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Abby Garnett

Abby Garnett
Abby Garnett's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice, Paste Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67% Frank & Lola (2016) The film's success depends upon the tension between Frank and Lola, and even this cast can't overcome what feels like an essential disconnect in the central relationship.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
22% 37 (2016) Grasten's film succeeds in further muddying the moral backwater dredged up by the Times story, but viewers who don't come forearmed with background knowledge will find it hard to stick with.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
78% A Family Affair (2016) It's a potent psychodrama, pitting Marianne's reality against the one Fassaert is documenting. And who's to say which one is real?‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
83% Equal Means Equal (2016) A swiftly paced documentary about America's systemic war on women's rights ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
64% Zoom (2016) The characters emerge through disorganized happenstance, but come across more as inventions than people.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
4.5/5 93% Stranger by the Lake (2014) Stranger by the Lake progresses into a fascinating examination of lust, power, and apathy in the face of evil.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
4/5 90% Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014) [The film] is at times romantic but equally eerie, and has more than a few parallels to Bestiaire's subtle themes of isolation, control, and abuse.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
3.5/5 89% Omar (2014) Omar is essentially a tense political drama, but it doesn't shy away from either brutality or emotion.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
4/5 72% Enemy (2014) Despite his self-seriousness (and possibly because of it), Villeneuve is an inimitably stylish director, a weirdo with mass-market flair in the same vein as Paul Verhoeven or David Fincher.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
4.5/5 94% A Touch of Sin (2013) A Touch of Sin is a monstrous, desperate condemnation of the systemic ailments plaguing China today, including corruption, improperly regulated sex trade, and the mass displacement of rural workers.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
2.5/5 15% Caught in the Web (2013) The minor successes in Chen's film come from depicting humans interacting with humans, not humans reacting to tech phenomena, and as such the emotional payoffs, however universal, feel a bit misleading.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
3/5 83% Miss Violence (2013) Ultimately, though, the film trips over itself in the third act.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2016
4/5 96% We Are the Best! (2014) An uncommonly open-hearted film.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2016
4/5 96% Manakamana (2014) These eleven quiet episodes sometimes stop just short of still portraiture. But true to the nature of filmed observation, which is always more partial than it claims to be, each one contains a magical quality that's hard to describe.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2016
3/5 94% In Bloom (2014) While the film isn't particularly distinctive in stylistic terms, its light touch and attention to detail deliver unexpected rewards.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2016
2.5/5 93% American Hustle (2013) While American Hustle is flashy and entertaining, it's also sloppy and inconsistent.‐ Tiny Mix Tapes
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2016
21% Ma ma (2016) The dopey symbolism of Magda staring down a menacing crab on the beach (get it?) may be the film's biggest takeaway - even a grande dame of the screen can be taken down by stale poetry.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
44% 3rd Street Blackout (2016) Much of the humor depends on Redleaf and Farsad coaxing relatable, Apatow-ian comedy out of their relationship; unfortunately, they're so bland that there's little to relate to.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
88% The Invitation (2016) The buildup stretches longer than it should, but the payoff comes with a satisfying bang.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
11% The Preppie Connection (2016) Toby and co. come across as a pale, anti-intellectual imitation of the college-aged friends in Donna Tartt's The Secret History - a novel that explores the roots of its characters' moral recklessness rather than just chalking it up to teenage feelings.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
83% Glassland (2016) The film trudges along in Collette's wake, fumbling for something to focus on apart from the bleeding wound just offscreen.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
80% Mountain Men (2016) Though Topher forges ahead bravely, it's all too clear that he's headed toward an underwhelming conclusion.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2016
62% Anguish (2015) There's not much to be said about Sonny Mallhi's languid psychological drama - moonlighting as a possession-centered horror film - that hasn't already been said by the title.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2015
No Score Yet The Genital Warriors (2015) Like the ravings of a keyed-up screenwriter, there's conviction, if not logic, in its madness, and that makes it fun and fascinating.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2015
74% A Royal Night Out (2015) Jarrold is best known for the feel-good Anglophile fantasies Kinky Boots and Becoming Jane, and A Royal Night Out is a genteel, succinct venture in the same vein.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2015
No Score Yet Hot Sugar's Cold World (2015) This would be great ammo for any parents out there who suspect their bartender-DJ son is going down the wrong path; the average viewer will find little justification to continue watching.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2015
79% Flowers (Loreak) (2015) Pulled in too many directions, the film's subtle mood-building starts to feel intentionally oblique, the force of its characters and symbols lessened by a frustrating circuitousness.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2015
29% Reversion (2015) Though mildly engaging, this Reversion doesn't delve deep enough to distinguish itself ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2015
25% Narcopolis (2015) There's simply too much going on to establish characters. More upsettingly - being that this is a sci-fi film - it's impossible to tell what the cool parts are supposed to be.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
No Score Yet The Moving Creatures (2015) A puzzling film that despite being saturated with feeling leaves only a vague impression.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2015
88% Guidance (2015) Deranged, often very funny ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2015
74% Five Star (2015) Keith Miller's modest drama Five Star is the kind of depiction the city sorely needs.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2015
20% Big Significant Things (2015) It's all too easy to put a twentysomething protagonist through the motions of a quarter-life crisis and insist you've had an idea, which is what writer-director Bryan Reisberg does with Big Significant Things.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2015
83% 10,000 Km (2015) Well crafted and strikingly intimate ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2015
61% The Little Death (2015) Lawson either needed to flesh out these characters or view their failings with stiffer cynicism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2015
84% Results (2015) Bujalski knows how to reveal the immaturities and hangups people hide behind money, ambition, and the pursuit of a better body.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 26, 2015
94% The Farewell Party (2015) The Farewell Party makes drama out of right-to-die politics and asserts that just about everyone who makes it past a certain age will have to contend with the issue in one way or another.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 19, 2015
31% Echoes of War (2015) There's something stale about Kane Senes's tepid historical drama Echoes of War, which utilizes the genre's symbols without delivering on its potential for moral or narrative satisfaction.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 12, 2015
46% Gerontophilia (2015) LaBruce ... [is] angling either for tragedy or an arch jab at the coldness of sexual conquest. I only wish he had let his conceit ripen long enough for us to tell.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2015
88% Because I Was a Painter (2015) [It] represents a break from the rigorous historical work typically associated with documentaries about the Holocaust, and its open-ended nature is a fitting analogue to ongoing questions about testimony and healing.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2015
79% 24 Days (2015) Would that the film had explored such emotional contradictions in greater detail, but this retelling is more concerned with black-and-white morality, which drains it of suspense.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2015
40% Treading Water (2015) About as fun as letting your car drift into a highway divider.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2015
No Score Yet Anita Ho (2015) Though its awkward emotional payoffs feel three steps removed from reality, its cultural anxieties come cloaked in easy absurdism.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
31% Love, Rosie (2015) The message is more pedestrian than passionate: Life is long, and full of instant messages.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2015
100% Li'l Quinquin (2015) Something rare and rewarding: a Dumont film that paints its small-town milieu with as much humor as violence (though there's a fair dose of that, too) and finds some tenderness in life's absurdities.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
No Score Yet Theon talo (Theo's House) (2014) They're a vague group of characters, and Rinnekangas doesn't provide much in the way of a story.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2014
50% Miss Julie (2014) Strenuously acted dramas make for strenuous viewing, and Liv Ullmann's rigorous adaptation of Strindberg's Miss Julie, which uproots the action to 19th-century Ireland, is no exception.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2014
100% The Circle (2014) This is a fascinating and often tumultuous story ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2014
45% The Better Angels (2014) Kruger and Clarke do their best to look steadfast with a camera swooping around them like a wounded bird, but there's no rescuing this imprecise family portrait from its own impulses toward obscurity.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2014
63% Magical Universe (2014) This story is about tenderness and empathy, including Carbee's for his plastic proxies.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2014