Lee Jutton

Lee Jutton
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Lee Jutton has directed short films starring a killer toaster, a killer Christmas tree, and a not-killer leopard. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Film Inquiry, Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Bitch Flicks, Film School Rejects, Bitch Media, and TV Fanatic. When not watching, writing about, or making films, she can be found obsessing over German soccer.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
86% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) In the Aisles takes audiences deep into the emotional lives of people who seem destined to hover on the periphery and highlights the beauty to be found there if one bothers to look. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
100% The Russian Five (2019) At its heart, The Russian Five is a sports story, but you don't have to be a hockey fan to appreciate its impact. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) As a portrait of one man's impact on an era, from the viewpoint of another who lived through it, it is a fascinating film. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
No Score Yet A Taste of Sky (2019) A Taste of Sky prefers to focus on the bigger picture, and while it is still an enjoyable film, one is left hungry for more. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
No Score Yet Changing the Game (2019) Equal parts inspirational and infuriating, Changing the Game reminds us that transgender kids are in fact just kids, and deserve to be accepted as such - at home, in the classroom, and on the playing field. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
72% Knives and Skin (2019) The film is gorgeous to look at, but at a running time of close to two hours, even the most delicious visuals aren't enough to keep one engaged in a story that seemed to have very little point. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
100% Goldie (2019) De Jong forces us to face how few real opportunities are given to girls like Goldie, and to understand why someone would be willing to risk it all even to snatch a mere wisp of a dream. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
100% This is not Berlin (2019) Despite occasionally drifting down derivative paths, This is Not Berlin is never not entertaining. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
100% Queen of Diamonds (2019) In the years that have passed since its initial release, Menkes' perfectly crafted images and soundscapes have lost none of their bleak poetry. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
33% Only (2019) Only is a slow-burn of a story that relies more on atmosphere than action, with mixed results. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
100% Blow the Man Down (2019) Thanks to the confident and stylish direction of Savage Cole and Krudy, it will linger in your mind and make you long to see what these two women will make next. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
57% American Woman (2019) The plot of American Woman is relatively flimsy; however, the film thrives on the basis of its powerful performances, particularly those from Hong Chau and Sarah Gadon. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
93% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché does a great service in making sure that we never again forget about Guy-Blaché's contributions to film history, even if the film itself doesn't equal the greatness of its subject. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
79% Fast Color (2019) A rare superhero movie that highlights the ordinary alongside the extraordinary, Fast Color is a bold and breathtaking spin on the genre that deserves to be seen as widely as any movie released under the Marvel banner. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
95% Transit (2019) Transit cements Christian Petzold's status as a modern storytelling master. A film of surreal, sad beauty, it should not be missed. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
100% Slut in a Good Way (Charlotte a du fun) (2019) Slut in a Good Way nails the teenage experience in a way that few other coming-of-age films ever have. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
100% Babylon (2019) Babylon is a hidden gem worth seeking out if it comes to your city. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Woman at War is a strikingly beautiful story of one woman's desire to do good. Thanks to the unique artistic flourishes of Erlingsson and the powerhouse dual performances of Geirharðsdóttir, it will echo in the senses long after it is over. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
76% Holiday (2018) Eklöf has announced herself as a promising young filmmaker to watch in a way that cannot and should not be ignored. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
45% What Men Want (2019) It's not that What Men Want isn't enjoyable, it's just that, while you're watching, you get the sense that it could have been so much more. This film is proof that it takes more than genderswapping to make something old new again. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
89% Peppermint Soda (1977) Peppermint Soda is a charming and poignant glimpse at two ordinary teenage girls dealing with all of the inherent messiness that comes with growing up a member of the so-called second sex. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) It is not an easy watch, but if you take a chance on it, you'll be rewarded with one of the most remarkable films of the year. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) There's no denying it's the absurd enunciated in the title that drew me in, and even if The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot ended up not being what I expected, I still enjoyed it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
13% Berlin, I Love You (2019) A haphazard concoction of cliches with a sugary sweet coating, Berlin, I Love You lacks any of the qualities that make the titular city so special. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
71% Piercing (2019) Thanks to a bold performance from the always-reliable Mia Wasikowska and some stunning production design, Piercing manages to upend expectations and look absolutely phenomenal doing it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
73% Adult Life Skills (2019) Adult Life Skills is a poignant examination of a young woman whose growth has been stunted by grief, carried by Jodie Whittaker's charming performance. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
80% Buffalo Boys (2019) It's a wonderfully refreshing take on the Western genre thanks to the culturally significant setting and the awesome action sequences, even if other aspects of the film fall short. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
97% Pick of the Litter (2018) As warm and fuzzy as the adorable puppies at its center, Pick of the Litter is pleasant viewing for anyone who needs an emotional lift this holiday season without any animal-induced anxiety. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
No Score Yet Anna Karenina. Istoriya Vronskogo (2017) Alas, the film, while impeccably designed, lacked the romantic magic of Tolstoy's novel. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
100% A Moment in the Reeds (2017) A Moment in the Reeds uses strikingly intimate storytelling to give an important voice to the struggles of sexual and ethnic minorities in our society. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) Altogether, Overlord is exactly what you would want and expect a movie about zombies created by Nazis to be: a deranged, disgusting delight. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
95% Jinn (2018) Jinn is a colorful portrait of the complexities inherent in life, love, and religion that succeeds as a character study far more than as a plot-driven story. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
100% Les Parents Terribles (The Storm Within) (1948) A cautionary tale of what happens when familial love and romantic love cross paths, Les Parents Terribles deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Cocteau's other, more widely-seen masterpieces. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
100% Mario (2018) Mario tackles the stigma of being a gay man in professional soccer with remarkable realism and heart, with what could have been excessively melodramatic or exploitative. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
100% Nigerian Prince (2018) A flawed first feature film, but it shows a great deal of promise. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
No Score Yet London Fields (2018) Just like its beautiful protagonist, nothing is enough to save this film from a bad end. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
92% The Price of Everything (2018) As glossy, glamorous and fast-paced as the auctions it focuses on, The Price of Everything is a fun look inside an elite world that few of us could ever imagine entering. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
30% Rodin (2018) Rodin is better off being remembered for the works he created than this work about him. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
79% Sadie (2018) Disquieting and deeply moving, Sadie takes its story to extreme lengths while still feeling utterly grounded in the emotional reality of its characters. It's not an easy watch, but it's worth it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
66% I Think We're Alone Now (2018) There is much to like about the first two thirds of I Think We're Alone Now. It's a shame that what started as such a lovely slow-burn of a drama had to then devolve into such a mess. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
77% 306 Hollywood (2018) The colorful, stylistic flourishes of 306 Hollywood makes it stand out as something truly unique - an ordinary woman's life rendered into an extraordinary film. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) I Am Not a Witch, while suffused with a thread of dark humor, is a furious indictment of the way society continues to treat women and girls who do not fit neatly into the molds prescribed for them. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
78% The Last Suit (El último traje) (2018) By elegantly twisting the tropes of both the road movie and the war movie, it tells a story that feels refreshing even when it dwells on historical events we've heard about so many times before. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
68% Final Score (2018) If you need to take a break from reading about all of the acclaimed films you're missing out on seeing at all of fall's prestigious film festivals, go ahead and watch Final Score. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
64% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) Memoir of War is at its best when it focuses on the complex inner life of its compelling protagonist, but even she can't prevent this film from feeling unnecessarily drawn-out by the time it reaches its conclusion. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
75% Hevn (2015) Revenge starts strong, fueled by the intense draw of the unknown. Yet as more and more is revealed, the film runs out of steam, crashing to a less-than-satisfying conclusion. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
93% Tucked (2018) It might focus on a man with cancer, but Tucked remains resolutely upbeat in its belief that true happiness can only be found when we are true to ourselves. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
64% Mad to Be Normal (2018) Mad to Be Normal takes the life story of someone who defied norms in every aspect of his life and then squeezes said story into a traditional biopic. What should have been a film vibrating with Laing's unique energy ends up being unengaging. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
82% The Swan (Svanurinn) (2018) In the sea of stellar coming-of-age films that have recently been released - Eighth Grade, Lady Bird, Mustang - The Swan's beautiful blend of human drama and magical realism is still unique enough to stand out. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) Thanks to a diverse cast of characters you can actually care about and some well-placed dancing around typical action-thriller tropes, The Meg is much better than it ever had any right to be, and a worthy addition to Statham's cinematic oeuvre. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018