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Lisa Nesselson

Lisa Nesselson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 91% Holy Motors (2012) After having seen thousands of films in my life, Holy Motors surprised me. I could not have guessed what might happen next at countless junctures and I consider that a very good sign.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2012
97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) A delightful melding of visual style and narrative pirouettes.‐ Screen International
Posted May 25, 2012
2.5/5 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) The theme of reconciliation - between man and woman, father and son, brother and sister, man and animal - feels kind of perfunctory and over-reaching.‐
Read More | Posted May 22, 2012
3.5/5 93% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) This jaunty romp, written by Anderson with Roman Coppola, is a delightful succession of sombre pronouncements and sight gags in the service of a tale with a bittersweet emotional core.‐
Read More | Posted May 18, 2012
78% Zarafa (2015) A visually splendid and emotionally satisfying animated adventure for all ages,‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 8, 2012
29% Colombiana (2011) An action-packed distraction for popcorn munchers who found the dialogue and plot points in Transformers: Dark Of The Moon too subtle.‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 27, 2011
90% El Velador (2012) Despite its brief running time, enticing title and sociologically rich subject matter, The Night Watchman (El Velador) overstays its welcome.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 7, 2011
94% The Rabbi's Cat (2012) For someone as gifted as Sfar at visual storytelling, the film is very, very talky. That said, voice work in French is a delight.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 3, 2011
3.5/5 84% Angel & Tony (Angèle et Tony) (2010) There's an organic quality from start to satisfying finish that bodes well for Delaporte's future as a director.‐
Read More | Posted May 19, 2011
3/5 36% Restless (2011) Van Sant navigates the mix of whimsy and inevitability with a practiced hand.‐
Read More | Posted May 16, 2011
3/5 73% Heartbeats (2011) Mature viewers may grow weary of so much posing but Dolan's take on modern romance and the wear and tear on friendship seems tailor-made for viewers under 25.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2011
85% Romantics Anonymous (2011) Carré and Poelvoorde inhabit this offbeat romance with subtle comic skill.‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 10, 2011
83% Nobody Else But You (2012) Succeeds in breathing fresh life into the 'meet-quirky-locals-while-solving-a-crime' genre.‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 10, 2011
67% The Company Men (2011) Consistently silly, occasionally funny but mostly forced.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2011
3/5 73% The Tree (2011) Designed and shot with thoughtful flair, the film's visuals reinforce the odd tale every step of the way. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2010
3.5/5 83% The Ghost Writer (2010) This effort joins the director's Frantic in the "jet-lag" category where mind and body can never quite catch up with a new, deeply problematic -- and probably dangerous -- environment.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2010
89% Amélie (2001) Jean-Pierre Jeunet's fresh, funny, exquisitely bittersweet tour de force, about a lass who makes sly incursions into the lives of her neighbors, is ambitious yet intimate.‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
91% Murderous Maids (2002) Julie-Marie Parmentier and Sylvie Testud are eerily convincing as the intense pair of co-dependents in the rigorous but creepy drama Murderous Maids.‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2010
91% The Secret of Kells (2010) Kids weaned on Pixar may look down on Brendan, but as with Miyazaki, it's a parental duty to drag them along to this captivatingly original take on Old School animation.‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 2, 2010
37% From Paris with Love (2010) Only a Wild West town between sheriffs has fewer law officers than this film's depiction of Paris.‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 1, 2010
73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) A wildly creative take on the life of notorious French composer, lyricist and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg, Gainsbourg (vie heroique) is splendidly cast and consistently engaging.‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 22, 2010
4/5 79% The Informant! (2009) A very entertaining and densely layered comedy for grown-ups with attention spans.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2009
82% Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2010) Jean-François Richet has made two pictures that complement and build on each other with widescreen verve.‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 24, 2009
96% Mesrine: Part 1 (Killer Instinct) and Part 2 (Public Enemy #1) (2010) Despite an abrupt narrative approach, formative episodes in Mesrine's larger-than-life reign flow together well enough to yield a frequently gripping whole.‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 24, 2009
89% Rashevski's Tango (2009) The spiritual, historical and practical complications of being Jewish get a funny and touching workout.‐ Variety
Posted Jun 4, 2009
63% Coco Before Chanel (2009) The screenwriters have taken liberties with chronology that may upset fashion purists but the broad outline of alliances, influences, lucky breaks and tragedy rings true.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 24, 2009
90% Three Colors: White (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994) The entertaining second seg of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy is involving, bittersweet and droll.‐ Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
7% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) John Glen's take on the Genovese explorer adds up to perfectly serviceable commercial entertainment -- there are a few moments where Kirk Douglas or Charlton Heston would have felt right at home.‐ Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
65% Hideous Kinky (1998) Kate Winslet continues an uninterrupted line of fine performances with the modest yet affecting Hideous Kinky.‐ Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
7% The Next Karate Kid (1994) The franchise is still kicking -- but not very high.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2009
100% Three Colors: Blue (Trois Couleurs: Bleu) (1993) Boasts a riveting central performance by a carefully controlled, lovingly lit Juliette Binoche.‐ Variety
Posted Dec 17, 2008
63% Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009) Chock full of engaging narrative developments, with splendid sets, an appealing original score and gung-ho performances, there's still something perplexingly peculiar about the whole shiny package.‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
6% Babylon A.D. (2008) This occasionally lavish, often clunky venture is consistently watchable if not terribly memorable or distinctive.‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
74% La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008) While not a classic, this is a pleasantly disturbing, nominally voyeuristic romp in the territory Chabrol knows best.‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
87% Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008) Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale is an intricate, accomplished patchwork of sometimes nutty but always believable human behaviour.‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
89% The Cat Returns (2002) Catchy entertainment for kids and adults...‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2008
81% The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) (2003) A full-bodied, funny and gloriously unpretentious ode to family, friendship and the meaning of life.‐ Variety
Posted Aug 7, 2008
49% Renaissance (2006) It's a testament to the production design that one quickly gets caught up in the story without ever completely losing the "ooh-ahh" factor. Ominous, wall-to-wall music bolsters the appropriately uneasy mood, and the bittersweet conclusion is satisfying.‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2008
94% The Triplets of Belleville (2003) A winning blend of dark and bittersweet, aimed more at adults than kiddies, but suitable for all ages.‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2008
No Score Yet Aviva, My Love (Aviva Ahuvati) (2007) Incident-packed tale is marbled with black humor but Israeli gumption triumphs by default.‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2008
61% The King Is Alive (2001) :ags in the middle, growing more interesting -- if hardly more original -- only as the situation deteriorates.‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2008
13% Whiteboyz (1999) Many scenes of confrontation play like heavy-handed, uncomfortably forced improv.‐ Variety
Posted Jun 17, 2008
79% 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002) Ozon's notion of derision is perfectly carried out by his multi-generational name cast.‐ Variety
Posted Jun 11, 2008
91% Panic (2000) A gently subversive outing full of nicely limned characters.‐ Variety
Posted Jun 6, 2008
81% Priceless (2006) Bittersweet comedy's perfectly chosen multigenerational cast ably demonstrates that if money can't buy love, it sure can purchase lots of obsequious service from four-star hotel staffers and costly goodies from laughably pricey boutiques.‐ Variety
Posted Apr 18, 2008
100% Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994) Another deft, deeply affecting variation on Krzysztof Kieslowski's recurring theme that people are interconnected in ways they can barely fathom.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2008
73% The Dinner Game (Le Dîner de cons) (1999) Weaves a simple premise into comedy gold.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 14, 2008
71% Léon: The Professional (1994) A naive fairy tale splattered with blood.‐ Variety
Posted Sep 26, 2007
29% The Heartbreak Kid (2007) Uproarious romp, grounded in believable if gleefully implausible human behavior, is a model of comic timing.‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2007
64% Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) Every variation on "disgusting" you can think of -- and many you can't -- is here. It's a veritable "Cluckwork Orange," but without the sentimentality.‐ Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2007