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Lauren Wissot

Lauren Wissot
Lauren Wissot's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 91% The Green Wave (2012) Unlike Waltz with Bashir, it only seems to be using animation in an effort to make blog diaries by twentysomethings appear cinematic. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2012
86% Khodorkovsky (2011) By the time the director delves into the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, the doc's gone off the subject and off the rails. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 28, 2011
1.5/4 67% Barbershop Punk (2011) An impotent exploration of the fight to take the Internet out of the hands of the Man. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 9, 2011
2.5/4 100% Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011) Like their subjects, the directors themselves have attempted an all-over-the-place style--and surprisingly succeeded. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2011
2.5/4 100% Hell and Back Again (2011) Danfung Dennis's documentary isn't content to merely capture warriors in combat. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2011
3/4 78% The Mill and the Cross (2011) Lech Majewski succeeds so well in saturating his images with meaning that when the barebones dialogue is heard it seems frustratingly stale and superfluous. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2011
2/4 81% Where Soldiers Come From (2011) It's not Heather Courtney's fault that PBS dishes out comfort food for the liberal elite. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2011
3.5/4 99% The Interrupters (2011) A tour de force of editing that's similar in novelistic scale to Steve James's high school basketball epic Hoop Dreams. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2011
2.5/4 88% If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) The doc manages to drive home the notion that, however much one might disagree with ELF's tactics, their point of view holds a lot of truth. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2011
No Score Yet Sotalapset (War Children) (2003) Manages to shed light on the psychological consequences of being ripped from one's biological family while being denied the opportunity for closure. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jun 7, 2011
No Score Yet Reindeerspotting - Escape from Santaland (2010) Smartly takes a subtle approach to a situation ripe for sensationalism. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jun 7, 2011
1.5/4 83% !Women Art Revolution (2011) Lynn Hershman Leeson introduces us only superficially to her dozens of pioneering friends. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2011
83% Klitschko (2011) Smartly, Dehnhardt's film eschews hype and goes far beyond mere talk. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2011
3/4 100% Cinema Komunisto (2014) Mila Turajlic's Cinema Komunisto is a Serbian documentary that explores a fascinating piece of history little known outside Eastern Europe. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2011
2/4 91% The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) Perhaps the greatest irony of all is that such a tumultuous and thrilling time in American history can be so easily reduced to a staid classroom lecture. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2011
3/4 60% The Gift to Stalin (2011) That rare small story set in a big time (not unlike Malick's Days of Heaven), poetic both in Khasanbek Kydyraliev's cinematography and in Pavel Finn's script. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2011
3/4 92% My Perestroika (2011) A Glasnost-worthy openness shines through every face in Robin Hessman's doc. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2011
2.5/4 91% Public Speaking (2011) We catch only glimpses below the surface of this whirlwind of wit as Scorsese steps out of the way and lets Lebowitz herself run the show. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 2, 2011
3.5/4 100% Into Eternity (2011) Watching the film is akin to having a totally immersive, video game-like experience, a journey best described as Lord of the Rings meets 2001: A Space Odyssey. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 7, 2011
2/4 65% Freakonomics (2010) Blame producer Chad Troutwine for bringing together an array of talented documentary filmmakers to try to coax life into material certainly not suited to the medium of film. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2010
2/4 98% Marwencol (2010) Malmberg's video imagery, captured by point-and-shoot camerawork, and livened up with big band music from time to time, can't hold a candle to outsider artist Mark Hogancamp's work. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2010
3/4 100% The Other City (2010) A fascinating and damning glimpse inside a parallel universe that exists right in the heart of our nation's capital. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2010
2/4 62% Howl (2010) Like the counterculture icon that penned the poem that serves as the title to Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's film, Howl is one odd bird. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2010
1.5/4 No Score Yet Biker Fox (2010) Bravely riding full speed ahead, Biker Fox nevertheless ends up in the very same place. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 13, 2010
2.5/4 87% Neshoba (2010) Though the film gets carried away by its black-and-white-together-we-shall-overcome vibe, the raw facts are undeniably where the real emotion lies. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2010
1.5/4 41% The Expendables (2010) In lieu of a flurry of left hooks and roundhouse kicks, we stay safely in Stallone's comfort zone of shoot 'em ups and s--- getting blown up. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2010
2/4 No Score Yet Family Affair (2010) Hovering safely at the margins, the film's the director seems both fearful and detached. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2010
1.5/4 42% The Extra Man (2010) Like Kevin Kline's ridiculously pretentious Harrison, the film fancies itself much more interesting than it is. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2010
3/4 71% Valhalla Rising (2010) The Bruckheimer-style storyline is merely an excuse to film a Joseph Conrad-worthy existential journey to hell. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2010
3/4 93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) Lisa Cholodenko is one of the more radical visionaries working in American indie cinema today. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 5, 2010
2.5/4 94% 45365 (2009) An exhaustively detailed, entrancing journey, crafted with love for everything from raindrops on a windshield to a cheesy Elvis impersonator. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2010
2.5/4 100% The Juche Idea (2008) Jim Finn has managed to spoof not just easy-target Kim, but also the very notion of artists in residence making ever more obscure, inaccessible, and pretentious work. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 25, 2010
2/4 86% After The Cup: Sons Of Sakhnin United (2010) Centuries-old rivalries die hard...and the very thing that unites can also divide. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 17, 2010
2.5/4 71% Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) (2010) There is no dramatic leap to death, but rather only a tentative embrace of "a new form, a new way," much like Iran's short-lived experiment in democracy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 9, 2010
1.5/4 68% Babies (2010) An aesthetic exercise that gets at no deeper truth than "babies are basically alike no matter the culture." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 2, 2010
3/4 91% Fish Tank (2010) The British director's filmmaking style is precise and concise, as tight and lean as her teenage heroine. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2010
1.5/4 55% The End Of Poverty (2008) Perhaps most surprising of all are the parallels Diaz accidentally draws between the "evil" First World and the "innocent" Third. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2009
2/4 75% Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) What's fascinating about this unfocused diatribe is that Mr. Moore, the liberal face of Middle America, has finally given up on the American audience. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2009
3.5/4 87% Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008) A luscious, evocative period piece. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2009
3/4 83% Nollywood Babylon (2008) Nollywood Babylon seamlessly interweaves actual clips from Nollywood flicks with scenes from the bustling, chaotic markets of Lagos. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2009
2.5/4 81% Under Our Skin (2008) Under Our Skin is a rigorously researched and highly thorough piece of investigative reporting on the silent epidemic that is Lyme disease. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2009
2/4 81% Unmistaken Child (2009) As lovely as the elegiac music and breathtaking shots of the Tibetan countryside are in Unmistaken Child, they don't really move things along. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2009
1/4 56% New World Order (2009) The directors never bother to delve into why these men need simple answers, and avoid complications at all costs. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 17, 2009
0/4 24% Little Ashes (2009) With a melodramatic score that alternates between sad violin and romantic guitar, and repetitive reaction shots of Lorca and Dalí in all their dreamy-eyed longing, Little Ashes is broadstroked filmmaking at its most tedious. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 3, 2009
3/4 81% We Live in Public (2009) We Live in Public moves with the groove of the rock-star atmosphere that surrounded the dot-com kid moguls of the '90s. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2009
3.5/4 No Score Yet Paper Soldier (Bumaznyj soldat) (2008) Deftly visualizes those dual elements of terrifying uncertainty and thrilling history that were the essence of the Soviet liberal experiment era. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2009
2/4 57% Defiance (2009) Defiance is not so much a cohesive film as a series of interchangeable, broadstroked scenes--a movie on loop. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2008
2/4 72% Eden (2008) Seemingly in an effort to make up for O'Brien's anemic script, Recks energizes the slow-moving tale with nonstop distracting camerawork. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2008
2/4 No Score Yet Soviet Story (2008) Soviet Story does a thorough job of laying out what happened, but its dull, educational-style format doesn't guide us to the next step of why we should care. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2008
3.5/4 90% Hunger (2009) McQueen's film is a nuanced masterpiece that never flaunts its artistry, but uses it humbly to serve the all-important story. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2008