Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael

Agrees with the Tomatometer 57% of the time.

Publications:
New Yorker , The New Republic
Total Reviews:
29
Total QuickRatings:
2

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Showing 1 - 29 of 29
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
71% Dirty Dancing (1987) " The dancing here brings out the sensual dreaminess of the songs. Dirty Dancing -- what a great title! -- is such a bubbleheaded, retro vision of growing up in the sixties (or any other time) that you go out of the theatre giggling happily." — New Yorker
Posted May 6, 2013
99% Metropolis (1927) " One of the last examples of the imaginative -- but often monstrous -- grandeur of the Golden Period of the German film, Metropolis is a spectacular example of Expressionist design." — New Yorker
Posted Feb 25, 2013
85% Blow-Up (1966) " In Blow-Up [Antonioni] smothers this conflict in the kind of pompous platitudes the press loves to designate as proper to "mature," "adult," "sober" art." — The New Republic
Posted Feb 4, 2013
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) " There's no breather in the picture, no lyricism; the only attempt at beauty is in the double sunset." — New Yorker
Posted Jan 18, 2013
93% Superman (1978) " Superman doesn't have enough conviction or courage to be solidly square and dumb; it keeps pushing smarmy big emotions at us -- but half-heartedly." — New Yorker
Posted Jan 15, 2013
71% The Towering Inferno (1974) " The movie doesn't stick together in one's head; this thing is like some junky fairground show -- a chamber of horrors with skeletons that jump up." — New Yorker
Posted Jan 15, 2013
94% Young Frankenstein (1974) " Wilder's hysteria seems perfectly natural. You never question what's driving him to it; his fits are lucid and total. They take him into a different dimension -- he delivers what Harpo promised." — New Yorker
Posted Jan 15, 2013
100% Law of Desire (1987) " This wild man has a true talent." — New Yorker
Posted Jan 14, 2013
90% Raising Arizona (1987) " Raising Arizona is no big deal, but it has a rambunctious charm." — New Yorker
Posted Jan 14, 2013
69% Street Smart (1987) " Is Morgan Freeman the greatest American actor?" — New Yorker
Posted Jan 14, 2013
94% Blood Simple (1984) " It isn't really about anything except making a commercial narrative movie outside the industry." — New Yorker
Posted Jan 14, 2013
91% Witness (1985) " Weir, an Australian filming in this country for the first time, has succumbed to blandness." — New Yorker
Posted Jan 14, 2013
93% La Bête Humaine (Judas Was a Woman)(The Human Beast) (1938) " The film has marvellous atmosphere and a fine cast, but the material, which involves brutal, uncontrollable passion seen in a social framework, turns oppressive, and at times Gabin is a lump." — New Yorker
Posted Sep 14, 2012
90% Bonnie and Clyde (1967) " Bonnie and Clyde is the most excitingly American American movie since The Manchurian Candidate. The audience is alive to it." — New Yorker
Posted Aug 30, 2012
92% Masculin Feminin (1966) " Using neither crime nor the romance of crime but a simple romance for a kind of interwoven story line, Godard has, at last, created the form he needed. It is a combination of essay, journalistic sketches, news and portraiture, love lyric and satire." — The New Republic
Posted Aug 30, 2012
77% Two for the Road (1967) " The picture never quite finds its tone." — The New Republic
Posted Aug 30, 2012
81% Fahrenheit 451 (1966) " Even at the science-fiction horror-story level, the movie fails -- partly, I think, because Truffaut is too much of an artist to exploit the vulgar possibilities in the material." — The New Republic
Posted Aug 30, 2012
—— The Bible (1966) " Huston's triumph is that despite the insanity of the attempt and the grandiosity of the project, the technology doesn't dominate the material." — The New Republic
Posted Aug 30, 2012
80% A Man for All Seasons (1966) " There's more than a little of the school pageant in the rhythm of the movie: Though it's all neater than our school drama coaches could make it, the figures group and say their assigned lines and move on." — The New Republic
Posted Aug 30, 2012
93% Campanadas a medianoche (Chimes at Midnight) (Falstaff) (1965) " It takes large latent talent to tell the audience that you know that what you're doing isn't worth doing and still do it better than anyone else in the movie." — The New Republic
Posted Aug 30, 2012
100% Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux) (1932) " A beautifully rhythmed film that makes one nostalgic for the period when it was made." — New Yorker
Posted Aug 29, 2012
90% Blow Out (1981) " It's a great movie." — New Yorker
Posted May 28, 2008
88% The Iceman Cometh (1973) " Eugene O'Neill's great, heavy, simplistic, mechanical, beautiful play has been given a straightforward, faithful production in handsome, dark-toned color." — New Yorker
Posted May 28, 2008
97% Hairspray (1988) " When Divine's Edna Turnblad is on-screen in the sleeveless dresses she's partial to, the movie has something like the lunacy of a W. C. Fields in drag." — New Yorker
Posted May 28, 2008
95% Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) " The thrills are fully consumed while you're seeing this movie, and it's totally over when it's over. It's a workout. You feel as if you'd been to the desert digs: at the end your mind is blank, yet you're parched, you're puffing hard -- you want relief." — New Yorker
Posted May 27, 2008
88% Platoon (1986) " I know that Platoon is being acclaimed for its realism, and I expect to be chastened for being a woman finding fault with a war film. But I've probably seen as much combat as most of the men saying, 'This is how war is.'" — New Yorker
Posted Mar 12, 2002
95% Bande à part (Band of Outsiders) (1964) " It's as if a French poet took an ordinary banal American crime novel and told it to us in terms of the romance and beauty he read between the lines." — The New Republic
Posted Dec 8, 2001
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