Aaron Hillis

Aaron Hillis

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Aaron Hillis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, Premiere Magazine, Village Voice, GreenCine, Time Out, The Playlist

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"Herzog smartly takes a broad, bird's-eye perspective of our early techno-evolution." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2016

Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud) (1958)

"The film's alchemic blend of Bressonian rigor, Hitchcockian suspense, and overall proto-Nouvelle Vague cool more than compensates for its straightforward plotting ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 2, 2016

Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016)

"Dizzily entertaining when the knives, bullets, and feet are flying, and sometimes painfully melodramatic during the interim exposition." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 11, 2016

An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté) (2014)

"[A] feeble soap opera that's as stilted and unsexy as an adolescent dry hump." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 13, 2016

Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016)

"I literally cried tears of joy." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 17, 2016

Remember (2016)

"Atom Egoyan's atypically linear revenge fantasy disingenuously evokes the ghastly legacy of Auschwitz as an artsploitation thriller." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 8, 2016

Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2016)

"The performances are undeniably authentic, the cinematography could make Terrence Malick stand to give a slow clap, and sometimes a sensitive mood and evocative milieu are enough to sustain when there's barely a plot." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 1, 2016

Backtrack (2016)

"Glossily shot yet soullessly schematic ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 23, 2016

Jack of the Red Hearts (2015)

"It's rare that a drama shows such specificity with respect to the experience of coping with autism, and that sensitivity goes a long way." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 22, 2016

The Girl in the Book (2015)

"So unpretentious that it could be accused of lacking style or vigor, writer-director Marya Cohn's maturely conceived, Kickstarter-budgeted debut swaps genders on the more traditionally male-driven story of a stunted coming-of-age." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 8, 2015

American Hero (2015)

"The filmmakers blend tones like a child mixing fountain drinks into one unidentifiable flavor." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 8, 2015

Johnny Guitar (1954)

"A slyly radical psychosexual oddity busting through genre conventions, beyond its Old West Arizona setting ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 9, 2015
No Score Yet

Coming Home (2015)

"The cinematography is far too slick, and Diddy's title song is overplayed, but most of the revelations and one climactic confrontation cut to the bone." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 26, 2015

Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016)

"The best superhero vigilante movie of the year." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 9, 2015

(T)ERROR (2015)

"Watching a spy sit on the couch waiting for text messages from higher-ups may not sound as compelling as a le Carré novel, but it's a necessary build to a pulse-pounding third act that reveals how lives are destroyed by half-truths and hearsay." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 30, 2015

Youth (2015)

"Elegantly shot to emphasize the suffocating atmosphere of its believably frightening scenario, the film speaks clearly about generational expectations and the disintegration of the middle class, even when the brothers communicate without using words." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 18, 2015

Jenny's Wedding (2015)

"Harps on the retrograde ideas that women should all aspire to be married, and happiness is a permanent state of being that the virtuous can achieve." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 28, 2015

Frank The Bastard (2015)

"A basic-cable-caliber drama in which tragic outsiders harbor obscured small-town secrets and the overconfident belief they're characters in a Eugene O'Neill play." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 22, 2015

Dark Was The Night (2015)

"Let this be a case study for filmmakers everywhere: Scenes centered on search-engine discoveries will never, ever be cinematic." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 21, 2015

A Little Chaos (2015)

"Schoenaerts and his lack of bodice-busting tension with Winslet mirrors the film's transparent, often anachronistic inauthenticity: He's a modern Belgian using a regal British accent to play seventeenth-century French." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2015

The Film Critic (2015)

"The persistent references to cinema and film writing are self-awarely mimicking clichés but not subverting them." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015

Hyena (2015)

"As stylish, scorched-earth entertainment, it'll get you in its teeth." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 28, 2015

Kung Fu Killer (2015)

"An undeniably bland film in style and story, despite a few elaborately staged fight sequences." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2015

The Dead Lands (2015)

"Essentially a single, overlong, wearyingly violent chase sequence with shout-outs to honor and maintaining traditions, the story isn't much more than an excuse to keep the artery-spraying war of attrition going." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2015
No Score Yet

Below Dreams (2015)

"As the waves of this cinematic dream break, the profundities left behind come not from character arcs, but observed states of being that feel subjectively experienced." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2015

Marfa Girl (2015)

"Even at its most compulsively watchable ... the film is as shallow as its characters' oversexed conversations." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 24, 2015

Urok (The Lesson) (2015)

"A precisely paced, nightmarish thriller." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2015

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015)

"Glossy, lifelessly paced ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2015

Drunktown's Finest (2015)

"Freeland's conventional yet credible portrait of identity crises on the reservation covers familiar ground (alcoholism, poverty) while warmly exploring contemporary issues rarely filmed within the diverse community." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 19, 2015

The Devil's Violinist (2015)

"[Garrett's] handsome and fiddles something fierce, but his acting aptitude is more "Chopsticks" than Caprice no. 24 in A minor." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 27, 2015

Spare Parts (2015)

"This blatantly big-hearted product isn't half as vibrant as the original 2005 Wired article on which it's based, and myopically neglects to address Arizona's troubling anti-immigration legislation through even a splash of hindsight." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 16, 2015

Little Accidents (2015)

"All the secrets, lies, and consequences feel as authentic as the Appalachian milieu, but the film lacks the memorable idiosyncrasy of a River's Edge, or more fittingly, the myth-making lyricism of Matewan." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015

Swearnet: The Movie (2014)

"Canadian comedy hits rock bottom in this abhorrent meta-infomercial for a Funny or Die-like network boasting uncensored online content ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2014

Canopy (2014)

"Much like his fly-boyflyboy underdog in the opening sequence, Wilson simply can't stick the landing." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 27, 2014

Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014)

"The film uses its phantasmagoric conceit, a sickly-hued poetry, and eerie sound design to build metaphors for closeted homoeroticism and melancholic unfulfillment." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 27, 2014

The Word (2014)

"Attempts to offer the white-knuckle gratifications of a studio procedural with a conspicuous lack of production values, screen talent, plausibility, originality, or a lick of aesthetic flair." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 12, 2014
No Score Yet

Unthinkable: An Airline Captain's Story (2014)

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean your speculations are sound, your writing and filmmaking skills are passable, or that you're preaching to anyone but the fearfully converted." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 30, 2014
No Score Yet

What About Me (1993)

"Come for the cult of personality, stay for the nostalgia of a dirtier, dodgier, far cooler scene." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
4/5 No Score Yet

Where is Where? (2009)

"Finnish visual artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila's experimental narrative truly pushes forward the possibilities of split-screen cinema." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 6, 2014
No Score Yet

Chapman (2014)

"Both strands of the narrative intersect with one last reveal of unresolved melodrama that feels coldly calculated in its cause and effect." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014

Farmland (2014)

"Perhaps if Moll offered less of the static sit-down interviews and more fly-on-the-grain vérité, viewers might feel some new, intimate connection between the farmers and the nourishment that unites us." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014

A Promise (2014)

"The magnetism between these stiff nonstarters wouldn't stick to a fridge, especially when the war-ex-machina forces them apart for years but the only credible passing of time is our own." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014

Cesar's Last Fast (2014)

"This occasionally stirring doc portrait of the late Latino labor organizer and civil rights icon frames his legacy around a single act of protest." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
No Score Yet

From Both Sides Of The Aegean: Expulsion And Exchange Of Populations, Tukey-greece 1922-1924 (2014)

"More social-studies lesson than cinema ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014

Shirin In Love (2014)

"There's very little to distinguish this from every other characterless rom-com with a demographically marketable hook." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014

Two Lives (Zwei Leben) (2014)

"Seven decades later, the creative well has somehow not yet run dry on the ripple effects of Nazi Germany's offenses, though writer-director Georg Maas's slick and sulky second feature is not another dime-a-dozen Holocaust tragedy." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 25, 2014

Chaplin of the Mountains (2014)

"Deadened by milquetoast characters, uninspired landscape photography, and no perceptible stakes." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 18, 2014

The Pretty One (2014)

"Kazan holds together a decent coming-of-age script that's emotionally sincere if tonally unfocused." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2014

Somewhere Slow (2014)

"Reiterates a famous Talking Heads question of midlife existentialism ("You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?") but doesn't offer enough in the way of subtext or mise-en-scène to fashion an answer." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2014

Tio Papi (2013)

"Doesn't try to be anything more than a soft-serve pull of treacly pandering." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 3, 2013
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