Alan Scherstuhl

Alan Scherstuhl
Alan Scherstuhl's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice

Movie Reviews Only

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Finding Babel (2016)

"Throughout, we get brief readings of Babel's tender, unsparing stories, illustrated with scenic animation. They're no substitute for reading Babel yourself, but they honor him." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 26, 2016

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

"Like The Conjuring and the many immersive spook-house thrillers inspired by it, Origin of Evil demands and rewards attentiveness, inviting scrutiny of its frames, study of its negative space." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2016

Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016)

"Older, un-messianic, and mostly eschewing cute stunts, Moore somehow makes his one-man show seem almost humble. It plays less like "I'm still here!" attention-seeking than it does a concerned citizen's act of hope." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2016

American Pastoral (2016)

"McGregor stages good and bad scenes, but almost all are mannered, lacking the brawling confidence of Roth's prose." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2016

The Whole Truth (2016)

"This engaging courtroom drama aces the trick of grounding its ludicrousness in a convincing facsimile of reality." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 18, 2016

Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

"Here's what matters most: You will laugh." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2016

The Accountant (2016)

"Two hours of grimly serious puzzle-box dramatics and beat-downs starring Ben Affleck as an Affleck-shaped void." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"If you forgive him enough to see it, The Birth of a Nation offers a troubling tangle of the personal and historical. But above all else it's commercial, an entertainment of purpose and some power." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2016

Newtown (2016)

"[A] transfixing documentary portrait of collective grief and resilience." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 5, 2016
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The Red Pill (2016)

"There's no doubt that men do sometimes do suffer mistreatment from the courts or from the women in their lives. What the film and the movement fail to demonstrate is any kind of systemic cause." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 4, 2016

13th (2016)

"Few films shake and astonish like this one, even though nothing in it should be a surprise." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 30, 2016

Denial (2016)

"With chatty urgency, Jackson dramatizes the 2000 trial in which a flinty Brit Holocaust denier sued Penguin Books for libel." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2016

Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016)

"Rich in cultural specifics but also universal longings." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2016

Passage to Mars (2016)

"It's a thrill to see so careful a re-creation - and some actual footage - of Martian geography." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2016

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"He looks so powerful, so beautiful, so right that you may find yourself wondering how we had a black president for seven full years before Washington got to play the lead in a Western." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2016

Storks (2016)

"It often is good, though, hilariously so, its too-familiar misfits-become-a-family storyline enlivened by flights of lavish comic invention." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 21, 2016

The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

"Cannan and Adam's interviewees - Choi, intelligence agents, film critics - tell the story with more suspense than talking heads usually muster. The film is brisk and fascinating, ultimately moving, but also less rich than it might have been." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 20, 2016
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The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith (2016)

"Fishko is always on to the next striking image that will too quickly pass. Fortunately, that next thing is often a joyous surprise ..." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 20, 2016

Come What May (2016)

"Come What May stirs little suspense or unease as it cuts between these stories." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 6, 2016

Max Rose (2016)

"The final scenes offer unconvincing revelations, reassurances, and reconciliations." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 29, 2016

Howards End (1992)

"An enticing, elegant pleasure, alive with light and talk." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 24, 2016

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016)

"Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey's film is most revealing and involving when Norman, now 80, talks and sketches, his pen and mind both lively." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 24, 2016

Don't Breathe (2016)

"The script, by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, steadily and inventively heightens the tension of the break-in and the inevitable hiding and chasing, at least until everything gets ridiculous toward the end." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 24, 2016

When Two Worlds Collide (2016)

"Brandenburg and Orzel's film is only boilerplate in the kickoff scenes. Otherwise it makes the fight local and personal." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 16, 2016

Ixcanul (2016)

"A work of tender long-take portraiture ..." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 16, 2016

A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)

"Portman keeps her scenes short and her film barreling along, and if she can't resist the occasional jarring close-up or unnecessary insert shot, she also exhibits daring and curiosity ..." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 16, 2016

Anthropoid (2016)

"It's the kind of movie where, even if you miss the ads, you can guess you'll be seeing Toby Jones." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 9, 2016

Little Men (2016)

"Sachs, a clear-eyed humanist, honors all his characters' pained perspectives." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 2, 2016

The Land (2016)

"Caple emphasizes the desperation that breeds street crime, and he never tries to puff his kids up into heroes. They're just kids who feel insulted by the few prospects that seem available to them." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 27, 2016

Nerve (2016)

"The city and the plot points wheel right by, the leads fetchingly entranced with each other. If one patch of dares disappoints, there's another coming right up, and the directors stage and shoot them with swooning neon kinecticism." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 26, 2016

Miss Sharon Jones! (2016)

"Kopple's film is intimate and rousing." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 26, 2016

Don't Think Twice (2016)

"Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice stands as the best, most revealing film about comedy people and one of the best about artistic collaboration." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 20, 2016

How He Fell in Love (2016)

"Twenty minutes with this impassive blank and I didn't just dislike the guy - I couldn't tell, moment to moment, what he was feeling or why I should care." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 13, 2016

Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016)

"A vigorous documentary surveying the career and life of the photographer/filmmaker/one-man Beat happening." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 12, 2016

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016)

"Intense and dazzling ..." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 11, 2016

Men Go To Battle (2016)

"This isn't a film about the Civil War; it's about the minds of white folks so removed from plantation life that they feel they have no stake in it at all. It's not about back then - it's about being." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 5, 2016

Life, Animated (2016)

"The film is tender and patient, as fascinated by the challenges of daily life as it is by the dramatic medical mystery at its heart." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jun 29, 2016

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"At last, a Hollywood reimagining with a point." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jun 29, 2016

The Duel (2016)

"The Duel could have been something." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jun 22, 2016

Nuts! (2016)

"This marvelous, mostly animated doc/drama hybrid couldn't have come along at a better time." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jun 22, 2016

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

"The pleasures of Rudd overpower the programmatic elements." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jun 22, 2016

Cosmos (2016)

"Such energy, lunacy, self-referentiality, and pun density, all shot and staged with brisk expressiveness and smooth-gliding camerawork." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jun 15, 2016
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Left on Purpose (2015)

"The ending will gut you, but there are laughs along the way." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jun 14, 2016

Warcraft (2016)

"Warcraft is the most wearying kind of bad movie, a dull and sad one that's less engaging a watch than just seeing the studio's millions run bill by bill through a shredder for two hours." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jun 8, 2016

Andron (AndrĂ²n - The Black Labyrinth) (2016)

"It all gets ponderous, especially all the vague political machinations." ‐Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2016

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"The stupidly funny builds upon the groaningly funny only to be trumped/remixed/meme-ified until it's sublimely funny." ‐Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2016

The Witness (2016)

"Compelling and sometimes frustrating ..." ‐Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2016

Presenting Princess Shaw (2016)

"Ido Haar's globe-straddling crowd-pleaser of a doc Presenting Princess Shaw showcases real footage of the key moments of the story it's telling. That's a joy and a thrill." ‐Village Voice
Posted May 25, 2016

The Fallen Idol (1949)

"The Fallen Idol stands as one of the great films about looking, about perspective, about the way we watch and interpret not just film plots but each other." ‐Village Voice
Posted May 25, 2016

Holy Hell (2016)

"Holy Hell plays like a thriller, all right, with a darkness edging slowly over its swimsuit revelry, but Allen never cheats in the interest of suspense." ‐Village Voice
Posted May 23, 2016
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