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
B 100% Mayor (2020) Here is the kind of city executive that Gaza could use. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
C+ 89% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Mads is a great Danish actor, but here his character is a bore. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
B+ 91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) The friendship between two women is used to punctuate the horror of war. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
A- 87% Sorry We Missed You (2020) A riveting broadside against capitalist exploitation in which an ambitious man with a working wife is unable to break out of debt, try as he might. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
B+ 70% The Last Vermeer (2020) A first-class melodrama on one of history's great art forgeries. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
B+ 100% The Goddess of Fortune (La Dea Fortuna) (2019) An Italian dramedy with beautiful views and a mature subject centering on a gay couple who are charged with the bringing up of two kids. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
B 80% Soros (2019) A doc which features enough interviews and archival films to give us insight into why a great philanthropist is so reviled. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
B+ 100% The Test & The Art of Thinking (2018) Made me realize that the SAT is as useful to colleges as trigonometry has been to me. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020
B+ 100% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) Then again, we never expected health care in Romania to imitate that of Denmark, did we? - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020
A- 91% Crazy, Not Insane (2020) Chilling look at the psychology of murderers. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020
B 100% Acasa, My Home (2020) A heartfelt doc involving the cooperation of eleven people over four years. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
B 97% Dirty God (2019) The film's best feature is camerawork that contrasts the warmth of Morocco with the frigid ambiance of England. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
B 88% Divine Love (Divino Amor) (2020) Opines that if you want a baby, never mind the usual methods. Just pray. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
B No Score Yet The Curve (2020) A takedown of a lying president for his incompetent management of Covid in America. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
B+ No Score Yet The Big Scary 'S' Word (2020) Next time you think that the word "socialism" should be bleeped, remember the advantages that you get from our government. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
A- No Score Yet Alone with Her Dreams (Picciridda - Con i piedi nella sabbia) (2020) A child reacts to the departure of her parents in a heart-tugging tale in village Sicily. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
B- 92% Fire Will Come (A Sun That Never Sets) (O Que Arde) (2020) Explores the rhythms of rural life. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) This sequel is as bold and outrageous as the original. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B+ 100% Disclosure (2020) Though some of the threats and counterthreats are repetitious, the film at 85 minutes does not overstate its time. It features compact editing, colorful cinematography... - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
B No Score Yet The Accidental President (2020) Director James Fletcher's objective, in his words: "How the hell did he win?" The doc, with entertaining archival films and input from talking heads, offers suggestions. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
B+ 78% Radium Girls (2020) This look at whistleblowers put us squarely in the 1920s, when such heroes seemed willing to lose their jobs rather than let the bosses get away with (almost literally) murder. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
B 96% Shithouse (2020) Title notwithstanding, this is a gentle movie about a handsome college freshman who is too much a mama's boy to avoid awkwardness with a young woman. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
B+ 86% On The Rocks (2020) Bill Murray scores again with his signature dry humor. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
B 60% The Sounding (2020) Makes you want to brush up your Shakespeare: start quoting him now. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
B+ No Score Yet Ghabe (2020) Could this be like the way a Syrian refugee would react when absorbing the culture of Sweden? - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
B+ 83% Martin Eden (2020) Jack London would approve of this adaptation of his story of a sailor moving across social class lines. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
B No Score Yet bOObs: The War on Women's Breasts (2020) This doc is either a legitimate whistleblowing on the use of mammography when better solutions are in place, or an infomercial-type sponsorship of a non-FDA-recommended alternative treatment. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
B 78% Eternal Beauty (2019) A frothy comedy about laid-back people. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
A- 100% The Truffle Hunters (2020) The mischievous octagenarian men who compete for audience attention with their dogs are nothing short of adorable. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
B+ 87% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2020) Though sentimental "Hallmark Hall of Fame-ish" the biopic about a German soldier who becomes a hero to the English city of Manchester is sincere and deserving. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
B+ 97% Nomadland (2020) The mostly non-professional actors are not intimidated by Frances McDormand's empathetic performance but turn out some splendid portrayals of their own. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
B 45% A Rainy Day in New York (2020) If this were Woody Allen's first movie, you'd be most pleasantly surprised. If it received less than stellar ratings, this is only by comparison to the director's masterworks. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
C 89% Kajillionaire (2020) For fans of the super-quirky--and there are many. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
A- 85% The Way I See It (2020) A first-rate photographer turns out to be a man with a first-rate emphatic personality. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
B 98% The Swerve (2020) Emotional vulnerability turns this into a dandy thriller - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
B 98% The Swerve (2020) A woman with shaky emotional health turns this into a thriller. - Compuserve EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
B No Score Yet Paper Spiders (2020) Both a comical and deadly serious look at what it's like to be paranoid. Features a mother-daughter relationship that you wish you'd had. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
A- 100% Love Child (2020) A documentary with all the tensions of a narrative drama, a compelling story of a couple's escape from Iran with their love child. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
C+ 61% Blackbird (2020) A dying wife brings in her family to see her off, but Susan Sarandon's performance looks phoned in. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
A- 87% The Nest (2020) A brittle marriage, a disgusted wife, a great performance by Jude Law. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
A- 85% The Way I See It (2020) One of the great photographers of our time exhibits his thousands of pictures of the Obama administration--and he has quite a personality as well. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
A- 90% Stars and Strife (2020) Suggestions worth looking into on how we can bridge the political divide. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
B 60% A Chef's Voyage (2020) This might convince you that even an American chef has something to teach the French. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
B+ 100% God of the Piano (2020) The piano music is so good you might wish that this 80-minute look at a helicopter parent would go on another half hour. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
C+ 56% Sibyl (2020) Overly ambitious editing mars a story of a psychoanalyst who needs a psychoanalyst. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
B+ 97% Buoyancy (2020) A hard-hitting story of modern slavery in the waters of Cambodia and Thailand. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
B 95% The Mole Agent (2020) One of the more heartwarming spy stories you're likely to see has a Chilean 007 gumshoe looking in on an old folks' home. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
B 100% My Prince Edward (2020) Hong Kong may be politically rebellious but when it comes to views on marriage, mainland China (according to this comedy) is more progressive. - Big Apple Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
A 81% #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) With stunning editing and a slew of thorough and reasoned criticism, this could be the nonfiction movie treatment of Trump to beat this year. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
B+ 100% Made in Bangladesh (2020) Makes political points about sweatshops without sacrificing entertainment values. - Shockya.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020