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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100%

Whispering Pages (1993)

"Fans of abstract helmer Aleksandr Sokurov will find much to admire in Whispering Pages, a mesmeric journey through 19th-century Russian literary themes that looks like Dostoevsky on acid. Most other auds will head for the exit fast." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 3, 2015
100%

The King of Escape (2014)

"Wafer-thin plot is more an excuse for parading a rich selection of character types than anything else, as, refreshingly, the movie never gets tied up in emotional angst or sexual guilt." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 9, 2014
No Score Yet

Heung joh chow heung yau chow (Turn Left, Turn Right) (2003)

"A pure piece of fluff that's sustained by clever plot twists." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet

Saviors in the Night (2012)

"This third feature by Dutch helmer-producer Ludi Boeken benefits from his docu background in its realistic, no-frills style and refreshingly unsentimental treatment of the subject." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
60%

Tashan (2008)

"Yash Raj's quality-control department seems asleep at the switch in the high-gloss caper-actioner Tashan." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
73%

Soul Kitchen (2010)

"Nicely cast ensembler, centered on a hopelessly disorganized eatery owner and peopled by a weird collection of lovable eccentrics, is pacey entertainment that hardly puts a foot wrong." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 3, 2011
78%

Red Hill (2010)

"As short on originality and sustained tension as it is long on striking widescreen vistas and impressive technical smarts." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 3, 2011
90%

Dostana (2008)

"Pic is largely sustained by the trio's screen chemistry, with Bachchan especially good at the louche comic stuff." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010
90%

Trainspotting (1996)

"Scabrous, brutal and hip, Trainspotting is a Clockwork Orange for the '90s." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2010
100%

Three Idiots (2009)

"3 Idiots takes a while to lay out its game plan but pays off emotionally in its second half." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
80%

Crows (1996)

"A neatly observed mood piece about a prepubescent tyke's day on the lam." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
90%

24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) (2008)

"Strongest moments are when the pristine HD lensing by Hong Kong's Yu Lik-wai (a Jia regular) and Wang Yu, and warm string music by Yoshihiro Hanno, take over in montages showing the gradual dismantling of the factory." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
81%

The Hole (2012)

"Cool it may be, but scary (or even mildly shudder-inducing) it ain't." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
0%

The Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004)

"Clunkily directed, gross-out blue-collar comedy is simply a smuttier version of '70s Britcoms like Confessions of a Window Cleaner." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
84%

The Time That Remains (2011)

"The Never-ending Story between Arabs and Jews gets another wryly humorous workout, marbled with personal sadness and mystification, in The Time That Remains." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
No Score Yet

Getting Home (2007)

"A road movie-cum-gentle comedy of manners that packs an emotional punch in its final reels." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 19, 2010
62%

Beyond the Pole (2009)

"With considerable experience in both comedy and genuine docus, helmer David L. Williams... knows exactly the filmmaking cliches he's spoofing, as well as the deadpan comic timing needed to stretch this over feature length." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 19, 2010
No Score Yet

Karthik Calling Karthik (K.C.K.) (2010)

"This romantic mystery-drama -- centered on an office nerd whose life is transformed by a series of phone calls from, uh, himself -- is thinly plotted, but surfs on the likable chemistry between Akhtar and co-lead Deepika Padukone." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2010
83%

The Ghost Writer (2010)

"Polanski simply transfers Harris' undistinguished prose direct to the screen and, though the pace picks up marginally in the second half, there's little wow factor in the revelations as they appear." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 16, 2010
93%

L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009)

"Assayas' script is more allusive than demonstrative, with a distinct whiff of Eric Rohmer in its conversational blocks separated by fadeouts." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 16, 2009
82%

Triangle (2009)

"The film only makes some kind of sense on its own fantastic level." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 10, 2009
No Score Yet

Dev.D (2009)

"Too spotty for non-Indian [audiences]." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2009
52%

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

"A serendipitous marriage of talent in which all hearts seem to beat as one." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2009
47%

La Fille de Monaco (The Girl from Monaco) (2009)

"A generally entertaining piece of fluff that's kept afloat by a weathered cast including Fabrice Luchini and Roschdy Zem." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 24, 2009
No Score Yet

Tzar (2009)

"Despite handsome production values and rich, atmospheric lensing by Clint Eastwood regular Tom Stern, this is a heavy meal to digest outside the fest arena." ‐Variety
Posted May 18, 2009
85%

Looking for Eric (2010)

"As in many of Laverty's scripts, problems of overall tone and character development aren't solved by Loach's easygoing direction, though when it works, "Eric" has many incidental pleasures." ‐Variety
Posted May 18, 2009
95%

Mother (Madeo) (2010)

"Less visionary than Bong's 2003 serial-killer mystery, "Memories of Murder," but with the same skillfully natural evocation of a rural community hiding dark secrets." ‐Variety
Posted May 17, 2009
43%

Air Doll (Kûki ningyô) (2009)

"Recut to a trim 90 minutes, this fragile yarn would work perfectly and have a chance of an afterlife as a specialty item. In its present form, pic may not get much farther than the fest netherworld." ‐Variety
Posted May 15, 2009
47%

Spring Fever (Chun feng chen zui de ye wan) (2010)

"This overlong and very Euro-flavored "Spring" won't make many B.O. wickets bloom." ‐Variety
Posted May 15, 2009
81%

Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)

"An overlong stygian comedy that badly needs a transfusion of genuine inspiration." ‐Variety
Posted May 15, 2009
83%

Daytime Drinking (Naj sul) (2008)

"Daytime Drinking is proof that a good script and simpatico direction and performances can overcome budgetary restrictions." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2009
61%

Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009)

"For a script that relies more on character-driven than situational comedy, it's the perfs that count, and these are thankfully strong." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2009
43%

National Lampoon's Blackball (2005)

"A full-on local crowd-pleaser, "Blackball" takes the genteel sport of, uh, lawn bowling and comes up with a shameless slice of Brit flag-waving comedy." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 27, 2009
71%

Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)

"Zinta, who's been carving a growing following the past three years or so, has never been better, definitively moving from juve roles to a charismatic young woman with her sexy, assured Naina." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 27, 2009
88%

Naked (1993)

"Though recognizably a Leigh movie, with its gallery of Brit eccentrics, Naked dwarfs anything the director has done to date, with a resonant, beautifully modulated script that builds to a bleak but basically optimistic portrait of post-'80s Blighty." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
82%

Photographing Fairies (1998)

"Marred by an uninvolving, foggy script that aims to tackle other issues, including postwar loss of faith and hope, and by some eccentric characterizations, notably by Ben Kingsley." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
80%

The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) (1995)

"With each frame filled to bursting point with visual detail and multiplaned design, plus razor-sharp cutting that often eliminates transitions, it's not a movie you can afford to take your eyes off for a second." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
57%

The Princess Blade (2002)

"Delicately rendered, if full of pretty banal sentiments, the film's softer central section is a necessary counterweight to the other two acts, which are largely shot in an oppressive blue filter." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
71%

Wilde (1998)

"A tony biopic that manages to combine an upfront portrayal of the scribe's gayness with an often moving examination of his broader emotions and artistic ideals." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
100%

Sátántangó (Satan's Tango) (1994)

"The marathon Satan's Tango is a magnum opus to end all magna opera, a dark, funny, apocalyptic allegory of the Hungarian psyche that stimulates, irritates, soothes and startles with blinding strokes of genius in equal turn." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
89%

A Moment of Innocence (1999)

"Though his style and concerns are totally different, there's an almost Rohmer-esque purity and precision about this film, which takes a making-of-a-movie vignette and spins something that's delicate, funny and touching by turns." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
81%

The General (1998)

"A movie that says more about the rebellious Irish psyche than a heap of overtly political pictures." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
90%

Chungking Express (1996)

"A quicksilver magical mystery tour through the lives of a bunch of young downtown loners." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
63%

Bitter Moon (1992)

"Strong playing by topliner Peter Coyote can't compensate for a script that's all over the map and a tone that veers from outre comedy to erotic game-playing." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
30%

Rogue Trader (1999)

"Rogue Trader ends up looking simply passe, an '80s yarn in a '90s setting, at a time when money-market characters have long ceased to be heroes for the media or the general public." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
94%

Crime Story (Zhong an zu) (New Police Story) (Police Dragon) (1993)

"Jackie Chan takes a career swerve with Crime Story, a dark-edged cop thriller in which the star's stunts play second fiddle to plot and mood." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
71%

An Englishman in New York (2009)

"Hurt's perf gives some dramatic continuity to a production that is more a succession of setpieces than a through-drama per se -- at least until its affecting later stages." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 6, 2009
No Score Yet

Billu (2009)

"Quietly entertaining, finally moving." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 19, 2009
75%

John Rabe (2010)

"Despite the emotive subject matter, pic is often too sluggish dramatically, and never knits together its stock Western characters into a satisfying whole." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2009
76%

The Young Victoria (2009)

"Well-groomed, upscale, three-hankie entertainment for the Masterpiece Theater crowd." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2009
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