Dmitry Samarov

Dmitry Samarov
Dmitry Samarov's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader
Publications: Chicago Reader

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
44% Captive State (2019) Whether our streets are under assault by alien insects or craven speculators, if a filmmaker shows the places we know and love, we will care about the story's fate, no matter how far-fetched. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy and Grant are both note-perfect in their portrayal of two people at the end of their rope who have no business being friends, or getting away with as much as they do, or having such a good time along the way. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
83% Friedkin Uncut (2019) Unfortunately, Francesco Zippel's fawning, cookie-cutter tribute is nothing more than an add-on for a DVD box set, were they still making those. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
68% Operation Avalanche (2016) A send-up like this works far better for a few minutes on the small screen (see Documentary! or Drunk History); at feature length it becomes a stylistic exercise, like a kid mugging for the camera through an Instagram filter. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
81% My Blind Brother (2016) Zoe Kazan provides the only compelling moments... yet playing the normal one among such a group of narcissists is a thankless task. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
32% Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) Digital photography, with its limited ability to capture rapid movement, renders the close combat choppy and disorienting, and none of the kills is especially memorable. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
55% Jason Bourne (2016) Much of Jason Bourne consists of grim action set pieces interspersed with long sequences of people sitting in front of computer screens. Somehow the movie is simultaneously frenetic and static, going nowhere really, really fast. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
100% Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story (2015) Framed by a memorial concert at San Quentin, where the noted bebop player was incarcerated for many years, this 2014 documentary by N.C. Heikin lays bare the contradictions of his creative life. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
94% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) Koreeda allows the action to unfold gradually, and plum wine isn't the only food metaphor enriching his tale. Each meal seems like an invitation for the sisters to learn more about each other or to be reminded-for good or ill-of their parents. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
82% The Other Side (Louisiana) (2016) Minervini has captured a segment of American society too often ignored and mocked, but sometimes he's overtaken by the urge to romanticize decrepitude. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
72% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) I haven't read the John le Carré novel that inspired this incoherent mess, but I have to imagine the old spymaster connected the dots better than they are here. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) The extravagant expense of this Steven Spielberg production is evident in every frame, but no amount of money or technical trickery can make up for a story lacking any dramatic tension or a sympathetic protagonist. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
79% Eva Hesse (2016) Marcie Begleiter directed this warm documentary about the short, extraordinary life of the title artist, who died at age 34 of a brain tumor. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
90% A Monster With A Thousand Heads (Un Monstruo de Mil Cabezas) (2016) While some of the plot points in this Mexican drama strain logic, there's an undeniable emotional truth to every step the woman takes; the icy, formal cinematography assists by accentuating her helplessness against a faceless bureaucracy. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
82% Unlocking the Cage (2016) What constitutes self-determination and what responsibility humans have toward other sentient beings can't be answered by a single film, but this is nevertheless a valuable contribution to an ongoing and still-shifting conversation. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/4 85% Hockney (2016) There must be more gravity to the man's life and work than this breezy love letter will admit. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
80% Viktoria (2016) Long on portentous symbolism and short on coherent storytelling. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
96% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) Should appeal to precocious children... Adults may find it as derivative and simplistic as the steampunk aesthetic to which it's indebted, but for a gateway to more resonant cinema and literature, you could do worse. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) The film explores the horrors and the wonders of our current way of life. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
No Score Yet Bucktown, USA (1975) This 1975 actioner is worth watching for its vintage dress and decor-that and Pam Grier, of course. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000