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Kevin B. Lee

Kevin B. Lee
Kevin B. Lee's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader, Film Comment Magazine, Slant Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Time Out, TheWrap

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 8% Endless Night (Nadie quiere la noche) (2015) This time Coixet may have bitten off more than she could chew, with the challenges of filming a historical adventure movie leaving her heroine sorely underdeveloped.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
81% Chi-Raq (2015) In "Chi-raq," Lee mixes fierce agitprop with lyrical musical numbers and Greek-inspired sex farce in hip hop verse. It's a mad combination that fittingly addresses a world of madness.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2015
3/5 47% Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) While the story is formula cornball, director Mark Waters sells it confidently, handling the unruly antarctic denizens as amiably as he handled Lindsay Lohan in his Freaky Friday remake and Mean Girls.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2011
3/5 50% La MISSION (2010) Bratt's performance suggests enough subcutaneous rage to give the proceedings an edge, even when the sluggish narrative takes the slow-cruise ethos of its low-rider culture far too literally at times.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2010
3/5 81% City Island (2010) Who would think that a sleepy seaside snippet of the Bronx could foster a Faulkner novel's worth of family skeletons?‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2010
4/5 88% Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) (2009) It's like watching John Cassavetes trapped in a mega-episode of The Golden Girls.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2010
2/5 0% Stolen (2010) Anders Anderson's thriller struggles to intertwine the two mysteries and ends up doing justice to neither.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2010
2/5 79% Children Of Invention (2010) Children of Invention seems furiously scribbled in shorthand, undermining what it has to offer in contemporary resonance.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2010
2/5 86% Prodigal Sons (2010) Instead of pushing deeper into any psychological dilemmas, this dirty-laundry doc gets lost in a sensationalistic flurry driven by a serious emotional unraveling.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2010
3/4 85% The Art Of The Steal (2010) Argott advances Wire creator David Simon's art to offer a leaner, meaner template for complex investigative filmmaking.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2010
5/5 90% October Country (2009) Intimate yet larger-than-life, this masterpiece of the everyday shows you don't need James Cameron's toy box to make images pop from the screen, much less to see and embrace the world anew.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2010
4/5 33% To Die for Tano (2010) Torre's debut takes true incidents from the Mafia wars that plagued Palermo in the late '80s and kicks them into a deliriously gaudy farce.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2010
3/5 85% Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) (2010) The drama's moments of inspiration vindicate its desultory proceedings.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2010
3/5 92% Old Partner (2009) At its best, the film adopts its subjects' spartan demeanor, relying on wordless sequences that vividly depict the rhythms of farm labor...‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2009
2/5 25% Ninja Assassin (2009) Perhaps such phenomenal slaughter is best left to the imagination.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2009
2/5 5% Old Dogs (2009) Only the irrepressible Luis Guzmán, stuck in a walk-on bit as the stereotypical mooching Hispanic, is able to milk this cash cow and exit with his dignity intact.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2009
2/5 21% Oh My God (2009) The musings of celebrities like Seal and Ringo Starr are given prominence over those of religious leaders and scholars, while a relentless Moby-esque soundtrack subsumes each insight into a sonic miasma of theism.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2009
3/5 71% Endgame (2009) William Hurt and Chiwetel Ejiofor, impressive at opposite ends of the table as a government mouthpiece and a philosophy professor, provide all the fireworks the story needs.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2009
2/5 86% Skin (2009) Unable to probe the complex relationships engendered by a biracial society, Skin simply becomes an example of colorless, by-the-numbers apartheid cinema.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2009
1/5 65% (Untitled) (2009) (Untitled)'s onslaught of self-indulgent bohos and art-vs.-commerce clichés are as ersatz as their objects of scorn.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2009
2.5/4 No Score Yet Min Ye (2009) But more than probing the societal norms that undermine his salacious couple's bid at happiness, Cisse is also out to dissect the sordid relationship between storytelling and reality.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2009
2/5 75% Unmade Beds (2009) The conventions of contemporary youth culture and cinema could both use a change of sheets.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2009
3/5 89% The English Surgeon (2009) While the film leaves this bundle of post-Soviet contradictions packed up, its vérité depiction of the surgeon's life surpasses the likes of ER.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2009
2/5 28% Shrink (2009) Never mind the crazy cast; this weary retread of trendy multicharacter melodramas is what's really unhinged.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2009
2/5 75% Ischeznuvshaya Imperiya (Vanished Empire) (2008) The moralistic finale feels tacked on to the vivid celebration of Commie teen lust.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2009
4/5 83% Lake Tahoe (2008) Inspired by a childhood accident that befell director Fernando Eimbcke soon after his father's death, this low-key character study is a beguiling paradox of Mexican suburban splendor masking personal grief.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2009
1/6 14% I Love You Beth Cooper (2009) This nightmare scenario is to high-school valedictorians what this wreck of a movie is to comedy screenwriters.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2009
4/5 86% Tony Manero (2009) [Director] Larrain deftly employs a Dardennes-style in-the-moment handheld lensing, managing a high-wire act in which audience disgust is outpaced by breathless anticipation.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2009
3/6 81% Unmistaken Child (2009) The documentary stands as a visually candid and picturesque peek into one of the world's most mysterious practices.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2009
2/6 16% Downloading Nancy (2008) For all the bad behavior on display, the emotional stakes remain hazily defined.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2009
3/6 80% Eid milad Laila (Laila's Birthday) (2008) Masharawi's film is a vivid passenger-seat tour of a society perpetually crashing into madness.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 28, 2009
3/6 100% Anaglyph Tom (2009) Jacobs's mastery of 3-D is intermittent, but when it works, the new textures bestowed upon Edison's long-dead cast are moving.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 13, 2009
3.5/4 82% Serbis (Service) (2008) To my knowledge, Serbis is the first film to equate third-world life in the late capitalist era to squatting in a rundown porn palace.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2008
3/4 90% 24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) (2008) Simultaneously more and less than meets the eye.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2008
3/4 92% Night and Day (Bam gua nat) (2009) Following his most even-handed exploration of male-female sexual conflict in Woman on the Beach, Hong Sang-soo hurtles full-bore into the subjectivity of the horny man with Night and Day.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2008
2.5/4 78% A Jihad for Love (2008) Perhaps carving enough space for the previously unheard voices of Muslim gays to speak is enough to ask of this socially groundbreaking work.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 20, 2008
3/4 87% Blind Mountain (2007) With Blind Mountain, 6th Generation Chinese maverick Li Yang continues his scorched-earth treatment of 5th Generation heroic peasant stereotypes launched by his debut feature Blind Shaft.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2008
1/4 39% The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008) Pirates is a film whose insipid, generic plainness is its worse offense.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2008
2.5/4 88% Alexandra (2007) Disappointingly uncharacteristic of Sokurov, the humanist moments that pass between them lean toward token sentiment, and the moments that pass between Alexandra and the grandson she traveled so far to see feel inconsequential.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2007
3/4 45% Redacted (2007) Brian De Palma's paradoxical take on the occupation of Iraq is as blatant as an open sore yet swathed in layers of formalist irony.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2007
3.5/4 71% Wuyong (Useless) (2007) Useless is a shape-shifting work that overturns expectations at every turn and leaves behind an open-ended consideration of value -- of clothing, of human labor, of human life.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2007
3/4 93% Secret Sunshine (2010) Lee has a rare gift for depicting how the minor dissonance of everyday interactions eventually explodes into public displays of rage and despair.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2007
2.5/4 69% The Man From London (A Londoni Férfi) (2007) Tarr seems to be working in a pan-European purgatory through which his elaborate camera movements are more clinical than communitarian.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2007
4/4 89% Caché (2005) Caché is about how the way we look at people -- a spouse, a child, a homeless person, a security guard -- reflects our own humanity, exactly the sort of thing the best works of cinematic art aspire to reveal.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2006