José Teodoro

José Teodoro
José Teodoro's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine NOW Toronto Stop Smiling

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T-Meter Title | Year
95% Ray & Liz (2019) Gorgeously photographed on 16mm, Richard Billingham's Ray and Liz counters the grubby, quasi-authentic tenets of so-called British miserablism with humor, beauty, and a sensuality that in no way dilutes the hardships and neglect at its core - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Their story may be too poignant and too complex to be lassoed into a workmanlike documentary such as this, but it's what we have and it's very much worth watching. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) Too Late to Die Young's strengths lie in the expansiveness of both its portraiture and its mise en scène: while Hernández gives a moving, nuanced performance, Sofia's emotional turmoil is more affecting for being placed against those around her - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Nemes and cinematographer Mátyás Erdély's signature style is entrancing, unnervingly intimate, virtuosic and occasionally annoying in its manner of withholding information. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
100% Black Mother (2019) With its almost palpable earnestness and its reverence for the community it's depicting, Black Mother can't help but generate goodwill. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 100% Ghost Town Anthology (2019) A compassionate, subtle commentary on the casualties of urbanization. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/5 78% Never Look Away (2019) The film's saving grace [is] the third-act sequences. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) Sotomayor's third feature retains a playful rambunctiousness even as it traverses fraught emotional terrain. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Wardle's approach suffers from the documentarian's anxiety over holding a mainstream audience's attention...But I credit him with bringing organization and coherence to a complicated and immensely compelling story. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
5/5 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Time may classify this as minor Denis, but it is perfect on its own terms - and features one of the most ingenious closing scenes in memory. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 82% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) Wenders's documentary about Pope Francis is shamelessly cuddly, obnoxiously titled and genuinely inspiring. What's best emerges from its subject's ability to articulate and embody an ideology that embraces interfaith dialogue and transcends dogma. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) The film's effectiveness arises, rather, from the elimination of everything inessential and a steady focus on teamwork both on and off-screen. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 93% Journey's End (2018) By keeping us down in the muck, Dibb and company generate an intimacy rare to war films - and especially welcome in a story so rich in characters. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
84% Pontypool (2009) It's when our grasping for digestible concepts, clear causality, or anything resembling resolution is as thwarted as the characters' struggle to articulate or take action, that we're in the best position to absorb Pontypool's full impact. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
88% Silent Light (Stellet licht) (2007) If Reygadas has ever subscribed to Bresson's philosophy of narrative structure, it's here in Silent Light, with its grueling emotional escalation leading up to a peak of exquisite release. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) This film's heart is clearly in the right place, but to plant a marginalized character in the foreground of a narrative is not quite the same as making that character live and breathe. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
69% Insignificance (1985) ... it's calculated misdirection with little in the way of greater purpose. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
25% Conan the Barbarian (2011) It's mostly just fights and fights and humdrum CGI and us in the audience wondering which of these big climaxes will be the last. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
72% Fright Night (2011) ... thrives on humour but takes its vampire business just seriously enough to keep from collapsing into camp. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
66% Cosmopolis (2012) ... a perverse twist on neorealism... - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
94% Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) Captivating while remaining unvarying in tone and pace... - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
60% Hitchcock (2012) ... Hitchcock blends fact, rumour, conjecture, fantasy, fiction, pop psychoanalysis and sheer screenwriting laziness into a gaudy, risible mishmash. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
42% The Face of Love (2014) ... the material repeatedly shies away from the eeriness and unease the intriguing premise deserves-this could have been melodrama of a higher order. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
100% The Amazing Catfish (2014) ... has enough craft and intelligence to render its sentimental story about coming out of one's shell more charming and inventive than one would expect. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
40% In Secret (2014) ... very little nuance or fresh insight. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
8% Are You Here (2014) ... Matt Weiner's meandering feature debut resembles bad TV, or TV made bad by abbreviation. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
75% Canopy (2014) The opposite of overreaching, the approach is refreshingly single-minded and a showcase for the director's craft... - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
81% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) There are genuine pleasures to be found in the film's playfulness, but they come at the expense of what would seem an inherent gravity. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
89% El elefante desaparecido (The Vanished Elephant) (2014) The closer we get to the resolution, however, the more airless the film becomes, until the very sense of loss driving the story is itself in danger of vanishing. But stick with it. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
52% The Humbling (2015) ... Barry Levinson's bizarre, blundering, pointless misreading of Philip Roth's penultimate novel. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
50% Manglehorn (2015) ... [Al Pacino] gives one of his most inventive, interesting and detailed performances in ages. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
91% The Guest (2014) Shades of Shadow of a Doubt, not to mention a certain recent action-thriller franchise, abound in Adam Wingard's latest... - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
56% Elephant Song (2015) ... brims with unmotivated camera dips, lifts and pans to impose momentum, all of which is unnecessary since there's more than enough going on in any one scene to hold our attention... - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
71% Remember (2016) A superfluous denouement aside, Remember is Egoyan's leanest, cleanest film in years... - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
91% The Martian (2015) ... this bloated by mostly entertaining chunk of shameless American triumphalism casts Matt Damon as Mark Watney... - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
25% Ma ma (2016) ... the schmaltz accumulates to near-surrealist heights... - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
77% The Daughter (2017) Things start bad and get worse. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
33% Beeba Boys (2015) While based, to whatever extent, on a true story, it is rigorous in its adherence to genre clichés. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
78% The Apostate (El Apóstata) (2016) ... inflected with a sense of mischief and wonder that teeters on the edge of the devotional. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
55% Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura) (2016) ... brims with incident, atmosphere, and character, but is low on anything that could be strictly called plot or momentum. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
84% Julieta (2016) ... it makes up in long-term resonance what it lacks in immediate closure. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
96% I Called Him Morgan (2017) I Called Morgan is a dexterous work of fusion: it's jazz history meets true crime. And it's fascinating. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
94% Gimme Danger (2016) ... what it might lack in formal distinction it easily makes up for in shake appeal. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) What makes Deepwater Horizon more than just another dumb disaster movie is its astonishing failure to account for the scale of the actual disaster it's based on. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
75% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) ... Chasing Trane functions as a solid primer for newcomers, while its stunning performance clips, winsome home movies and teeming cavalcade of interviewee.... will keep aficionados perfectly engaged. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
73% Catfight (2017) Nothing in Catfight transcends the criterion of a violent funny animal cartoon, and this is perfectly fine. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
80% Barry (2016) With its emphasis on a sense of place and all the ways a young person can feel out of place, Barry isn't a biopic but, rather, a film about race, class, gender, and general tribalism in America. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
47% The Bad Batch (2017) One gets the distinct impression that we're not supposed to care, and by the meandering third act we dutifully comply. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
83% Amanda Knox (2016) ... fundamental sensationalism bubbling under a patina of seriousness, exemplified by cocoon-like, squarely composed, quasi-Errol Morris interview sessions... - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
92% Kékszakállú (2017) Kékszakállú is a film whose every moment is the product of a nervous gamble, a young person's search for a reason for being, and thus a beguiling mirror of its heroine's journey. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017