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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): Independent (UK), New Yorker, Independent on Sunday

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
64% Generation Wealth (2018) [An] alarming film...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
80% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) By the end, it seems to have slowed and swelled into one triumphant act of therapy-Good John Hunting.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
93% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Legrand... seems precociously adept at turning the screws of suspense...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
95% Three Identical Strangers (2018) So bizarre is the tale that Tim Wardle tells, in his new documentary, and so unnervingly mixed the emotions that it provokes, that the less you know about it beforehand the better.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Moner is terrific, and her character's fortunes can be read in her eyes-blazing to begin with, as she scraps with another girl in a schoolyard, but dark and blank by the end, their youthful fire doused by the violence that she has seen.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) "Leave No Trace" should, by rights, be dull... Yet the movie's patient progress is driven and tensed, and you feel that, at every turn in the path, something could go badly astray. ‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Once Michael Giacchino's score -- his best and most excitable -- was up and running, I was happy and hooked.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) It has the nerve to suggest that the social unit is, by definition, self-menacing, and that the home is no longer a sanctuary but a crumbling fortress, under siege from within.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Luckily, just as tempers were starting to flare, Solo: A Star Wars Story has arrived to save the day.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
47% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) It's one of those movies which are so desperate to become cult viewing that they feel no obligation to be any good.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018
85% American Animals (2018) Bart Layton's movie tells a true story, more or less, with an emphasis on the stories that the characters tell themselves, and the inevitable trouble that ensues.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018
38% Mary Shelley (2018) A long way from the finesse-and the feminist vigor-that the director, Haifaa Al-Mansour, displayed in her début feature, "Wadjda" (2012).‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
68% The Seagull (2018) They have pruned, or purged, the drama until it runs just over an hour and a half, and, in so doing, mislaid its nervous languor.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
95% First Reformed (2018) Until I saw Toller, I didn't know the human soul could frown.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
94% Beast (2018) Beast is at its best when Buckley is at her most undaunted, showing us Moll at her most extreme.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
87% Tully (2018) The sad fact, however, is that, as Tully proceeds, it tumbles into clunkiness, and there's a desperate unsubtlety to the improvement in Marlo's lot.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Binoche is everywhere in this story. As in "Three Colors: Blue" (1993) and "The English Patient" (1996), she delivers a rich portrait of a restless heart, steeped in earthiness and radiance alike.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) At stake, as ever, is the fate of the universe. Why must it always be the universe? What's wrong with the fate of Hackensack? Doesn't anyone care what happens to South Dakota, or Denmark, or Peru?‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
89% Le Corbeau (1948) The movie squirms with mistrust, and burrows deep.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
73% This Is Our Land (Chez nous) (2018) We are left to rue "This Is Our Land" as an opportunity missed, and to wonder how else the tale could have been told.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here is hard going: easy to revere, fascinating to explore, but nagging in its grimness and, were it not for the rooted presence of Joaquin Phoenix, difficult to believe in. ‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Simmonds, who is herself deaf, & who starred in Wonderstruck, last year, makes a greater impact still as the indomitable Regan, with her secretive smile. Her hearing aid is vital to the plot, and, indeed, the whole saga is shaped around its sound design.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
92% Lean on Pete (2018) The story drifts with Charley, in and out of peril, and becomes a doleful picaresque; as his face grows hollow and besmirched, we desperately want him to survive.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) I saw the film in IMAX, and a week later I'm still waiting for the safe return of my optic nerves, but it was the meagre emotional charge that shocked me most.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
77% Gemini (2018) The cracking of the mystery, at the conclusion of "Gemini," is daft and unsatisfying ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) A serious movie about mental disorder and the insurance business would be ten times clammier and more disturbing than "Unsane."‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Nothing is open to accident. The director, no less than the mayor, is averse to things that stray. Still, what a result: a trash-trove of tiny details.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) "Tomb Raider," stuffed though it is with curses, vaults, and locks that cry out for secret keys, is not really about a legendary quest, or family honor. It's about Alicia Vikander.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) It's funny; ten times funnier, by my reckoning, than it has any right to be, and more riddled with risk than anything that Iannucci has done before, because it dares to meet outrage with outrage.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
96% Foxtrot (2018) "Foxtrot" leads us a sorry dance, with irreproachable skill, but sometimes you long for it to break step, to quicken, and to breathe.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) [Lawrence] spends much of the new film looking blank and sculpted, and all the double-dealings lend her not a tincture of mystery.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
82% Early Man (2018) Aardman is a haven for creatures that hail from other species but match us or even outstrip us in proficiency and grace. Early Man, though, is stuffed with men and women...whereas the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air are reduced to extras.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Jordan has swagger to spare, with those rolling shoulders, but there's a breath of charm, too, all the more seductive in the overblown atmosphere of Marvel. He's twice as pantherish as the Panther.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) "The 15:17 to Paris" suffers from an excess of dramatic wadding, and the over-all effect is too muffled and often too dull, sadly, to make an impact.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
71% Permission (2018) Hall, in particular, lends a sober grace to the erotic roundelay.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) For all the deadened souls who throng the tale, the telling could not be more alive.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Lelio's own stance, in short, could not be clearer; dramatically, though, it has a flattening effect, and we soon realize how few surprises lie in store.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) "The Final Year" is stirring and saddening, but too well behaved by half; I wanted it to be a little less Steven Pinker and a little more Dwayne Johnson.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
100% Paddington 2 (2018) Grant somehow filches the entire movie, in the course of which he gets to dress as a candle-carrying nun, a knight in armor, and, to his eternal mortification, a giant spaniel.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) As a study of inflammation in the body politic, "The Insult" is engaged and astute. In comparison with "West Beirut," though, it seems oddly programmatic in its moral layout, designed to prove that, in Wajdi's phrase, "no one has a monopoly on suffering."‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
69% Happy End (2017) The result lacks the tenacious bite of [Haneke's] finest work, and one can think of more difficult targets for his unerring aim than the moral indifference of the rich.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) The central pairing lends it a touching intensity ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
98% The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie) (1972) I had forgotten just how spooky the dream scenes are; Bunuel could have been a master of horror, or a great farceur. As it was, he was simply Bunuel, which is cause enough for celebration.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
No Score Yet Masala (2013) Although this is a bad film, it's never boringly bad -- just garish and tangled, like a teenager's bedroom.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
53% City of Joy (1992) The unpleasant surprise is Ennio Morricone's score, his worst ever. The final chorus sounds like 10,000 Pekinese puppies stuck in a cave.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
63% Bitter Moon (1992) Bitter Moon is half-digested and grossly undramatised, a loop-tape of explanations and voiceover; the longer it goes on, the more it drains our interest away.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
35% 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise is a long, becalmed and hollow hull of a movie about the old order bumping into the New World.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
95% Husbands and Wives (1992) It's strange how sour the results can be; Husbands and Wives takes the same kinds of dancing passions that looped through Hannah and her Sisters, and turns them into a crabby-go-round.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
77% A League of Their Own (1992) A League of Their Own is a bright idea that turns into a pile of mush.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
96% Unforgiven (1992) No thrill comes cheap in Unforgiven. The West that it shows is Wild all right, but more like a dog than a party. That doesn't mean we can't enjoy being dragged along for the ride; the rougher the better, in fact, as every action zings with ricochets.‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018