Michael Barrett

Michael Barrett
Michael Barrett's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 100% A New Leaf (1971) Director Elaine May belongs to that list of otherwise male creative geniuses who naturally clash with the commercial system, including Erich Von Stroheim, Orson Welles, and Otto Preminger. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
5/10 11% The Swarm (1978) The script's most potentially inspired element, that survivors may have a sort of psychic link with the bees, remains unfortunately unexploited. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) Within the limitations of this sort of tightly wound melodrama, it delivers an entertaining morsel sure to please fans of noir and postwar unease. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
8/10 100% L'eau froide (Cold Water) (1994) Cold Water (or L'eau froide) is a film that, like its title, metamorphoses before our eyes into a torrential rush and flash of light and shadow. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
6/10 33% Impulse (1984) Impulse is a movie about its own disorienting mood and the loss of control. You can go home again, all right, but it's a pain. The sunny bucolic setting of this nightmare makes it all the more discomforting. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
10/10 92% Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli) (1961) ... an epic of postwar Italy and a melodrama of seismic proportions boasting great photography and performances... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet What Have They Done to Your Daughters (1974) While never as extreme as many other films of the '70s, and indeed quite polished, it's the sense of anguish and anger that lingers. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet Tiger by the Tail (1968) They all move like pegs through a simple, vigorously paced whodunit that makes no obvious sense... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
8/10 100% Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhen) (1966) Dragon Inn, therefore, represents King Hu's commercial apotheosis, the bridge between his popular hits and the more individualized path he'd continue to blaze with diminishing commercial results. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
9/10 57% Under Capricorn (1949) What it was is simply, as Truffaut stated, beautiful, and a deeply felt study of how people torture themselves and each other. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
9/10 No Score Yet Das alte Gesetz (This Ancient Law) (1923) E.A. Dupont, one of Germany's major silent directors, orchestrates both the overall grandeur and the human intimacy, maintaining that ambiguous emotional tone that hovers between tragedy and comedy, and between the satirical and open-hearted... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
10/10 100% El Sur (The South) (1988) Víctor Erice's El Sur, shimmers and quivers like the cinematic jewel it is, or like the brilliantly flashing silver star on the heroine's ring finger. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
6/10 50% Cold Turkey (1971) If time has rendered it more a telling social artifact than a comedy classic, the ending remains powerful and thoughtful as a postscript to pandemonium. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975) [The] music is a crucial part of why the ending's shocking clockwork feels so right, a grim trick that reinforces the proper order of the world. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
6/10 79% Night of the Eagle (Burn, Witch, Burn! ) (1962) It's like a full-length episode of Boris Karloff's Thriller TV series, very stylishly done. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
93% The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) The movie was considered so shocking, gruesome, and adult that it received Britain's X certificate, meaning no one under 16 could be admitted. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Little Orphan Annie (1932) A charming oddity with many remarkable effects and moments of style. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
10/10 100% Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948) Its layers of interpretation and emotional meaning, combined with its impeccable style, yield an endlessly re-watchable film that changes, as film critic Molly Haskell observes, with time and with you. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
7/10 75% Pulp (1972) It functions less as a pulpy mystery or gangster tale than as a spoof of same, albeit a spoof that retains a noirish sense of fate and power. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
100% Spring in a Small Town (1948) Spring in a Small Town, one of the masterpieces of Chinese cinema, is an intimate drama of gestures and silences. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2014