Alissa Simon

Alissa Simon
Alissa Simon's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety, Sight and Sound

Movie Reviews Only

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The Women's Balcony (2016)

"A close-knit congregation fractures along gender lines after a catastrophe at their synagogue in this nicely observed dramedy." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 26, 2016
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Window Horses (2016)

"An entertaining, educational, and poignant tale about identify and imagination that is filled with stories and poetry." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 16, 2016

All This Panic (2016)

"More remarkable for the way it looks than the actual, somewhat banal, girl-talk content." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 16, 2016

Wednesday, May 9 (Chaharshanbeh, 19 Ordibehesht) (2015)

"Three O. Henry-esque stories from contempo Tehran are woven together with mixed results in Wednesday, May 9, the debut feature of multihyphenate Vahid Jalilvand." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 6, 2016

Little Wing (Tyttö nimeltä Varpu) (2016)

"A tender-hearted coming-of-age story shot in a low-key, realist style ..." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 28, 2016
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Blindness (Zacma) (2016)

"Remarkable for its ability to put viewers inside the head of its complicated protagonist, "Blindness" is a high quality, old-style arthouse drama ..." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2016
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A Death in the Gunj (2016)

"Although Sensharma seems confident behind the camera, she directs her cast of name actors at too high a pitch. It becomes exhausting to watch their near-manic singing, dancing, and playing games." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2016

Past Life (2016)

"As the sisters lead them to desperately seek a path to forgiveness and peace for all concerned, Nesher expertly builds suspense while echoing and reinforcing their quest with the film's hauntingly beautiful musical choices." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2016

Barakah Meets Barakah (Barakah yoqabil Barakah) (2016)

"A smart, charming, and bittersweet tale about the Kingdom's millennial generation and their take on the social and political restrictions that stand in the way of meeting and mingling with the opposite sex." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2016

The Tenth Man (El rey del Once) (2016)

"This low-key romantic comedy marks a return to one of Burman's oft-repeated themes -- a son coming to grips with his relationship with his father -- and to the setting of one of his most successful features, Lost Embrace." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 1, 2016

The Model (2016)

"A shallow but good-looking soap opera-like drama set in the world of high fashion." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 27, 2016
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Normal Autistic Film (2016)

"A beautifully crafted, intimate, and revealing observational portrait of five youngsters with Asperger's Syndrome." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 17, 2016
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Wolf and Sheep (2016)

"Although more compelling on a visual level than a narrative one, the movie represents an enticing festival and niche event item, as well as a vision of Sadat's homeland that is far different from what the media normally depicts." ‐Variety
Posted May 21, 2016

American Honey (2016)

"While some viewers may find the film's length (162 minutes) and a certain repetitiveness off-putting, it gives Arnold scope to capture the spontaneity and rawness of their lifestyle." ‐Sight and Sound
Posted May 19, 2016

Applause (Applaus) (2010)

"A fearless, tour-de-force performance by star Paprika Steen is the main attraction of the Danish drama Applause, about an abrasive, alcoholic actress trying to regain control of her life and custody of her young sons." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2016

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016)

"It's a heartwarming tale about a stubborn, short-tempered man with steadfast beliefs, strict routines and the feeling that everyone around him is an idiot - and no reticence about telling them so." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2016

Min lilla syster (My Skinny Sister) (2015)

"Lenken excels at establishing a realistic relationship between Stella and Katja, and the actresses share good chemistry as well as a certain resemblance." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 30, 2015

Le coeur de madame Sabali (2015)

"Expertly laced with visual humor, Sabali is a gorgeously stylized, wryly comic drama about a train-ticket seller with heart and relationship problems." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 11, 2015
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Bota (2014)

"Compelling, surprising and tenderly performed, this low-key arthouse title deserves further distribution and clearly marks its co-directors as talents to watch." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 30, 2015
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I dine hænder (2015)

"[A] provocative query into what makes life worth living." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 23, 2015
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No Land's Song (2014)

"[This] gripping chronicle of [composer Sara Najafi's] efforts covers a nearly three-year period and is as full of ups and downs as a roller coaster, and bursting with beautiful music." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 20, 2015

Tiempos Felices (2015)

"A smart, offbeat comedy about how hard it is to end a romantic relationship." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 12, 2015
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Three Windows And A Hanging (2014)

"As the woman who is victimized twice yet refuses to play a victim, theater thesp Cahani makes a strong impression in her first feature role." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 8, 2015
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Baba Joon (2015)

"Although some may find it a tad too sentimental and under-nuanced, the film depicts the ways of a community infrequently seen on Israeli screens." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 22, 2015

Rams (Hrútar) (2016)

"Rams is a touching humanist drama set in a remote farming valley where two estranged brothers must come together to save what's dearest to them: their sheep." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2015
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Mateo (2015)

"Told with passion and sincerity, this moral tale offers an audience-friendly blend of didacticism and naivete reminiscent of an Afterschool Special." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 17, 2015

That Sugar Film (2015)

"With its peppy, pop style, complete with silly, colorful special effects and animation, this documentary should prove accessible to school-age viewers, who might profit the most from its frank information about sugar's effect on their minds and bodies." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 13, 2015
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Tbilisi, I Love You (2013)

"This mostly disappointing valentine to the Georgian capital epitomizes the law of diminishing returns." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 11, 2015

Mahi va gorbeh (Fish & Cat) (2013)

"Shahram Mokri's highly original second feature combines formal experimentation with a sly sense of humor and a surprising feeling for American genre conventions." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 7, 2015

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014)

"Blends intimate and unflinching medical details, poignant performance footage and a survey of its subject's place in musical history through well-chosen archival footage and interviews with other iconic performers." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 20, 2014
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Kosac (The Reaper) (2014)

"Three intertwining stories add up to grim but compelling viewing in strong Croatian drama from Zvonimir Juric." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2014

The Grump (Mielensäpahoittaja) (2014)

"This comic romp boasts the sort of humor that can be appreciated by anyone who thinks the world is going to hell in a handbasket." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2014

We Are Mari Pepa (2014)

"A middle-class Guadalajara teen with typical adolescent-male summer plans must come to terms with significant life changes in the tender, pitch-perfect coming-of-ager We Are Mari Pepa." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 13, 2014

The Almost Man (2014)

"A slender but polished dramedy." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 30, 2014

Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014)

"Mohammad Rasoulof's slow-burning, clandestinely made fifth feature is a brave, challenging look at Iran's feared security apparatus." ‐Variety
Posted Jun 25, 2014

Miss Lovely (2014)

"An atmospheric tragedy set in the sordid world of Bombay's exploitation-film industry during the late 1980s." ‐Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2014

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013)

"As matter-of-fact as its mouthful of a title, Danis Tanovic's touching social-realist drama An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker offers a modest, low-key glimpse into the struggles of an impoverished Roma family." ‐Variety
Posted May 2, 2014

Somewhere Slow (2014)

"Jeremy O'Keefe directs a tonally all-over-the-place drama that fails to convince." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2014

Visitors (2014)

"Walkouts and snores are to be expected, although those on the film's meditative wavelength will be held rapt." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2014

Detroit Unleaded (2013)

"Lebanese-American helmer Rola Nashef delivers a lively slice-of-life in this mainstream-friendly romantic comedy largely set at a Detroit gas station." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 22, 2013

My Joy (2011)

"Although discomfiting to audiences desiring a steady narrative thread (and less accessible to those unfamiliar with Eastern European history and culture), it sustains interest throughout as a devastating critique of Russian society." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 12, 2013

GMO OMG (2013)

"Combines the folksy charm of Taggart Siegel's The Real Dirt on Farmer John and the frightening facts of Robert Kenner's Food, Inc." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2013

Inch'Allah (2013)

"A sober, intelligently made drama." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 26, 2013

The Patience Stone (2013)

"Sensual and horrifying, The Patience Stone plays like a mesmerizing, modern take on the tales of Scheherazade and a parable on the suffering of Afghan women." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 12, 2013

The Deep (2013)

"Baltasar Kormakur's latest is a touching, low-key depiction of an incident in which a fishing boat sinks a few miles from shore." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 16, 2013

Killing Season (2013)

"The sight of Robert De Niro and John Travolta sharing the screen for the first time reps the one and only selling point of Killing Season." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 11, 2013

Venus And Serena (2013)

"An engaging, warts-and-all look at the Williams sisters." ‐Variety
Posted May 15, 2013
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Tepenin ardi (Beyond the Hill) (2013)

"An eye-catching parable about scapegoating and the multitude of sins it covers." ‐Variety
Posted May 8, 2013

About Sunny (2013)

"A showy vehicle for producer-star Lauren Ambrose, whose emotionally volatile character comes off as unsympathetic and practically bipolar, the overly contrived, hard-to-swallow script undermines viewer compassion." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 29, 2013
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Houston (2013)

"This odd, tonally all-over-the-map drama proves less intriguing in its narrative than in its visuals ..." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2013
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