Film Companion Staff

Film Companion Staff
Film Companion Staff's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Companion
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T-Meter Title | Year
94% Arrival (2016) Arrival expertly uses conventions of the genre to explore free-will, experiences and memory, in a film that is as personal as it is relatable. - Film Companion EDIT
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96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) ...as playful as it is deeply political... - Film Companion EDIT
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94% Her (2013) Tender, soulful, and thought provoking, Spike Jonze's film uses its bizarre sci-fi scenario to both comment on the modern reliance on technology as well as impart wisdom about the state of human relationships. - Film Companion EDIT
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87% Haider (2014) [It] masterfully uses the Bard's work to explore insurgency and conflict. Throw in a career-best performance from Shahid Kapoor and our case is made. - Film Companion EDIT
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89% The Two Popes (2019) Anthony Hopkins plays doubt-ridden, conservative Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce is Cardinal Bergoglio, his reluctant and progressive successor resulting in a masterclass in drama... - Film Companion EDIT
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97% Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) A gut-bustingly hilarious cult classic which remains just as funny and wonderfully ridiculous, the Monty Python crew's comic exploration of the Dark Ages has lost none of its silly charm. - Film Companion EDIT
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90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) It's a stone-cold masterpiece. - Film Companion EDIT
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90% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) Ildiko Enyedi's Hungarian love story - between a CFO of a slaughterhouse and his new health inspector - is the definitive portrait of introversion, loneliness, outcasts and kindred souls. - Film Companion EDIT
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89% Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) [It] proves Indian cinema can, in fact, be just as imaginative and expansive as its Western counterpart. - Film Companion EDIT
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96% The Social Network (2010) The best of Aaron Sorkin's razor-sharp writing and David Fincher's visual style come together to bring to life the riveting true story... - Film Companion EDIT
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97% The Edge of Democracy (2019) Petra Costa's Oscar-winning documentary, stalking the rise and fall of two Brazilian Presidents during the country's socio-political crisis, is unflinchingly personal, and challenges our perception of "political" filmmaking. - Film Companion EDIT
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97% Aquarius (2016) One of the finest Brazilian films of the last decade. - Film Companion EDIT
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95% The Truman Show (1998) The ahead-of-its-time film spoke volumes about everything from politics to the rampant rise of reality TV. - Film Companion EDIT
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91% Birdman (2014) The entire film was shot to resemble a single long take and its cast included Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, and Emma Stone. Need we say more? - Film Companion EDIT
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94% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Arguably one of the best coming-of-age high school comedies in recent years... - Film Companion EDIT
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100% My Happy Family (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi) (2017) The brilliantly performed and progressive Georgian drama explores the perspective of a 50-year-old woman who "leaves" her entire family against societal odds. - Film Companion EDIT
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96% I Lost My Body (2019) The endlessly innovative and touching French animated film follows a severed hand looking for its human across Paris. It is a breathtaking sensory experience. - Film Companion EDIT
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No Score Yet Thithi (2016) Thithi was a community a film - one where the community it's set in becomes the film, where the reel and real blend together in the most wonderful ways. - Film Companion EDIT
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100% Kahaani (2012) ...one of the best thrillers Hindi cinema has ever produced... - Film Companion EDIT
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96% Atlantics (2019) Mati Diop's haunting Senegalese supernatural drama stages a tender ghost story to spotlight issues of migration, refugee crises, loss and intimate grief. - Film Companion EDIT
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87% First They Killed My Father (2017) Angelina Jolie's Khmer-language war-period thriller is an empathetic, informative and unerringly elegant dissection of Cambodia's bloody history through the eyes of a 5-year-old girl... - Film Companion EDIT
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93% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) Zexer's first film - an intense look at Israel's patriarchal pillars through the experiences of a Bedouin mother and daughter - is driven by two of the finest performances in recent memory. - Film Companion EDIT
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96% The Florida Project (2017) It follows not only their adorable adventures during summer break but also the hardships of poverty in modern America. - Film Companion EDIT
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84% Divines (2016) Houda Benyamina's scintillating urban thriller - about two young female buddies hustling the streets of Paris - is a triumph of filmmaking, social commentary and doomed girlhood. - Film Companion EDIT
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95% Nightcrawler (2014) A pulse-pounding thriller set on the streets of Los Angeles, Nightcrawler stars a phenomenal Jake Gyllenhaal as a man who rises to fame by recording violent events in the middle of the night. - Film Companion EDIT
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94% Moneyball (2011) Throw in the great Philip Seymour Hoffman and what you get is a deeply empathetic sports drama that's more about people than it is about the number crunching. - Film Companion EDIT
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88% The Big Short (2015) The Big Short is as informative, insightful and innovative as it is drop dead entertaining. - Film Companion EDIT
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100% Shirkers (2018) Documentary filmmaker Sandi Tan turned the camera on herself in this remarkable documentary about a movie she made in Singapore as a teenager, which was then stolen by someone else. - Film Companion EDIT
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90% Queen (2014) No modern Bollywood film has encapsulated that feeling of a much-needed breather of fresh air, or resonated as widely and deeply with Indians everywhere quite like Queen. - Film Companion EDIT
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86% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a delicate film which captures the pain, fragility, love and joy of being young like few before it have. - Film Companion EDIT
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92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Noah Baumbach brought his distinctive voice to a story about a dysfunctional siblings and their dictatorial father brought to life by stellar performances... - Film Companion EDIT
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99% Knock Down the House (2019) ...one of the greatest political underdog stories seen on screen. - Film Companion EDIT
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100% Killa (2014) With his Marathi film about an 11-year old boy who must adapt to a new life after his father's death, Avinash Arun's directorial debut succeeds in telling a simple story bursting with heart. - Film Companion EDIT
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97% 13th (2016) Ava DuVernay's scathing documentary explores the injustices at the heart of America's painful racial history by examining the systemic failures of the penal system. - Film Companion EDIT
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86% Rang De Basanti (Paint it Yellow) (2006) The film that stirred up a generation, the Aamir Khan-led ensemble drama about getting the youth to take a stand and call out social injustice, has never been more relevant. - Film Companion EDIT
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92% Uncut Gems (2019) The Safdie brothers had funnyman Adam Sandler showcase his remarkable dramatic chops in this frantic, hyper stressful tale of a New York City jeweller trying to outrun the debt collectors after him. - Film Companion EDIT
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97% The Lunchbox (2014) Arguably the finest Hindi film of the decade... - Film Companion EDIT
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No Score Yet Udaan (2010) Motwane's directorial debut about a sensitive boy and his abusive father remains a piece of storytelling so tender and personal... - Film Companion EDIT
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No Score Yet LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha (2010) Banerjee's anthology of three stories linked by a threadbare connection bursts through the clutter, both, in terms of its brutal narrative as well as its distinct CCTV-footage visual style. - Film Companion EDIT
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95% Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) One of Hindi cinema's greatest underdog tales, a powerful script, impressive execution and an unforgettable soundtrack from A R Rahman... - Film Companion EDIT
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No Score Yet Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) [It] has a galaxy of stars, a terrific performance by Amitabh Bachchan and Kader Khan's infinitely quotable dialogue. What more could you want? - Film Companion EDIT
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No Score Yet Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020) Allu Arjun's energetic action drama about a child separated from his parents at birth, only to be reunited later, offers a spree of entertainment with comedy, drama, and action. - Film Companion EDIT
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No Score Yet Shor in the City (2011) Filmmaking duo Raj & DK's ability to weave a story that is at once surprising, disturbing and witty never fails to impress. - Film Companion EDIT
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No Score Yet Masoom (1983) Shekhar Kapoor's Masoom, with its realistic textures, nuanced performances and insightful narrative, seems to have sprung from some other filmmaking universe. - Film Companion EDIT
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No Score Yet Cake (2018) Abbasi's bold family drama made many sit up and take notice of Pakistani cinema once again. Cake examines dysfunction, masculinity and miscommunication while making you laugh, smile and cry along the way. - Film Companion EDIT
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100% Interrogation (Visaaranai) (2015) The thriller, directed by Vetrimaaran, explores police brutality like few before it. - Film Companion EDIT
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79% Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) Most successful rom-coms tend to win off the back of their laughs or their feels. Crazy Stupid Love acheives both. - Film Companion EDIT
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82% The Report (2019) The Report is both engrossing and infuriating, and serves as the perfect counter piece to Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. - Film Companion EDIT
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No Score Yet Lucifer (2019) The Mohanlal-starrer is bursting with swag, has a genuinely gripping plot and is full of delicious twists and turns resulting in a strong political drama and delicious revenge saga in equal measure. - Film Companion EDIT
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100% Mahanati (2018) Ashwin's take on the Saviritri story successfully explores a complex woman and her turbulent journey, brought to life by an unforgettable performance from Keerthy Suresh. - Film Companion EDIT
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