Lael Loewenstein

Lael Loewenstein
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
97% The Reason I Jump (2021) A beautiful film that goes very deeply into autism and makes these people come very much alive. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
96% The Dissident (2020) It is as suspenseful as Citizenfour and as well-made as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. This in itself takes so much material and lays it out almost like a lawyer would. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Very powerfully portrayed, particularly by Kirby's performance. She gives all this nuance to the portrait of a woman trying to find herself. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
92% Herself (2021) It's got a real quiet intensity about it that comes from Clare Dunn's careful, meticulous, beautifully felt performance. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) [Regina King] has a real sense of how to let a scene unfurl naturally, but also how to frame, cut away, and let her actors take a beat at just the right moments. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
No Score Yet Everything for a Reason (2000) An earnest, intermittently charming romantic comedy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
97% Billie (2020) A mixed documentary -- I would have preferred it without the framing device -- but I thought there were some redeeming qualities. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
69% Godmothered (2020) It's kind of a rehash, but there were some cute moments and a lovely cameo from Jane Curtin. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
93% Another Round (Druk) (2020) This is a mixed bag. I generally like Thomas Vinterberg... [Another Round] sort of fell apart in the second-to-third act, but it does pick up. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
34% Half Brothers (2020) The actors bring some commendable lightness to it and there are a number of scenes that work for me despite being utterly predictable. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
79% Baby God (2020) It's both horrible and riveting. You just can't look away. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
No Score Yet Ending Disease (2020) A tremendously important film... There is so much in here that it's almost hard to keep keep track of all the different stories, but they all dovetail in many ways. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
92% Dear Santa (2020) By turns funny, tender, and just so sweet and endearing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
57% The Prom (2020) It could have been stronger had it been perhaps shorter, but the message is important and lovely. It has some redeeming moments a couple of sweet, catchy songs, so you can't fault it that. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
100% 76 Days (2020) A raw and searing documentary that is very much in the vérité, fly-on-the-wall school of filmmaking. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
83% Mank (2020) If there ever was an argument for seeing something on the big screen, it would be this. It is wonderfully, visually evocative of Citizen Kane... and it's a shame to see that on the small screen. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
100% Where She Lies (2020) A really compelling story and a decent documentary that I wish there had been different footage available for. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
62% The Informer (2020) I was held along with the suspense and I enjoyed it enough to stay along for the ride. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
100% City Hall (2020) To say it is granular would be an understatement. It's also got a whole host of wonderful little rewards in it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
75% Maybe Next Year (2019) Heartrending, personality-bearing, and full of the grit and the glory of the underdog. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
83% Proxima (2019) Extraordinary... A really powerful film. Eva Green gives one of the best performances. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
82% Let Him Go (2020) It has all the elements of a good thriller drama... But it felt so over the top. Every bit of it felt predictable. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
33% The Devil Has a Name (2020) Workmanlike directing from Olmos, and well-acted overall... A compelling enough piece of work. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
100% La Haine (1996) A really charged, pulsating film shot in gorgeous black and white, and it still really holds up. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
100% White Riot (2019) I would have preferred that it were were a little more focused and a lot tighter, but [it has] interesting information and is worth seeing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
100% Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (2020) A lovely documentary and quite moving. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
39% Rebecca (2020) Why go back and remake a classic unless you can improve upon it in some way or add something new? To my mind, I don't think this did. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
40% Honest Thief (2020) It is with great relish that [Liam Neeson] takes on this role, and he does it extremely well. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) It's classic Sorkin in that it illuminates and elucidates a [subject] matter that would have otherwise been opaque and confusing, but it's a little too Rashômon-like in that you never get the full master view of the riots... Good Sorkin, not great Sorkin. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
71% Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles (2020) Quite sumptuous visually and has some of the most amazing, decadent food you can even imagine. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
68% The Artist's Wife (2020) A really beautiful portrait of a relationship. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
85% Misbehaviour (2020) I want to give a shoutout to Keira Knightley -- I don't think I've ever seen her so good. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
90% Enola Holmes (2020) Millie Bobby Brown is so perfectly cast here. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
89% Kajillionaire (2020) You cannot apply ordinary logic to a Miranda July movie or else you will be immensely frustrated, but it is funny and weird. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
92% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2020) If you can make it all the way to the end of the film, there's a sweet homage... But I did find it a bit tedious. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
83% You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) I thought it was more bizarre than effective. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
89% Robin's Wish (2020) Robin's wish was to help people feel less afraid. This film accomplishes that. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
90% Rising Phoenix (2020) This is just an extraordinary documentary. It covers the history of the Paralympic Games, and it does so from a historical perspective and a very intimate profile of several athletes... These stories are so inspiring. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) The plot is nothing, the narrative arc is all over the place, and the comedy is tired and sad. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
61% Children of the Sea (Kaijû no Kodomo) (2020) Some of the water imagery was absolutely beautifully captured. Narratively, I couldn't follow it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
94% Yes, God, Yes (2020) It feels a bit thin and underwritten. It feels like it maybe should have been a longer short [film] that it was, but maybe not quite a full feature. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
62% Radioactive (2020) Started out as very generic, but then became very interesting and surprising. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
73% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) The problem that I have with the documentary is that it became repetitive. It didn't really do much after 35 minutes and just rehashed the same territory. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
83% Stockton on My Mind (2020) A really interesting doc and a look at someone who is going to continue to be a formidable politician. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
68% Most Wanted (2020) This is one of the least-gripping crime thrillers that I could imagine. There's just too many story arcs going on at the same time and you don't feel terribly invested in the characters. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
100% We Are the Radical Monarchs (2019) A wonderful and very inspiring film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
70% Think Like a Dog (2020) I just didn't think it was funny. If you're going to do a talking dog movie... you really need to go all in. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
88% You Don't Nomi (2020) It does a remarkable thing: it takes Showgirls, which was a joke that became one of the biggest flops of all time... and it reconsiders it. It says that it may be a misunderstood masterpiece. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
72% Becky (2020) [Lulu Wilson] is fabulous... It's quite a ride. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
100% Dykes, Camera, Action! (2018) It was a very interesting documentary. My only objection to it was that it was only about 60 minutes long... It could have used more depth. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020