Michael Joshua Rowin

Michael Joshua Rowin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Michael Joshua Rowin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Senses of Cinema, Stop Smiling

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) (2016)

"The film's poignant music (composed by Khyam Allami) embodies this dualism with sounds and styles simultaneously traditional and modern, joyful and outraged, and hypnotic and sobering." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2016

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

"There's barely anything in Miracle that comes across as genuine." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted May 17, 2016

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

"The film's joyless, going-through-the-motions mood cannot be ignored." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted May 17, 2016

Blade Runner (1982)

"Even when over the top, Scott's uncompromisingly disorienting film is a singularly hallucinatory experience and nothing short of exhilarating." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Aug 2, 2015

Hunger (2009)

"McQueen thus succeeds in manufacturing a palpable intensity (some of it very difficult to watch), but retreats into individual subjectivity when it might do better to open out into the larger political arena." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Aug 2, 2015

La Mujer sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman) (2008)

"An unsettling sense of guilt and dread runs through this elliptical film that proves Martel has much improved from The Holy Girl." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Aug 2, 2015

24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) (2008)

"Jia Zhangke seems to be entering a new phase of his fascinating career with 24 City, a documentary/fiction hybrid that reworks the director's signature techniques and strategies to stunning and self-critical effect." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Aug 2, 2015

Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2010)

"Let It Rain may be harmlessly pleasant, but it's harmlessly pleasant to the point of insipidness." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Aug 2, 2015

Lorna's Silence (2008)

"Lorna's Silence is not only a beautiful film, but also one that moves the filmmakers' art forward a small step or two -- a tectonic shift for these art cinema old faithfuls." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Aug 2, 2015

Sicko (2007)

"While Moore's sins aren't nearly as terrible or significant as those of the political system to which he stands opposed, his unabashed tendency to talk down to his audience is symptomatic of our culture of mediocrity." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Jul 29, 2015

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

"The movie's aesthetic and narrative confusion are as much products of a muddled, if just barely successful, approach as it is of Folman's search among the ruins of his memory." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Apr 7, 2015

Children of Men (2006)

"Cuarón is implementing a verisimilitude that both matches the film's edge-of-your-seat escalations and demonstrates a new understanding of blockbuster realism." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Apr 1, 2015

Cloverfield (2008)

"Cloverfield should be best appreciated for throwing down the gauntlet for a new cinematic representation of mass destruction and, thus, the way we see ourselves seeing our worst fears." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Sep 30, 2014

I'm Not There (2007)

"Since much of I'm Not There falls short in the lived moment, its individual threads don't lead back to Haynes's larger concerns." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Sep 30, 2014

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"How welcome, then, that Basterds, while no masterpiece, manages to get at something more than its creator's too often frivolously exercised visual intelligence and esoteric preoccupations." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Aug 23, 2014

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Once firmly established, the bludgeoning pace of one Joker rampage after another pounds the film's carefully detailed collaboration into mush." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Aug 20, 2014

Sugar (2008)

"The cinematic equivalent of an investigative Sports Illustrated two-parter." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted May 9, 2014

The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) (1960)

"What we're left with 45 years after Classe's awkwardly timed entrance into French film history are some superbly assured performances and well-drawn characters." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Mar 2, 2014

Operation Filmmaker (2008)

"What the film really spotlights is a cultural clash violently, awkwardly resisting the tenuous unifying powers of art. The Westerners -- including Davenport -- see in Muthana the protagonist." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Feb 17, 2014

The Black Dahlia (2006)

"The Black Dahlia doesn't solve the eternal De Palma dilemma, but it sure does fascinate." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Feb 17, 2014

Why We Fight (2006)

"Left-leaning audiences will readily agree with it, but the lack of ideas on how to take on such an enormous enterprise as the military-industrial complex limits the film's intrusion into reality." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Dec 16, 2013

Memories of Underdevelopment (1973)

"The eventual worldwide recognition of Underdevelopment as one of Cuba's finest films speaks as much for the frozen moment it captures as for its unimpeachable quality." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 21, 2010

The Expendables (2010)

"Rather than reviving the actors' 80s heyday, The Expendables only demonstrates how much action films have changed in recent years." ‐ Salon.com
Posted Aug 12, 2010

No Country for Old Men (2007)

"Irony in the background, what's so impressive about the Coens with this film is how much of their sensibility still remains at the fore, and how many hues of their cinematic palette have become enriched and invigorated because of it." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Jul 6, 2010

The Limits of Control (2009)

"Its meanings are indefensibly shallow and its atmosphere depressingly thin." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Jul 27, 2009