Jeffrey Edalatpour

Jeffrey Edalatpour
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% 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
76% 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
98% 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
84% 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
78% 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
69% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
93% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
32% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
50% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
46% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
70% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
53% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) The sense of delight is immediate and contagious. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
25% 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 EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
96% Félicité (2017) Gomis approaches her performances with a gritty, gorgeous series of impressions. - SF Weekly EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
71% Hostiles (2018) [The] panoramic expanses reinforce the dream-like, episodic quality of the pacing. - SF Weekly EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
78% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
79% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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) EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
81% Marshall (2017) This straightforward courtroom drama excavates the struggle for Black civil rights without making it seem like ancient history. - SF Weekly EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
67% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
92% 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 EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
39% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
97% Tangerine (2015) Tangerine could be a bellwether: casting transgender actors in transgender roles. - KQED (San Francisco) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
97% Mustang (2015) With this film, Ergüven creates a moving leap forward in the evolution of female self-determination. - KQED (San Francisco) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017