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Elliott Stein

Elliott Stein
Elliott Stein's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 93% L' Argent de Poche (Pocket Money) (Small Change) (1976) Corny, cutesy, dull. The subtitles written by Helen Scott for Truffaut seemed awkward and illiterate.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
1/4 82% Die Marquise von O... (The Marquise of O) (1976) This picture, all gussied up into stage tableaux, looks like a Goethe House Gala performed in Bloomingdale's Show Rooms.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Duelle: Une Quarantaine (Twilight: A Quarantine) (1976) Duelle is the sort of bad bad movie which gives good bad movies a bad name. Wild horses mounted by Jonathan Rosenbaum could not get me back to see it again.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
1/4 88% The Middleman (Jana Aranya) (1975) The burden falls on Pradip Mukherjee, a drab performer whose loss of innocence is uninvolving.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
2/4 100% Harlan County, U.S.A. (1977) Few documentaries rivet you to your seat; this one does. The guts it took to make are up there on the screen, in the footage shot by director Barbara Kopple and cameraman Hart Perry during the violent encounters.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet The Memory Of Justice (1976) As hour succeeded hour and interview was intercut with interview, a numbing Chinese box effect took over. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
3/4 100% Jonah Who Will be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976) Their alienation is channeled into nervous verbal energy, winning, bright, free from cant. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
3/4 100% Ossessione (1943) The raw warm poetry of Ossessione has nothing to do with neo-realism; the film is unencumbered by ideology and political commitment.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
3/4 96% A Touch of Zen (1969) With the first shots of Zen we are plunged into a nature marked by eerie majesty.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
4/4 71% Dersu Uzala (1975) The film's finest passage occurs when the hunter and the captain are stranded on a frozen lake-a harrowing, spooky-gorgeous spectacle of supernatural realism. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet The Tyrant's Heart (A zsarnok szíve, avagy Boccaccio Magyarországon) (1981) Jancsó is a master magician. Tyrant is not his most illuminating trick, but the magic is still operative.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Skip Tracer (1977) It would be unbearable without the steely attractive-repulsive central performance of David Petersen.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
1/4 71% Violette (Violette Nozière) (1978) Violette sits there on the screen, a stylish lump.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
1/4 No Score Yet Bloodbrothers (1978) This fantasy saga of a rant-and-roll working-class Bronx Italian family, although shot in New York, is riddled with Hollywood conventions.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
2/4 70% A Wedding (1978) An unhinged merry-go-round that is far from merry and does not go round.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
2/4 89% Gates of Heaven (1980) Here is a quirky talented filmmaker at work who will one day turn up with something more satisfying than this movie.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/4 90% Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Préparez vos Mouchoirs) (1978) [Blier's] entertaining movie starts uneasily, builds carefully, and ends beautifully.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
1/4 82% The Shout (1979) My thoughts were elsewhere.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
1/4 50% American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince (1978) [Prince] seems to be one unexceptional rapaciously beady-eyed hanger-on.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
1/4 89% Perceval (1978) A conservative director's entry into new territory is a priori fascinating; observing him gradually painting himself into a corner of that territory is less so.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
38% La Chambre Verte (The Green Room) (1979) If Truffaut is going into [Henry] James scholarship, he should cite his sources, not his own fantasies.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
1/4 No Score Yet Like a Turtle on Its Back (La tortue sur le dos) (1978) Why?‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
1/4 65% Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht) (1978) Despair does absolutely nothing worth doing, but it does succeed in one area where several hack directors before him failed: bagging a bad performance from Dirk Bogarde.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Newsfront (1978) It is fascinating material, reasonably exotic.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/4 No Score Yet The Miracle Of The Wolves (1924) Marvelous.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Dossier 51 (1978) It is a riveting film.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/4 94% Spione (Spies) (The Spy) (1928) Spies is one of Lang's best films. That means one of the best films ever made.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/4 No Score Yet Valse Triste (1977) [An] evocative revery.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
1/4 77% Fitzcarraldo (1982) This botched, shapeless, gratuitous, ignoble, neo-colonialist film is so poorly made, written, edited, and directed that its centerpiece, its raison d'être -- the honest-to-God hauling of a boat up a mountain before your eyes -- is meaningless.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
1/4 67% Yol (The Way) (1982) Yol is an ambitious movie, but a curiously slick and distant one.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
No Score Yet Le brasier ardent (The Burning Brazier) (1923) Some of it looks like a silent René Clair film, minus the wit.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
No Score Yet The Light Ahead (1939) The acting is uniformly excellent.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
2/4 No Score Yet Madam Satan (1930) It is an oddity and a half, but not nearly as good a picture as Dynamite, made by De Mille the year before, also starring the delicious Kay Johnson.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
2/4 57% Identificazione di una donna (Identification of a Woman) (1982) Although I've seen Michelangelo Antonioni's Identification of a Woman twice, there are still a few things I'd like explained.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
No Score Yet La guerre d'un seul homme (One Man's War) (2013) One Man's War is not fiction, but a jumbled mosaic of the big and little events of the period. No truth is privileged; a great deal of truth breaks cover.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
3/4 63% La Truite (1982) La Truite, Joseph Losey's best film in a decade, is a plum pudding for auteurists.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
100% Frankenstein (1931) The most influential horror film ever made, this stark and stylish work has a weird fairytale beauty.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
93% The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) (1957) Bergman's visually striking medieval morality play [was] the work that gained him an international reputation.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2013
100% No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) [A] dense and beautiful work.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2013
88% Macbeth (1950) One of the director's most personal creations, it's a courageous experiment with a craggy barbaric splendor all its own.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2008
93% Othello (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice) (1955) Individual scenes are in an unrestrainedly operatic bravura style, and while the film succeeds visually, it ultimately fails as drama.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2008
88% Dodsworth (1936) Huston is superb as the plainspoken Midwestern businessman whose blissful world falls apart. The film remains the most emotionally compelling of Wyler's career.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2007
97% Night of the Living Dead (1968) George Romero's remarkably assured debut, made on a shoestring, about a group of people barricaded inside a farmhouse while an army of flesh-eating zombies roams the countryside, deflates all genre clichés.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2007
97% If.... (1968) A film of tremendous resonance, coming when it did in 1968 with the force of a grenade.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 9, 2007
No Score Yet Pola Negri: Life Is a Dream (2006) Although somewhat forgotten today, Pola Negri was one of the great divas of the silent screen.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2006
67% Kagi (Odd Obsession) (The Key) (1959) One of his most striking films.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2006
94% Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge) (1971) An eccentric masterpiece‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2006
No Score Yet Enjo (1958) A devastating critique of postwar Japanese society; it signaled Ichikawa's emergence as a mature director.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2006
48% Summer Storm (Sommersturm) (2006) One of the film's major assets is Stadlober's winningly natural performance -- his moody charisma is irresistible.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2006
63% In a Glass Cage (Tras el cristal) (1989) Villaronga's unsettling lyrical nightmare hasn't aged a bit; it stays in the mind long after more bloodthirsty recent horror flicks have faded away.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2006