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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
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
71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) The whole film is oddly poised between the pensive and the peevish, with a topdressing of high jinks.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) The first "Independence Day" had the gratifying slap of good pop cinema, harmless and weightless; the follow-up is twice as big and half as fun.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
57% The Neon Demon (2016) Prettiness and brutality both seep from the pores of the movie.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
77% Wiener-Dog (2016) Solondz's creatures feel caged and cramped by their everyday plights, and their dialogue is drained of zing.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) [Wan's] framing of the scares is artfully managed, and it is the accomplished Wolfe, rather than any monster, who takes true possession of the tale.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) Crowded and scattershot.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
96% De Palma (2016) Alluringly smooth and uncluttered, as if taking its cue from one of the tracking shots so beloved by its subject.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) Why see this film? Partly because of the leading men, but mainly because of a girl.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
98% Love & Friendship (2016) For the most part ... "Love & Friendship" is a frolic: crisp and closeted rather than expansive, with curt exchanges in drawing rooms, carriages, and gardens.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The motto of the directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, appears to be: If you can make it happen, do it. Don't hold back.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 9, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) "The Lobster" is more than a satire on the dating game. It digs deeper, needling at the status of our most tender emotions.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 9, 2016
61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) "The Man Who Knew Infinity," based on Kanigel's book, and directed by Matthew Brown, feels sluggish and stuck, and it hits an insoluble crux.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
89% A Bigger Splash (2016) Luca Guadagnino has made something rare and disconcerting: a genuinely pagan film.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) The brisk flourish of Garrone's style is a force for unity. The singer binds the songs.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) Clean, cleverly judged, and hypercontrolled. It represents, in short, the state of the art. Without disputing that, I would simply ask, What art?‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
73% Louder Than Bombs (2016) Byrne, who has lacked good movie roles of late, is marvellously grave, and parents everywhere will smile at Gene's proclivity-dumb but forgivable-for spying on his son, in public, as if checking up on his happiness.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
52% Demolition (2016) There is much to savor here, especially the unforced performance of Judah Lewis -- one more recruit to the terrific roster of younger actors who are streaming into the movies. Yet the film lacks the courage of its affliction.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
73% Miles Ahead (2016) Given that Davis's worshipful fans will be pained by the lacunae, while the uninitiated stare at this shambles of a man, awash in drink and drugs, and wonder what the fuss was about, whom is this movie for?‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Linklater barely puts a foot wrong, and he shows that a movie about happiness can be cogent and robust, rather than sappy or wispy; and yet, for all its gambolling mischief, "Everybody Wants Some!!" leaves us with plenty to rue.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2016
85% Francofonia (2016) What matters at this point, as Sokurov admirers can confirm, is to hold your nerve, and to trust that all these strands will be threaded into the weave of a larger design.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) When in doubt, [Snyder] simply slings another ingredient into the mix, be it an irradiated monster, an explosion on government premises, or the sharp smack of masonry on skull.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) The movie runs along a well-worn groove, both in its fealty to adolescent sorrows and in its stout conviction that cigarettes constitute a major food group. As in all Desplechin films, however, surprises are continually sprung ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) Already I am desperate-with a Roy-like yearning-to return to it, and to revel anew in its group portrait of those who are haunted by the will to believe.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2016
46% Knight of Cups (2016) Malick cannot stop shuffling the deck. He flips through memories, arcana, sudden visions, and spasms of music in the hope of revelation.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
98% Zootopia (2016) "Zootopia," like its heroine, is zesty, bright, and breakneck, with chase scenes and well-tuned gags where you half expect songs to be.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) The movie works; the setting feels grandly unfamiliar, and the aftermath of the wave, with its elemental mix of water and fire, seems like a plausible vision of Hell.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Sacha Baron Cohen takes a backward lurch.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) "The Witch" feels at once sticky with tangible detail and numinous with suggestion.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) Watching the film is like sitting at dinner with a teen-ager who believes that, if he swears long and loudly enough, he will shock the grownups into accepting him as one of their own.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) The first film scored a few palpable hits, but the new one barely makes the effort, and the poise of a work like "Funny Face," which both mocked and fêted a devotion to couture, seems an impossible dream.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2016
16% The 5th Wave (2016) The whole thing appears to have been designed by some crazed Oedipal wing of the N.R.A.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016
39% Jane Got a Gun (2016) This poor little movie fires blanks.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016
93% Anomalisa (2015) What drives the film is a scowling suspicion that modern man is a mechanized being, created as if on an assembly line, and stripped bare of individuality-a product, like any other merchandise.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2016
72% A Perfect Day (2016) The film may be scattershot and odd, but it needs to be odder still.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2016
81% The Revenant (2015) After a while, "The Revenant" turns into a slog. Make no mistake, it's a very beautiful slog.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2015
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) By the end of "The Hateful Eight," its status as a tale of mystery and its deference to classic Westerns have all but disappeared, worn down by the grind of its sadistic vision.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2015
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The new movie, as an act of pure storytelling, streams by with fluency and zip.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
96% Son of Saul (2015) The remarkable thing is that "Son of Saul" is a début: Nemes has never directed a full-length film before.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
42% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) If you want a Ron Howard movie about a man obsessed with a creature from the deep, "In the Heart of the Sea," sadly, is not the place to start. Try "Splash."‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) Panahi's status as a martyr for his art could have gulled him into loftiness and pride; and yet, by some miracle, Taxi stays as modest as his smile, the point being not to recruit us to his cause but to put us on the side of his compatriots.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2015
92% The Martian (2015) Damon has never seemed more at home than he does here, millions of miles adrift. Would any other actor have shouldered the weight of the role with such diligent grace?‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2015
80% Chi-Raq (2015) You long for "Chi-Raq" to succeed. Sad to report, it's an awkward affair, stringing out its tearful scenes of mourning, and going wildly astray with its lurches into farce.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
88% The Big Short (2015) So expert are the performers that you wind up rooting for Burry, Baum, and the others despite yourself, knowing full well that they are fuelled by cynicism -- by an ardent faith that the system will and must fail.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
74% Youth (2015) The movie is gorgeous, as you would expect from Sorrentino, but beauty this great can lead to suffocation. The plot goes round and round and nowhere ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2015
80% Macbeth (2015) The problem is not that Kurzel cuts the words, which is his absolute right, but that he destroys the conditions from which they might conceivably have sprung.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2015
98% Mustang (2015) "Mustang" is the début feature of Deniz Gamze Ergüven, and it's quite something: a coming-of-age fable mapped onto a prison break, at once dream-hazed and sharp-edged with suspense.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2015
69% The Danish Girl (2015) Hooper's film is a master class in how to tiptoe through the mines. It swoons from a surfeit of good taste.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2015
61% Legend (2015) As you would expect, Tom Hardy is fearsome to behold, twice over, but the legend doesn't need his assistance. It needs taking apart.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015