Kevin Ritchie

Kevin Ritchie
Kevin Ritchie's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): NOW Toronto
Publications: eye WEEKLY, NOW Toronto

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 75% Liberté (2019) What's shocking about Liberté is that its documentary-like images are actually more banal given that breaking taboos, extreme porn imagery and trolling have been par for the course for a while now. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/5 74% The Truth (La vérité) (2019) Ultimately, this is an insider-y movie about movies, memory and truth in art that doesn't quite transcend its Rich People Problems trappings. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Desert One (2019) ...the standard talking-heads-and-news-clips execution puts the whole story at a remove, as though Kopple is expecting us to watch her movie on a screen in the kitchen while we're doing something else. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 64% Martin Eden (2019) Martin Eden does what few artists or commentators care to do: attempt to grasp, rather than capitalize on, the fraught humanity and circumstances that lead to self-defeating political ideologies. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/5 88% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2019) The director's polished aesthetic effectively accentuates both Wild Goose Lake's subtle and pointed symbolic elements, but is less successful in underscoring the emotional lives of his paralleled lead characters. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/5 85% Zombi Child (2019) Zombi Child is suspenseful and watchable thanks to impressively sublime uses of lighting and colour, a contrast between earnest teen girl romantic fantasy and arch humour and bursts of pop music... - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) Though already being called a "eulogy," Varda By Agnès is less a celebration than a passing on of wisdom. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The 20th Century (2019) The Winnipeg filmmaker's crafty, nightmarish and Dadaist revision of William Lyon Mackenzie King's formative years completely skewers Canadian political mythology and the gendered, classist and colonial tenets it's based on. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 83% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) This film can feel hyper-specific and referential, but the way the director flips the standard migration narrative (an angry white male settler flees the violent nationalism that benefits him) should resonate broadly. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
2/5 41% Seberg (2019) Seberg's story is hugely dramatic, infuriating and timely - well worth a screen adaptation - but we only get superficial insights into its subject, her cinematic accomplishments, the experiences that shaped her politics and the movements she aligned with. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
5/5 95% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) We get melodrama, comedy, infographics and theatrical monologues, all moving toward a sensuous climactic sequence that beautifully illustrates that how things happen can be more cinematically exhilarating than why they happen. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
2/5 36% Guest of Honour (2019) Egoyan's script smartly emphasizes character over plot as the film builds to revelatory scenes, but is too uneven to feel satisfying in the end. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Fever (A Febre) (2019) Emphasizing repetition, the banality of industry, intense sound design and darkness/shadow, Da-Rin gradually and effectively builds a creeping feeling that the rhythms of life are eating at ambivalent Justino from within. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/5 88% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) The parts prove greater than the sum in Bacurau, which ultimately delivers big cheer-worthy moments but doesn't always pull off its balance of high-brow/low-brow successfully or satisfyingly. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 100% 143 Sahara Street (143, rue du Désert) (2019) Events arise that create a sense of anxiety and imminent change, but Ferhani mostly avoids overstating socio-political themes, using his affecting images to capture a familiar mood of uncertainty in a very specific place. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 99% Honeyland (2019) Honeyland is a beautifully realized and accomplished film, but grows more satisfying as its simple conceit gives way to more complexity. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 88% The Stone Speakers (2018) It's a timely film given recent debates around public monuments and who we decide to memorialize and why, but Drljaca keeps a cool distance. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 81% Before You Know It (2019) Hannah Pearl Utt's feature debut is a gorgeous-looking and layered dramedy. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 88% José (2018) The near-silent protagonist is a frustrating and distancing art-house cliché. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 92% You Don't Nomi (2019) Befitting its multiplicity theme, You Don't Nomi feels both comprehensive and incomplete. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 86% Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts (2019) Moving Parts is full of funny and heartfelt moments and succeeds in making one of Drag Race's pricklier-seeming queens more likeable, but it's most interesting as an unglamorous peek into the Drag Race Industrial Complex. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 100% Midnight Family (2019) What emerges is an empathetic and nuanced portrait of a desperate situation with no winners. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 100% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) Fascinating and perplexing... - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 99% One Child Nation (2019) [It] impressively draws upon several documentary techniques to powerfully capture the impact of intergenerational trauma. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 62% Native Son (2019) In addition to creating a visually seductive atmosphere to draw viewers into Bigger's interior world, Johnson elicits a subtle performance from Sanders... Native Son's message is important, but its approach occasionally feels throwback. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 56% The Beach Bum (2019) The Beach Bum is pure nihilism masquerading as a comedy. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) ...despite all this, Greta turns into a good time when it gets to where it's obviously going. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 71% Climax (2019) Climax is a vision of hell stuck in limbo. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/5 89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) It's a damning account of self-deluded western power and its failures. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) ...subtly affecting and boldly ambitious. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
1/5 45% Second Act (2018) Empowerment in Hollywood still requires both a high-powered job and a man - even if that means settling for a tertiary character with no personality. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
5/5 100% Shirkers (2018) Shirkers is a movie about dashed dreams and the meaningfulness of closure, but it's the opposite of bitter or rueful. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 100% Transformer (2018) We only get a few glimpses of what the more mundane aspects of Janae's life are like outside the safe spaces of her home and the gym. Fortunately, she is as chatty and eminently likeable as she is ripped, and has no problem carrying the film. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 90% Studio 54 (2018) Director Matt Tyrnauer gives Studio 54 its due with a straightforward talking head/archival clips doc, but manages to inject fresh insight thanks to an extensive interview with co-owner Ian Schrager. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2/5 66% Lizzie (2018) Under-developed character relationships and a tepid approach to the material fail to do justice to Chloë Sevigny's nuanced lead performance. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2/5 94% Hotel by the River (2019) Hong Sang-soo's film looks incredible, but his characters are tiring to listen to...Maybe it was because this is the director's least boozy film in a while, but even this cast of Hong regulars seems to be having a hard time making it fly. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
1/5 19% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018) In the film's best close-up, Newton's face sums up the experience of watching The Death And Life Of John. F. Donovan: confusion to annoyance to resignation. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
5/5 83% High Life (2019) The results are often uncomfortable and frequently mind-blowing. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 83% Her Smell (2019) Her Smell brilliantly - and I would say, empathetically - shows the personal toll of the perversion of punk idealism and what happens when subcultures are subsumed into the wider culture. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Trial (2018) Takes the idea of a "procedural drama" to a bleak new level. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 61% Vox Lux (2018) Corbett's directing style is brisk and ostentatious, evoking gritty 70s actioners one moment and golden-era Hollywood romance films the next. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Grand Bizarre (2018) The film bursts with energy and invention to the point of sensory overload. It can feel overwhelming, but so can the issues at the heart of the film. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) Such quiet moments, captured in heartbreakingly vivid detail, make What You Gonna Do unassumingly powerful. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
4/5 59% Touch Me Not (2019) Aside from having so-called "non-traditional" bodies, both Hofmann and Bayerlein exude warmth and openness and are extremely articulate communicators. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 75% In My Room (2018) What could have been a one-joke movie - Adam and Eve but Adam is super awkward - benefits from Löw's performance, which is both understated and physically demanding, as well as Köhler's rigorous focus on character quirks over the sci-fi conceit. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 90% Walking on Water (2019) Walking On Water entertains with great access to its subjects, but isn't very revealing. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 100% Fausto (2018) The storytellers aren't always as captivating as the filmmaker's eye, but this version of Faust is also at the nexus of a lot self-relfection and questioning happening more broadly in cinema right now. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 92% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2019) While the film's urgency comes across, its beautiful and bizarre moments also push the doc toward abstraction. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 100% Graves Without a Name (2018) Panh's innovative, deceptively simple filmmaking renders the ghostly and immaterial as powerfully visceral. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 100% Dead Souls (2018) Taken together, it's an overwhelming and damning portrait, but the film's power lies in heartbreaking, idiosyncratic and overlapping details. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018