Nicolas Rapold

Nicolas Rapold

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , L.A. Weekly , Reverse Shot , Time Out New York , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
397

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
69% 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
71% 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
50% 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
54% EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky (2014) " Very much like an infomercial." — New York Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
16% 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
64% 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
15% 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
—— 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
49% 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
49% 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
55% 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
11% 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
73% 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
—— Sakura namiki no mankai no shita ni (Cold Bloom) (2014) " "Cold Bloom," in its tightly controlled moods, comes to feel like a smaller and more tentative film than it might have been, despite an admirably frank ending." — New York Times
Posted May 15, 2014
—— Quod Erat Demonstrandum " [The] film carries the simmering charge of a story that for many years couldn't be told but feels just as urgent now." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 12, 2014
78% 2 Autumns, 3 Winters (2014) " Betbeder joins the ever-lengthening lineage of the New Wave but his portrayal is thoroughly contemporary, with an appealing open-mindness and nimble sense of humor and sensitivity appreciable on its own terms." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 9, 2014
85% Borgman (2014) " Van Warmerdam has built a visually clean, efficient, modern version of a fairy tale...the film confirms the veteran Dutch filmmaker as an under-sung, if perhaps old-fashioned, practitioner of that trusty art-house staple, the twisted domestic allegory." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 9, 2014
—— The Rescuers: Heroes Of The Holocaust (2014) " Though released in a theater, this documentary looks better suited to television." — New York Times
Posted May 8, 2014
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " All in all, the beloved kingdom of Oz is not well served, though there's just enough detectable affection to keep it from feeling like a pure cashing-in." — New York Times
Posted May 8, 2014
50% DamNation (2014) " Lumps together its grievances and interviews in a way that feels scattered and geared toward those inclined to agree." — New York Times
Posted May 8, 2014
90% Llyn Foulkes One Man Band (2014) " Mr. Foulkes overwhelms this documentary, which buys into his one-man band a little too much." — New York Times
Posted May 6, 2014
—— More Than The Rainbow (2014) " Mr. Wechsler's film might be loose to a fault, but Mr. Weber's work yields its share of gratifying, blink-and-you'll-miss-it New York moments." — New York Times
Posted May 1, 2014
71% Documented (2014) " Mr. Vargas's apt formulations come to sound like sound bites. His strategy is political - in a meaningful way - but not cinematic." — New York Times
Posted May 1, 2014
47% Blood Glacier (2014) " Sometimes genre-based filmmakers don't know how to make their material fun without making fun of their material, but that's not a failing of Mr. Kren's." — New York Times
Posted May 1, 2014
18% Gambit (2014) " This nominal remake of the 1966 art caper that starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine has all the fizz of flat soda ..." — New York Times
Posted Apr 27, 2014
31% The Girl and Death (2014) " The movie proves to be a fragile conceit. It's as likely to fall apart and cause frustration as it is to induce a reverie." — New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
77% Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014) " With its compellingly multifaceted approach, its earnest compassion and a celebrity presence in the form of the actor Gael García Bernal, the documentary could be enlisted in the perennial battle over immigration law." — New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
86% Under the Skin (2014) " A claustrophobically seamless and unnerving drama of self-awakening." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2014
—— Bends " The director, who also wrote the story, doesn't nurture the dramatic life of her characters sufficiently for them to stand alone." — New York Times
Posted Apr 20, 2014
46% That Demon Within (Mo Jing) (2014) " Pulp done with passion can be its own reward, as the veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Dante Lam shows with his feverish cop thriller "That Demon Within."" — New York Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
91% Bears (2014) " Despite the bracing beauty of the wilderness, and the respite provided by cubs at play, the movie is primarily a sobering treatise on survival." — New York Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
—— Visions of Mary Frank (2014) " Slowly but surely, the film pulls you in, thanks to the spiral motif, the rhythm of the edits and the quotation from a 1960 Ballard short story that itself features an organic artwork." — New York Times
Posted Apr 16, 2014
52% Cuban Fury (2014) " Not that some of this isn't amusing, but you feel the considerable improvisational skills of the cast going to waste." — New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
59% Hank And Asha (2014) " Though not very ambitious, this winsome, whisper-thin tale shimmers along with the charming urge to connect and reveal yourself that links its two correspondents." — New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
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