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.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Moonlight (2016)

"A question is posed to the main character of Barry Jenkins's wondrous, superbly acted new film, Moonlight: "Who is you, man?"" ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2016
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One Potato, Two Potato (1964)

"Both husband and wife are shrewdly observed characters in a film untainted by sentimentality, a quality that American films about race, then and now, fall back on." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 18, 2016

One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

"A strange, tumid, engrossing western ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2016

Christine (2016)

"Christine, like most films in its genre, relies on excess: acting as extreme sport, period fetishism, signpost dialogue." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016

Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016)

"Being 17 boldly examines the fear of letting go and giving in - the terror, in short, of becoming an adult." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2016

Amanda Knox (2016)

"Like too many recent documentaries, Blackhurst and McGinn's is filled with missed opportunities." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2016

Goat (2016)

"Points are made and lessons imparted with all the subtlety and finesse of a Greek paddle to the head." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 21, 2016

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"Frantically rushing through the quartet's prodigious output during these years, Eight Days a Week is best when it slows down ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2016

Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

"Queasily absorbing ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 7, 2016

To Sleep With Anger (1990)

"One of the finest films to explore city versus country, old ways versus new, kin versus kin." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 6, 2016

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016)

"A warm and heartfelt but too often desultory and disorganized tribute to the down-to-earth intellectual." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 1, 2016

Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015)

"Running nearly five and a half hours, Hamaguchi's movie foregrounds the quotidian, revealing the latent drama in the most seemingly mundane moments." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 24, 2016

Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)

"Immensely pleasurable ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 23, 2016

Sudden Fear (1952)

"Like many underrecognized treasures, David Miller's Sudden Fear fits into and defies different genres, its convention-scrambling partly the result of the fact that the film looks both forward and back." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 10, 2016

My King (Mon roi) (2016)

"Depleting and clamorous ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 9, 2016

Neither Heaven nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre) (2016)

"Cogitore's movie is at once otherworldly and firmly tethered to stark reality." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 2, 2016

Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016)

"For all of its wise, welcome focus on the libidinal, Summertime additionally succeeds in presenting the far-left fervor of the time without devolving into school-play pageantry." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 18, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Ghostbusters 2.0 suffers from the anxiety of influence - or, more specifically, from the fear of not wanting to alienate the fans (Gen X'ers and others) of 1.0." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 10, 2016

My Little Loves (Mes Petites Amoureuses) (1974)

"Compassionate but never sentimental, My Little Loves is an essential entry in the coming-of-age canon, a film that ennobles adolescence by so truthfully portraying its attendant indignities." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2016

The King of Comedy (1983)

"Brilliantly keeps viewers unmoored, the result of its consistently off-kilter tone." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 21, 2016

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016)

"A dopey examination of Instagram-abetted adolescent abandon." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 16, 2016

From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016)

"Less a fully realized and inhabited project than a set of symmetries snapping into place." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 7, 2016

Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016)

"Célestine and Joseph never make logical confederates, a result of the sodden chemistry between Seydoux and Lindon. Their scheming to leave the Lanlaires for good merely hastens the movie's too-abrupt ending ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 7, 2016
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Kamikaze '89 (1983)

"When the increasingly knotty conspiracy plot that motors Kamikaze '89 grows too unintelligible or dull, Gremm has the good sense to cut to the film's greatest set piece ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2016

Chevalier (2016)

"Despite the claustrophobic setting and Tsangari's observational style, Chevalier doesn't register as hermetic or coolly condescending; the film feels loose and agile even amid so much capricious rule-making." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 24, 2016
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Jacques Rivette, The Night Watchman (1990)

"Rivette ... saw mysteries everywhere and created thrillingly enigmatic movies. But in Denis's documentary, the man himself, at once diffident and forthright, is exceptionally lucid." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 17, 2016

Black Girl (La noire de...) (1966)

"Formally spartan, Ousmane Sembène's Black Girl is dense with cool fury." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 17, 2016

Money Monster (2016)

"There's a lot of excitable talk about algorithms (or "algos"), the overuse of the term perhaps fitting for a film that seems to have been constructed not by humans but by binary code." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2016

Sunset Song (2016)

"Even when working from source material crafted by others, Davies, like all singular filmmakers, imprints it with his DNA." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2016

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

"Gessner's film may be for Foster completists only. But the intensity of her dead-eyed stare as the final credits scroll across her face reminds us of her preternatural ability, as a kid and beyond, to transform even the most negligible movie or scene ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 10, 2016

High-Rise (2016)

"The film doesn't do much more than dramatize the tableaux of bedlam and rot laid out in the source text, neglecting its "inner space," which Ballard defined as "the internal landscape of tomorrow that is a transmuted image of the past."" ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 10, 2016

A Bigger Splash (2016)

"Not even this flamboyant project, however satisfying in its excesses otherwise, can accommodate the inept civics lesson." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2016

Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

"What makes the film ... so fascinating and repellent at once is precisely the confusion and anxiety it articulates about women's sexual freedom." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 3, 2016

Los Sures (2016)

"Filmed in the summer of 1983, Diego Echeverria's Los Sures, a spirited but clear-eyed survey of South Williamsburg, transports viewers to the area before the blight of condos and bespoke-BBQ joints." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 28, 2016

The Wait (L'attesa) (2016)

"[Binoche] somehow makes even her long stretches of silence ring clamorously; her minimalist gestures are always maximized and engorged. Binoche's hushed histrionics, though, are of a piece with the fruity portentousness of L'Attesa ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 27, 2016

Eva Hesse (2016)

"Eva Hesse relies too heavily on ventriloquism to recapitulate the high and low points of the artist ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 26, 2016

Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands (Fassbinder: at elske uden at kræve) (2016)

"Thomsen culls wisely from Fassbinder's filmography to illustrate the kino-giant's abiding themes, patricide and masochism among them." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 26, 2016
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Down There (Là-bas) (2006)

"Akerman's meticulous, fixed-camera compositions - her signature - assume an even greater geometrical precision here, for the outside view is obscured by the matchstick roll-up blinds in her temporary lodging." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2016

Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

"Glutted even more than its predecessors with ancient fellas-versus-females debates, ungainly sociopolitical commentary, and top-40 superstars trying to diversify their brands." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 13, 2016

Applause (Applaus) (2010)

"Usually an enervating process to witness onscreen, Steen's subtle calibrations of self-hatred and raging narcissism exhilarate." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 7, 2016

The Boss (2016)

"The Boss gives its star few, if any, hitting partners. It's a baffling decision ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 5, 2016

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

"Each chapter of Mapplethorpe's biography - his Catholic boyhood in Queens, his renowned romances with Patti Smith and the collector Sam Wagstaff, his devotion to and aestheticizing of s/m - is given the same cursory treatment." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 4, 2016

Blue Velvet (1986)

"Three decades after its initial release, David Lynch's Blue Velvet has lost none of its power to derange, terrify, and exhilarate." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 22, 2016
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Who's Crazy? (1966)

"The giddy, shambolic activity, certainly avant-garde, maybe even rejuvenating, during the LBJ era, made me restless and irritable ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 22, 2016

Valley Of Love (2016)

"A project that gives its leads little to do other than complain about the heat and bad cellphone reception and look askance at American boorishness." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 21, 2016

Creative Control (2016)

"The film's monochrome palette and crisp lensing lend it a well-defined severity otherwise wholly lacking." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 8, 2016

River of Grass (1995)

"A film of fizzy languor ... terrific ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 8, 2016

Late Spring (1949)

""Movies resurrect the beautiful dead," Susan Sontag once wrote, and there's no better way to commemorate Hara than to watch her in Late Spring, a film in which she is heartbreakingly vibrant." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 1, 2016

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

"WTF is essentially Eat Pray Love for embeds, filled with jokes and sight gags that are repeated to ever stonier spectator silence." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 29, 2016

Cemetery of Splendor (2016)

"As is his custom, Weerasethakul addresses his nation's martial history with the lightest of touches." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 29, 2016
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