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Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia
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
88% Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (2008) For the sophisticated viewer, it is like looking at Bourgeois' work in the company of a good friend.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2008
69% American Teen (2008) In each situation, punctuated with animated sequences that reflect the teenager's fantasies, Burstein recalls the bittersweet experience of being 18.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2008
94% Encounters at the End of the World (2007) Signature Herzog: thoughtful, often hilarious, but also overwrought and lengthy.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2008
67% Battle for Haditha (2007) His conflation of reality and narrative filmmaking, unique as it may seem, that doesn't always work.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 7, 2008
96% Up the Yangtze (2007) Far too many disparate themes are never woven together to explain the underlying purpose of the film's journey.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2008
24% The Life Before Her Eyes (2007) One only wonders whether distributor Magnolia Pictures and Perelman's cast and crew grasp the film's undisguised misogyny.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2008
91% Tuya's Marriage (2006) The film's social commentary is so subtle, and arises so naturally from the plot, that Tuya's Marriage might be mistaken for simple, straightforward entertainment.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2008
87% Mio Fratello è Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) (2007) Luchetti's craftsmanship is evident in the movie's fluid on-location cinematography, excellent production design, and its wonderful period score.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2008
68% Irina Palm (2008) A perverse male fantasy masquerading as an earnest story about a woman's life-altering experience.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2008
17% Sleepwalking (2008) The actors' Herculean effort to extract meaning from their characters provides a few moments of relief from this troublesome story.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2008
69% Girls Rock! (2007) While it is absorbing to see girls in this environment, the psychological and sociological perspective which the filmmakers bring teaches us about their subjects rather than allowing us to get to know them.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2008
87% Blind Mountain (2007) Li's documentary approach brooks no sentimentality in its portrayal of the loss of innocence.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2008
77% Paranoid Park (2007) The film is an illustration of Van Sant's virtuosity, as well as a textbook example of cinema's potential to place us squarely in the emotional landscape of another human being.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2008
81% The Silence Before Bach (Die Stille vor Bach) (2007) Driven solely by the filmmaker's prosaic associations. Portabella does not discover the composer through his music.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2008
92% Caramel (2008) A Lebanese version of Steel Magnolias--a delightful valentine to women of a particular time and place.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2008
92% Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) (2006) Jia's films are singular and beautiful and, like the opening tracking shot in Still Life, a study in the expressive potential of the medium.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2007
100% Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (1997) Through a series of vignettes, interviews with Close's friends and family, the filmmaker reveals the soul of the portraitist.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2007
74% The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) Despite the drama, there is nothing in The Water Horse that will frighten young children. The cast is good, and the special effects are even better.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2007
100% Half Moon (2007) Death may come with the half moon, but there remains a promise of rebirth%u2014the full moon, which illuminates even the desperate landscape of Kurdistan.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2007
90% Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 (2007) Niles purposefully seeks out quirkiness rather than providing meaningful demonstrations of craft.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2007
69% Khadak (2007) A highly imaginative film, beautifully scored and well-acted.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2007
74% The Price of Sugar (2007) Few will doubt the priest's claims given the Dominican Republic's appalling human-rights record; one only wishes they had been explored in an objective documentary format.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2007
85% Banished (2007) A reflective and thought-provoking documentary, guided by Williams' sensitivity to the subtle and not-so-subtle forms of racism that spurred those events.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2007
94% Lake of Fire (2007) Lives up to its promise of definitiveness...a significant piece of journalism.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2007
89% Forever (2007) [A film with] power to stir a memory of beauty beheld and shared.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2007
88% The Weeping Willow (2007) The filmmaker compels us to see in the dark, to recognize beauty in the absence of color and light.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2007
58% Becoming Jane (2007) It's worse than male fantasy: It's Austen for Idiots.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2007
82% The Sugar Curtain (El Telon de azucar) (2007) After 40 minutes of schoolgirl and schoolboy reminiscences, and the filmmaker's attempts to filter history through nostalgia, the documentary is about as appealing as a home movie.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2007
100% Live-In Maid (2007) Gaggero's vision is gentle and optimistic and, like all things which come upon us slowly and gracefully, it possesses an undeniable verisimilitude.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2007
50% Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997) A film with no discernable point of view that's directed at no definable audience.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2007
86% Mother and Son (1998) Sokurov has thought deeply about his subject, but he does not dwell in the emotional and spiritual lives of this mother and son.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2007
83% Nenette and Boni (Nénette et Boni) (1996) Captures the fragile and fleeting impression you often have of life, that's actually closer to life itself than the more comforting, linear perspectives of narrative film.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2007
83% O Amor Natural (1996) Composed of dramatic and thoughtful readings followed by surprisingly candid interviews.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2007
80% Soul Food (1997) This story is right out of America's collective unconscious.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2007
67% A Self-Made Hero (1997) Clever as the commentary may be, you simply don't care what happens to the protagonist.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2007
87% Strike (Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig) (2007) Kudos to Schlöndorff for celebrating the woman who sacrificed that glory for the greater good--and who continues to fight.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2007
70% 9 Star Hotel (Malon 9 Kochavim) (2007) A riveting portrait of disenfranchisement.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 23, 2007
92% La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid) (2004) Only in a Chabrol film can subjects like lust, obsession and family dynamics not lead you to a psychological insight. That's why The Bridesmaid is so much fun to watch. It's scary and seductive, and you're not bothered in the least by that connection.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2007
79% Coeurs (2007) With the exception of an agonizingly long and overwritten opening scene, Private Fears is an absorbing if somewhat theatrical drama of six intertwined lives.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2007
94% Cinévardaphoto (2005) Everything is in Varda's perspicacious photos.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2007
80% Die Stille nach dem Schuß (The Legend of Rita) (The Legends of Rita) (2000) Excellent performances by lead actors Beglau and Martin Wuttke...as well as an unforgettable performance by Nadja Uhl...humanize the unfamiliar internal politics of Germany.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2007
95% U-Carmen (2005) U-Carmen is brash, often strident, yet in the end it is not cathartic.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2007
95% Offside (2006) Its indictment of Iranian mores is no less incisive than that of The Circle.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2007
88% The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007) It's a dissertation, not a story.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2007
50% Blossoms of Fire (2006) While Blossoms of Fire avoids the fluff and sensationalism of an Elle article, it is by no means the last word on Zapotec culture.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2007
32% Trudell (2006) Like many "documentaries" that are essentially homages, Trudell often lacks context.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2007
50% Manderlay (2006) Manderlay is shorter but just as dull, pretentious and condescending as Dogville.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2007
94% Wheel of Time (2003) Wheel of Time is flawed because Herzog attempts to illustrate faith through the exercise of faithfulness. He runs after the poetry of Buddhism and it eludes him.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2007
68% Cape of Good Hope (2005) Mostly manages to feel authentic and uplifting, putting a human face on a complex colonial culture.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2007
76% The Devil Wears Prada (2006) An insipid script by Laws of Attraction co-writer Aline Brosh McKenna packs a few droll one-liners, but mostly the film only aspires to its chick-lit roots.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2007