Violet Lucca

Violet Lucca

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
55

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
85% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) " The interpersonal dynamics, musical techniques, or fears that any particular band member talks about blessedly never get too heavy here." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2014
3/5 95% Grand Central " Alternately fascinating and frustrating." — Little White Lies
Posted Jul 17, 2014
62% Mood Indigo (2014) " An experience that's at once emotionally potent and visually delightful." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2014
98% Love Is Strange (2014) " Sachs doesn't subvert his tearjerker enterprise so much as soften and parcel out emotion, empathizing no more with the distraught couple than with their hosts, whose lives are no less inconvenienced, or interesting. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2014
—— One Day Pina Asked Me (2014) " [A] quiet, distinctive portrait of Pina Bausch's Wuppertal Dance Theater." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " Dumont's commitment to tone and aesthetics is remorseless - this was an injustice, and you will suffer accordingly for 94 minutes. But it's not just suffering for suffering's sake." — Little White Lies
Posted Jun 19, 2014
83% Belle (2014) " Writer-director Amma Asante has created a complex tale of race, gender, and love that has very clear present-day resonance." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 12, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) " With fantastic performances by the three leads (only one of whom is a professional actor), the film fluidly alternates between the messiness and warmth of female friendship." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 9, 2014
63% Filth (2014) " Filth's Hobbesian take on human behavior rings true but is always writ large...Sadly, write-director Jon S. Baird has lost much of the ingenuity of Welsh's 1998 source novel." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 9, 2014
89% Cheap Thrills (2014) " The "worst day of your life" premise is a well-worn one ... but seldom has it plumbed the depths of desperation and sadism the way Cheap Thrills does." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2014
84% It Felt Like Love (2014) " While there's nothing unusual about seeing a teenager trying to break free of the unindividuated and invisible state of childhood, the way in which it unfolds in Eliza Hittman's debut feature is deeply uncomfortable." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2014
5/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " Few films will linger with you like this one does." — Little White Lies
Posted Mar 13, 2014
88% The Punk Singer (2013) " The contradiction between status-quo film style and punk-rock subject never comes close to being resolved, but then Hanna herself is a bundle of contradictions." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Dec 9, 2013
97% Animal Kingdom (2010) " Seldom is a debut feature handled with such assurance and intelligence" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " Even if you don't necessarily agree with the politics of the film or its writer, it exemplifies the best of blockbuster filmmaking." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2013
50% Five Dances (2013) " Unfortunately, schmaltzy music and drab melodrama drag down the otherwise graceful moves of Five Dances." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013
—— We Came Home (2013) " We Came Home is ultimately more interesting to talk about than to watch." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 30, 2013
94% After Tiller (2013) " After Tiller's greatest failing is the way in which is fails to engage at length how entrenched the stalemate on abortion is." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2013
96% Enough Said (2013) " The core of the film is very real and immediately felt: the way in which a relationship can be wrecked by doubt and a hasty focus on the other individual's personal flaws." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2013
35% Touchy Feely (2013) " Just as tedious as waiting in a dentist's office for an hour and a half, Lynn Shelton's latest fumblingly cutesy outing ought to be her last." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 3, 2013
3.5/4 99% Wadjda (2013) " Haifaa Al Mansour's debut feature presents a firm but understated social critique in the form of an endearing coming-of-age story. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2013
43% Abigail Harm (2013) " Plummer's highly emotive performance ... exudes more emotion in a wistful sideways glance than most actresses do over their entire careers." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 29, 2013
93% Our Children (2013) " Masterfully plays with stylistic conventions and all-too-common instances of real-life matricide ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 30, 2013
35% Passion (2013) " Precise in its aesthetics, it's an excellent late-period work that shows, without being over-bearing, how the ascent of the corporate ladder can sometimes be a descent into a deeper circle of hell." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2013
—— End of the Road (1970) " An ambitious adaptation of John Barth's End of the Road gives voice to American malaise" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2013
93% Girl Model (2012) " Despite its poor technical quality, Girl Model is a much-needed counterpoint to the irresponsible camp mentality of Toddlers & Tiaras." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
68% Ted (2012) " It is a film that seems to have an endless middle." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
21% 360 (2012) " Spending 111 minutes watching people at the mall would be a more illuminating study of human behavior-and undoubtedly more entertaining." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
61% John Dies at the End (2013) " The saving grace of John Dies at the End is undoubtedly its manic storytelling: the energy and pacing of scenes give the movie the impression of being told on the spot (which is of course what the framing device intends)." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
82% Super 8 (2011) " While it may not achieve the level of pop culture canonization as the Spielberg films it invokes, Super 8 should inspire many to use their camera-phones for something more creative than a profile pic." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
73% Chicken with Plums (2012) " These moments give flavor, but fail to cohere into any particular taste." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
100% Murder Is My Beat (1955) " Most of its expressionist-tinged visual flourishes are withheld until the very end, with a final twist that's legitimately thrilling." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " However, there's something ultimately unsatisfying about the experience of listening to stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia tell the true story of his inability to marry his longtime girlfriend (played by the far-too-hot-to-be-with-him Lauren Ambrose)." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
62% Hitchcock (2012) " The movie hits the beats, but lacks depth." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
83% Laurence Anyways (2013) " Laurence Anyways, Xavier Dolan's third film, acknowledges the messiness of transgendered life, and the sizeable gaps between tolerance, acceptance, and actually going to bed with someone." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
48% Maniac (2013) " Perhaps the mannequin metaphor is best: though it's dressed to the nines, Maniac is ultimately just a piece of plastic" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
30% The Tempest (2010) " Dispensing with tableau compositions, this adaptation feels liberated from static theatrical and, to a lesser degree, cinematic convention by the overall openness of its staging and camerawork that's somewhere between handheld and Steadicam. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " With a diegesis mapped along the mental contours of its protagonist, Martha Marcy May Marlene harkens back to Pasolini's notion of the cinema of poetry--and achieves it beautifully." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
43% The Paperboy (2012) " I'll just get it out of the way now: The Paperboy is unbelievably awful." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
85% Cedar Rapids (2011) " The risks Cedar Rapids takes may not always pay off, but as a general rule, I would advise spending 86 minutes of your life with the movie rather than the city itself. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
90% Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012) " This is certainly not to suggest that White's work is worthless or unimpressive, but the way it is sold to us is predictable and unclever." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
46% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) " The experience of A Liar's Autobiography is ultimately deflating instead of celebratory." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " Like a fitted coat worn by someone it wasn't tailored for, parts of Cloud Atlas bulge out, overstretched, begging for more material, while other sections hang laughably loose. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
88% Middle of Nowhere (2012) " Though writer-director Ava DuVernay avoids any and all cliché right up until the closing titles, I have no qualms ending this review with one: I wholeheartedly look forward to her next project." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
84% Upstream Color (2013) " Ultimately, Carruth's tale expresses that, despite the complexity and mutability of human beings, their essence persists." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) " "Like real teenagers, Watson and Miller convincingly move from glowing objects of desire to comic relief to deeply troubled human beings."" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
68% Wrong (2013) " Wrong wears out its welcome even at 94 minutes. " — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2013
98% Mud (2013) " In its energy and nuance, Mud seems like the kind of film Hollywood would've made in the Seventies, and would've continued to do if not for the advent of market-conscious filmmaking." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2013
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Though it is quite possible that the neutered feel of Luhrmann's Gatsby is entirely due to studio meddling, the finished product isn't enjoyable, either as campy fun or a serious attempt at dismantling the American dream." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2013
56% The Magic Christian (1970) " Joseph McGrath's movie version remains an acerbic, late-Sixties dark comedy classic." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2013
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