Rachel Saltz

Rachel Saltz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

New York Times film critic.
New York Times
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—— Rabindranath Tagore-the Poet of Eternity (2014) " Though clearly a labor of love by Mr. Bhattacharya, "Tagore" is mostly clumsy as filmmaking." — New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
—— Kick (2014) " A star can lift a movie like "Kick," making its silliness sublime. That doesn't happen here." — New York Times
Posted Jul 27, 2014
—— Humshakals (2014) " The director, Sajid Khan, who wrote the script with Robin Bhatt and Akarsh Khurana, seems insulated and unable to tease out the difference between inspiration and indulgence." — New York Times
Posted Jun 22, 2014
71% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) " If "A Coffee in Berlin" has its own kind of formula and a romanticism that reads as both youthful and obscuring, it nevertheless absorbs you and makes you wonder what Mr. Gerster will do next." — New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
—— Holiday (2014) " The action sequences mostly have tension and punch, even if the movie is old-school long - 2 hours 41 minutes - and the plot doesn't bear too much scrutiny." — New York Times
Posted Jun 8, 2014
76% Lucky Them (2014) " While Ms. Collette grounds Ellie and her emotions in a tough-minded plausibility, she can only hint at what the script fails to deliver: the complexities of a flawed woman's midlife crisis." — New York Times
Posted May 29, 2014
89% For A Woman (2014) " An inviting sense of mystery hangs over the events of 1947, Ms. Kurys's origin story. There are some things, she seems to say, that we never fully understand, including the people we are closest to." — New York Times
Posted May 1, 2014
—— 2 States (2014) " "2 States" is an effort to go beyond formula while also embracing formulaic elements, including some nice song-and-dance sequences. The mix isn't right yet." — New York Times
Posted Apr 20, 2014
86% The Jewish Cardinal (2014) " It holds your interest, even if Jean-Marie remains what he must be to Mr. Cohen: an enticing puzzlement, his faith a mystery." — New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
—— Total Siyapaa (Total Chaos) (2014) " If Aman is gradually accepted by the Singhs (and is he?), it seems to be only because they're so distracted by mishaps and gags." — New York Times
Posted Mar 9, 2014
—— Highway (2014) " The film can't sustain a tone, wavering between realism and Bollywood hokum." — New York Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
100% Gunday (2014) " "Gunday," directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, may be preposterous, but it's rarely dull. And when Mr. Khan and Ms. Chopra are on screen it's something more. It's downright enjoyable." — New York Times
Posted Feb 17, 2014
0% Chander Pahar (2014) " One reason "Chander Pahar" seems so plodding is that Mr. Mukherjee has a habit of telling us what he doesn't know how to show." — New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
78% Dhoom 3 (2013) " "Dhoom 2" had fun with the mechanics of crime and crime fighting. This movie can't be bothered." — New York Times
Posted Dec 22, 2013
—— Bullett Raja (2013) " Mr. Khan can be a subtle actor who uses his body eloquently, though not here." — New York Times
Posted Dec 1, 2013
11% Paris Countdown (2013) " "Paris Countdown" is a buddy movie with a downbeat heart." — New York Times
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3.5/5 —— Shahid (2013) " Mr. Mehta has done something difficult. He has made a film of conviction that's neither plodding nor preachy." — New York Times
Posted Oct 21, 2013
3.5/5 —— Besharam (2013) " "Besharam" is frequently crude, but it's also unusually clean in its plotting. And it has a kind of unblushing vitality that is especially strong in the dance numbers ..." — New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/5 —— Satyagraha (2013) " More preachy than stirring; it hits its themes too squarely on the nose and hits them for about an hour too long." — New York Times
Posted Sep 3, 2013
3.5/5 —— El estudiante (The Student) (2013) " It's something of a one-note groove, but Mr. Mitre knows how to play it." — New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2013
2/5 57% Chennai Express (2013) " The movie chugs along for most of its 2 hours and 20 minutes searching for comedy and characters in a frantically overplotted story. " — New York Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/5 62% Israel: A Home Movie (2013) " The images and voices are a mix of the curious, the compassionate, the condescending and worse." — New York Times
Posted Jul 10, 2013
2/5 77% Somm (2013) " "Somm," though an entree into a little-known world, rarely finds a second dimension." — New York Times
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2/5 —— Fukrey (2013) " Too often it calls to mind the much better "Delhi Belly," which had a genuinely madcap script and sharper things to say about being young, urban and Indian." — New York Times
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2/5 18% I Do (2013) " In a better movie you might play along with contrived plot twists and fake obstacles, but watching "I Do," a movie with thin characters and a languorous pace, you find yourself talking back to the screen." — New York Times
Posted May 30, 2013
3.5/5 —— Aurangzeb (2013) " Mr. Kapoor and Mr. Shroff, stars of an earlier generation, are well cast and well matched. Where a '70s Hindi film might pit villagers against an evil landowner, "Aurangzeb" paints a more complex picture of villainy." — New York Times
Posted May 19, 2013
2.5/5 —— Re-emerging: The Jews Of Nigeria (2013) " "Re-emerging" can be pedestrian as filmmaking, though it remains interesting as long as it remains in Nigeria." — New York Times
Posted May 16, 2013
3/5 81% Becoming Traviata (2013) " [It] may not be fully satisfying as a documentary. But it has what any good movie needs: a star - the ever-game soprano Natalie Dessay." — New York Times
Posted May 14, 2013
2/5 0% How Sweet It Is (2013) " The movie's message, delivered in song at the end, seems less like a credo than like an excuse: "Sometimes all you need to do is try."" — New York Times
Posted May 9, 2013
2/5 42% Midnight's Children (2013) " A movie that, if never exactly dull, feels drained of the mythic juice that powers the book, which won the Booker Prize in 1981." — New York Times
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3/5 83% The Revolutionary (2013) " It's a remarkable story, even if "The Revolutionary," a no-frills documentary drawn from five years of interviews, isn't much of a movie." — New York Times
Posted Apr 12, 2013
3.5/5 34% Everybody Has a Plan (2013) " Mr. Mortensen keeps you watching, even when the movie's storytelling underwhelms." — New York Times
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2/5 42% Leonie (2013) " Leonie Gilmour was almost certainly unusual and unusually self-reliant. Too bad that the film that bears her name ultimately reduces her to the mother of her child." — New York Times
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/5 81% I Killed My Mother (2013) " As a director, Mr. Dolan has a freewheeling style, and he's self-dramatizing enough to want to call attention to it without being too much of a visual show-off." — New York Times
Posted Mar 13, 2013
2.5/5 —— I, Me Aur Main (2013) " A workaday Bollywood romance ..." — New York Times
Posted Mar 4, 2013
3.5/5 89% Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013) " The filmmakers mix the playful and serious, with only occasional lapses." — New York Times
Posted Feb 28, 2013
2.5/5 57% Kai Po Che! (2013) " Mixes, not quite successfully, traditional Bollywood storytelling with something less conventional." — New York Times
Posted Feb 21, 2013
2.5/5 78% Red Flag (2013) " If only "Red Flag" were funnier and tighter and had a sharper idea about what it means to blur the lines between self-interrogation and self-absorption." — New York Times
Posted Feb 21, 2013
2/5 60% Rubberneck (2013) " It's dragged down by non-scene after non-scene, and filmmaking choices that don't earn their keep." — New York Times
Posted Feb 21, 2013
2/5 —— Race 2 (2013) " "Race 2," directed by Abbas-Mastan, has little to offer besides its loving gaze at wealth and flesh." — New York Times
Posted Jan 26, 2013
2.5/5 33% Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (2013) " A mix of gently outraged populism and low-powered romantic comedy, Vishal Bhardwaj's "Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola" might have been better with a chunk lopped off its two-and-a-half-hour runtime." — New York Times
Posted Jan 13, 2013
3.5/5 —— Beijing Flickers " Mr. Zhang, whose wide-screen compositions have an unfussy elegance, mostly manages his balancing act. His measured style gives the film a steady-as-she-goes ballast even as it follows impulsive, unsettled lives." — New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2013
2.5/5 46% Save The Date (2012) " [It] may sound like Sitcomland, but Mr. Mohan's sensibility - visually, comically, in terms of character - is more naturalistic, more Sundance. It's just not particularly sharp." — New York Times
Posted Dec 13, 2012
3.5/5 67% Talaash (2012) " It's very much a Hindi film, but updated and delivered with conviction and style." — New York Times
Posted Nov 29, 2012
4/5 87% The Law In These Parts (2012) " By keeping its focus admirably tight, the sober and sobering Israeli documentary "The Law in These Parts" presents a devastating case against the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip." — New York Times
Posted Nov 13, 2012
2/5 —— The Return of Lencho (2012) " Instead of pulsing with freewheeling energy, it sags under its earnest polemics." — New York Times
Posted Nov 8, 2012
3.5/5 —— Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (2012) " It may be old-fashioned - love, family and grandfather's famous Khurana chicken win the day - yet it feels fresh." — New York Times
Posted Nov 1, 2012
2/5 50% Vamps (2012) " Aging is probably the real theme here, but it's approached sidelong and has no punch. Still, only the nostalgia has any real conviction." — New York Times
Posted Nov 1, 2012
2/5 0% That's What She Said (2012) " "That's What She Said," an unpleasant comedy about friendship, aims to be a female twist on the bromance." — New York Times
Posted Oct 18, 2012
3/5 61% Tai Chi Zero (2012) " Fast and mostly fun, the movie also seems compulsively too much, throwing everything it can think of at you, lest it fail to entertain. " — New York Times
Posted Oct 18, 2012
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