Marcy Dermansky

Marcy Dermansky
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: About.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 97% Rapt (2011) For two rapt hours, I also felt extremely fortunate not to be a rich and powerful industrialist. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2011
4/5 84% Jane Eyre (2011) All the ingredients are there in this captivating film. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2011
3/5 85% La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier) (2011) I was captivated by every costume change and new hair style of the young princess. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2011
3.5/5 73% Everything Must Go (2011) Everything Must Go is a fine film on it's own, though the resolution, a happy ending of sorts, is far too clean and tidy considering its inspiration. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2011
3.5/5 96% One Lucky Elephant (2011) Flora is a gorgeous creature, truly gorgeous, and it is something to behold the affectionate relationship between the elephant and her keeper. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2011
4/5 77% Zero Bridge (2011) Almost effortlessly, the plot of Zero Bridge grabs you. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2011
3/5 74% When We Leave (2011) Until the final scene, Feo Aladag's When We Leave is an effective melodrama. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2011
3/5 86% A Somewhat Gentle Man (2011) A somewhat charming movie. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2011
4/5 95% The Woodmans (2011) Though compelling, it is a complicated and difficult experience to watch The Woodmans. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2011
4.5/5 70% Somewhere (2010) Coppola continues to surprise and amaze with her singular view of the world. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2010
4/5 90% The Fighter (2010) A classic story of a local boy who makes good is rendered electric by tremendous performances. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2010
4/5 85% Black Swan (2010) Entertaining, enthralling, over-the-top, terrifically tense, sometimes funny, and just plain good. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2010
3.5/5 86% White Material (2010) Watching White Material is in no way a passive experience. Denis has made a powerful, engrossing film. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2010
4/5 69% Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) (2010) "Unapologetically silly." - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2010
3/5 69% Never Let Me Go (2010) An impeccably told story that failed to break my heart - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2010
2.5/5 48% Jolene (2008) Chastain has long red hair, wide eyes, and an even wider smile. She is Jolene, of course, and she is appealing. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2010
2.5/5 67% Brotherhood (Broderskab) (2010) The acts of violence and hatred they commit are so appalling, that by the film's inevitable tragic end, I was unable to muster the requisite sympathy. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2010
4/5 73% Soul Kitchen (2010) Watch and laugh and groan. Laugh some more. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2010
2.5/5 42% The Extra Man (2010) The delightful premise of the film somehow becomes preposterous. It's a phenomenon in indie films I describe as "quirk overload." - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2010
4/5 85% Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child does not romanticize or glamorize, but tells his story with love and respect. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2010
4.5/5 85% Kisses (2010) Kisses is a short and beautiful movie. And I loved it. It made me cry. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2010
4/5 82% I Am Love (2010) Exhilarating. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2010
2.5/6 66% Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague) (2010) The film, unfortunately, has the feel of a lesson from a school book. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2010
4/5 87% Welcome (2010) Loiret's story is inherently affecting, made more so by veteran actor Vincent Lindon, who owns one of cinema's all-time great hangdog expressions. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2010
3/5 33% Boogie Woogie (2010) The film cannot sustain the giddy, fast pace that sets it off. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2010
4/5 91% Fish Tank (2010) Katie Jarvis is achingly good. Fish Tank is unremittingly bleak, but somehow, allows room for hope. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2010
4/5 66% Youth in Revolt (2010) As the precocious and nubile Sheeni Saunders, newcomer Portia Doubleday is the first major discovery of 2010. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2010
4.5/5 63% Ricky (2009) Ozon's Ricky contains moments of real grit, but also contains a dose of otherworldly magic that only movies can provide. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2009
5/5 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Cinema-candy for grown-ups. I left the screening room thinking, I want to see this movie again. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2009
3.5/5 94% Le Chant des Mariées (The Wedding Song) (2008) Many, many movies have been made about World War II; but Albou's film provides a fresh perspective. It also doesn't hurt that her two lead actresses are terrifically beautiful. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2009
3/5 59% Trucker (2009) Monaghan's good, despite being too pretty, and the film, with a melodramatic storyline that seems perfect for a Hallmark TV movie, is good, too. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2009
3.5/5 67% Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles) (2010) Resnais's film keeps you guessing even beyond the audacious ending. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2009
2/5 44% Jennifer's Body (2009) Gory rather than scary, mean-spirited rather than funny, Jennifer's Body is a nasty piece of work. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2009
4/5 48% Taking Woodstock (2009) Taking Woodstock is enormous fun. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2009
3/5 30% The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) (2009) Answer Man is a pleasant and enjoyable film, easy to go down, and often wrong about details: perfect for network TV. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2009
4/5 85% 500 Days of Summer (2009) Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel light up the screen in Marc Webb's directorial debut (500) Days of Summer. That might sound corny, but they do. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2009
4/5 96% Somers Town (2009) Somers Town, shot in glimmering black and white, reveals a working class England that brims with possibility. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2009
3/5 49% Whatever Works (2009) "Whatever Works" is Boris Yellnikoff's personal motto. It works for him, for his rag-tag friends, and best of all, for the audience, too. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2009
2/5 68% Away We Go (2009) Time and time again, Burt and Verona strike an artful pose while a guitar strums plaintive chords and mournful singer Alexi Murdoch tells the audience just how to feel. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2009
2.5/5 79% Okuribito (Departures) (2009) The sweeping music and bucolic landscape serve to heap on the emotion to Takita's already heavy-handed manipulation. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2009
2/5 52% Easy Virtue (2009) A painfully unfunny flop. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2009
4.5/5 74% Julia (2009) Zonca's Julia is a difficult movie to stomach, but entirely worth the emotional unrest it puts through you. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2009
2/5 73% Rudo y Cursi (2009) To put it plainly, both actors play unlikeable dimwits. [...] It's a shame that Bernal and Luna could not have had a better project for their reunion. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009
2/5 43% The Limits of Control (2009) The Lone Man remains inscrutably cool from beginning to end. He is is nothing more a hit man for hire who likes his coffee just so. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2009
4/5 85% Tyson (2009) Tyson offers no point of view other that that of Mike Tyson himself. He's impossible not to like and the gentle quality of his voice is entirely disarming. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2009
4/5 75% American Violet (2009) American Violet is a fine film. Dee Roberts is not an abstract symbol of injustice. To watch a mother be wrenched away from her children is heartrending. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2009
2.5/5 63% Lymelife (2008) Something about the flatness of Culkin's eternally dull expression makes him a difficult character to care about -- a fundamental problem since Scott is meant to be the heart and soul of Martini's sedentary film. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2009
4/5 64% The Cake Eaters (2007) Kristen Stewart is lovely, as is Masterson's beautifully crafted first film. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2009
4/5 96% Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008) Varda's luminous depiction of a life lived well is entertaining, informative, and finally, inspirational. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2009
3/5 96% The Class (2008) While The Class is not a documentary, Cantet has created a film so life-like that it seems as if the filmmaker has captured actual footage of a real classroom. - About.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2009