Jeffrey Edalatpour

Jeffrey Edalatpour
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
88% The Green Knight (2021) Each time Lowery shows a strange or striking image - a skull that turns into a talking head or a blind woman silently observing a seduction -- it fades away without having any lasting impact. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
91% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) A testimonial to the man's strengths, flaws and frailties. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) As a director, Wright's career is suffused with proud geekery, and The Sparks Brothers has fanboy soul. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
88% Tove (2021) By the end, thanks to Pöysti's performance, even the meaning of the Moomintroll stories make more sense. She illuminates every aspect of Tove's artistic, idiosyncratic, endearing soul. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
80% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) The movie delivers the same temporary high as a strawberry daiquiri, followed by the low, queasy sensation that sugar and alcohol are teaming up to fog up your frontal lobes. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
97% The Truffle Hunters (2020) The Truffle Hunters retains an ecstatic air of mystery. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) The screenwriter, Kata Wéber, goes on to write several startling monologues for Burstyn's supporting performance. The speeches fill out her character so she doesn't come across as simply petty. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
25% Voyagers (2021) The diverse supporting cast in Voyagers recede into the background like silhouettes on a repeating pattern of wallpaper. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
97% Wojnarowicz (2021) [Wojnarowicz] resurrects his ghost for all of us to admire, even if it's from a wary distance. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
64% French Exit (2021) Ultimately, French Exit is another sour variation on a theme that plays out in Francoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
75% The Mauritanian (2021) The stylized moments of his torture are relatively brief. But they're also affecting enough to render a definitive verdict about the ends justifying the means. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
93% Nomadland (2021) In Three Billboards, Mildred essentially breaks bad. Nomadland is an extended view of a woman doing everything she can to avoid breaking down in a country that already has. - East Bay Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
98% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) What's astonishing about the film is how the director creates a sense of urgency for the separated lovers. And Sukowa's Nina is as indomitable as a superhero. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
62% The Salt of Tears (Le sel des larmes) (2021) The plot is indebted to every Eric Rohmer film concerned with the vagaries of love. But Garrel takes his characters more seriously than Rohmer does. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
89% Supernova (2021) Macqueen's approach to his leading men is too respectful. Instead of zooming in close to get inside their heads, he keeps his distance, as does the audience. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) If it weren't for Boseman's fragile Levee and an indomitable Davis as his counterpoint, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom might have landed dryly, as a dutiful filmed version of the play. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
88% Let Them All Talk (2020) Streep's magic act here -- without shedding a tear -- is to draw out our sympathy for a character who, by all outward appearances, doesn't deserve any. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
89% The Nest (2020) It's a more intimate take on Wall Street's 1987 dictum that greed is good. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
83% Mank (2020) Mank's charms wear out quickly. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
87% Monsoon (2020) It's an anti-melodramatic film that carefully foregrounds Kit's story against the tragic background of a country recovering from war. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
84% Let Him Go (2020) [Let Him Go,] from start to finish, retains the coiled tension of a bad-tempered rattlesnake. While all of the actors' performances are perfectly on point, either arousing sympathy or terror, the most surprising aspect of the movie is the direction. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) Without some degree of animated turmoil at its center, On the Rocks melts down to become a flavorless, watery drink. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
49% The Witches (2020) I believed that Huston's witch would rid the planet of children without a second thought. In this remake, I believed in the relationship between the Grandmother and her grandson until Zemeckis overwhelmed them with his gadgets and hi-tech wizardry. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) What's most surprising though about the film is that the characteristically caustic Iannucci not only tempers Dickens' sentimentality; he also warms the material up and makes it welcoming. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
57% Sibyl (2020) Justine Triet's Sibyl descends from that old school tradition of softcore and heated melodramas. But the intervening years have informed her approach. She films her heroine from a self-empowered, and self-deluded, vantage point. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
30% Antebellum (2020) Antebellum is structured as a nightmare that shifts into a nightmare that's real. There isn't any dramatic advantage in this nonlinear structure. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
No Score Yet Conviction (Une intime conviction) (2019) With Conviction, [director Antoine] Raimbault revitalizes a tired genre, the courtroom drama. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) Tenet is a soundtrack attached to an incoherent set of moving images. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
78% Eternal Beauty (2019) Jane becomes less and less real, just one more piece of moving scenery. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
80% Mon chien Stupide (2019) Attal composes unremarkable shots to better serve the actors. Chief among his subjects is Gainsbourg... She may not be writing or directing them, but without her his stories would be missing a fixed, reliable center. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
54% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) Rylance miraculously finds some measure of grace in his character's terrible fall. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Shrewd, moving and thoughtful. - KQED (San Francisco) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
86% Mr. Jones (2020) Holland films Mr. Jones with the same humanistic approach she takes in her World War II drama Europa, Europa. The director captures the subtle emotions of every major and minor character and then sets them against chilling political backdrops. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
83% The Audition (Das Vorspiel) (2020) Ina Weisse's film The Audition is a holy artifact from a bygone era... - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
77% Tommaso (2020) Sorrentino's visions of a glittering, rotting demimonde evoke Fellini's decadence and his character's ribald, sensual fantasies. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
64% Clementine (2019) It's a subdued psychological profile that's amped up by an insistent score. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
89% Deerskin (2020) The director drops any realistic attempt to profile one lonely guy's psychology in favor of a Grand Guignol horror show. Unfortunately, [Quentin] Dupieux doesn't always strike the right balance with his transition from humor to horror. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) [Eliza] Hittman's lighting - with cinematography by Hélène Louvart - pacing, and camera angles are taut and lyrical. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
100% The Windermere Children (2020) Set 75 years in the past, The Windermere Children makes a brief nod to the contemporary persistence of xenophobia and anti-Semitism -- and the moral necessity of combatting such hatred. - KQED (San Francisco) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) In the director's attempt to avenge the pure soul of the artist (or filmmaker), the protagonist here is vague and not fleshed out. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
93% Us (2019) Us is crowded with witty references to other movies that may or may not turn out to be red herrings. - KQED (San Francisco) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Cold War is filled with remarkably staged scenes that linger in the viewer's consciousness for days. - KQED (San Francisco) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) But apart from title cards that bookend the film, every plot advancement feels rushed-through, truncated or undeveloped. - KQED (San Francisco) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) What Van Sant and Phoenix emphasize about Callahan's life...was his ability to look back with laughter at his alcoholism and his sudden paralysis rather than living out the rest of his days in silent despair. - KQED (San Francisco) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
97% The Cakemaker (2018) [Director] Ofir Raul Graizer... invests Thomas' baking skills and that Black Forest cake with the power to seduce and enchant. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
94% Blindspotting (2018) The film's break-out performance belongs to Cascal. Miles' emotions carry an electric charge that he can't control, and he pairs them with high-voltage turns of phrase. - MetroActive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Burnham has constructed a remarkably thoughtful first feature film. - MetroActive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
85% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) Under the Tree isolates its characters by stifling them in a suburban wasteland. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) trangers embarks on an unsettling investigation of the adoption agency that found homes for the brothers. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
77% The King (2018) Jarecki acknowledges the limits of comparing Elvis' decline with that of America's... but he does get a lot of mileage from testing the idea. - MetroActive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018