Alan Scherstuhl Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Alan Scherstuhl

Alan Scherstuhl
Alan Scherstuhl's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, Village Voice, Houston Press

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% El mar la mar (2018) El Mar La Mar is the rare film to subordinate its form to the landscape it's set in. To watch it attentively is to surrender, for ninety minutes, to the slow-motion pace of Sonoran life.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) "Be weirder!" I occasionally grunted at the screen. At the same time, studio horror films starring Oscar winners are rarely this weird.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
54% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) Its story concerns the development of communist theory, but in its construction it harks back to Eli Whitney's theory of interchangeable parts.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
30% Nostalgia (2018) [A] vital, restless, insightful film ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
69% The Ritual (2017) The Ritual, too, on occasion achieves a tense and devilish power, leaving you in the dark with these guys trying to figure out what that thing can mean. In these moments, the forest seems wilder than it is.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
9% Basmati Blues (2018) Watching it is something like watching a play's first full dress rehearsal or a gangly baby deer's initial efforts to stand, where it's the effort that's more engaging than the achievement itself.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
73% Braven (2018) Any cheapjack action movie can get a crowd to cheer at its shock kills. It's the best ones that persuade us that there's a clear chain-of-events physical logic at play - that find suspense in one action leading inevitably to another.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
80% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) Moreira Salles's found-footage study of revolutionaries in the streets of Paris, Prague, and other countries in 1968 would stand as an invaluable assemblage simply on the basis of its archival finds alone.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) There are surprises, but of the dopey kind.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
100% Salesman (1968) Salesman's milieu of motels and pork-pie hats may have passed, but its broader diagnosis has lost none of its truth.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
86% The Road Movie (2018) Even over the short running time, you can feel your humanity's diminishment.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
100% Tall: The American Skyscraper and Louis Sullivan (2006) Yes, the skyscraper might have been warmer, friendlier, along the lines that Sullivan and his protege Frank Lloyd Wright imagined. But it's indisputable that what we wound up with inspires awe on a screen.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) [An] engaging and resolutely un-dishy travelogue ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
83% Vazante (2018) With Vazante, Thomas imagines, convincingly, with Faulknerian reach and density, the details of those lives, what being them might have felt like.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
62% My Art (2018) Proves coherent in form and feeling despite bustling with modes and ideas and curiosities.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
90% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Gripping entertainment, passionate and humane, fascinating in the particulars of its court proceedings and political maneuvering, convincing in its insistence that a dumb fight over a leaking gutter could upend a fractious country.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
100% Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (2017) [Chris] Gethard's show succeeds as comedy and as confessional theater, complete with stellar impressions of Morrissey, but let's not discount its power as a model of behavior. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
100% Maria Bamford: Old Baby (2017) [Maria] Bamford is on her own again in Old Baby, and I'm tempted to say it's her strongest comedy special yet, though I almost certainly pronounced her last one the same.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
57% Django (2018) Django expresses, via the language of film genre, not what Reinhardt's life was but what it might have felt like.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
96% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (1947) Bursts with tantalizing ideas, surprising connections, suggestive flights of fancy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
79% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Film Stars is no portrait of Grahame; it's a pair of points that barely form a line. No shot in the film dares attempt to communicate more than one idea or emotion at a time.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
51% Downsizing (2017) It's curious that so bold a film as Alexander Payne's apocalyptic cli-fi satire Downsizing fails because of a fundamental lack of nerve. Yet here we are.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
100% The Two of Us (Le vieil homme et l'enfant) (1967) Anyone who ever managed to open up, as a child, to an older relative or friend whose noxious views still confounded them will recognize the sly, small bargains that Claude makes with himself.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The Bellas aren't invested in the film's competition, and the filmmakers' aren't invested in it, and you probably won't be, either. So why bother even having one?‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) The material is often weak, but the stars earn their paychecks.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
86% Bill Frisell, A Portrait (2017) Much applause to Franz for recognizing that and emphasizing above all else what Frisell will be remembered for: that sound, those songs, those bands, that habit of listening.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
100% Miss Kiet's Children (2017) Much like a day at elementary school, this vérité wonder called Miss Kiet's Children is exhausting, heartening, raucous, tender, occasionally dull, sometimes tearful, and ultimately a vital public good.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
100% Quest (2017) [A] tender, humane, gently probing film ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
78% Voyeur (2017) These cameramen are journalists.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Rather than loose, the ensemble often seems underrehearsed, and too many of Winslet's lines have little impact.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
93% Shadowman (2017) [A] heartbreaking doc ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
65% The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017) Garner erupts and expectorates with winning zeal, swatting tennis balls at the mistress and lambasting the very idea of Palos Verdes beauty regimens.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) A likable lite-Victorian dip into the milieu - a bit of fun and dress-up, an alternative to being ground once again through the whole three-ghosts rigamarole.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
97% Coco (2017) Coco gets better as it goes, growing into something stranger and more resonant than its boy's-adventure setup suggests.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
86% Darkest Hour (2017) It's a rousing wiki-deep summary of the gist of Winston Churchill's first month in power, from his assumption of the office of prime minister to his delivery of the second most famous to-arms speech in British history.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
87% Song of Granite (2017) This patient and luminous life-of-the-artist film freshens everything stale about its genre.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) We spend lots of time watching this guy be disappointed and disappointing, with too many dead stretches in which we can wonder when the plot's shoes will finally start dropping.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
100% The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Le Crime de Monsieur Lange) (1936) Its glittering bustle of motion and character always offers new and piercing details.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
29% Hello Again (2017) The techniques of moviemaking distance us, no matter how the camera presses in. The cutting here is quick, the singing prerecorded, the performers' metabolism shut off from ours. We don't share the moments.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
88% Shakespeare Wallah (1966) A breezy and beguiling study, comedy, romance, elegy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
92% Intent to Destroy (2017) Intent to Destroy sometimes plays like a DVD extra ... but it does have value of its own in its interviews with historians, philosophers, and filmmakers and its vintage photos and footage.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
75% 11/8/16 (2017) A slow-burning psychological horror story, a portrait of a country in the moment its people all finally understood just what they were capable of.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
100% A Gray State (2017) The somewhat rare documentary that's actually as illuminating as good print reporting on the same case.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
54% LBJ (2017) The movie is cheering, in its way, which is different from being good, exactly.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
99% God's Own Country (2017) In his debut feature, Lee has crafted a mature love story centered on an immature man facing the fear of even admitting that he needs love at all. It's a film to prize.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
97% Félicité (2017) Gomis's handheld cameras work to keep up with the actors, who seem to move with rare freedom, but he also stages some exquisite and complex flourishes ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) It's not always effective drama, but as an example for thousands of struggling American families, it's a serious breakthrough.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
86% Deliver Us (2017) The filmmakers observe rather than interview or investigate, and much of the film is footage of actual church-sanctioned exorcisms.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
94% Tempestad (2016) Intimate and formally inventive, Huezo's approach situates us right there beside Miriam - it's as if a new acquaintance is unburdening herself to trek south together.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
63% Liberation Day (2017) There's even too little of Laibach's music, which in this performance is, by necessity, somewhat restrained.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017