Marlow Stern

Marlow Stern

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Marlow Stern's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
29% True Detective : Season 2 Episode 8 "This was an excellent finale episode filled with fine performances... and gorgeous lensing, including the train station sequence, the wide shots of Frank limping across Death Valley, and the overhead shots of the magnificent redwood forests. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 10, 2015
83% True Detective : Season 2 Episode 7 "The night's biggest twist, however, belonged to Taylor Kitsch's Woodrugh. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 3, 2015
74% True Detective : Season 2 Episode 6 "Anyone expecting serious fireworks out of that much-ballyhooed orgy is probably experiencing blue balls...in their balls. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 27, 2015
54% True Detective : Season 2 Episode 5 "Let's be real: Despite its myriad faults, the second season of True D is hilarious and utterly watchable. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 20, 2015
52% True Detective : Season 2 Episode 4 "The show's myriad problems aside, it's a damn fine sight to see McAdams leading a team of men into a badass shootout. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 13, 2015
77% True Detective : Season 2 Episode 3 "Either this show is made by highway fetishists, or all those twisting roads are meant to symbolize both this series' labyrinthine plot and its ties to transportation. Whatever the case, it's grown very tiresome. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 6, 2015
86% True Detective : Season 2 Episode 2 "It's a fun cliffhanger, to be sure, though anyone who's seen so much as the trailer to True Detective Season 2 knows the mustachioed fella has plenty of scenes that have yet to hit the air, and this ain't Game of Thrones. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jun 29, 2015
65% True Detective : Season 2 (TV, 2015) "This season is not without its fair share of promise. The performances are all top-notch and the pacing is brisk. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jun 19, 2015
94% Whiplash (2014) "It's best to throw logic out the door and give in to the riveting performances and compelling underdog story. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 6, 2014
90% Banshee: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "This Cinemax series knows it's crazy. It delights in its trashiness, its pulpiness. There's lots of crazy violence. There's lots of crazy sex. There are lots of crazy gunfights. The actors... are crazy hot. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jan 15, 2014
33% Labor Day (2014) "Winslet, in particular, should garner some award consideration for her turn as a woman so beaten down by life she can barely hold a pen without shaking uncontrollably. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Sep 3, 2013
30% Austenland (2013) "The film is still anchored beautifully by Russell who, as she exhibited in Waitress, and for years on Felicity, is an actor that inspires such a tremendous degree of goodwill, you can't help but root for her. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 6, 2013
93% The Spectacular Now (2013) "The Spectacular Now manages to transcend its teen-drama framework to become one of the most poignant and gratifying films of this year's Sundance. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 29, 2013
4/5 91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) "Since Precious bears such an unpalatable, relentlessly-bleak-to-the-point-of-cliché ghetto premise (see: Tyler Perry), its effectiveness as a film hinges on the quality of the performances" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2009
3.5/5 50% Antichrist (2009) "the lensing by Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle is absolutely precious...expressionistic in nature, give the feeling of a Bosch painting brought to life" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2009
4.5/5 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) "The film's real star is Christoph Waltz, who steals the show as Jekyll & Hyde inquisitor Hans Landa. He is a screwball menace, giggling one moment then strangling you the next" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2009
4.5/5 89% Moon (2009) "Take the entrancing, all-white production design and thrilling score of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the psychology of Solaris and the energy-mining subplot of Outland, and you have Moon, an ethereal and philosophic new entry into th" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted May 6, 2009
4/5 66% The Girlfriend Experience (2009) "with its fragmented narrative and cinéma vérité approach, recalls Jean-Luc Godard's exploration of the life of a prostitute, Vivre sa vie" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted May 6, 2009
4/5 85% Black Dynamite (2009) "a muscular, mustachioed, lethally suave motharf*cka, armed with nunchuks, kung-fu kicks, and a roaring .44 Magnum, has come to rescue jive turkey movie auds from spoof-film purgatory" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted May 6, 2009
2/5 17% Stay Cool (2011) "like an exercise in calculated nostalgia" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted May 6, 2009
3.5/5 24% Serious Moonlight (2009) "a solid directorial debut for Ms. Hines, that does ample justice to the legacy of its gifted architect %u2013 slain actress-cum-filmmaker Adrienne Shelly" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted May 6, 2009
2.5/5 73% Rudo y Cursi (2009) "with its vexing voiceover narration, puerile sense of humor, and cliché-ridden storyline, this material isn't worthy of its two charismatic, fiery young stars" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted May 6, 2009
2.5/5 62% Changeling (2008) "If Changeling develops any sort of pop-culture currency, one could foresee a drinking game in which college students take a shot every time Ms. Jolie shrieks, "HE'S NOT MY SON!"" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2008
5/5 98% The Wrestler (2008) "This tragicomic portrait of 'God's Lonely Man' is the dark horse contender for best film of the year, although I'm sure its star wouldn't have it any other way." ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2008
2.5/5 74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) "...an analog film in a digital world." ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2008
3/5 66% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) "Soderbergh's Che is a visually-striking ode to guerrilla warfare and revolutionary zeal but as a character study, his complicated protagonist still remains an enigma." ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2008
4/5 90% Hunger (2009) "Given... the prevailing 'us vs. them' anti-opposition mentality, it's reassuring to see a movie like Hunger that assumes the perspective of the stalwart revolutionary." ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2008
5/5 96% Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008) "Bell's debut feature addresses its subject with both humor and intelligence, approaching the issue of performance enhancement from every conceivable angle" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted May 26, 2008
5/5 100% Man on Wire (2008) "In a city synonymous with hustle and bustle, the image of a stony-faced Frenchman gracefully dancing across a wire suspended between the Twin Towers, with no safety net or harness, is an overwhelmingly beauteous juxtaposition." ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted May 5, 2008
4/5 98% Let the Right One In (2008) "While the film's ending is, quite literally, overkill, this poetic and unexpectedly tender film is mesmerizing from start to finish. Lets hope they don't screw up the inevitable American remake too badly..." ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted May 5, 2008
2/5 70% Bart Got a Room (2009) "It's sort of ironic that the only demographic that'll appreciate this lame, watered-down brand of humor mirrors the community portrayed in the film: the elderly and infirm" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted May 2, 2008
4/5 69% The Wackness (2008) "Bolstered by its strong performances and inspired direction, The Wackness is anything but, yo" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2008
3/5 46% Mister Lonely (2007) "despite the film's odd, whimsical tone, solid performances, and sartorial splendor, Mister Lonely runs out of steam and, as a commentary on our celebrity-obsessed culture, doesn't have a whole lot to say" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2008
4/5 47% My Blueberry Nights (2007) "Filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color -- the somber blues of the sweets shop contrasting brilliantly with the violent neon glow of the passing subway -- it's Edward Hopper's Nighthawks brought to stunning, iridescent life." ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2008
2/5 48% Run Fatboy Run (2007) "When all is said and done, you're better off renting the Friends Season Four finale...That was brilliant. This is like a bad Farrelly Brothers movie." ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2008
3/5 65% Stop-Loss (2008) "While Stop-Loss is more ambitious and well-crafted than the paint-by-numbers Varsity Blues, these two coming-of-age stories still belong in a similar film category: melodrama" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2008
4/5 52% Funny Games (2008) "What many people will fail to realize is that this is a Dadaist exercise -- it is not concerned with traditional aesthetics, and is intended to offend, in order to destroy the current climate of filmmaking, and its fostering of a culture of violence." ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2008
2/5 50% CJ7 (2008) "Unfortunately, the li'l critter is by far the most interesting thing about Chow's film." ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2008
3/5 57% The Signal (2008) "tone shifts awkwardly to a Shaun of the Dead-meets-Fido-style satirical commentary on domestic life" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2008
4/5 84% In Bruges (2008) "the sight of a coked-up Colin Farrell karate-chopping a racist dwarf in the neck alone is worth the price of admission" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2008
4/5 98% The Band's Visit (2007) "both a clever parable on the state of Israeli/Egyptian relations, as well as a surprisingly affectionate, amusing tale." ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2008
4/5 66% Be Kind Rewind (2008) "Anyone who has ever made a no-budget home movie, replete with exaggerated performances and makeshift props out of The Warriors, will hold a special place in their heart for Be Kind Rewind" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2008
1/5 12% The Air I Breathe (2008) "Mr. Lee is a former director of Asian music videos, which explains why his debut feature, from the high-octane opening credits to the Marnie-esque ending, is all style and no substance." ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2008
5/5 95% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) "This is cinematic naturalism at its finest." ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2008
3/5 79% Teeth (2007) "Ultimately, Teeth will probably never become the late night cult film it aspires to be, but it does achieve an overwhelming sense of castration anxiety" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2008
2/5 46% Cassandra's Dream (2007) "As with Match Point, this is a glorified morality play, albeit with less poetic symbolism, shakier performances, predictable plot, and constricting dialogue" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2008
5/5 96% Persepolis (2007) "like the titular ancient city, is truly a sight to behold" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2007
2/5 50% Actresses (Actrices) (2007) "there is what we can call the House of Sand and Fog problem: this woman is way too attractive to be in this desperate a situation" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2007
5/5 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) "a genre classic; like a menacing mélange of Peckinpah's Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, and Cronenberg's A History of Violence" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2007
3/5 76% I'm Not There (2007) "an intricate exercise in synthetic cubism" ‐ Manhattan Movie Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2007
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