Lewis Beale

Lewis Beale

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Publications:
Film Journal International , Hollywood Reporter , Los Angeles Times , News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
Total Reviews:
177

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
83% The Unknown Known (2014) " Although Morris asks plenty of pointed questions, he leaves any opinions about Rumsfeld up to the viewer -- and that's all to the good." — News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
Posted Apr 7, 2014
A- 99% Gloria (2014) " Brilliantly brought to life by actress Paulina García, Gloria is not afraid to put herself out there at a Santiago dance club for over-50s, where she drinks, boogies and is on the lookout for Mr. Right." — News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
Posted Apr 3, 2014
39% The Little Traitor (2009) " Small film about the relationship between a British soldier and Jewish boy in occupied Palestine starts out strong, then loses its unique point of view." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 8, 2009
89% The English Surgeon (2009) " Stirring, heartwarming documentary about English neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, who donates his time bringing modern medicine to the Ukraine." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 23, 2009
85% Soul Power (2009) " Documentary about the three-day music festival preceding the famous Ali-Foreman fight has its moments, but plays too much like what it is: outtakes from the Oscar-winning When We Were Kings." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 17, 2009
64% The Merry Gentleman (2009) " Interesting, downbeat directorial debut by Michael Keaton marred by a needlessly ambiguous ending." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 29, 2009
89% O' Horten (2007) " Well-intentioned piece of Norwegian whimsy may be too low-key for its own good." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 17, 2009
54% Perestroika (2009) " Alternately fascinating and boring, ultimately confusing, yet heartfelt film by a Russian expatriate about returning to the homeland after Gorbachev." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 16, 2009
95% Goodbye Solo (2009) " Offbeat relationship between a Senegalese cab driver and a suicidal Southerner makes for an interesting character study." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 23, 2009
93% Sugar (2008) " Fictionalized tale of a Dominican baseball player trying to make it in the States is also a wonderfully observant film about acculturation and the immigrant experience." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 23, 2009
94% Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) (2009) " The effect of unemployment on a middle-class Japanese family makes for powerful storytelling until an awkward shift in tone about two-thirds of the way in." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 13, 2009
33% Sherman's Way (2009) " Cute fish-out-of-water comedy is a lightweight but inoffensive time-waster." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 6, 2009
91% Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009) " Exquisite, classically made period drama about a woman who discovers herself through photography." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 23, 2009
60% Senki (Shadows) (2007) " Symbolic psychic horror tale is overlong and derivative." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 29, 2009
80% Gruz 200 (Cargo 200) (Freight 200) (2007) " Incredibly perverse and weirdly fascinating look at the Soviet Union in the pre-Glasnost era." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 2, 2009
34% Adam Resurrected (2008) " Weird combination of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and a Holocaust drama is (almost) saved by Jeff Goldblum's commanding lead performance." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 11, 2008
87% Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes) (2007) " A super-low-budget genre exercise from Spain, writer-director Nacho Vigalondo's extremely watchable work has long-running cult status written all over it." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 1, 2008
67% How About You (2008) " The latest in a long line of films featuring elderly folk as amusingly dotty old broads and bastards." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 14, 2008
64% The First Basket (2008) " Filled with terrific archival footage, The Last Basket is engrossing and fun, but tends to go on a bit too long." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 31, 2008
73% Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark) (2007) " Anytime you put six of anything together in one package, the results are bound to be hit-or-miss, and that's certainly the case with this compilation of sci-fi/horror creepiness from some of Europe and America's top comic and graphic artists." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 23, 2008
43% Blindness (2008) " ...as well-made as it is, it still plays like a Cliff's Notes version of a much more complex work." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 8, 2008
92% Ballast (2008) " It's an impressive directorial debut that will leave viewers speechless at the end--not necessarily in a good sense." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 8, 2008
82/100 24% Filth and Wisdom (2008) " The Material Girl goes behind the camera. With not bad results." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 8, 2008
39% Henry Poole Is Here (2008) " Even with its failures, Henry Poole Is Here takes on material that very few filmmakers even attempt. For that reason alone, the picture deserves respect." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 8, 2008
56% The Perfect Game (2010) " Doesn't have the artistry of Hoosiers, but it is blessed with a strong real-life story, and stresses a series of uplifting life lessons." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 7, 2008
70% Red (2008) " Somewhere along the line someone should have taken a long, hard look at the excesses of the ending and changed course." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 6, 2008
44% Das Wilde Leben (Eight Miles High!) (2008) " The events on display have been covered%u2014over and over and over again." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 14, 2008
35% Diminished Capacity (2008) " Smart and well-written, filled with good lines and just enough offbeat moments to make it interesting, not annoying." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 3, 2008
57% Expired (2008) " Miniucchi's screenplay is an unwieldy blend of pathos and unsettling moments, which become increasingly uninteresting as the film trudges to a dreary close." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 23, 2008
82% Trumbo (2007) " ...the film's inability to put a new spin on well-covered material... means the definitive work about this fascinating figure is yet to come." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 23, 2008
40% The Go-Getter (2008) " Hopefully, future film classes will use this picture as template for how not to make a movie." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 5, 2008
30% The Children of Huang Shi (2008) " If it doesn't get your heart pounding with the thrill of cinematic discovery, that's OK%u2014old-style craftsmanship like this is a heartwarming curio in this day and age." — Film Journal International
Posted May 14, 2008
86% Mongol (2008) " Adventure story, love story, history lesson: What's not to like?" — Film Journal International
Posted May 14, 2008
30% War, Inc. (2008) " The constant barrage of jokes, in-jokes, snide comments and bizarre plotlines becomes wearying after a while, and eventually the point of the whole enterprise is completely lost." — Film Journal International
Posted May 14, 2008
89% Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) (2007) " Slowly paced but never dull, filled with quiet moments that add up to a thoroughly moving experience." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 30, 2008
98% Surfwise (2007) " A fascinating, thought-provoking film." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 30, 2008
53% Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) " Dude%u2014now even a stoner comedy can star minority actors. That may not seem like major cultural progress, but progress it is." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 24, 2008
70% The First Saturday in May (2008) " It's got its share of characters, plenty of triumphs, and a Shakespearean tragedy at its core. When it comes to drama, that's a hard combination to beat." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 21, 2008
39% Dark Matter (2008) " Dark Matter is certainly interesting, and easy to sit through, but not as compelling as it wants to be." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 10, 2008
40% Bonneville (2006) " Bonneville insults its talented leads by casting them in parts they could have--and probably have--done in their sleep." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 28, 2008
53% Penelope (2006) " A delightful little tale that nonetheless suffers from a distinct sense of déjà vu." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 27, 2008
81% Chicago 10 (2008) " A powerhouse film that ranks among the very best nonfiction features of the past decade." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 11, 2008
70% I Am Legend (2007) " Even though Lawrence's film is an honorable attempt to bring more depth and meaning to the tale, ultimately he probably should have opted for more gore, less grief." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 13, 2007
98% The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) (2007) " A little picture in the best sense of the term, it's filled with small but telling moments and richly drawn characterizations." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 6, 2007
91% There Will Be Blood (2007) " A major work from an extremely talented director. But it is also a flawed, and at times distasteful, piece that will turn off as many viewers as it turns on." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 30, 2007
96% Persepolis (2007) " Told with style and passion, Persepolis is one of the most unique, and moving, animated films ever made." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 19, 2007
26% Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) " A decent shot at a complex work, but ultimately, the book is way more evocative than any film." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 13, 2007
89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007) " Julian Temple has paid proper homage to one of rock's most important artists." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 1, 2007
87% Control (2007) " A terrific film about a complex human being." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 4, 2007
94% No Country for Old Men (2007) " In adapting this most un-Coen-like material, the brothers have come up with a winner: an action film with a serious philosophical undertone." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 4, 2007
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