Jonathan Romney Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% One Sings, the Other Doesn't (L'Une chante, l'autre pas) (1977) Despite its historical importance and its relevance to contemporary debate, [One Sings, the Other Doesn't] hasn't, in itself, dated well.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
No Score Yet The Pluto Moment (Ming wang xing shi ke) (2018) A leisurely paced, sometimes enigmatic pleasure which will appeal to those who like their art cinema intelligent and slow-burning.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
100% The Snatch Thief (El Motoarrebatador) (2018) This quietly controlled, distinctive piece is a minor piece with some major charms and should travel widely, on two wheels or otherwise.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
No Score Yet Euphoria (2018) Terrific performances and unfailing visual polish ensure that it's never a dull watch...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
50% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2018) Asako I & II is a coolly-executed but emotionally numb exercise, and its somewhat traditionally demure heroine seems unlilkely to play to contemporary international tastes in dramatic heroines.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
92% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Unravels with a Pinocchio-like logic that comes across as perplexing at first, then proves spellbinding.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
No Score Yet The World Is Yours (Le monde ou rien) (2018) Cassel gives a relishable display of slow-burn cluelessness, and Leklou, extremely watchable as the ineffectual Farès, comes across as a kind of French Eddie Marsan.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
84% Climax (2018) A blazingly original, extremely disturbing film that's something quite new - a psychotropic street dance movie that turns into an orgiastic horror trip.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
81% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2018) It's often considered a bad thing for a film to come across as novelistic, as if that meant that it weren't cinematic, but Sorry Angel is certainly that, and deeply involving on every level.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
76% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2018) To encounter a film this intransigently confrontational by an artist who shows no sign of softening will be a nightmare for many, but yes, for many a privilege and a pleasure.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet Shéhérezade (2018) While its theme may be over-worked in French cinema, this tough debut feature from director Jean-Bernard Marlin evokes its world...with hot, nervy intensity, genuine emotional charge and an impressive non-professional cast.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
59% Summer (Leto) (2018) Ultimately too repetitive and self-indulgent to justify its long running time...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
89% Donbass (2018) A sprawling black comedy with a vast ensemble cast, it evokes a chaotic state of social breakdown in the Donbass region of Ukraine, often with virtuoso brilliance, but its sometimes over-stretched vignettes can easily tax the overwhelmed viewer.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The conclusion of Infinity War is so shocking because it doesn't feel like a cliffhanger, more like a drastic wiping clean of the slate before the whole cycle starts again, with whatever reversal of fortune or comprehensive reboot it may be. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
55% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) There's a lot to enjoy in Godard Mon Amour as long as you don't take it seriously. As soon as you let yourself take it seriously at all, it begins to looks a little ugly...‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
No Score Yet Aaltra (2003) Tati-esque pacing, crisp black-and-white photography, and marvelous non sequitur moments lead up to a killer punchline, delivered in typical laconic style.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
95% Sweet Country (2018) In a milieu where, the dialogue repeatedly suggests, madness has become the defining condition of the white colonizer, the dispassionate unforgiving beauty of these landscapes-of a country that's often far from sweet-comes to embody its own bleak sanity.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) For all its ferocious energy, Ready Player One strikes me as the product of a cinema of exhaustion-it's a film about having come too far and being at the end of something, where extraordinary things no longer mean much, or have become toxic.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
95% 12 Days (12 Jours) (2018) 12 Days is most provocative when it simply gives us people and a sense of the system they inhabit, in some cases reluctantly.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
100% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) I was bowled over by its dynamism and comic brio, and cautiously suggested that Laetitia Dosch might be considered...France's answer to Greta Gerwig. She brings to Jeune Femme the kind of irreducibly intense charisma that Gerwig brought to Frances Ha.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
98% Quest (2017) Ordinariness-and [Jonathan] Olshefski's ordinary, level-headed approach to documenting their life-is the keynote of this intensely moving and involving film.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) The characters' beauty and intellectual perfection is so consummate that I couldn't entirely believe that these people actually had genitals-that they could ever sweat or incur sunburn.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) [Kenneth Branagh] doesn't bring much new to the basic conception-a bunch of famous actors play eccentrics cooped up on a train, with secrets to be unearthed. But he does embellish the template with glossy extras.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) When I saw this film prefaced by a trailer for the far glossier-looking Black Panther, it slightly felt, once Thor: Ragnarok started, that we were being palmed off with an hors d'oeuvre for the next, bigger thing down the line.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
8% The Snowman (2017) This film may well be the last gasp of Scandi-noir for the international market...this phase of Nordic has gone from original to dutiful emulation to dreary self-parody.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) As JR explains, the project is about him and Varda expressing their imaginations on people's terrain, and they do it graciously and with good cheer.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) If every new film made today is to a greater or lesser degree an echo box of past possibilities, what's notable is how much Villeneuve gives those echoes room to breathe and to be new. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
No Score Yet The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Le lion est mort ce soir) (2017) The film is in some ways sweetly inconsequential, even clichéd, in others rather fine-as a return to the magic of cinephilia as a childhood discovery, and as a memento of passing time in which Léaud...is surrounded by a chorus of youth...‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
100% The Future Perfect (El futuro perfecto) (2016) [Nele] Wohlatz offers a perceptive, empathetic, very tender picture of how it might feel to be an 18-year-old Chinese woman arriving in Buenos Aires and working to carve out a new independent life and identity.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
40% Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) [Abdellatif Kechiche] seems unable to focus on the essence of the non-story he tells, which seems to circle restlessly, its concentration constantly distracted as characters vie loudly and exuberantly for the camera's attention. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
71% All These Sleepless Nights (2017) In some ways, All These Sleepless Nights feels like 100 minutes of waiting for something to happen: it's probably just as well that we get only a year's worth of Krzysiek's life, and then just a compilation of the briefest highlights. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
100% Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present (2016) [Tony] Conrad doesn't reminisce like those artists whose discourse essentially fetishizes, classifies, and files away their own glory years: his witty and often amused account brings his past alive in the now...‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
75% I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (2017) Compositions often emphasize a dehumanizing effect: when Olga is executed, we first see a crowd of observers who step aside one by one until they reveal her dead body hanging there, in the most matter-of-fact way. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
50% Barrage (2017) The film's title comes from a dam on the nearby river; it's also a tennis term, match de barrage meaning "playoff." The playoff between Chammah and Huppert is certainly relishable...‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
88% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) The Lure is one of those perverse, intense, facetious yet perfectly earnest films that never stops having a good time-although its relentlessness means that the viewer might feel inclined to bow out of the festivities every now and then.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
76% Split (2017) The way that Shyamalan and Gioulakis emphasize close-ups and medium shots make for a taut, clean forcefulness that...give Split a leaner, hipper feel very different from the increasingly aestheticized studio polish of Shyamalan's earlier work.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
100% Rey (2017) Rey is a bold, freakish marvel, a bottle in the ocean of cinema, but worth cracking open-it contains not one message but a whole mass of them, scrawled in many different scripts and colors with artisanal passion and (sometimes) genuine inspiration.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
No Score Yet Shock Waves - Diary of My Mind (Journal de ma tête) (2018) This intelligent, economical study carries its literary and philosophical influences with grace, and achieves a provocative thrust and an emotional power all the more effective for its tone of detachment.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
No Score Yet The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2017) ... it's engaging and distinctive, although it may fade from your mind like a lurid dream the moment it's over. [Full review in Spanish]‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) Overall, the film comes across as robustly offering testimony for its subject rather than really offering a portrait; it rather presents itself as a character witness for a woman of more probity and principle than her chosen career would suggest.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Krieps... gives the impression of a woman who may well be able to stand still longer than anyone else, but who, on the inside, is trembling almost imperceptibly with energy, appetite, and rage.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
94% The Green Fog (2018) If Vertigo was the story of a ghost, The Green Fog, you might say, is the ghost of a story.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
87% A Ciambra (2018) Italian neorealism is alive and well in the hands of writer-director Jonas Carpignano-a fairly textbook version of neorealism, at that.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
77% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) Based on a play by Tomohiro Maekawa, Before We Vanish-its Japanese title means "Strolling Invaders"-may not be prime Kurosawa, and it's oddly uneven in tone, but it has an ease about it that's intensely engaging.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
No Score Yet The Wandering Soap Opera (La Telenovela Errante) (2017) Ruiz wonderfully pastiches the stiffness, the talky longueurs, the abrupt discontinuity of the telenovela style...‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
No Score Yet The Waldheim Waltz (2018) A reminder that politicians' maintenance of their image is an intricate and slippery dance, with the public not always allowed to know all the steps.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) This atavistic Christians-vs-Moors narrative doesn't belong in the present day, and that's no doubt why so many people are addicted to it: it's so ideologically overstated that it can easily be brushed off as harmlessly quaint escapism.‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
75% A Beautiful Mind (2001) Ultimately the message is banal and rather repellent: brainwork wrecks your health.‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
74% Crash (2004) If there's anything worse than a film with no point, it's one that's all point and nothing but.‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
90% The Departed (2006) If you like Scorsese, or if you just like thrillers, you'll have a good time.‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018