Jaime Pena

Jaime Pena
Jaime Pena's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Caimán Cuadernos de Cine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Gull (2020) Gull unravels the moral conflict without falling into Manichaeism at any time, knowing how to end just at the moment that the most demagogic filmmakers would begin their films. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2021
No Score Yet Chupacabra (2020) Routine. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
No Score Yet The Last Days of Spring (La Última Primavera) (2020) [The Gabarre-Mendozas'] performance is nothing more than a representation of their own life. And they do it with an astonishing naturalness. - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
No Score Yet Along the Sea (Umibe no Kanojotachi) (2020) An annoying conservatism lies underneath, a filmmaker who shows his calligraphic expertise but who does not want to risk unknown paths. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
No Score Yet Spagat (2020) Everything in Spagat is... bizarre and implausible. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
100% I Never Cry (Jak Najdalej Stad) (2020) As pleasant to watch as, I suspect, easy to forget. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
No Score Yet Ane is Missing (2020) Too mechanical in some characters' definition. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
No Score Yet Death Knell (Hil Kanpaiak) (2020) Rayo dominates the staging like very few other Spanish filmmakers; It remains for him to prove his worth as a storyteller. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
80% Memory House (Casa de antiguidades) (2021) [The movie] hides behind a mask, pretending to be what it isn't and remaining only skin deep. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
93% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2021) [Director Suzanne] Lindon uses dance to replace... those phrases that have been repeated thousands or millions of times in movies, novels and fotonovelas. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
92% Limbo (2021) [Reveals] how little Sharrock really cares about his characters and their cultural circumstances. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
No Score Yet Remember to Live (Acuérdate de Vivir) (1953) [Director Roberto] Gavaldón grants his protagonist that deferred opportunity to live and the surprising thing is that we come to accept this ending as a happy ending. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
82% The Sharks (Los tiburones) (2019) The Sharks cultivates the suggestions (very well) and, in a way, relinquishes a real dramatic plot. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
No Score Yet La Otra (The Other One) (1946) The fatalism and romanticism of [director Roberto] Gavaldón's film do not lag behind those of Hitchcock. A masterpiece. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
92% Monos (2019) Its clumsiness is only comparable to its naivety. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
No Score Yet Sombra Verde (Untouched) (1954) We long for the plot not to have focused on [Don Ignacio Santos] rather than that of Federico. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
No Score Yet Autumn Days (Dias de Otono) (1963) Autumn Days is one of those strange achievements that conceals its modernity under the layer of a classic melodrama. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
18% Chicuarotes (2019) García Bernal knows what he wants to tell, but he has no idea how. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
No Score Yet The Stepmother (La Madrastra) (1975) Never gets to consummate narratively. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
71% Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) (2019) More of a simulacrum than a true film. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
91% The Cordillera of Dreams (La cordillera de los sueños) (2020) [Patricio Guzmán's] new film represents the pure exhaustion of the formula. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
No Score Yet Rayando el Sol (1946) [Director Roberto] Gavaldón plays with his characters like someone who plays cards, looking for the best possible combination. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
No Score Yet The Golden Cockerel (El Gallo de Oro) (1964) The lame rooster is one of the best animal performers one has ever seen on a screen. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
60% The Moneychanger (Así habló el cambista) (2019) [The film's] tone borders on self-parody and its own characters prevent any degree of empathy from the public. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
94% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) [Director Hlynur] Pálmason maintains a certain distance with his characters, favoring irony over any kind of empathy, almost as a manifestation of rugged landscapes and a changing climate. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
88% The Halt (Ang hupa) (2019) The Halt's best moments are at the end, when it enters the streets and sided with those children who are the first propitiatory victims of the tyrants of the day and the environmental disasters. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
100% Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (2019) The rhythm and the environment... provides an air of verisimilitude close to the documentary. The tone prevails throughout the film... stripped of any kind of visual rhetoric. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
29% Heroes Don't Die (2019) Works better theoretically than dramatically. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
90% The Climb (2020) [Director Michael Angelo] Covini's film is a rare sight in the current panorama of American independent cinema. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
56% Alice and the Mayor (Alice et le maire) (2019) [Director] Nicolas Parasier has undoubted talent for comedy. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
90% The Lighthouse (2019) Dialogues... respond both to a deeply literary character and to an old English whose purpose is not so much the dramatic development as the brilliance of its actors [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
94% Litigante (2019) [An] intelligent chronicle of a few months in the life of Silvia, a Colombian lawyer. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
93% Us (2019) Perhaps [Us'] greatest virtue derives from its ending. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
62% Buy Me a Gun (Cómprame un revolver) (2018) Buy Me a Gun is one of the most important Latin American films of the year, perhaps also in recent years. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
63% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) [Our Time] has a propensity to place the camera in unusual places... that at least gives us a rest from the family psychodrama. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
100% The Snatch Thief (El Motoarrebatador) (2018) What in other Latin American films is a natural inclination for sordidness and violence is turned around in [director Agustín] Toscano's film, in a certain sense taking advantage of the spectator's prejudices. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
80% A Twelve-Year Night (La noche de 12 años) (2018) Suspense is not a dramatic alternative that [director Álvaro] Brechner manages. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
100% Florianópolis Dream (Sueño Florianópolis) (2018) Florianópolis Dream is not just a great movie, but also a breath of fresh air. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
78% Los silencios (2018) The question we can ask ourselves is why or what for, since in reality the only interest of Los Silencios lies in its final part. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
No Score Yet Julia and the Fox (Julia y el zorro) (2018) Everything resembles a succession of well-filmed and acted moments, which responds more to the internal logic of this type of film... than to a dramatic need motivated by the starting point. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
100% A Family Submerged (Familia sumergida) (2018) The extraordinary Hélène Louvart's camera... turns the atmosphere of that house into something unbreathable and claustrophobic. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
98% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) Aside from some great performances,The Heiresses transpires little more than a calligraphic application of a formula. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
83% Marilyn (2019) Like Marcos himself, the film is much freer when he dances with Marilyn and sets aside the will to denounce. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
80% Rust (Ferrugem) (2018) For [director Aly] Muritiba it is less important to find the culprit than to get him to assume the implications of his actions. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
87% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) In any case... it should not be ruled out that arbitrariness is the ultimate engine of this film. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
80% Ayka (2018) [Director Sergey] Dvortsevoy believes in justice, not in beauty, that's why his film is not complacent but restless, like that inclement weather in Moscow that makes us feel the cold and Ayka's helplessness. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
86% Diamantino (2019) [Diamantino is] is, the most self-indulgent movie that one would ever expect to find in Cannes. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
93% Sauvage / Wild (2019) A film that, in its derivative narrative, never does justice to its notable character and protagonist... [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Woman at War... is ultimately a much more conventional film in its development than its eccentric characters and absurd situations deserved. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
100% Dead Souls (2018) Dead Souls is an urgent film, but it took its director some thirteen years to complete. [Full review in Spanish] - Caimán Cuadernos de Cine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018