Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Michael Atkinson'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
88% Die Marquise von O... (The Marquise of O) (1976) "Marquise is almost ironically uninflected, like a tense game of chess. But soon the no-nonsense two-shots and scarlet-satin self-consciousness let the story build to genuine fireworks. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 25, 2015
86% The Wolfpack (2015) "The film remains a testament to movie love, and how acculturated, against all odds, you could become on a steady diet of Hollywood product. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Aug 21, 2015
83% Listen Up Philip (2014) "Happily stuck in a literary era from before he was born, Perry never seems starry-eyed -- Listen Up Philip may be the most lucid film ever made about the modern fiction publishing industry, not that it has much competition. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 4, 2015
40% L'intrepido (2015) "If fuzzy thematic thrust doesn't bug you ... the essence of Albanese as a shrugging everyman for post-debt-crisis Europe may be its own reward. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 5, 2015
3/4 95% The Wonders (2015) "The social commentary is subtle but touches on disappearing craft production and the rise of consumerism, and the modern world's increasingly tenuous connection to the land ... " ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 27, 2015
No Score Yet From Mayerling To Sarajevo (1940) "Ophüls finds crazy lavishness and poetry in the Empire trappings, and excels in detailing the dreary, humiliating absurdity of court life. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 24, 2015
85% A Canterbury Tale (1949) "Is this the strangest film produced by (and about) an Allied nation during WWII? " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2015
98% The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) "William Wyler's heartbreaking postwar ballad seems even more radical today than it did in its Oscar-thick heyday. It's as non-propagandistic as an unemployment line. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 22, 2015
81% Queen and Country (2015) "Boorman's movie oozes fond memories but doesn't quite know how to make them relevant. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 17, 2015
97% National Gallery (2014) "We're used to documentaries having a pedagogical or activist itinerary, but Wiseman's have become fastidiously unpedantic -- his simple Terence-like interest in what other human beings do and how they do it is more than enough. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Feb 4, 2015
96% Hard to be a God (2015) "An epic lurch through the circle of the Inferno Dante left out, where we are buried chin-deep in wet manure. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 27, 2015
29% The Captive (2014) "When it isn't TV-movie familiar, Egoyan's film is bughouse crazy, mixing in campy pulp elements that bleed pressure away from the story. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2014
100% Maidan (2014) "Easily the most rigorous, vital, and powerful movie of 2014, Sergei Loznitsa's Maidan may be a perfect Bazinian cinema-machine - reality is captured, crystallized, honored for its organic complexity, and delivered unpoisoned by exposition or emphasis. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2014
96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "Ana Lily Amirpour's feature debut could become a totem for a hipster world mad for jukebox funkiness, vampires, and gender-politics righteousness. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2014
No Score Yet Stones In The Sun (2014) "Good intentions can be deadly: Benoit runs into the common tripwire of caring more about pitching her cause than she does about movies. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2014
84% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) "The film's blast of self-mocking overkill can be charming. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 4, 2014
79% Life of Riley (2014) "So frothy and chiffonesque it threatens to burst its own cheeks. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 24, 2014
93% The Cat and the Canary (1927) "[This] adroitly atmospheric film is virtually an ideogram of narrative suspension and impact, and it's a lovely, musty, nightened place to visit. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2014
62% House By the River (1950) "Its 85 minutes stuffed with shadowy menace, odd magical-realisms (what is it with the jumping fish?), and effortless tension, House by the River is quintessential Lang. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2014
100% Hiroshima Mon Amour (Hiroshima, My Love) (1959) "The first film to juxtapose disastrous erotic passion with the political disasters of the mid century. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 14, 2014
61% Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014) "Would that Harris had simply let the images and their historical context speak for themselves. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 26, 2014
100% Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014) "Never less than addictively fascinating - Mohassess's story is a heroic torch of individualism battling mad-state ideology, from the Shah to the mullahs, and his autumnal stance toward all things non-Mohassess is hilariously derisive. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 5, 2014
96% Double Indemnity (1944) "This expert night of the Hollywood soul is such a genre axiom it practically scans like a mid-'40s shopper's catalogue for noiristes ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
85% Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969) "Of the Godardian '60s, this effervescent, self-mocking, effortlessly iconic masterpiece may be the filmmaker's quintessential work. " ‐ IFC.com
Posted Jul 16, 2014
83% As It Is In Heaven (2014) "Overbay's palette is carefully lyrical, at a benumbed Martha Marcy May Marlene pitch, he pays attention to the verdant landscape and keeps his cast at a pensive and watchful low boil. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 11, 2014
88% Closed Curtain (2014) "Throughout Closed Curtain there's the feeling that the film itself is unfinished - it is, in fact, unfinishable, because life does go on. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2014
88% Coherence (2014) "The Rod Serling tension Byrkit is angling for never quite arrives, nor does any real Borgesian frisson. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2014
61% Heli (2014) "A dead-eyed, lyrical art film that kicks you in the throat. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
100% Marketa Lazarová (1967) "By now, this burly, seething musk ox of a movie, arguably the most convincing film about the Middle Ages ever made, should be on everyone's tongue. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 22, 2014
95% The Dance of Reality (2014) "The Dance of Reality may be Alejandro Jodorowsky's best film, and certainly, in a filmography top-heavy with freak-show hyperbole and symbology stew, the one most invested in narrative meaning. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 20, 2014
97% Intolerance (1916) "All at once the Moloch of cineastical good intentions, the first great juggernaut of auteur ambition, and the largest experimental film ever made. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 9, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) "[A] pallid and self-serious genre trifle. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 28, 2014
83% On My Way (2014) "It manages to be a mildly merry film in any case, because its realism is patient and inclusive ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
93% Child's Pose (2014) "Netzer keeps faith with his countrymen's gritty aesthetic, which remains pure in the spirit of New Wave neo-realism; somehow, international success has not made the Romanians crave CGI or encouraged them to pander to hipness. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 18, 2014
90% Alphaville (1965) "Iconic in its very grain, the film toggles effortlessly between toast-dry farce and vogueing postwar hipitude, and like the balletic swimmers performing mid-pool state executions, it's a thing of insensible beauty. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2014
90% Paradise: Hope (2013) "If this trilogy capper doesn't leave the contusions the other films have, it remains a necessary salve, particularly if you dare to binge-watch. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 17, 2013
84% Upstream Color (2013) "Clearly, the film is intended as a tactile experience of poetic ideas, of modern disconnection and biophysical insecurity and existential doubt, and the clarity of these anxieties is bruising and stunning. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 17, 2013
88% Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) (1959) "An almost irrationally infectious retelling of the Orpheus-Eurydice chestnut set during carnival and feverish with hip-swiveling hustle, exploding local color, and sleeve-worn heart. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 15, 2013
91% The Great Beauty (2013) "Sorrentino's vision is the size of Rome itself, and his confidence is dazzling. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 12, 2013
63% Faust (2013) "The film has the lingering feel of being dry-hump-assaulted by an unwashed psychotic. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 12, 2013
45% Big Sur (2013) "You don't have to be a Beat cultist to wonder why these brilliant and transgressive volcanoes of authentic cool are so friggin' boring. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) "This hackneyed misfit resuscitates every cliché of the grade-B '80s Hong Kong martial arts programmer, even the plot parts that were already imitating bad American TV. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) "One of the year's thorniest releases. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2013
3/5 89% Informant (2013) "Celebrated on the right and pelted with death threats from the radical left, Darby seems like nothing more than a pilot fish: apolitical and self-justifying. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/5 84% Good Ol' Freda (2013) "White's revelation-free, nostalgia massage of a film works the archivals with genuine fondness. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/5 52% Thérèse (2013) "The movie may look pretty and may plod, but it also leaves a bruise. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 21, 2013
3/5 89% The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013) "If you weren't there at the time, it's hard to believe American celebrities ever burned this bright. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 21, 2013
2/5 80% Una noche (One Night) (2013) "Everything feels fake except the Centro Habana barrios themselves. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 21, 2013
71% Paradise: Faith (2013) "Hofstätter's performance comes off as an unselfconscious tour de force, painfully real and culturally lost. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 20, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet La Beauté du Diable (Beauty and the Devil) (1950) "Essential movieness. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 30, 2013
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