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Anthony Lane

Anthony Lane
Anthony Lane's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New Yorker

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Again and again, its stark and suspenseful compositions strike the eye-figures in dark clothing, prone on a pale beach, with lines of wire, black warning flags, and the chill gray waves beyond.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
84% A United Kingdom (2017) On the whole, Asante's movie, though crammed with the white man's treachery, has a dulled and inoffensive sheen ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
64% Dark Night (2017) There are serious risks in the movie's approach.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
41% Gold (2017) You feel weirdly uninvolved, and ever more unsurprised by the lurches of fate.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
75% Split (2017) In short, we are watching an old-fashioned exploitation flick-part of a depleted and degrading genre that not even M. Night Shyamalan, the writer and director of "Split," can redeem.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) With every shot, our sympathies flicker and tilt.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
52% The Ardennes (D'Ardennen) (2017) The film ... slumps in the middle, only to compensate with a final act, set in the wooded region of the title, that feels rich in kills and overkills.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
82% The Founder (2017) Layer by layer, this dumbfounding movie devises its magical recipe, and dares us to resist it: ketchup, mustard, two slices of pickle, and hold the irony. Delicious.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
95% Neruda (2016) It reminds us that movies, by their very nature, owe far more to poetry than they ever will to the novel.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
96% Paterson (2016) This movie has almost no bite but plenty of moseying charm, and what it does get right is the idea of poets as perpetual magpies.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
84% Julieta (2016) Almodóvar-whose penchant for narrative complexity grows ever deeper-latches on to the idea of personal history as a puzzle that refuses to be solved.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
89% 20th Century Women (2017) The movie belongs wholeheartedly to Bening, and to the age, come and gone, that she enshrines.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) Catch the film on the largest screen you can find, with a sound system to match, even if that means journeying all day.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
62% Allied (2016) Zemeckis ... seems uncertain whether to treat the tale as a wrenching saga of split loyalties or as a glamorous jaunt. Having gathered all the ingredients for derring-do, he forgets to turn up the heat, and the derring never does.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) I happen to find the result intrusive, presumptuous, and often absurd, but, for anyone who thinks that all formality is a front, and that the only point of a façade is that it should crack, "Jackie" delivers a gratifying thrill.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) The movie, for all its physicality, shrivels up at the slightest touch of logic. All of which, to be fair, is likely to lure rather than to repel any Poe-steeped addicts of horror ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) If you feel ashamed to be laughing, then Lonergan has got you exactly where he wants you-stirred and confounded, casting around for breaks in the cloud of sadness.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) In all, the movie is a cunning and peppy surprise, dulled only by the news that no less than four sequels await.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
86% Lion (2016) Davis's film is based on a true story; though wrenching, there is barely enough of it to fill the dramatic space, and the second half is a slow and muted affair after the Dickensian punch of the first.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
89% Elle (2016) The question of whether "Elle" is pernicious nonsense or an excruciating black comedy is brushed aside in Huppert's demonstration of sangfroid.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) I felt sorry for Gyllenhaal, berated in both his personae for being weak, and for Adams, strapped and laced into a role that scarcely lets her breathe.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) So sure is the stride of the narrative, and so bracing the air of expectation, that you feel yourself, like Louise, beginning to spin, and barely able to catch your breath.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
89% Loving (2016) Just as she holds the family together, so Negga possesses the film, and you can't stop looking at her eyes.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) The result, though corny at times, treads close to madness and majesty alike, and nobody but Gibson could have made it.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
88% Christine (2016) Striding through this, and commanding almost every scene, is Rebecca Hall, who earns our sympathy, as the best actors do, by steeling herself not to plead for it.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The secret of the film, I suspect, is its love of secrets. The men and women guard their stratagems like jewels, and their lusts like hidden fires.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
98% Under The Shadow (2016) Did you honestly doubt that peeling duct tape and a sheet of printed fabric, if handled with imaginative brio, could be as frightening as any ten-million-dollar monster? O ye of little faith.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Nothing is duller or more stifling, as a rule, than people who wish to make it perfectly plain how stifled they feel by their dull suburban existence.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) Arnold's very strength-the mashup of grime and epiphany-is in danger of becoming a shtick.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) In short, Peter Berg has done it again. You come out shaken with excitement, but with a touch of shame, too, at being so easily thrilled.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Traces of real history are hard to spot in Fuqua's Western, but there isn't much evidence of a real Western, either. You sense that an entire genre, far from being revitalized, is being plundered for handy tips.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
77% Goat (2016) If you are college-bound, go and see Goat first, but for God's sake don't take your parents. ‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) So reliably does she embarrass herself at every public event that the film, trudging by on automatic, becomes an embarrassment, too.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) The Beatles now belong to an honored past, stuck there like an obelisk, and yet here they are, alive-busting out all over, time and time again. Yeah, yeah, yeah.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
35% Max Rose (2016) Noah takes a fatal decision to trade snap for mush, and the movie only stirs in the final twenty minutes ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Stand back from this fable and examine it for logic, and you see how nonsensical it is.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
87% Mia Madre (2016) Everything in "Mia Madre"-happenings, memories, and idle fancies-feels deftly interleaved.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) The shape of things to come is a subject very dear to the hearts of the high-tech evangelists Herzog talks to, and it accounts for the pulse of freakish comedy that beats through "Lo and Behold."‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
89% Morris from America (2016) This represents the first non-comic leading role for Robinson (moviegoers will know him from "Pineapple Express" and "Hot Tub Time Machine," among other films), and he commands it with a gruff and amiable ease.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Streep is right there, solidly invested in the folly of Florence's dreams. When she declares that "music has been, and is, my life," you believe her.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) To say that the movie loses the plot would not be strictly accurate, for that would imply that there was a plot to lose.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016
97% Little Men (2016) The best reason to watch "Little Men" is Michael Barbieri, who musters a blend of soulfulness and aggression that would be remarkable at any age. The danger for any Sachs movie is that its humane quietude could slide into dullness. Not with this boy ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) Greengrass is as dexterous as ever, yet the result, though abounding in thrills, seems oddly stifled by self-consciousness and, dare one say, superfluous.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
82% Indignation (2016) This is the first movie [Schamus] has directed, and the rhythm of the storytelling feels careful and courteous to a fault. Yet Marcus's plight is genuinely grave, and Schamus sets up delicate visual rhymes that are not in Roth.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It's not just a blast but, at moments, a thing of beauty, alive to the comic awesomeness of being lost in space.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) To transform a TV series into a film is to surround yourself with pitfalls, and "Absolutely Fabulous," sad to report, nosedives into every one of them.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) So, how do the Ghostbusters of today shape up against the boys of yesteryear? Pretty well ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
94% Life, Animated (2016) Owen has made immense progress, to which "Life, Animated" is a stirring tribute, yet it leaves a trail of questions unanswered or unasked.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) There is a gravity to it, and a tug of sadness, that cannot be accounted for by the story.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) Nobody could describe the movie as eventful (and viewers may be surprised to learn that it's adapted from a graphic novel), yet the thrust of Kore-eda's storytelling, as so often, is that even a quiet life can be a full one.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016