Marlow Stern

Marlow Stern
Tomatometer-approved critic
Favorites:
Casablanca, Notorious, The Wizard of Oz, Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Third Man, Bande a part, La Dolce Vita, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Le Boucher, A Bout de Souffle, The Battle of Algiers, Andrei Rublev, The Seventh Seal
Location: New York City

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
75% Joker (2019) Joker succeeds thanks to the talents of Phoenix, who's crafted a layered, terror-inducing antagonist, and earned his rightful place alongside Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson in the pantheon of all-time-great Jokers. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
39% Seberg (2019) It is such a shame, then, that Andrews' film has chosen to view Seberg's plight through the eyes of Solomon, a COINTELPRO agent who grows protective of his prey. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
84% The Brink (2019) Klayman's doc does a decent job of capturing the glaring contradictions of Bannon-namely, that he preaches "populism" and poses as a voice for the working class while flying around the world in private jets... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A meticulous assessment of first love, and the agonizing burst of feelings that springs forth from it. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Shot over 12 years, it's a thorough-and unforgettable-examination of toxic masculinity, and how it's crippled the lives of America's young men. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) Cage's Red Miller unleashes a roaring rampage of revenge the likes of which we've never seen... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Is there a more thrillingly inventive political satirist than Armando Iannucci? I doubt it. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) While it's very much a first film, replete with narrative digressions and some big swings that don't quite land, it's bursting at the seams with creativity, big ideas and several standout turns. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
94% Private Life (2018) It's unconscionable that the various movie awards' voting bodies have thus far failed to properly recognize Kathryn Hahn's masterful turn in this. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Lynne Ramsay's direction is as precise as ever. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
67% Vice (2018) It's Borowitz-level satire-embarrassing and awfully reductive. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) This is one ugly film. And at 158 minutes, with a script that shoehorns words like "assuage" and "lament" into its tough-guy banter, it's a chore to get through. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) It is without question the most entertaining film Spielberg has made since Catch Me If You Can. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) By its moving bonfire conclusion, the entire press screening I attended was weeping. Such is the power of Eighth Grade, the achingly true-to-life filmmaking debut of Bo Burnham. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
72% Piercing (2019) Piercing is a sadistic, blood-splattered two-hander...I found myself tickled by this kinky little divertissement, like a sharp knife trailed across your skin as opposed to a stab in the heart. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) There is a good film to be made about Tonya Harding, a tragic figure who was unfairly branded "trailer trash" and subsequently shunned from the hoity-toity world of figure skating. This is not it. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
82% Molly's Game (2018) Jessica Chastain is a fine actress. Idris Elba is a fine actor. Aaron Sorkin is one of the greatest screenwriters to ever live. Unfortunately, the three of them flounder here in this. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) What more could you really want from a Jumanji sequel? Fun for the whole family, as they say. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
27% Bright (2017) [Dark] marks yet another career low for star Will Smith, who has arguably appeared in the worst movie of the year in four of the last five years. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) Sure, it's a paint-by-numbers biopic about British Prime Minister Winston Churchill facing down the Nazis, but when the acting is this good, who gives a damn - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) The most sensual film in ages; a transcendent exploration of first lust, first love, and first heartbreak seen through the eyes of a hormonal teenager. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
88% The Post (2018) It's mawkish tripe, filled with scene after scene of agonizing preachiness. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) It's a hilarious and at times heartwarming film about the lengths people will go to achieve their wildest dreams. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) I know I'm in the minority here, but director Rian Johnson's follow-up to The Force Awakens felt overstuffed and incredibly disjointed; a collection of uncorrelated rah-rah scenes and little else. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2018) There isn't a wasted frame in Anderson's meditation on the push-and-pull that exists between obsessions professional and personal; the performances are first-rate; if Jonny Greenwood's score is not justly rewarded, there will be outrage - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
62% Truth (2015) Vanderbilt's film, boasting brisk pacing and a powerhouse performance by Blanchett, is meant to serve as both a cultural corrective to Rather's tainted legacy and an examination of the complex web of newsgathering required to substantiate a major story. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
69% mother! (2017) [mother!] is a sickeningly glorious mess. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
27% Suburbicon (2017) When [George Clooney] explores his passions, whether it be journalistic integrity or the false virtues of white American liberals, the man is a force to be reckoned with. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water casts a spell over its audience from its opening moments and holds you in its thrall long after the credits have rolled. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
49% Downsizing (2017) What could have been a roguish send-up of marriage, technology, and all that falls in between is reduced to a cloying feel-good fable about reciprocal altruism in the face of total annihilation. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
87% Jackie (2016) There is much to like about Jackie, from the pitch-perfect period detail to Noah Oppenheim's inspired script, but it's Portman's portrait of grief that will linger long after the credits roll. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
91% La La Land (2016) The lion's share of the kudos must go to Chazelle, who's achieved something truly extraordinary here: an achingly romantic movie-musical that makes the old new again. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
35% Equals (2016) This is one erotic movie, which in today's romanceless Hollywood, is quite the accomplishment. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
68% The Danish Girl (2015) This is the type of performance Oscars were made for, and Redmayne has mounted a very strong case for a second consecutive Best Actor nomination. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2015
77% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine is a film wholly unworthy of its subject; a viciously one-sided examination of a remarkably complex individual. If you want the full picture, read the book. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2015
93% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2014
35% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2013
31% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2013
91% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2009
3.5/5 53% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2009
4.5/5 90% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2009
4/5 67% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2009
4/5 83% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2009
2/5 14% Stay Cool (2011) like an exercise in calculated nostalgia - Manhattan Movie Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2009
3.5/5 22% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2009
2.5/5 61% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2008