Melissa Anderson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2018) Deliberately, alluringly unstable and destabilizing, 'The Wild Boys' is made even more turbulent by its superabundance of references and inspirations. ‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
62% Suspiria (2018) Dull-witted ostentation abounds in Guadagnino's Suspiria... Suspiria 2018 assaults the eye, distresses the ear, and maligns the mind.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) An echt New York eccentric, Lee Israel onscreen has been remolded into a generically grumpy outcast, one whose miseries seem to stem from that catch-all etiology, "trust issues."‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Little jabs of pleasure give way to something less tingly, safer: nods of admiration. Torquing Susan Sontag's definition of camp as "seriousness that fails," I think of Cooper's movie as seriousness that succeeds, but perhaps too well or too cleanly.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Throughout this desultory, dreary movie, odd lines of dialogue pop up that seem to perversely comment on the sheer superfluity of Ocean's 8.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
95% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Ross remains ever attuned to the casual grace of quotidian human actions, and the subdued splendor of nature at its plainest. Hale County is documentation as a kind of auscultation; the camera functions as a stethoscope, capturing heartbeat and breath.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
88% Women in Love (1969) Yet it is to the film's great credit that, in depicting that "puritanical insistence," heterosexuality is revealed to be the most unnatural form of coupling.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
75% The Misandrists (2018) An invigorating alternative not just to the unending cascade of banal queer-themed fare--if nothing else, LaBruce's outlandish scenarios activate thought experiments for those pondering a corrective to our present gynophobic kakistocracy.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) "Let the Sunshine In" is Denis's most voluble movie and, despite the emotional turmoil its heroine endures, among her gentlest.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
96% Zama (2018) Martel's films can seem disjointed, yet there is always the palpable, inexorable feeling of malaise, of psychic and moral rot under exacting investigation.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
66% The Girlfriend Experience (2009) Documenting the way we speak now, however, doesn't compensate for the film's own hollow rhetoric; TGE's tricked-out, fractured narrative merely distracts from its dead-end cynicism. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
71% The Killing of Sister George (1968) Aldrich's film endures not because it's an example of bad, pre-Stonewall homo images but because of its sly way of celebrating.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow, a joyless genre exercise, inadvertently advances the premise that most, maybe all male-female mating could be thought of as a ruse, the basest kind of transaction, the bleakest form of pleasure. ‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) "A Fantastic Woman" can at times seem too invested in defining Marina not by what she does but by what is done to her. ‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Moody and mesmerizing, Paul Thomas Anderson's 1950s-set Phantom Thread may be the first of a genre: the haute-couture gothic. It thrills as an invigorating tale of moribundity. ‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) An intended black seriocomedy curdles into garish burlesque. The biopic becomes the biohazard.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Languor, lust; yearning, yielding: Call Me by Your Name-a sexy, melancholy summer idyll directed by the supreme cine-sybarite Luca Guadagnino-lushly shows how desire is deftly articulated, even when not explicitly labeled or spoken.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) In the end, for all its pleasures, it's difficult to view Blade Runner 2049 as anything but an elaborate echo of the original, neither true sequel nor reboot, unclear of its own identity.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) [Lady Bird] is a shrewd, warm, witty coming-of-age movie.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) However specific its time frame and focus, BPM is not a narrow nostalgia piece, nor will it ever be as long as people are still dying, still being vilified. ‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The story of a remarkable woman and her remarkable accomplishments suffers, as too many LGBTQ-themed twenty-first-century docudramas do, from an accretion of it-gets-better telegraphing.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
70% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) As we watch Haenel ... stride through these overdetermined scenes, clutching a medical bag to her side, we are reminded that even the most timeworn of conventions can be made electric and alive.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
89% Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet) (1981) Taxi zum Klo treats sex seriously without sacralizing it; throughout the film, Ripploh reveals a wry intelligence about the eternal dilemma of monogamy versus promiscuity.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
94% Prick Up Your Ears (1987) As a portrait of a relationship and a creative partnership, Prick is ever alert to the shifts in power, to the narcissistic wounds that can never be salved when a teacher is surpassed by his pupil.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
83% Patti Cake$ (2017) As predictable as the ticking of an egg timer, as generic and tinny as the pulses of a drum machine.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
86% Nocturama (2017) The film mesmerizes and alienates equally.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
89% 4 Days in France (Jours de France) (2017) A pleasingly discursive road movie for our geosocial age, writer-director Jérôme Reybaud's debut narrative feature navigates la France profonde with the help of Grindr.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
No Score Yet Le Gai Savoir (Joy of Learning) (Joyful Wisdom) (1969) Profuse and dizzying with discourse, abstruse analysis, and word association, Le Gai Savoir posits that all communication is suspect, that the spoken word is "the enemy."‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Simultaneously byzantine and dumb ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
91% Girls Trip (2017) Pops with next-level ribaldry and smack talk, especially in its first half. But in the remaining hour, the laughs arrive less often as the gender politics grow weirder.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
86% That Most Important Thing: Love (L'important c'est d'aimer) (1975) At once electrifying and eviscerating.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
28% False Confessions (Les fausses confidences) (2017) Despite the diurnal setting, several scenes are distractingly overlit, the actors enhaloed by a honey glaze.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) I found it difficult to continue suspending my disbelief.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled '71 gluts; Coppola's film tamps down and reduces.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
89% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) [A] dynamic, oddly joyful movie.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
100% Monterey Pop (1968) The effect is one of estranging intimacy, bringing us impossibly near to these sublime beings onstage and yet somehow ensuring that they remain forever mysterious, magical, and untouchable.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
87% Moka (2017) Tense moments arise not from any plot machinations but from the anticipation of the next exquisitely calibrated response by Emmanuelle Devos, the film's star, who appears in every scene.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
75% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) A film often smartly attuned to language, Beatriz at Dinner - a sober comedy about class clash and soft-to-hard racism directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Mike White - operates in several different idioms.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
100% Marlene (1984) A shrewd summa of stardom and late-life legend-burnishing, wearily but no less admiringly acknowledging its irascible subject's perverse genius‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
93% Wonder Woman (2017) Any hopes that Wonder Woman will sustain its appealing misandry are soon dashed.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
37% Snatched (2017) Snatched is Hawn's first movie since 2002's The Banger Sisters. Her half-committed performance here, however understandable, suggests she may have regretted the decision to end her semi-retirement.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
97% Burden (2017) Burden's change of medium ... goes underexplored. The man himself, though, is excellent company ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
84% The Lovers (2017) Jacobs lets casually observed details and offhand humor advance the story. There are no grand pronouncements in The Lovers, which smartly communicates its ideas about relationships during its long stretches of silence.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
92% Obit (2017) Obit rarely strays from the anodyne tone of the advertorial.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
69% Free Fire (2017) It suggests that Wheatley may now only be interested in staging orgies of violence rather than thinking about the psychological writhing that leads to them.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
91% A Quiet Passion (2017) Davies honors his subject by remaining true to this observation from the poet herself: "To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations."‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) Engaging ideas bubble up every so often in Colossal, a film that carries out magical thinking to its extreme. But the audacity of its conceit is inexorably tamed, becoming an all-too-familiar lesson on saying no.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
96% Karl Marx City (2017) The frequent structural misjudgments are frustrating because they distract from engaging lines of inquiry.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
48% Wilson (2017) The latest iteration of the redeemed-curmudgeon comedy ... whose dull-witted misanthropy, fatiguing from first minute to last, will, for some viewers, further confirm their misandry.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
91% Frantz (2017) The deepening ties between Anna and Adrien have the same kind of dull, matte gloss of the black-and-white cinematography - monochrome that occasionally segues to color, an ill-conceived gambit occasioned by flashbacks and fleeting moments of joy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017