Carlos Bonfil

Carlos Bonfil
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Reforma, La Jornada

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
90% MS Slavic 7 (2019) Explores with malicious irony. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
98% Vitalina Varela (2020) The Lisbon filmmaker's most evocative and complete achievement to date. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
70% Liberté (2020) [Creates] an enveloping and oppressive atmosphere. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
88% Fauna (2020) True to [filmmaker Nicolás Pereda's] ironic and scathing style. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
94% Loves of a Blonde (Lásky jedné plavovlásky) (1966) A mixture of social satire and domestic drama spiced with a sense of humor as discreet as it is corrosive. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
83% Holy Beasts (La Fiera y la Fiesta) (2019) An exuberant tribute. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
86% La Mami (2019) The look that [filmmaker] Laura Herrero posits... contains a charge of solidarity and empathy that always keeps her at a distance from moral judgment and even from open social denunciation. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
56% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Splendid characterization by debutant Andra Day. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
100% My Tender Matador (Tengo Miedo Torero) (2021) Without the dramatic complexity that the actor Alfredo Castro brings... possibly [My Tender Matador] would not have gone beyond an entertaining and picturesque anecdote. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
98% Minari (2020) The disruptive grandmother Soonja's arrival, Monica's mother, at Jacob's farm [brings] a dose of good humor, moral clarity and a will to pacify this family nucleus in crisis. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Deneuve and Binoche's brilliant performances give a strong boost to the [film's] aim of showing... a celebrity's wounded narcissism in the face of aging and the pressures of impending retirement. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
96% La Llorona (2020) Loaded with symbolism turned into horror rmovie clichés. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
100% The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily (La fameuse invasion des Ours en Sicile) (2019) A brilliant adaptation. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
94% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) Roy Andersson provides... characteristic dry humor. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
100% Days (Rizi) (2020) The peaceful days filmed in Tsai Ming-liang's latest film sum up, with restrained lyricism, the long years of fruitful coexistence between the veteran director and his prior youthful inspiration. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
97% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) An exuberant performance presided over by... a versatile Bakary Koné. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
No Score Yet Sanctorum (2019) Addresses the issue of violence in Mexico in an unusual and suggestive way, avoiding all kinds of graphic sensationalism. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
91% The August Virgin (La virgen de agosto) (2020) A suggestive generational portrait. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
82% Notturno (2021) From this narrative strategy emerges not a routine rhetoric of denunciation... [but something] that invites the viewer to find the internal logic, the common thread. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
81% A Hidden Life (2019) The subjugation of an entire community to the fascination of authoritarianism remains - without a doubt - a disturbing current issue. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
100% Leona (2021) A complex panorama that the director knew how to explore through a simple plot. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
70% Uppercase Print (Tipografic majuscul) (2020) All the characters appear in the frame as stiff and impersonal figures... it is precisely this provocation that best reveals the great moral deficit in the rhetoric of authoritarianism. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
No Score Yet The Counterfeiters (Les faux monnayeurs) (2010) A solid invitation to discover or re-read André Gide's novel of the same name written in 1925. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
91% The White Tiger (2020) In the cultural aridity that the pandemic is causing today, this timely premiere on a popular platform doesn't cease to be attractive. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
98% I'm No Longer Here (Ya no estoy aquí) (2019) A defense and illustration of a joyously stimulating musical counterculture. [Full Review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
83% The Hater (Hejter) (2020) Tomasz Giemza is... a fascinating character. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
No Score Yet Danyka (Mar de fondo) (2020) The subtlety and elegance with which the filmmaker handles his story disconcerts. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
77% Four Minutes (2007) German cinema has pressed upon the themes of redemption and guilt, both on a personal and collective level... [Four Minutes] is a discreet and at the same time eloquent piece of that necessary historical review. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
82% Mank (2020) A captivating tale. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) What's remarkable about the film is the way the director handles varying degrees of moral ambiguity in the main characters. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) The story puzzles and captivates from the first of its three hours. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
60% Gloria Mundi (2019) Ariane Ascaride's performance stands out, [an] indefatigable Mother Courage from Marseille. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
79% The Audition (Das Vorspiel) (2020) Director Nina Weisse has deftly managed a very complex web of emotions. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
60% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) [An] effective thriller. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
100% Stitches (Savovi) (2019) The Serbian director creates a truly remarkable character study. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
93% And Then We Danced (2020) What [director Levan Akin] easily tries and achieves is pitting oppressive rigidity against socially silenced minorities' joyous self-confidence. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
88% My Life to Live (It's My Life) (Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux) (1962) Impeccable cinematography by Raoul Coutard. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
98% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) More than what is usually expected from great artists' hagiographies. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/5 84% Somersault (2004) [Director Cate] Shortland manages to express Heidi's inner journey in a very powerful way. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) [David France's] most recent, possibly the best and undoubtedly the most shocking feature film. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
68% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2021) What's interesting in New Order is the way in which the filmmaker disrupts the moral certainties of those who always place vices and insensitivity on only one side of the social spectrum. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
86% The Social Dilemma (2020) The Social Dilemma is an outstanding and indispensable piece to understand the destabilizing dangers that social networks can propitiate. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
100% Workforce (Mano de obra) (2019) A precise metaphor for the endemic evil of corruption in Mexico. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
98% For Sama (2019) Chilling. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
88% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) A fascinating story in which two superb performances stand out: [Fathia Youssouf and Maïmouna Guey]. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) [Superb performances] by David Thewlis and Toni Collette. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
95% An Easy Girl (Un Fille Facile) (2019) A subtle yet acute exploration of the complexity of emotional ties and class conflicts. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
No Score Yet Supernova (2019) What's remarkable about the film is the way in which the viewer becomes a very involved witness to a family tragedy. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) French director Céline Sciamma's fourth feature film... ventures into period cinema in a new way, with expressive vigor and meticulous attention to scenographic details. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
100% Retablo (2017) A surprising level of maturity and subtlety. [Full review in Spanish] - La Jornada EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020