Anthony Lane

Anthony Lane
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
80% I Care a Lot (2021) The trouble with "I Care a Lot" is not how cynical it seems but how pleased it is with that cynicism, forever straining to top its own tastelessness. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
99% The Father (2021) The mainspring of "The Father," onscreen, is the presence of Hopkins-an actor at the frightening summit of his powers, portraying a man brought pitifully low. The irony is too rare to resist. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
72% The World to Come (2020) The principal legacy of "The World to Come"-unusually, for a costume picture-is a sense of bridled anger, at all that will never be said and done. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
61% French Exit (2021) Steers Pfeiffer into the zone of lassitude and keeps her there, granting her more time and space to deliver (and to decorate) her lines than are required. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
64% Cradle Will Rock (1999) It could have been a mess, and there are patches where Robbins's inspiration wears a little thin; yet, all in all, his ambitious tolerance pays off... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
97% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) The revelation here is Chevallier-or, to quote the end credits, "Martine Chevallier of the Comédie Française"-as Mado. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
87% Supernova (2021) Credit is due to Dick Pope, the cinematographer, who toughens the film and somehow prevents the fabled grandeur of the locations from softening into the pretty. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
47% The Little Things (2021) Washington is the only actor we got, I reckon, who can get away with this stuff. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
85% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) What sets this film apart is its fusing of the impassioned and the grimly palpable. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
99% MLK/FBI (2021) We are reminded... of an awkward truth-that Hoover's F.B.I. was not some rogue outfit but a core component of the existing social structure, welded firmly to public opinion. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
76% Pieces of a Woman (2020) For the most part, "Pieces of a Woman" is a model of concentration and clout, fired up by actors of unstinting ardor. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
96% Dear Comrades! (2021) Konchalovsky has confounded us yet again, damn him, by coming up with his masterpiece. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
78% Map of the Human Heart (1992) This private epic by the New Zealand director Vincent Ward moves across continents, languages, and elements - from pack ice to hellfire and back again. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
55% The Prom (2020) There were moments when I simply lost my courage and had to look away, as some people do during the tooth-drilling scene in "Marathon Man." - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) One of the director's most absorbing works. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
81% I'm Your Woman (2020) The movie, which is directed by Julia Hart, may have the outline of a thriller, but the gaps are filled with waiting. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
89% Let Them All Talk (2020) Gradually, against all expectation, we find ourselves in a serious and somewhat Jamesian drama, strewn with riddles. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
47% Lake Placid (1999) This may be no more than a squib of a B movie, and it remains about as frightening as a fish tank, but, if you have any poetry in your soul, you will surely thrill to a film that ends with a crocodile sticking its head in a helicopter. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
94% Nomadland (2021) Somewhere, inside this lovely and desperate movie, there's the ghost of a Western. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
96% With a Friend like Harry... (2001) A smart horror story, at once thrilling and upsetting... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
83% Mank (2020) For all its great beauty, it winds up chasing its own tale. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
42% I.Q. (1994) Half a great movie. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
68% Ammonite (2020) The movie persuades you, and bears you along. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
94% Kárhozat, (Damnation) (1988) Tarr is seldom prized as a storyteller, yet I noticed, for the first time, how neatly his plot is woven into the texture of the tale. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
83% Let Him Go (2020) The film is low of mood and cleanly told. The dialogue, at times, is whittled to the core. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
85% Martin Eden (2020) The film is a romance, of sorts, yet it also wields an anti-romantic ferocity, suggesting that the fissure between rich and poor is, whatever we yearn to think, unbridgeable. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
95% Gods and Monsters (1998) Few films have made it seem so natural to be haunted. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
89% Save Yourselves! (2020) Like an old "Thin Man" comedy, "Save Yourselves!" rests on its central pairing. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
67% The Glorias (2020) Too much truth has an annoying habit of sounding unreal when recounted on film, and viewers know when information is being foisted upon them. The result is that what should be most uplifting, in "The Glorias," is most at risk of clunkiness. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
64% The Artist's Wife (2020) Alas, it opts for plangency, with a musical score applied like a gentle balm, and a plot that hungers for healing-absurdly so, given the incurable nature of Richard's plight. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
89% Kajillionaire (2020) July uses "Kajillionaire" to present her credentials as a transcendentalist of the humdrum. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
87% Sexy Beast (2000) The movie needs to be seen for its clean compositions, for its sure touch of fantasy, and, above all, for the forbidding presence of Kingsley-the prince of darkness, lightly disguised as a human being. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
69% Shallow Grave (1995) Danny Boyle does wonders with a small budget, and the suave, dense-hued look of his movie stays with you long after the horror has evaporated. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) What strikes you is how determinedly bare of feeling it seems, even when emotional opportunities present themselves. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
97% The Snapper (1993) It sounds like a drab little tale, but in the hands of the film's director, Stephen Frears, it becomes a headlong tumble into good humor... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) So how would Dickens greet the latest film? He would, I reckon, be roused by its momentum and proud of its unblushing theatricality. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
100% Coup 53 (2020) Even if much of the material is common knowledge, the momentum of the plot can hardly fail to engross... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
58% Tesla (2020) Listening closely, I could swear that I heard the whirr of a dynamo inside his cerebellum. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
92% Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993) Instead of a laborious bio-pic, we get a sly, quick-witted meditation on a character always likely to elude our grasp. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
96% Red Penguins (2020) Communism, capitalism, corruption: the gang's all here. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
94% Boys State (2020) "Boys State" will leave you alternately cheered and alarmed at the shape of things to come. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
92% Relic (2020) It's a hell of a performance by Robyn Nevin, who's had a long and commanding career on the Australian stage. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
94% Palm Springs (2020) What a dazzling vision of the purgatorial: a desert of vast eternity, strewn with so-so canapés, stumblebum speeches, and worse dancing. Sisyphus had it easy. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
95% Monsoon Wedding (2002) This drama by Mira Nair has been hailed as a feel-good spree, but it's better than that-a barely stable compound of the wounding, the confusing, and the appealing. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) When I went to Oslo, in 2010, to report on the contest for this magazine, it was the first occasion since childhood on which I found myself weeping with laughter, sometimes through my nose. Would that Dobkin's film could summon such sweet tears. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) The movie can't help tuning out the voices of the very people whose cause it seeks to espouse. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
40% Wasp Network (2019) "Wasp Network" is so temperate in its political approach that you start to forget what's at stake. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
85% Mr. Jones (2020) [A] bleak, murky, and instructive film... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
75% The King of Staten Island (2020) By the end, in truth, I found myself swamped by Scott, and wondered if he might have made more impact as a secondary character... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) A history lesson wrapped in an adventure, the caveat being that history is never done with us, and that we struggle to shrug it off our backs. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020