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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% Il Futuro (2013) Even though mood trumps character psychology, the entire cast provides mesmerizing, evocative performances. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2013
94% Metro Manila (2014) Boasts the stock characters and situations, sentimentality, foreshadowing and melodrama of soap opera. Yet by cleverly blending these ingredients with those of an action caper, the pic presents a fresher appeal. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2013
No Score Yet Wajma (An Afghan Love Story) (2013) A sober, downbeat indictment of a patriarchal society's traditional right to uphold family honor. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2013
68% Afternoon Delight (2013) Although there are moments when it feels the plot might move in unexpected directions, in the end, the expected cliches reign. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2013
19% Very Good Girls (2014) With a screenplay lacking the freshness and credibility of Foner's best work, this all-around misfire saddles a miscast group of name thesps with some strikingly awful costume design. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2013
84% It Felt Like Love (2014) An evocatively shot, rawly unsentimental coming-of-ager from debut helmer Eliza Hittman. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) Zachary Heinzerling's five-years-in-the-making pic is a warts-and-all portrait of love, sacrifice and the creative spirit. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
37% Stand Up Guys (2013) A mildly raunchy, modestly entertaining geriatric comedy starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin as retired gangsters who reunite for one last night on the town. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
60% Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (2012) A prologue featuring French poet Rimbaud underlines Mishory's vision of the American actor as part of a line of iconoclastic artists. But his pre-fame Dean seems more sullen brat than talented maverick. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
62% It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl (2012) Helmer Trank deserves kudos for trying to convey this complicated history with primary materials. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 9, 2012
93% The Central Park Five (2012) A gripping investigative docu from co-directors Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns and her husband, David McMahon. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 1, 2012
No Score Yet Me and Me Dad (2012) Katrine Boorman turns the camera on her indefatigable helmer father in breezy, low-tech docu "Me And Me Dad"; result is a cross between biopic, whimsy and family therapy. ‐ Variety
Posted May 24, 2012
82% Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment (2012) Toby Perl Freilich's thought-provoking docu Inventing Our Life sketches the history of the radically socialist, more-than-100-year-old kibbutz movement. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 24, 2012
63% Jackpot (2014) In his sophomore feature, helmer Martens delivers on the promise he displayed in his debut, United, creating a stylish and pacey action-comedy full of spot-on performances, inspired but gruesome gags, with crack comic timing and barbed dialogue. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 20, 2012
66% Friends With Kids (2012) Although the comic riffs about parenting and alternative families easily rep the pic's sharpest dialogue and strike a chord with more mature audiences, they coexist uneasily with Westfeldt's inclusion of a cruder brand of humor. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 6, 2012
93% First Position (2012) Never putting a foot wrong, tyro helmer Bess Kargman's touching, enormously satisfying docu First Position follows six gifted ballet students from disparate social, regional, economic and ethnic backgrounds as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
93% Gerhard Richter Painting (2012) Gerhard Richter Painting offers fascinating insight into the working process of the famed contemporary artist as he prepares a series of abstract canvases. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
29% Let My People Go! (2013) Let My People Go! offers an unholy alliance of camp and farce that both celebrates and mocks gay and Jewish stereotypes. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
86% Sound of Noise (2012) A delightful comic cocktail of modern city symphony, police procedural and love story. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 17, 2012
64% Nicky's Family (2013) Inspirational pic provides a valuable albeit overproduced history lesson. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2012
99% A Separation (2011) Tense and narratively complex, formally dense and morally challenging. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 4, 2012
61% Ha-shoter (Policeman) (2014) Fascinating but uneven. ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 14, 2011
100% Jucy (2011) Colorfully stylized, sweet and silly, yet encompassing some serious issues, frisky low-budget laffer "Jucy," from Australian helmer Louise Alston, transforms the chick pic into womance. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 3, 2011
100% In My Mother's Arms (2012) Raw emotional content trumps rough filmmaking style. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2011
81% Michael (2012) Illustrating the banality of evil in an impressively controlled and sometimes darkly humorous fashion, Michael takes a coolly nonjudgmental, non-psychological approach to a disturbing topic. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2011
20% Ready (2011) Stale romantic comedy Ready serves as a vehicle for muscle-bound Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, looking a tad long in the tooth for those young-bachelor-living-at-home-with-his-family roles. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 17, 2011
60% El Bulli: Cooking In Progress (2011) Immaculately crafted. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 3, 2011
97% Queen Of The Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? (2011) A creative exploration of the global honeybee crisis replete with remarkable nature cinematography, some eccentric characters and yet another powerful argument for organic, sustainable agriculture in balance with nature. ‐ Variety
Posted May 2, 2011
89% R (2011) The helmers employ claustrophobic closeups to mirror the experience of an inmate arriving at the harsh institution and finding his options limited by more than just locked doors. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 13, 2011
93% King of Devil's Island (2011) Watchable if not entirely engrossing, this classically lensed tale about the misuse of power offers sweeping panoramas, stunning snowy landscapes, stock character types and a creakily generic narrative. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 14, 2011
33% 11/4/08 (2010) Only few moments that are genuinely touching. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 22, 2010
53% The High Cost of Living (2011) Although there are moments when lead thesps Zach Braff and Isabelle Blais just about pull off the implausible conceit, the pic still suffers from major problems of tone as well as stilted camerawork and editing. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2010
82% Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (2011) Although Suzuki's message that humans have exhausted the resources of the biosphere and need to rethink their relationship with the natural world may be a familiar one, it bears repeating. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 20, 2010
75% Stake Land (2011) A highly satisfying low-budget horror-thriller. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2010
22% Peep World (2011) So lame it barely gets a rise out of permanent erection jokes. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2010
72% Sarah's Key (2011) Comprising prestige names and unknowns, the ensemble cast acquits itself well. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 17, 2010
68% Mumbai Diaries (2011) This tale of four Mumbai dwellers at a crossroads in their lives owes more to Taiwanese or French auteur cinema than to Satyajit Ray. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2010
85% Snabba cash (Easy Money) (2012) Easy Money confirms Espinosa's directing chops (it also earned him a gig helming Universal's forthcoming Denzel Washington starrer, Safe House).Performances are strong across the board, with even casting of bit parts coming up aces. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2010
81% Cairo Time (2010) The fourth feature from Canadian writer-helmer Ruba Nadda ("Sabah") has a slightly breathless, old-fashioned feel, calling to mind the cliched fiction found in the type of ladies' magazine the heroine edits. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
98% Let the Right One In (2008) Calling to mind the work of Anne Rice and Stephen King, atmospheric adaptation of Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist's bestseller is well directed by his countryman Tomas Alfredson. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
100% Gotta Dance (2009) Heartwarming and full of self-deprecating humor, albeit somewhat over-long and repetitive. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
99% About Elly (2015) While not equaling the depth of characterization of Farhadi's previous films, About Elly takes the complexity of his storytelling to a fascinating level. However, the variable quality of the thesping also prevents the pic from being his best work. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
86% Kings of Pastry (2010) Building up to the tension-filled final cook-off, the helmers introduce a trio of top candidates, observing their training methods and motivations. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
89% Teza (2010) Ultimately rewards the viewer's patience with a potent sense of Ethiopian history and culture. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
89% Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig) (2010) Entertaining and full of surprising twists, this highly cinematic tale of a Copenhagen policeman working punishment duty in the provinces plays with genre in a manner that can be compared with the Coen brothers or David Lynch. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
62% Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) Pic's main problem is that its human story lacks drama; Hachi's the central attraction. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 29, 2010
85% A Matter of Size (2010) Part sports drama, part love story, this sweetly absurd tale of forlorn blue-collar guys pursuing a difficult goal... recalls audience-pleasing fare such as The Full Monty. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2010
76% Killing Kasztner (2009) Ambitious but ungainly. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 22, 2009
74% Beeswax (2009) Although Bujalski's spin on the legal thriller lacks narrative tension, it ambles on pleasantly enough, buoyed by the twins' refreshingly forthright screen presence. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 3, 2009
84% Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) (2010) Sensitively helmed feature debut by Haim Tabakman boasts a tightly structured, multi-layered script by Merav Doster, intimate lensing and strong, credible performances. ‐ Variety
Posted May 21, 2009