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Michael Pattison

Michael Pattison
Michael Pattison's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): indieWire, Slant Magazine, RogerEbert.com, Movie Mezzanine, MUBI

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Amy (2015) Intentionally or otherwise, Amy partakes in the media's main offence: narrativising Winehouse's arc, sensationalizing her, speculating about her, making her infamous.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
100% It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012) Juxtaposed against so many potential futures, the present moment seems perishable and trivial indeed. If such truisms are horrifying, however, they can also be oddly, paradoxically reassuring.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
88% Transit (2019) More evidence of [Petzold's] confidence and skill as a director.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
83% Dovlatov (2018) Evokes the pervasively banal paranoia of Leningrad under Brezhnev with a certain ease.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Van Sant's film is fascinating for many reasons.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
94% Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) (2016) A cumulatively impressive, if overall muted, take on one murky dwelling crippled by the raging, top-down hostilities of capitalism.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2015
86% Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna (The Postman's White Nights) (2014) The film is a low-key comedy of quotidian detail, of ordinary folk surviving long past the point at which they've been forgotten. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2015
79% Macbeth (2015) Justin Kurzel's film is most compelling when advancing its familiar plot through associative editing.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2015
D 28% Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015) t's possible that Every Thing Will Be Fine is understated to a fault, that excavating its deeper meanings is deliberately impeded rather than enabled by its gently casual vibe.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
91% James White (2015) Josh Mond's debut feature is a refreshingly authentic and profitably low-key drama.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2015
91% Junior Bonner (1972) The historical moment is precious, as its only constant is flux.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2015
63% Schneider vs. Bax (2015) Schneider vs. Bax is one of those violent, twisty comedies whose slick telling (smooth pans, subtle tracks, surgical cuts) offsets the nonsensical premise. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2015
2/4 45% Knight of Cups (2016) With vacant eyes and mouth agape, man continues his seemingly irrevocable fall from innocence, in Terrence Malick's eternally juvenile seventh feature Knight of Cups.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
18% Queen of the Desert (2017) Given the intrigues and even political insights that a serious, fully committed treatment of Bell's life might have resulted in, it's a shame her years in the land she loved are apparently reducible to ill-fated investments in two bland, charmless men.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2015
99% The Overnighters (2014) A quietly fascinating and frequently touching account of one man's dogged and possibly naive quest to juggle social, professional and familial duties.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/5 87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) A thorny, welcome reminder of the mainstream media's short-term memory regarding the abduction, extradition and torture of innocent Muslims under the Bush administration and beyond.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
99% Starred Up (2014) For all its shockingly graphic bloodshed and atmosphere of pervasive doom, the moments when Starred Up grabs the jugular most are the scenes in Oliver's anger-management classes, where Eric sits with people of similar age and vulnerability.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2014
9/10 75% Story of My Death (2014) As Casanova and his cohorts fall prey to the revolutionary impulses of a more vampiric age, Serra's film laments its own historical preconditions: blood-sucking capitalism that promises to turn turds into treasure.‐ Grolsch Film Works
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2013
6/10 No Score Yet Bravehearts (Til ungdommen) (2012) Nobody wants to knock a teen's confidence, of course, but the intellectually deficient climate in which a racist political party flourishes needs to be challenged. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2013
5/10 No Score Yet The Deflowering of Eva Van End (2012) Even if we overlook the curious implications of a blonde-haired blue-eyed German emancipating a middle-class Dutch family from its own anxieties, Deflowering has its problems.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2013
1/10 50% Wrong Cops (2013) In an age of vicious crackdowns upon the Occupy movement, Dupieux serves up a police comedy whose repeat gags are painful, bottom-denominator non-sequiturs.‐ Grolsch Film Works
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013
8/10 98% Short Term 12 (2013) With its focus on togetherness and strength in numbers, though, Short Term 12 has a fine sense of emotional timing.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013
6/10 No Score Yet Yumen (2013) Mournful in tone and associative in style and rhythm.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
8/10 No Score Yet Workers (2013) Labour is innately ritualistic, alienating, aestheticised - a performative act of mannered repetition.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
7/10 100% Tokyo Waka: A City Poem (2013) The neon showcase that makes Tokyo-at-night such a film-friendly space is only sparingly present here. Even by day, though, it's a patchwork city.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
8/10 100% Kochegar (A Stoker) (2013) Effortless tonal shifts abound and there is outrageous comedy to be had merely in someone's sartorial choices.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
6/10 70% Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013) A fast, furious and occasionally hilarious angster comedy.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
7/10 100% Resolution (2013) An excellent amalgamation of horror traits that also stands on its own two feet (though one of the two protagonists sees out the film with a twisted ankle). ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
5/10 40% The Rambler (2013) Its intended jokes are mostly unfunny but as it develops, The Rambler contains enough hallucinatory imagery to boil over with a certain nightmarish feel. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
7/10 No Score Yet La playa DC (2013) It's to Arango's credit that he doesn't permit his characters the security of escape.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
6/10 No Score Yet Pincus (2012) A likeable film that is by turns a funny buddy-buddy movie, an awkward rom-com and a touching father/son drama.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
7/10 75% Paradise: Love (2013) Beginning as an observational comedy, the film accumulates into a sobering indictment of the tourist industry and the neo-colonial implications that run beneath it.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
6/10 91% Paradise: Hope (2013) Seidl manages to make this ordeal excruciating to watch without ever being graphic, visually or even narratively.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
6/10 74% Paradise: Faith (2013) Serving his dishes straight, Seidl draws absurdity and hilarity from a narrative arrangement that is predictably and increasingly caustic.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
5/10 No Score Yet My Dog Killer (2013) The film doesn't seem to have much to say about racism, and even less about its potential links to family, class and gender.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
7/10 No Score Yet Models (2003) All four actresses are excellent; forever chewing gum, Bartsch in particular is superb. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
9/10 No Score Yet Ya tozhe khochu (Me Too) (2012) The way in which the film drifts from otherwise throwaway comedy to poignant morality tale by way of one non-sequitur after another is effortless.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
7/10 No Score Yet Chunmeng (Longing for the Rain) (2013) A a strangely successful hybrid between erotic ghost story and social commentary, it's one of this year's more compelling features.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
5/10 No Score Yet Leones (2012) Whether such on-the-nose elementalism is irritating or intense is down to personal taste.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
6/10 89% A Última Vez Que Vi Macau (The Last Time I Saw Macao) (2013) The most skeletal of plots is a Maguffin by which a narrative responsibility to incident is deferred and an extended stay in and exploration of the city is increasingly justified.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
7/10 75% Jesus, You Know (2003) Seidl seems interested in these people precisely because they're all too easily judged by others, even though their needs and desires are relatably ordinary.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
7/10 No Score Yet I Have Always Been a Dreamer (2012) Together, the worlds-apart locales are simulacra of the boom-bust volatility that prevails within any for-profit system.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
6/10 No Score Yet Doméstica (Housemaids) (2012) ... The subsequent mental picture that this revelation conjures, of a social fabric built entirely around servitude, is absurd.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
7/10 No Score Yet Los mejores temas (Greatest Hits) (2012) Realities collapse and collide in The Greatest Hits, which unfolds increasingly like an endless succession of screen tests ... Roll with this, and there are revelations to be had.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
7/10 No Score Yet Faith, Love And Whiskey (2012) At a lean 75 minutes, the film does well to paint that age-old dilemma between the romances of impulse and the disappointments of real life. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
5/10 No Score Yet Vse ushli (Everybody's Gone) (2012) Regardless of the intricacies and nuances of plot and attention to local detail, there's that dreaded sense early on that we've trudged through such terrain before.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
7/10 No Score Yet East Hastings Pharmacy (2012) The film quietly demonstrates that any drugs intervention programme must resist all war-zone logic and militarist rhetoric.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
9/10 79% Gruz 200 (Cargo 200) (Freight 200) (2007) The face of endemic corruption, Poluyan's character is revealed to be an ex-con turned army captain named Zhurov, and is one of cinema's most repulsive creations.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
7/10 80% Call Girl (2013) The film's narrative accessibility and structural familiarity are intended to make its subject matter all the more hitting. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
7/10 No Score Yet Art Will Save The World (2012) The title of Niall McCann's documentary is a joke, elevating the work to a level of self-importance that the mischief therein consistently and amusingly undercuts.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013