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Craig Seligman

Craig Seligman
Craig Seligman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):, Bloomberg News

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 91% The Dog (2014) [Wojtowicz] may be crazy and full of himself, but his magnetism is hypnotic, and it makes this modest documentary a delight from start to finish. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Jul 14, 2014
5/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) It's resplendent, it's ravishing. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Nov 15, 2013
4/5 100% The Square (2013) We already have the information. No news report could render the hope and the desperation of the people who risked their lives in Tahrir Square so fully, or so thrillingly. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Oct 28, 2013
2/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) All that neon-hued code crawling up and down the screen has no more meaning, really, than a disco ball. Thinking it looks way cool does not make it way smart. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3/5 93% A Touch of Sin (2013) [Jia's film] shows a China spiritually disintegrating under capitalism, an increasingly violent country where the rich swagger and the poor struggle for their little portion of dignity -- a country, in other words, not all that different from the U.S. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3.5/5 50% Parkland (2013) Despite flare-ups of anger and emotion that the actors could easily chew on, they rise to the seriousness of the occasion and rein themselves in. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Oct 11, 2013
4.5/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) Whether you like the movie ... is almost irrelevant. It gets going so fast, and with such force, that there's too much else to think about. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Oct 1, 2013
4/5 81% Don Jon (2013) [Moore is] touching, Johansson is wonderfully awful and Gordon-Levitt is electric, making it easy to forgive the movie its meannesses. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Sep 27, 2013
3.5/5 96% Enough Said (2013) Eva asks herself how she can be falling in love with this fat, lummoxy slob. Nobody in the audience will wonder why. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Sep 20, 2013
3/5 83% Blue Caprice (2013) The Schubert andantino playing under the opening credits ... signals you that the horrifying events to follow are going to be handled tastefully. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Sep 13, 2013
4/5 34% Passion (2013) The corporate machinations suggest something closer to a dark comedy than to a thriller. You don't walk away chilled, as you do from "Vertigo," but tickled by the coldness and lifted by the beauty of the style. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Aug 30, 2013
4/5 78% The Grandmaster (2013) Wong's genius for overheated, overstuffed glamour brings to mind the demented movies that Josef von Sternberg made with Marlene Dietrich in the 1930s. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/5 71% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Emotions conjured by events that ought to make us proud are likely to be soured with resentment at the cloddish manipulation that is the abiding curse of the Hollywood prestige picture. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3/5 67% Elysium (2013) Neill Blomkamp ... keeps the action coherent and fills the plot with clever twists that make up for some of the insulting obviousness of the political allegory. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Aug 11, 2013
3.5 93% The Spectacular Now (2013) The blossoming-love emotions ... aren't all that different from the ones you might encounter in a Nicholas Sparks movie, yet the intimacy between Sutter and Aimee feels real. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) In its astronomically budgeted, effects-laden way, it's appealingly modest. And it has the glory of Hugh Jackman's chest. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2/5 41% Only God Forgives (2013) Ludicrous, awful, irresistible! ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/5 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) BART allowed Coogler to shoot on location, and the young filmmaker, working with a score of actors and a crowd of extras, shows more competence in placing the camera coherently than many action directors with access to multimillion-dollar budgets. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Jul 15, 2013
4/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) It's a sunstruck comedy with enough pain at the edges to keep you aware that something is at stake. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Jul 3, 2013
3/5 86% The Attack (2013) This is not a soft-hearted movie offering quiet hope. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Jun 20, 2013
1/5 55% Man of Steel (2013) Talent is crushed. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Jun 13, 2013
4/5 84% Dirty Wars (2013) Its voice remains hushed; it seems to be grieving for America. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Jun 11, 2013
0/5 35% The Internship (2013) The come-on is Google; the sensibility is Adam Sandler. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Jun 6, 2013
4.5/5 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) After the initial shock of the language, the Renaissance diction sounds like what the irresistible young American actors have been speaking since day one. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Jun 6, 2013
2/5 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) The only poetry in this harsh film is in the title. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted May 31, 2013
2.5/5 88% Hannah Arendt (2013) [Sukowa] and von Trotta accomplish something unusual in a movie: They make thinking dramatic. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted May 31, 2013
5/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) You feel how much is at stake when they argue, how real the damage they inflict, and you can't shake it off. It's a spectacular movie. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted May 23, 2013
3.5/5 81% Becoming Traviata (2013) Dessay's waifishness makes her entirely believable as a woman dying from a lung disease. And the camera adores her. When her voice goes, she could have the career in movies that once seemed to await Maria Callas. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted May 15, 2013
3/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) The movie's almost too charming first half-hour gives no clue as to how dark it's going to grow once Frances's exuberance curdles into drunken loudness and naked need, and she turns into the kind of overbearing New Yorker who can clear a room fast. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted May 15, 2013
4/5 94% Stories We Tell (2013) Apart from minor details and interpretations, the witnesses don't often disagree about what happened. What does deepen as the people onscreen go on talking is our relationship with them: The more they reveal themselves, the more attractive they become. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted May 9, 2013
3/5 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) The actors are all very good. Moore, in particular, has a frightening intensity. If Maisie can deal with this banshee, she's prepared for anything. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted May 3, 2013
0.5/5 7% The Big Wedding (2013) I didn't laugh at the racist jokes about brown-skinned Colombians or gasp at the revelation that a prissy woman is gay, though those tacky moments did at least break the torpor. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Apr 26, 2013
3/5 68% Trance (2013) Trance is a busy, glittering picture, but you never have much of a stake in the outlandish twists (unless you happen to take hypnotism very seriously). ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Apr 13, 2013
2/5 79% 42 (2013) It consists largely of white men saying vile, racist things to the saintly ballplayer, who restrains his anger (just) before hitting it out of the park, to triumphant music by Mark Isham. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Apr 13, 2013
4/5 88% The Angels' Share (2013) Although the English director Ken Loach has been making socially conscious movies for close to 50 years, this shaggy comedy unfolds like the work of a young man on a lark. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Apr 13, 2013
1.5/5 54% The Company You Keep (2013) It's a perfectly terrible movie, full of bad dialogue, with all the major characters -- and there are quite a few -- staggering around under crises of conscience. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Apr 5, 2013
3/5 70% Renoir (2013) Implicitly the movie asks: Is beauty truth? Father and son supplied different answers. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Mar 28, 2013
3/5 94% Blancanieves (2013) By the time Blancanieves has grown up and met the dwarves (who allow [writer-director Pablo] Berger to reference Buñuel and Fellini and, a bit predictably, 'Freaks'), the film has achieved stratospheric levels of weirdness. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Mar 28, 2013
2.5/5 38% Admission (2013) Katharine Hepburn used to specialize in supercompetent women who get their comeuppance and learn to be "womanly." Is this a lesson that still needs teaching? ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Mar 22, 2013
3.5/5 80% Reality (2013) It's an original: freakishly cheerful and bright -- the colors of dementia. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Mar 15, 2013
2/5 32% Emperor (2013) Fox gets most of the screen time but has the misfortune to be acting opposite Tommy Lee Jones as the preening and crafty MacArthur. Jones's line readings are like Sinatra's phrasing: always surprising yet always apt. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Mar 7, 2013
1/5 25% Phantom (2013) The writer-director, Todd Robinson, is eager to take on large themes. But he doesn't have the basic technique to make the story or the action (when there is some) comprehensible. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Feb 28, 2013
19% Inescapable (2013) The movie could just as well be set in Islamabad, Nairobi or any city Westerners find threatening. (It was filmed, in fact, in Johannesburg.) It would look about right on a cable channel at 9 p.m. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Feb 21, 2013
56% Snitch (2013) Dumb as it sounds, it zips along. Taking a stand against mandatory minimum sentences seems to have provided the director, Ric Roman Waugh, and the actors with a sense of purpose. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Feb 21, 2013
12% Safe Haven (2013) Lasse Hallstrom directed. I can only hope he did it for the money. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Feb 21, 2013
33% The Berlin File (2013) The movie offers just about all you could ask of a genre flick: poisonings, defections, a secret North Korean bank account, gloriously choreographed fights that go insanely over the top, febrile tension and doomy romance (but no sex). ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Feb 21, 2013
46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) Beautiful Creatures is scrumptious junk food that perhaps only a teenage audience can fully appreciate. I reverted to 14 as I watched, and ate it up. ‐ Bloomberg News
Posted Feb 21, 2013
71% Existenz (1999) It's a pleasure to find the brooding Cronenberg turning out a trifle, even if it's a dark trifle. ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2000
57% Another Day in Paradise (1997) Another Day in Paradise doesn't have the necessary expansiveness or the depth of theme to qualify as a great movie or even a near-great movie, but in its trashy, pessimistic way, it's just about perfect. ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2000