Nicolas Rapold

Nicolas Rapold

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% 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
69% 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
23% 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
75% 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
70% 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
25% 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
28% 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
35% Project Almanac (2015) " Self-awareness doesn't save the film from fizzling. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
100% 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
11% 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
78% Joy of Man's Desiring (2015) " It's a little diffuse, but it suggests that Mr. Côté is trying out a sketch, with more experiments to come. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) " The director Jeremy Garelick, who wrote the script with Jay Lavender, takes the shortest route whenever possible, which usually means a gratuitous insult. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
100% Giuseppe Makes A Movie (2014) " Mr. Rifkin's own style is rough and ready, and efficient. We quickly grasp Mr. Andrews's casual appeal and how his films resemble community theater productions. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 14, 2015
9% Taken 3 (2015) " The logy screenplay, by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, sags under head-clutchingly banal dramatic scenes. Only Mr. Neeson's appeal somehow survives unscathed, perhaps the most impressive stunt of all. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2015
95% Wild Tales (2015) " Rather than being straight-up Tales from the Crypt grotesques, these vignettes are tinged with class consciousness and shadowed by the fallacy that revenge is empowering. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2015
67% It's All So Quiet (2015) " Leopold brings us close to a middle-aged farmer who's looking after his bedridden father, and looking ahead to the changes that are likely to occur when the old man dies. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
70% Preservation (2015) " Like his ill-fated hunting party, Mr. Denham's plans for his thriller don't turn out quite the way he'd hoped. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
25% Black November (2015) " There's a go-for-broke vigor to the way Mr. Amata cuts to the conflict in most scenes, but the heavy-handedness across the board imposes some significant limitations. Mr. Amata, though, pulls no punches with his ending. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
73% When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2015) " Porumboiu keeps his cards very close to his vest with these deadpan performances-a far cry from the buffoonery in his other films-and with lengthy debates, at dinner and in cars, that vacillate between playful and pedantic. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2015
94% The Search For General Tso (2015) " Mr. Cheney's movie, while teasing at times, does its celebrating and debunking in mild-mannered fashion, making points without seeming to try to score them. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 1, 2015
No Score Yet Barbecue " Mr. Wilson's Antoine is too much of a pill to root for, and the voice-over and wispy songs dribbling over scenes only underline the forgettable filmmaking. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 26, 2014
40% A Small Section Of The World (2014) " It's like a gently distressed company film blown up to feature length. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) " A diverting and, here and there, rather funny journey for the museum stalwart Larry and his menagerie of Teddy Roosevelt, a miniature Roman general, a Neanderthal, a capuchin monkey and others. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) " Bilbo may fully learn a sense of friendship and duty, and have quite a story to tell, but somewhere along the way, Mr. Jackson loses much of the magic. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 16, 2014
No Score Yet Expelled (2014) " Stretched over an 85-minute feature ... Mr. Dallas's brand of easy goofing just feels like coasting. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
6% The Color of Time (2014) " The film is too sincere an expression of admiration for this poet's work to feel pretentious, but it's like a music video for the poems, often literal in its biographical readings. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
45% Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks (2014) " It's extraordinary just watching the peerless Ms. Rowlands wring the most out of the repartee in this adaptation of a play by Richard Alfieri. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
88% Concerning Violence (2014) " The energy here feels more like that of a lecture than of a film; it's an analytical tonic that's potent to the point of bitter. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
54% Pioneer (2014) " Mr. Skjoldbjaerg, who also tapped Norwegian history with his bank robbery re-enactment "Nokas," doesn't convey a creeping atmosphere of moral rot so much as an irksome glumness. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
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