John Anderson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
38% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) While the fabled boyishness of Mr. Cruise is a vanished commodity, there hasn't been as radiant an aura of self-importance surrounding an action movie since the heyday of Steven Seagal.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Like a Victorian settee infested with vipers, Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden mixes the elegant and the dangerous, the refined and the venomous; it affects refinement and crawls on its belly. It's also apt to bite.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
96% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) Ms. Wang shows an inordinate amount of courage, a kind of guerrilla tenacity, in following Ms. Ye through her protests in Hainan, and her subsequent harassment.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
92% Certain Women (2016) The characters are really minimalist masterpieces, sculpted, polished and uncompromisingly female.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
52% The Accountant (2016) The Accountant, which stars Mr. Affleck as a math savant/marksman/martial artist who uncooks books and kicks backsides, is an effective and even affecting pop thriller.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
61% Desierto (2016) It's not particularly nuanced. In fact, its lack of nuance is its most distinguishing characteristic.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) No, the movie can't escape its maelstrom of bad PR, and reviews aren't written in a vacuum either. But lest the point get lost, what Mr. Parker has committed to the screen is a righteously indignant, kinetic and well-acted film.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
22% 37 (2016) It is a haunting movie, one in its director's total control, full of disturbing ideas and no short amount of magic.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
45% The Girl on the Train (2016) The film never quite succeeds, simply because the book's core virtues do not lend themselves to cinema.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
83% Amanda Knox (2016) The complexities of the arrests and investigation are too much to go into here, but "Amanda Knox" does a good job of laying them out.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Stone's filmmaking is so off-putting one is likely to forget that the issues he is dressing up with cloak-and-dagger adornments and rom-com simplicities are some of the more tormenting issues of our time.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
100% The White Helmets (2016) Mr. Von Einsiedel is convinced that his subjects are "true heroes." Viewers will be convinced of the same.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
86% Sully (2016) Inevitable is how "Sully" feels. That, and a little soggy.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Regardless of how The Light Between Oceans affects you -- visually, dramatically or through the fierce, tormented emotions it provokes -- affect you it will.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
19% Yoga Hosers (2016) Writer-director-comic-book-artist-cult-figure Kevin Smith's latest exercise in questionable taste goes literally from bad to wurst.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
38% Morgan (2016) The film, directed by Luke Scott and laden with high-tech eye candy, should have been a lot more complex and psychologically interesting than it is.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
45% Hands of Stone (2016) Roberto Durán is a role that requires both subtlety and brutality. Mr. Ramirez obliges.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
87% Mia Madre (2016) An emotionally satisfying fusion of the mixed up and the magical.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
94% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) What is refreshing about The Innocents is its attempt to explain the inexplicable, without presuming any success. ‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) Any fan of Pixar already knows what they are going to get at Finding Dory: a mix of charm, wit and intelligence, combined with animation so routinely spectacular that a reviewer might not even think to mention it until the end of his review.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
95% De Palma (2016) He's allowed to ruminate, largely, and what's revealed is an artist impulsively self-reflective, whatever side of the camera he's on.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) If all this sounds wildly entertaining, it's not.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) Zero Dark Thirty is a magnificent movie, if we ignore the moral ambiguities. But can we?‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
A 97% The Dark Horse (2016) Contrary to the standard Hollywood diagnosis of mental illness, it doesn't improve according to how much love a sufferer receives, although there is a lot of love in The Dark Horse.‐ Thompson on Hollywood
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
46% The Young Messiah (2016) The Young Messiah is a film of transcendent moments, if not sustained engagement.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
52% Risen (2016) Curtis, who imbues Yeshua with a palpable, eloquent kindness, vaults the perceptual impediments that usually accompany the casting of Jesus.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
61% Race (2016) The close-ups tell you where to look; the music tells you how to feel. Which is not to say the indelicately titled Race is less than entertaining. It is just obvious and old-fashioned.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
95% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) For all its intrinsic Nordic absurdity, Chaplinesque pathos and unsettling use of vastness, writer-director Grímur Hákonarson's "Rams" is also a moving, deftly told tale about various kinds of loss.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
87% The Club (El Club) (2016) The story remains fully accessible yet shrouded in mystery.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "Hail, Caesar!" verifies a suspicion long held here, that the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, really hate the movies.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
89% The Lady In The Van (2015) The Lady in the Van seems like it could be one of those Christmas movies that is not really a "Christmas movie" but works with the season, because it is about all the right things.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
31% Daddy's Home (2015) First and foremost a humiliation comedy of the most cringe-inducing variety. But in its vulgar, antic way, it also raises questions about modern manhood ...‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
No Score Yet The Flight Before Christmas (2015) A TV film that more or less revels in holiday conventions, with plot tip-offs as big as Santa Claus. But as Lifetime has found, there's a solid audience for traditional holiday narratives.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
No Score Yet The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs (2015) The Spymasters is at its best when the subjects are confronted head-on, even if they're avoiding the subject or contradicting each other. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2015
90% A Place at the Table (2013) [A] revelatory new documentary about hunger in the United States.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2015
47% The 33 (2015) The world may have seen the outcome, but it's still convincing, a story of courage without platitudes, and it features one of Antonio Banderas' best performances in years.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
95% Sembene! (2015) Sembene! should be a major step in drawing attention back to a titan of world cinema, whose influence was never contained by the frame, or the screen.‐ Thompson on Hollywood
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2015
2.5/4 95% The Forbidden Room (2015) Maddin's singular brand of cinematic reinvention goes a little over the top.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
1/4 70% Miss You Already (2015) The film is a soulless parade of movie conventions and rote acting.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
97% Spotlight (2015) An emotional tour de force.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
62% Truth (2015) One of the things Truth is quite honest about is the oxymoronic ethos of the news business in general -- i.e., always be right, always be first.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2015
4/4 80% The Assassin (2015) Not for everyone, but gloriously cinematic, utterly absorbing.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 76% A Ballerina's Tale (2015) Warm, compelling, slightly adoring.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
3.5/4 86% Experimenter (2015) Fascinating work by Michael Almereyda, a mix of audacious artifice, ruminations and reality.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
72% Suffragette (2015) Yes, such things happened. Gavron's touch, though, renders them melodramatic.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 82% Victoria (2015) Exhilarating, slightly improbable, and shot in a single two-hour-plus take.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/4 81% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) Big, sturdy, righteous and romantic.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
62% Truth (2015) Vanderbilt has a great sense of forward motion and wrings suspense from an idea-driven story.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
27% Pan (2015) There's no denying that Pan is one ambitious fairy tale. But what's being labeled a "wholly original adventure" feels far from new, never mind necessary.‐ TIME Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
A- No Score Yet Sleepless in New York (2015) As regards much of current nonfiction, it goes its own way stylistically, structurally, musically and sonically in telling the stories of people in the throes of a recent breakup, and how they cope -- or, obviously, not.‐ Thompson on Hollywood
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015