Andrew Schenker

Andrew Schenker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Slant Magazine , Time Out New York , Village Voice
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
633

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
.5/4 60% Towheads " There's but one sequence in the entire movie that offers even the slightest bit of filmmaking verve, and even this speaks to the project's essential myopia. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2014
2.5/4 69% S#x Acts (2013) " In its refusal to bring an easy understanding to its main character's behavior, it comes dangerously close to presenting her as a willing perpetrator in her own victimhood. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
1.5/4 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " A cursory history lesson with no interest in probing the deeper or more complex implications of Mandela's positions and their relationship to his country's shifting landscape. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 23, 2013
3/4 81% G.B.F. (2014) " The film, lensed in appealing candy-striped colors, has so much fun exploding stereotypes and radiates with such infectious comic gusto and genuine good nature, that it would be almost churlish to resist its charms." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2013
—— Revenge of the Mekons " An exemplary documentary about an exemplary band." — House Next Door
Posted Nov 11, 2013
2/4 —— It's Me, It's Me (2013) " Alternating between self-consciously offbeat comedy and existential J-horror, It's Me, It's Me never quite satisfies in either mode. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2013
1/4 41% A Case Of You (2013) " Kat Coiro's film takes the comedy of discomfort to new levels of cringe-worthiness by presenting." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/4 22% Paradise (2013) " The film smartly avoids the sort of cynical hijinks that characterize the majority of Vegas-set flicks, though it can't come up with anything more compelling to place in its stead." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
2/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Ralph Fiennes's film feels not so much rooted in the past as it is mired in conventions about how to portray that past." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2013
4/4 91% Jiao you (Stray Dogs) " Tsai isn't making a social-problem film here, and his critique of patriarchal control is secondary to his portrait of unbearable psychic conditions." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2013
2.5/4 100% On The Job (2013) " A nose-to-the-ground crime thriller that also doubles as a wide-ranging portrait of official corruption in the Philippines, On the Job has little trouble delivering the genre goods." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2013
3.5/4 85% At Berkeley (2013) " The crisis that looms over every minute of the film's four hours is the ongoing threat and increasing actuality of budget cuts. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2013
2/4 86% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " The film scores all of its thematic points early, commenting intriguingly, if ultimately rather obviously, on the demands of Japanese patriarchy. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2013
2/4 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " Is an exploration of sex addiction, in all its different manifestations, the new flavor of the week in contemporary American cinema? " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2013
3/4 94% After Tiller (2013) " It gives a true sense of how the forces of a hypocritically religious country has burdened countless young women with a lifetime of misplaced guilt." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2013
1.5/4 81% Don Jon (2013) " Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, Don Jon, does for porn-dependence what Shame did for sex addiction by offering a surface-level look at the effects of its specific pathology on its lead male character. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2013
2/5 60% GMO OMG (2013) " Why anyone would think that home movies of the director and his kids belong in a social-issues doc is a truly WTF question." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 11, 2013
4/5 94% Museum Hours (2013) " A look around Vienna's legendary gallery provides some unexpectedly enlightening moments." — Little White Lies
Posted Sep 5, 2013
2/5 92% I Am Breathing (2013) " Unfortunately, the only other thing they're able to provide is Platt's bland encouragements to live life before it's too late." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 3, 2013
32% A Teacher (2013) " Fidell seems ill-prepared to steer the film into strictly psychological territory, resulting in a project that loses its fraught sense of control at the same moment as its embattled protagonist." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 3, 2013
2/5 15% Winnie Mandela (2013) " What starts as a standard worshipful biopic of Winnie Mandela (Jennifer Hudson) suddenly shifts gears after her release from a year-plus jail stint." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 3, 2013
3/5 92% Fire In The Blood (2013) " Only Gray's reliance on bland visuals and recourse to the conventional talking-heads docu-template dull the power of his imperative exposé." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 3, 2013
3/4 35% Touchy Feely (2013) " Lynn Shelton crafts a film of astonishingly sustained mood, tying its beguiling atmosphere to the mental states of her characters." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2013
3/5 100% Tokyo Waka: A City Poem (2013) " While the frequent recourse to talking heads burdens the doc with a choppy cadence, directors John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson manage to offer moments of great humor ..." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 27, 2013
2/4 71% I Declare War (2013) " The film rarely takes us past its rather obvious conclusions about the potential bestial nature of kids and how that may translate to the larger battlefields." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2013
91% The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013) " The film never lingers too long on any one thing, instead functioning as a survey in which several fascinating cultural moments are vividly evoked, but then left insufficiently probed." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 21, 2013
2/4 89% You Will Be My Son (2013) " For all of the director's willingness to explore his characters' unexpected depths, he's still hamstrung by his perpetually tasteful cinema-of-quality aesthetic." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2013
2/4 55% I Give It a Year (2013) " Much of the film's attempted laughs come from the comedy-of-discomfort school, with an endless array of situations that milk awkwardness to a degree that makes these scenes far more unpleasant than humorous to watch." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2013
2/5 52% When Comedy Went to School (2013) " What's missing is the onstage archival footage that would show us why this humor mattered in the first place-there are only a handful of five-second snippets." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 79% Rising From Ashes (2013) " The movie crafts genuine drama from a nail-biter of an Olympic-qualifying race and authentic pathos from footage of Rwandans watching the Games' opening ceremony on television." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 30, 2013
2.5/4 92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " Given the film's early promise, it's unfortunate how it turns into a largely reductive Freudian character piece in which the main character has to come to terms with his old man. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2013
2/4 52% The To Do List (2013) " Essentially the film aims to trade in the awkwardness of teen sexuality, but too often settles for the gross-out gag instead." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 21, 2013
1.5/4 11% Breaking The Girls (2013) " At the center of Breaking the Girls, festering like an open sore, is the stereotype of the psycho lesbian bitch." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2013
1/4 10% Killing Season (2013) " Make no mistake, for all the deferred killing, this is still a bloody affair, one which takes a grotesque glee in arrows being shot through faces and impromptu torture sessions." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/5 94% Blancanieves (2013) " Blancanieves is a makeweight project, but its modest pleasures linger in the mind." — Little White Lies
Posted Jul 11, 2013
1/5 12% Hustlers (2013) " These stories collectively amount to little more than a portrait of rural life as a redneck nightmare wherein people are very stupid or very evil." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 10, 2013
1/4 93% Still Mine (2013) " As far as films about couples dealing with the female partner losing her mind go, Still Mine is pretty pedestrian." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2013
2.5/4 65% The Heat (2013) " With the film, Melissa McCarthy definitively cements her status as a legitimate comic talent, leaving her co-star stumbling behind in her wake." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 81% Like Someone in Love (2013) " A major statement from one of the world's greatest living filmmakers." — Little White Lies
Posted Jun 20, 2013
59% Stuck in Love (2013) " The movie aims for an admirable balance, but fatally upsets that equilibrium in its hurried resolutions." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2013
33% Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship (2013) " Enjoyment of Jeff Kaplan's film will vary given your capacity to simultaneously laugh and wink at the hijinks of two of the least palatable characters to share screen time in recent years." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 18, 2013
2.5/4 38% Three Worlds (2013) " A little too deliberately balanced in its depiction of its three leads, but it largely makes up the difference with its informed grounding in the economic and social terrain of contemporary France." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2013
23% Vehicle 19 (2013) " Vehicle 19 is best when it's silent." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 11, 2013
2/5 64% Pandora's Promise (2013) " In its attempts to debunk the feasibility of massive energy reduction, Pandora's Promise at least brings some measure of rhetorical skill to its arguments." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 11, 2013
1/4 8% The Stroller Strategy (2013) " What most rankles about the film is the way that its insistence on paternal instincts as the principal signifier of male adulthood leads it to sanction the most childlike behavior of all. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2013
3/4 34% The Internship (2013) " Shawn Levy's occasionally uproarious, warm-hearted comedy is about different generations educating each other, but it never seems rote." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/4 13% Hello Herman (2012) " The alignment with Herman's perspective, even as it never downplays the gravity of his crimes, leads the film into a set of obvious conclusions." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2013
—— Sirius (2013) " Amardeep Kaleka's documentary often seems like little more than preaching-to-the-converted, New Age drivel." — Village Voice
Posted May 28, 2013
3/4 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " James Marsh perfectly matches his aesthetic strategies to the story's shifting moral terrain." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 27, 2013
1/4 17% A Green Story (2013) " Writer-director Nika Agiashvili buys into the concept of the American dream with the zeal of a true believer." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 17, 2013
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