Akiva Gottlieb

Akiva Gottlieb

Agrees with the Tomatometer 65% of the time.

Akiva Gottlieb's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Apollo Guide, Village Voice, Slant Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 93%

L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009)

"The last thing I expected from the mad genius behind Boarding Gate is a Chekhovian chamber drama whose mantra could be essentially reduced to: posterity cares." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 8, 2009
2.5/4 80%

The End of America (2008)

"The End of America gives author and public intellectual Naomi Wolf an Inconvenient Truth-style platform to remind Americans about the Bush administration's assault on our civil liberties." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2008
2/4 75%

Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2010)

"A question: If you spend an entire career chronicling power relationships among the incurably self-absorbed, is that not in itself a form of self-absorption?" ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2008
1.5/4 67%

Four Nights With Anna (2008)

"Four Nights with Anna is one part funny ha-ha to 99 parts funny-strange." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2008
1/4 55%

Married Life (2008)

"When the characters in Married Life cry out for help, the entire mise-en-scène stifles them with irony." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2007
3.5/4 77%

Paranoid Park (2007)

"A fully subjective probe into the consciousness of a young man and a generous display of artistic empathy." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 11, 2007
3/4 88%

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

"Most of Before the Devil Knows You're Dead works so well as a fatalistic, post-Tarantino neo-noir that the last third's attempt to frame the drama as King Lear-level tragedy plays as an unnecessary reach." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2007
2/4 66%

Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2008)

"To borrow the film's vernacular, the words never stab into the soul." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2007

The Ringer (2005)

"An uncomfortable intermingling of message movie and gross-out comedy, a sporadically funny vehicle that indicts its audience for laughing. Come on, guys. You can't have your fun and eat it too." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 27, 2005

The Comedians of Comedy (2005)

"Watching the quartet doing laundry, playing arcade games, or getting haircuts evokes the banality of road life far too accurately, and at 105 minutes, the film hardly leaves us wanting more." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 8, 2005

Loggerheads (2005)

"Unexpectedly resonant." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 11, 2005

Going Shopping (2005)

"Henry Jaglom's latest study of contemporary female obsessions among a noxious clan of West L.A. bourgeoisie is of more pathological than cinematic interest." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 27, 2005

Loudmouth Soup (2005)

"Loudmouth Soup perpetuates the same shallow myths about Los Angeles that it pretends to indict." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 20, 2005

Campfire (2004)

"The timelier elements of Campfire, which cleared house at Israel's Academy Awards this year, are too salient to dismiss." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 6, 2005

Formula 17 (2005)

"Mark my words: There is no way an innocent like Tien and a Meat Loaf-style heartthrob like Bai could ever make a love thing happen." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 23, 2005

King of the Corner (2005)

"This is a story about the benefits of just showing up. Even at its most sentimental, Riegert's pet project possesses a lived-in integrity that nearly offsets the staleness of the material." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2005

Valiant (2005)

"As education by anthropomorphism goes, Maus this ain't." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 16, 2005
2.5/4 53%

Four Brothers (2005)

"A crackerjack B-movie." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2005

Just One Look (2005)

"A paean to cinephilia that might goad viewers into questioning the value of film itself." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 26, 2005
2/4 82%

Hustle & Flow (2005)

"Talent and practice isn't enough to realize your dreams. To get on MTV, sometimes you gotta shoot somebody." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2005
2/4 53%

Dallas 362 (2005)

"plays more like a vanity project from a rich kid who never got to do his share of macho posturing. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2005

Second Best (2004)

"An ugly, amateurish film that champions mediocrity in a meta-attempt to justify its own ineptitude." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 24, 2005
2/4 82%

Rock School (2005)

"There's something unsettling and downright Dickensian about Green's hard-knocks method and proprietary stance." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2005

Stolen Childhoods (2005)

"As cinema, this is standard, on-the-nose PBS fluff, but it's the grade school principal's perfect guilt inducement tool for slackers who arrive late to class." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 17, 2005
2.5 56%

The Interpreter (2005)

"Subversive, maybe, but hardly explosive. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2005

Beauty Shop (2005)

"Girls just wanna have fun, and so does the film, which recycles the requisite moralizing into a breezy, sporadically funny package." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 29, 2005
3/4 72%

Mondovino (2005)

"A remarkably focused docu-essay." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2005

The Boys and Girl from County Clare (2004)

"John Irvin's Miramaxy paean to Irish Ceili music gets by on infectious geniality." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 9, 2005
2/4 53%

Melinda and Melinda (2005)

"Plays like the product of a Woody tribute act that couldn't decide if it preferred Annie Hall or Crimes and Misdemeanors." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2005
3/4 94%

Cinévardaphoto (2005)

"Varda remains a passionate gleaner of history." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 16, 2005

Uncle Nino (2003)

"Sounds Disneyfied enough on paper, but the elderly, violin-toting hero's successful attempt to infiltrate his miscreant nephew's mall-punk garage band is too creepy to fulfill the hipness quotient." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 8, 2005

Swimming Upstream (2004)

"Saddled with a ham-fistedly literal title and copious aesthetic ineptitude." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 2, 2005
1.5/4 76%

Assisted Living (2005)

"Greenebaum never molds his inchoate elements into any clear shape." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2005

Bob, Verushka, and the Pursuit of Happiness (2000)

"While Waite's deadpan delivery eases the torture, Stigliano's micro-budget film plays like a preachy relic of the Gorbachev era." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 16, 2004

Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen (2003)

"While the serial-killer sob story subgenre rarely yields a nuanced product, Kai S. Pieck's debut feature finds a plaintive, compelling route to the pathology of 1960s German child-killer Jürgen Bartsch." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2004

Cowboys & Angels (2003)

"In general, a film in which the protagonist exalts his friend on a city sidewalk, raising his arms to the sky and proclaiming, 'You've worked your magic on me, and I'll never be the same again!' should not be seen by anyone." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 14, 2004

The Cookout (2004)

"The pointlessness of The Cookout exudes a modicum of charm, but the simple-minded mess still lacks the wit and moral weight of an episode of Family Matters." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 7, 2004

Frankie and Johnny Are Married (2004)

"Successfully amalgamates Henry Jaglom's Hollywood- home-movie aesthetic, ego-skewering satire, and a measured understanding of the kinship between love and risk." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 8, 2004

Off the Lip (2004)

"This inane debut feature is based around neon-suffused stock surfing footage from a Compaq commercial, so it's a notable accomplishment that Off the Lip succeeds at being laughably highfalutin." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2004

Showboy (2002)

"An ill-conceived, often implausible hybrid of fact and fiction." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 6, 2004
72/100 100%

Never Cry Wolf (1983)

"If you can get past the lack of significant dialogue then you will find a touching tale of one man's journey -- a journey that can teach us all a little bit about ourselves." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jul 25, 2001
2/4 40%

Varsity Blues (1999)

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Posted Dec 31, 1999
4/4 88%

American Beauty (1999)

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Posted Dec 31, 1999
2/4 67%

Sugar Town (1999)

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Posted Dec 31, 1999
3.5/4 71%

Existenz (1999)

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Posted Dec 31, 1999
3/4 83%

Notting Hill (1999)

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Posted Dec 31, 1999
3/4 69%

Analyze This (1999)

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Posted Dec 31, 1999
2/4 78%

Get Real (1999)

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Posted Dec 31, 1999
3/4 85%

Crna macka, beli macor (Black Cat, White Cat) (1999)

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Posted Dec 31, 1999
2.5/4 22%

The General's Daughter (1999)

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Posted Dec 31, 1999
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