Nicolas Rapold

Nicolas Rapold

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , L.A. Weekly , Reverse Shot , Time Out New York , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
353

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— 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
42% 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
89% 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
53% 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
100% The King of Escape (2014) " Above all, the film makes us interested in what Mr. Guiraudie will come up with next." — New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
13% Jinn (2014) " Most of the time, this incoherent thriller resembles an overheated trailer for itself: a glaringly rough assembly of ill-staged computer-generated action sequences and portentous moments." — New York Times
Posted Apr 7, 2014
25% Goodbye World (2014) " For all the outside threats and watchable cast members, the story falls apart from within." — New York Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
—— Go Down Death (2014) " Its off-kilter use of the past feels a bit mannered (and dated to an earlier decade of design and music revival). But the nostalgia is sharpened to a point ..." — New York Times
Posted Mar 28, 2014
80% The Raid 2 (2014) " Neither its undercover drama nor its two-and-a-half-hour length bog down the bracing, and numerous, fight fests." — New York Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
100% Brothers Hypnotic (2014) " The players' upbringing - which involved early-morning lessons with "Pops," and the presence of two of the three mothers with whom he had children - exerts a fascination." — New York Times
Posted Mar 24, 2014
21% Stay (2014) " The film was adapted from a novel by Aislinn Hunter, but the characters' inner lives remain elusive." — New York Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
—— American Revolutionary: The Evolution Of Grace Lee Boggs (2014) " In sharing her subject's life achievements, [Ms. Lee] raises meaningful questions and keeps them profitably open." — New York Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
16% The Single Moms' Club (2014) " Mr. Perry's latest film touches upon some recognizable and realistic challenges with efficient compassion, but there's probably more dramatic tension in a car pool than in this film's collection of predicaments." — New York Times
Posted Mar 14, 2014
60% The Cold Lands (2014) " Mr. Yelich is even more emotionally reticent than this central character requires, and "The Cold Lands" feels as if it were just taking hold when it reaches the end of the road." — New York Times
Posted Mar 14, 2014
42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " The naval collisions and melees play out in panel-like renderings that are bold and satisfying for the first half-hour but lack the momentum and bombastic je ne sais quoi of "300."" — New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
92% Journey To The West (2014) " Mr. Chow has perhaps achieved more sustained and elaborate adventures, but he hits a sweet spot of comedy that never grows too self-aware or forgets the value of a good, clean demon whomping." — New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
48% Stalingrad (2014) " A film that seeks to memorialize by blunt force." — New York Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
22% Son Of God (2014) " It's a movie that embraces the nearly pedagogical predictability of lines like "Where's Judas? You seen him?" or "Thomas, stop doubting."" — New York Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
33% Beijing Love Story (2014) " "Beijing" lurches and leaps past its better moments." — New York Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
73% The Attorney (2014) " Every scene does its job, tears flowing on cue." — New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
5% The Outsider (2014) " There's not enough here for even an imported action hero to work with." — New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
77% After the Dark (2014) " Both smugly clever and at times distastefully clueless." — New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
54% Hank: Five Years From the Brink (2014) " It's informative but not enlightening, and Mr. Berlinger packs in chattering news clips and a score that's audible under the interview." — New York Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " "12 O'Clock Boys" packs more life into its 72 minutes than many longer documentaries do." — New York Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " There are some clean, comic-book compositions and neat architectural interlacing, but the blinkered screenplay and indifferent performances fail to lift the eschatology and self-searching off the page." — New York Times
Posted Jan 24, 2014
64% Old Goats (2014) " As these buddies banter about the irritations of getting on and getting along, it does not feel as if the movie were making jokes at their expense." — New York Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
20% Indigo Children (2014) " Too many scenes find the actors standing around without much idea of staging, as they airily prattle dialogue." — New York Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
—— Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (2014) " This story of a married man struggling to stay closeted proves to have a maturity that eludes more overtly ambitious dramas on the subject." — New York Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) " The Chilean director's fourth feature isn't some simplistic tale of uplift but one that honestly depicts someone who is taking emotional risks, having fun, and taking her lumps too." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2014
86% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " While not to be confused with the 1987 Dudley Moore body-swap comedy, Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest drama also undertakes its own kind of identity experiment, one that organically grows into something altogether more poignant" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2014
0% Hamlet (2014) " While Mr. Ramsay accomplishes some kind of a trick in streamlining the play, his trimming of corners feels more like a taking away of the center. " — New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
50% Divorce Corp. (2014) " The tone ranges from wounded to disgusted, but a movie positing this deep a rot in the system needs to be more measured and better made to take hold." — New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
80% If You Build It (2014) " Not that Mr. Miller, Ms. Pilloton and their budding brainstormers don't deserve it, but the film's style ultimately makes this feel more like a firm pat on the back than a richly conveyed experience." — New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
50% Beyond Outrage (2014) " The strategy and strategizing of "Beyond Outrage" ... feel like overkill (if you'll pardon the expression)." — New York Times
Posted Jan 2, 2014
55% The Best Offer (2014) " Mr. Rush can't fly far on Mr. Tornatore's dialogue and workmanlike plotting, and Sylvia Hoeks, as Claire, doesn't bring a corresponding energy." — New York Times
Posted Jan 1, 2014
—— 2013 Sundance Short Films " Bundles together prizewinners and other notables from the most recent edition of the festival in Park City, Utah." — New York Times
Posted Dec 26, 2013
13% 47 Ronin (2013) " "47 Ronin" can't entirely paper over the void at its center, traceable partly to the shadowboxing of computer-aided filmmaking or studio tinkering." — New York Times
Posted Dec 24, 2013
19% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) " With a character who can essentially say and do whatever she wants, you might expect a bit more." — New York Times
Posted Dec 13, 2013
81% Lenny Cooke (2013) " Like a dismaying coming-of-age movie in which little is learned beyond the fickle chemistry between dreams and business." — New York Times
Posted Dec 5, 2013
—— All The Way Through The Evening " More reminiscent of public television than of cinema, this rather humbly wrought movie makes no claim to being comprehensive in recalling a scary time." — New York Times
Posted Dec 5, 2013
78% Breakfast With Curtis (2013) " Desultory, dauntingly DIY but secretly efficient, "Breakfast With Curtis" is something like a leafy summer afternoon in movie form." — New York Times
Posted Dec 3, 2013
83% The Punk Singer (2013) " Ms. Hanna and her message of empowerment are disappointingly translated very nearly into a cult of personality in this film's idolizing portrayal." — New York Times
Posted Nov 28, 2013
9% Caught in the Web (2013) " A messy collision of strained portrayals, semi-comic incidents and tear-jerking tactics." — New York Times
Posted Nov 26, 2013
18% The Christmas Candle (2013) " Relates the weak-tea parable of a town that receives a wish-giving candle every 25 years from an angel." — New York Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
86% It's Better to Jump (2013) " The film feels like a work of community advocacy." — New York Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
—— Die Narbe/The Scar. Westberlin (West) (2013) " Over all, "Die Narbe," scored with music-as-wallpaper by F. M. Einheit, comes across as more of an extravagant gesture than a fully realized artistic conceit." — New York Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
61% Dear Mr. Watterson (2013) " At one point, someone marvels at Calvin's sheer "lust for life," and while Mr. Schroeder, no doubt, has a parallel fascination with his favorite comic strip, the film doesn't follow through." — New York Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " Even if some of the crudeness and the drama feel forced, it's hard to hate." — New York Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
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