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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
B 56% 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+ 75% Past Life (2017) A thoughtful look at the need for forgiveness.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
C+ 37% 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 76% 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+ 97% 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 96% 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 74% 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- 51% 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+ 85% 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+ 71% 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- 86% 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 48% 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+ 66% 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 88% 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+ 87% 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 46% 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+ 97% 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
C+ 16% Mine (2017) Armie Hammer's good performance as a marine fighting in North Africa cannot overcome a cornball script to which he must adhere.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
A- 89% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) Goes well behind the antiseptic hospital scenes to delve into the lives of the people in the drama.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
B 73% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) Unless you're shot by James Bond or a host of other blockbuster heroes and collapse instantly, death takes time. Believe it by watching a king pass on. Louis XIV has all the time in the world to enlighten you.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
B 71% I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (2017) A serious exploration of the mind of a young woman who seeks revenge for being bullied or ignored by parents, peers, and the whole Czech society.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
C 42% Wilson (2017) An irritating title character appears in an unfunny comedy with saccharine sentiment.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2017
B+ 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) Cynthia Nixon's Oscar-worthy performance inhabiting the mind and body of American poet Emily Dickinson would be the envy even of Meryl Streep.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
B 100% The Last Laugh (2017) Intriguing in that it lays out the case that we can now make jokes about the Holocaust and lets the viewers decide for themselves whether they've made the point.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
B+ 100% Truman (2017) A serio-comic drama that portrays a dying man's wishes and actions and proving that for consolation, there is nothing that can take the place of good friends.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
B 52% The Belko Experiment (2017) A bloody send-up of office politics.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
B+ 95% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) A meditative, poignant look at family members who have come to accept their disappointments.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
B 95% Karl Marx City (2017) This documentary will help to convince you that Soviet style Communism forced on people of East Germany was destined to fail without intense surveillance by the state.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
C 79% Personal Shopper (2017) Watching Kristen Stewart texting a mystery man is about as interesting as observing the messenging by four teen girls at a restaurant table ignoring one another while buried in smartphones.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
B 66% Before I Fall (2017) Expropriates Harold Ramis's "Groundhog Day" for the high-school set, featuring good ensemble performances but with the flaw that the principal character is not the one who needs most to change.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
C 24% Table 19 (2017) The adorable dog at the wedding did not say anything. That made him the most interesting guest at the reception.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
B+ 88% Apprentice (2017) A compelling, minimalist look, dark in spirit as well as in lighting, seen from the point of view of the apprentice to a hangman in Singapore.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
B 20% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) This poor man's Lawrence of Arabia is a swashbuckling World War One tale involving a Muslim man's love for a Christian woman amid a background of people determined to kill each other.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
A- 89% Frantz (2017) An exquisitely crafted tale about the friendship, even love, of two people on opposite sides of the fence, a German man and a French woman, just after World War One.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
C+ 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) Kitsch romance amid Uncle Joe Stalin's pogroms.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
B 88% My Scientology Movie (2017) An entertaining,satiric documentary aiming at the irrationality of the Church of Scientology. Acted-out replicas of actual events take the place of the usual talking heads.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
A 99% Get Out (2017) This first-class psychological thriller blending a comedy of manners into full-scale mayhem will appeal to both intellectuals and rank-and-file moviegoers.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
A- 100% Keep Quiet (2017) A neo-nazi converts to Orthodox Judaism. Intruiging.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
A- 100% The Settlers (2017) With stunning use of archival film coupled with interviews and events from recent developments, this documentary will be an eye-opener for both those who think they know all about the Israeli settlements and those who seek an inside look at the politics.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
C 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Soft-core porn: hard bodies and limp dialogue.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
C+ 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) This psychological thriller/horror movie needs to be cut by one third to speed up the action. Slow going until the final twenty minutes.‐ Compuserve
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017