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Nancy DeWolf Smith

Nancy DeWolf Smith
Nancy DeWolf Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Wall Street Journal

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) Pretension is always with us, but the documentary's main effect will surely be to make you want to see Hitchcock's films (including the marvel that is Marnie) all over again. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 8, 2016
87% Looking: The Movie (2016) The movie makes anybody who watches it at least glimpse the deeper, disconcerting, questions. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 22, 2016
100% Everything Is Copy (2016) Jacob Bernstein's documentary about his mother is thus a chance to linger over and re-enjoy Ms. Ephron's insights, which so often created happiness and then ended with her death at 71 from leukemia in 2012. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 18, 2016
78% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) A Very Murray Christmas, a combination surrealist nightmare and Perry Como yuletide extravaganza with the aesthetics of a late-'80s cable-access art show, has all the makings of a Christmas perennial. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 4, 2015
94% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) Whether you come away seeing Scientology as a cult that ensnares vulnerable people or as a faith of self-empowerment, the film leaves a terrible taste of too much information. This must be its point, but take heed just the same. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 3, 2015
No Score Yet The Last Patrol (2014) In an era when documentaries about soldiers tend to focus on their injuries or mental illness, The Last Patrol opens wide a different vista that is moving and beautiful -- and abundantly life affirming. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 6, 2014
No Score Yet The Newburgh Sting (2014) All this is a lot more powerful in the film than it looks in writing here. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 18, 2014
94% The Normal Heart (2014) In a film directed by Ryan Murphy and with strong performances, including those by Mr. Ruffalo, Ms. Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Alfred Molina, Mr. Mantello's anguished lament may be the most haunting. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 23, 2014
100% Six By Sondheim (2013) Despite the music in James Lapine's documentary, Six By Sondheim, it is archival clips of Mr. Sondheim describing how he writes that make the film a treasure. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 6, 2013
56% Killing Kennedy (2013) Killing Kennedy is subversive in a great way. The more the pathology of Oswald is developed...the more it resembles what propels many conspiracy theorists. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 12, 2013
63% Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story (2013) There are some wonderful moments in this film by Barry Avrich. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 8, 2013
56% Treasure Island (2012) Stands out as a gem - although some plot changes for the sake of agitprop make it a flawed one. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 14, 2013
83% Endeavor (2012) You don't have to be familiar with the Inspector Morse series in order to enjoy Endeavour. But the experience will be many times richer if you do recognize this new film as a prequel to the old show. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 14, 2013
95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) The glitter and kitsch, and jaw-dropping performances by Michael Douglas as the middle-age Liberace and Matt Damon as his much younger boy-toy Scott Thorson, make this a wild ride without compare. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 24, 2013
80% Orchestra Of Exiles (2012) It is a moving tale -- especially because so many of the people interviewed are descendants of the violinists, French horn players, pianists and others who escaped Nazi Germany and other countries of prewar Europe. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 15, 2013
No Score Yet The gorgeous scenery around the silvery lake, alpine yet not in a welcoming way, makes all the pools of psychic pain seem even blacker. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 22, 2013
22% Alice (2008) Despite these diversions and whiz-bang special effects, the movie drags at times. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 8, 2013
100% Birders: The Central Park Effect (2013) Bird watchers will find affirmation and even explanation for their avocation. People who can't tell a towhee from a titmouse will still wonder at the beauty of it all. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 9, 2013
67% Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (2012) Strong too is a desire to praise him by fellow comedians, who may have regarded the making of this film as a chance to pay tribute while the object of their admiration was fully able to appreciate it. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 13, 2012
65% Game Change (2012) The theme of women who are unobjectionable (and even sexy) until they have real power, at which point they are labeled mentally unstable and must be shut down, isn't new. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 3, 2012
92% Page Eight (2011) Even though there may be a fleeting moment when you feel an urge to slap Mr. Nighy and yell: "Perk up," in truth he can do no wrong here. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 3, 2012