Jan Lisa Huttner

Jan Lisa Huttner
Jan Lisa Huttner's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.
Jan Lisa Huttner is the Managing Editor of FF2 Media & a member of New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO). She specializes in reviews of films by women filmmakers and films with Jewish content.
Ironically, Jan's all-time favorite film is Lawrence of Arabia (which has no female cast members & no Jewish characters). And so it goes!
Publications: FF2 Media
Location: Brooklyn, NY

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 83% Detroit (2017) Detroit is long and brutal, but ultimately too duplicitous and confusing to carry the weight of its extraordinary historical relevance. Sad to say, this time Bigelow has let us all down. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
4/5 100% Birthright: A War Story (2017) Birthright: A War Story is a call-to-arms for anyone who is still complacent about the erosion of OB/Gyn healthcare services for women in the USA since the ascension of the Tea Party in 2010. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/5 79% The Beguiled (2017) Sofia Coppola's superb new adaptation ofThomas Cullinan's Civil War novel, The Beguiled is anchored by the best performance Nicole Kidman has given in many a year. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
5/5 86% Megan Leavey (2017) A triumph for directorGabriela Cowperthwaite(making her feature film debut) in collaboration with screenwritersPamela Gray and Annie Mumolo. Together, these women and the entire cast and crew deliver one of the best films of 2017. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2/5 86% The Wedding Plan (2017) I seem to be the only film critic who has these intensely negative reactions to Rama Burshtein's work, so take this review - or maybe I should call it a rant - with a grain of salt. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
3/5 86% Tomorrow Ever After (2017) Filmmaker Ela Thier wrote a screenplay with a perceptive take on our era (which she calls "The Great Despair"), but director Ela Thier made a crucial error when she decided to cast herself in the lead role. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
4/5 80% Risk (2017) A film by a woman who is just beginning to question things to which she thought she already had answers. The film about risks taken by Julian Assange in the past turns out to be about the risks Laura Poitras herself is taking in the present. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
2/5 18% Queen of the Desert (2017) Sad to say, Queen of the Desert is sobad that for everyone's sake, I wish it had never been released at all. The only person in the cast or on the crew who can still hold ahead up after the credits roll is cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
1/5 69% Free Fire (2017) There are no 'stars' in Free Fire, just a bunch of fish trapped in a barrel by filmmakerBen Wheatley (aided & abetted by his co-writer Amy Jump). I refuse to waste your time with any discussion of plot and characters since Free Firefrankly has neither. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
3/5 89% By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) (2017) FilmmakerAnocha Suwichakornpong begins to weave her spell with considerable skill, [but] chooses instead to veer off into artsy images that, while beautiful, seem minimally connected-- at best -- to the story I thought she wanted to tell. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
4.5/5 96% Karl Marx City (2017) Riveted documentary artfully explores the intersection between personal history withpublic memory. Karl Marx City succeeds as a documentary precisely because it so artfully blends so many complex moral dilemmas. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
5/5 95% The Settlers (2017) Although I respect and admirefilmmaker Shimon Dotan's scrupulously even-handed documentary on the rise of Israel's Settlement Movement, I must honestly say that no film in recent memory has been more painful to actually watch. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2017
4/5 84% A United Kingdom (2017) There are no false notes in the telling of this tale, [and] I am truly grateful toAmma Asante for bringing this important story to the screen, graced, as it is, by two excellent performances fromDavid Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) Wonderful new film by Jim Jarmusch finds great interior drama in the quiet story of one week in the life of a Peterson, New Jersey bus driver named Paterson who is played by an actor named Driver! - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Fire Birds (2015) Black Comedy from Israel nominated for ten Ophir Awards by the Israel Film Academy in 2015. Trust me, this is a 'laughing thru tears' experience worthy of Sholem Aleichem with finely-drawn characters and an infectious 'tickle the ribs' plot. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
5/5 98% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Perfectly told tale of a French boy who is sent to a group home after his mother dies. Animated withdazzling style and state of the art technique by Swiss director Claude Barras (making his feature film debut). - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
5/5 77% This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (2017) Incredible accomplishment! Years of footage artfully compressed into tight narrative that speaks passionately on multiple levels. So kudos to Barbara Kopple for crafting a doc with so many levels of meaning from a virtual mountain of material. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
4.5/5 83% Denial (2016) One could dismiss Denial as 'just another film about the Holocaust', but I sincerely believe that would totally miss the point ... What is actually on trial is nothing less than truth, human reason, and the very meaning of the word 'fact.' - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
4.5/5 91% Certain Women (2016) Kelly Reichardt's new film braids together the lives of three women living in and around atown in central Montana. Scene-after-scene of almost wordless intimacy come together to create a haunting peekinto real American lives so often ignored. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/5 21% American Pastoral (2016) Ewan McGregor's new adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novelAmerican Pastoralis a noble failure...The only actor able totranscend this mess isDakota Fanning who plays Swede's daughter Meredith. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
4.5/5 No Score Yet The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith (2016) Fishko has it all. In fact, the miracle is how she ever managed to take Smith's enormous legacy of images, sounds, and words, and distill all of theminto a film so lucid and compelling. I honestly don't know how she did it, I'm just thrilled she did! - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
5/5 94% Howards End (1992) I am delighted to report that Howards End is not just glorious, it's actually better than ever -- the pinnacle of anextraordinary cinematic collaboration. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
3/5 82% Indignation (2016) I left my screening of Indignation with, yes, indignation. I felt that the filmmaker had wasted his cast and crew, while I had wasted my time. I could go on and on but why bother? [It's] just same old/same old from Philip Roth. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016
4.5/5 71% The Tenth Man (El rey del Once) (2016) When his father expressly requests a visit, a Jewish man from Buenos Aires returns home after decades abroad. Burman has created a highly-esteemed body of work and [now] you have the opportunity to see one of the best films of the year in The Tenth Man! - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
4/5 91% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) All of the characters are three dimensional, none of their predicaments are simplified, & the denouement is almost unbearably poignant. Actresses Cécile De France & Izïa Higelin are both superlative. Their love story is intense, passionate, & revelatory. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
4/5 74% Ghostbusters (2016) In one of the biggest gambles in the history of the multiplex, the fun lies in the interactions--the little quips and asides that make each one of the main characters unique and endearing. Is it manna from heaven? No. Is it fun? Yes. Mission Accomplished! - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
2.5/5 94% Tikkun (2016) It felt like a test. A filmmaker lusting for fame had chosen ... his theme, then dared the audience to walk out midway, already disgusted but still thinking they had 'missed something.' I am a good student. I stayed in my seat, but I did not applaud. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/5 67% Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016) Benoît Jacquot's new adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's novel is likely the most faithful to date, but that doesn't make it much fun to watch and none of the details are sufficiently coherent. By failing its audience, Jacquot & Zimmer have failed Mirbeau too. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
4/5 79% Eva Hesse (2016) On paper, artist Eva Hesse's biography reads like a 20th century nightmare. And yet, on screen, filmmaker Marcie Begleiter has turned this bleak life into something luminous, [showing] Eva Hesse as an indefatigable woman with unforgettable incandescence. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
5/5 79% Viktoria (2016) Viktoria is a stunning film from Bulgaria which begins as a political parody and ends as a feminist parable. Every scene is filled with metaphor and nuance. Kudos to filmmaker Maya Vitkova for her extraordinary vision and execution. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
5/5 98% The Fits (2016) Anna Rose Holmer, already well-known as a documentary film director, hits a home run with this outstanding feature film debut. And in her first screen performance, Royalty Hightower carries the whole film on her slim but agile shoulders. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
4.5/5 96% Weiner (2016) Weiner is back. This time he has no independent ability to shape the story. He is an object of scrutiny rather than an agent of change, and his public demise-brilliantly captured in the award-winning new documentary Weiner-is a tawdry tale of our times. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
4.5/5 92% A Monster With A Thousand Heads (Un Monstruo de Mil Cabezas) (2016) A Monster with a Thousand Heads is not only brilliant in itself, but a riveting metaphor for our times. From the moment Sonia decides to chase the doctor down to the parking lot, the film lunges forward with relentless speed and intense narrative drive. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet 1920 London (2016) This giddy comedy/horror mash-up from India has all the familiar Bollywood elements--gorgeous people dancing around sumptuous sets--so expect it to be what it is... and enjoy. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
4.5/5 94% Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016) Ada Ushpiz's brilliant new documentary is an audacious attempt to completely reframe the legacy of Hannah Arendt... Ushpiz certainly convinced me, thereby making my own emotional investment in this difficult subject matter well worth the effort. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
4/5 56% Lolo (2016) Delpy has created another perfect role for herself as a dog being wagged by its own tail. She is adorable in her befuddlement as the stakes get ever higher. And Dany Boon as Jean-René and Vincent Lacoste as Lolo make great comic partners. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2016
4/5 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Ditzy, delightful new sequel to Nia Vardalos' 2002 surprise hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding. If you loved MBFGW #1--as I surely did--then by all means treat yourself to a second helping of flaming spanakopita: Opa! - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2016
4.5/5 94% Colliding Dreams (2016) A new documentary about the history of the Arab/Israeli Conflict from the Jewish-American point of view, comes to us from two filmmakers with superlative credentials. Together they have taken a leap of faith, crafting an epic drama worthy of its subject. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2016
3/5 89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) Bracket off the first two 'memories,' and My Golden Days is a slog ... [I was] bored to tears by yet another beautifully mounted but totally phallocentric 'coming of age' story that I've basically seen a million times already. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
3.5/5 60% About Scout (2016) Three accomplished, engaging actresses quickly capture our hearts, and filmmaker Laurie Weltz-collaborating on this screenplay with her with daughter/lead actress India Ennenga-has us in the palm of her hand. But Weltz doesn't quite know what to do next. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/5 22% Marguerite & Julien (Marguerite et Julien) (2016) Valérie Donzelli's new costume drama is set in multiple time frames. Gorgeous and passionate, I wanted to love it. But the meta-exercise has no follow-through, so ultimately it becomes more confusing than engaging. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Carvalho's Journey (2015) This wonderful new documentary interweaves three powerful stories. I am here to tell you that Carvalho's Journey, in addition to all its other virtues, may well be one of the greatest love stories in Jewish American history. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
4.5/5 93% Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) In her superlative new documentary 'Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict,' filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland introduces her subject with quotes from talking heads who are often quite snide and yet 95 minutes later, her heroine has triumphed. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
3/5 77% Yosemite (2016) By the third story, I was out of patience. Already thwarted twice, I had no energy left to invest in a third set of characters even when I saw the possibility of some overlap. OK, I get it: Boys will be boys ... But me? I was bored to death. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
3/5 17% Other People's Children (2015) This is director Liz Hinlein's first feature film, and screenwriter Adrienne Harris's second. So I wish I could say positive things to encourage them. But the film has only one thing going for it: a charismatic performance by Chad Michael Murray as P.K. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 61% Sisters (2015) Fey and Poehler fit together like two halves of a whole. Screenwriter Paula Pell knows her stars perfectly, and director Jason Moore knows how the keep the whole dizzy, ditzy ensemble from going over the edge. Sisters is a big, broad, bawdy delight. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
4/5 100% The Winding Stream (2015) Beth Harrington has directed with skill and smarts and Mike Olson contributes terrific photoanimations to make the pre-Selfie Era come alive on screen. Once Johnny starts singing--alone, with June, and/or with anyone else--the soundtrack is pure pleasure. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
4.5/5 73% Suffragette (2015) Superb film directed by Sarah Gavron with a screenplay by Abi Morgan. This is my team--the 50% of humanity born female--and seeing our history told so eloquently from our POV is a rare and thrilling experience! - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
4/5 92% The Girl in the Book (2015) Filmmaker Marya Cohn--directing a terrific cast-- deftly manages the flashback sequences [and] adds unexpected depth and empathy to some situations which are unfortunately already all too familiar. Brava! - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
5/5 88% The Big Short (2015) The best film of 2015. I say 'the best' with confidence because I have now seen almost all of 2016's Oscar contenders. Steve Carell [delivers] a transformative performance that raises him to the rank of one of the greatest actors of his generation. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2015