The New Republic
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Spy Game (2001)
In the Bedroom (2001)
"Field has directed it exquisitely."
The Producers (1968)
"The star not only indulges himself gluttonously, but the director seems to be doubled up with laughter at how funny he is being through Mostel; and the film bloats into sogginess."
The Way We Laughed (1998)
"The making of this picture is so sure that hope for Amelio, for his future, is almost forced on us."
"Much of the sense of size in this account of an immigrant worker, who is only one among many thousands in Germany, comes from the performance by Isaach de Bankole."
The Gambler (1997)
"An important appendix to Lanzmann's work."
Eternity and a Day (1999)
"What had been a realistic work, lyric but realistic, slides into ostentatious symbolism."
Diamond Men (2001)
"Cohen, who has been in the diamond business, has directed with a sure, non-wasteful hand and with touching empathy for both men."
Dinner Rush (2001)
"One of the neatest aspects of the film is that it treats this restaurant like a theater set on a revolving stage."
Mulholland Drive (2001)
"Lynch challenges our expectations of narrative and credibility by luxuriating in something else -- the unexplained, the making of no-sense that (he says) underlies life."
Trial in Prague (2001)
The Endurance (2001)
"An engrossing documentary."
Our Lady of the Assassins (2001)
"Restraint, authentic feeling, economy of means are distinguishing marks in [Schroeder's] work here."
"Djomeh (New Yorker) is not among the best of the Iranian imports -- its thematic compass is smaller--but it certainly shares some of the attributes of the best: patience and a belief that every human face is important."
"I cannot think of another film that treats so heatedly the range of emotional possibilities between a young woman and her father."
The Turandot Project (2001)
"Miller has gone from relatively small-scale subjects into immensity with a delight called The Turandot Project."
"Most impressive is Sternberg's gift of concision and elaboration. Glide and dwell, glide and dwell. He knows when to compress, when to intensify."
"Scene after scene, shot after shot is so gorgeous that Valli is profligate with them."
"The trouble with the film is not canonization but, again, the recurrent defect in pictures about such people. The ideational data are so sketchy that it is as if we were riffling the pages of a complicated book."
Divided We Fall (2001)
"Hrebejk directs with a sure hand and a warm heart."
A Love Divided (1999)
"Sydney Macartney, whose previous directing experience had been mostly in television, deals freshly with situations that also could have been cliches."
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
"The net result of all this cinematic whirling, of the "wrong" music and of the parodic plot, is that nothing at all in the film moves us."
"Performed so straightforwardly, so seriously, and its characters are shown to be so intelligent, that it never seems a freakish supernatural tale."
"Without postcard prettiness, he lays the beauties of this village and its mountains before us so quietly and proudly that a warrant of nativity, of belonging, suffuses the film."
Keep the River on Your Right (2000)
"A documentary that understands the uniqueness of the man who is their subject without patronizing or exploiting him."
The Luzhin Defence (2001)
"Nabokov's novel is an internal adventure; the Gorris-Berry film is imperfect theater."
The Golden Bowl (2000)
"The novel is inevitably stripped of its rich characterological garments and is left relatively naked as a clever plot -- in the basest sense 'theatrical.'"
The Tailor of Panama (2001)
"Seems diligently assembled."
"Nolan uses the structure simply as a gimmick to refresh a stale story of revenge, crime, sex, a film noir that never gets any darker than gris."
The Mexican (2001)
15 Minutes (2001)
Series 7: The Contenders (2001)
"'Reality' notwithstanding, the performances in this film are uniformly good, and Brooke Smith as Dawn is better than that."
Me You Them (2001)
"With Waddington's help, all of the people involved give us a gently insinuating folk tale."
"Jaoui's directing and sympathy are what hold us from the start."
"The promise of its beautiful opening is beautifully kept."
The Pledge (2001)
"The cinematic dazzle, the high pitch to which he leads his actors, the relish of sheer velocity are reward enough."
"Just -- yes, just -- one more film about that perennially obdurate subject, an artist."
One Day in September (1999)
Rosie: The Devil in My Head (1998)
La Promesse (The Promise) (1996)
"The Dardenne brothers, as shown by their empathic casting, their very choice of theme, have confessed to a burden. They believe in hope."
Marius and Jeannette (2006)
"Guediguian is a smooth enough director, but it's his casting and some episodes in the screenplay that transfix us."
- • Michael J. Agovino
- • Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete
- • Aaron Bady
- • Noah Berlatsky
- • Esther Breger
- • Nora Caplan-Bricker
- • Alexander Chee
- • Isaac Chotiner
- • Malcolm Cowley
- • Elisabeth Donnelly
- • Sam Eifling
- • Manny Farber
- • Otis Ferguson
- • Angela Flournoy
- • Ann Friedman
- • Naomi Fry
- • Ethan Gates
- • Hannah K. Gold
- • Tim Grierson
- • Robert Hatch
- • Danielle Henderson
- • Jordan Chandler Hirsch
- • Pauline Kael
- • Stanley Kauffmann
- • Ryan Kearney
- • Hillary Kelly
- • Gwyneth Kelly
- • Evan Kindley
- • Silpa Kovvali
- • Will Leitch
- • Lili Loofbourow
- • Laura Marsh
- • Sarah Marshall
- • Shirley O'Hara
- • Christopher Orr
- • Philip Roth
- • Eric Sasson
- • Chloe Schama
- • Delmore Schwartz
- • Gilbert Seldes
- • Lee Siegel
- • Jacob Silverman
- • Elaine Teng
- • David Thomson
- • Marc Tracy
- • Brook Wilensky-Lanford
- • Edmund Wilson
- • Sacha Zimmerman