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Misha Berson

Misha Berson
Misha Berson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Seattle Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 46% The Babe (1992) Thanks to Goodman and the great Ruth mystique, The Babe does maintain a median level of entertainment. But somehow you want a movie about a fellow this big-natured and mythic to hit a home run. What we have here is more of a solid base hit. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 9, 2014
2.5/4 67% The Crucible (1996) Too bad, though, that The Crucible fails to probe deeper into the sexual, religious, and political conditions that can give false accusations so much power -- even today. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 17, 2013
4/4 100% Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (2011) The film adroitly sets the writer's works, his triumphs and tribulations, against the backdrop of a tumultuous period for European Jewry. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 29, 2011
3.5/4 90% And Everything Is Going Fine (2010) This is not a standard bio-documentary. It is the artist giving us a guided tour of himself, through a mosaic of clips from his shows and TV interviews, craftily assembled by Soderbergh. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 13, 2011
2/4 32% For Colored Girls (2010) Who could imagine, 35 years on, For Colored Girls would become a star-studded mess of a movie directed by a black, male Hollywood mogul? ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 4, 2010
3/4 88% ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007) This is an entertaining visit to a strange planet. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 29, 2007
2.5/4 76% Absolute Wilson (2006) It's difficult for the uninitiated to glean from this film a real sense of Wilson's oeuvre, or its influence on the zeitgeist. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 9, 2007
3/4 42% Don't Come Knocking (2006) For those in tune with Shepard's oeuvre; Wenders' sly, muted tone; and the exquisite cinematography of Franz Lustig, Don't Come Knocking can be quirkily resonant. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 24, 2006
2.5/4 62% Proof (2005) A respectable but mild, drab little film. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 23, 2005
4/4 94% March of the Penguins (2005) Mostly upbeat, visually stunning and in awe of the resiliency and loyalty of its subjects. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 1, 2005
3/4 87% Lightning in a Bottle (2004) The best thing about this film of an all-star 2003 Radio City Music Hall concert is, perhaps predictably, the still-sizzling power of elder statesmen and stateswomen of the blues. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 29, 2004
3/4 56% Rosenstrasse (2004) For all its flaws, Rosenstrasse is a welcome reminder that humans are capable of valor and generosity in the worst of times. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 8, 2004
3/4 83% Broadway: The Golden Age (2004) McKay's straightforward cinematic valentine, which also includes rare archival stage footage, is a treat for those bedazzled by the idea of Broadway in its prime. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 24, 2004
2.5/4 67% The Door in the Floor (2004) A languorous, fitfully compelling screen adaptation. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 14, 2004
2.5/4 40% The Reckoning (2004) Once the actors set up shop, and Nicholas gets obsessively involved in proving Martha's innocence, melodrama and ponderousness encroach. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 19, 2004
3/4 88% The Cuckoo (2003) Rogozhkin's unusual film has the audacity to consider those which uplift the human spirit, as well as those that erode it.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 22, 2003
3/4 28% Love the Hard Way (2003) Brody pulls the juggling act off -- bringing to mind some riveting cinematic misfits before him, from Brando to McQueen to Pacino.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 1, 2003
3.5/4 89% Baran (2002) It stays with you in fleeting images of gazing faces, muddy footprints, small fires lit against the chill.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 20, 2002
3/4 51% In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) (2002) In Praise of Love can bore you to tears at times -- yet leave you in awe. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 11, 2002
3.5/4 89% The Cockettes (2002) It celebrates the group's playful spark of nonconformity, glancing vividly back at what Hibiscus grandly called his 'angels of light.' ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 26, 2002
3/4 82% The Believer (2002) A somewhat crudely constructed but gripping, questing look at a person so racked with self-loathing, he becomes an enemy to his own race. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 12, 2002
3/4 88% Late Marriage (2002) It feels like a devastatingly honest portrait of how old-world family loyalties are both a haven and a prison -- for two generations. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 7, 2002
3/4 48% The Triumph of Love (2002) It's a treat watching Shaw, a British stage icon, melting under the heat of Phocion's attentions. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 19, 2002
3.5/4 54% The Cherry Orchard (2000) Scrupulously acted (in English), visually perfected and skillfully complemented with Tchaikovsky piano music. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 12, 2002
2.5/4 45% Borstal Boy (2002) Well-made but mush-hearted. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 12, 2002
2.5/4 43% Piñero (2002) What makes the film so grueling and, eventually, tiresome is the relentlessness of the guy's self-destruction. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 15, 2002
2.5/4 59% Scotland, Pa. (2001) ... while certainly clever in spots, this too-long, spoofy update of Shakespeare's Macbeth doesn't sustain a high enough level of invention. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 26, 2002
21% Joe Somebody (2001) Aiming to punch holes in some male myths, John Scott Shepherd's script barely makes contact. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 21, 2001
43% Amy (2001) This well-meaning film is really just another one-hanky slum fairy tale -- this time with an Aussie accent. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 14, 2001
60% Haiku Tunnel (2001) Anyone who has been a temporary office drone should find laughs and points of identification within this wry little comedy of manners. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 21, 2001
97% Down from the Mountain (2001) A tender tribute to Hartford's spirit, and to the enduring value of the plaintive and celebratory music that emerged from this country's farm fields and front porches and backwoods churches. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 21, 2001
64% O (2001) This intelligent, well-paced film rendition forgoes the Elizabethan verse, while capturing the disturbing essence and gripping plot of Shakespeare's classic tragedy. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 31, 2001
55% An American Rhapsody (2001) Small in scope but touching and compassionate in its simplicity. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 24, 2001
94% Sous le sable (Under the Sand) (2001) An absorbing, visually poetic portrait of one woman's subconscious refusal to come to grips with loss and grief. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 3, 2001
93% Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) Mitchell's textured acting and singing make Hedwig a mercurial creature, not just a transvestite harpy. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 3, 2001
81% Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) The movie is often clunkily paced and edited.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 13, 2001
77% The Tailor of Panama (2001) To enjoy this movie fully, it's best not to read le Carré's masterful novel.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 30, 2001
88% The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre) (2000) Binoche gets a chance to demonstrate her on-screen radiance with subtlety and amplitude.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 16, 2001
61% When Brendan Met Trudy (2001) One of the smarter, more likable attempts at neo-screwball comedy to hit the screen in a while.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 9, 2001
81% The House of Mirth (2000) A fine film that largely respects the literary classic it springs from -- and makes you want to read it, or re-read it.‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 19, 2001
50% Love's Labour's Lost (2000) With all the cutesy-pie self-consciousness on display, the fizz goes off the pink champagne awfully quickly. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 1, 2000