Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Biography:
Slant Magazine film critic.
Favorites:
Vivre sa vie, Ikiru, Brief Encounter, Rabbit Moon, Lawrence of Arabia
Publications:
Boxoffice Magazine , Flick Nation , Movies With Butter , Rotten Tomatoes , Slant Magazine
Critics' Group:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
283

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 151 - 200 of 283
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 42% Dinner for Schmucks (2010) " Each comic plays it so strong that "over the top" ceases to hold meaning." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 29, 2010
3.5/5 70% Ramona and Beezus (2010) " In this vision of Ramona, sincerity is decency and no mores, politics or creeds define those bounds. Screw irony, it's a temp trend anyway." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2010
4/5 —— Audrey The Trainwreck (2010) " At once utterly down home and completely philosophical." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2010
4/5 43% Air Doll (Kûki ningyô) (2009) " What's most interesting about the story is not its apparent oddness, but the fact it maintains a sense of fairy tale magic even while it's set in a cold and seemingly hollow world." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2010
3/5 83% 180 South (2010) " In addition to the film's gentle activism comes a lovely perspective on life and our orientation to consumption that almost feels like antidote to the destructive "progress" that bests the explorers' paths." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2010
2.5/5 15% Sex and the City 2 (2010) " Each in different stages of their well preserved-and well heeled-lives, the "Fab Four's" dramadies continue for the audiences who love them. Trouble is the surrounding story and its supposedly fun sojourns are as embarrassing as granny panties." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 27, 2010
4.5/5 64% Biutiful (2010) " This Cannes Festival competition entry may be too dark and depressing for mainstream audiences, but it is clearly the heartfelt and very personal achievement of a master filmmaker with a potentially award winning performance from its star." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 25, 2010
3/5 80% Littlerock (2011) " The message is nearly as slight as the presentation and just as hard to pin down, but even when tackling something as sharp edged and soft bellied as exclusion Littlerock is not without its pleasures." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 25, 2010
2.5/5 73% NoBody's Perfect (2008) " [This film is] imperfect and still does quite a lot." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2010
2.5/5 78% Behind The Burly Q (2010) " For the ex-burlesque dancers director Leslie Zemeckis interviews here, themes like iniquity and demoralization seem altogether too personal to dig through." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2010
3/5 61% Breaking Upwards (2010) " A comfy, up-tempo view of the New York indie-verse that has strong regional flourish, feeling less like a glamour shot of NY and more like a view of the city that never sleeps from a well worn studio with a big bed." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2010
3.5/5 73% Gabi on the Roof in July (2011) " Evokes a New York sentimentalist tradition that mixes the edge of golden era Cassavettes with the nostalgia of Woody Allen--all of which owes eternal debt to the western European New Waves and Bergman." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2010
3/5 86% Lbs. (2010) " On one side, the film deals with a subject not often touched and this alone gives it an urgency and a credibility...but formally the film earns no stripes." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2010
2/5 20% The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) (2008) " One can see how its overtly soapy, lowest-common-denominator antics would play comfortably in various climes." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2010
3.5/5 75% Severe Clear (2010) " A handful of real Iraqis were shown, bodies destroyed by explosion and gunfire--and, in the end, what I'm calling this movie is entertaining. That's no tidy proposition." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2010
2.5/5 13% Our Family Wedding (2010) " It's not toppling Father of the Bride for status in the canon of wedding movies but for a film that gently negotiates the tensions of family and race, it's not too bad." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2010
3/5 33% Celine: Through The Eyes Of The World (2010) " The overlong but well tuned film sees Dion onstage, in public and with family. In sum, what you see is a woman and a family that handle celebrity with a unique grace." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2010
3.5/5 69% Shutter Island (2010) " Shutter Island is a bear hug to cinema while it's also an occasionally tart valentine to genre. Its affections aren't ironic but isn't there something ironic about a love letter to film that takes place in an asylum?" — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2010
3.5/5 —— Hell Is Other People " This gently paced comedy...feels like a marriage between Richard Linklater's early work and an inversion of Mumblecore (trading emotional vagueness and verbal clarity for emotional clarity and totally incomplete sentences)." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2010
3/5 100% Flooding With Love for the Kid (2010) " This is not a "so bad it's good" production-this is a home movie of emotionally astronomical proportions. It wears its hyper-manly heart on its sleeve at every given moment and totally brings you to the brink of Flooding with Love for the Kid." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2010
3.5/5 96% Sweetgrass (2009) " Pat, the elder [cowboy], speaks to them in sing-song and calls them his girls. His waking call: Good morning, sheep sounded like the reason these filmmakers thought the grass was sweet." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2010
4/5 64% The Missing Person (2009) " Michael Shannon adds another stunning performance to his resume with this small-scale neo-noir by writer/director Noah Buschel." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2009
4.5/5 32% The Lovely Bones (2009) " Peter Jackson returns to the engrossing and poetic imagery that earned him his name more than a decade ago." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2009
1.5/5 —— One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur (2008) " Tries to match the book's poetics but gets mired in celebrity conjecture about the writer." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2009
4/5 86% The House of the Devil (2009) " Carefully, perfectly, beautifully built occult horror follows the roadmap of the early '70s and '80s Indie Screams with reverent precision and the occasional, wise reference to the cannon." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2009
2/5 25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) " The only thing really worth seeing in the film is Butler in his one moment of partial nudity. Otherwise, it's a bit of a slog." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2009
4/5 87% Araya (1959) " Not just an artifact of a pre-industrialized culture infiltrated by modern equipment, it's an artifact of perspective and form." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2009
3/5 79% The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) " The only trouble with the film is that the pranks, though connected by the general agenda to expose appalling corporate practices, are too varied to be unified by any larger concrete goal. This works as activism but doesn't quite work as film." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2009
4/5 87% Amreeka (2009) " As poignant as it is buoyant." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2009
4.5/5 71% Loren Cass (2006) " What begins as an almost sullen and certainly glacial story about wayward teens in St. Petersburg, Florida grows into an eerie meditation-the sort that people, when they've had the distance, look back on with a misplaced feeling of warmth." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2009
3/5 45% White on Rice (2009) " A wry and playful indie." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2009
3/5 7% All About Steve (2009) " Not without its good bits. Even if you have to watch some supposedly nice guys be mean to get to them." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2009
3/5 63% Extract (2009) " If the odd extracts discussed by Joel in the film will pop up as kitschy gag items online is a question for the future, but whether or not this averagely entertaining workplace comedy will find itself loved violently by admirers is certain." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2009
4/5 81% Taxidermia (2006) " As sweeping in scope and vision as it is in viscera." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2009
4/5 8% Post Grad (2009) " It should be popular fare at slumber parties for diligent girls well into the next decade." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2009
3/5 —— Wonder of it All (2007) " Meeting the men who inspired The Right Stuff is as affectionate as it is pedagogical, with just enough holy mole moments to feed the sense of awe that keeps these heroes impressive for reasons greater than the technological and physical accomplishme" — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2009
3/5 60% A Perfect Getaway (2009) " David Twohy's programmatic vacation thriller A Perfect Getaway is silly and fun and while it has its annoyingly meta moments it certainly won't leave you bored." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2009
4.5 75% Julie & Julia (2009) " While women seem the most immediate audience for this soufflé-light summer film, anyone with even fleeting interest in writing or in eating (a much larger demo, for sure) will want to revel in this two hour long celebration of love, life and Lobster Therm" — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2009
4.5/5 68% Funny People (2009) " Apatow's bravest and most personal comedy yet." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2009
4/5 73% Beeswax (2009) " [A] quiet backyard-story from the reluctant figurehead of mumblecore, Andrew Bujalski." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2009
2.5/4 86% 500 Days of Summer (2009) " Just sincere enough not to seem target-marketed, (500) Days of Summer is a charmer of both semi-classic and partially derivative proportions." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2009
3/5 83% Nollywood Babylon (2008) " Both insightful and sweeping, this doc shows how affordable filmmaking technology and evangelical Christianity has assisted Nigeria, now the third largest producer of movies, to build a fecund film industry that serves a largely impoverished and political" — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2009
4/5 80% Canary " The direction could influence or be part of a new trend in filmmaking." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 2, 2009
2/5 61% Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2009) " Lurches along with just the right mix of discovery and dry-obsession that it has the potential to reach the hearts of its poster manic, indie band loving constituency." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2009
3/5 75% $9.99 (2008) " Utilizes stop-motion animation to explore semi-fantastical ideas that couldn't otherwise be touched on in live-action." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2009
3/5 44% The Proposal (2009) " A high gloss, studio Romcom with clichéd jokes and conflicts that are as uncontroversial as they are predictable, The Proposal is rooted in the most classical of conventions and still finds ways to be surprisingly enchanting." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2009
3/5 44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) " Second (and third) chances abound for this cast of characters." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 19, 2009
5/5 86% Treeless Mountain (2009) " I crossed. It's the sort of "slice of life" that defies words, which is perhaps why these little girls and their overwhelmingly grey world are rendered in such quietude." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 15, 2009
2.5/4 78% Dai-Nipponjin (Big Man Japan) (2009) " Matsumoto and Mitsuyoshi Takasu trade the grand for the gargantuan, the battle-drama for the video game fight." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 14, 2009
5/5 98% Up (2009) " Breakneck speedy, hysterically funny and appropriately lithe, UP handles itself in action with the same intensity as with comedy, never stopping to leave room for a laugh or a gasp." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 13, 2009
2/5 94% Home (2009) " The intimacy between Harden's poetess mother and her wistful and willful daughter is palpable and the film's strongest moments owe much to their chemistry." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 7, 2009
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