Tomas Hachard

Tomas Hachard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
60

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
80% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) " Quickly and assuredly, writer-director Carbone puts us in the mood of these languorous summer days." — NPR
Posted Mar 30, 2014
58% The Returned (2014) " Pivotal scenes dive too deep into melodrama, and there's something inevitably sterile about a script that includes only scenes that propel the plot or provide obvious foreshadowing." — NPR
Posted Feb 13, 2014
92% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " The double meaning becomes clear early on. What takes longer to recognize is the title's bitter irony." — NPR
Posted Jan 9, 2014
1/4 28% The Truth About Emanuel (2014) " What's missing, in the end, is any provocative or poignant insights into the "truth" about Emanuel; all we get are vague hints." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2014
.5/4 43% Cold Comes The Night (2014) " Tze Chun's film exudes no flair in rehashing the violence and suspense of its predictable noir-thriller material." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 6, 2014
1/4 61% Hours (2013) " The film's fealty to history is both unnecessary and a hindrance, pulling us out of a story that could have easily been set in an anonymous city hit by a nondescript hurricane. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3/4 89% Narco Cultura (2013) " Director Shaul Schwarz, sans judgment, presents us with two men who epitomize how accepted and engrained narco culture has become in Mexico. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2013
66% Sunlight Jr. (2013) " Collyer never looks down on her characters; instead, her films have the quality of a good Springsteen song." — NPR
Posted Nov 14, 2013
71% Go For Sisters (2013) " The deeper the plot takes us into a criminal underworld, the more Sayles grasps at plot points and appears plain bored." — NPR
Posted Nov 8, 2013
1/4 33% Best Man Down (2013) " While it tries to relate a story about the sloppiness of life, the way best-laid plans can go wrong in an instant, its script is neatly and tidily structured." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2013
1/4 8% CBGB (2013) " As the film moves from one musical performance to another, the result increasingly feels like a series of celebrity impersonations set to a best-of-punk compilation album. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2013
3/4 100% A River Changes Course (2013) " A delicate documentary about a way of life that's slowly disappearing, yet gives way to nothing new. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3.5/4 89% Omar (2014) " Paradise Now and The Battle of Algiers explored why people under occupation resort to terrorism; Omar turns its attention to the broader, more long-term consequences of living in oppressed conditions." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2013
1/4 —— Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) " The feeling here was perhaps intended to be impressionistic and elusive, but the result is instead rambling and unfocused." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2013
51% A Single Shot (2013) " The back story disappoints less for its convoluted nature than for its failure to create a convincing set of motivations for its characters." — NPR
Posted Sep 19, 2013
.5/4 48% Zaytoun (2013) " It misfires in tone, depth, and political tact, dumbing down rather than providing new insights into the Israel-Palestine conflict." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2013
93% Mother Of George (2013) " We want to get as close as possible to these characters, but for all its admirable elements, the film that frames them keeps us frustratingly aloof." — NPR
Posted Sep 12, 2013
32% A Teacher (2013) " The diminishing returns in part are due to Burdge's performance, which too often settles for the same look of fraught anxiety. But they also result from Fidell's decision to pare her film down to the barest elements." — NPR
Posted Sep 5, 2013
2/4 84% Good Ol' Freda (2013) " The doc will prove fascinating only to the die-hard fans that Freda Kelly spent years writing to, though in this case that's no small number of people." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2013
.5/4 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " Jill Soloway's film is dishonest in the way it attempts to mask self-pity as enlightened self-criticism." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2013
71% Paradise: Faith (2013) " A brutal, unflinching, anxiety-inducing, almost unbearably hard to watch film." — NPR
Posted Aug 22, 2013
79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " Ain't Them Bodies Saints has big thematic ambitions matched by a grandiloquent style ..." — NPR
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/4 52% Thérèse (2013) " Claude Miller's swan song not only shares its main character's name but also her tempered disposition." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2013
64% The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (2013) " No doubt it's affecting, but Gurchiani hasn't effectively connected the pieces to shape a larger story about Georgian youth." — NPR
Posted Aug 8, 2013
68% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) " Ultimately what seemed like a delicate buildup amounts chiefly to a slow-moving movie unwilling to dig deeply into its themes and conflicts." — NPR
Posted Aug 1, 2013
.5/4 28% Drift (2013) " The obstacles that the Kelly brothers encounter are as uninspired as the film's treacly lessons about brotherhood and staying true to one's principles." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2013
2/4 68% Terraferma (2013) " Its self-seriousness never allows it to become the realist counterpoint to Aki Kaurismäki's tragicomic approach in Le Havre that one initially hopes it will be." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 21, 2013
98% Blackfish (2013) " [Its] argument never fails to be gripping, its structure perfectly executed to maximize its persuasiveness." — NPR
Posted Jul 18, 2013
89% Viola (2013) " A movie that leaves us with a smile on our faces but also more than a few thoughts in our heads." — NPR
Posted Jul 11, 2013
82% Laurence Anyways (2013) " Without belittling the challenges and prejudices Laurence faces, Dolan places her story into larger contexts, posing questions about conformity, heartbreak, love and self-fulfillment." — NPR
Posted Jun 27, 2013
64% Unfinished Song (2013) " [It] doesn't earn its sentimentalism; instead it rolls through a series of cliched life lessons that never come close to exploring the film's emotional territory with any depth or commitment." — NPR
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2.5/4 87% The Attack (2013) " The film is most interesting as an articulation of how its main character's initial status as an emblem of inter-religious understanding quickly dissolves following a suicide bombing." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) " The film's best moments demonstrate just how skilled [Coppola's] become at conveying material longing, even when such yearnings have reached the realm of the perverse." — NPR
Posted Jun 14, 2013
3/4 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " This joyous documentary leaves us wanting to immediately seek out the incredible, sometimes unfamiliar music we've just heard." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3/5 85% Dirty Wars (2013) " Ably leads us through its extensive investigation, faltering only when the camera lingers on Jeremy Scahill for a touch too long at the expense of his interview subjects." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2013
2/4 74% The Wall (2013) " We may find out how Gedeck's character reacts to her isolation, but we're never privy to her actual feelings, largely because in a film about a sudden onset of solitude, Pölsler is far too afraid of silence." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 27, 2013
3.5/4 74% Augustine (2013) " Alice Winocour's take on this true story carries the superficial trappings of a period drama, but its perspective is entirely contemporary." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 12, 2013
1.5/4 66% The Iceman (2013) " Michael Shannon has no interior to play with, since the film seems intent on ridding Richie of any emotion other than love for his family, and also no catharsis to build toward." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2013
2.5/4 22% Arthur Newman (2013) " Throughout Dante Ariola's film, the expressions of the false-identity theme are multitudinous, and about as subtle as Wallace's choice for a new last name." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2013
1/4 29% The Numbers Station (2013) " Sits awkwardly between shoot 'em up and psychological thriller without offering the excitement of either." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2013
1/4 68% Disconnect (2013) " Fails not so much because of its occasional self-seriousness or didacticism than it does from a scattered plot that makes the story's overriding theme or message difficult to grasp." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2013
3/4 73% Simon Killer (2013) " The film has many elements of a thriller, but ultimately Antonio Campos's interest lies much more in profiling, yet never over-determining, his moody protagonist." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2013
2.5/4 92% Our Nixon (2013) " The videos fail in their promise of revealing intimate moments, but the doc highlights how close Nixon, Haldeman, Ehrlichman, and Chapin were in other ways. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2013
3.5/4 83% Blue Caprice (2013) " The filmmakers are more interested in questioning what brings people to commit senseless and merciless acts than they are preoccupied with the historical record." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2013
1.5/4 65% Starbuck (2013) " Yet another example of modern-family predicaments getting stuffed into the traditional-family-values message of conventional comedies." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2013
3/4 90% A Place at the Table (2013) " More difficult to convey are the web of moral and political issues that surround the hunger crisis, and A Place at the Table proves its worth most by how it treats this wider set of problems." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2013
2/2 55% The Playroom (2013) " Lacking much in the way of character depth, the film attempts to fill the gap with melodrama." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2013
2.5/4 —— Sudoeste (Southwest) " The inscrutability of the plot, intriguing at first, is ultimately impenetrable. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 12, 2013
.5/4 18% Parental Guidance (2012) " Offers a confused and flat portrayal of generational differences." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 24, 2012
3/4 95% West of Memphis (2012) " By taking a disturbing and sometimes conflicted look at the prejudices that led to the West Memphis Three's imprisonment, it asks murky questions about how people could get something so wrong for so long." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2012
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