Doris Toumarkine

Doris Toumarkine
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) A deliciously decadent Hitchcockian suspenser. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
82% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2020) Juliette Binoche gives another startling performance that is optimized by a sly script adaptation from the popular novel and a solid supporting cast... - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
93% Straight Up (2020) Straight Up reaffirms that a truly worthy no frills, small budget indie can indeed emerge from L.A. As such, it's also a primer for aspiring filmmakers everywhere on making a good feature with with chump change and small cast in everyday locations. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
96% The Lavender Scare (2019) Much credit goes...to the doc's editors and researchers who unearthed and effectively organized so much material into a chilling, thrilling true story. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
90% The Lighthouse (2019) One for the ages...writer/director Robert Eggers' seductive, hallucinatory film is a brilliantly contrived cinematic tone poem... - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
50% A Dog's Journey (2019) A truly high-quality production that smartly pays attention to pacing, performances, cinematography, score, messages and...[it] authentically pays off. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
100% General Magic (2019) Beyond its informational and narrative value, a vigorously-paced, magnificently-produced doc that integrates some gorgeous aerial cinematography and a rich, lulling original score... - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
77% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) The considerable footage of Berg in both Japan and Europe (before and during the war) expand the doc into a kind of personal and period travelogue. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
55% J.T. LeRoy (2019) As the feverish airhead scheme-meister, Dern electrifies in a near-toxic, hypnotic fusion of manic 60s flower children on speed, an even more energized 60s/70s Grace Slick, and name-yer-hyper-self-involved motor-mouth wannabe of today. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
61% My Son (Mon garçon) (2019) While overall a satisfying whodunnit, the whodidit may not please those diehard mystery/suspense fans insistent on big payoff "aha"s. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
59% Charlie Says (2019) Working with material that could have easily been sensationalized or exploited, Mary Harron manages to infuse dignity into a work whose story and certainly toxic characters don't deserve any. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
66% Peterloo (2019) Even when constrained by the small spaces of peasant quarters or interiors lit only by candlelight, the film is a visual achievement of beauty and authenticity. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Newly-discovered footage of Guy-Blaché films and the subject herself, including rare audio recordings and a restored video interview enrich her portrait... - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
67% The White Crow (2019) Quite a technical achievement. Beautifully shot and with all authentic or authentic-looking locations... - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
84% The Brink (2019) With great pacing, shot selection, and storytelling mojo, Klayman delivers her political animal as chilling circus act - what could become the greatest showdown on earth, were Bannon to have his way. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
96% Buddy (2019) A genuinely fresh take on "dog films" that, thanks to both the doc's dutiful furry stars and their grateful human co-stars, amounts to solid entertainment for all ages and screens. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
99% Apollo 11 (2019) Going budget class on this cinematic journey to traditional theater screens will thrill, but traveling First Class via the optimized IMAX format amplifies the WOW! of the film... - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
28% The Aftermath (2019) [It] tightly grips viewers to a bitter (maybe sweet) denouement with a final frames resolution that, upon reflection, strikes as entirely appropriate. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The star glitter notwithstanding, authenticity and generous production spend inform every frame. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
95% The Mustang (2019) French filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, who also co-wrote, impresses with a feature directorial debut that displays an understanding of film as both craft and poetry. She also displays a reverence and hope for flawed humanity... - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
88% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) History buffs will appreciate the bitter but revelatory detours into war history and the lingering prejudices and memories it unleashes. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
84% The Traitor (2020) A breathtaking morality tale of loves, family, betrayals, and, arguably, redemption. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
96% Incitement (2020) No superficial bio-pic, this smart, thrilling, even-handed study conveys clues to what underlay Amir's deep hatred and twisted sociopathy. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
92% Clemency (2019) Clemency, thanks also to Chukwu's four years researching it, feels so real it's often painful to watch. But it's fine medicine for viewers who like to think and to experience a film beyond the usual cinematic salve. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) An exceptional cinematic work of art and craft, Mendes' war drama is most notable for being a powerfully immersive drama that ingeniously also recruits viewers for this dangerous trek through the war zone. - FilmDINGHY.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
77% Never Look Away (2019) Gorgeous, engaging drama. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
38% Viper Club (2018) Above all, this is Sarandon's picture and maybe her best film work in many years. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
72% The Happy Prince (2018) Gives debuting director and writer/star Rupert Everett a trifecta career high. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
26% Night School (2018) A likeable, "easy-listening," fun comedy buttressed by a highly workable premise. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
66% American Chaos (2018) Impressively restrained. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
52% Papillon (2018) Ambitious but emotionally hollow. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
66% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) Overall, this mood piece is too impressionistic, elliptical and wobbly about its chronology and details. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
63% Dog Days (2018) Dog Days won't save cinema, but it may help save some dogs in need. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
45% Generation Wealth (2018) Amazon Studios' Generation Wealth is what Amazon is-too much. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
90% Far From the Tree (2018) Far from the Tree, an inspirational journey, also turns out to be an unexpected lesson in the difference between sympathy and empathy. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
60% Constructing Albert (2017) Like a Facebook posting, Constructing Albert has the wafting, slightly off aroma of self-promotion. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
96% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Supremely crafted and performed contemporary French thriller about a broken marriage and ensuing custody battle is a gripping, edge-of-seat drama that never lets up. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
49% Boundaries (2018) Offers fine performances and lovely Pacific Coast scenery for a nice big-screen getaway. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
69% The Quest of Alain Ducasse (La Quête d'Alain Ducasse) (2018) Gorgeous doc features multi-starred celebrity chef/restaurateur/entrepreneur Alain Ducasse on a world journey driven by his passions for food, knowledge and perfection. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
32% Rodin (2018) Dramatically and emotionally deficient, this art-house entry may fail to land the minimum bid and lure buyers. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
90% Hitler's Hollywood (2018) A fascinating but often pummeling blitzkrieg of clips, commentary, fleeting names and film titles. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
73% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) Satisfying, eye-pleasing French drama about three thirty-something siblings forced by circumstance to reunite on the family's wine-producing homestead to decide its fate. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
21% Midnight Sun (2018) Slick, familiar but affecting romantic tearjerker. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
92% Journey's End (2018) Exemplary art-house fare. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
68% Permission (2018) Eye-pleasing, intelligent dive into the relationship dilemmas of some upscale Brooklyn Millennials stays afloat with impressive cast and some will they/won't they tension. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
93% Saturday Church (2018) An audience pleaser for viewers of all persuasions who value honesty and a job well done. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
86% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Another powerful, superbly performed contemporary drama from Ziad Doueiri. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
100% The Two of Us (Le vieil homme et l'enfant) (1967) Delivers simple pleasures amidst wartime realities. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) [A] dazzling cinematic tour de force. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
92% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) As quirky as it is charming. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017