Misha Berson

Misha Berson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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

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

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

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 20, 2001

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 20, 2001

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

An American Rhapsody (2001)

"Small in scope but touching and compassionate in its simplicity." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 24, 2001

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

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

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

"The movie is often clunkily paced and edited." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 13, 2001

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

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

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

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

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 Dec 31, 1999