Jenny Nulf

Jenny Nulf
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Jenny Nulf is a film critic, distributor, and programmer located in Austin, TX.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 75% Enemies of the State (2021) Enemies of the State is not just dull, but it's a platform for fabricated stories that obstruct and allude from the big picture. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4.5/5 88% Undine (2020) Undine's hauntingly aching romance is enchanting, as thick as the feeling of inhaling water into your lungs. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3.5/5 96% I Carry You with Me (2021) Admirable efforts aside, I Carry You With Me is still an enchanting mix of drama and romance, but also a timely, poetic love letter to Iván's home country, Mexico - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
2/5 79% Summertime (2021) There is something to be said about good intentions in filmmaking, but Estrada's sincerity overload feels like mush. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
4/5 93% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Bourdain was a true inspiration, and the sting of his passing still lingers. With Roadrunner, Neville is able to give the icon a send-off that's tear-inducing and loving, a gift to those who will always be inspired by him. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3/5 95% Sun Children (Khorshid) (2021) While Sun Children's roots derive from The Goonies, there's no pirate ship of gold to save the parents at the end of the tunnel. Maijidi's film begins dire, and ends dire, a plea for his audience to see the world for the dark place it is. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
1/5 63% 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) The script is littered with misogynistic locker room talk, from the use of "ladies" as an insult, to immediately objectifying Vinessa Shaw, who plays Russell's wife Juanita, as soon as she appears on screen. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
2.5/5 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) It's disappointing to stop rooting for a blockbuster behemoth horror series, but The Conjuring movies' quality and talon-tight hold has rapidly deflated over time. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
3.5/5 74% Cruella (2021) Cruella is not as perfect as the seams Estella stitches, but there's something ever so charming about its strut. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
2.5/5 88% Dream Horse (2021) Dream Horse's kind spirit makes it watchable and fine, the kind of film meant for lazy days where low stakes dramas feel aptly comforting. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
1/5 53% Finding You (2021) It's as if Finding You was written by a computer program that studied 2000s rom-coms, taking the worst tropes and clunkily blending them together. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
4/5 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Spiral returns to the roots of the franchise, with its Se7en-like grungy aesthetic and grisly murders that nourish the cravings of extremity horror hounds. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
1/5 38% The Resort (2021) The direction for the actors is aimless, scattered, and hollow. They mouth inaudible things to each other while another character is talking, distract when they are supposed to be in the background, and lack any sort of chemistry. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
4.5/5 100% Downstream to Kinshasa (En Route pour le Milliard) (2021) Downstream to Kinshasa is a simple narrative, with a group of resilient survivors getting from point A to B, but its simplicity is impactful. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
3/5 92% The Man Who Sold His Skin (2021) They cry for him as both a victim and villain: but Ali is neither, for he made his choice. Yet that doesn't mean there's no room for regret and disdain, which The Man Who Sold His Skin skillfully explores. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
4/5 100% This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2021) It's a haunted hymn of grief, one that feels like a fable read from an old text, which is emphasized by the Priest (Ndebele) figure's monologuing, the master storyteller who unwinds Mantoa's tale. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
4/5 91% The Inheritance (2020) The Inheritance is a metrical, stunning piece of cinema. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
92% The Fallout (2021) In a moment of levity and an attempt to mentally float through the day, Vada takes E, and channels Jaques Tati on the stairs of her high school. Her effervescent performance is sublime, a perfect vessel for the film to find equilibrium. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
100% Introducing, Selma Blair (2021) Even through the toughest moments, there's a light and playfulness in her that radiates. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
2/5 67% Long Weekend (2021) Long Weekend had all the tools to make a wistful, escapist romance that explores and overcomes some of the stigmas of mental health, but it flatlines. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
1.5/5 86% Come True (2021) Come True's vapid center is completely undone by a last-minute plot twist pulled right out of Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Real. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
3/5 100% Sophie Jones (2021) As beautiful as the final scene on the beach is, because Jones' grief is not developed enough, it lands a bit chilly. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
96% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) The film's patient and honest introspective on young fame... makes it feel so much more than your standard pop music doc. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
1.5/5 29% Blithe Spirit (2021) Completely miscast with uninspired production, this remodeling of Blithe Spirit is a faint shadow of its Coward roots, a resurrected retired poltergeist without its same purpose or vigor. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
3/5 100% Film About a Father Who (2020) Film About a Father Who is not meant to give Sachs answers to her labyrinth of affection toward her father, but rather used to understand the man from whom she seeks so much approval. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
3.5/5 97% Atlantis (2019) Atlantis isn't an easy film to watch, and it's not meant to be. It's an anti-war film without solutions, but what it clear is that Vasyanovych believes in humanity rebuilding from tragedy. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/5 90% True Mothers (Asa ga kuru) (2020) While True Mothers is not Kawase's tightest feature, it's the swollen sense of love for her underdog stories that makes them so enchanting. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/5 98% The Dissident (2020) Thorough and competent, The Dissident works as an essential political documentary. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
3/5 100% Finding Yingying (2020) Finding Yingying brings humanity to the often stale true-crime subgenre while also giving us a unique perspective from someone on the outside of the American justice system. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
4/5 95% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2020) More than any film before it, To the Ends of the Earth fully embodies the isolation of culture shock. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
2.5/5 80% I'm Your Woman (2020) Hart attempts to make you feel every moment, but most of these plotless, meandering moments just seem to feel empty. The magic never clicks, and this rich-looking, Seventies-set thriller ends up feeling more like a drag on an unlit cigarette than a burn. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) The problem is not the substance, it's the person, and with Another Round, Vinterberg has crafted a beautiful dissection of that conundrum. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/5 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) The Croods: A New Age takes wacky, weird turns, and yet somehow still manages to be dull and lifeless. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
3.5/5 100% Coded Bias (2020) Coded Bias is not interested in wallowing in despair for the future, like many tech-infused documentaries like to do. Kantayya wants to inform and inspire change. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3.5/5 69% Ammonite (2020) There is a refreshing change with Ammonite, though. Whereas most period-set queer dramas are steered by hot-blooded "forbidden romance" tropes, Lee normalizes Mary and Charlotte's relationship. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
2.5/5 57% Call Me Brother (2017) It's the kind of roughness that to an extent works because of Call Me Brother's punchy fearlessness, and at the end of the day you're either in on the joke or not. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
3/5 68% Kindred (2020) Although a bit simpler than one would hope for given all the puzzle pieces at play, Kindred's polished aesthetic is just enough to make this terrifying film never leave your zeitgeist. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
3/5 62% Bad Hair (2020) Simien's efforts are valiant and, above all else, wholly original, so when he decides to ramp Bad Hair into overdrive, it's easy to forget about his unintentionally hollow metaphor. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2.5/5 83% Jiang Ziya (2020) Like many films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the story of Jiang Ziya is far more concerned with big epic punches rather than complex character weaving, and earned pathos. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
2.5/5 100% Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story (2020) Stuntwomen is a documentary where significance outweighs simplistic filmmaking, and the access and subjects give it enough energy to keep it roughly engaging. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 91% Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) (2020) In Still Life, with progress comes change, and it doesn't care if you are ready for it or not. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 100% Vinyl Nation (2020) Sometimes it's nice to sit back and watch a documentary knowing that the material probably won't be a heavy information overload. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
4/5 96% Mr. SOUL! (2020) There's a sense of overpowering love and gratitude for Haizlip that's beautiful and wholly felt throughout Mr. Soul!'s runtime, and it's as warm and comforting as the hot milk cake that Haizlip's mom used to make for him. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
4/5 94% Yourself and Yours (2020) That there are numerous ways to view her and the story makes it one of Hong's most powerful and engrossing films. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5/5 87% Swallow (2020) The terror and heavy grief of a woman not feeling autonomy over her own body is extreme, and Bennett encompasses that particular anguish in a way other women have not been able to explore. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) The Truth is, predictably, a movie about lies, but more so about memory and perception. It's an ambitious feat for Kore-eda, but in that ambition a lot of his ability to write a tender family drama, such as his Oscar-nominated Shoplifters, is muddled. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) What makes Midnight Traveler distinct from its counterparts is that it follows filmmaker Hassan Fazili's own family, and the intimacy he's able to capture over the life spans of three iPhones makes his documentary more tender and honest and immediate. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
72% Vivarium (2020) It's an overlong Black Mirror episode that forgot what the audience is supposed to be afraid of. Yes, we all know suburbia is trite, but your film doesn't have to be as well. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
75% The Other Lamb (2020) Unless you are into the warped imagery of trees and dead animals, it can seem like an incredible slog like the many hikes the women have to trudge through to reach the pinnacle "Eden." - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
96% The Pool (2019) Pouring from the demented mind of Ping Lumprapleong, The Pool is a survival thriller that manages to balance dumb decisions with gut-busting laughs to mold an extreme riot of a film that shouldn't be as entertaining as it is. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019