Stuart Klawans

Stuart Klawans

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , The Nation
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
333

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 333
Previous | Next
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
92% Insomnia (2002) " Who allowed these performances, or maybe even encouraged them? Christopher Nolan, that's who. He was so intent on dolloping pizazz onto this story that he didn't notice the visual syrup was drowning a six-inch stack of toaster waffles." — The Nation
Posted Aug 25, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " It's a thoroughly mediocre movie [and] I'm sorry to say that, considering that its predecessor in this new cycle, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was so unexpectedly good." — The Nation
Posted Aug 21, 2014
88% The Kill Team (2014) " Krauss is too responsible to do anything flashy with this material. He tells the story directly and in depth." — The Nation
Posted Aug 21, 2014
83% Rich Hill (2014) " Astonishingly intimate and unflinching yet also impressionistic." — The Nation
Posted Aug 21, 2014
65% Lucy (2014) " To the degree that Lucy's adventure is even temporarily plausible, let alone engaging, it's because Johansson makes it so." — The Nation
Posted Aug 21, 2014
94% The Dark Knight (2008) " What you finally receive from The Dark Knight, then, isn't a message but a sensation, which comes from the deliberately twisted form. You learn how it feels to be in a vortex that just keeps sucking you down." — The Nation
Posted Aug 20, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) " Life Itself is a film about living and dying well. It measures up to Ebert's definition of cinema's best possibility -- "a machine that generates empathy" -- and reveals, by the end, a man who became fully worthy of that ideal." — The Nation
Posted Jul 24, 2014
93% Closed Curtain (2014) " Enigmatic, unresolved (perhaps deliberately) and strangely reminiscent of Bergman, Closed Curtain is not Panahi's strongest work but manages, all the same, to make visible the effects of a tremendous condensed power." — The Nation
Posted Jul 24, 2014
63% Mood Indigo (2014) " I decided by the end that invention had somehow managed to pry whimsy's death grip from its throat." — The Nation
Posted Jul 24, 2014
99% Boyhood (2014) " Thanks to the astonishing consistency of Linklater and the cast, and the faultless editing of Sandra Adair, all this happens in Boyhood much as it would in reality, as a continual unfolding, without on-screen titles or chapter breaks." — The Nation
Posted Jul 24, 2014
88% Obvious Child (2014) " Had Robespierre been consistently tough-minded, Obvious Child might have been just as funny but could also have risen to the level of a really good movie rather than a pretty good one." — The Nation
Posted Jun 25, 2014
80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Moments of pain go unplumbed." — The Nation
Posted Jun 25, 2014
90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Doug Liman directed, making the most of every opportunity for a quick cut, a good laugh and a new surge of adrenaline." — The Nation
Posted Jun 25, 2014
83% Dormant Beauty (2014) " Bellocchio may sometimes shut these characters in their rooms, but his view of them all is as open in mind and spirit as a film can be." — The Nation
Posted Jun 25, 2014
93% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) " A strong, daring, haunting film." — The Nation
Posted Jun 25, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) " As played by three sparkling newcomers (Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne) in scenes that rely heavily on improvisation, they burst with a vitality that can't be faked -- only allowed, encouraged and lovingly savored." — The Nation
Posted Jun 25, 2014
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) " Pretty fancy stuff, for a sci-fi romantic comedy." — The Nation
Posted May 30, 2014
86% Under the Skin (2014) " There are images in this film unlike any I've seen before." — The Nation
Posted May 13, 2014
94% Ida (2014) " By the end of the film, you know [Anna] has changed inside, but the import of that change remains entirely her business -- which is the aspect of Ida I most admire, and also the one that makes me most uneasy." — The Nation
Posted May 13, 2014
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Rather than yield to von Trier's dialectic, I would advise others to do the wrong thing and break off with Volume I, when the games end." — The Nation
Posted Apr 16, 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " I freely confess to having been ravished by Volume I." — The Nation
Posted Apr 16, 2014
87% Far From Heaven (2003) " Could Haynes go on making films if the health police were ever to let up? He apparently needs to define himself in opposition to their controlling mindset." — The Nation
Posted Apr 1, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " I'm bothered when an overabundance of surface effects covers up a ringingly hollow purpose, containing very little except authorial will." — The Nation
Posted Mar 19, 2014
99% The Missing Picture (2014) " [The Missing Picture] carries with it such a burden of personal and collective pain, and bears reliable witness to such a huge historical crime, that I'm almost ashamed to add that it's inventive, imaginative, beautiful and at times even charming." — The Nation
Posted Mar 19, 2014
93% Child's Pose (2014) " There is none of the gallows humor that attracts a certain type of viewer to the Romanian New Wave. But the empathy is there, for Cornelia and for Barbu as well, in a film that gets all the way down to the rotten bones." — The Nation
Posted Feb 14, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) " A feel-good movie that you don't have to feel bad for liking." — The Nation
Posted Feb 14, 2014
91% Kids for Cash (2014) " It's an honest investigation -- unprejudiced toward its subjects, thorough in its research, comprehensive in its intellectual framework -- and it's a tragedy." — The Nation
Posted Feb 14, 2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The characteristic traits build up, intolerably: the grinding pace, the deadening repetition, the pointless wordiness (Terence Winter's screenplay never shuts up), the self-congratulatory nyuk-nyuks." — The Nation
Posted Jan 23, 2014
94% The Past (2013) " Once its momentum sets in, the narrative spiral of The Past pulls you straight down, irresistibly." — The Nation
Posted Jan 23, 2014
94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " [Guiraudie] has given Stranger by the Lake a grandeur that goes beyond the anecdotal. You see it both in the expansiveness of the setting and in the faithfulness of a born filmmaker to the materials of cinema." — The Nation
Posted Jan 23, 2014
42% Oldboy (2013) " [Lee] moves easily among the several registers of filmmaking that Oldboy demands." — The Nation
Posted Dec 10, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " Like that other time-traveler to the 1970s, Paul Thomas Anderson, Russell is a big, expressive moviemaker who seems willing to try anything. Unlike Anderson, he's even willing to swerve a little out of control, roller-disco style." — The Nation
Posted Dec 10, 2013
91% The Great Beauty (2013) " Many flights, lunges, glides and pokes of the camera in these sequences reveal the magnificence and overpowering weight of Rome's past and survey the casual surrealism and rich grotesquerie of its present." — The Nation
Posted Nov 14, 2013
66% Faust (2013) " I can't be content to burble about the surface effects of Faust, or use the Silly Putty method of critical exegesis to twist it into a justifiable shape. Instead I have to say: Faust is shameful." — The Nation
Posted Nov 14, 2013
79% Aftermath (2013) " [Pasikowski] made the film anyway as an act of conscience, writing and directing it without a trace of ego but with plenty of narrative efficiency and emotional punch." — The Nation
Posted Nov 14, 2013
37% You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) " As a remedy for the Mideast's woes, American pluralism might be slightly impractical; but as a premise for a summer comedy, it's real enough to be funny" — The Nation
Posted Nov 4, 2013
91% The Exiles (1961) " It's as if someone had done a ghost dance and it worked, just a little -- enough to turn your sigh into a gasp of amazement." — The Nation
Posted Nov 4, 2013
51% Get Smart (2008) " For anyone who entertained hopes for Get Smart and has not been entertained back, the film's main fault will lie in its wobbly translation." — The Nation
Posted Nov 4, 2013
74% Full Battle Rattle (2008) " Like any documentary about putting on a show, Full Battle Rattle abounds with mirth-provoking incongruities between the effect aimed for and the means used to achieve it." — The Nation
Posted Nov 4, 2013
32% Gangster Squad (2013) " A nod toward nostalgia, a grandiose display of the arrogance of the present: this seems to be the whole program of Gangster Squad." — The Nation
Posted Nov 4, 2013
78% La pirogue (2013) " La Pirogue is small compared with most Euro-American productions and has its vulnerabilities -- but its makers trusted it to do the big job of carrying the story of African emigration, and it has come through beautifully." — The Nation
Posted Nov 4, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) " The curve of potential mockery bends toward infinity, yet Coppola restrains her satirical impulse in The Bling Ring, shaking her head ruefully more often than she snickers." — The Nation
Posted Nov 4, 2013
93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " The best thing Coogler did was cast Michael B. Jordan as Oscar and Octavia Spencer as his mother Wanda and surround them with an entirely credible version of life in Oakland's black community." — The Nation
Posted Nov 4, 2013
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " I can't credit Allen overmuch for acknowledging, at this late date, a culture of criminality too blatant to ignore; but I admire, and am moved by, his decision to look at his new subject obliquely, through the experience of an enabler of the crimes." — The Nation
Posted Nov 4, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) " Like the other two, this is a film that breathes. It just holds on a little more before it's willing to exhale." — The Nation
Posted Nov 1, 2013
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " What's amazing is the mixture of willpower and uncertainty, mendacity and credulity, gracefulness and self-conscious posing that [DiCaprio] conveys, even before you see him speak." — The Nation
Posted Nov 1, 2013
89% Rush (2013) " Howard and Morgan call the movie Rush, and that's pretty much what it delivers, to no greater purpose than one of those five-hour energy shots you can buy at a deli counter, but certainly with no less of a kick." — The Nation
Posted Nov 1, 2013
94% After Tiller (2013) " If After Tiller does not feel grim, despite the overwhelming presence in it of death and mourning, that's perhaps because it is so much a film about intimacy and trust." — The Nation
Posted Nov 1, 2013
98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) " Quietly terrifying." — The Nation
Posted Nov 1, 2013
93% Captain Phillips (2013) " The experience is more nuanced than you might expect." — The Nation
Posted Oct 31, 2013
Showing 1 - 50 of 333
Previous | Next
  • Sort by Rating:

    Sort results by this critic's rating. This option is only available for critics with a rating system (4 star, letter grade, 1-10, etc.)

  • Sort by T-meter:

    Sort results by the Tomatometer (percentage of critics recommending a certain movie)

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile