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
Biography:
staff film critic, Time Out New York member, New York Film Critics Circle
Location: in the ghetto
Official Websites: timeoutny.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C 63% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) However truthful or invented Our Time may be, its dynamic is tiresomely petty and small, resisting Reygadas' occasional efforts at expressionism. It plays like therapy. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
B 93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Ultimately, the copious, unmanipulated (one hopes!) footage of Dylan himself is what will endure. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
B+ 98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) For better and worse (mostly better), Too Late To Die Young is a mood movie, situated on an emotional precipice. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
B- 91% I Am Mother (2019) The film just has too much other stuff going on to delve into what it'd be like growing up as the first and so far only member of Humanity 2.0. That's a failing, but an eminently forgivable one. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
C 61% Trial by Fire (2019) Certain aspects of the story... are addressed so superficially that it would have been more efficient just to show them being crossed off of a checklist. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B 71% All Is True (2019) Solid, creative melodrama is nothing to sneeze at, but it can't compete with enduring genius. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
C 89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) It's yet another documentary targeted primarily at people who don't like to read. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
B- 57% J.T. LeRoy (2019) This story remains fascinating, but the perspective here feels skewed. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
A- 56% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Enabling and mocking paranoid obsession at the same time might sound incoherent. In this hilariously demented spin on L.A. noir, it's simply honest. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
C 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) The film boldly retells this familiar tale from a female perspective, but offers no insight into Mary apart from a superficial "You goeth, girl!" - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
B- 64% Peterloo (2019) Peterloo doesn't deliberately skimp on character, but it's the first of his movies in which no individual makes much of an impression, and each one is fundamentally subordinate to the larger event being painstakingly chronicled. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
C 82% The Brink (2019) The Brink, while far more openly critical of Bannon than American Dharma, ultimately offers little justification for spending an hour and a half in his company. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
C 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Maras... hasn't made a strong case for the value of his film's existence, either as entertainment or homage. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
C+ 27% The Aftermath (2019) However nuanced this story might have been on the page... it plays like an especially classy and expensive soap opera on screen, right down to the impulsive first kiss that provokes a hard slap across the face. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
B- 72% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier becomes a fascinating sustained exercise in absurdist triage, as one mishap after another forces the men to decide whether they're prepared to throw away obscene amounts of money in order to save their skins. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
C+ 95% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) [I]t's hard to become emotionally invested in someone whose impossible dream is to no longer care, and the sense of yearning that might counterbalance all the hopelessness never truly materializes. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
B- 88% The Hole in the Ground (2019) The Hole In The Ground finds a somewhat fresh angle on the possessed-kid subgenre. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
B 92% Paddleton (2019) On the whole, Paddleton isn't quite as strong as was Lehmann's relatively little-seen debut, Blue Jay, but it builds to a duet as harrowing and tender and moving as anyone could desire, or fear, or both. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
C 38% Donnybrook (2019) Tim Sutton's screen adaptation frequently blunders over the line separating evocative exaggeration from noxious bullshit. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
C+ 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Unique background elements provide flavor, but apart from the drug of choice here being marijuana rather than cocaine, what unfolds could hardly be less rote. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
C+ 74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Krzykowski's offbeat ambition makes him someone to keep an eye on, but his plodding execution still needs some work. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B- 71% Piercing (2019) The movie turns ugly, but the ugliness hasn't been earned. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
C 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) The entire movie feels muddled, especially in its effort to fashion a gets-her-groove-back narrative from financial ruin. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
B+ 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) There are numerous tender, affecting moments en route to the finale's tearjerker overdrive, many of them productively tangential to the overarching idea of choosing one's own family. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
C+ 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Anyone unfamiliar with Laurel and Hardy would be better off enjoying the real thing in Sons Of The Desert or Way Out West. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
92% Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993) If only more filmmakers would take the fragmented, kaleidoscopic approach of Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, which captures the essence of the famed pianist (and radio broadcaster) by honoring his unruliness. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
C 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) The film amounts to a series of easy emotional lay-ups, devoid of any psychological nuance or challenging inflection. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
C- 74% Clara's Ghost (2018) Unfortunately, like most home movies, it's of precious little interest to non-relatives. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
B- 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) It's as if The Big Chill's characters were all involved in Taken, with particular sets of skills ranging from condescension to passive aggression. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
C+ 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Does the world need another van Gogh biopic? - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B- 81% Overlord (2018) It's reasonably good, creepy fun, provided you're not troubled by fleeting, uncomfortable thoughts like "Hey, that screaming bloodthirsty mutant monster could theoretically be a reanimated Anne Frank." - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
C 59% The Front Runner (2018) It's a feature-length whine of frustrated entitlement. A movie less suited to its cultural moment would be hard to imagine. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 91% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) None of this material has been fashioned with any apparent larger purpose in mind. Various people wander into the film at random, tell a story or two, and then leave. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
C+ 84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Wiseman has made the same documentary that he always makes (in his geographical mode), employing the same methods. Whether those methods serve him or his viewers well, in this case, is the crucial question. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
37% Reservation Road (2007) Reservation Road, in its offhanded way, depicts the world of the reasonably affluent 21st-century American more accurately than any other recent film I can think of. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
51% Funny Games (2008) Funny Games is a masterful torture-porn film that implicitly castigates the viewer for sitting through it. Its true and lasting violence is inflicted not upon its characters but upon us. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
91% There Will Be Blood (2007) There's little subtlety to be found in this immensely entertaining slab of bloody red meat; both Anderson and Day-Lewis go for broke. But it's a pleasure to be reminded, if only once every four years, that subtlety can be overrated. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
98% Surfwise (2007) You can't stop watching, but every fiber of your being is still shouting, "Put the goddamn camera down!" - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B- 73% Galveston (2018) Everything about Galveston is expertly realized, provided you're willing to ignore the nagging emptiness where its emotional core was meant to be. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
C- 71% The Happy Prince (2018) Despite its undercurrent of anger at Wilde's mistreatment by fashionable English society, the film feels like a vanity production... - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
C 32% Loving Pablo (2018) It's the cinematic equivalent of a vintage True Confessions article-the kind that would inspire a headline like "My Sin Was Loving Him." - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
B- 77% 306 Hollywood (2018) 306 Hollywood makes a strong case that nothing is too ordinary to be transformed and elevated by art. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
C+ 72% Assassination Nation (2018) Unlike the best examples of either horror or satire, it ultimately comforts and confirms rather than challenges. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
C+ 58% White Boy Rick (2018) White Boy Rick treats its subject as a singular case, when the error of judgment that's truly kept him locked up is utterly commonplace, affecting thousands of prisoners whose stories aren't as superficially sensational. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
B 94% Bisbee '17 (2018) Like all of Greene's films, it's more of a cannily controlled meditation than a traditional attempt at semi-objective portraiture, deliberately blurring the line between documentation and performance. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
C 61% Operation Finale (2018) This ostensibly historical account feels resoundingly Hollywood-phony. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
A- 92% Support the Girls (2018) Hall's superb, deeply felt performance keeps the movie grounded, allowing the supporting cast to provide hilarious liftoff at regular intervals. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
C+ 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Epistolary courtship can be achingly romantic-but only on paper, where it belongs. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Sauvaire makes some audacious, impressionistic choices, focusing on the nexus of sensual and brutal, but this is the rare true story that really could have used some creative embellishment. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
B+ 95% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) There are moments to treasure throughout, from lovely out-of-nowhere musical numbers to the beautiful hand-drawn stills that depict a key flashback. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018