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Jessica Winter

Jessica Winter
Jessica Winter's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, Slate, Village Voice, Time Out

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
69% Carandiru (2004) Every scene is cut from factory-issue prison-genre cloth to fit jailhouse stock characters.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 11, 2004
84% Mean Girls (2004) Director Waters and screenwriter Tina Fey ... aim less for the usual high-gloss caricature than acutely hilarious sociology.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2004
46% Close Your Eyes (2002) The somnolent cast can't keep the faith.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2004
62% Young Adam (2004) Emily Mortimer ... McGregor, and especially Swinton are as frank and fearless with their NC-17 naked bodies as Mackenzie is uncompromised in conveying Trocchi's sulfurous purview on labor and lust to the screen.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2004
55% The Girl Next Door (2004) Of course, once Danielle has awakened Matthew's inner party animal, the girl next door becomes a mere bystander to her neighbor's various wacky rescue ops.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2004
63% Two Men Went to War (2004) Henderson's rickety comedy flows in the Brit-blooded vein of gruff, deceptively hapless pluck in the face of Nazi aggression.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2004
56% Ned Kelly (2003) Marks a welcome departure from the usual rah-rah machismo of the semi-nationalist action adventure, but Jordan never escapes the mighty shadow of The Thin Red Line.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2004
73% Intermission (2003) Like a loud and intermittently charismatic drunk at a dreary dive bar, Intermission grabs your attention, but in no time you're looking for the nearest exit.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2004
98% The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (2004) A choreography of the everyday timed to Demy's floating long takes and Michel Legrand's at turns jaunty and lachrymose score.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2004
93% Touching the Void (2004) Though matter- of-factly presented, Simpson's endurance test exceeds the imagination, and reanimates every blurbable cliché in the film reviewer's word bank.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2004
74% Calendar Girls (2003) A genial lesson in how to both honor and subvert womanly expectations.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2003
35% Mona Lisa Smile (2003) Busybody Katherine appears more than simply angry with the mid-century sexism that her charges have so seamlessly internalized -- she seems utterly unplugged from reality in 1953.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2003
89% In America (2003) Like a kid playing make-believe, In America is blithely confident of its own contrivances; it only benefits from a certain unselfconscious naivete.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2003
37% Sylvia (2003) Ridden with the ankle-spraining lawn divots of the biopic.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2003
65% The Flower of Evil (2003) Another tastefully baroque roasting of petty bourgeois rites within suffocating domestic environs.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2003
68% Once upon a Time in Mexico (2003) Having already looted the Peckinpah and spaghetti-western archives, the director now quotes his own quotations, in service of not a sequel but a vociferous reiteration.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2003
51% Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2003) Henderson of the velvet-and- helium voice makes a princess without rival.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2003
100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Darkened encounters with the ghost of Abe Beame don't come more giddily thrilling.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2003
98% Chinatown (1974) In 1974 a director, a screenwriter, and a producer (Robert Evans, who for once deserves a few of the plaudits he's apportioned himself) could decide to beat a genre senseless and then dump it in the wilds of Greek tragedy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2003
33% Johnny English (2003) Smug with timely zingers like 'The only thing the French should be allowed to host is an invasion,' the movie's recommended strictly for Bush advisers.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2003
94% Dirty Pretty Things (2003) The Hollywood-formula framework is built on a decidedly un-Hollywood foundation in terms of subject matter, worldview, and plausible casting.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2003
80% I Capture the Castle (2003) Sweet and sleepy, I Capture the Castle might feel most comfortable in a Sunday-afternoon slot on the BBC: The humor is gentle and broad, the camerawork awkward, the landscape pastoral.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2003
50% The Heart of Me (2003) The adulterous lovers' anguished scruples scan like inert masochism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2003
100% Le Souvenir d'un avenir (Remembrance of Things to Come) (2001) The script and juxtapositions reiterate Marker's vision of recorded memory as a small, paradoxical death: at once a tragically irretrievable moment and a dread portent.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 27, 2003
97% Sweet Sixteen (2003) Loach's latest adheres so closely to his long-established narrative pattern -- overdetermined case study crowned with a morbid jolt -- that viewers might underestimate its wit, empathy, and careful characterizations.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 13, 2003
77% L'Auberge Espagnole (2003) Cédric Klapisch has been compared to Truffaut, but the new-waver's weakness for glib sentimentalism seems to have left the biggest impression on L'Auberge Espagnole.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 13, 2003
87% A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) (1964) Godard light, but not lite: Its breezy postures front for melancholia.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 13, 2003
92% The Man on the Train (2003) Collapses in a heap of affirmational outbursts and metaphysical goop.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 6, 2003
99% Rosemary's Baby (1968) Hunched, black-eyed, leering, John Cassavetes's Guy is a contaminated satanic canal in himself.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2003
76% Marion Bridge (2003) Defies its genealogy with grace, economy, and unstinting compassion.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2003
37% Spun (2003) The traumatized critic must struggle to avoid capital letters in urging patrons to steer clear of the colorfully cast but unbearable Spun.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2003
85% Bend It like Beckham (2003) A shrill, poky comedy about good sportsmanship and the pursuit of big dreams.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2003
86% Lawless Heart (2002) Like grieving itself, the film is awkward, messily honest, and sometimes darkly funny.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2003
60% From the Other Side (De L'autre Cote) (2003) Akerman's characteristically patient, pensive approach elegantly accommodates her reportorial responsibilities.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2003
77% Nicholas Nickleby (2002) Unwieldy contraption.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2002
100% Singin' in the Rain (1952) The ultimate nostalgic source text is itself a pomo homage to a lost moment.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2002
75% The Way Home (Jibeuro) (2002) Punitively affirmational parable.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2002
67% Justifiable Homicide (2002) Meticulously uncovers a trail of outrageous force and craven concealment.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2002
88% Le Fantôme de la Liberté (The Phantom of Liberty) (The Specter of Freedom) (1974) Albeit scattershot, Phantom does cohere as a satire of keeping up appearances in which everything is as it appears.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2002
50% The Chateau (2002) The raw art of the malapropism has rarely been so extensively honored, but the increasingly strident, slapstick-smacked movie runs out of steam once the culture shock wears off.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2002
74% Signs (2002) Sitting through the last reel (spoiler alert!) is significantly less charming than listening to a four-year-old with a taste for exaggeration recount his Halloween trip to the Haunted House.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2002
74% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002) The poised Vega and pleasingly phlegmatic Sabara are resolutely uncute performers, and the reach-out-and-touch-it gadgetry carries a homey scent of proactive nostalgia.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2002
88% I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002) Largely a for-fans artifact.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2002
No Score Yet Imogen and Otto's happenstance affair holds little intrigue or surprise.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2002
78% Tadpole (2002) [Stanford] deftly switches between Oscar's self-assigned roles -- the charming raconteur for Eve, the aloof aesthete for everyone else -- while Neuwirth radiates a saucy, infectious giddiness.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2002
66% My Wife Is an Actress (2002) Gainsbourg is virtually incidental to her mate's screeching navel-serenade, which maintains a stranglehold on the declarative first-person mode of its title.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2002
0% Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler (2002) The high-concept scenario soon proves preposterous, the acting is robotically italicized, and truth-in-advertising hounds take note: There's very little hustling on view.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2002
80% Sunshine State (2002) The whole of Sunshine State is less than the sum of its parts, but the parts are often lovely, and always true.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2002
80% War Photographer (2001) The photographer's show-don't-tell stance is admirable, but it can make him a problematic documentary subject.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2002
35% Bartleby (2002) The loud, musty production design ... smells of recirculated air and enervated ambition, but unfortunately, so does the movie itself.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 21, 2002