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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
88% Le Corbeau (1948) The movie squirms with mistrust, and burrows deep.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
63% 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
91% 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
74% 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
78% Gemini (2018) The cracking of the mystery, at the conclusion of "Gemini," is daft and unsatisfying ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
78% 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
96% 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
25% 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
94% 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 fant├ística) (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
67% 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
96% Groundhog Day (1993) Harold Ramis's direction is nothing special, yet there is a beautiful, lip-smacking efficiency in the way that a great idea is touched off and followed to its conclusion.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
54% Waterland (1992) Incest, drowning, teenage sex on a train: it's all here, but none of it clings to your mind.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
46% Alien3 (1992) It suffers from poor supporting performances, and a plot that splutters instead of pushing on; but when the chase is on, all is forgiven.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
No Score Yet Hitler: A Film From Germany (Hitler - ein Film aus Deutschland) (1978) No one has made a greater film about the attractions of wickedness, or given in to them with such a thrill.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
100% Singin' in the Rain (1952) Tap-dancing has never looked so unstoppable, nor so liquid: most tappers clench up and hammer away like road-drills, but these two sway their hips and laugh off the effort.‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
70% Swoon (1991) Swoon is too pleased with its own amoral pose; but Kalin has the same alarming assurance as his heroes, whose story has, if anything, grown in its power to shock.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
74% Patriot Games (1992) Patriot Games is a good laugh, and a good look at Harrison Ford, and any connection with political truth, or with the real layout of London, is entirely coincidental.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
25% The Butcher's Wife (1991) The film is such candy-floss that it may not realise what a great screwball clinch it could have staged: the seer versus the shrink, two lovers fighting to get a lead on human behaviour. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
81% The Best Intentions (1992) By the end, we no longer know why characters are choosing to leave or stay, live or die. Even more depressingly, the director follows suit, allowing scenes to ramble on well past their bedtime, and the film loses its grip.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
85% My Cousin Vinny (1992) My Cousin Vinny slumps badly as the courtroom scenes drag on; but when Tomei is on screen, even the jury wakes up.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
96% Belle de Jour (1968) People think of Deneuve as cinema's answer to bone china, and indeed the romantic efforts of Truffaut, say, left her looking stiff and staid. But she made the brilliant Bunuel think again, and gave his heart a jump.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
75% Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991) Matty Rich was 19 years old when he made this film, although you wouldn't know it. You'd think he was more like 16 and had watched too much TV.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
No Score Yet Cousin Bobby (1992) What keeps Cousin Bobby tense is the tug of war between style and disorder; it keeps drifting into asides and anecdotes, then suddenly pulling itself together.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
85% Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (The Lovers on the Bridge) (1999) Think of it as cinema living rough, scruffy patches of tedium broken by bursts of lunatic freedom.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
97% Bob Roberts (1992) The first 30 minutes of Bob Roberts are the best, with the conceit still fresh, but the last are unbelievable: where did all the fun go? ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
58% Chaplin (1992) Downey has a perfect ear for the Chaplin accent, the way it climbed from Cockney to minced posh, and a perfect boot and fist for the slapstick; the one thing he doesn't have is an eye on his own brilliance.‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Despite everything, we continue to cling to the problems and pursuits of this obsessive dandy. And why? Simply because there has never been an actor as obsessive as Day-Lewis.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
50% Downsizing (2017) The film, having launched a sprightly comic conceit, lets it glide away.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017