Tomas Hachard

Tomas Hachard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Publications:
Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
87

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
76% The Congress (2014) " While always detailed in its visual execution, each new aspect of the film's world remains conceptually hollow, growing ultimately into a Matrix-style allegory for the nature of truth ..." — NPR
Posted Aug 28, 2014
79% The One I Love (2014) " It begins by exploring how fantasy intrudes on and affects our perceptions of reality; it ends by trying too hard to convince us that its fantasies could, somehow, be real." — NPR
Posted Aug 21, 2014
.5/4 8% Are You Here (2014) " The female characters on Mad Men are probably the show's strongest asset, but here they're hollow to the point of insult." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2014
91% Frank (2014) " That Fassbender plays the role of the disguised rocker fits well with the movie's tone: putting one of the biggest actors in Hollywood behind a mask lends a further rebellious streak to an already sardonic film." — NPR
Posted Aug 14, 2014
20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " There's no lack of craft here, but there's certainly an absence of character." — NPR
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 —— What Now? Remind Me (2014) " The repetitive rhythms of Joaquim Pinto's daily routines provide the film with a feeling of serenity that stands in contrast to the man's underlying anxiety." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2014
47% War Story (2014) " In Keener's hands, the collapse feels urgent but not unhinged, and Lee's trajectory from steely and determined to openly distraught lends an otherwise meandering film a strong core." — NPR
Posted Jul 31, 2014
78% Happy Christmas (2014) " Unfortunately, Happy Christmas's characters and conflicts are generic compared to Drinking Buddies." — NPR
Posted Jul 24, 2014
63% Mood Indigo (2014) " Mood Indigo thrives on clutter and near-total loss of control." — NPR
Posted Jul 17, 2014
0/4 0% Persecuted (2014) " There's no attempt to convince us that the world is being corrupted by people who haven't accepted the Gospel; it merely assumes we agree with that idea." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2014
83% The Empty Hours (2014) " Eventually you begin to wonder what these series of standstill moments represent." — NPR
Posted Jul 10, 2014
68% Me and You (2014) " Mostly what's missing in Me and You, what drains it of insight and resonance, is a sense of the world outside of Lorenzo's apartment building." — NPR
Posted Jul 3, 2014
70% Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014) " Its world is so remote, its characters behavior so unexplained - despite the fact that the film is based on true events - that our connection to the story slackens significantly over time." — NPR
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/4 77% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " It seems too enamored with the seductive notion of an honorable criminal, too ready to take Bulger's justifications as actual indications of his relative innocence." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2014
92% Norte, the End of History (2014) " Norte is formidable cinema that doesn't shy away from exploring history, philosophy, politics and religion at length. But it's also a story of three individuals, through whom these topics gain sharper focus." — NPR
Posted Jun 19, 2014
59% Hellion (2014) " Candler insistently tightens her focus on the hardships of growing up in a broken family, an approach that eventually feels over-determined." — NPR
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 63% Heli (2014) " The emotional and political point through all this isn't to be taken lightly, but because the entirety of the film has such a nihilistic temperament, its effect is muted." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2014
89% Test (2014) " If Test can portray a dark time with an underlying sense of hope for the future, it's because almost thirty years later, looking back at 1985, it has no ambivalence about the progress that's occurred since." — NPR
Posted Jun 5, 2014
55% Ping Pong Summer (2014) " A sometimes-intriguing experiment in upended expectations, though not a particularly successful one." — NPR
Posted Jun 5, 2014
85% Night Moves (2014) " In its aim to tamp down Eisenberg's neuroticism and have him offer slow drips of revelation rather than bursts of loquacious energy, Night Moves keeps too much hidden from view." — NPR
Posted May 29, 2014
1/4 81% The Hornet's Nest (2014) " It becomes clear pretty quickly that Mike and Carlos Boettcher's insider perspective allows for close to no context beyond what their cameras directly capture." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 25, 2014
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) " Considering its outlandish premise, what the film lacks are any outlandish scenes-or, if not outlandish, then at least ones in the realm of the creative." — NPR
Posted May 22, 2014
62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Among other things, lacks a noteworthy performance to ground an otherwise loosely-constructed film." — NPR
Posted May 15, 2014
72% Palo Alto (2014) " Offers an empathetic account of teenage tribulations but also makes a good case for why the phrase "troubled youth" is needlessly tautological." — NPR
Posted May 8, 2014
80% Whitewash (2014) " Largely because of a pitch-perfect final line and a Haden Church performance that brings a dose of needed compassion, Whitewash manages to keep its footing." — NPR
Posted May 1, 2014
2/4 83% Belle (2014) " The film is concerned largely with intellectual horrors and portrays the fight against slavery rather neatly as a growing feeling of internal guilt that slowly turns society toward the light. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2014
31% The Girl and Death (2014) " There's no sense that the film recognizes its own absurd elements." — NPR
Posted Apr 25, 2014
82% 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
95% 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 33% 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 44% 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 86% 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
67% 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
72% 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 91% 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
50% 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
80% 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
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