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Michael Snydel

Michael Snydel
Michael Snydel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Paste Magazine, The Film Stage

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 91% Phantom Thread (2017) This feels like the beginning of a different version of this filmmaker: one who's more mature, more confident, more open, and a director who will continue to keep surprising all of us.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
B- 83% Detroit (2017) A film that is constantly at war with itself, moving from gratuitous violence to toothless editorialization at a moment's notice.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2017
B- 100% Quest (2017) There's a great documentary in Quest, but this is a case of a film that's trying to cover too many things, and thus only muddles its own intentions.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
B 93% Fences (2016) A film that bursts with a conversational energy and burning intensity that only comes with familiarity with the source material.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
4.4/10 75% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) A puerile film laden with gruesome imagery but lacking in tension, character or a connecting purpose.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
A- 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) The evidence here is more intrinsically spiritual than fact-based, and, in the process, Peck has made one of this year's finest documentaries.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
B 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) A worthwhile showcase for excellent performances, assured direction, and a twist on the sports story that prioritizes character before history.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
5.6/10 30% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) Do the Time Warp Again is hopelessly caught in the middle between the glossiness of high-budget stage musicals and the demented, anything-goes camp of the film.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
6.3/10 94% Newtown (2016) Newtown is a stirring reminder that life goes on, even when the foundation of one's life is shaken by an event, but when it tries to cover too much, the film invites more questions than it explores.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
B 82% My Blind Brother (2016) Sophie Goodhart's charming, low-key debut My Blind Brother is a deceptively emotional experience.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
6.8/10 89% Miss Stevens (2016) Hart imbues the film with both a natural visual harmony, as well as the simplicity of a lasting message: There are no easy answers when dealing with the complexities of other human beings.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
B 85% Kicks (2016) Tipping is a fresh voice who has established a great sense of atmosphere, and more importantly, he's shown that he can tell stories about a more stereotypically black experience with nuance.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
6.9/10 86% Sully (2016) This is exactly the type of historical dramatization that Hollywood loves to churn out, but Sully doesn't feel like merely a paycheck. Like much of latter-day Eastwood's work, this is another flawed but thoughtful effort.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
5.8/10 60% Klown Forever (Klovn Forever) (2016) Never quite [justifies] its own existence.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
C- 39% Morgan (2016) Films like Her and Ex Machina already asked whether humans could love artificial intelligence. Morgan just wants us to feel guilty about it.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
7.8/10 96% Nuts! (2016) Nuts! is, on the whole, an incredibly entertaining and clever film that understands and constantly sidesteps the easy tropes of the genre.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
B 88% Fatima (2016) While Faucon's film treads over many of the same thematic conversations of films ranging from The Namesake to La Promesse, it nonetheless offers an impressively empathetic understanding of three very different generations.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
C+ 72% My King (Mon roi) (2016) The film's structure is so rooted in its future that it's nearly robbed of any feeling other than inevitability. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
5.1/10 60% War Dogs (2016) Phillips lacks the vision to make War Dogs work as either an effective piece of blackened satire, or as the raunchy, slighter comedy to which the original source material already lent itself so well.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
6.5/10 93% The Little Prince (2016) The film is admirable for its gentle hand when it comes to difficult subjects like the ephemeral nature of life, and its bold visual style, but it's also a film whose final reel seems unwilling to recognize the realities of its own story.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
5.6/10 25% Five Nights in Maine (2016) Maris Curran's Five Nights in Maine has very little new to offer.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
5.8/10 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Suicide Squad is another case where story elements are continuously piled on in the hopes that a coherent narrative arc will emerge.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
6.3/10 58% Bad Moms (2016) Bad Moms is both very funny, and deep enough to transcend stock movie mom archetypes to tell a story about personal dignity, and how it's okay to let yourself down.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
D+ 55% Jason Bourne (2016) Simultaneously pretentious, mind-numbingly tedious, and dizzyingly incoherent from scene to scene, Jason Bourne is the definition of diminishing returns.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
B- 95% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) For seasoned fans of George Romero, let alone The Walking Dead, Train to Busan offers very few wrinkles in its elimination of zombies, but it remains mostly engrossing.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2016
84% Dressed to Kill (1980) Dressed to Kill finds an ultimate shame and gravitational fatalism in performed sexual desire.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
5.9/10 70% The Infiltrator (2016) As an undercover crime thriller, Brad Furman's The Infiltrator only barely works. If anything, it makes a life of crime look gloriously entertaining, aside from the occasional brutal murder that happens in your presence.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
B 91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) Like a faint childhood memory, the film feels formative, but inconsequential. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
6.2/10 75% The BFG (2016) The BFG, with its unhurried pace and confident direction, feels much more at ease with itself than the vast majority of kids films, but it's also a widescreen expansion of Spielberg's worst instincts.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
B 92% Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016) And after an hour of slow burn simmer, Three culminates in a six-minute set piece that's among the most memorable action scenes of the year.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
6.4/10 58% The Neon Demon (2016) By its conclusion, The Neon Demon feels particularly disdainful of its audience, limping to the end with rote sadism and gross-out violence in the stead of a fully formed narrative.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
7.6/10 94% Finding Dory (2016) What the film lacks in clean-cut storytelling, though, it more than makes up for in sheer emotionality. Finding Dory is the rare sequel that repurposes the original as a foundation rather than as a cheap form of fan service.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
A- 93% Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) (2016) It's a film that's feels nearly otherworldly in its isolation.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
C+ 77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) It's an excellently-made imitation, but coming from a director whose made a career of tilting the familiar, it's a disappointing detour.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2016
B 72% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) A stylish exercise in dread, teasing out its slow-drip horrors with precision, and building a deliriously evil presence that hovers along the fringes. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
C 67% Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016) For a film that's ostensibly about passion, it feels particularly stunted.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
6.3/10 36% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) There's ultimately a surprising emotional resonance to Out of the Shadows, especially in the Turtles wondering whether they could ever live normal lives.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
6.7/10 76% Last Days In The Desert (2016) Though Last Days In The Desert isn't a new perspective, that doesn't mean it's not moving, especially in bringing out the loneliness underlying the messiah complex.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
7.2/10 98% The Fits (2016) Even in an abbreviated running time, The Fits manages to reinvent the sports story as something both brainy and physically pure.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
B 100% Pervert Park (2015) The best thing that can be said about Pervert Park, is that it doesn't succumb to generalizations about its subjects.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
B+ 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Analogous to last year's breathtakingly joyful Magic Mike XXL, Neighbors 2 is a celebration of feminist individuality.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
6/10 57% Money Monster (2016) Money Monster wants to offer us a risky look into the flames rising up around us in this corrupt economy, but it hits with the equivalent of a "kick me" sign rather than a firebomb.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
D 11% Search Party (2016) This is the type of comedy where the flop sweat is nearly always present as each player tries to lift the comedy, only to tragically belly-flop over and over.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
B 96% Dark Horse (2016) It's told with an uncommon level of pathos and craft, emphasizing the symbolic personal victories above the historical viewpoint. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
4.6/10 17% Ratchet & Clank (2016) Ratchet & Clank has built decades of goodwill, but even that can't change the blatant fact that this is a belated cash-in on a series that passed its expiration date years ago.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
5.3/10 78% Keanu (2016) It's a scattershot, intermittently brilliant full-length sketch that settles for easy targets, glossy imitation and a hollow moral core.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
B+ 78% Viktoria (2016) Vitkova wrangles this grandiose story of political upheaval into a vibrant piece of filmmaking that feels singular and overwhelming.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
B+ 75% Sworn Virgin (Vergine giurata) (2016) Bispuri's feature debut makes a powerful statement about the suffocation that can come with gender norms, and about the double-edged sword of gender performance.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2016
C+ 84% Hockney (2016) This documentary is less a reflection of his singular presence than the result of haphazardly mashing together a fascinating life.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
C 78% The First Monday in May (2016) Fawning above all else, the Tribeca 2016 opener is handsomely crafted, but there's a total lack of focus, let alone a visual identity.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016