Marshall Shaffer

Marshall Shaffer
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Marshall Shaffer is a New York-based freelance film journalist. His work has appeared on Slashfilm, Slant, Decider, Little White Lies, Vague Visages and many other outlets.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C- 38% Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) Like the rest of the film, these scenes are an unfocused jumble, unable to hide behind the strength of a brand name or a name star. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
A- 92% Limbo (2021) Deadpan has never crackled with such life as it does in this miraculous movie. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
C- 73% Palmer (2021) Palmer constitutes little more than a celebration of entry-level allyship, which might have passed in 2013 but has little place in 2021. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
8.5/10 98% Apples (Mila) (2020) The Greek Weird Wave is alive and well in Christos Nikou's hands, and he points to how the national cinema's movement can continue to grow. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2020
6.5/10 62% French Exit (2021) The film does not waste the brilliance of its two leading performances. But it doesn't expand much upon their skilled interpretations, either. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2020
7.5/10 79% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2021) Ozon's journey to Alex's moment of clarity might be a bit choppy, but none of that detracts from the overwhelming power of the film's tender and moving finale. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
7/10 97% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) Lacôte captures something special about the very nature of oral storytelling with his nested narratives. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
6.5/10 78% The Water Man (2021) Unlike other aspiring Spielbergs of his generation, Oyelowo is less focused on infantilizing viewers through overwhelming spectacle and boundless ingenuity. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
8.5/10 68% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2021) New Order presents a ruthlessly barbaric vision of social breakdown with melt-your-face-off intensity. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
5.5/10 38% Joe Bell (2021) Crafty plot maneuvers cannot fully rescue a film still struggling with larger unresolved issues. At its core, this is a work that does not know what - and who - it's about. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
C+ 49% Monday (2021) It succeeds at capturing the peaks and valleys of a relationship but sputters out when capturing the mundane moments in between. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
B+ 78% I Care a Lot (2021) Seeing Rosamund Pike in peak form nimbly navigating the tonal minefield of this late-stage capitalism critique is an absolute delight. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
B+ 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Even when "Another Round" veers towards an inevitable collision with a more somber reality in its third act, Vinterberg and Lindholm never resort to easy moralizing - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
C- 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) Penguin Bloom spends most of its runtime focusing on the ways in which Naomi Watts' character's accident renders her less than. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B+ 67% Spree (2020) Spree is a provocative look at online radicalism and forces viewers to confront the possibility that they are contributing to the problem. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
B- 80% The Old Guard (2020) Situated at the crossroads of two different styles and ideologies, The Old Guard takes the less-trodden path - though not without a few detours into conventionality. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
C 40% Irresistible (2020) Stewart pitches "Irresistible" to participants and spectators in the broader culture of political hobbyism, thus reifying the very culture he abhors. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
B+ 99% On the Record (2020) On the Record is a moving look at a very personal #MeToo story that has much larger ideas about race and culture. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
C- 40% Capone (2020) If Tom Hardy cannot figure out a way to dial into the frequency of his directors, people will stop seeing a master performer at work. They'll just see a meme. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
No Score Yet The Dazzled (Les éblouis) (2019) The chief contradiction of communitarianism is on full display in The Dazzled: a group that bonds around a strict set of shared values also repels those who refuse to march in lockstep. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
100% Someone, Somewhere (Deux moi) (2019) Klapisch's rejoinder depicts the tragic irony staring down today's young people: the world is at our fingertips, but genuine connection always feels just out of reach. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
38% Perfect Nanny (Chanson Douce) (2019) The film sneaks up on you, just as the character does to Myriam and Paul. By the time Louise's parasitism emerges, it's too late to stop what's coming. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
65% On a Magical Night (Chambre 212) (2020) A film need not make a sweeping proclamation on the issues it circles to show something meaningful. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
88% Deerskin (2020) Dupieux has a way of simultaneously and paradoxically exposing the absurdities of unearned machismo under a microscope while also blowing them out of scale for comic effect. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
100% Through the Night (2020) Through her bottom-up view of the pre-coronavirus economy, Limbal invites viewers to observe and then empathize. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
70% 499 (2020) This does not feel like a thematic conceit with the strength to sustain an entire feature. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
82% Socks on Fire (2020) It's a work full of introspection and empathy, but McGuire never quite cheats out enough to make his film applicable or generalizable. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
95% Pray Away (2021) [Stolakis] efficiently packages and manages each of the major threads in the film, giving viewers an expansive and conclusive look at the topic. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
B+ 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) If you're looking for something to revive your belief in hope and change, look no further than Crip Camp. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
B- 46% Run This Town (2020) Run This Town speaks effectively to a particular brand of millennial frustration. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
7.5/10 93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) For the tonal and aesthetic maximalism that Aïnouz brings to the film, it's what we do not - what we cannot - see that exerts the strongest pull. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
96% Jawline (2019) Jawline is packed with [...] moments of revelatory insight into both creators and consumers in the live-streaming economy. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
100% Los Reyes (2019) Los Reyes makes for the boldest reinvention of cinematic grammar this year but never feels like an academic exercise because the lovable pooches win us over time and again. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
C 36% 6 Underground (2019) The film is a pure expression of the id for a filmmaker who thrives on moving at 100 cuts per second; for everyone else, as the expression goes, your mileage may vary. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
7.5/10 69% Knives and Skin (2019) To Reeder's immense credit, her film glides forward with an aura of mystery but never feels like genre mix-and-match. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
B 89% Feast of the Epiphany (2018) With time and some contemplation, those willing to let the film kick around inside their heads should find it quite illuminating and cerebrally satisfying. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
8/10 67% Little Joe (2019) Hausner's subtle paranoia and eerie precision allow Little Joe to strike that raw nerve of unease and dread like the best speculative fiction can. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
B+ 90% Tremors (Temblores) (2019) The righteous indignation and bafflement of Bustamante in Temblores lands with a strong impact due in large part to the soulful, tortured performance by Olyslager. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
B 97% Queen of Hearts (2019) Watching the dynamics flip proves a riveting watch for a viewer of Queen of Hearts. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
85% Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2018) [A] deeply discomfiting examination of white identity and privilege with the power to rattle viewers to their core. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
8/10 96% First Cow (2020) Reichardt delivers another nuanced behavioral portrait as well as an incisive historical tome. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
7/10 64% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Norton the actor proves less of an attraction in Motherless Brooklyn than Norton the director and writer. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
5/10 39% Wasp Network (2019) The producers could have put any workman studio director's name over the closing credits, and I would not have bat an eyelid. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
6.5/10 60% The Moneychanger (Así habló el cambista) (2019) If you're going to open your film with a sequence straight out of the Bible, you had better not come to play. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
8.5/10 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) The film, too, functions as an extension of Varda's generosity of spirit well beyond her life itself. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
6/10 59% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) Even adjusting for their typical brevity, Young Ahmed feels like a cursory examination of the social issues [the Dardennes] raise. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
5/10 70% Liberté (2020) It's one thing to be desensitized by a film and another entirely to just be dull. Past a point in Liberté, this is the latter to an extreme. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
8/10 75% The Other Lamb (2020) The Other Lamb makes for a chilling glance at the strange pull that cults exert on their members and how their values imprint themselves on their members in irrevocable ways. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
8.5/10 85% The County (Héradid) (2019) For those looking to understand the global nature of the struggles faced by those who dare to resist all-encompassing economic organizations, this movie delivers the goods. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
8/10 82% Wet Season (2019) In just his second feature, Wet Season, Singaporean director Anthony Chen establishes himself as a masterfully empathetic chronicler of irregular relationships. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019