Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Maria Garcia's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Journal International

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) "A portrait of the artist as increasingly uncomfortable with his talent and his Hollywood milieu. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 27, 2015
98% Phoenix (2015) "A profound commentary on the lasting effects of the Nazi era on the German people. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 23, 2015
90% A Borrowed Identity (2015) "An excellent cast, a solid script, and a few surprises about the little-known circumstances of life as an Arab-Israeli citizen make A Borrowed Identity an absorbing film. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 25, 2015
83% Tangerines (2015) "Excellent performances from the ensemble cast [...] elevate what is an otherwise theatrical treatment of a timeworn narrative. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 17, 2015
81% Human Capital (2015) "An unremarkable thriller elevated by a few excellent performances and Paolo Virzì's direction. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 14, 2015
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "It is not often that movies so authentically portray the travails of working-class characters in developed countries. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 22, 2014
88% Winter Sleep (2014) "[Haluk] Bilginer's [performance] alternates between brooding melancholy and sharp-tongued contemptuousness, failing to reach the tragic dimensions which the writers intended. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 16, 2014
90% Closed Curtain (2014) "If Closed Curtain seems at times too self-reflexive, it is Panahi's despair which rescues the movie, exquisite in its rendering, and terrifying for its ability to clutch at the soul. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 8, 2014
84% Violette (2014) "Unfortunately, Provost mostly avoids Leduc's substantial literary contribution in favor of depicting her life solely through her friends and mentors, and her mother Berthe with whom she had a dysfunctional relationship. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 12, 2014
88% Elena (2014) "Women's cinematic quests for identity are singular, as they so often involve reminiscences of a dead relative... Elena adds another assured and courageous voice. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 28, 2014
82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) "Despite beautiful cinematography and Juliette Binoche in the title role, Bruno Dumont's biopic is a dull fictionalized depiction of three days of the eponymous sculptor's 30-year confinement. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 15, 2013
96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) "Heinzerling has a great eye, and his conventional, low-key approach to cinematography in Cutie and the Boxer-no shaky camera, very few tracking shots, and adequate lighting-puts all the emphasis on his subjects. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 15, 2013
88% Herman's House (2013) " Herman's House shows off the talents of several young principal crew members, and that of the director who makes his documentary feature debut, but it lacks the gravitas of human-rights filmmaking. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 16, 2013
100% The Revolutionary Optimists (2013) "Among that rare group of documentaries about child poverty that does not advocate for anything except hope. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 28, 2013
92% Gimme The Loot (2013) "An impressive debut feature, Gimme the Loot is also an unusual take on characters who want to leave their stamp on "the city that never sleeps." " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 22, 2013
93% No (2013) "Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín's last in a trilogy of films about his country's political landscape, No is the story of the 1988 national referendum which unseated a dictator. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 11, 2013
91% Caesar Must Die (2013) "Paolo and Vittorio Taviani brilliantly merge documentary and fiction in this film about a prison production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 7, 2013
79% La pirogue (2013) "Director Moussa Touré's allegorical underpinning transforms this rather predictable plot, ripped from familiar headlines around the world, into a decidedly Senegalese story. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 25, 2013
70% The Loneliest Planet (2012) "Director Julia Loktev finds accomplished simplicity, a rare quality in the early work of any director. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 26, 2012
57% Doctored (2012) "Doctored offers no fix for the problems it identifies, beyond a visit to your local chiropractor. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2012
88% We Women Warriors (2012) "A strikingly original depiction of the role of women in a complicated struggle for human rights. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 15, 2012
22% True Wolf (2012) " True Wolf is ostensibly about a Montana couple's life with their adopted wolf, but the documentary's lack of cohesiveness fails to connect us to either the exigencies of that existence, or to the wolf. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 15, 2012
73% Chicken with Plums (2012) " The first live-action movie by the Persepolis filmmaking team of Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud is not as engaging as their animation debut, but is beautifully scored and well-acted. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 15, 2012
29% Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2012) "This film by director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) is a formulaic, multi-generational story about a New York City lawyer on the verge of divorce who goes home to Mama, a pot-smoking denizen of Woodstock. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 6, 2012
50% Patagonia Rising (2012) "Although director Brian Lilla is neither a compelling storyteller nor a journalist, he presents a passionate and cogent scientific argument against Chile's latest dam project in Patagonia Rising. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 6, 2012
51% Where Do We Go Now? (2012) "Lebanese director Nadine Labaki's strikingly original second feature presents a clever solution to ending sectarian violence. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 8, 2012
98% This Is Not a Film (2012) "This deceptively simple, day-in-the-life-of documentary about Iranian director Jafar Panahi is an act of defiance against the filmmaking ban imposed on him by Iranian authorities. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 27, 2012
90% Oscar Nominated Animation Shorts (2012) "Pixar's La Luna and the New York-set A Morning Stroll are the standouts in this program of Oscar-nominated animated shorts. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 21, 2012
93% Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012) "Turkish writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's sixth feature film is about a murder investigation in which the lives of each of the men assigned to the methodical task of meting out justice are also under scrutiny-by their colleagues and by the filmmaker. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 4, 2012
100% Daguerréotypes (1976) "Daguerreotypes, one of Agnès Varda's early yet accomplished feature-length documentaries, presages the themes and visual style she would explore in her subsequent work. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 12, 2011
93% You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo (2011) "Audiences will not "like the truth" that this newly declassified footage of a Guantanamo detainee reveals, although the title actually refers to the interrogators of 15-year-old Omar Khadr who deny the obvious truth of their prisoner's predicament. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 27, 2011
74% La belle endormie (The Sleeping Beauty) (2011) "Instead of the romantic claptrap of other adaptations, this is a road movie, and its star is a girl. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 7, 2011
59% The First Grader (2011) "Based on the true story of a Kenyan hero, this is a textbook case of what happens to a good story when it's poorly directed. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 12, 2011
89% A Screaming Man (2011) "A beautifully photographed tale of betrayal, A Screaming Man nevertheless turns on an improbable transformation by the main character, a father in war-torn Chad. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 14, 2011
88% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) "Abbas Kiarostami deconstructs the cinematic art form in this cerebral but dialogue-heavy film featuring a luminous Juliette Binoche. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 11, 2011
83% Zero Bridge (2011) "This excellent debut film provides an insider's view of life in Kashmir. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 16, 2011
78% Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2012) "Na Wewe from Belgium and Wish 143 from the U.K. are the standouts in an otherwise lackluster group of Oscar-nominated live-action shorts. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 14, 2011
75% Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (2013) "This year's Oscar-nominated documentary short films (shown theatrically in two separate programs) lack the journalistic integrity one would expect in this category. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 14, 2011
100% The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation (2011) "Those of us who began our romance with the movies when double features were preceded by cartoons will revel in some of the outstanding animated shorts nominated this year by the Motion Picture Academy. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 14, 2011
100% The Sky Turns (2011) "A documentary about the demise of the filmmaker's village in Spain, The Sky Turns is poorly conceived but pleasing to look at. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 9, 2011
86% Carancho (2011) "Talented young director Pablo Trapero is undermined by a weak screenplay for this story of organized crime in Argentina. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 9, 2011
74% When We Leave (2011) "Writer-director Feo Aladag's powerful debut film about a Turkish woman fleeing her husband evokes a modern-day Greek tragedy. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 21, 2011
79% Tiny Furniture (2010) "Rambling indie tale of a young New York City woman who moves in with her mother and sister after graduating from college. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 12, 2010
50% Jolene (2008) "Based on an E.L. Doctorow short story, Jolene is an apt example of how stories about women who are in abusive relationships can be turned into sexual exploitation. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 1, 2010
93% Boxing Gym (2010) "Another unusual and thoughtful portrait of ritualized violence from one of America's master filmmakers. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 18, 2010
97% Mugabe and the White African (2010) "This portrait of a strident white farmer and his family in Zimbabwe is interesting for its close-up view of life there, but it skips too many details and ends up being morally ambiguous. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 26, 2010
91% Alamar (To the Sea) (2010) "Outstanding second feature about an unusual summer in the life of a five-year-old boy and his father in the indigenous lands of the Mexican Maya. Mexican director Pedro González-Rubio received the New Directors Award at the San Francisco International Fil " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 14, 2010
91% The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) (2010) "This drama about a French film producer and his family is entertaining despite a flawed script, and notable for its excellent direction by newcomer Mia Hansen-Løve. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 24, 2010
91% Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009) "This poetic documentary about the Japanese fascination for smaller worlds and their arthropod inhabitants is also an introduction to all things Japanese. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 11, 2010
81% Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010) "Kosashvili's film accomplishes precisely what Chekhov's short story achieves: It draws us into the lives of characters who do nothing momentous or meaningful. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 4, 2010
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