Molly Haskell

Molly Haskell
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
(Photo Credit: Reg Innell /Contributor/Toronto Star/Getty Images)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% Places in the Heart (1984) Sally Field gives her best performance ever. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
68% Dirty Dancing (1987) Dirty Dancing, directed by Emile Ardolino, is a conventional film in its Borscht Belt setting, ethnic satire, and feel-good ending, but with a deliciously subversive core. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
84% Wish You Were Here (Too Much) (1987) Newcomer Emily Lloyd, blond and mischievously lovely, is heartbreaking and irritating in equal parts as the hedonistic Lynda. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
86% Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) Spider Woman is a stunning achievement: it seduces us into its web with a whiff of camp and, without ever losing its irony, drops us into a vortex of pain and love. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
70% Micki + Maude (1984) Edwards manages to steer a miraculously evenhanded course, thanks to the expert performances of his three leads. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
77% 1984 (1984) Watching 1984 is a powerful, even terrifying experience, but so is being locked up in a dark closet. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
92% The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) The Purple Rose of Cairo, Woody Allen's latest, is the slight but charming story of what happens when Cinderella's Prince steps out of the fairy tale and comes to New Jersey for a taste of Reality. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
85% Birdy (1984) Stunning and heartrending. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
22% City Heat (1984) Burt and Clint might not go down as one of the great comic teams in history, but as a private investigator and a cop in City Heat, they bring fireworks to a lackluster season. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
44% St. Elmo's Fire (1985) It's not until the strains begin to show and rivalries emerge that St. Elmo's Fire becomes truly interesting -- and convincing. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
86% Prizzi's Honor (1985) John Huston's best film in years. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
79% Cocoon (1985) Eventually it bogs down in sci-fi gimmickry and a script that is both soft and ambivalent about the senior citizens. But the first forty minutes are four stars. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
100% La Historia Oficial (The Official Story) (1985) [A] proudly intelligent, powerfully moving drama, a "political" film that is much, much more than that. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
56% Plenty (1985) As it moves through time and gathers intention, Plenty fulfills its promise as a sparkling masterwork as mercurial as its heroine, and one of the major word in a surprisingly strong year. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
29% A Man And A Woman, 20 Years Later (1986) Did you ever consider trying to revive that rhapsodic but short-lived affair that took place twenty years ago, and then think better of it? Well, Claude Lelouch didn't think better of it, and the result is A Man And A Woman, 20 Years Later. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
100% My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv som Hund) (1987) This is a coming-of-age film in the fullest sense of the term: we watch Ingemar grow up before our eyes, and turn into a human being who can live with the harsh memories as well as the more lyrical ones. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
100% The Holy Innocents (Los santos inocentes) (1984) If Spanish director Mario Camus is not in a class with Luis Buñuel or Ermanno Olmi, his The Holy Innocents is nevertheless a major, swelling achievement that should put him on the international map. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
100% Streetwise (1984) The filmmakers make it as impossible to romanticize as to resist these kids. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) If Phoenix doesn't generate much humor, he also acts as an astringent against the potent sentimentality of Callahan's Saul-to-Paul transformation and pilgrimage of apology, underlined by a heart-tugging Danny Elfman score. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
93% The Favourite (2018) It's a dark view, but dark views, like sunny views, have to come from somewhere. Where is Lanthimos's dark sun? I don't know, but I'll definitely keep watching. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
92% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) I don't see how I can come out ahead panning Star Wars, George Lucas's science-fiction film that has been acclaimed by children of all ages as the Fun Movie of the year. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
94% Blood Simple (1984) Blood Simple is less than a masterpiece, but it's more than a successful audition for the Coen brothers' talents. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
57% The Plague Dogs (1983) This is one of the most anguished yet engrossing animated films ever made. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
93% The Killing Fields (1984) This is one of the quietest "war" movies ever made; yet, it's an indelible portrait of the excitement, horror, and confusion with which journalists experience war. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
93% Pale Rider (1985) A beautiful, unhurried, snowbound Western punctured by violence and lyricism. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
89% The King of Comedy (1983) If there was any doubt that Robert De Niro is the greatest and most unsettling actor in movies today and Martin Scorsese the director most adept at bringing out his genius, then The King of Comedy should dispel it. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
83% Tender Mercies (1983) Tender Mercies' ultimate miracle is its faith in the audience. It assumes, perhaps unreasonably, that we are not so canned overblown effects that we cannot pick up on its quiet rhythms. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
88% The Year of Living Dangerously (1983) [The Year of Living Dangerously] is a romantic and political melodrama set in Indonesia during the Sukarno regime. If it winds up being more romantic than political, who's complaining? - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
100% Fanny & Alexander (1982) [Fanny & Alexander] is Bergman's summing-up film; but in its mood of enchanted benevolence it represents a kind of release, as if Bergman and his demons had at last come to terms, agreed to let each other go. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Carmen (1983) The conceit -- life imitates art and director goes for the tartish Carmen -- turns into a tireless constraint all too soon. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Purple Haze (1982) A sensitive, finely tuned drama. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
14% Windy City (1984) We know that men are making up for years of John Wayne stoicism, but this is ridiculous! - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
68% The Big Chill (1983) A wickedly funny yet compassionate comedy. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
85% The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) The Unbearable Lightness of Being is an ambitious, even reverential adaptation of Milan Kundera's brilliant novel of love and ideas. And there you have the problem. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
97% Babette's Feast (Babettes Gæstebud) (1987) A movie whose special quality lies in the play of irony beneath its somber surface. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
71% La Famiglia (The Family) (1987) Though the subject matter here isn't particularly new or surprising, never has any filmmaker captured more eloquently the love and fury that coexist within every family. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
75% Empire of the Sun (1987) The case for war as a glorious adventure for a child has never been made more vividly than in Steven Spielberg's powerful new epic. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
98% Broadcast News (1987) Hunter shows us a woman who was never able to pretend she wasn't smarter than the guys, and gives a performance of such springy naturalness that it hardly seems like a performance at all. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
83% A Month in the Country (1987) Ultimately, A Month in the Country is too full of exquisitely quiet moments that never explode. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
90% High Tide (1987) High Tide gives us an unforgettable mother and daughter who lose and then find each other again. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Tokyo Pop (1988) A sweet, cocky love-and-rock story. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
98% Wings of Desire (1987) Wenders has made a film that is elegiac but harsh, hard-edged and romantic, haunted as well as haunting, but that... holds out the promise of love as a benign coming-to-rest. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (1987) Cox has managed the extraordinary feat of getting inside the head of Van Gogh in a way that no other film about an artist has approached. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
100% Boyfriends and Girlfriends (L'ami de mon amie) (1987) [Rohmer] confirms that he is the erotic Aesop of our times. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
90% The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988) Despite the frenzied atmosphere and the verbal raunch, this lively blend of concert footage and bad-boy interviews strikes a note of nostalgia: every decade has its rebels without causes. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
69% Pascali's Island (1988) Pascali's Island is one of the rare contemporary movies in which the characters are worthy of the scenery. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
94% A Fish Called Wanda (1988) A nutty caper film that is sometimes riotous, sometimes romantic, and sometimes merely confused. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
88% Crossing Delancey (1988) The implausible and the irresistible come joyfully together. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
94% Midnight Run (1988) This could have been engaging fluff except De Niro's acting has grown as heavy as Jake La Motta. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
63% Track 29 (1988) Track 29 wants to jolt and frustrate, amuse and tantalize, and it succeeds. - Vogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020