Arthur Lazere

Arthur Lazere
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publisher and editor of Member: San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Online Film Critics Society, International Association of Art Critics
Ten best films of 2005: Capote Saraband Good Night and Good Luck Cache Nobody Knows Munich A History of Violence The Holy Girl Transamerica Pride and Prejudice
Location: San Francisco

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T-Meter Title | Year
93% La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid) (2004) [Chabrol] deliberately uses ambiguity which draws the viewer into considering the psychological complexities of the characters. He never patronizes his audience by spelling out and laboring the obvious. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2006
41% Scoop (2006) Woody-ultralite - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2006
75% The Devil Wears Prada (2006) It is the fashionista ethic, as embodied in the Priestly character, that keeps 'The Devil Wears Prada' fascinating--like turning over a rock and watching the worms crawling about underneath. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2006
82% A Prairie Home Companion (2006) Worth a look, especially for the sheer enjoyment of watching Streep and Tomlin do their schtick, but the film is, at best, Altman lite. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2006
80% District B13 (Banlieue 13) (2006) Delivers a cogent, well-told story, with a bit of social significance underpinning, plus a series of sequences that should satisfy the action fans. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2006
71% Mission: Impossible III (2006) The single admirable attribute of 'Mission: Impossible III' is the technical expertise that goes into the making of the action sequences. Aside from that, [it's] ordinary and forgettable. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2006
No Score Yet Liza With a "Z" (1972) Classical Broadway style, crisply directed, every element calculated to bring out the best of the performer at the peak of her powers. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2006
86% Thank You for Smoking (2006) Eckhart demonstrates genuine comic talent here, drawing laughs with a sharp satirical edge that Reitman's script and direction keep spot on. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2006
91% Journey From the Fall (2007) There are some genuinely moving moments in [the] latter part of the film, but the inconsistencies and the overwrought structure of the screenplay seriously dilute the overall effectiveness of 'Journey from the Fall.' - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2006
29% Don't Tell (2005) A well-acted melodrama with some engaging characters and a storyline that holds the attention - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2006
74% Unknown White Male (2006) Tend[s] to remain at a rather mundane level; they don't get past the obvious, to possibly more profound reflections on Bruce's situation. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2006
23% Freedomland (2006) Moore and Jackson are in top form and hold the attention throughout. They make you wish that 'Freedomland' had a tighter screenplay. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2006
89% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (2005) Blithe, brisk, and bouncy - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2006
37% A Good Woman (2006) Without an incisive satirical tone and with the shift of both period and location, 'A Good Woman' loses its bite. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2006
78% Munich (2005) Spielberg is at his best in 'Munich,' demonstrating once again his unique talent for filmic storytelling. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2006
89% Caché (2005) Taking the traditional thriller genre and retaining its quality of gripping suspense, Haneke subverts it into a trenchant commentary on the seemingly irresolvable malignant conflicts of our time. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2005
67% Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006) An opportunity missed for an entertainment of more substance, but Frears keeps it light and Dench keeps it afloat for a charming and stylish, if essentially forgettable, excursion into British nostalgia. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2005
87% Brokeback Mountain (2005) Anchored by the performances of the two leads, the power of 'Brokeback Mountain' is retained despite the film's unneccesary bloat, convincing in its tale of love and the severe penalties imposed by societal homphobia. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2005
95% The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005) The birds...are a natural subject for a documentary film, but in the end Judy Irving's film is as much or more about Mark Bittner, a self-appointed guardian of the flock, than it is about the birds themselves. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2005
73% Syriana (2005) The various storylines are hard to follow.., the narrative momentum dissolves in the confusion, and the multiplicity of characters means that none of more than two dimensional. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2005
94% Ushpizin (2005) Carefully balanced on a fine line that encompasses both gentle humor and spiritual wisdom, 'Ushpizin' draws the audience into its exotic world and shares its universality. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2005
82% Walk the Line (2005) The film is visualized in such a straightforward manner that it feels as if it could have been made in 1950. There's not a moment of freshly imaginative or unconventional footage. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2005
86% Pride and Prejudice (2005) Visually arresting and dramatically effective, freshly capturing the many virtues of the novel - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2005
88% Professione: reporter (The Passenger) (1975) Antonioni's is a bleak, existential take on life, but...the sheer artistry of the director's technique make[s] for an exhilarating film experience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2005
61% Jarhead (2005) Stylistically stunning and performed with conviction, 'Jarhead,' nonetheless, leaves the viewer emotionally unconnected. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2005
50% Prime (2005) A pleasing balance between romantic moments...and humor-focused scenes that feel fresh, even if often treading on familiar territory - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2005
86% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) A self-reflexive, raunchy, witty and irreverent movie, bound to please all but the most straitlaced audiences - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2005
69% North Country (2005) Despite its flaws, 'North Country' delivers a story worth hearing, a documentation of profound unfairness and the need to challenge abusive behaviors. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2005
93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) A smart, pointed, timely and superbly realized biopic - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2005
90% Capote (2005) An incisively penetrating character study of the writer - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2005
87% A History of Violence (2005) Examines [violence] with thoughtful intelligence, delivering a riveting and insightful narrative which builds in momentum from start to finish - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2005
62% Proof (2005) Something went terribly wrong here and one of the fine theatrical experiences of recent years turns into celluloid dross. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2005
83% The Constant Gardener (2005) Stunning cinematography...propulsive narrative momentum and solid characterizations - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2005
36% Asylum (2005) It is not sufficient as pure storytelling to sustain interest...feels hollow at the center--lacking in any payoff, from an entertainment or from a thematic point of view. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2005
86% 2046 (2005) No one else making films today..surveys the landscape of the heart with the sensitivity, delicacy, and depth that Wong brings to 2046. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2005
87% Broken Flowers (2005) Has a good deal of off-handed charm and enough satirical sustain interest, but it's no more than Don Juan Lite, offering a veneer of profundity, lacking in payoff. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2005
61% Nina's Tragedies (2005) The comedy is feather-light and the emotions are drawn on situation, rather than on genuine involvement with substantively developed characters. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2005
40% The Island (2005) Slick entertainment for those satisfied by the well-established genre of mindless summer movies. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2005
91% Saraband (2003) Bergman perceptively observes the subtleties of family psychology and creates dialogue that reveals complexities of character and relationships with riveting accuracy. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2005
89% Machuca (2004) The film fleshing out the central characters, lending credence to their personal experience of historically sweeping events - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2005
86% De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) (2005) Not likely to engender an emotional response, so much as a thoughtful, dispassionate one. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2005
82% Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) July's fertile imagination fills [the film] with incidents, many of which are charming and perceptive, some of which fall embarassingly flat. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2005
64% Heights (2005) Weighted down by a plot-heavy and predictable narrative, heavily dependent upon coincidence...sinks into a mire of uninteresting soapiness - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2005
84% Batman Begins (2005) Aims for mythical grandeur, underlined leadenly by a pseudo-Wagnerian orchestral score, only to become mired in pretension to Jungian psychological veracity - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2005
65% 5x2 (2004) a wealth of incident and detail...that actualizes a multi-leveled view of both the characters and the dynamics of their relationships. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2005
70% À tout de suite (Right Now) (2005) Evokes the feel and the sensibility of the New Wave while retaining a decidedly contemporary tone. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2005
89% Brothers (2004) As warm as her approach is to these people..., Bier never descends into cheap sentiment or soap opera simplicities. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2005
84% Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) It would be easy to carp over the shortcomings of the film...The charm and ebullience of the kids...make the film work...Nobody walks out at the end without a great big smile. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2005
82% Control (Kontroll) (2005) Contemporary urban anxieties, conflict and dysfunction in film terms that vary from Keystone Cops chases to...magical realism to the edginess of classic thriller suspense. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2005
74% Crash (2004) The straddling of styles [realism vs. fable] weakens, but doesn't destroy a strong film. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2005