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Nathan Lee

Nathan Lee
Nathan Lee's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, L.A. Weekly, New York Times, Slate, Village Voice,

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% The September Issue (2009) The September Issue is a misshapen, mix-and-match affair, an ill-fitting ensemble of individually compelling pieces. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 2014
73% Julia (2009) Complications pile up, confrontations are manufactured, and numerous Mexican baddies materialize as the runtime needlessly heads past the two-hour mark. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 2014
95% The Woman in the Window (1944) A clockwork noir of diabolical determinism. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2014
61% Maps to the Stars (2015) A "map to the stars" can be two different things: a tacky accessory of celebrity culture, or a diagram of cosmic energy. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2014
80% Scanners (1981) Scanners consolidates the ruling problematic of the Cronenberg project from the sex slugs of Shivers to the financial abstractions of Cosmopolis: what are the effects of signals on an organism? ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2014
53% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) A movie that continually puzzles over what it is and why it is being made. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2014
90% Keep the Lights On (2012) Keep the Lights On acknowledges (without belaboring) the performative nature of identity; how each of our claims to selfhood, be it sexual, romantic, or professional, are staged on a shifting terrain of habit, fantasy, and desire. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2013
26% Anatomy of Hell (2004) Her latest, Anatomy of Hell, doesn't so much straddle the fine line between art and porn as balance, bleeding, on the knife's edge between trenchant and pretentious. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
60% Yves Saint Laurent - L'amour fou (2011) It is devoted, rather, to the calm, thoughtful, and ultimately elusive reflections of M. Bergé on the dismantling of a legacy ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
19% She Hate Me (2004) She Hate Me isn't subversive, it's insipid. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2013
29% Pootie Tang (2001) Pootie Tang works, in part, because it doesn't. Which is to say the movie's special success is inextricable from the moments where it blatantly fails. The movie exerts a beguiling charm that can only be explained as the je ne sais quoi of sa da tay. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 1, 2011
100% L'Amour Fou (1969) Directed with rigorous tact, L'Amour fou is unconcerned with speaking through any historical framework. It is devoted, rather, to the calm, thoughtful, and ultimately elusive reflections of M. Bergé on the dismantling of a legacy. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 11, 2011
100% I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar (J'entends Plus La Guitare) (1991) Raw, rueful, and piercingly alert, a film of tremendous formal instinct and cogent human truth, J'entends is an oblique memoir of the filmmaker's relationship to Nico (Steege) -- and a testament to the elusive genius of a postwar French master. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 4, 2011
55% Orphan (2009) The movie is, as these things go, enjoyably trashy. ‐
Posted Jul 6, 2010
34% Knowing (2009) A slog through lazy writing, indifferent acting and blase direction with no hope of anything but chaotic violence as reward. ‐
Posted Jul 6, 2010
67% Cremaster Cycle (2010) Matthew Barney's humongous riff on struggle, reproduction, conceptual drag, and several dozen strands of narrative gobbledygook is undeniably something to be reckoned with--if only as a relic of the boom years in contemporary art. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 19, 2010
2.5/5 7% Ghosted (2009) An elegant but unsatisfying drama of cross-cultural lesbian love triangles. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2009
4.5/5 69% Loren Cass (2006) This sharp, gutsy indie is one of the year's great discoveries.‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 24, 2009
2/5 63% Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2009) Unstructured and free-associative, cutting among interviews and images at breakneck speed to no discernible narrative or thematic purpose, the documentary is mercurial to the point of incoherence. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2009
3/5 83% Nollywood Babylon (2008) For all its limitations, Nollywood Babylon serves as an intriguing primer.‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 3, 2009
2/5 83% Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love (2009) The director, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, is in thrall to her subject, and dewy-eyed accounts of pop stars, even those with as compelling a biography as Mr. N'Dour, tend to wear out their welcome.‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2009
4/5 67% BLAST! (2009) Directed by Paul Devlin, this absorbing documentary flirts with metaphysics...but mostly it keeps an amused eye on the effort of these driven brainiacs to set aloft an extremely sophisticated and fragile recording device. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2009
2/5 No Score Yet Cayman Went (2009) There are any number of reasons a group of filmmakers would choose so idyllic a locale to mount a production. Making an interesting movie, however, does not appear to have been one of them. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2009
3/5 96% Herb & Dorothy (2008) The Vogels [Herb and Dorothy], sitting in their same old apartment, overflowing as ever, make for charming company. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2009
2/5 50% Kassim the Dream (2009) Kassim Ouma has, to say the least, an unusual life story....The filmmaker Kief Davidson recounts this vivid tale in the dull documentary.‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2009
3/5 78% Owl and the Sparrow (2009) Stephane Gauger's debut feature, Owl and the Sparrow, is a charming little movie, nothing more. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 29, 2009
1/5 56% New World Order (2009) An unrelentingly tedious documentary. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 22, 2009
3.5/5 78% Dai-Nipponjin (Big Man Japan) (2009) The most impressive special effect here is Mr. Matsumoto's hilariously restrained performance, a tour de force of comedic concision in a movie bloated by increasingly surreal developments. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 15, 2009
3/5 100% Anaglyph Tom (2009) Even the least of Mr. Jacobs's efforts illuminate a rare imagination. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 15, 2009
3/5 80% Audience of One (2007) Audience of One follows the descent of a scrappy indie production into a full-blown fiasco and megalomaniacal folly.‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2009
4/5 21% Next Day Air (2009) With a script that snaps and characters that pop, Next Day Air nears neo-blaxploitation perfection.‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2009
3/5 89% Ice People (2008) The film's hesitation, lack of rhetorical inflation and commitment to humble observation generate a tough poetry. Ice People sticks in the mind. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 1, 2009
2/5 40% A Wink and a Smile (2008) Just as burlesque loses most of its oomph when put on video -- no art is more dependent on the intimacy of live performance -- self-esteem trips are less compelling to hear about than to experience firsthand. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 1, 2009
4/5 100% I Can See You (2008) The filmmaker Graham Reznick arrives with a bang in his feature debut, the experimental horror film I Can See You. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 29, 2009
2.5/5 50% El Nido Vacío (Empty Nest) (2008) In Empty Nest, a couple is forced to question their identities and relationships now that parenting is not their most immediate concern. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2009
2.5/5 54% Perestroika (2009) Perestroika is a curious combination of documentary and fiction, politics and science, sophisticated structure and incompetent drama. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 17, 2009
3.5/5 79% An Unlikely Weapon (2008) The strongest material in An Unlikely Weapon contemplates the import of that shot, and of photojournalism itself, on the events of its time. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2009
4/5 79% Chasing a Dream (Miles from Nowhere) (2009) Bursting with vivid home movies and loving appreciations of Isaiah's artwork -- frenzied drawings and monumental mosaics in tile and mirror, many of which now beautify his Philadelphia neighborhood -- In a Dream abounds in visual pleasure. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2009
2.5/5 63% Wherever You Are (Lifelines) (2008) Written and directed by Rob Margolies, Lifelines starts promisingly, but soon gives way to a compressed, schematic psychodrama endemic. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 3, 2009
1.5/5 28% Fast & Furious (2009) This example of presummer pop diversion will be best appreciated by future audiences flabbergasted by its unabashed revelry in fossil-fuel consumption. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 3, 2009
4/5 55% Enlighten Up! (2009) Enlighten Up! explores its subject with a light touch and welcome sense of humor. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 1, 2009
2.5/5 29% 12 Rounds (2009) Renny Harlin's 12 Rounds satisfies, on the most primitive level, the expectations for a second-rate action flick. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 30, 2009
2/5 18% The Cross(The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story) (2009) The gee-whiz rhetoric and breathless amateurism of The Cross is not likely to inspire. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 27, 2009
3/5 68% Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008) At once a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse, bittersweet autobiography and witty trip down art-world memory lane. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 27, 2009
.5/5 0% Super Capers (2009) Intended as a campy riff on comic-book antics, Super Capers is instead a monumental negative achievement: a super catastrophe. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 20, 2009
2/5 17% Bob Funk (2009) Looks like a comedy, acts like a comedy and sounds like a comedy, but it isn't funny. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 20, 2009
3/5 50% The New Twenty (2009) The movie is admirable for taking these people seriously, even if it does little to illuminate their individual or cultural significance.‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 20, 2009
3.5/5 50% The Feature (2008) Michel Auder has been making videos longer than almost anyone, and that alone makes the work of this underappreciated artist and filmmaker worth attending to. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 18, 2009
3/5 7% Waiting For Dublin (2007) Stiff acting and a clunky script are at odds with the visual suavity, though at a mere 83 minutes, the film won't make you wait long for the sentimental denouement. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 13, 2009
2/5 19% Reunion (2009) This may not be quite the moment to solicit our sympathy for self-absorbed beneficiaries of Ivy League privilege. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2009