Nora Lee Mandel

Nora Lee Mandel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Nora Lee Mandel's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 94% Cartel Land (2015) "Captures the positives of [organized vigilantes'] grassroots community organizing, as well as their far scarier prejudices that can lead to anarchy and corruption. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 3, 2015
6/10 No Score Yet This Is My Land "Uneven and sometimes confusing. . . the documentary effectively demonstrates the impact of passionate teacher on young students' formative attitudes. . .in 6 diverse schools. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 30, 2015
6/10 No Score Yet Beats Of The Antonov "Despite disjointed editing and frustratingly minimal subtitled lyrics, the pride of culture to bolster people's sense of humanity and identity comes through loud and clear. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 30, 2015
7/10 No Score Yet The Dream Of Shahrazad "Through the shared heritage of "1,001 Arabian Nights". . ., the power of storytelling movingly demonstrates how to cross barriers of class, religion, and politics. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 30, 2015
9/10 No Score Yet No Land's Song "Musician Sara Najafi. . .brings tradition of women singing back to Iran [while] her brother follows her gutsy, patient and clever path as creative politically as artistically " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 30, 2015
9/10 No Score Yet Life Is Sacred "This fresh, unconventional campaign is amazingly uncynical. . . as a teaching moment in commitment to democracy in action for all his supporters [and a] shining example. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
9/10 No Score Yet Burden Of Peace "What a Hollywood hero should look like! . . The first villains she faces down are bureaucrats. . . [then] against the leader of the former junta. . .The suspense ratchets up. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
8/10 No Score Yet The Trials Of Spring "From Egypt. . . sobering look at impact on women . . . We see one grow in confidence as she works for legal rights. . .and passes on. . . her hard-won knowledge and empathy. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
6/10 75% The Wanted 18 (2015) "Once upon a time. . .absurdist comedy. . .[of] idealistically impractical. . .[I]interviews. . .reenactments, amusing talking animals. . . [don't] provide nonviolent model. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
8/10 81% The Yes Men Are Revolting (2015) "Are they burned out or will they manage to capitalize on a new generation of activists to train?. . . This informative and entertaining joint portrait is encouraging start. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
9/10 No Score Yet The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) "Extraordinary archival footage, . .TV news clips, newspapers, rare illustrations and photographs and frank. . .interviews with former, gray-haired Panthers from across U.S.. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
8/10 No Score Yet (T)ERROR "Startlingly intimate portrait of nformant honing in on a potential terrorist, like we've only seen in fictionalized features on undercovers with gangs and organized crime. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
9/10 No Score Yet Of Men And War "So many war films talk about U.S. veterans suffering from PTSD. . . shows someone actually doing something effective about it - of veterans, for veterans, and by veterans. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
9/10 97% The Look of Silence (2015) "Families, literally step-by-step, track their relatives from their arrests, to prisons, to torture chambers, to killing fields and rivers of drowning. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
7/10 100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) "[R]evealing case study of justice grappling with the lethal intersection of racism and guns. . . delves beneath the stereotypes that touched off the fatal encounter. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
8/10 88% A Borrowed Identity (2015) "With Israeli Arabs. . .rarely seen in mainstream films, it creatively explores crossing psychological boundaries exacerbated by language, education, class, culture, racism. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 27, 2015
No Score Yet Mr. Rakowski "In the wrenching Mr. Rakowski, Dutch filmmaker Jan Diederen almost seems to have been hired to mediate between father and son to bring about a reconciliation. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 11, 2015
9/10 100% Stray Dog (2015) "Through extraordinary intimate cinema verité, Granik goes beyond affecting lesson in loyalty and patriotism to gradually defy stereotyped images of soldiers and masculinity. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 6, 2015
6/10 95% Girlhood (2015) "[From] urgent, fast-moving cinematography, intense close-ups. . . and percussive soundtrack. . . to cautionary tale of the limits of being a young black female in France. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 6, 2015
8/10 83% Above and Beyond (2015) "Nimbly combines salty old dog storytellers regaling the swashbuckling derring-do of their youth with ILM's whiz bang special effects for a thrilling documentary ride. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted Jun 6, 2015
8/10 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Shifting from tortured way Brian made beautiful music in the '60's, it becomes a lovely and compelling love story, propelling the film to appeal to more than nostalgic fans. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 5, 2015
8/10 79% 24 Days (2015) "As tensely suspenseful as it is shocking. " ‐ Maven's Nest
Posted May 29, 2015
7/10 No Score Yet In My Father's House "Che's mission to lift his father up. . .intimately demonstrates [how] health care, education and supportive housing. . .help a motivated man gain confidence and his life. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted May 1, 2015
10/10 No Score Yet Democrats "Anything but a dry lesson in political compromise, inspiring verité doc is a thrilling, suspenseful, scary, and astonishingly intimate view of. . .difficult negotiations. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 24, 2015
10/10 100% In Transit "Late Maysles beautifully passes the baton of his direct cinema. . . Celebration of his knack for making people comfortable enough to offer heartfelt and natural revelations. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 24, 2015
7/10 53% Woman in Gold (2015) "Crusty octogenarian and exasperated man team up to wring justice from 50-yr-old wrongs. . .with charged interplay. . .to make legacy of Nazis' plunder of art a personal cause " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Apr 14, 2015
7/10 No Score Yet My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes (2015) "For the impact of the Holocaust on Italy. . .fills in a gap with personal stories and return visits of Jews who were hidden. . . and about the extent of collaboration. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 31, 2015
5/10 76% Cupcakes (2015) "Comic froth makes a few gentle jabs, but feels more like same triumph of be-true-to-thyself mantra of "Glee" with predictable romance and similar family conflict resolutions. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 31, 2015
7/10 93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "Pays fond tribute to the musicians who were behind so much of the rock 'n' roll soundtrack of boomers' lives [as] an insiders' memoir . . . in loose, not chronological edit. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 22, 2015
7/10 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) "Strong class consciousness, a thriller [and] character study of men quixotically driven to a desperate act [with] chases through picturesque Amsterdam and intense...ensemble. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 16, 2015
8/10 78% Deli Man (2015) "More than just a nostalgic meal at shrinking number of genuine Jewish delis in N.America, latest delicious foodie doc where restaurants illuminate ethnic/national cultures. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Mar 6, 2015
7/10 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "Indignant and impassioned, mostly manages to get behind the headlines and ahead of the news on the issue of sexual assaults on campuses, but lacks clear legal context. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
9/10 99% Timbuktu (2015) "Passionately humanistic as poetic, an urgent and timely portrait. . .of Sufi Muslim culture and everyday life antithetical to the extreme fundamentalist definition of Islam. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Feb 13, 2015
10/10 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "Forcefully crystallizes juxtaposition of hypocrisy, cynicism, frustration and absurdity when a woman is forced to abide ancient rules. . . caught in colorful and funny tales. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Feb 13, 2015
9/10 99% Selma (2015) "Their camaraderie and the heated arguments capture the essence of the personalities and issues. . .in a large and impressive ensemble of African-American character actors. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jan 11, 2015
8/10 74% Beloved Sisters (2015) "Beautiful historical drama passionately depicts political, social, cultural revolutionary fervor sweeping 18 century Europe inspires 2 women to find ways around restrictions. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jan 10, 2015
8/10 84% Watchers of the Sky (2015) "Moves beyond outrage at singular atrocities. . .to credit Lemkin's prescience in demonstrating difficulty in identifying genocide, to stop it, and meting out punishment. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Dec 9, 2014
8/10 96% Iris (2015) "Warmly reveals Iris Apfel is more than her owlish glasses. . .Followed for a year+. . . Maysles's legendary cinema verité technique is most effective at watching her shop. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Nov 15, 2014
7/10 98% Citizenfour (2014) "Central absorbing act is Snowden like never before-- a human being in cinema verité close-up. . .Poitras's style . . .is intimate aesthetics . . .within the eye of the storm. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 25, 2014
8/10 93% Diplomacy (2014) "How can it be suspenseful when we know Paris survived? Because Schlöndorff's opened-up play adaptation showcases two mesmerizing actors reliving how individuals make history. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 25, 2014
7/10 50% Life's a Breeze (2014) "Set amidst long unemployment lines, Daly freshly finds the heart within the slapstick and social criticism when he focuses on the oldest and younger generations. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 5, 2014
8/10 81% Tracks (2014) "Wasikowska throws herself into embodying the feisty Davidson. . .with insight into her drive and connection with animals, indigenous people, and the kindness of strangers. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 5, 2014
9/10 97% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) "Intimately catches what is rarely seen on film: how a dedicated mentor can patiently pass on a lifetime of insights to a protégé and how the teacher benefits from the student " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Oct 1, 2014
91% Art and Craft (2014) "There is nothing illegal in his puffery, though clearly gift horses really should be looked in the mouth for better authentication and not waste staff time or museum space. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 16, 2014
9/10 78% The Green Prince (2014) "Spy thriller derring do. . is exciting and reenactments are high level. . . charismatic tellers of unusual partners deep in human intel gathering with fraught moral dilemmas. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 12, 2014
5/10 59% My Old Lady (2014) "Exploration of lasting impact of mothers and fathers who selfishly put desires over children produces a satisfying result. . .until romantic lives get tangled too familiar. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 9, 2014
7/10 95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) "First-person accounts put audience into gripping you-are-there Saigon, April 1975. . .When it sticks with those with no political investment, testimonies are quite moving. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Sep 1, 2014
7/10 59% May In The Summer (2014) "Refreshingly normal middle-class family in modern Amman and diversity of people give the familial dynamics added interest for a rare and lovely, if mild, view from Jordan. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 29, 2014
7/10 89% Calvary (2014) "Devilishly satirizes charming Irish comedies. . .With a wallop, we ponder what would happen to such a cinematically quaint town and genre when its last moral center is gone. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 15, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet Silenced "Legit whistleblowing? Delves deep into heavy personal and professional cost, emotional and financial. . .Strong in verité unfolding, weak in overly melodramatic reenactments. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 4, 2014
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