Don Druker

Don Druker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Don Druker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader, Globe and Mail

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Applause (1929)

"Though this is Mamoulian's earliest, it's possibly his freshest film." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 7, 2016

The Harder They Come (1973)

"With this 1972 cult hit, Jamaican filmmaker Perry Henzell produced a proud, forthright indictment of national and personal corruption." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 2, 2015

Papillon (1973)

"Director Franklin J. Schaffner has succeeded in making a two-and-a-half-hour film that seems like six." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 23, 2015

Shoot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le pianiste) (1962)

"Made with enthusiasm and audacity, it still seems fresh." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 23, 2015

The Lost World (1925)

"Harry Hoyt directed, combining incredible special effects (the monsters) and unbearable melodrama (the actors)." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 8, 2015

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna) (1972)

"Soft-focus spiritual gunk." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 11, 2015

Salesman (1968)

"This 1968 study of door-to-door Bible salesmen in the Boston area and in the south is a superb and truthful look at an American institution -- and at the troubling relationship between fact and fiction, materialism and spiritual values." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 9, 2015

Shonen (Boy) (1969)

"Oshima, the Japanese filmmaker most often compared with Godard, treats the material in a matter-of-fact manner that serves to heighten the dramatic impact and to create one of the most interesting films about children ever made." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 16, 2014

The Lion in Winter (1968)

"James Goldman's screenplay, so chic and sophisticated to the ears of suburbanites, is chock-full of the worst kind of sophomoric fiddling with what Goldman takes to be genuine highfalutin lingo." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 14, 2014

Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)

"The material is trite, but Hancock's slow-motion treatment of the experience of athletic performance is adroit and graceful." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 7, 2014

Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) (1961)

"Elaborately rhetorical at the end, this 1961 film nevertheless develops its theme lucidly and with some of Bergman's most unforgettable sequences." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 23, 2013

Riten (The Rite) (The Ritual) (1969)

"A rarely seen but thoroughly captivating example of filmed chamber theater." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 22, 2013

The Gang's All Here (1943)

"Busby Berkeley's most audacious film." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 13, 2013

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)

"A thoughtful, intelligent film that nearly makes up in style and conviction what it lacks in dramatic substance." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 1, 2013

Detroit 9000 (1998)

"A gritty, disturbing evocation of the ambiguities of big-city police work." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 4, 2013

Woman in the Dunes (Suna no Onna) (1964)

"A bizarre film, distinguished not so much by Kobo Abe's rather obvious screenplay as by Teshigahara's arresting visual style of extreme depth of focus, immaculate detail, and graceful eroticism." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 4, 2013

Pandora's Box (1929)

"One of the classic films of the German silent era." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 27, 2013

The Bicycle Thief (1949)

"Undeniably the most important neorealist film after Rossellini's Open City." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 14, 2013

Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946)

"A sublime, sumptuous film directed by Jean Cocteau with the help of Rene Clement." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 7, 2012

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

"This is classic Capracorn." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 29, 2012

Operation Petticoat (1959)

"Blake Edwards directs with his customary wit, breeziness, and acute sense of pacing." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 15, 2012

Magnificent Obsession (1954)

"[Sirk provides] a coolly formal approach to otherwise unwieldy projects." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 30, 2012

Mister Roberts (1955)

"Henry Fonda stars, as brilliant as ever." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012

The Thin Man (1934)

"One of the most popular comedies ever made." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)

"Based on a true story, its style is simple, direct, forceful -- even after more than six decades." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012

Stage Door (1937)

"While it sometimes lapses into pure corn, it nevertheless manages to capture the manic-depressive dormitory atmosphere of young actresses trying to make it in New York." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012

Captain Blood (1935)

"Michael Curtiz, the most polished of Warner's studio technicians, starts Flynn off royally." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 10, 2012

The Towering Inferno (1974)

"Irwin Allen, the Busby Berkeley of natural disasters and other people's troubles, teams up with John Guillermin, a competent if undistinguished action director." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 3, 2012

Wanda (1971)

"A brilliantly atmospheric film with a superb performance by Loden." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 22, 2011

Thieves Like Us (1974)

"At times unbearably objective." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 23, 2011

National Velvet (1944)

"A good movie for kids and armchair Freudians." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 23, 2011
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Bank Shot (1974)

"The best thing about the film is Harry Stradling Jr.'s super photography - but that's scarcely enticement to see a really minor Scott vehicle." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 23, 2010

Ikiru (1956)

"Akira Kurosawa's greatest film." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 27, 2009

The Dark Corner (1946)

"A pretty good thriller." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 3, 2009

Chinatown (1974)

"Polanski's film suggests that the rules of the game are written in some strange, untranslatable language, and that everyone's an alien and, ultimately, a victim." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 27, 2009

There Was a Father (1942)

"A delicate, straightforward exhortation to duty and sacrifice, presented with both humor and a kind of unforced serenity." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 18, 2008

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

"Director Peter Hunt manages to inject some life into this 1969 exercise with a wonderful ski chase, but otherwise the film is a bore." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 13, 2008

The Women (1939)

"[Cukor is] at his best with a cast that includes Rosalind Russell, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Hedda Hopper, Ruth Hussey, Paulette Goddard, and Joan Fontaine." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 11, 2008

Charlotte's Web (1973)

"It preserves some of the form and language of White's original but fattens and sweetens his lean and pungent prose with songs by Richard and Robert Sherman." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 9, 2008

Fantastic Planet (1973)

"The film has a flat quality that cannot entirely be overcome by the sensational animation and the obvious good intentions of its creators." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 9, 2008

Pat and Mike (1952)

"The best of the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn cycle." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 4, 2008

Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) (1930)

"The first film collaboration between Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, this reeks with decay and sexuality." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 28, 2008

Richard III (1956)

"Laurence Olivier's classic rendition (1956) of Shakespeare's total villain contains one of his most engaging performances and reveals some of his best spatial manipulation of action." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 9, 2008

The Way We Were (1973)

"A for effort; C for execution." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 26, 2008

Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different (1972)

"Fans will have most of it memorized by now." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 14, 2008

The Big Heat (1953)

"Brutal, atmospheric, and exciting -- highly recommended." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 9, 2008

The Killers (1946)

"An example of film noir at its most expressive." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 8, 2008

Blazing Saddles (1974)

"One of the funniest awful movies ever made." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 2, 2008

California Split (1974)

"Robert Altman's masterful 1974 study of the psychology of the compulsive gambler." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 25, 2008

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

"The music quickly becomes monotonous, and the operatic dialogue is silly right from the start." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 19, 2008
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