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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): New Yorker

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
35% Max Rose (2016) Noah takes a fatal decision to trade snap for mush, and the movie only stirs in the final twenty minutes ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Stand back from this fable and examine it for logic, and you see how nonsensical it is.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
87% Mia Madre (2016) Everything in "Mia Madre"-happenings, memories, and idle fancies-feels deftly interleaved.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) The shape of things to come is a subject very dear to the hearts of the high-tech evangelists Herzog talks to, and it accounts for the pulse of freakish comedy that beats through "Lo and Behold."‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
89% Morris from America (2016) This represents the first non-comic leading role for Robinson (moviegoers will know him from "Pineapple Express" and "Hot Tub Time Machine," among other films), and he commands it with a gruff and amiable ease.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Streep is right there, solidly invested in the folly of Florence's dreams. When she declares that "music has been, and is, my life," you believe her.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
25% Suicide Squad (2016) To say that the movie loses the plot would not be strictly accurate, for that would imply that there was a plot to lose.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016
98% Little Men (2016) The best reason to watch "Little Men" is Michael Barbieri, who musters a blend of soulfulness and aggression that would be remarkable at any age. The danger for any Sachs movie is that its humane quietude could slide into dullness. Not with this boy ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) Greengrass is as dexterous as ever, yet the result, though abounding in thrills, seems oddly stifled by self-consciousness and, dare one say, superfluous.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
82% Indignation (2016) This is the first movie [Schamus] has directed, and the rhythm of the storytelling feels careful and courteous to a fault. Yet Marcus's plight is genuinely grave, and Schamus sets up delicate visual rhymes that are not in Roth.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It's not just a blast but, at moments, a thing of beauty, alive to the comic awesomeness of being lost in space.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) To transform a TV series into a film is to surround yourself with pitfalls, and "Absolutely Fabulous," sad to report, nosedives into every one of them.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) So, how do the Ghostbusters of today shape up against the boys of yesteryear? Pretty well ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
94% Life, Animated (2016) Owen has made immense progress, to which "Life, Animated" is a stirring tribute, yet it leaves a trail of questions unanswered or unasked.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
71% Café Society (2016) There is a gravity to it, and a tug of sadness, that cannot be accounted for by the story.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) Nobody could describe the movie as eventful (and viewers may be surprised to learn that it's adapted from a graphic novel), yet the thrust of Kore-eda's storytelling, as so often, is that even a quiet life can be a full one.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) The whole film is oddly poised between the pensive and the peevish, with a topdressing of high jinks.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) The first "Independence Day" had the gratifying slap of good pop cinema, harmless and weightless; the follow-up is twice as big and half as fun.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
57% The Neon Demon (2016) Prettiness and brutality both seep from the pores of the movie.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
77% Wiener-Dog (2016) Solondz's creatures feel caged and cramped by their everyday plights, and their dialogue is drained of zing.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) [Wan's] framing of the scares is artfully managed, and it is the accomplished Wolfe, rather than any monster, who takes true possession of the tale.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) Crowded and scattershot.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
96% De Palma (2016) Alluringly smooth and uncluttered, as if taking its cue from one of the tracking shots so beloved by its subject.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) Why see this film? Partly because of the leading men, but mainly because of a girl.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
98% Love & Friendship (2016) For the most part ... "Love & Friendship" is a frolic: crisp and closeted rather than expansive, with curt exchanges in drawing rooms, carriages, and gardens.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The motto of the directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, appears to be: If you can make it happen, do it. Don't hold back.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 9, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) "The Lobster" is more than a satire on the dating game. It digs deeper, needling at the status of our most tender emotions.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 9, 2016
61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) "The Man Who Knew Infinity," based on Kanigel's book, and directed by Matthew Brown, feels sluggish and stuck, and it hits an insoluble crux.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
89% A Bigger Splash (2016) Luca Guadagnino has made something rare and disconcerting: a genuinely pagan film.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) The brisk flourish of Garrone's style is a force for unity. The singer binds the songs.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) Clean, cleverly judged, and hypercontrolled. It represents, in short, the state of the art. Without disputing that, I would simply ask, What art?‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
73% Louder Than Bombs (2016) Byrne, who has lacked good movie roles of late, is marvellously grave, and parents everywhere will smile at Gene's proclivity-dumb but forgivable-for spying on his son, in public, as if checking up on his happiness.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
52% Demolition (2016) There is much to savor here, especially the unforced performance of Judah Lewis -- one more recruit to the terrific roster of younger actors who are streaming into the movies. Yet the film lacks the courage of its affliction.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
73% Miles Ahead (2016) Given that Davis's worshipful fans will be pained by the lacunae, while the uninitiated stare at this shambles of a man, awash in drink and drugs, and wonder what the fuss was about, whom is this movie for?‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Linklater barely puts a foot wrong, and he shows that a movie about happiness can be cogent and robust, rather than sappy or wispy; and yet, for all its gambolling mischief, "Everybody Wants Some!!" leaves us with plenty to rue.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2016
86% Francofonia (2016) What matters at this point, as Sokurov admirers can confirm, is to hold your nerve, and to trust that all these strands will be threaded into the weave of a larger design.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) When in doubt, [Snyder] simply slings another ingredient into the mix, be it an irradiated monster, an explosion on government premises, or the sharp smack of masonry on skull.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) The movie runs along a well-worn groove, both in its fealty to adolescent sorrows and in its stout conviction that cigarettes constitute a major food group. As in all Desplechin films, however, surprises are continually sprung ...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) Already I am desperate-with a Roy-like yearning-to return to it, and to revel anew in its group portrait of those who are haunted by the will to believe.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2016
46% Knight of Cups (2016) Malick cannot stop shuffling the deck. He flips through memories, arcana, sudden visions, and spasms of music in the hope of revelation.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
98% Zootopia (2016) "Zootopia," like its heroine, is zesty, bright, and breakneck, with chase scenes and well-tuned gags where you half expect songs to be.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) The movie works; the setting feels grandly unfamiliar, and the aftermath of the wave, with its elemental mix of water and fire, seems like a plausible vision of Hell.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
36% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Sacha Baron Cohen takes a backward lurch.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) "The Witch" feels at once sticky with tangible detail and numinous with suggestion.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) Watching the film is like sitting at dinner with a teen-ager who believes that, if he swears long and loudly enough, he will shock the grownups into accepting him as one of their own.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) The first film scored a few palpable hits, but the new one barely makes the effort, and the poise of a work like "Funny Face," which both mocked and fêted a devotion to couture, seems an impossible dream.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2016
16% The 5th Wave (2016) The whole thing appears to have been designed by some crazed Oedipal wing of the N.R.A.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016
39% Jane Got a Gun (2016) This poor little movie fires blanks.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016
93% Anomalisa (2015) What drives the film is a scowling suspicion that modern man is a mechanized being, created as if on an assembly line, and stripped bare of individuality-a product, like any other merchandise.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2016
72% A Perfect Day (2016) The film may be scattershot and odd, but it needs to be odder still.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2016