Joanne Laurier

Joanne Laurier
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Born in Massachusetts, a regular contributor on film and art to the World Socialist Web Site since 2000.
Publications: World Socialist Web Site

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
73% Under the Same Moon (2008) Unfortunately, many of the poignant moments are overwhelmed by a routine and formulaic narrative. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
88% Boy A (2007) Overall, the film is very strong and compassionate. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
No Score Yet Apology of an Economic Hitman (2008) Apology of an Economic Hitman is effective, even though its disclosures are not fundamentally new ones. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
No Score Yet Crossing (2009) Kim hammers the viewer in a way not so different from the crudest of anti-communist propaganda movies. Added to the mix is that the filmmaker in general appears incapable of artistic subtlety. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
61% Flash of Genius (2008) Flash of Genius is a sincere and moving work, although somewhat pedestrian. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
55% Body of Lies (2008) Body of Lies, on the whole, is a retrograde fantasy. Its characters are unconvincing inventions. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
62% Changeling (2008) The shallowness and falseness of Changeling's perspective-its skewed presentation of certain social ills-imparts to the film an unsavory, misanthropic quality. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
50% What Just Happened? (2008) What Just Happened is artistically disjointed and lacking in courage. Apparently the stellar cast wanted to make a hard-hitting piece-the various performers worked for scale. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
64% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008) Despite the film's various weaknesses, however, it's hard not to be moved by its ending. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
93% Milk (2008) The artistic consequence of all this is a distinct unevenness... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) ...remarkable achievements toward an unremarkable end... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is marginally more coherent than last year's sequel-a very small mercy. It is, however, just as bloated, requiring a level of familiarity with both its predecessors. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
No Score Yet Sounds of Sand (Si le vent souleve les sables) (2006) Sounds of Sand speaks to the long-standing colonial plunder and devastation of a continent that has spawned a vicious layer of native thugs and criminals... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
96% The Devil Came on Horseback (2007) [A] deeply misguided film... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
No Score Yet Mukhsin (2006) An occasionally charming work, but not terribly earthshaking. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
No Score Yet Singapore Dreaming (2006) More could have been done with this material... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
67% Amazing Grace (2007) Amazing Grace fails to explain the different social interests lined up against slavery, for many of whom, manufacturers and others, the question was hardly a moral one. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
67% The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) The Pursuit of Happyness reveals the soul-wasting nature of poverty and the lack of prospects for those condemned to economic oblivion. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
88% Venus (2006) Despite an elegantly rendered interpretation of the dilemma of these aging men, Venus proves to be unnecessarily light fare... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
75% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The problem is that the filmmakers here are so far removed from what is driving the immense social anger and alienation of the population, including the anger and alienation... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
82% Detroit (2017) In the end, what cripples Bigelow's Detroit are its false conceptions. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
77% Amnesia (2017) Amnesia is a very passive piece. The film legitimately expresses deep revulsion for fascism. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
88% Wind River (2017) Why can't a movie be made imbued with relentless opposition to the existing social order? - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Spicer is largely missing the real sources of acute social alienation and disorientation. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) ...unfortunately, The Disaster Artist is also something of a vanity project for Franco, and a bit too much of an in-joke. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
97% Mudbound (2017) One feels that the filmmakers were correctly looking at the past through the prism of the present. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
80% The White Meadows (Keshtzarhaye Sepid) (2009) Nonetheless, the picture's scope is very small. All the energy and passion needs to be expended on a far weightier project... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
100% Jalsaghar (The Music Room) (1958) Jalsaghar is an elegant film. Understated grey tones enhance its chronicling of the death agony of a social era. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
53% Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010) Virtually nothing of these extraordinary times and figures is captured in this flashy dual biography. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
72% Julia (2009) Starring Tilda Swinton in the title role, Zonka's film is essentially a pointless exercise in extreme behavior. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
96% Restrepo (2010) Hetherington thinks...this can be done without calling the war by its proper name, which greatly weakens his endeavor, despite all the heroics and good intentions... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
63% The Oath (2018) The Oath is markedly devoid of any historical context. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
No Score Yet 14-18, le bruit et la fureur (2011) ...when it comes to explaining the war, the film falls down almost completely. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
68% Shutter Island (2010) Neither the book nor the film of Shutter Island, unfortunately, has the courage of its convictions. It would have been more on point if Scorsese had given real expression to the spirit and traumas of the mid-1950s. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
35% Live By Night (2017) Affleck has created a fantasy version of the gangster (a slightly more down to earth superhero) as the righter of the world's wrongs. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
83% Silence (2017) Silence is a dreadful film from beginning to end. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
81% The Founder (2017) There is no mention of the corporation's rap sheet. A cursory glance reveals innumerable instances of the fast food giant's malfeasance on a global scale. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
42% Gold (2017) Gaghan's Gold relies too heavily on McConaughey's talents and personality to push forward its flaccid narrative. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
88% 20th Century Women (2017) With all due respect, given the overall banality of 20th Century Women, why does Mills continue to think his life will be so fascinating to the rest of us? - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
83% Leviathan (2013) Leviathan is mostly a test of the viewer's nerves and endurance that imparts little knowledge about its ostensible subject matter. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
No Score Yet Chimeras (2013) The movie is a confused critique of what the filmmaker apparently perceives as potentially fatal threats to Chinese culture... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
52% Thérèse (2013) Thérèse Desqueyroux, with its more classical mis-en-scène, is a visually appealing film with an adept cast. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
85% Good Ol' Freda (2013) ...a lively and straightforward account of the relatively humble origins of the British pop music scene in the 1960s. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
80% La pirogue (2013) The Pirogue compensates for its relative simplicity by a remarkable cast, honestly directed to reproduce a vast social tragedy, for which the Great Powers, the former colonial countries, are responsible. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
91% The Sapphires (2013) ...it is rare to come across a movie with such sweetness, a movie in which one roots wholeheartedly for the characters and wishes them only the best. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
93% No (2013) Why does the film present such a superficial and misleading account of Chilean history? - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
85% The Master (2012) Anderson has sensitive antennae, but they are attuned at the moment to confused social layers and his haphazard approach does little to clear up the confusion. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
60% Hitchcock (2012) As it turns out, few of the remarkable filmmaker's most interesting concerns or characteristics manage to break their way into Hitchcock. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
37% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) Hyde Park on Hudson is a piece of badly-constructed fluff. The film is neither very comic nor does it have much value as an account of historical events. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
82% Side Effects (2013) One feels a certain sympathy, but, unfortunately, Soderbergh continues to look for a formal or organizational solution to what is an objective artistic and intellectual problem. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020