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Jordan Cronk

Jordan Cronk
Jordan Cronk's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, Sight and Sound, Slant Magazine, Cinema Scope, MUBI

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) Rams is the kind of film whose evident craft belies its lack of adventurousness; its virtues are mostly predictable, its revelations far from revelatory as it plods inexorably from one situational hurdle to another.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
98% Mustang (2015) Mustang immediately stands out amidst the largely male-dominated efforts of contemporary cinema, its concerns distinctly feminine in constitution, its context specific in circumstance yet universal in scope.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
No Score Yet Mekko (2015) An agreeable if unremarkable work of indigenous realism whose familiarity of form is ably offset by the singularity of its milieu.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
80% The Assassin (2015) The pictorial beauty of this scene is self-evident; it's in Hou's painstaking orchestration of each component part and the thematic weight imparted by their careful configuration that lends the film a steadily increasing romantic gravitas.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
92% Sieranevada (2016) With little hierarchal order to the proceedings--but with distinct delineations between national, political, and theological dispositions--the film manages to hold everyone accountable.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) With nary a word, The Red Turtle manages to speak in lofty, unconvincing tones.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
98% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Charmingly homespun, the stop-motion animation is intricate and expressive, allowing the kids' unique personalities to shine forth from their petite frames and oblong heads.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
47% Dog Eat Dog (2016) This is cinema that answers to nothing but itself.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
97% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) After the Storm gathers a cumulative force that's easy to discount, but its melancholy effects, like those that define Kore-eda's most substantial recent efforts, are potent enough to linger in the mind.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
90% Rat Film (2017) If Rat Film is a maze, then it's one that offers rewards at every turn.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
No Score Yet Bright Nights (Helle nächte) (2017) It's as much a landscape film as a character study, as prone to lingering on the subtle expressions of its actors as it is willing to retreat from the primary narrative to proceed without consequence up a fog-enshrouded mountain road.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) The Other Side of Hope proves to be one of the Finnish veteran's most impressive balancing acts, a tragicomedy that feels urgent and yet manages to never lose sight of life's inherent ironies.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) If Lanthimos has sacrificed a bit of his trademark humour in the transition to real-world dramatics, his vision remains just strange enough to warrant attention.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
73% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2018) For all the criticism Dumont has endured for abandoning realism and forsaking characters for caricature, he's responsible for some of the most exhilaratingly alive cinema in the world right now.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
69% Happy End (2017) The director's predictably bleak take on bourgeois entitlement feels increasingly tired and overly calculated, becoming less and less interesting as the particulars of the narrative eventually come into view.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Suffice it to say it amounts to one of the most bittersweet, affecting sequences Varda has ever captured‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) Quiet, intimately composed love scenes soon run up against blaring club sequences that see the characters letting themselves go in moments of nocturnal abandon‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
100% El mar la mar (2018) El mar la mar should represent a belated show of recognition for Bonnetta's work. As for Sniadecki, well, he just continues to raise the bar.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
No Score Yet Untitled (2017) [Untitled] is one of the more welcomingly cathartic nonfiction films in recent memory.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) Rather than employ Harmonium's setup for humorous or bittersweet insights, Fukada distills the conceit into his most harrowing, tragic parable to date.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
93% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) Green's deft deployment of overt symbolism, coupled with his empathetic attention to the emotional travails of his characters, allows the film to operate equally well as a theologic parable, an existential comedy, and an anachronistic family drama.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
4/4 81% La Notte (1961) La Notte remains at once the most bracingly concrete and amorously diffuse of Michelangelo Antonioni's films.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
81% Kate Plays Christine (2016) By burrowing past the more sensational aspects of Chubbuck's story to the more troubling nuances of her psyche, Greene and Sheil have a fashioned a more holistic and sympathetic portrait of Chubbuck than any straight fiction could ever hope to.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
97% Aquarius (2016) Kleber Mendonça Filho's second feature and followup to his well-regarded Neighbouring Sounds is at once a refinement and a deepening of the social and stylistic preoccupations laid out so comprehensively in the critic-turned-director's debut.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
100% Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2017) Zhao Liang's Behemoth is many things all at once: an observational documentary, an experimental ethnography, an existential essay. More simply, it's a portrait of modern-day China built from the blood and sweat of its proletariat class.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
99% Cameraperson (2016) Cameraperson's unique formal conception and restlessly interrogative assemblage forms a striking and, dare I say, original vision.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/5 39% Love (2015) Surprisingly tender, Love finds Noé finally having a little fun at his own expense.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2015
5/5 88% Horse Money (2015) One of the most impressive accomplishments of Costa's career.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
88% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) At its best, My Golden Days effortlessly captures the liminal state between a halcyon past and an unknown yet tantalising future.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
5/5 96% The Last of the Unjust (2014) A historical restoration for a modern day reckoning.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2015
4/5 86% At Berkeley (2013) Frederick Wiseman brings his insightful and layered filmmaking to one of America's most liberal institutions.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
4/5 75% Welcome To New York (2015) Despite an elemental focus, Ferrara has fashioned a casually complex moral tale.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2014
4/5 87% Exhibition (2014) Joanna Hogg's intimate portrait of married life is her finest offering yet.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2014
3.5/4 100% Marketa Lazarová (1967) In less than a minute, before the film's opening titles even conclude, Marketa Lazarová has announced itself as something potentially unique, perhaps indefinable.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2014
82% Story of My Death (2014) An impeccably realised riff on period piece traditions, the film takes as its subject two literary figures (Casanova and Dracula), then reconsiders and retrofits their personas into a deviously vulgar display of lasciviousness and tragic comeuppance.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2013
88% A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness (2014) Forgoes such linearity in favour of an increasingly visceral triptych narrative that follows a mysterious loner from the margins of a commune to a trip into the wilderness.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2013
44% Blind Detective (Man Tam) (2013) To's ambitious amalgam of comedic trappings and grisly crime analysis is just odd enough to remain of interest.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2013
87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) Like Father, Like Son, his latest in a long line of unassuming family dramas, is one of his most heartbreaking works yet.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2013
3/4 93% This Is Martin Bonner (2013) At its best, with its quiet, ominous pace in the early going and its economical distribution of information throughout, the film is reminiscent of Todd Haynes's Safe.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2013
93% Le passé (The Past) (2013) A stirring, impressively acted piece of work, and another detailed account of familial nuance from a director working at a seemingly effortless clip, no matter the locale.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2013
93% A Touch of Sin (2013) From the opening moments of Jia Zhang-ke's A Touch of Sin, something strange is afoot--and not just the unexpected flourish of violence which punctuates the first scene. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 16, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) Sofia Coppola's fascination with the young and over-privileged reaches a logical plateau with The Bling Ring, a hyperaware consideration of celebrity intrigue and idolization. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 16, 2013
5/5 95% Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (Strangers) (The Lonely Woman) (1954) An influence on everyone from Michelangelo Antonioni to Jacques Rivette, this brave work still stands as a watershed.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted May 9, 2013
100% Three Sisters (2013) There's a palpable sense of both anger and sympathy on the part of Wang for the plight of these people, which falls in line with his major topical concerns.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2012
92% Frances Ha (2013) Feels like an unusually intimate, personal piece, a return to Noah Baumbach's early, more naïvely optimistic phase.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2012
33% Passion (2013) It's all the more fun when one allows the surface pleasures to bolster its themes.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2012
83% Something in the Air (2013) As his career turned toward more mature, patient considerations in 2009 with Summer Hours, Assayas has begun to utilize his medium for more reflective purposes.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2012
46% To The Wonder (2013) In the end, it's a particularly outré B-side to The Tree of Life's surprisingly more lucid and utilitarian watershed.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2012
94% Room 237 (2013) More companion piece than standalone work, but it's rare that such an complementary creation could be so much fun.‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2012
83% Leviathan (2013) One of the most uniquely fashioned films ever produced. ‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2012