Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Maria Garcia is a New York City-based film critic, and the author of Cinematic Quests for Identity: The Hero's Encounter with the Beast (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). Her Facebook page for the book, @MariaGarciaNYC, features posts on current quest films. Maria is also a part-time academic in departments of English and film studies. Twitter: @mariagarcianyc.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
86% Ever After (Endzeit) (2019) The alternating light and darkness here, and throughout "Ever After," is a wonderful leitmotif for the women's labyrinthian path, the journey of heroes. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
90% Walking on Water (2019) It is when Paounov reveals Christo's leonine qualities that "Walking on Water" achieves a rare authenticity. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet Loving Vincent: The Impossible Dream (2019) Michal Weçel's "Loving Vincent: The Impossible Dream" is a lively, lightning-paced documentary. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
No Score Yet #Female Pleasure (2018) The issues they confront are not new, yet the stories of their radicalization are engaging, and Miller's deft editing and objective approach result in a surprisingly intimate and life-affirming film. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
94% Time For Ilhan (2018) An exciting and entertaining documentary. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
96% On Her Shoulders (2018) Powerful documentary provides an intimate perspective on the oppression and sexual abuse of the Yazidi minority in Iraq. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Begins as an effective tone poem, but Ross muddles the documentary with attempts at characterization and narrative. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) This striking and original film by a Zambian-Welsh writer-director is a feminist allegory set in Zambia. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
46% Chasing Madoff (2011) Chasing Madoff takes ninety-one minutes and delivers nothing more than what it hopes to pass off as the story of an unsung, working-class hero. - Cineaste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
80% Young Adult (2011) There is not much to admire in Young Adult in terms of originality in cinematography or production design. - Cineaste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
94% The House I Live In (2012) What makes The House I Live In so potent is the filmmaker's sincerity. Despite a preference for sweeping statements and conclusions, he establishes palpable emotional connections to several of his subjects who are victims of the war on drugs. - Cineaste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
30% Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016) The film's predictability is counterbalanced by a terrific score comprised of several styles of Latin music, colorful production design, lots of special effects, and some memorable plays by the child actors who portray Pelé. - Biography.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
18% All Eyez on Me (2017) While a good production provides audiences,... glimpses of the art form and its significance to America's musical legacy, it does not compensate for [its] hackneyed screenplay, with its confusing narrative and utter lack of character development. - Biography.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
82% The Swan (Svanurinn) (2018) An awkward debut film by an Icelandic director, The Swan centers on a nine-year-old girl on her first summer away from home. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
76% Never Goin' Back (2018) In her debut feature, writer-director Augustine Frizzel crafts a girl buddy movie with far too many male characters. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Debra Granik, director and co-writer of Winter's Bone, is back with another-slightly more low-key, but still riveting-story of "the other America." - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
100% The Judge (2018) This skillfully conceived documentary focuses on a charismatic Muslim judge, a woman appointed to the Palestinian Shari'a court. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) This excellent sophomore film by a Chinese writer-director is a rare look at the life of a young Native American man. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
91% Lean on Pete (2018) A piercing revelation of the ways in which Western culture injures men. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2018) All of the Oscar nominees in the documentary short category address pressing social issues in the United States[,] and they do so with great humanity. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) This year's animated shorts category at the Oscars is marked by two obvious standouts. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2018) This year's slate of live-action Oscar nominated shorts runs the quality gamut. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
58% Please Stand By (2018) Dakota Fanning is outstanding in the starring role. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
89% A Ciambra (2018) The audience [...] is, at best, being subjected to a rather dull story about an equivocal protagonist. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
57% Hollow in the Land (2017) [A] skillfully plotted debut feature. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
94% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) Nancy Buirski's excellent and timely documentary presents the legacy of one courageous black woman. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
58% The New Radical (2017) Had it incorporated women's voices, Lough's documentary would be exceptional, but as it stands it is a good primer on the "dark web." - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
100% Soufra (2017) Well-directed documentary about a Palestinian woman who starts a catering business in a refugee camp. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Curtis' steady hand, apparent in My Week With Marilyn (2011), elevated that mediocre screenplay, as it does this one. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
90% The Force (2017) A documentary that is at once about a police department, a city and, by extension, a nation on the brink of dissolution. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
71% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) A young doctor has a crisis of conscience in the latest incisive drama from the Dardenne Brothers. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
89% This Time Tomorrow (Mañana a esta hora) (2016) Lina Rodriguez's excellent sophomore feature overturns the longstanding male perspective of female teenage characters as little more than objects of desire. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
67% Footnotes (Sur quel pied danser) (2017) Homage of movie musicals of years past has a certain charm but fails to live up to its illustrious predecessors. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
100% Birthright: A War Story (2017) A necessary, if not always well-constructed, examination of the perilous state of reproductive rights in the United States. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
83% Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2017) Great performances by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti anchor this commedia al'Italiana-inspired movie. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Intelligent but sometimes discursive documentary about African-American author James Baldwin. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
94% Newtown (2016) Newtown is the filmmaker's biased narrative of that village as one defiled by an outcast who is never named by her or her subjects. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
92% Demon (2016) Skillfully realized story of a dybbuk, a diabolical spirit from Jewish folklore who addresses wrongdoings. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
93% The Little Prince (2016) This inventive adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's children's book is beautifully realized in CG and stop-motion animation techniques. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
97% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) Rather than allowing Hooligan Sparrow to represent [subject Ye Haiyan's] achievement, [director Nanfu] Wang continually highlights her own plight. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
83% Jia Zhangke, a Guy from Fenyang (2016) An inspired approach to biography [...] a thoughtful portrait of this gifted artist. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
95% Black Girl (La noire de...) (1966) With Black Girl, Ousmane Sembene crafts one of cinema's finest portraits of African neocolonialism. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
86% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) Rather than the psychological thriller one might expect, The Clan is a senseless and sanguinary depiction of criminal behavior. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2016
91% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) The latest and most intensely personal movie by the celebrated Chinese director Jia Zhangke won the top prize at Cannes' Directors Fortnight. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
90% I Knew Her Well (Io la conoscevo bene) (1965) This is a timeless story, although not in [director Antonio] Pietrangeli's hands, an archetypal one. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2016
87% 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2016) Ave Maria is the standout in this year's quintet of Oscar-nominated live-action shorts. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
88% The Club (El Club) (2016) This drama about pedophile priests replaces the depiction of ethical and moral dilemmas with all the details one might hear on a daytime reality show. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2016
100% Democrats (2015) A fascinating, fly-on-wall portrait of patriarchal politics and power. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2015
91% Sembene! (2015) Serves as a good introduction to the work of "the father of African cinema." - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) [Suffragette] will resonate with audiences because while it is a historical drama, its modernity is felt in the predicament of its working-class hero. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015