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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
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
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2010
76% Killing Kasztner (2009) Ambitious but ungainly.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 21, 2009
95% No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans) (2010) Fueled by frustration with the myriad prohibitions governing life in Iran, No One Knows About Persian Cats strings an improvised tale around Tehran's underground indie-rock scene.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2009
70% Brothers at War (2009) Provides some interesting perspectives but also veers dangerously close to vanity project.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2009
46% Mammoth (Mammut) (2009) Comes with too much repetitive exposition and lacks an emotional payoff.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2009
96% Revanche (2009) All actors turn in fine, naturalistic perfs, but it would be remiss not to remark on 83-year-old Thanheiser's profoundly moving turn as the grandfather.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
91% O' Horten (2007) More highly visual mood piece than sustained storytelling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
No Score Yet Khastegi (Sex My Life) (2008) A poorly structured mix of talking heads and awkwardly staged action that shows the personal lives of Iranian transsexuals and their problems vis a vis their families and strict Islamic society.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2008
50% Dying Breed (2009) Even by the low standards of other horror-movie victims, the foursome here seem blithely clueless, always splitting up for no good reason and running headlong into ambushes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2008
33% The Objective (2008) With a low-budget look, cliched dialogue, a stale plot and so-so acting, this supernatural thriller is unlikely to achieve the phenomenal success of its fabled predecessor.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2008
81% Under Our Skin (2008) Producer-director-writer Andy Abrahams Wilson ("Bubbeh Lee and Me") takes a creative, humanistic approach that makes the complex material dramatic and visually interesting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 5, 2008
71% Bart Got a Room (2009) Much sweeter and less raunchy than coming-of-agers such as Superbad or Slums of Beverly Hills, Bart's clever, PG-level innuendo is engaging and suitable for family viewing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2008
60% Bitter & Twisted (2008) Despite game perfs from a well-known cast, weak scripting and sketchy character development leave too many holes to ultimately convince or compel.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2008
98% Avaze gonjeshk-ha (The Song of Sparrows) (2009) Beautifully crafted, often sentimental, sometimes humorous pic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2008
93% Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) As usual, Leigh's trademark extended rehearsal process pays off with vivid characterizations from ensemble cast.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2008
20% Fireflies in the Garden (2011) Despite the mega-wattage of pic's starry cast, theatrical prospects seem dim for this clumsy melodrama, which looks and sounds no better than an average made-for-cabler.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2008
90% [Rec] (2007) Lazily scripted, without even a pretense of character development or psychological depth, it offers nothing new for genre fans and no reason for mainstream auds to bite.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2007
79% Body of War (2008) A powerful argument against impetuous decisions, be they to join the military or to attack a country.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2007
92% La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) (Couscous) (2007) An overlong, dramatically unbalanced pic whose emotional wallop gets somewhat diffused.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2007
66% The Kite Runner (2007) Nuanced perfs and standout production design convey story in cinematic terms, preserving the narrative's emotional power and historical sweep as it spans continents and decades.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2007
71% Love Comes Lately (2008) Script's strong point is smooth way fictional stories flow in and out of the cover yarn.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2007
87% Mongol (2008) Japanese indie idol Asano smolders as maverick Temudgin [Khan].‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2007
33% The Babysitters (2008) Ultimately fails to deliver on the audacity of its premise.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2007
No Score Yet The Babysitter (1980) Ultimately fails to deliver on the audacity of its premise.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2007
81% Lars and the Real Girl (2007) Tenderly depicting his characters' human foibles with low-key visual humor, Gillespie never condescends or goes for an easy joke.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2007
71% The Girl in the Park (2008) Auds can see what Auburn was aiming for, but his portrait of grieving and wishful thinking doesn't connect emotionally. He's not helped by Weaver's brittle, unsympathetic perf, which borders on caricature.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2007
83% It's a Free World (2007) The hot-button topic of exploited immigrant labor forms the backdrop of It's a Free World .... , the latest collaboration between helmer Ken Loach and scribe Paul Laverty.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2007
69% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) Here, as in his two prior outings, Anderson's arch, highly artificial style gets in the way of character and emotional development, rendering pic piquant rather than profound.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2007
83% Far North (2008) If as much care were taken with script as with visuals, pic would have more impact.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2007
59% Expired (2008) An occasionally cringe-inducing mix of pathos and humor, the tightly scripted and well-acted tale follows a lonely, vulnerable meter maid who falls into a comically horrific relationship with a colleague incapable of emotional intimacy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 24, 2007
88% Meduzot (Jellyfish) (2008) [A] tightly constructed, cleverly stylized, serio-comic ensemble piece.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 24, 2007
91% Sicko (2007) An affecting and entertaining dissection of the American health care industry, showing how it benefits the few at the expense of the many.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 20, 2007