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 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 51% 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 91% 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 77% 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 76% 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 98% 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
9/10 96% 1971 (2015) "Real-life Oceans 11 plays out as political thriller with eerie timeliness in exposure of a 40-year-old mystery. Shadowy reenactments are suspensefully credible and effective. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 4, 2014
8/10 80% Regarding Susan Sontag "Insightful contrasts between . . .a fierce public persona of independence and the emotional compromises of a woman in the throes of passionate and erotic love. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 4, 2014
7/10 73% Point and Shoot (2014) "Curry honestly reveals the lines that VanDyke kept crossing, from motorcycle daredevil, citizen journalist, enabler of preening guys with guns, to gonzo revolutionary. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 4, 2014
9/10 57% Finding Fela! (2014) "Talking honestly about. . .revolutionary life on and off stage. . .entertaining and musically and politically informative portrait of a man, an African and world music icon. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Aug 1, 2014
9/10 90% The Kill Team (2014) "Engrossing. . .stunningly tragic. . with difficult moral decisions of peer pressure and whistleblowing . . .Wrenching film dramatically personalizes "just following orders". " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
8/10 81% A Master Builder (2014) "Enthralling deflation of archetypal egotistical artist, with delicious irony from his perspective. . .Urgent hand-held intimacy, 360-degree close-ups dispense stagey feel. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 24, 2014
7/10 100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) "Sets the historical context. . . presented in a terrific oral history by seminal producers and local fans. . . to track-by-track videos with a formulaic closing. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 21, 2014
8/10 90% Closed Curtain (2014) "Repression in Iran emphatically intrudes on imagination, as real life of . . . Panahi. . .The ocean keeps serving as constant ironic contrast to a restricted space and life. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 9, 2014
7/10 80% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) "Soberly shifts emphasis to collateral damage and police corruption even as colorful characters with rich Boston accents and their crimes almost overwhelm the larger story. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 3, 2014
8/10 87% Exhibition (2014) "A house is not only a living and work space for a woman, but a reflection of her thoughts and emotions. . . as she slowly adjusts to life change through intriguing images. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jul 3, 2014
7/10 76% The Last Sentence (2014) "Exposes iconic anti-Nazi Swede's feet of clay-- a tangled personal life. Nuanced character study is a challenge to conventional portraits of heroism and challenging to watch. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 23, 2014
7/10 84% Violette (2014) "Unevenness is Leduc's between sophistication and naiveté, yet this is a candid tribute to how her and Beauvoir's idiosyncratic partnership promulgated a frank literature. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 23, 2014
7/10 65% The Rover (2014) "Despite familiar cinematic tropes of post-civilization, grim and violent emphasis of desolation and destruction make this a thrilling road trip through outback's near future. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 23, 2014
9/10 100% Burning Bush (2014) "Beyond the history, keeps the focus intensely on the intimate and personal impact and political repercussions for those on all sides of Communist authoritarianism. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 16, 2014
8/10 72% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) "A day in the life of a slacker beautifully reveals old, new, amusing, and ironic contradictions in changing Berlin. His past and the city's keep seeping through the present. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 15, 2014
5/10 77% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) "Amidst constant name-dropping, testimonials, and testosterone-fueled preening are some good examples of how Gordon succeeded for 40 years as a manager in entertainment biz. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 11, 2014
5/10 54% Citizen Koch (2014) "Too bad they didn't turn a grudge [against PBS] and resulting freedom into a more hard-hitting documentary that would more effectively prove their points. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 6, 2014
6/10 73% Burt's Buzz (2014) "Laconically recognizes his deal to be a symbol as latest reinvention of himself. Equally charming and annoying, his quirkiness and stubbornness play to the company's benefit. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted Jun 6, 2014
7/10 92% Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014) "Intimate portrait of a stubborn artist. . .demonstrates the power of government control to inflict disruptive stress, the power of art to transform repression into optimism. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted May 15, 2014
7/10 100% God's Horses (2014) "Years-long grooming provides explanatory social context. . .in how marginalized kids . . .get caught up in organized violence to get a sense of control over powerless lives. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted May 15, 2014
9/10 96% Ida (2014) "An exquisitely beautiful road trip through the emotional consequences of exposing Poland's expedient secrets and denials. . . conveyed through very expressive faces. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted May 3, 2014
8/10 73% The German Doctor (2014) "This thoughtful thriller takes a fresh look, through a girl's eyes, at a mystery usually treated in a more lurid style . . .of how Nazis hid in plain sight in Argentina. " ‐ Film-Forward.com
Posted May 2, 2014
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