Anthony Lane

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

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Viewers reared on "The Lego Movie" will find plenty to nourish them anew. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
71% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) The movie is not to be skipped. You should sample its mixture of bacchanal and gall, and revel in Farhadi's dependable deftness, as he sketches and frames his collection of characters. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
76% Never Look Away (2019) Stately rather than stealthy... but you are borne along, nonetheless, by the clash of characters, and by the ironies of historical momentum. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
93% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) You find yourself gradually engulfed, as if by rising waters... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
21% Serenity (2019) Whatever they pay these movie stars to keep a straight face, it's not enough. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
14% An Acceptable Loss (2019) If you want somebody to save the neighborhood, or to blow up the planet, Jamie Lee Curtis is the one. She has the smile, the moves, the haircut, and the chops. Now all she needs is the directors to match. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
37% Glass (2019) You have to admire Shyamalan's efforts to deconstruct a genre that he evidently loves, yet there is just so little to haunt or to fool us in the result, and a few sharp laughs might have helped his cause. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Political freedom, long dreamed of, brings little release. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
89% La religieuse (The Nun) (1971) It writhes with almost uncontainable surges of anger, lust, and distress. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
13% The Aspern Papers (2019) Much of this movie, to be honest, is conducted on the level of amateur dramatics, in particular as we stray beyond the bounds of the palazzo. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
72% Destroyer (2018) "Destroyer" is a thriller, but only just. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) The film depends... on its stars. Both, you can tell, have studied their respective masters with scrupulous care, and the results of their pupillage are plain to see. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
26% Mortal Engines (2018) The stakes are enormous, but the outcome is neither here nor there. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It shifts a little nearer than its predecessor did to the spiky, peppery briskness of Travers's tales, and the whole enterprise exhales, as it should, an air of the politely mad. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
96% Roma (2018) It is the clarity of Cuarón's eye, and the sea-like sway of his remembrance, that compel you to trust the tale he tells. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The planets of the plot, as it were, are more exciting than the sun around which they revolve. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
59% Vox Lux (2018) Portman tips "Vox Lux" off balance. The simple act of drinking through a straw is turned into an embarrassing megaslurp. Other actors get shouted down. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda, in his steady and unhectoring way, is levelling grave accusations at Japanese social norms, yet what stays with you, unforgettably, is that bundle of mixed souls at the start. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) Nobody in "The Favourite" could be described as a noble specimen of humanity, and yet, from the mean and grasping shenanigans that pass for a plot, there rises an unmistakable whiff of-believe it or not-fun. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) I came away haunted by a scattering of sights and sounds... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
91% Widows (2018) The director of "12 Years a Slave" has lost little of his talent for moral shock, and the new film retains a clear-eyed vision of what has changed, and just how much has not, in the contesting of American power. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Hart is played in the film by Hugh Jackman, or, rather, by a brave dialectical struggle between the actor and his wig. By a hair's breadth, the actor wins. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
63% Outlaw King (2018) A well-mounted period drama... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Lee's adaptation is at once elastically free, with many details changed, and loyal to Murakami's blend of the perplexing and the crystalline. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Most of the film is stuffed with lumps of cheesy rock-speak ("We're just not thinking big enough"; "I won't compromise my vision"), and gives off the delicious aroma of parody. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) "The Guilty" is smartly constructed and tautened with regular twists, but, if it were merely clever, it wouldn't test your nerves as it does. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
65% Suspiria (2018) Fans of orthodox horror will drum their nails in impatience, for this "Suspiria" runs more than two and a half hours, and is decidedly short on cheap thrills. There are thrills, but they come at a high emotional cost. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) Dano doesn't appear in his own movie, but its texture is of a piece with his courteous and careful performances, where he always seems to plead fruitlessly with an unjust world. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Is this promise of scariness fulfilled? Only in flickers and fits. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
87% First Man (2018) Skillful and compelling... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) WHard-core Keatonites will be familiar with much of the material, although the clips of his later work in television and commercials are an uncommon delight... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) You buy into the geniality of Lowery's movie, nourished as it is by the entire cast. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) The result is pure Saturday-night moviegoing: it gives you one hell of a wallop, then you wake up on Sunday morning without a scratch. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
87% Colette (2018) If you like your costume dramas to come with bulky chronological signposts, "Colette" will leave you in raptures. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) The film will neither change minds nor soothe embittered hearts, I fear, and an opportunity has been missed. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
63% Bel Canto (2018) Moore, like an upmarket version of Lina Lamont, in "Singin' in the Rain," lip-synchs convincingly to the sound of Renée Fleming. But not quite convincingly enough. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) There's another reason for the lure of The Sisters Brothers. If the lives that it portrays are in transit, the world that encircles them is in even faster flux. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
96% Bisbee '17 (2018) Greene's movie... grows into an adventurous exercise in drama-documentary; what could have seemed arch or awkward is handled with grace and tact, and there is even a song. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
72% The Children Act (2018) It's worth seeing precisely for the heat of the arguments that you can enjoy after the screening and, above all, for Emma Thompson. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
92% The Piano (1993) From a distance, "The Piano" seems too preposterous for words; but then, as Ada knows all too well, words merely get in the way. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
71% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) For regular moviegoers, [it] will seem most remarkable for what it is not. So accustomed are we to yarns of demonic possession that the beatific equivalent comes as quite a shock. No howling fiends are in attendance. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
95% Blaze (2018) What Hawke has provided here, with plenty of grace and a minimum of fuss, is an elegy for a life that went missing, more smolder than blaze, and a chance to hear the songs of the unsung. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
95% Andrei Rublev (1973) You may dread being ground down by this extraordinary film, but fear not. It will bear you aloft. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
91% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) Regardless of his enemy, the main event was McEnroe vs. McEnroe, in an unresolvable tiebreak of body and soul. There had been nothing like it, on public view, since the heyday of James Dean. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee would contend, I guess, that the sober approach will no longer suffice-that the age we inhabit is too drunk on its own craziness. He has a point. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
50% Elizabeth Harvest (2018) A curious amalgam of fairy tale and fever dream, which makes less and less sense as it proceeds but does so with undiminished flair... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
83% Puzzle (2018) In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film. Yet the play of emotions on Macdonald's face tells of worries and wounds much deeper than anything that can be accounted for in the script... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) You can scoff at the antics and still be swept away. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, for all its faults, has a musty charm and even, for reasons that involve Meryl Streep, a hint of heartbreak. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) Maybe now is the right moment-and McQueen, despite its shortcomings, the right film-to reheat [this] debate. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018