Richard Nilsen

Richard Nilsen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Arizona Republic
Critics' Group:
Phoenix Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
205

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 41% The Flowers of War (2011) " "The Flowers of War" seems like a pretty good film until you begin to think about it. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 29, 2012
3/5 63% Delicacy (2012) " "Delicacy" is not a very good movie. But it is entertaining enough -- barely enough -- to make it worth seeing. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 22, 2012
4.5/5 74% Norwegian Wood (2012) " We cover years at a bound, but when we light, we tend to spend long, lingering moments through the camera's loving eye. This is a beautiful film to see. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 15, 2012
4/5 95% Pina (2011) " For anyone with an interest in dance, "Pina" is a must-see. For anyone not interested in contemporary dance, "Pina" is a should-see. It could change your mind. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 9, 2012
3/5 No Score Yet The Vintner's Luck (2011) " Renier may remind you of a young Michael York. And the photography is gorgeous, in a conventional sort of way. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 3, 2011
1/5 36% Finding Joe (2011) " The bottom line for all these speakers is that if you follow the so-called hero's journey, you will find fame and fortune. I think we've heard this tune before. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 20, 2011
3/5 36% Restless (2011) " Gus Van Sant doesn't make bad movies. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 6, 2011
3/5 81% Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011) " It is a peculiar conflation of history -- there really was an Empress Wu -- and pure cinematic fantasy. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 29, 2011
4/5 84% My Afternoons with Margueritte (2011) " The film is leisurely paced, as many French films are, and not much actually happens, but as a character study, it feels true, and ultimately moving. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 22, 2011
2.5/5 74% The Whistleblower (2011) " You come away from watching the film with a moral bellyache. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 25, 2011
3.5/5 89% Crime After Crime (2011) " It reminds us, once again, that little can be quite so riveting as a well-told story from a compelling talking head. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 18, 2011
4.5/5 82% Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort) (2010) " Four hours of French gangsters may not sound like a cinematic joy, but with Euro-star Vincent Cassel in the lead role, the movie is utterly hypnotic. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 12, 2011
3/5 69% Bride Flight (2011) " This very pretty melodrama is a rather ordinary entry. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 14, 2011
3/5 73% Octubre (2011) " There is much observation of local detail and an overpowering sense of the oppressiveness of urban poverty, but the film never quite gets airborne. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 7, 2011
3/5 83% Potiche (2011) " "Potiche" is a frothy French confection, a sort of île flottante of movies. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 2, 2011
4/5 88% Nora's Will (Cinco dias sin Nora) (2010) " This is a very wise film, without any stench of didacticism: Through it all, the abiding power - like the strong force of an atomic bond - is not love exactly, but relationship, the net that wraps us all together and holds us fast. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 24, 2011
3.5/5 100% Strongman (2011) " One cannot help but think of Fellini's Zampano and Gelsomina. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 18, 2011
3.5/5 82% Four Lions (2010) " Really, these guys are just knuckleheads. And the movie is full of outrageous laughs. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 10, 2010
3/5 39% The Little Traitor (2009) " Doesn't attempt much, doesn't accomplish much, doesn't offer much and doesn't leave you with anything memorable to take home with you. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 2, 2010
4/5 63% Howl (2010) " The film forces us to face what a powerful poem "Howl" remains. That poetry isn't just pretty language, it has the ability to make us think about our lives, even to change our lives. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 21, 2010
4/5 57% Bran Nue Dae (2010) " Bran Nue Dae is an infectiously joyful Australian Aboriginal musical. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 23, 2010
4/5 32% A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun) (2010) " It takes real chutzpah to challenge the Coen brothers when it comes to stylization in movies, but Chinese director Zhang Yimou has done just that. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 23, 2010
3/5 No Score Yet Pete & Cleo " We might expect the movie to come down on the side of indigenous wisdom and the old ways, but it never really slips into that cliche -- although it passes many cliches along the way. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 23, 2010
3/5 55% Mao's Last Dancer (2010) " Hollywood has a long history of turning highbrow art into middlebrow mush, and Mao's Last Dancer is just one more kick dancer in that long line. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 26, 2010
2.5/5 52% Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010) " Two narcissists do not a couple make, and without any actual relationship, there really isn't a movie. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 23, 2010
4.5/5 96% Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010) " The plain fact is that, on some level, it doesn't matter whether the film is true or not. Either way, it's fascinating. Either way, we learn a lot. Either way, it's a great film. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 24, 2010
4/5 71% Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) (2010) " It seduces us with imagery and metaphor. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 27, 2010
3.5/5 88% La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris (2009) " It is an insider's look at the ballet, but one that only an insider will get the most out of. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 29, 2010
4/5 89% Séraphine (2009) " What makes this slow, intense film so compelling is its persuasive creation of complex characters: You scarcely believe Moreau is an actor and that the film isn't, on some level, archival footage of the real painter. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 29, 2010
3/5 87% Amreeka (2009) " A good-hearted film about the resilience of the human spirit. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 14, 2009
4/5 85% Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008) " The Baader-Meinhof Complex is not an easy film to watch; its violence is ugly and brutish. And there's a lot of it. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 1, 2009
3/5 57% The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009) " Although The Stoning is efficiently made, it is ultimately a cheat. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 16, 2009
3/5 87% Earth (Disneynature's Earth) (Planet Earth) (2009) " It's such a joy to see this footage on the big screen -- even better than hi-definition TV -- that you may want to suffer the slings and arrow of an outrageous soundtrack just for the opportunity to see what's on the screen. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 22, 2009
3/5 71% Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (2008) " Each of the three primary directions of the movie might make a fascinating film, but tied together, they never cohere, and you find yourself sitting through two long hours wondering why you are doing so. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 12, 2009
3.5/5 86% I.O.U.S.A. (2008) " You will not likely forget the Jeremiad it presents about how the United States has been living on borrowed money -- and borrowed time -- for decades and now is presenting the bill for our extravagance to our grandchildren. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 30, 2008
4.5/5 81% I Served the King of England (2008) " This episodic, picaresque film is one delightful surprise after another, a complete joy to watch. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 11, 2008
4/5 94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) " Tell No One is a French action thriller and murder mystery that doesn't cheat. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 28, 2008
2.5/5 76% OSS 117: Le Caire Nid d'Espions (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) (2008) " A lame comedy with a few decent laughs and several yawn-spawning set pieces that don't really go anywhere. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 21, 2008
2/5 81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) " It all begins to feel veddy, veddy pretentious and a very, very long way from the Brooklyn or Manhattan that he actually understands. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 14, 2008
3/5 55% Elsa y Fred (2008) " For some, the movie will be an emotional paean to love at the twilight of life; to others, though, it's a contrived, manipulative film calculatedly sentimental and -- except for poor Alfredo -- totally false to life. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 24, 2008
4/5 96% Up the Yangtze (2007) " The movie never editorializes; it simply presents. It is tragedy, not statistics. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 10, 2008
4/5 88% Reprise (2006) " If you are young, male and dream of making a name for yourself in the arts, Reprise is about the joys and sufferings of that quest: It is a Jules and Jim for the punk-rock generation. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 12, 2008
4/5 87% Meduzot (Jellyfish) (2008) " Most of the first hour passes without much more forward motion than its namesake. But in the corners and niches of that slow development, we get to know a handful of people, crisply drawn in fast sketches. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 5, 2008
4/5 88% Roman de Gare (Crossed Tracks) (2007) " Don't go to the theater expecting too much and you can't help but leave with a smile on your face. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 22, 2008
3.5/5 69% Fugitive Pieces (2008) " Bit by fragmented bit, it all adds up to a one-note portrait of its protagonist. Granted, that one note is a powerful one. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 8, 2008
3.5/5 82% Hors de Prix (Priceless) (2006) " Priceless is a Hollywood remake waiting to happen. It's almost guaranteed. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 24, 2008
3.5/5 83% The Rape of Europa (2007) " It's long for a documentary, almost two hours, but it has a big story to tell. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 6, 2008
4/5 88% Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) " Imaginary Witness is powerful and complex, and few will manage to make it through to the end without gasping, weeping or covering their eyes. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 7, 2008
5/5 100% Man on Wire (2008) " It is one of the most suspenseful, white-knuckled films of the year. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 22, 2008
93% Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2007) " May well be the best movie of the year. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 26, 2007
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