John Anderson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Eighth Grade (2018) "Eighth Grade" is both revelatory and all-embracing.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
52% Generation Wealth (2018) The film embraces the ostentatious, the pathetic and in some cases the tragic, almost ennobling the compulsions and obsessions that people pursue, while not attempting any real answers to what motivates the pursuit.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
76% The Workers Cup (2018) The result is a fascinating, and no doubt officially sanctioned, glimpse inside the enormous machinery that makes a World Cup happen.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
No Score Yet Derren Brown: Miracle (2016) As it finds its groove, "Miracle" might require a bit of patience on the part of the viewer, but it is ultimately engrossing, provocative and an example of hucksterism eating its tail.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) The latest nonfiction film from the Oscar-winning [Morgan] Neville ("Twenty Feet From Stardom") is a sturdy, sweet, unavoidably sentimental movie.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
85% American Animals (2018) But the robbery isn't sophisticated enough on its own to hold one's interest, and [director Bart] Layton's tactic of cutting to the members of the real-life robbery team, and having them weigh in on the action, short-circuits the film's electricity.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
52% A Kid Like Jake (2018) But the well-made point is that gender assignments aren't always intelligently designed, at least not for a world built out of boxes that come only in pink or blue.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
72% Adrift (2018) You can consume only so much gooey romanticism before someone gets seasick, and it's precisely the soggy love story at the center of "Adrift"... that prevents this storm-tossed vehicle from achieving maximum upthrust.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
92% John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls (2018) There are reasons that one might differ with his politics, but there's no disputing his accomplishments, or his moments of bravery...‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
89% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) A gently delivered but radical portrait.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
94% First Reformed (2018) Schrader is positing that the real world is, and should be, about the life of the mind, the health of the soul-and love. Ultimately, that is where First Reformed ends up, even if it seems to be going everywhere else.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
No Score Yet Emotionally, this Little Women is as thin as the pond ice that Amy falls through, or Beth's chances of making it to the next pledge break.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
81% Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie (2018) There's some lovely filmmaking-an opening sequence in which a handmade Barbie moves from stage to stage, from hair-weaving to lip-painting, is gorgeous.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
71% The Rachel Divide (2018) Its title is a bit too clever, but The Rachel Divide takes a largely serious, respectful and dignified approach toward a subject many would say is undeserving.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
44% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) While Friedkin has certainly not lost his taste for the sensational, a viewer would not be entirely wrong to detect some degree of penitence on the part of the famed director.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
95% Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) Elvis Presley: The Searcher is an art documentary, one supposes, and such things might be considered immaterial, if only the film weren't so selective otherwise in integrating the personal with the musical.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
80% Chappaquiddick (2018) Jason Clarke, the Australian actor (Mudbound, Zero Dark Thirty) is a fleshy, entitled and very convincing Teddy...‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
81% The Child in Time (2018) The actors are convincing, honest and heartbreaking. It's the hardest kind of thing to do. They do it splendidly.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
100% Operation Odessa (2018) Mr. Russell has a fluid hand with the visuals, which are always clever-the "Miami Vice"-style graphics and pulse rate evoke the era in question, and the sense of heedless forward motion suggests the Cinema of Excess.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
100% Summer in the Forest (2018) Regardless of it all, the characters are so uninhibited and candid they achieve, without effort, a naturalism that would be the envy of any method actor.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
89% Itzhak (2018) "Praying with the violin" is how an old friend describes the art of Itzhak Perlman in "Itzhak," and by the time these words are said, the viewer is convinced.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) High-stakes politics, small-minded men: It's a sweet spot for filmmaker Armando Iannucci. ‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
No Score Yet Word Is Bond (2017) Sacha Jenkins is the hero hip-hop needed. While his rap documentary, Word Is Bond, indicates he's a first-rate nonfiction filmmaker, it also establishes him as the critic-champion of a movement.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
83% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) In the delicious "Have a Nice Day," the most significant image might be the bag of 100-yuan banknotes, each bearing the face of Chinese communism's sainted Mao Zedong, and which animator/director Liu Jian returns to time and again.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
71% West of the Jordan River (2018) "West of the Jordan River" is as formally precise at it is politically unapologetic.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
92% David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017) The Last Five Years visits all of it, and while the subject is only present in the later years through some random audio, archival footage and the recordings themselves, the sense of celebration is uplifting.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) To see it as merely beautiful is simply not to see it.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) It is a very civilized film about uncivilized people, with flashes of comedy and a good deal of pathos. There is little question it comes down on the side of Tonya Harding, but even less that audiences will do the same.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) For all that, there is a great deal of comedy here, and a lot of great acting... ‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
88% Novitiate (2017) ... but there is a coyness about "Novitiate" that makes a viewer not care so very much.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) ... the dialogue in "Lady Bird" is consistently and honestly funny and cliché-free.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) The last time a Supreme Court justice got this treatment was never.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
91% Spielberg (2017) After 2 1/2 hours of genuflecting, Spielberg may well leave viewers asking what exactly was the point‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) When Mr. Stanton sings a song near film's end, at a child's birthday, in Spanish, it's more spectacular than the parting of the Red Sea.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
86% American Made (2017) If American Made were limited to what Seal knew personally, some of the dangling threads in Gary Spinelli's script could be written off. As it is, they hint at stories we'd like to know better‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
88% Abundant Acreage Available (2017) Each of the five superb actors gets a moment of dramatic glory out of Mr. MacLachlan's screenplay, which is about guilt, roots and the selfishness of implacable conviction. Each makes the most of it.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
25% The Sound (2017) The effectiveness of The Sound really comes from its atmospherics, which are rich and disturbing‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
78% The Reagan Show (2017) ... a provocative and amusing look at President Ronald Reagan's use of television to sell economic plans, missile treaties and, mostly, himself.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
50% Shot (2017) Shot certainly has a message, and implies villainy in the universe, but its story is about innocents. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
92% Stronger (2017) [Stronger] flips the whole idea of post-9/11 hero worship upside down, in a manner as welcome as it is disturbing.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It deserves to be said that Mr. Carell is both a bona-fide movie star and a marvelous actor, two things that don't always go together.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
69% mother! (2017) When the film leaves the realm of the impolite or even criminal for something far more extreme, it achieves a level of excess that makes the whole enterprise increasingly cartoonish, rather than just awful.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) One would be quite wrong to regard Frederick Wiseman as a mere observer, rather than the agent-provocateur he is.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
45% The Good Catholic (2017) A reviewer should never assess a movie for what it is not, but this viewer was not sure for a long time what exactly "The Good Catholic" was.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) Black and Linklater share a personal history and a philosophy of cinema, and this makes the conversations both intimate and insightful.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
85% Beach Rats (2017) It's hard to make a compelling movie about a character defined by indecision, Hamlet notwithstanding. Ms. Hittman, however, has done it.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
100% Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (2017) A kind of blues song in its own right, Sidemen: Long Road to Glory is an affectionate attempt to showcase three major figures in the development of Chicago blues.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
83% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) The creative process is always an elusive thing for filmmakers to capture, but amid all the startling visuals and the splendid acting, Polina rises, gloriously, to the challenge.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
89% Marjorie Prime (2017) Much of the fun of Marjorie Prime is in figuring out where it's going, and why.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
39% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) One has to give Mr. Hughes credit for the numerous, creative and explosive obstacles he puts in the way of Michael and Darius, not so much for the scattershot tone of the movie as a whole.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017