Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"As my screening companion wisely noted as we left the theater: "The era of the male comedian is over."" ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 10, 2016

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"[It] has a certain buoyancy ... The fizziness, though, proves fleeting, and Hail, Caesar! too often goes flat." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 1, 2016

In The Shadow of Women (2016)

"In so shrewdly exploring the illusions - namely (self-) deception - required to keep a dyad functioning, Garrel shows just how much we all remain, consciously or not, in the dark." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 11, 2016

Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015)

"Cone, who is bighearted toward but not uncritical of his Bible-thumping characters, has a keen sense of seemingly incongruous details ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 5, 2016

Joy (2015)

"So much of Joy ... seems provisional, a clumsy first-draft attempt at making an unconventional movie about a woman who earned millions from the most pedestrian of objects." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 21, 2015

45 Years (2015)

"As we gaze at and listen to these paradigmatic performers, whose characters reflect on nearly a half-century together - almost as long as the leads have been icons - the movie becomes a tender unofficial career retrospective for both." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 21, 2015

La creazione di significato (The Creation of Meaning) (2015)

"Casanova's film shows just how much natural splendor dominates the region, here caught at the height of estival glory." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 14, 2015

Stinking Heaven (2015)

"The actors' agile reflexes keep scenes unpredictable as their characters react to passive-aggressive slights or terrifying paroxysms of rage." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 8, 2015

The Big Short (2015)

"McKay's bumptious movie awkwardly combines fourth-wall-breaking gimmickry and flaccid indignation with the goofball energy that defines his comedies." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 8, 2015

The Danish Girl (2015)

"Reducing a remarkable life and marriage to stultifying solemnity, Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl might be most charitably thought of as a public-service announcement gussied up in interwar-period costuming and interior design." ‐ Artforum
Posted Nov 25, 2015

Klute (1971)

"A movie resolutely of its moment that still surges with third-rail electricity ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 24, 2015

Out 1, Noli Me Tangere (1971)

"Time and Narrative are pushed to the extreme in Jacques Rivette's Out 1: Noli me tangere, a film that operates simultaneously as stealth vérité and raw psychodrama." ‐ Artforum
Posted Nov 4, 2015

The Royal Road (2015)

"Suffused with melancholy, longing, and chagrin, Jenni Olson's supple cine-essay The Royal Road is, above all, a film against forgetting." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 26, 2015

Heart of a Dog (2015)

"A testament to Anderson's magnanimity, Heart of a Dog salutes not only those who gave her the greatest happiness but also those who long ago stopped bringing her joy." ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 23, 2015

Room (2015)

"While Jack on the page exhausted me, I was amazed by the actor who plays him, Jacob Tremblay." ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 21, 2015

Experimenter (2015)

"Experimenter is admirably committed to being a film about ideas, to grappling with the legacy of a still topical study, and to tinkering with the hidebound codes of the movie biography" ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 15, 2015

Stonewall (2015)

"Ghastly." ‐ Artforum
Posted Sep 24, 2015

Listen To Me Marlon (2015)

"Much of the visual footage here -- the film-highlights reel, the Sacheen Littlefeather incident at the 1973 Academy Awards -- is already so familiar that it dulls the pleasure of hearing Brando's unfettered thoughts." ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 28, 2015

Trainwreck (2015)

"I'm not sure who's most responsible for Trainwreck's ultimate timidity, for the mordant ribaldry evinced in the first half hour or so inexorably oozing into couple-y goo." ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 15, 2015

Court (2015)

"Suffused with a pointed, cool, never didactic despair, Tamhane's narrative-feature debut exposes India's highly dysfunctional judicial system, one still upholding scores of laws dating back to British rule almost seventy years after independence." ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 15, 2015

Lilith (1964)

"The story of Lilith - a man's love for a manipulative madwoman makes him go insane - may not be especially gripping, but the way that it's told highlights an intriguingly perverse sensibility." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 14, 2015

The Princess Of France (2015)

"The precise attachments, romantic or otherwise, among the constellation of characters may be deliberately confusing, but the performers themselves, all part of the writer-director's regular troupe, are exceptionally vivid." ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 26, 2015

My Name Is Khan (2010)

"Khan's disorder, clearly used to make our hero a pure-hearted naif, comes dangerously close to being exploitative." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 26, 2015

Heaven Knows What (2015)

"It centers on electrifying newcomer Arielle Holmes as a homeless junkie named Harley, a character largely shaped by the performer's own extremely recent past." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 26, 2015

L For Leisure (2015)

"A ludic early-1990s time capsule, Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn's L for Leisure pays tribute to egghead volubility and good-vibes indolence." ‐ Artforum
Posted May 22, 2015

The Rose (1979)

"The Rose isn't big but enormous." ‐ Artforum
Posted May 22, 2015

Love at First Fight (2015)

"Rejuvenating the romantic comedy through its unusual premise - in which training for an elite army unit releases a flood of pheromones - Cailley's film is also buoyed by its enormously appealing leads ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 19, 2015

Dior and I (2015)

"Though the film is unquestionably a flattering portrait of Simons, it is also more broadly, and more fruitfully, a testament to a tradition and to those who have upheld it for decades." ‐ Artforum
Posted Apr 10, 2015

Welcome To New York (2015)

"That bluntness never ceases in Welcome to New York." ‐ Artforum
Posted Mar 27, 2015

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (2015)

"The Houellebecq we see on screen is obviously rooted as much in fiction as in fact, yet what makes his performance so fascinating is the mischievous glee he takes in sending up his own persona." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 24, 2015

She's Lost Control (2015)

"Too often, She's Lost Control hazily drifts from scene to scene, invested in examining the exhausted topic of what happens when a sex professional finds that the rigid boundary between work and off-duty pleasure has become uncomfortably porous." ‐ Artforum
Posted Mar 18, 2015

Amour Fou (2015)

"Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner has an unerring talent for examining, skeptically but never cynically, grand notions about destiny ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 17, 2015

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015)

"The film, especially in its second half, after Kumiko lands at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, is resolutely more invested in, and sympathetic toward, its heroine than her fetish objects." ‐ Artforum
Posted Mar 13, 2015

Stage Door (1937)

"Stage Door crackles with zingers ad-libbed by a cast that includes Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, Eve Arden, and Lucille Ball." ‐ Artforum
Posted Feb 12, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

"In the interest of consumer reporting, I'll say this: The book isn't better than the movie, and the film isn't better than the book." ‐ Artforum
Posted Feb 12, 2015

Girlhood (2015)

"Sciamma has a particular gift for spectacular opening scenes." ‐ Artforum
Posted Jan 29, 2015

The Foxy Merkins (2014)

"Merkins sends up both male-hustler movies (Midnight Cowboy and My Own Private Idaho in particular) and the upscale, conservative daughters of Gomorrah with unerring goofiness." ‐ Artforum
Posted Jan 21, 2015
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A Thousand Suns (2013)

"Mati Diop's lush and elegant A Thousand Suns requires only forty-five minutes to astutely consider weighty matters of history and legacy." ‐ Artforum
Posted Jan 20, 2015

Joy of Man's Desiring (2015)

"Joy of Man's Desiring forgoes obvious didactics and visual cues in favor of letting viewers draw their own conclusions." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015

Selma (2015)

"A large part of Selma's success is rooted in Oyelowo's superb, nuanced portrayal of a figure held to be a near deity." ‐ Artforum
Posted Dec 22, 2014

If You Don't, I Will (2014)

"The loose confidence on display throughout much of If You Don't, I Will helps make the material, however frequently (and often enervatingly) mined, seem fresh. Although dour, Fillières's movie is free of cynicism and bad faith, and buoyed by sly wit." ‐ Artforum
Posted Dec 17, 2014

Tip Top (2014)

"This sui generis policier audaciously balances slapstick with a fiercely intelligent probing of the still-knotty legacy of France's colonialist past." ‐ Artforum
Posted Dec 12, 2014

3 Women (1977)

"The film is rich in brilliant oddities and juxtapositions, never more so than when Duvall and Spacek are encompassed in the same frame." ‐ Artforum
Posted Dec 9, 2014

The Babadook (2014)

"Writer-director Jennifer Kent's domestic-horror movie The Babadook satisfyingly pierces the obscene sanctification of "mommyhood" -- a pathological mandate that seems to have become an irreversible cultural imperative." ‐ Artforum
Posted Dec 1, 2014

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

"As seductive and forebodding as its title -- a simple, declarative sentence that encompasses many mysteries -- Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature reanimates and restores the sexiness of the vampire movie." ‐ Artforum
Posted Nov 20, 2014

White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

"Grounding White Bird in a Blizzard and providing its warmth, however, is Woodley." ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 24, 2014

Camp X-Ray (2014)

"Even as Camp X-Ray builds to its preposterous final scene, Stewart and Moaadi remain fascinating to behold." ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 21, 2014

Citizenfour (2014)

"Laura Poitras's Citizenfour is an electrifying countdown to an epoch-altering event, unfolding in an antiseptic all-white room." ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 21, 2014

Gone Girl (2014)

"Fincher's adaptation bears all of the filmmaker's trademark precision, his impeccable ability to conjure dread in the most seemingly benign locales of the Show Me State heightened by the terror-drone composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross." ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 1, 2014

Bird People (2014)

"Bird People finds new ways to anatomize 21st-century malaise." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2014