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Mike D'Angelo

Mike D'Angelo
Mike D'Angelo's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice, AV Club, Time Out, The Dissolve

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 21% An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté) (2014) Beautiful people living in beautiful houses surrounded by stunningly beautiful Canadian landscapes dominate the aptly titled An Eye For Beauty, which unfortunately also demands a stomach for tedium.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
B- 89% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) There's considerable talent on view here, even if it's mostly expended on local color, incidental moments, and random weirdness. Maybe Mascaro should try grabbing the horns next time, rather than the tail.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
F 67% 11 Minutes (11 Minut) (2016) An extravagantly pointless exercise in protracting the buildup to some meaningless carnage, garnished with metaphysical pretension so cutesy and vague that it feels actively insulting.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
B- 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Cheadle demonstrates some talent behind the camera ... He's also predictably charismatic as Davis, capturing the man's raspy voice, hard stare, and infinite swagger.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
C+ 82% Standing Tall (La Tête Haute) (2016) Everything feels realistic and acutely observed, but there's not a lot of variation involved.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
B- 72% Valley Of Love (2016) It's such a pleasure to be in Huppert and Depardieu's joint company that the film's failure to coalesce is to some degree forgivable, or just ignorable.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
C 5% Get a Job (2016) Not only is this ensemble unemployment comedy labored and witless, but it bears the unmistakable scars of a protracted and ultimately failed struggle in the editing room.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
C 84% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) While this is Kawase's most straightforward, accessible movie, it's also perhaps her dullest, sustaining a single maudlin note for nearly two hours.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
C+ 59% The Program (2016) There is nothing remotely likable, or even relatable, about Lance Armstrong in The Program.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
B 71% Remember (2016) The trashier the movie gets-and each of Zev's encounters with a Rudy Kurlander is more lurid than the one before-the more its implausible, button-pushing premise works for it rather than against it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
A- 93% River of Grass (1995) Reichardt subverts expectations at every turn, while simultaneously painting a vivid portrait of southern Florida (the title refers to the Everglades, and the film goes back and forth between Broward and Dade County) in all its sun-drenched seediness.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
B+ 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) Familiarity can be fatal in art cinema, but in this context the stock situations and types function more like comfort food, with the absence of Americans providing a little welcome spice.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
B- 89% Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2016) Viewers will be torn between admiring its laid-back naturalism and wishing it possessed just a little more oomph.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
C+ 57% Sundays and Cybele (Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray) (1962) Expect more resistance than usual to the implication that it's a classic ripe for the canon. Changing times do evolve past some things.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2016
A 96% Ran (1985) This is one of the year's major cinematic events. It's well worth leaving the house for, should that opportunity arise.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
C 70% Snowtime! (2016) Dialogue is witless (though at least there are no pop-culture references), and the kids are all generic types with pre-packaged personalities.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
C+ 42% Forsaken (2016) Cassar, who's worked almost entirely in television (most notably on 24), lacks the formal brio to compensate for the script's mundane dialogue and lapses in logic, shooting mostly in undistinguished small-screen close-ups.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
C 82% Glassland (2016) Jean is such a monster, and John such a put-upon sweetheart, that Glassland offers little more than undiluted bathos for over an hour.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
B 90% A War (Krigen) (2016) The film is low-key and evenhanded to a fault, resisting opportunities for melodrama at every turn; it radiates intelligence and fairness, which, while admirable, don't exactly inspire a strong emotional response.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
B- 69% Tumbledown (2016) That Tumbledown sort of works in spite of all its clichés is a testament to the gifts of its two lead actors.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
B+ 96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) Sigurjónsson and Júlíusson build on this in their distinct performances (one's angry, the other more sorrowful), silently conveying the weight of whatever long-ago betrayal led to their estrangement.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
C 65% Rabin, the Last Day (2016) The movie is almost literally a trial to watch, demonstrating all the passion and excitement of an unedited C-SPAN broadcast.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
C+ 56% Lazer Team (2016) Given the low budget, special effects-which range from serviceable to amateurish-aren't much of a draw here. Neither is the story, which leans heavily on cheesy formula ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
B- 98% Aferim! (2016) Shot in widescreen black-and-white on 35mm, the film combines the structure of a classic Western with the look of Eastern European films from the 1960s, to reasonably absorbing effect.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
C+ 50% Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura) (2016) The true story that inspired it raises eyebrows, but those raised eyebrows are all the film provokes, as well. That just isn't enough.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
C 45% Intruders (2016) Intruders ultimately comes across like basic-cable schlock (or is it Netflix schlock now?), slightly redeemed by the germ of a great idea, even if said idea never truly germinates.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
B- 72% A Perfect Day (2016) On a moment-to-moment basis, A Perfect Day is reasonably engaging, mostly because of its novel milieu ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
D+ 28% Anesthesia (2016) Employs a dozen or so cardboard characters as mouthpieces for singularly unilluminating thoughts about the ways in which people struggle to bury their unhappiness.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
A- 93% Anomalisa (2015) Anomalisa, in common with virtually every film Kaufman has written, struggles to make peace with the knowledge that we are all fundamentally alone.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2015
B 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) Moore here makes his strongest bona fide argument in ages, albeit one that still gleefully stacks the deck and avoids examining possible downsides too carefully. He even comes across as genuinely patriotic, in his own way.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
C- 30% Don Verdean (2015) This may well be the year's most tepid movie, in any genre-the cinematic equivalent of flat, warm soda pop. It's not that the jokes don't land, so much as that they're often too drab and listless to even be clearly identifiable as attempts at humor.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
C+ 83% Stinking Heaven (2015) Unfortunately, more thought appears to have been expended on these aesthetic decisions than on the largely improvised drama they capture.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2015
B 74% Youth (2015) It's music for the eyes.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
C+ 80% Macbeth (2015) While no movie that stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard could signify nothing, this one doesn't signify a whole lot.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
B+ 100% Christmas, Again (2015) The film amounts to a collection of indelible moments, many of them piercingly lovely and delicate.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
C 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) The first words spoken in Victor Frankenstein are "You know the story," and anyone who simply mutters "Yep," gets up, and heads back to the box office for a refund will be well ahead of the game.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
A- 94% Carol (2015) It's been a long time since the movies have seen a fuse of pure ardor burn this slowly and steadily, leading to such an unexpectedly moving explosion of resolve.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
B+ 98% Mustang (2015) Pulls off a very tricky balancing act between bemoaning its characters' fate and celebrating their resilience.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
B- 81% Man Up (2015) Rather than aim for uproarious, it constantly settles for amusing.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
C 41% Shelter (2015) In his earnest effort to depict how tough life is for the downtrodden, [Bettany] dogpiles his two protagonists with manufactured misery ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
C+ 97% Theeb (2015) A simple, old-fashioned adventure story, combined with a coming-of-age tale, that could stand to be considerably less simple.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
B 95% In Jackson Heights (2015) This particular parade of context-free anecdotes covers so much different ground that it may be hard for those who've never been there to believe that they all take place in the same few blocks.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
B 95% The Wonders (2015) A charmingly naturalistic slice of life ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015
C 66% Nasty Baby (2015) A complete mess.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
B+ 97% Heart of a Dog (2015) Mostly ... this is a terrific Laurie Anderson album-think the spoken-word tracks from United States Live, not Big Science or Mister Heartbreak-with a serviceable visual backdrop.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
C+ 96% The Russian Woodpecker (2015) The Russian Woodpecker is only valuable as entertainment, though the absence of any equivalent to the Zapruder film or allegedly suspicious NASA photos means there's not much visual interest.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
B 88% Experimenter (2015) Reading about these experiments is disturbing enough, but it's another thing altogether to see them convincingly dramatized.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
C 84% Victoria (2015) The film is certainly impressive, but "impressive" and "great" (or even "good") aren't remotely the same thing.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
A- 95% The Forbidden Room (2015) For those attuned to Maddin's goofy sense of humor, it's easily the funniest movie he's ever made -- a series of several dozen comic shorts strung together on a ludicrous clothesline.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2015
C+ 57% Partisan (2015) Partisan is too obscure to appeal even to American arthouse crowds. It's too obscure and uneventful, ultimately, for its own good.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015