Jeffrey Edalatpour Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Jeffrey Edalatpour

Jeffrey Edalatpour
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) Under the Tree isolates its characters by stifling them in a suburban wasteland.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
95% Three Identical Strangers (2018) trangers embarks on an unsettling investigation of the adoption agency that found homes for the brothers.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
71% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
75% Damsel (2018) With Wasikowska behind the trigger, Damsel points a rifle directly at male vanity and shoots a hole right through the target's heart. ‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
95% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Each shift in tone is Riley's way of both heightening reality... and commenting on an economic hierarchy that disadvantages people of color.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Ben Foster is making a career out of playing men who either can't or won't adhere to society's rules... But as Will in Debra Granik's Leave No Trace, he reinvigorates these baleful character traits by suppressing rather than expressing them.‐ MetroActive
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
83% Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf (2018) The film is a series of floral and grassy still-life paintings brought to life by Oudolf's appraising eyes and hands.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) The director calmly asserts the reality of life on the margins without descending into melodrama or tragedy.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) It's 2:38am and I'm convinced there's someone, or some-thing, in the attic. I have Ari Aster's first feature film Hereditary to thank for the past four nights of anxiety-induced sleeplessness.‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
30% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) It's stylish and occasionally risqué, but unlike its hero and heroine, it refuses to commit to any one of them.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
45% Measure of a Man (2018) Accurate period details weren't a high priority in Jim Loach's coming-of-age story Measure of a Man.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) This psychosexual thriller indulges in titillating costumes and taboo role-playing ... but ultimately punishes anyone who derives pleasure from foreplay, fantasy, or coitus.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
71% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) Like Young & Beautiful, Ozon can't figure out if he's empowering or exploiting his heroine. ‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
55% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) [The film] piles on the emotional distress relentlessly. Sensitive, impressionable children should, in equal parts, be bored by the slack pacing, sense the tendentious spiritual teachings, and leave the theater disturbed by all the violence.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) The sense of delight is immediate and contagious. ‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
30% The Clapper (2018) The movie is a less assured version of Shira Piven's Welcome to Me, in which she and Kristen Wiig unleash the full neurotic potential of the "15 minutes of fame" expression. The Clapper only pays lip service to it.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) It's the lack of one other ingredient -- saccharine -- that makes the emotional life of a film about a faded movie star feel true and real.‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
97% Félicité (2017) Gomis approaches her performances with a gritty, gorgeous series of impressions.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Reynolds and his sister may be wearing luxurious tweeds, wools, and satins, but as characters they're as stiff and soulless as hulls made from the plainest muslin.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
73% Hostiles (2018) [The] panoramic expanses reinforce the dream-like, episodic quality of the pacing.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) Even when his verbal pyrotechnics threaten to bury her in exposition, Chastain acts her way through them. ‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
77% All the Money in the World (2017) The director of A Good Year and Roxy Music's sumptuous Avalon video breathes more life into inanimate objets d'art than he does with Mark Wahlberg's inexpressive performance. ‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
No Score Yet Mathilde (2017) When compared to other epic love stories set in the 19th century, psychological acuity has been replaced by opulent symbolism. Those bloody feet reveal more about character than a slo-mo fainting scene at the last emperor's coronation.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) [Woody] Allen, however, strands Kate Winslet with [Jim] Belushi and Justin Timberlake. Neither is her imaginative equal nor do they hold her attention. ‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) It's a retelling of the classic holiday tale - one told while under construction. In fits and starts, the writer's imagination pieces together everyday material along with some inner torments.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) In Roman J. Israel, Esq., Denzel Washington establishes the inner life of his character without having to say a word. ‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) As an imperious yet helpless mother, Kidman allows a breathtaking ugliness into her performance. It saturates the character's facial expressions that well up from whatever's left of her soul. ‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
76% Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017) An infomercial slowly bubbles up to the surface from the shallows of Rory Kennedy's documentary Take Every Wave - The Life Of Laird Hamilton. ‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) This straightforward courtroom drama excavates the struggle for Black civil rights without making it seem like ancient history. ‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
83% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Tower is portrayed as a solitary figure who has never recovered from the isolation of his early, formative years.‐ Berkeleyside
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
81% Broken Embraces (2009) Since her star-making turn in Volver, Cruz has evolved into a great actress, whose films the audience longs to return to: she and Almodóvar have created whole and complete worlds. Indeed, Broken Embraces mirrors our own - but brightly.‐ The Rumpus
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
85% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009) The White Ribbon breathes an unholy life into the generation of children who would grow up to become the obedient soldiers and members of the Nazi party.‐ The Rumpus
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
76% Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2010) The arrival of Agathe Villanova is at the center of the drama in Let it Rain, and the story benefits from giving her more to do in front of the lens.‐ The Rumpus
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Larsson was a natural heir to Mankell's style, but unlike his progenitor's work, both the book and film versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo lack Wallander's good heart.‐ The Rumpus
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
64% Howl (2015) Howl is neither a biopic about the poem's author Allen Ginsberg, nor does it delve into any other poem in his literary oeuvre. These are the first of many missteps that the producers take.‐ The Rumpus
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
10% The Forest (2016) Someone made the decision to economize on story and amp up the chase sequences.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
91% Anomalisa (2015) If everybody is identically manufactured and therefore dead inside, do we really need a joyless film to confirm that fact for us? ‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
97% 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008) Over the course of this 100 minute film, a father (Alex Descas in an understated, near mute, performance), slowly comes to understand his daughter's need for independence. ‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
86% Please Give (2010) In another director's hands, this subject might have been rife with sanctimony. Instead, Holofcener has made a sly, urbane comedy with several smart actresses who make her acerbic dialogue lively and believable, character-driven.‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
63% Coco Before Chanel (2009) As Coco Chanel, Tautou is as rigid and humorless as a corset, unable to breathe life into the character. ‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
40% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) What lends this film its power are the personal and political traumas that Argentina sustained during its "Dirty War."‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
91% Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009) Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo is more like a series of haiku stitched together than a formally persuasive documentary. If you're like me, you won't love insects any more after watching the film, but you will better appreciate the idea of them.‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
97% Tangerine (2015) Tangerine could be a bellwether: casting transgender actors in transgender roles.‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
98% Mustang (2015) With this film, Ergüven creates a moving leap forward in the evolution of female self-determination.‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
93% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) If the names Huey Newton, Bobby Seale and Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver don't spark some recognition in you (and they should), Nelson's film acts as a smart, moving primer for anyone wanting a point of entry into the Black Panther origin story.‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
85% Lamb (2016) While the personal is political in Lamb, it's also an affecting work of art. ‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
91% A Quiet Passion (2017) [A Quiet Passion] also serves to remind why we still study and read Dickinson more than a hundred years after her death.‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
81% I Am Love (2010) I Am Love is essential viewing for those of us who are astonished by Tilda Swinton's ability to become someone new in every film.‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
88% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) We feel for the characters without seeing or sharing their varied points of view. We only observe - dumbfounded and uncomprehending - like a pigeon staring down from a tree branch.‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
60% Saint Laurent (2015) Saint Laurent is the filmic equivalent of drinking a bottle of absinthe. Even after leaving the theater, its green haze is not easily shaken off. ‐ KQED (San Francisco)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017