Elbert Ventura

Elbert Ventura
Elbert Ventura's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters Slate

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T-Meter Title | Year
85% The Square (2017) There is a tension here between that earnestness and Östlund's rigorous, calculating mind that can be confounding-and, given the film's subject, may in the end be poignant. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
89% Abundant Acreage Available (2017) Abundant Acreage Available may be fixated on death, but it really depicts transitions. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) There's a self-awareness here matched by modesty: those shots of tour groups walking by offer not just a sense of place but also a nod to a common criticism of American regionalism. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
86% Okja (2017) The creature really is a marvel. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
86% Meek's Cutoff (2011) It is an American independent in the true sense of the word, and it may well be the best homegrown movie we'll see this year. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2011
63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) If the first two Spider-Man movies soared above the banal realm of the Hollywood franchise, the third finds the series falling back to earth. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
98% The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) (1967) Perhaps unwittingly, The Battle of Algiers offers just the balm a troubled radical conscience needs. - Flak Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2004
91% Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003) Meirelles plays to the crowd, plays everything for effect, which wouldn't necessarily be a problem if the subject didn't deserve greater intellectual seriousness. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2004
94% The Triplets of Belleville (2003) Finding a delicate balance between dystopia and nostalgia, this diaphanous, baroque vision isn't just a disarming trifle: it's genuinely transporting. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2003
91% School of Rock (2003) A welcome reminder that studio comedies need not be shoddy, dumbed down, vulgar, and impersonal. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2003
89% In This World (2003) The film fits neatly into Winterbottom's eclectic canon. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2003
96% Little Big Man (1970) This outraged reconfiguration of an all-American genre may be set in the Wild West, but it's also very much a bulletin of its time. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2003
87% Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2003) Far from gimmicky, it's as personal and unreserved as filmmaking gets. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2003
93% The Awful Truth (1937) As pleasurable as anything a Hollywood studio and the star system ever produced. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2003
95% The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002) A fast-moving, fluidly told tale, Eugene Jarecki's documentary certainly will likely inflame Kissinger's ardent cronies. And yet, as one-sided as its story is, the movie also manages a measured disposition. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2002
89% Vanya on 42nd Street (1995) It's more than a worthy capper to Malle's brilliant career. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2002
79% 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002) Drop-dead pretty and confidently assembled, it's a shameless, extravagant charmer -- at first. As the movie goes on, it goes deeper, too, until the bleak melancholia that lurks beneath the surface violently breaks through. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2002
73% Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) Like a flopped anecdote, Pennebaker's disappointing movie can be shrugged off with one line: You had to be there. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2002
61% Les Destinees (2002) Death awaits us all, but Assayas, with a humanist's generosity, offers his characters the greatest gift art can give: immortality. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2002
96% Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) (2001) Paced like a Chabrol film and just as riveting. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2002
88% I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002) The movie may suffer from creative anemia, but it has sense enough of its raison d'être, and the performance sequences carry the day. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2002
92% Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) Peralta's product may have the whiff of sell-out, but you may find that you're too busy buying it to care. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2002