R. Emmet Sweeney

R. Emmet Sweeney

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Biography:
Village Voice film critic.
Publications:
Village Voice
Total Reviews:
32

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 32 of 32
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
80% Abus de faiblesse (Abuse of Weakness) " The message in Catherine Breillat's Abuse of Weakness is about the incomprehensibility of the self. It's an autobiographical purging." — The L Magazine
Posted Sep 13, 2013
2/5 38% Nobody Walks (2012) " For a film about sexual conquest, Nobody Walks is a frustratingly flaccid affair." — Time Out New York
Posted Oct 16, 2012
3/5 79% Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) (1979) " Schlöndorff has a tendency to sketch the rest of the cast as simple grotesques or symbols of decadence that are unconvincingly humanized in the final third." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 18, 2012
2/5 37% The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best (2012) " Offering little more than flat karaoke versions of Sundance-style hits, this is strictly an amateur-hour affair." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 18, 2012
3/5 91% The Green Wave (2012) " By airing an impassioned chorus of voices ranging from lawyers to religious clerics, the film argues that the 2009 protests were simply preparing the way for a larger populist movement that has yet to crest." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 14, 2012
3/5 —— Lo roim alaich (Invisible) " Credit the actors for making what might have been nothing but a well-intentioned message movie (which includes real archival testimony of rape victims) into an affecting drama." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 3, 2012
1/5 50% Patagonia Rising (2012) " Recent newspaper coverage will provide more context, and will take up 80 fewer minutes of your time." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 5, 2012
2/5 29% Girl In Progress (2012) " Riggen's lethargic direction, which favors a monotonous procession of static, centrally framed compositions, doesn't help matters in the slightest." — Time Out New York
Posted May 8, 2012
—— As the Call, So the Echo (2006) " A stealthy love letter from son to father." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 31, 2006
43% The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2006) " Although technically impressive, the remake is dramatically inert, as the set becomes a motionless backdrop to theatrical line readings instead of a pulsing manifestation of diseased minds." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 24, 2006
91% Blood Tea and Red String (2006) " As with Henry Darger, coherence is beside the point; one just waits for the next baffling image." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 3, 2006
89% Rocky Road to Dublin (1968) " If the film's cultural work is finished, its historical place will always be secure." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 15, 2006
40% The Color of Olives (El Color de los Olivos) (2006) " Instead of posing the children in bright fill lights looking sad, why not let them speak?" — Village Voice
Posted Jul 11, 2006
67% The Garden of Earthly Delights (2006) " There is magic in these intimate passion plays, which are filled with sloppy, loving detail and are mounted without a hint of pretension. Each banal moment becomes achingly gorgeous." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 21, 2006
69% Through the Fire (2006) " A riveting doc of hoop dreams realized." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 7, 2006
32% Tamara (2006) " Survives solely on the repetitive pleasures of genre." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 31, 2006
6% Big Momma's House 2 (2006) " As warmhearted as the original." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 31, 2006
50% 24 Hours on Craigslist (2004) " A diverting infomercial." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 17, 2006
100% I'm Taraneh, 15 " Sadr-Ameli opts for a tone of distanced objectivity, where melodramatic revelations are slow-pedaled; his documentary background is evident in the detailed portrait of institutional sexism and an even-handed struggle with the ethics of abortion." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 10, 2006
33% Tau man ji D (Initial D) (2005) " Alas, the story keeps interrupting with gobs of expectorated exposition, paving the way for the inevitable sequels to come." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 28, 2005
61% 39 Pounds of Love (2005) " 39 Pounds of Love simplifies its subject until all that's left is a name and a cloying score." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 21, 2005
4% The Fog (2005) " Making concessions at every turn to the youth-horror market, the film slashes the ages of its protagonists by some 15 years, and its IQ follows suit." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 27, 2005
0% Don't Tell (2005) " Spectacularly incompetent." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 11, 2005
68% Before the Fall (Napola) (2004) " We get tepid moralizing on dehumanization in the military." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 4, 2005
85% Dyskoloi apohairetismoi: O babas mou (Hard Goodbyes: My Father) (2003) " A tender Greek drama documenting a child's disbelief in the face of his father's death." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2005
77% Music From the Inside Out (2005) " A revealing portrait of painfully withdrawn artists navigating the tug between the divine harmony of an orchestral synthesis and the sweaty glow of individual experimentation." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 6, 2005
93% Make It Funky (2005) " A love letter to New Orleans, Make It Funky! reminds us of what has been lost in the flood, and of an artistic spirit that will never dissipate." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 6, 2005
100% Lustre (2005) " The late Bronx-born character actor Victor Argo, an Abel Ferrara standby, gives an elegiac walking tour of New York in Lustre." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2005
80% Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America (2005) " In an age where constructing papier-machĂ© caricatures of world leaders is considered activism, it's revealing to see a documentary where an idealist actually engages government and effects positive change." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 19, 2005
4% Modigliani (2004) " Sadly, instead of situating the l'amour fou in the artistic ferment of the period (1917-1920), Davis twists the period to fit the story." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 28, 2005
36% Ethan Mao (2004) " An exhausting exercise in genre mixing." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 14, 2005
—— Bustin' Bonaparte (The Story of an African Farm) (2005) " The children occupy the center with thoughtful and assured performances, nailing the refreshing moral that skepticism leads the way to better truths." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 7, 2005
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