John Simon

John Simon
John Simon's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture Esquire Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
97% The Godfather, Part II (1974) There is considerable skill in the way Coppola juggles the Pacino and De Niro episodes, knowing exactly when to switch from one to the other; when to use a slow dissolve, and when a fade-out. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
100% Sleeper (1973) Woody Allen's latest, Sleeper, is his best film to date. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
81% Papillon (1973) The film offers such a spectrum of good and evil solutions to the general misery that it often transcends the genre of prison melodrama and becomes an existential statement. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
94% The Sting (1973) [The Sting] works endearingly without a single serious hitch. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
94% Don't Look Now (1973) Fancy cutting and every other form of trickery strain to make a work of art out of Don't Look Now - all to no avail. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
90% Serpico (1973) [Editor Dede] Allen has an almost uncanny knack for sensing the right moment at which to cut off a shot. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
64% Inserts (1975) The entire film is indecisive about how serious and even touching it wants to be under its farcical facade, or whether, in fact, it is just funkily absurd. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
100% Vincent, Francois, Paul and the Others (1973) Vincent, Francois, Paul and the Others is an undistinguished film that is nevertheless worth seeing for its performances. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
75% Obsession (1976) De Palma's direction has its splashy slickness, but the people serve as mere props for the effects. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
38% Swashbuckler (1976) Several fine performers are perversely miscast in this movie. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
No Score Yet Lifeguard (1976) [Lifeguard] addresses itself with the most earnestly dogged idiocy to the profoundly existential question of whether its 32-year-old hero should retain his integrity and freedom by continuing to ply the unfettered trade of lifeguard. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
83% Harry and Tonto (1974) The cat acts best, and with condign condescension. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
No Score Yet 11 Harrowhouse (1974) A tenth-rate caper movie. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
79% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) As one who touted and defended The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs, I am particularly disheartened. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
78% The Gambler (1974) We feel neither Axel's ghastly compulsion nor his intermittent exultation -- granted that he gets very little help from the script. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
88% California Split (1974) The movie suffers from Altman's apparently ever more unshakable idiosyncrasies. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
69% The Stepford Wives (1975) Sleazy rather than slick. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
33% Funny Lady (1975) Ranges from mildly to vastly distasteful. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
20% At Long Last Love (1975) [At Long Last Love] may be the worst movie musical of this -- or any -- decade. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
89% Hearts and Minds (1975) The faces, intonations, backgrounds of Hearts and Minds -- even its small gestures and sometimes very long pauses -- speak as eloquently as its words. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
No Score Yet Der Fußgänger (The Pedestrian) (1973) A worthy failure. But failure all the same. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
39% The Great Gatsby (1974) To a short, sleek novel like Gatsby, where the slight action moves forward like a capricious swimmer, nothing could be more destructive than the slow pace and top-heavy lavishness and overexplicitness. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
No Score Yet Una Breve Vacanza (A Brief Vacation) (1973) It would be nice to be able to report that this charming man, gifted actor, and once outstanding film maker regained at the end that cinematic power that had been steadily seeping away from him. Not so, alas. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
59% Shampoo (1975) Everything about Shampoo is vague, attitudinizing, and lacking in true insight. Not one of its characters is worthy of sympathy. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
87% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) The whole thing is as labored, superficial, and old hat beneath the trendy veneer as anything Hollywood has been grinding out in its pre-Enlightenment decades. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
99% Chinatown (1974) Chinatown is not just another Maltese Falcon or Big Sleep, to be dismissed as a contemporary painting that apes, however skillfully, an old master. It is, rather, a subtly updated version: an equivalent with significant albeit subcutaneous differences. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
87% American Beauty (1999) The film allegedly pushes the envelope. - National Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2014
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Star Wars will do very nicely for those lucky enough to be children or unlucky enough never to have grown up. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2011