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 Review
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 59% 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 71% 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 No Score Yet 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 86% 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 65% 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 37% 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
5/10 92% Went the Day Well? (1942) Its jingoistic nastiness and nationalist aggrandizement makes this film exactly the kind of nonsense Powell & Pressburger's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp was made in response to. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
6/10 89% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (2005) A Cock and Bull Story is an admirable effort, but an ultimately disappointing one. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
7/10 91% Widows (2018) It might masquerade as a heist film about a group of widows pulling off a job after their husbands are all killed in a robbery-gone-wrong, but this is a steely-eyed interrogation of a city: Chicago. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
8/10 81% Overlord (2018) Overlord is a perfect example of great execution trumping originality. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
7/10 88% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) As the little boy sitting behind me whispered to his mom near the end: "Is it almost over? Because I never want it to end." - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
9/10 93% First Reformed (2018) ...exactly the kind of discourse American cinema desperately needs. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
4/10 13% Action Point (2018) All the best stunts in the film were already shown in the trailer. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
8/10 94% The Favourite (2018) I can think of no better review for Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite than the man sitting next to me in the theater audibly gasping four different times at the cinematography. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
8/10 100% The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) ...an indie godfather of Chicano cinema... - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 97% The Princess Bride (1987) ...a lavish studio spectacle... - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
6/10 85% Nostalgia (Nostalghia) (1984) ...the film seems positively out of place compared with the two decades long string of challenging masterworks that preceded it. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 95% Andrei Rublev (1973) ...a sprawling historical biography that sought to connect a godless society with the medieval monasticism that defined them as a separate ethnocultural entity. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 100% Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhen) (1966) ...the rare coalescing of disparate artistic modes into something so new, so bold, so defiantly different that the history of a genre can be demarcated into eras before it and after it. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 70% Dead Man (1995) If not the best American Western of the 1990s, then certainly the most original and unusual. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 No Score Yet The King of Jazz (1930) If one can look beyond its troubling historical context, one finds a stunning compilation of musical and theatrical talent. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
8/10 97% The Asphalt Jungle (1950) It was from this mean little film that the fundamental tenants of the modern heist movie were laid down. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
10/10 98% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928) What more can be said about its style, its acting, its editing, its impact on the industry, its influence on cinematic art? - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 94% Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge) (1971) ...a dazzlingly audacious widescreen epic, a film that mixes the anarchic experimentation of Nagisa Oshima with the rigid classical storytelling of Akira Kurosawa. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
5/10 83% Hour of the Gun (1967) ...a plodding, turgid affair, drained of life or momentum by an enveloping morbidity... - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet Sylvie et le fantome (1945) ...a triumphant romantic fantasy... - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet Douce (Love Story) (1949) ...a glimpse at Autant-Lara as a filmmaker in full control of his powers. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Le Mariage de Chiffon (1942) ...an inconsequential fantasy... - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet The Emperor in August (2015) The film feels as detached as Hirohito, somehow mistaking austere objectivity with sententiousness. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Play Dirty (1969) Positively giddy in its nihilistic misanthropy... - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
7/10 100% The Crimson Kimono (1959) ...as an exploration of coded male romance and Cold War-era racial politics, it's irreplaceable... - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
4/10 39% Wild Bill (1995) The main problem in Wild Bill is that it seeks-and fails-to balance New Hollywood introspection with B-movie theatrics and action. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
8/10 80% Général Idi Amin Dada: Autoportrait (A Self Portrait) (1975) ...a crucial examination of a tyrant... - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
9/10 No Score Yet Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (Se ying diu sau) (Eagle's Shadow) (1978) ...a repertoire of master-class fight choreography and gut-busting comedy. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 82% Drunken Master (Jui kuen) (1978) ...the birth of a new legend. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Shôwa zankyô-den (Brutal Tales of Chivalry) (1965) ...a tough, elegiac piece of cinema... - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Blood Alley (1955) ...an enjoyable if slight piece of filmmaking... - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet The Sea Chase (1955) John Wayne channels the energy suffusing the entire film-exhausted, uneasy, yet instinctively driven and distinctively Wayne. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 100% César (1936) The camerawork was primarily unobtrusive and the mise-en-scène as non-extravagant as possible. The audience was an eavesdropper, and might as well have been sitting at the kitchen table alongside the actors. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 100% Fanny (1932) It maintained the play's decentralized, wandering storytelling and taste for naturalistic dialogue. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018