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Harvey S. Karten

Harvey S. Karten
Harvey S. Karten's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 93% Dunkirk (2017) The story of a miracle should have been thrilling; but given the non-linear approach, "Dunkirk" lacks the kind of center that would prompt the audience to stand up and cheer.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
B 100% Birthright: A War Story (2017) Though conventional and lacking cinematic imagination, this film is important especially for people, like one group of interviewed high schoolers, who think that Roe v. Wade was something "learned some time ago" with no application to their own lives.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
B+ 91% Lady Macbeth (2017) Vengeance is served by a woman wronged.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
B+ 88% Brigsby Bear (2017) A refreshingly original take on a young man who is kidnapped by a couple wanting a child and who later lets loose with his creative urge.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
B 58% Footnotes (Sur quel pied danser) (2017) Pleasant low-key French musical about a young woman's experience in a shoe factory.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
C+ 75% To the Bone (2017) Unappealing central character in a TV-style film about anorexia.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2017
B- No Score Yet Sled Dogs (2017) Nice nature photography but so repetitious that the talking heads' contributions turn to (dare I say?) mush.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
A- 100% City of Ghosts (2017) The war in Syria: a piercing look at hell on earth‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2017
B 80% The Rehearsal (2016) Filmed in New Zealand with a Kiwi director and performers, this "Rehearsal" is "Fame" without the Hollywood glitz.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
B 95% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) The B-Side is on the dull side given that it's largely a one-hander but its central character does give the audience insight into how a photographer can capture a person's soul.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2017
B+ 71% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) If this hero's bomb went off 13 minutes earlier, 70 million lives might have been saved.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2017
A- 94% Baby Driver (2017) Probably the best film in cinema history whose plot is driven by a young man's tinnitus. I dare any other studio to have a better soundtrack this year.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
B+ 78% The Beguiled (2017) Another title for this Civil War harlequin-style romance could be "Sleeping with the Enemy."‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
B+ 78% The Reagan Show (2017) Whatever your view of Ronald Reagan's politics, can you admit after seeing this doc--exclusively of well-chosen archival tapes--that he is The Great Communicator?‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
B 95% Night School (2017) An honest, feel-good look at the ambition of three former dropouts determined to earn a full-scale high school diploma.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
A- 97% The Big Sick (2017) Though a drama about a serious subject, this is the year's funniest movie to date.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
A- 70% Moscow Never Sleeps (2017) Watching this Altman-esque film with its vivid characters embraced by exquisite photography could teach you more about the culture of Moscow than you could learn from being there for a week.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
C+ 74% The Little Hours (2017) Nuns acting like drunken sailors: funny in Boccacio's time, maybe, but forced humor today.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
A- 85% Okja (2017) A flamboyant coming-of-age cum monster movie with some of the flashiest visual effects you may see this year.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
A- 77% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The two principals characters could represent Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, a witty, charming and wonderful movie that could serve as a marker for our divided country today.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
C+ 78% The Hero (2017) Director Haley's intention by having his hero staring wistfully into the distance may be to show that his film about a has-been movie personality is art, but while Sam Elliott's performance is soulful, the film's plot is hackneyed.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
B+ 64% Dean (2017) Demetri Martin proves to be a Renaissance man in directing, writing, editing, illustrating and as principal performer in the delightfully comic look at how father and son cope with grief.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
B 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) Dawson City, Yukon, had gold in them thar hills, but to film buffs, all that's important is the treasure trove of silent films discovered there by accident in 1978.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
B 83% Megan Leavey (2017) Arf dog movie, half military drama, and both worth you time.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
B 54% War Machine (2017) In his campiest role, Brad Pitt gets right into the character of the man playing General Stanley McChrystal.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
B+ 78% Past Life (2017) A thoughtful look at the need for forgiveness.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
C+ 35% Snatched (2017) Amy does the heavy lifting, but Goldie--out of practice for fifteen years-- is the one to watch in this generally unfunny kidnap comedy.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
B 75% Wakefield (2017) Who needs the technology shown in "The Circle" when Bryan Cranston's character so convincingly surveils his family with just a pair of binoculars?‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
B+ 98% Kedi (2017) Despite their aloofness, or maybe even because of it, the hundreds of cats roaming the streets of Istanbul have the luck of being fed and petted by the good-natured citizenry.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
B 95% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) Though a comedy, this Israeli film said to be a box-office favorite in its home country evokes a delightful but important feminist agenda.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
B+ 72% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) A hard-hitting antidote to viewing society through rose-tinted glasses.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
B 72% Sleight (2017) A street magician with a magnetic personality baffles spectators in a reasonably entertaining naturalistic drama.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
A- 50% The Dinner (2017) Fans of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" will eat "The Dinner" up.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
B+ 92% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) Chinese-Americans, often stereotyped as politically passive, fight hard to defeat an ambitious district attorney who is scapegoating a bank in New York's Chinatown.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
B+ 75% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) From Guy de Maupassant's first novel, "A Woman's Life" exquisitely confirms the tagline "Life is not as good or bad as you think."‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
B- 84% The Wedding Plan (2017) Not as tightly structured as the director's superior "Fill the Void," but provides insight into the culture of Israel's ultra-orthodox.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
A- 86% Nise: The Heart of Madness (Nise: O Coração da Loucura) (2017) Vivid dramatization of the reforms made by Dr. Nise to save psychiatric patients in Rio from the brutality of lobotomies.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
B+ 87% One Week and a Day (Shavua ve Yom) (2017) A delightful shaggy dog story from Israel, a comedy overlaid with the tragedy of a young man's death.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
C 26% Unforgettable (2017) Forgettable.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
B 50% The Promise (2017) A respectable enough treatment of a romantic triangle set against the horrors of Turkey's genocide of Armenians in 1915.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
C+ 62% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) Rampart absurdism makes this film an acquired taste, especially for those not lucky enough to be French.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
C 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) As soulful as your computer monitor's announcing "Blue screen of death."‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
B+ 85% Disneynature Born In China (2017) Far from the methane-filled air of Beijing lies a paradise for pandas, snow leopards, and antelopes, beautifully photographed.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
B 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) A National Geographic-style feature with a Masterpiece Theater aura.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2017
B- 74% All These Sleepless Nights (2017) These youths party, they argue, they philosophize, and most of all they smoke--in a nonfiction film that's shot in a New Wave style but goes nowhere.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
B+ 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) A subtle tragi-comic view of a man who appears to offer the world to people he befriends but does not really offer them anything at all.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
B+ 93% Obit (2017) Don't make your family pay for a death notice in the New York Times. "Obit" will inspire you to do something great, which means the paper of record will grant you a free placement.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
B 48% The Ticket (2017) Some originality at work in contrasting the vision of a man who had lost his sight and regained it.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
B+ 96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) The director of the marvelous "4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days gets solid performances in a movie about wheeling and dealing in post-Ceausecui Romania.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
C 85% The Transfiguration (2017) For a vampire movie, this one is too refined.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017