Cynthia Fuchs

Cynthia Fuchs

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Cynthia Fuchs's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 86%

Goodnight Mommy (2015)

"The trauma is both enticing and disconcerting, elusive and visceral. And so, too, is your experience." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 8, 2015
4/10 64%

The Visit (2015)

"However the movie goes on to explain these alternately alarming and comic phenomena, the kids spend some time trying to sort it out, and their process is simultaneously predictable and clumsy." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 8, 2015
4/10 75%

Black Mass (2015)

"As scary as Jimmy may appear, he's anomalous and remote." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 8, 2015
7/10 94%

Sicario (2015)

"What you do see in any film shot by Roger Deakins is equally crucial and sometimes powerful beyond words." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/10 45%

A Walk In The Woods (2015)

"While you might find yourself musing how much more interesting it might have been to watch Emma Thompson walking in the woods for a couple of hours, you might also be distracted by the film's presentation of the Appalachian Trail per se." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 8, 2015
5/10 48%

Freeheld (2015)

"Even as Freeheld only makes a brief note about the brutal practices of the health care and insurance systems, leaving that argument to another movie, it seems overwhelmed by the story it means to tell." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 8, 2015
6/10 92%

99 Homes (2015)

"Rick's logic -- take what you can, when you can -- is visible everywhere... Such visual details don't so much move the story as they present a dense moral context." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 8, 2015
10/10 90%

(T)ERROR (2015)

"As compelling as its restless images are, the film never lets you forget what you can't see, what's out of frame, what's deliberately hidden and what's receding from view even as you look." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 7, 2015
9/10 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"Hope is also what makes Fury Road go. For all the cruelty and destruction in its many monsters' hearts, the movie is a paean to hope." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 31, 2015
8/10 87%

A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (2015)

"Even as its use of reenactment, narration, and text continue to complicate the genre, A Gay Girl in Damascus raises other questions, too, regarding other sorts of storytelling, in news, social media, and political movements." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 29, 2015

Crime After Crime (2011)

"While Crime After Crime's own storytelling can be awkward (the music soundtrack, heavy on sad piano and strings), it underlines repeatedly disparities in the so-called justice system." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 25, 2015
9/10 89%

Cartel Land (2015)

"In framing this predicament so vividly, in its gorgeous first scene, Cartel Land ensures that you worry about it throughout follows." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 15, 2015
5/10 72%

American Sniper (2015)

"In order to present this purpose as Chris assumes it, the film must omit context or considerations of how the war was declared and waged, whether political decisions were flawed." ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 31, 2015
10/10 85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"Wendy serves as both detailed portrait and metaphorical expanse. Her pain is specific but also vague, her loss exact and all-encompassing." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Mar 27, 2015
4/10 45%

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

"Kids might be briefly entertained by the early onslaught of monsters, but the plot concerning the over-anxious father is soon tedious, especially as Sandler repeats the corny Dracula voice he's been doing since his Saturday Night Live days." ‐ Time to Play Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2015

Life Itself (2014)

"Steve James' wonderful documentary invites your emotional, intellectual and political engagements, to share Ebert's own commitment, his excitement about movies, as a part and form of life itself. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 22, 2015
8/10 65%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"The film creates few welcome tensions, between what you recognize and what you don't, between what Scudder must know and what he confronts in a couple of suspects, can be unnerving." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 5, 2015
5/10 71%

Interstellar (2014)

"This sort of hammering, a determination that you'll "get it", distracts from Interstellar's effort to transport." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 5, 2015
6/10 73%

Oculus (2014)

"In transitions between matching perspectives or frames, still or in motion, the film posits the blurring of past and present, certainly, but more compellingly, the ways such blurring shapes your sense of self, your trust in your stability and coherence." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 5, 2015
5/10 82%

Beyond the Lights (2014)

"The conventions in Gina Prince-Bythewood's movie are fully functioning, not so much challenged as fine-tuned." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 5, 2015
8/10 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"It gets uglier. And as it does, the lessons become more apparent to you, if not to Dwight." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 5, 2015
7/10 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"Even as the story of Godzilla is familiar, director Gareth Edwards' version is scaled to the present moment." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 5, 2015
7/10 90%

Wild (2014)

"The tangles Cheryl embraces and the movie makes visible, in its layering of time and image, experience and anticipation, are lasting." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 5, 2015
8/10 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"As the movie guesses at her, wants her, is repelled by her, and cannot fathom her, you are left to figure out your own position, under your skin." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 4, 2015
10/10 95%

National Gallery (2014)

"[The film invites] you to consider not only the many efforts to situate art but also how art might elude definition, and how people's stories about art can be awkward and self-regarding, however earnest and insistent." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 4, 2015
7/10 95%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"Love is Strange portrays intersecting assumptions and desires, revelations and resentments, with lovely work by cinematographer Christos Voudouris offering a range of perspectives." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 4, 2015
7/10 94%

Whiplash (2014)

"A gorgeous ode to drumming, as art, as mastery and invention, as utterly thrilling experience." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 4, 2015
9/10 98%

Mr. Turner (2014)

"This focus expands the film, so it is not only about one artist, but also about artistic process, its adversities and frustrations as much as its revelations and rewards." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 2, 2015
7/10 85%

Monk With a Camera (2014)

"Monk With a Camera suggests that this conflict can be more expansive, that art and communication, ego and compassion might shape all kinds of lives." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 22, 2014
9/10 100%

Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border (2014)

"Purgatorio comes at the tragedies of borders again and again, finding different angles, reimagining histories and lives. In doing so, it asks you to open your eyes." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 22, 2014
8/10 95%

The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

"Arrietty is brave and bright, exactly the sort of strange and wonderful being who might change someone's life forever." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 8, 2014
6/10 98%

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

"Happily, Toothless, like Stitch, combines affects of cats, dogs, bats, lizards, and other independent-minded creatures, known and unknown." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 8, 2014
7/10 No Score Yet

Patrolman P (2013)

"Patrolman P considers such parsing of stories -- what they can mean, who might be parsing, and what effects both teller and listener might have on them." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 1, 2014
7/10 77%

Rosewater (2014)

"For all the desperation it reveals, Rosewater is also suffused with hope and even joy." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Nov 17, 2014
8/10 85%

John Wick (2014)

"Here's something you don't see very often: a movie that knows exactly what it is, and knows you know it too." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 24, 2014
8/10 93%

Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)

"Of a piece with Maddin's previous, similarly themed and structured films, Brand is also new and surprising." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 17, 2014
8/10 100%

The Supreme Price (2014)

"[Makes] visible the difficult history of Nigeria." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 3, 2014
6/10 67%

Gringo Trails (2014)

"While the film includes numerous images showing plastic detritus and tire tracks, it also offers several testimonies by travelers relating specific experiences." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 18, 2014

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"Finding and Losing the World's Most Complete T-Rex" ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 15, 2014

The Giver (2014)

"Another day, another YA dystopia. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 15, 2014
9/10 100%

Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014)

"Brilliant, loving, and as intensely political as any of Mohassess' paintings or sculptures, Fifi Howls from Happiness celebrates connection as much as it reveals isolation, dedication alongside outrage." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 12, 2014
8/10 90%

The Kill Team (2014)

"Even as Montalvo aptly draws attention to the people who are dead, to the consequences of the soldiers' decisions, the film also points to a wider framework." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/10 7%

I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

"It's possible the movie seemed to Lohan and/or her handlers a means to transition from her Disney movies into "adult" fare. It's also possible that no one read a script." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 18, 2014

Gigli (2003)

"Nothing in Gigli is sustained, from pace to plot points to character functions. It appears to have been chopped up and put back together again more than once." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 17, 2014
9/10 90%

Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014)

"As the boy alone is surrounded by noise and movement, impressions that are alternately thrilling and frightening, weird and familiar, so too his family sees their environment and each other in new ways." ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 27, 2014
8/10 100%

The American Nurse (2014)

"The film's connections between scenes -- within single storylines and also across the experiences of the various nurses -- construct an emotional and moral throughline, beyond particular place or crisis." ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 14, 2014
8/10 82%

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014)

"It's about a particular mystery concerning tourists, a mystery that remains unsolved and not a little disturbing. It is also, more generally, about what makes tourism inherently disturbing." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 9, 2014

Brothers Hypnotic (2014)

"Brothers Hypnotic introduces the band as a function of their dad, his progeny, his project even as they have also become devoted artists in their own right. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Mar 26, 2014
8/10 91%

Kids for Cash (2014)

"That the film showcases the students after these experiences indicates the broader stakes of this story, from the judge's self-delusions to the parents' frustrations to the kids' ongoing struggles." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Mar 5, 2014
7/10 90%

Cropsey (2010)

"Whether they're interviewing so-called experts or casual observers -- or even reading from Rand's letters -- Zeman and Brancaccio confront fear, disappointment, and hope, again and again." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Mar 3, 2014