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
67% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) It's definitely not for everyone, but I'll take Prisoners of the Ghostland's cavalcade of cinematic insanity over a paint-by-numbers blockbuster designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator any day of the week. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
100% Azor (2021) From the film's deceptively beautiful aesthetic to its deeply mysterious story, Azor is a remarkable first feature for Andreas Fontana. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
92% Anne at 13,000 ft (2020) One of the more effective collaborations between director and star in recent memory, Radwanski and Campbell bring out the absolute best in each other. Their combined talents make Anne at 13,000 Ft a must-see. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
38% Yakuza Princess (2021) When one looks beyond the immediate novelty of the film's title, one is taken aback by how dull and derivative Yakuza Princess actually is. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
92% Raging Fire (2021) Raging Fire is an action-packed cop drama starring one of the best to ever kick ass and take names on screen, Donnie Yen. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
No Score Yet Barbarian Invasion (2021) The film's remote setting-a small Malaysian fishing town - and Gwai Lou's easygoing, unshowy cinematography only add to the intimate feel that pervades the entire film. Barbarian Invasion is occasionally confusing, but it's never boring. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
95% Escape from Mogadishu (2021) With stellar performances from everyone involved, it's easy to become wholly engaged by a blockbuster like Escape from Mogadishu. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
88% Ema (2021) From the very first evocative shot, Ema makes an impact that is hard to ignore, even as the film's flaws grow more and more obvious throughout. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2021
70% Annette (2021) Like many of the previous works of both Sparks and Carax, not everyone will be won over by its weirdness, but those who are will absolutely love it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
35% White As Snow (Blanche comme neige) (2021) One can appreciate White as Snow as a visually stunning tale of female empowerment and nonconformity while also wishing it delved deeper into characters that are little more than fairy-tale archetypes. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
100% The New Bauhaus (2019) Moholy-Nagy would never have placed himself in such easy-to-understand boxes as the clearly labeled and organized rooms of a formal retrospective. The strength of The New Bauhaus is that it doesn't try to do that either. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
78% Mama Weed (La Daronne) (2021) Mama Weed is exactly what you think a film called Mama Weed would be: funny, frenetic, and a bit problematic. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2021
90% Scales (Sayidat Al Bahr) (2021) While Scales is hauntingly beautiful and contains a powerful thread of feminist anger, the story is sparse to a fault, barely summoning enough narrative to fill its already brief running time. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
81% God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya (2021) While Petrunya herself is certainly a figure worthy of veneration, the film doesn't quite live up to her character. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2021
94% LFG (2021) As a portrait of one of the higher-profile fights to close the gender pay gap, it gets the job done with gusto. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2021
90% Les nôtres (2021) By the time Les Nôtres arrives at its odd open ending, the film's early intensity has tapered off into something less satisfying. Still, like so many similar movies before it, it's all too easy to get sucked into the twisted, tangled drama of this town. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
96% The Amusement Park (2019) It's a shame audiences were denied such a gem for so long, but now that it has resurfaced, The Amusement Park is definitely worth a visit. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
88% Tove (2021) Just when you thought historical biographical dramas were the most exhausted genre in cinema, along comes Tove to energize and inspire. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
66% Wrath of Man (2021) Wrath of Man fails to make the most of an inventive story structure and a typically solid Statham performance, smothering both under a layer of bland masculinity with none of the style and swagger that made Ritchie's early work so memorable. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
60% Queen Marie (2019) While lavish historical dramas laden with European accents are increasingly out of vogue with moviegoers, Queen Marie isn't without its charms-including its fittingly regal lead. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
82% Doctor X (1932) Doctor X is often more silly than scary-but for classic film lovers, it's a must-see thanks to some groundbreaking Max Factor makeup, gorgeous cinematography, and a performance from one of the most iconic scream queens of all time, Fay Wray. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
42% Berlin Alexanderplatz (2021) There is much to admire about Qurbani's ambitious reimagining of Berlin Alexanderplatz, but despite some strong performances and visual flair, I'm not entirely convinced Franz Biberkopf should have ever left the Weimar Republic. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
97% Better Days (2019) Better Days often feels like an extremely bleak after-school special, but thanks to Zhou and Yee's remarkable performances, it's worth sticking with to the bitter end. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2021
97% Gunda (2020) Sparing us a heavy-handed lecture, Gunda shows, rather than tells, us why we should value animals for more than just their meat, and is all the more powerful for it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) The masterful way in which King Kong vs. Godzilla mixes human comedy with monster mayhem makes it one of my favorites in the long-running Godzilla franchise, an example of everything these movies can be at their no-holds-barred best: a whole lot of fun. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
46% Amundsen: The Greatest Expedition (2019) Amundsen: The Greatest Expedition is ultimately unsatisfying, barely skimming the surface of the life of a man who contained multitudes. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
35% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) While Six Minutes to Midnight does tell a story about life on the cusp of World War II that has been mostly unknown until now-a rare feat in modern movies, to be sure-it still doesn't stand out among that incredibly expansive pantheon of films. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
67% The Yellow Wallpaper (2021) While a respectful homage, it fails to elicit the same charge of feminist rage, coupled with fear, that Gilman's story does. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
88% Keep an Eye Out (Au Poste!) (2018) In many ways, Keep an Eye Out feels more like an extended comedy sketch than a feature film. I for one had absolutely no problem with that because whatever it may be, it's definitely entertaining. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
92% Center Stage (1992) One hopes that this new restoration of Center Stage reignites interest not just in the film, which is an absolute masterpiece in its own right, but in the life and career of Ruan Lingyu. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Toni Erdmann is the fastest and funniest 164 minute film you'll ever see; [director Maren] Ade steers her story with a confident hand. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
80% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) A wild and wacky comedy with bold splashes of the fantastical - including a murder plot involving mosquitos - Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is the vacation from reality we all need and deserve. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
98% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) With a story hinged on the disapproval and disappointment of others, some of the plot twists feel startlingly retrograde, but an absolutely brilliant lead performance from the legendary Barbara Sukowa makes it impossible to stop watching regardless. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
97% Atlantis (2019) Despite some artistic merit and admirable intentions, Atlantis left me as cold as the barren Ukrainian plains depicted in the film. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
76% Spoor (Pokot) (2017) Spoor combines the plot of a murder mystery with the morality of an old-fashioned fable to convey a message of righteous environmentalist - not to mention feminist - anger. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
100% The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo (2020) A bubbly pink mocktail of a film, The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo embodies the spirit of its subject in wonderfully weird ways that entertain even when they don't quite hit the mark. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
80% Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2004) As one is reminded throughout Goodbye, Dragon Inn, even when one goes to the movies alone, one does so to find a connection with others. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
100% Xianggang zhizao (Made in Hong Kong) (1997) Fruit Chan's bleak tale of alienated youth should appeal to anyone who has ever felt the future slipping away from them. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
60% Dreamland (2019) Despite some flaws, including that aforementioned narration and some subpar costuming and set design that screams low-budget to the point of being distracting, Dreamland works as a vehicle for Margot Robbie's substantial star power. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
80% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) A good horror film isn't easy to watch, but it should leave you with some feeling of satisfaction by the time the end credits roll. But with Koko-di Koko-da, I only feel empty. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
91% Smooth Talk (1985) A gorgeous, thrilling portrayal of careless childhood dissolving in the summer sun, Smooth Talk is a landmark coming-of-age film and signals the arrival of one of cinema's favorite stars. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
94% Kárhozat, (Damnation) (1988) If you're looking to wallow in despair, rather than escape it, then Damnation is the film for you. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
75% Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2021) An ode to the importance of art that is a work of art itself, Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue is yet another fascinating look at contemporary China courtesy of Jia Zhangke. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
90% Beginning (Dasatskisi) (2020) Beginning is one of the most powerful feature debuts in recent memory, and wholly deserving of all of the plaudits that have come its way as it makes the rounds of the international festival circuit. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
76% Tragic Jungle (Selva Trágica) (2021) There is much to enjoy about Tragic Jungle, but in the end, one is left hungry for something more than what the film actually is. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
78% Eternal Beauty (2019) While the storyline and message are not solid across the board, Eternal Beauty is nonetheless an enjoyable film with admirable intentions, elevated by the sensitive work of Hawkins and her supporting cast. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
100% The Woman Who Ran (2021) With Hong at his most delightfully Rohmer-esque and Kim at her most effortlessly charming, The Woman Who Ran showcases humanity at its most amusing, awkward, and authentic. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
96% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) Night of the Kings mixes the magic of ancient myth with the harshness of modern reality to create something entirely unique, and cements Lacôte's reputation as a master storyteller himself. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
62% Children of the Sea (Kaijû no Kodomo) (2020) For the stunning animation alone, Children of the Sea is worth watching, but don't be surprised if you find yourself drowning in the film's strange, surreal story. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
85% The Hole (Dong) (2020) With its flashes of humor and music, The Hole is a disturbingly timely depiction of humanity in crisis as well as a reminder that there are always places to find light if you squint hard enough through the gloom. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020