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Max Nelson

Max Nelson
Max Nelson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, Cinema Scope

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Has Assayas gone slack?‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
97% 45 Years (2015) 45 Years is about what happens when people do entrust their lives to one another, and the consequences of discovering that the person to whom you've entrusted your life might not have entrusted his as fully, or as consistently, to you. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
91% Anomalisa (2015) [Lisa] comes off as a convenient device: pathetic enough to generate sympathy but simple enough not to threaten Michael as the film's center of attention.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
No Score Yet Nainsukh (2011) [A] dreamy, intoxicating tribute to the life .‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
50% Redemption (2013) Redemption [is] at once so funny and so profoundly sad.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
No Score Yet Will You Dance with Me? (2014) For Jarman, 16mm and Super 8 were the best means with which to catch, as he might have put it, the dryads lurking around Britain's corners.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
93% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) Guzmán's predilection for naïve wide-eyed wonder weighs down his recent films, never eclipses the most striking feature of his work: the way in which dreamy musings and far-fetched speculations coexist with toughness, prickliness, and matter-of-factness‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
87% Hermia & Helena (2017) What knits this parade of conversations and encounters together are Piñeiro's rapport with his actors, his eye for telling peripheral details, and his skill at sketching out a coherent space within even the most casual composition.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
50% The Human Surge (El auge del humano) (2017) As an immersive, unpredictable sensory experience, on the other hand, this is a prodigious accomplishment from a filmmaker full of ideas about rhythm, texture, and scale.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
93% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) Hong is interested in the technical challenges lengthy shots pose. How can a filmmaker glean the benefits of long takes while still suggesting that each shot represents only one possible arrangement of the many elements from which it's combined?‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
94% The Treasure (2016) The Treasure is both another testament to his eye for telling details and Porumboiu's most seamless combination yet of fiction and fact.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2016
84% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) It's an immersive, if not entirely factual, restaging of six days that were already, on several levels, theater.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
89% White God (2015) "Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó's brave and tantalizing movie"‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2015
non-numerical 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) Two Days, One Night has the interpretive open-endedness of a parable, the ambiguity of an ethical thought experiment, and the limpid clarity of a folk ballad.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2014
84% Listen Up Philip (2014) The film feeds off Philip's tart anti-energy; it helps that Schwartzman, in what might be the performance of his career, gives an exhilarating charge even to his ill-tempered sulks.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2014
98% A Summer's Tale (2014) If it lacks its predecessor's subtlety and depth, it compensates with its own abundance of more immediate pleasures. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2014
95% Burning Bush (2014) [An] absorbing, intelligent account of the fallout resulting from a young Czech student's symbolic self-immolation at the close of the Prague Spring [...]‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2014
86% Night Moves (2014) Reichardt is a filmmaker too wedded to details and sense data to subsume a well-defined setting and its inhabitants under a stock narrative--or at least do so without showing where the seams start to bust or the genre elements fail to fit ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
75% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Nearly everyone in the film is creaking under the weight of the past.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2014
78% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) For all its close thematic ties to Scorsese's previous studies of young men with God complexes, this might be closer in spirit to the director's concert films, with their blurring of the divide between the movie's audience and the on-screen crowd.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2013
51% Black Nativity (2013) To my eyes, Black Nativity is the cinematic equivalent of a Christmas tree ornament: shiny, hollow, sheathed in decorative, artificial linings, mass-produced and, given the cost of today's movie theater tickets, overpriced.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2013
91% Gimme The Loot (2013) When the next American new wave rolls around, it'll be thanks to moments like these, and movies like Gimme the Loot.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2013
88% The Angels' Share (2013) With this shaggy-dog tale of four petty Glaswegian criminals and their improbably successful scheme to steal the world's most valuable whiskey, Loach turns naïveté into a sort of moral philosophy.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013
70% Wish You Were Here (2013) It's too easily satisfying, too traditionally well-made to be an honest portrait of dissatisfaction.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013
65% Byzantium (2013) Clara becomes more the subject of Jordan's empathy than the object of his lust (although there's some of that, too).‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013
71% Pacific Rim (2013) Feels like it's always struggling to break through the screen-if only to grab you by the scruff of the neck and drag you in. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013
83% Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer (2011) The resulting film is low-key and, at least as far as its subject is concerned, decidedly uncritical.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013
49% Carrie (2013) What makes it execrable is the way it drains the original movie of all its erotic tension, only to ramp up the final-act violence.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013
67% Bastards (2013) the narrative ellipses that open Claire Denis's murky, rain-soaked, profoundly upsetting film noir could be concealing anything-but it's hard to imagine they're hiding anything you'd want to see for yourself.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013
48% Trouble Every Day (Gargoyle) (2001) It's the kind of public self-exorcism a director can only get away with once in a career. And even at its most overdetermined, it still reflects its maker's signature love for intractable contrasts and unresolved ambiguities.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013