimately observant look at individual children and the details of their daily lives and personalities." — New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
25% 4 Minute Mile (2014) " More than one interior scene looks underlit for effect,but that's at least something else to think about as the film goes through its paces." — New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
54% The Fluffy Movie (2014) " Mr. Iglesias's style in his first theatrical concert film is grounded in a down-to-earth warmth and a nimble mimicry that bolsters even routine subject matter." — New York Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
57% EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky (2014) " Very much like an infomercial." — New York Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
18% And So It Goes (2014) " Relatable doesn't have to mean routine, but Mr. Reiner doesn't always bother to tell the difference ..." — New York Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
71% Alive Inside (2014) " A documentary that never leaves any doubt about what comes next, while single-mindedly stumping for a cause presented as unique, is also not terribly interesting as a film." — New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
—— K Missing Kings (2014) " The animation is often a pure sensual delight. The shimmering cityscape that is the story's setting is about as subtly lighted as a nuclear explosion, with intense, flamelike blues and reds." — New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
—— Double Play: James Benning And Richard Linklater " The graceful flow avoids the spoon-feeding of pocket biographies, and even if the material can feel lean at times, Mr. Klinger shepherds along a valuable encounter with a sense of easy, generally uncanned observation." — New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
14% Rage (2014) " The hand-me-down showiness and sluggish storytelling by the director, Paco Cabezas, underline the monotony in this ordinary revenge thriller." — New York Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
—— Drunktown's Finest (2014) " The screenplay tracing the characters' struggles has a tidy, workshopped feel, and the dialogue and acting can be gratingly flat." — New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2014
75% The Green Prince (2014) " "...goes a long way towards depicting the dance of loyalties that accompanies generational shifts in political position, and strikes an emotional chord well beyond the world of covert operations." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2014
41% Premature (2014) " Mr. Beers and his fellow screenwriter, Mathew Harawitz, also have a numbing Seth MacFarlane-esque weakness for purely attention-getting crudeness and unfunny stereotypes." — New York Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
—— I'm the Same, I'm an Other " [Its] picture of neglect and denial, with flashes of connection and empathy, is promising, if tough to inhabit." — New York Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
—— Lost Persons Area (2009) " The filmmaker Caroline Strubbe's affection for her characters is evident, even through the often oblique narrative." — New York Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
48% Earth to Echo (2014) " A chipper, shallow knockoff of classic suburban adventure movies ..." — New York Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
100% The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014) " This succinct documentary sticks smoothly to its beat." — New York Times
Posted Jun 24, 2014
43% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " Mr. Lespert and his screenwriters tend to telegraph what's happening next with on-the-nose dialogue, leaving behind an orderly but not vividly realized biography (or necessarily a complete one)." — New York Times
Posted Jun 24, 2014
54% Miss Lovely (2014) " Though not pretentious, [the] film feels a tad overthought, held back somehow by a stubborn, dour obscurity clouding its freshly realized, lurid milieu." — New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
55% The Signal (2014) " You wouldn't be surprised to see Mr. Eubank directing a bigger-budget movie down the road, but this film demonstrates some blanks in his approach that still need to be filled in." — New York Times
Posted Jun 13, 2014
100% The Amazing Catfish (2014) " If there's a certain depth missing in "The Amazing Catfish," the film brings forth the small-scale pleasures and poignancy of an ambling short story." — New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
100% Master of the Universe (2014) " A vertiginous look inside the bubble behind the financial bubble, with no end in sight." — New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " This clubby documentary lauds the swellness and shrewdness of the talent manager Shep Gordon with the help of celebrities and the sunnily mellifluent subject himself." — New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
53% Citizen Koch (2014) " [The] movie, which starts off shakily, is naggingly diffuse and bumps up against the problem of recounting the freshly remembered past." — New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
50% Age of the Uprising (2014) " The severely beautiful film is painted in a dauntingly austere manner, as if lost in a war against itself, with confrontations underplayed and the rural landscapes making more of an impression than the detoured drama." — New York Times
Posted May 29, 2014
62% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014) " A peppy and beguiling portrait of a convict whose defiant streak of independence has a way of outshining her wrongdoing." — New York Times
Posted May 27, 2014
100% A World Not Ours (2014) " This affecting, humor-tinged debut feature from Mahdi Fleifel goes back to the old neighborhood in southern Lebanon: the refugee camp Ain al-Helweh, a Palestinian pocket of hemmed-in buildings and stifled hopes." — New York Times
Posted May 22, 2014
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) " The movie is predictably sentimental at its root, but it's also meant to be comedy, partly resting on Mr. Williams's energetic but failed attempt to play a jerk." — New York Times
Posted May 22, 2014
67% A Short History Of Decay (2014) " While these loose ends might sound like scrambled bits out of an Eric Rohmer film, Mr. Maren's movie rather finds its groove in its humble domestic detail." — New York Times
Posted May 15, 2014
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