Harvey S. Karten

Harvey S. Karten
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
After teaching high school for quite a while, I took an M.A. in Film and Theater from Hunter College in New York and a Ph.D. in Theater from the City University Graduate Center, also in the Big Apple. Having sat through one innocuous Broadway show after another and a great deal of talky off-Broadway productions as a so-called second-night critic, I realized that you don't always get what you pay for. Broadway shows may be $75 a ticket and movies just $9.50 (in New York), but you're more likely to have fun AND take away something of substance from the big screen. The switch from reviewing theater to reviewing movies was an easy one to make.When my application for membership in the New York Film Critics Circle was circular-filed (print media only, sorry), I founded the Online Film Critics Society in January 1997 and three years later, NYFCO (New York Film Critics Online).
Favorites:
Favorite films: Amadeus, Schindler's List, Lassie Come HomeBest of 2006: Thank You for Smoking
Location: Brooklyn, New York

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 56% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Mushy story about two idiosyncratic elderly people. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
B 88% The Third Wife (2019) Lacks changes in pace, this movie is strictly for the arthouse crowd which will savor the way it shows a Vietnam different from today's fast-moving Asian country with its stock market and other accoutrements of capitalism. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B+ 80% Photograph (2019) A delightful look at the Mumbai dating scene. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B- 63% My Son (Mon garçon) (2019) More like an actor's exercise than a credible drama. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
B 72% All Is True (2019) Though missing real fireworks, this narrative film hypothesizes Shakespeare's last years in a literary manner. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
A- 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) A stunning doc that highlights the good will, patience and environmental concerns of a small-farm family. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
C+ 51% Tolkien (2019) The title character of this biopic is as dull and stodgy and the movie's title. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
B 29% The Intruder (2019) Until it disintegrates into by-the-numbers violence, this psychological thriller carries abundant dark humor. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
A- No Score Yet The Dog Doc (2019) A riveting documentary about a veterinarian who cures seemingly hopeless cases of dog disease with the addition of alternative tweaks. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
B 87% Non-Fiction (2019) Good conversation and plenty of it (too much, in fact) as only the French can roll out. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
B+ 85% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) One of the world's great documentary filmmakers has an involving tete-a-tete with one of the Soviet Union's great leaders. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
B+ 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Women do not yet rule the Congress, but listen to Ocasio-Cortez and you get the vibe that that gender's time has come. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
B+ 66% The White Crow (2019) A solid narrative charting Nureyev's defection from Russia, allowing considerable tension when he is about to be busted at the airport. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
C+ 80% Fast Color (2019) Cries out for more melodramatic flourishes. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
B 30% Red Joan (2019) An intellectual spy story in the manner of Le Carre with the usual high-level performance from Judi Dench. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
B+ 96% Hail Satan? (2019) A fun look at a group of agnostics. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
B 72% Stockholm (2019) Patty Hearst in an old setting. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
B+ 81% Dogman (2019) If you like gangsters and love dogs, this movie is for you. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
B+ No Score Yet Wall (2019) Count on playwright David Hare to add trenchant dialogue to the animated story of Israel's wall. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
B+ 60% The Public (2019) An engaging, sentimental look at oddballs in the public library. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
B+ 83% The Brink (2019) Find out why Steve Bannon thinks we are on the brink of disaster. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
B+ 75% Sobibor (2018) A courageous Russian Jew leads an escape from the Sobibor concentration camp and is praised by both Russia and Israel. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
B+ 97% Working Woman (2019) A #MeToo drama, Israel style. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
B 88% The Last (2019) A theatrical Holocaust drama with a shocking revelation. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
B 94% Us (2019) Features a wider allegorical ambition than we found in "Get Out," but don't expect this sequel to match the classic excellence of Peele's debut film. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
B+ 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Explosive coverage of a major terrorist attack in Mumbai. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
B+ 100% Roll Red Roll (2019) A clear indictment of high school football players guilty of rape. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
B+ 94% The Mustang (2019) Giving prisoners something to do besides making license plates--in this case training mustangs--can make "Correctional Facility" other than simply a euphemism for "prison." - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
B+ No Score Yet Rocking the Couch (2019) A concise memory-refresher on the way that the #MeToo movement changed America. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
B+ 80% Wall (2017) If you've followed global politics you can predict what the characters will say, but this movie is all about stunning MoCap animation. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
B 100% Buddy (2019) Six dogs in the Netherlands provide both companionship and much needed help to six folks with disabilities. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
B+ 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Casts its eye on an exuberant but ultimately mournful setting, its theme serving by extension to apply to us all. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
B+ 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Julianne Moore is in top form in a movie illustrating the emotional complications of life as grow into middle age. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
B No Score Yet Carga (2019) Both a psychological study and a thriller, "Carga," a narrative drama rather than a documentary, has insights into the world of human sex slavery. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
B+ 98% 3 Faces (2019) A delightful road movie, Iranian style, that takes us into the country's hinterlands focusing on oddballs. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
C+ 58% Saint Judy (2019) The movie could have been more powerful but has been turned into slick commercialism with its pop music soundtrack and rah-rah uplift. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
C+ 42% The Wedding Guest (2019) Awards-worth photography in India cannot rescue a movie with banal dialogue. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
B+ 100% Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) When you finish watching this doc you will be convinced that its star, Ben Ferencz, should have been Time magazine Person of the Year in 1946. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
B 71% Climax (2019) Intriguing look at what happens when civilization's thin veneer is scraped away. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
B+ 98% Apollo 11 (2019) Beats previous movies on the subject by its wealth of technical details. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
B 40% Something (2019) More a mood piece than a horror tale, "Something" is a low-budget movie that commands attention without the need for bells and whistles. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
B+ 96% Transit (2019) Christian Petzold employs a vivid imagination to show that refugees are largely alike, whether fleeing from Nazi Germany or eluding a German occupation in France in our own century. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
B+ 80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) More evidence that we've come a long way since we watched Bugs, Elmer and Porky. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
C+ 36% Patrick (2019) Plays up to kiddies with poop, pratfalls and potential paramours but lack the heart of the great dog movies like "Hachi" and "Lassie Come Home." - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
B+ 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Takes us step by step to the destruction of a culture. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
B+ 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) A solid ensemble piece, eminently watchable. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
B 76% Holiday (2018) Director Eklof knows what it's like for a woman to live in a man's world, illustrating her views through a sadistic treatment of a mobster with his "girl" - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
A- 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Fans of sophisticated revenge fantasies will eat up this tale of a vigilante who operates amid a frigid atmosphere of dark comedy. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
B 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Its Polish folk dancers are a joy to watch. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
B 90% The Distant Barking of Dogs (2018) What's really strange is that the 10-year-old star of the tale, having been hosted on a trip to NY, cannot wait to return to his decrepit, war-torn Ukranian village. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019