Amy Taubin Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Gangs of New York (2002) It's a punishing piece of work, this Gangs of New York. Spectacular, brilliant, but punishing-basically, one long brawl...‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
25% Masked and Anonymous (2003) Dylan does about a dozen songs with his tight juke-joint band, and it's worth sitting through the rest of the nonsense for both the music and for Jeff Bridges, in Fisher King mode as Dylan's nemesis.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
97% Bus 174 (Ônibus 174) (2003) Building an indictment of the media, the police, and the provincial governor for placing self-interest above saving lives, Bus 174 opens out from the people directly involved in the incident to an examination of institutionalized poverty.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
97% Love & Diane (2002) It's Dworkin's empathy that allows one to understand Diane and Love's experience and to care about what happens to them, or at least to ask if passivity in the face of injustice makes us more like Love than we would think.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
97% Capturing the Friedmans (2003) There's no doubt that the film delivers the emotional equivalent of a kidney punch, but that's as much a result of the filmmaker's attitude-better suited to entomological research-as it is to the Friedmans themselves.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
81% Thirteen (2003) The script is as overexcited as the girls themselves, and its affirmative ending is unearned.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
95% The Station Agent (2003) The Station Agent is little more than a three-character, metaphorically burdened off-Broadway play, but Peter Dinklage's understated performance gives it a bit of substance.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
64% Camp (2003) Camp is all about the cathartic joy of performing. Fearlessly wearing its heart on its sleeve, it's the anti-Fame, and I think it has legs.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
94% American Splendor (2003) What makes the film special throughout is the way its form mirrors its subject matter. On every level, it's a film about unlikely marriages.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) Unsane has other things going for it, among them a terrific performance by Claire Foy as Sawyer Valentini... And like the best genre movies, Unsane is topical.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
No Score Yet Down There (Là-bas) (2006) Akerman takes the aesthetic strategies of the minimalists and marries them to the humanist content that they suppressed.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
87% Mutual Appreciation (2006) I bet Andrew Bujalski is sick of reading that he's the voice of his generation, when most of that neo-slacker demographic has never had the opportunity to see his films.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Dazzling performances of Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, and Lesley Manville, ‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
83% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2018) The story is quotidian, but the performances have a low-key psychological charge, and the images-exquisitely shadowed black-and-white 35mm- give the narrative a timelessness that is precisely the point of Garrel's enterprise.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
91% Beyond The Hills (2013) Beyond the Hills is a film of great formal rigour and a furious indictment of religion as an instrument of patriarchal oppression.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
27% Baad el Mawkeaa (After the Battle) (2012) The female protagonist, an economically privileged young woman turned workers'-rights organiser and something of an animal activist, makes the film both satisfying and uncommon.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
92% Good Time (2017) The outer boroughs of New York have rarely been shown as realistically and phantasmagorically within a single movie. ‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
100% Women Who Kill (2017) The final twist in Women Who Kill might leave you first shaking your head, and then marveling at Jungermann's courage in allowing a character as alive in her contradictions as Morgan the imaginative luxury of ambiguity to the very end.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) Cinematographer Charles Libin is good at moving the camera and stealing exteriors, and McKay's improvised documentary approach to street life deepens the movie.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
97% Burden (2017) Burden may be light on art history, but it does suggest the transformation of the artist's work from the body confined to the spirit released and taking flight.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
91% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) In Katell Quillévéré's films, characters' lives are shaped by chance meetings and random events. Her third feature, Heal the Living, is narratively her simplest and subtlest.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
100% Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present (2016) Joyous, exhilarating, and transformative.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
86% bwoy (2017) Control and emotional intensity are perfectly balanced in John G. Young's bwoy, a minimalist indie in which action is largely mediated by phones and screens. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
88% Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2018) How is it that some people escape the racism and misogyny in which they are raised and some cling to it as their reason for existence? Wilkerson doesn't offer an answer. But raising the question is more than enough.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
98% Kedi (2017) In Kedi, Torun captures what remains of her childhood paradise, creating a remembrance of and a model for a generous and humane way of life.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
92% La La Land (2016) No, you don't need to have seen any of [La La Land's] reference points to find it pleasurable and often exquisite entertainment. ‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
91% Uncle Howard (2016) All this makes the film sound unbearably sad, and at moments it is. But it is also a tribute to Howard's energy and to a wildly improvisatory cultural moment when Beat, punk, and Minimalist aesthetics merged in New York No Wave.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet Project X (2016) Even at a compressed ten minutes, the anxiety-producing visuals and rhythms of Project X bring to mind two great spy thrillers of the 1970s, Alan J. Pakula's All the President's Men and Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
91% Into the Inferno (2016) Besides the extraordinary images of volcanic landscapes, the film is, thanks to Oppenheimer's skill as an interviewer, a work of comparative anthropology.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
95% Command and Control (2016) As white-knuckle suspenseful as any movie you are likely to see this year.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
78% Eva Hesse (2016) It's a measure of Begleiter's documentary skills and her commitment to Hesse's work and vivid presence that such scant materials have resulted in a portrait that is so lively, intelligent, and moving.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
70% Sin Alas (2015) Sin Alas is not a political film; rather it shows how people's lives are defined by personal relationships on which political systems have little effect.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
88% Office (Hua li shang ban zu) (2015) What makes the film dazzling to watch is the combination of To's camera movement, Yun Ng's choreography, and, the biggest surprise, William Chang's production design.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
95% Carol (2015) What's remarkable about Carol is that it seems to exist entirely in the present moment-to be precise, in that electric, elastic, heart-stopping/heart-racing present of romantic desire.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
No Score Yet My Sex Life (1996) A delayed coming-of-age masterpiece and one of the great French post-New Wave films.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2015
100% McCullin (2013) McCullin, who was nearly seventy-five when the documentary was shot, is an extraordinary narrator of his life and work.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
73% Tuesday, After Christmas (2011) Brilliant acting is what distinguishes most Romanian New Wave movies, and here the interactions of Brănescu, Oprişor, and Popistaşu are exceptional.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2015
87% Carancho (2011) Trapero is a force, as both a director and a producer, in Argentina's exploding though financially strapped film industry.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2015
77% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) Alex Gibney's twisty, engrossing documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine approaches its subject from an oblique but highly productive angle.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
82% Mistress America (2015) Gerwig's and Kirke's performances go beyond words and gestures, making us aware of the characters' inner fantasies of self and other. The movie is unimaginable without them.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2015
92% Into The Abyss (2011) Herzog is a superb interviewer, never bludgeoning the interviewees with his power as filmmaker nor shying away out of discretion or discouragement.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
83% Almayer's Folly (2012) Akerman's control of the expressive elements, particularly the performances, which are at once subdued and theatrical, and the choreography of the long takes, in which actors move through the encroaching jungle, are exceptional.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
89% Ornette: Made in America (2012) An intricately knit series of riffs on free jazz giant Ornette Coleman, one of the greatest living artists twentieth-century modernism produced.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
77% Cold Weather (2011) Katz is a triple threat, his editing every bit as important as his writing and directing for his movies' sense of place, shifting tonalities, and emotional vibrations.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
84% The Flat (2012) One of the most surprising, engaging, and psychologically complex documentaries of recent years.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
95% Nothing But a Man (1963) One of the great American independent films and one of the great films about how racism defines African American masculinity.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
85% Nenette (2010) Like all great stars, Nénette is an enigma.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
No Score Yet Chekhov for Children (2010) Freyer uses brief clips from video recordings of British productions of Vanya... and by comparison the actors in P.S. 75's production... are no less truthful and urgent in their depictions of the characters than the great actors.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
96% The Social Network (2010) What a terrific movie!‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
84% Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2010) The film achieves its stated aim of "humanizing" a great artist and a great star while eschewing pop psychology.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015