Nathanael Hood

Nathanael Hood
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Ever since I saw THE SHINING in college, I've been a devoted fanatic for cinema. My discovery of a collection of Roger Ebert reviews further convinced me that film criticism was the field I was destined for. After getting a Master's degree in Film Theory at New York University, I buckled down as a film writer. For the last 9 years I have worked as a freelance film critic for a number of different sites. I began on my personal film blog Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear. But In 2014 I began working professionally, getting work published on TheYoungFolks.com, RogerEbert.com, TheRetroSet.com, MovieMezzanine, Mubi.com, AudiencesEverywhere, UnseenFilms, and ChristianityToday.com. I publish around 150 full-length reviews, editorials, think pieces, retrospectives, and interviews a year through all of these different outlets. Thank you for your consideration.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/10 75% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) The Sound of My Voice has little interest in being anything other than a glorified wikipedia page... - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
5/10 50% The Quiet One (2019) [W]hile pretending to be a documentary about Wyman, for the majority of its runtime it's actually a Rolling Stones documentary in disguise, caring only about him to the extent that he was involved with the band. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
8/10 100% Leftover Women (2019) The chilling thing is that Leftover Women doesn't necessarily represent a problem, but the dawning of one, a demographic cataclysm that sees no signs of going away. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
7/10 100% Something Else (2019) The result is a remarkably free-form bit of filmmaking that will probably turn off viewers looking for a more traditional horror experience. But if the viewer goes with its flow, they might be pleasantly delighted. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
7/10 88% Framing John DeLorean (2019) Framing John DeLorean isn't just a talking heads documentary about an extraordinary man's life, it's also a meditation on fame and media notoriety. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
8/10 100% All I Can Say (2019) Both elegy and unintentional suicide note, the film is one of the most devastating archival collages playing this year's Tribeca festival. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica (2019) ...a sunny, heart-felt reggae tribute. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/10 71% Aamis (Ravening) (2019) Cannibalism shouldn't be this bland. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
7/10 100% The Gasoline Thieves (Huachicolero) (2019) The Gasoline Thieves is one of the most beautiful films of this year's [Tribeca] festival... - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/10 71% A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem (2019) ...veers from court procedural to biographical vignette to talking head testimonial with little rhyme or reason. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/10 93% What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) By the end, we feel like we've witnessed an enthusiastic college seminar on Ali, but not a proper exploration of the fallible human being himself. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
6/10 33% Only (2019) If Doscher edited out the thriller parts, he'd have an eighty minute triumph. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Slay the Dragon (2019) It's bitter yet necessary medicine. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
8/10 100% Maiden (2019) Tthe film is unapologetic in its feminist message of self-empowerment and overcoming obstacles in a hostile, male-dominated world. How could it not be? - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
4/10 No Score Yet A Taste of Sky (2019) But the siren call of slow-motion close-ups and swelling string music prove too strong, and the brief glimmers of reality congeal into inspiration pablum. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
7/10 100% Martha: A Picture Story (2019) ...above the realm of rote biographical puff piece. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
7/10 100% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) ...a respectfully crafted yet remarkably chaste piece of documentary filmmaking. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
5/10 75% Halston (2019) Halston can't figure out what to make of its subject, - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
8/10 100% For They Know Not What They Do (2019) The film refrains from condemning the faith and instead shows a larger picture of U.S. Christianity as flawed, yet possibly salvageable, finding beauty in its traditions and teachings amid the darkest corners. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
8/10 100% At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) A warning, one we mustn't ignore. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
7/10 98% Apollo 11 (2019) ...a sober, sobering account of the greatest scientific achievement of the twentieth century. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
5/10 89% Missing Link (2019) ...by far the most thematically anodyne and mealymouthed film in Laika's filmography. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
5/10 88% Murder! (1930) A strange civilian policier-cum-whodunit, Hitchcock seems bored by his material... - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
8/10 90% Shazam! (2019) Not only is Shazam! the best DC Extended Universe film...it's also the best DC Comics movie since Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948) ...one of the most inexplicable, poorly conceived, and even more poorly executed genre exercises of its time. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
5/10 94% Us (2019) ...a well-intentioned misfire. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
8/10 100% Mr. Jimmy (2019) ...captivating, frightening.... - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
8/10 68% Skammen (Shame) (1968) ...one of [Bergman's] most unfairly overlooked films of the 1960s. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 76% True Stories (1986) Byrne brings [his] big-hearted love of the nakedly quotidian to his first directorial effort... - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 100% Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers) (1954) Here is the rare Japanese period film of its era that also explicitly recognizes the double standards of sexual morality between the sexes... - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
6/10 61% Shampoo (1975) ...unhurried if not slow, it at times feels downright deflated as characters wander ponderously through mansions and backyards or drive down crowded highways and empty hillside roadways. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 100% L'eau froide (Cold Water) (1994) ...autobiographical influences aside, the film feels a decidedly minor work - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 100% The Juniper Tree (1990) Among the Grimms' writings, the Christian undertones here are particularly pronounced, with cannibalistic consumption of sanctified flesh and bodily resurrection being central to the story. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 91% Furie (Hai phuong) (2019) Furie is one of the rare, authentic cinematic examples where execution trumps originality. The fighting, centered around the native Vovinam and overseen by Kefi Abrikh and Yannick Ben Haddou, is marvelous. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
9/10 98% Strangers on a Train (1951) ...one of the most effectively suspenseful films of Hitchcock's career. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
7/10 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) This isn't just science-fiction with a heart, it's science-fiction with a soul. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet Warlock (1959) ...stretches to two hours but feels at least twice as long. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
5/10 76% Mega Time Squad (2019) As a movie, it ultimately disappoints with flat humor and a tired plot. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/10 80% 30 Miles from Nowhere (2018) ...a boring thriller with second-rate scares and a third-rate twist. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
9/10 No Score Yet A Great Lamp (2019) It's a lifesaver. Literally. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
7/10 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) ...the jokes still land, the characters still shine, and the music is still as deliciously, self-consciously catchy as in the first. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
5/10 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Dan Gilroy's Velvet Buzzsaw needed to be either thirty minutes shorter or an hour longer. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
10/10 No Score Yet Moi, un Noir (1958) ...a stunning portrait not just of disaffected youth, but of a country struggling to define and improve itself in the shadow of Western imperialism. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
9/10 38% But I'm a Cheerleader (2000) Both stylistic subversive and defiantly upbeat-it's one of the few prominent gay films of its era with a happy ending-it's a masterpiece of LGBT cinema. I suppose the 90s just weren't ready for it. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet Tale of the Sea (Hekayat-e Darya) (2018) For each scene's impressive beauty and superb acting, there's precious little momentum keeping the whole together. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
7/10 80% Pig (2018) Haghighi seems to take many cues from the Coen Brothers in his juggling of philosophical nihilism, veritable slapstick violence, and genre pastiche. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet I Want To Dance (Delam mikhad) (2018) ...once it finds its feet the film becomes strangely compelling and charming. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet Hendi & Hormoz (Hendi va hormoz) (2018) Amini's eye towards the simple humanity of his subjects keeps the film from drowning in predictable clichés. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet 76 Minutes and 15 Seconds With Abbas Kiarostami (2016) Samadian shows us through actions just who [Abbas Kiarostami] was: a man of endless curiosity, gentle playfulness, yet bottomless emotional depths. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
6/10 38% Glass (2019) What the film lacks in sanity and formal brilliance...it makes up for in charisma and enthusiasm. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019