Sarah Boslaugh

Sarah Boslaugh

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Publications:
Playback:stl , PopMatters
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
472

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/10 67% Go Down Death (2014) " ...it's hard to sustain interest in a film that serves primarily to communicate someone else's belief in their own cleverness." — Playback:stl
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/10 53% Citizen Koch (2014) " ...a well-meaning documentary that is essentially unsatisfying because it takes on too many issues and allots its screen time unwisely." — PopMatters
Posted Jun 20, 2014
6/10 —— TINY: A Story About Living Small (2013) " ...beautifully shot and edited, [with] a natural dramatic structure based on following Smith's attempt to build his own tiny house ..." — Playback:stl
Posted Jun 13, 2014
6/10 91% Being Ginger (2014) " Charm goes a long way, and so does a sense of humor. Fortunately, Being Ginger has plenty of both to spare. " — Playback:stl
Posted Jun 13, 2014
6/10 57% American Jesus (2014) " ...if [Garriga's] portrait of American Christianity is not representative, it certainly is interesting, taking Americans as well as foreigners to many places they have probably not been before." — Playback:stl
Posted Jun 12, 2014
7/10 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " ...an old-fashioned Hollywood melodrama for the modern age. " — Playback:stl
Posted Jun 6, 2014
6/10 86% Cold in July (2014) " For all the action (and there is plenty) in Cold in July, it's really more of a psychological suspense movie, and the three principal actors are so good that I can forgive the derivative nature of the plot..." — Playback:stl
Posted May 31, 2014
6/10 92% The Retrieval (2014) " ... less a Civil War picture than a road movie and a coming-of-age tale. " — Playback:stl
Posted May 22, 2014
7/10 88% It Felt Like Love (2014) " [Hittman's] offbeat visual style ... helps put you inside the mind of the lead character, for whom nothing is clear. " — Playback:stl
Posted May 16, 2014
7/10 89% Dancing In Jaffa (2014) " ...make[s] you feel that you are visiting the lives of real children and their families, and seeing genuine interactions rather than synthetic moments crammed into a predetermined storyline." — Playback:stl
Posted May 15, 2014
7/10 —— In God We Trust " ... organized around the testimony of perhaps the ultimate insider, Madoff's personal secretary Eleanor Squillari, who cooperated with the FBI to help trace Madoff's many shady business deals." — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
7/10 —— The Great North Korean Picture Show " Lee and Leong were working under some stringent restrictions...so in response, the film sometimes includes commentary in subtitles, detailing what was going on behind the scenes of whatever you are seeing on screen." — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
6/10 —— American Commune " ...American Commune is more a nostalgic look back at a time now vanished than it is a critical examination of The Farm, or the "back to the land" movement in general." — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
6/10 84% Good Ol' Freda (2013) " ...This is Freda narrating her own story as the no-nonsense Liverpool woman she is...illustrated with lots of archival materials to take the viewer along on her journey." — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
7/10 —— Everybody Street " Everybody Street allows the photographers to speak for themselves, and they're quite eloquent in illuminating why (and sometimes how) they do what they do. " — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
7/10 —— Salma " ...a beautiful film and a celebration of the spirit and dignity of women who have not let themselves be defined by their circumstances." — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
4/10 —— Quality Balls " ...so toothless it feels like it was made to run at a retirement ceremony, with many of Steinberg's fellow practitioners chiming in about what a great guy he was, and illustrated with tame clips of Steinberg at work " — PopMatters
Posted Apr 8, 2014
6/10 —— Chimeras " ... a quiet, contemplative film, beautifully shot, and willing to raise conflicting ideas without feeling the need to bring them to a resolution." — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
7/10 100% Gideon's Army (2013) " While both the structure and most of the content of Gideon's Army are familiar, it does raise a few issues often left out of similar issues docs. One is the fact that many of the defendants are in fact guilty..." — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
7/10 83% The Double (2014) " ... the visual elements (cinematography by Erik Wilson, production design by David Crank, art direction by Denis Schnegg) and music (Andrew Hewitt) are a lot of what makes the film work." — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
6/10 —— The Road to Fame " ...a film that is often interesting, in a multi-culti sort of way, but also contains a lot of loose ends that make it frustrating to watch." — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
4/10 54% Hank: Five Years From the Brink (2014) " Hank is basically a big love letter from Paulson to himself, and it's a mystery to me why Berlinger would lend his talents to such an effort. " — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 8, 2014
5/10 —— Cheatin' " ... felt like I was watching a string of loosely connected episodes rather than a feature film." — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 3, 2014
4/10 82% The Congress (2014) " ...if you're half-distracted all the time, you might be impressed by some of the interesting ideas in this film and be able to ignore what an overall mess it is. " — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 1, 2014
8/10 68% Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014) " ... an amazingly sure-footed feature from first-time director Katrin Gebbe. " — Playback:stl
Posted Apr 1, 2014
4/10 89% Le Week-End (2014) " ...will appeal most strongly to people near their characters in age, as it's too easy for younger people to wonder why people who have it so good are complaining... " — Playback:stl
Posted Mar 27, 2014
6/10 —— Gasland Part II (2013) " Gasland Part II is basically a film for the converted; if you didn't get the message with Gasland, you won't get it with this film. " — Playback:stl
Posted Mar 20, 2014
7/10 —— Wonderwall (1969) " Wonderwall should be required viewing for anyone interested in popular culture of the 1960s..." — Playback:stl
Posted Mar 20, 2014
5/10 77% Bethlehem (2014) " Because most of the characterizations are so shallow, it's hard to care too much about what happens to whom, so the action scenes become merely mechanical... " — Playback:stl
Posted Mar 14, 2014
7/10 —— Oscar-nominated Shorts: Live Action " Three of the finalists-"Helium," "Just Before Losing Everything," and "It Wasn't Me"-are all excellent in different ways, while the remaining two-"The Voorman Problem" and "Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?"-are not quite as strong..." — Playback:stl
Posted Jan 30, 2014
7/10 100% Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films 2014 (2014) " Uniquely among the nominees this year, "Feral" pays its audience two compliments: it doesn't spell everything out, and it doesn't confine itself to a naturalistic narrative; both choices are well-supported by distinctive, pseudo-primitive art. " — Playback:stl
Posted Jan 30, 2014
6/10 —— Corpus Christi: Playing With Redemption " ...much more about the people involved in the 2006 production (a cast including women and people of color, unlike the original production), and its transformative effect on their lives, than about the play itself ..." — Playback:stl
Posted Nov 11, 2013
6/10 82% G.B.F. (2014) " ...not a deep movie, but the plot moves quickly, there are plenty of laughs, and it's a pleasant fantasy, even if it doesn't correspond to anyone's real experience." — Playback:stl
Posted Nov 11, 2013
3/10 55% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) " Truth be told, Interior. Leather Bar has a lot more talking in its 60 minutes than it does man-on-man action..." — Playback:stl
Posted Nov 11, 2013
7/10 —— Married And Counting (2013) " ...showcases the extended honeymoon of two guys, Pat Dwyer and Stephen Mosher, who are so cute and wholesome and stable that they could be poster children for gay marriage. " — Playback:stl
Posted Nov 11, 2013
6/10 67% How I Live Now (2013) " There's no glory in this war, just shocking and horrifying deaths, and survivors damaged by experiences they can't even articulate." — Playback:stl
Posted Nov 6, 2013
7/10 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " ...well worth seeing for it's well-chosen mix of present-day interviews and archival footage, enlivened by many musical selections." — Playback:stl
Posted Oct 24, 2013
6/10 —— Turtle Hill, Brooklyn (2013) " ...its general tone of hipsterish pleasantness is a welcome sign of how much gay life has changed in 45 years. " — Playback:stl
Posted Oct 21, 2013
4/10 0% Village of the Giants (1965) " I'm certainly not going to try to claim that Gordon's 1965 film is any good, but it's such a mash-up of genres.. that you'd have to be a real grouch to not find some fun in it." — PopMatters
Posted Aug 15, 2013
8/10 87% All That Jazz (1979) " ...were it not for the steady, understated presence of Roy Scheider as Fosse stand-in Joe Gideon, the whole thing might well do up in a burst of spontaneous combustion, spraying sequins and feather boas in all directions." — PopMatters
Posted Aug 8, 2013
8/10 95% A Hijacking (2013) " [Omar and Mikkel are] like Marcus and McTeague in Frank Norris's 1899 novel, handcuffed to each other in a struggle that could well end in mutually assured destruction." — PopMatters
Posted Jul 11, 2013
4/10 64% Pandora's Promise (2013) " Unfortunately, too many people confuse convincingly expressed belief with actual evidence about the true state of the world, and that's what Stone is banking on." — PopMatters
Posted Jun 13, 2013
6/10 100% Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington (2013) " ..mostly a biographical film, honoring the man and his work ... while also highlighting two questions often ignored in discussions of war and war photography. " — PopMatters
Posted May 24, 2013
7/10 —— In The Shadow Of The Sun " ...does a fine job of presenting the difficulties faced by albinos in Tanzania, but fails to dig deeper to uncover the financial interests behind this horrifying trade in human body parts." — PopMatters
Posted May 24, 2013
8/10 75% Anita (2014) " ...Anita Hill's life has not been defined by her experience with the Senate Judiciary Panel, and Anita does not dwell unduly on that episode in her life, but instead presents a much fuller picture of her life and work. " — PopMatters
Posted May 24, 2013
7/10 84% Leviathan (2013) " Rather than being taught a lesson or being rallied to a cause, Leviathan offers you the opportunity to leave your ordinary world for 87 minutes and plug yourself into the world of a fishing crew..." — PopMatters
Posted May 16, 2013
7/10 77% Amer (2010) " ... those willing to immerse themselves in the film's own peculiar sensibility (never before has the connection between horror films and pornography been more obvious) will find it to be a rewarding, if also disturbing, experience." — PopMatters
Posted May 15, 2013
4/10 —— Prince of Tears (Lei wangzi) " ...the mismatch between a visual style which would make Douglas Sirk envious...slow pace, and frequent use of voiceover have the unintended effect of discouraging the audience from becoming emotionally involved." — PopMatters
Posted May 15, 2013
7/10 88% The Hedgehog (2011) " 11-year-old Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) is rich, precocious and extremely judgmental in the way that only a privileged child can be." — PopMatters
Posted May 15, 2013
7/10 80% Ginger & Rosa (2013) " The great gift of Ginger & Rosa is Potter's willingness to let her camera observe these gifted young actresses without judgment, and to create the illusion of ordinary life unfolding before your eyes. " — PopMatters
Posted Mar 31, 2013
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