Stuart Klawans

Stuart Klawans

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , The Nation
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
332

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 332
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
97% Gravity (2013) " I would hate to make Gravity sound like nothing more than a technical achievement. The film does have a theme, and uses the marvels of its imagery to drive that meaning home." — The Nation
Posted Oct 31, 2013
93% A Touch of Sin (2013) " Although [Jia's] film is panoramic in settings and quasi-encyclopedic in styles, it unrolls as a single picture, sweeping, fluid and mesmerizingly clear." — The Nation
Posted Oct 31, 2013
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " The film has led you to experience slavery as an unending nightmare so horrific that there is something cruel even in Northup's liberation from it." — The Nation
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2/5 60% War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State (2013) " Whistle-blowers become effective when their information appears in a news outlet's reliably sober columns - not in a bar mitzvah video." — New York Times
Posted Apr 18, 2013
100% Portrait of Jason (1967) " By the end of the long night's shoot, Clarke knew she had captured one of the most involving, uncompromising and revelatory human documents in the history of cinema." — The Nation
Posted Apr 12, 2013
95% Unforgiven (1992) " Clint Eastwood's westerns are distinctive, and that Unforgiven, as the most fully realized, is the most distinctive of all." — The Nation
Posted Feb 12, 2013
72% Forrest Gump (1994) " The greatest pleasure the picture affords Americans is most likely a sense of relief; Forrest Gump assures us that we've awakened from the nightmare of history; that all is forgiven, and most has already been forgotten." — The Nation
Posted Jan 15, 2013
97% Schindler's List (1993) " There are a few moments -- a handful, out of a three-hour film -- in which Spielberg does push the story into melodrama. As for the rest, though, Schindler's List has a real and unexpected integrity." — The Nation
Posted Jan 15, 2013
—— The Target Shoots First (2000) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
—— Punitive Damages (1999) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
77% Excellent Cadavers (In un altro paese) (2005) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
—— Sibirskiy tsiryulnik (The Barber of Siberia) (1999) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
96% One Lucky Elephant (2011) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
—— President's Last Bang (Geuddae geusaramdeul) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
—— Toro Negro (2006) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
—— Exiled (Exiled: A Law & Order Movie) (1998) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
78% The Fury (1978) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
—— Moment of Impact The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
—— No (1998) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
73% Octubre (2011) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
100% Shoah (1985) " It's brilliantly conceived; it's intolerable. It is the indispensable film of any year when it appears." — The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
70% 9 Star Hotel (Malon 9 Kochavim) (2007) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
24% King of the Jungle (2000) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
80% Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion (2007) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
—— Les enfants du pays The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
71% The Last Days of Disco (1998) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
—— From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff (1999) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
—— Belfast, Maine (1999) The Nation
Posted Jul 15, 2011
73% Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish (2011) The Nation
Posted Jul 12, 2011
98% Inside Job (2010) " Inside Job really is the movie of the decade, unfortunately." — The Nation
Posted Jan 3, 2011
—— Committing Poetry in Times of War (2007) The Nation
Posted Jan 3, 2011
30% Survival of the Dead (2010) The Nation
Posted Jan 3, 2011
97% Breathless (À bout de souffle) (By a Tether) (1961) The Nation
Posted Jan 3, 2011
—— Middletown (2006) The Nation
Posted Jan 3, 2011
86% Inception (2010) " What is the point of having an imagination, I ask you, if the only thing that can be imagined is mayhem, perpetrated without regard for even the appearance of human life?" — The Nation
Posted Jan 3, 2011
69% Life During Wartime (2010) " Wouldn't the world be wonderful if Inception were the film left to straggle through a two-week run in the art houses, and Life During Wartime got to be the blockbuster?" — The Nation
Posted Jan 3, 2011
85% Meek's Cutoff (2011) " You might be tempted to call Meek's Cutoff an exercise in feminist, multiculturalist piety if these two latter characters had any clear idea of what they were doing, or an overriding motive other than self-preservation; but they don't, and you won't." — The Nation
Posted Jan 3, 2011
90% Lebanon (Levanon) (2010) " It's a strong film, complex in many ways, and seems to me to come from a genuinely stricken conscience. But in its formal probity, Lebanon turns into a moral dodge." — The Nation
Posted Jan 3, 2011
96% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) " For people who take their movies seriously, a quick course in Romanian might now be necessary -- and so is a trip to the theater to see 4 Months." — The Nation
Posted Oct 18, 2008
80% Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) (2007) " As if playing a serenely refined game, Hou transforms constraint into freedom -- which feels more to the point than any plotbound interpretation." — The Nation
Posted Oct 18, 2008
92% Shakespeare Behind Bars (2005) The Nation
Posted Oct 18, 2008
89% Zodiac (2007) " Zodiac is, as everyone says, an unusually complex and ambitious true-crime story, and (more important) a deeply engaging study of three obsessed men." — The Nation
Posted Oct 18, 2007
96% A fost sau n-a fost?, (12:08 East of Bucharest) (2007) " You will laugh till the streetlights blink on again in the damp Romanian twilight." — The Nation
Posted Oct 6, 2007
90% Knocked Up (2007) " I chuckled some; I smiled a lot." — The Nation
Posted Sep 15, 2007
88% 3:10 to Yuma (2007) " The studiousness, or maybe affectation, that has informed Mangold's visual style has now been applied to the reproduction of classic Western moviemaking." — The Nation
Posted Sep 15, 2007
79% The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun (2006) " A sly, quiet documentary." — The Nation
Posted Sep 1, 2007
90% The Simpsons Movie (2007) " Is The Simpsons Movie funny? ...Yes -- but not as funny as it is wide." — The Nation
Posted Aug 18, 2007
94% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) " The Bourne Ultimatum gives you the satisfaction of seeing conventions fulfilled, then exceeded." — The Nation
Posted Aug 18, 2007
82% Live Free or Die Hard (2007) " God must love summer movies, since He designed my nervous system so the frontal lobes could be left idle while the core delights in bursts of pulsing orange fireballs set against an otherwise gun-metal palette. But we must evolve!" — The Nation
Posted Jul 21, 2007
83% Paprika (2006) " Paprika stays in your mind as pure freedom and pure exhilaration." — The Nation
Posted Jul 17, 2007
80% Czech Dream (Ceský sen) (2003) " Some of this is hilarious, and some appalling." — The Nation
Posted Jun 30, 2007
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