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
96% I Lost My Body (2019) Jérémy Clapin's latest is a heartrending meditation on immigration, childhood trauma, and the struggle to connect-enhanced by visuals that will leave you speechless. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Banderas has never been more tender-and beautiful. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
93% Monos (2019) Alejandro Landes' tale of a squad of ruthless youth soldiers in Colombia is not just the most visually arresting feature of the year, but a thought-provoking commentary on the country's guerrilla warfare-plagued history. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
100% Honeyland (2019) What begins as a quaint, vérité portrait evolves into something far greater: a monument to the human spirit. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) As it stands, this indie drama is a haunting and elegiac ode to San Francisco's storied past, in-flux present, and uncertain future. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
83% Her Smell (2019) Elisabeth Moss is a force of nature in Alex Ross Perry's riotous five-act drama. If there were any justice in the world she'd be an Oscar lock. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
82% High Life (2019) Every film by French master Claire Denis is a cultural event, and this, her English-language debut, is a demented, deeply engrossing sci-fi saga... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Jia Zhangke has crafted a razor-sharp study of alienation and the corrosiveness of the patriarchy in contemporary China. And Tao is a revelation. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) It looks stunning, capturing the anxiety, thrill and wonder of the history-making moon-landing voyage. First Man pales in comparison. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
68% 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
38% Seberg (2020) 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
85% 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
95% 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
89% 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
66% 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
28% 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
92% 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
63% 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
28% 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
48% 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