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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
98% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
71% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
96% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
80% Halloween (2018) Is this promise of scariness fulfilled? Only in flickers and fits.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
88% First Man (2018) Skillful and compelling...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
94% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
90% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
86% Colette (2018) If you like your costume dramas to come with bulky chronological signposts, "Colette" will leave you in raptures.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
79% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) The film will neither change minds nor soothe embittered hearts, I fear, and an opportunity has been missed.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
59% 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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
95% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
69% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
91% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
68% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
97% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
94% Andrei Rublev (1973) You may dread being ground down by this extraordinary film, but fear not. It will bear you aloft.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
89% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
95% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
46% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
82% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) You can scoff at the antics and still be swept away.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
80% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
45% Generation Wealth (2018) [An] alarming film...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
76% 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
95% 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
63% 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
70% 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
89% 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
40% 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
93% 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
86% 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
88% 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
72% 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
75% Gemini (2018) The cracking of the mystery, at the conclusion of "Gemini," is daft and unsatisfying ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018