John Anderson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% A Star Is Born (2018) It may be that every generation gets the "A Star Is Born" it deserves, though what we did to deserve this one is anyone's guess.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
88% King Lear (2018) While the language of Shakespeare can be a challenge for the modern viewer, this "King Lear" is so physical and the acting so expressive that one is never unsure of what is happening, or what devilment.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
81% Quincy (2018) The museum story actually would have made a better narrative arc for "Quincy," which instead wanders every which way, and never seems to get its subject to relax on camera.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
86% Colette (2018) Colette is a character-driven movie, but also one that is sending a message about social mores and their malleability.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
78% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) The punditry is trite. The snark is boring.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
39% Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) It sounds so simple. And in Unbroken: Path to Redemption, it's portrayed exactly that way. You don't need a whole movie for that kind of experience. All you have to do is read the title.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
59% Bel Canto (2018) It's a sturdy, moving piece.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
83% Museum (Museo) (2018) Museo is in part a caper film, a heist film, and while it leans on such classics as Topkapi and Rififi the robbery has its own signature and is done in a visual style that's hypnotic.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
74% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018) [Five Fingers for Marseilles] is ripe with indignation, injustice, righteous violence and, ultimately, a shootout of cosmic resonance.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
59% White Boy Rick (2018) A lot of deals go down, and go bad, in White Boy Rick, but the one that really goes awry is the one with the audience.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
68% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) A bona fide thriller of faith, The Apparition is the best dramatic feature this critic has seen about spirituality, belief or even the church in years.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
No Score Yet Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age (2018) The whole thing is a mess. And that is something [writer and director Nancy Jo] Sales portrays quite well.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
94% RBG (2018) Ginsburg's contributions to our current legal world are established as profound and revolutionary, although her position on abortion remains pro-choice.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
43% Destination Wedding (2018) [Victor Levin] has made a very rare kind of film, one that not only doesn't spoon feed its viewers, but almost dares them to keep watching.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
59% Operation Finale (2018) To say Mr. Kingsley's performance is more than Eichmann deserves, of course, is really not saying anything -- it's a sturdy film, albeit about a shaky subject.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
92% Support the Girls (2018) The unlikely, bittersweet, bristling comedy Support the Girls is easily one of the best films of the year, and the most sympathetic to women.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
54% The Bookshop (2018) As cleanly appointed and precise as Penelope Fitzgerald's prose, "The Bookshop," based on Fitzgerald's 1978 novel, seems very much a fable.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
53% Papillon (2018) Mr. Hunnam plays Papillon with a certain fierceness and swagger, but his psyche is largely impenetrable.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) "The Happytime Murders" can't be that outrageous-it's too late-but it has its moments, several of which are provided by Ms. Rudolph, putting a spin on the girl-friday role.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) As such, it possesses an intimacy that could never be acquired without years of shared experience, and heartache. And probably road rash.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
No Score Yet Betty White: First Lady of Television (2018) Betty White has become kind of a media character in her golden years, but what "First Lady of Television" also emphasizes, rightly, is what an accomplished actress and comedian she is.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
49% Like Father (2018) "Like Father" does what a lot of its comedic ancestors did, which is find humor on the perimeter of woeful circumstance.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
82% Puzzle (2018) Wry, gentle and quietly radical.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
No Score Yet Ballet Now (2018) Viewers elsewhere may find themselves standing up in their living rooms.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) "Eighth Grade" is both revelatory and all-embracing.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
45% 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
79% 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
88% 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
71% 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
85% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) A gently delivered but radical portrait.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
93% 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
46% 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
81% 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 (2018) 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
81% 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
86% 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