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
37% Seberg (2020) Despite the considerable talent involved, Seberg is not the story the titular woman deserved to have told about her. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
89% System Crasher (Systemsprenger) (2019) A story of heartbreak bandaged up by rebellion, System Crasher will wrench your heart out of your chest and stomp all over it. As you can imagine, it's a painful experience, but one that offers just as many rewards as it does tears. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
96% Atlantics (2019) This is only Diop's first feature, but Atlantics proves that she is an artist with an elegant and steady hand. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
85% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) It will likely not make you feel any more familiar with Pauline Kael than you already are, but as a recap of her life and career, it is a pleasant reminder of her greatness and a nostalgic look back at an era that changed American cinema forever. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
No Score Yet House of Cardin (2019) House of Cardin encapsulates how one man became an empire, one that continues to thrive even as he approaches a century of life on this planet. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
95% Queen of Hearts (2019) An unvarnished character study of an unexpected abuser and the havoc her actions cause, Queen of Hearts is one of the most emotionally draining films I've seen this year. Dyrholm's performance alone deserves to be seen by many. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
100% A German Youth (Une jeunesse Allemande) (2019) A German Youth presents the historical evidence and leaves the audience to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions about how and why the Red Army Faction came to be and how and why they should be remembered. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
94% Western Stars (2019) Western Stars isn't going to break the music documentary mold, and there are some interstitial segments that are honestly downright cheesy, but if you're a Springsteen fan, you should find plenty to love about it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
91% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse is an incredibly unique, utterly bizarre film, an almost mythic tale that could inspire a sea shanty or five. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Stylish, savage and supremely funny, First Love is the shock of adrenaline the action genre needs and deserves, and evidence that Miike has not yet lost his unique touch. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
90% In Search of Greatness (2018) In Search of Greatness provides an intriguing look at sporting excellence that should hopefully inspire the next generation to break free from the overly structured thinking that threatens to hold them back. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
88% Je t'aime moi non plus (I Love You, I Don't) (1976) Even if the extremely erotic melodrama of the film is too much for you, Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus is not without artistic merit. Rather, it's another fitting example of what made Serge Gainsbourg such a unique and, yes, controversial talent. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) It isn't going to change the documentary game the way its subject changed horror and science-fiction. But if you're a big fan of any of the topics covered, enough treasures are unearthed by Philippe and company for you to stay engaged. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Thanks to Colaizzo's sharp script and a wonderful lead performance from Jillian Bell, Brittany Runs a Marathon is positively delightful, a rare comedy that doesn't gloss over the often painful challenges one faces in changing one's life for the better. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
58% The Bromley Boys (2018) Even with these flaws, The Bromley Boys is entirely pleasant to watch; it just never rises above mere pleasantness to be truly compelling. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Where'd You Go, Bernadette is largely a disappointment despite the incredible source material and the amount of talent involved in bringing it to the screen. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Tigers Are Not Afraid is an absolutely gorgeous, disturbingly dark fairy tale the likes of which we haven't seen since Pan's Labyrinth. That being said, it's also an entirely unique work of art that stands on its own in the pantheon of fantastical horror. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
33% See You Soon (2019) The film isn't without its charms thanks to its unabashedly absurd script and some very amusing references to the real-life world of soccer. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
92% The Cat Rescuers (2019) I think that any animal lover will be inspired by this poignant film and the human faces that it puts on this incredibly important issue. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
96% Firecrackers (2019) From the first frame to the last, Firecrackers is clearly a story by women, about women, stubbornly through their gaze without regrets. For a first feature, it is an incredible accomplishment and one that deserves to be seen. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
86% Luz (2019) Every frame of this debut feature will enrapture you and every sound will make you shudder with frightened anticipation of what lies ahead. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
80% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) A Faithful Man is a charming farce that only the French could pull off, a frothy film menage a trois that combines all of the best elements of vintage romances with a thoroughly modern take on gender roles. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) Much like life itself, it is a meandering, seemingly directionless tale but no less enrapturing for it; moments of breathtaking beauty are woven in with the mundane everyday to create a vibrant tapestry of life on the cusp of great change. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
44% Back to the Fatherland (2019) The complicated historical and cultural ideas that Back to the Fatherland tackles are worthy of a deep dive, but unfortunately, this film isn't it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
83% The Bostonians (1984) Look past the frilly costumes and posh accents of The Bostonians and you'll find a battle of the sexes that remains relevant into the twenty-first century. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
89% 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
88% 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
100% 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
67% 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 (2020) 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
81% 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 (2020) 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
55% 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
96% 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
82% 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
94% 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
80% 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
43% 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
90% 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
76% 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
11% 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
72% 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