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Nick McCarthy

Nick McCarthy
Nick McCarthy's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 89% Bridgend (2016) Bridgend, with its dark-blue-hued cinematography and murky music, is all foreboding atmosphere. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 1, 2016
1/4 26% Jessabelle (2014) Rather than commit to exploring Jessabelle's existential crisis, the filmmakers opt to pile on the clichés straight until the rotten denouement. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2014
2.5/4 63% Magical Universe (2014) To varying degrees of success, it attempts to prominently display Al Carbee's creations, yet keeps undermining his art in favor of investigating his skewed relationship to everyday realities. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2014
1/4 39% Two Night Stand (2014) It's attempt at conveying a candid portrait of contemporary hookup culture and the dishonesty of online dating profiles, but the film's sentiments are all past their expiration date. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2014
3/4 100% Rocks in my Pockets (2014) This inventive animated feature about depression and familial roots suggests NPR's "The Moth" storytelling series by way of Persepolis, mixing mesmerizing memoir monologue with whimsical animation. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2014
1.5/4 71% What If (2014) Right up to its simplistic ending, the film is pleased to regurgitate the contrived tropes of the genre without ever honestly addressing the ethics of romantic boundaries. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2014
2.5/4 74% Alive Inside (2014) The doc is heartwarming, but it doesn't delve deeply into the backstories that inform the ailing patients' connection to the music that stirs their memories. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/4 98% A Summer's Tale (2014) Despite its googly-eyed missive to the power of romance fueling confidence and comfort, A Summer's Tale is most salient when addressing the bonds of friendship. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2.5/4 82% Ivory Tower (2014) The documentary is more interested in covering all its bases than making sure it fully has its foot on each base. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2014
2.5/4 86% Zero Motivation (2014) Tayla Lavie's film misses the prime opportunity to remark on the triviality of war. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2014
2/4 80% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) What results is a lopsided, put-upon narrative of survival where humans, and not the animals themselves, are the ones celebrated. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2.5/4 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) This is less a portrait of an artist as a young woman than a psychological evaluation of a slippery subject. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2014
3/4 96% The Lunchbox (2014) The patience in mercurially presenting the characters' backstories and desires is matched by the film's genuine curiosity about the healing power of sharing stories. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2014
3/4 85% The New Black (2014) It does little to break free of the conventional talking-head documentary format, but thoughtful in how it prizes dialogue over acrimony and one-sided rhetoric. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2014
1/4 8% Cavemen (2014) Cavemen is an apt title considering how the sensibility and maturity of the film's characters don't seem to have developed beyond primal, alpha-man impulses. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2.5/4 No Score Yet Breaking The Frame (2014) Director Marielle Nitoslawaska's experimental approach sometimes wanders down uncontextualized paths and obfuscates the subject with filmic affectations. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2014
3/4 96% The Rocket (2014) The particulars of Laos's historical conflicts are sometimes only obliquely confronted, but the torrid past of covered-up wars palpably echoes through the scarred yet majestic landscapes. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2014
1/4 56% The Best Offer (2014) It ascribes to the falsehood that a rarefied milieu inherently infuses a film with intelligence, as if inept execution can be covered up by pretty lensing. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 28, 2013
3/4 87% The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2) (2013) It most potently strikes the tone of an elegy, pensively observing that beneath the bickering in museum boardrooms lies a massive treasure trove of art history that's being kept from the public's eye. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2013
1.5/4 78% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) A tale of memory and redemption that does little to linger in the mind and even less to decry P.L. Travers's claim that Disney turns everything it touches into schmaltz. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2013
1.5/4 28% Charlie Countryman (2013) An egregious entry into the pantheon of films about white Americans traveling to exotic lands in search of identity and soul-searching adventure. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2013
1.5/4 43% Sal (2013) It functions under the delusion that subtext will magically appear if you linger on a character long enough, and the significance of most of its scenes is nothing if not inscrutable. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2013
3/4 70% Jealousy (2014) Due to its rather pure and unburdened perspective of complex relations, it's a plausibly hand-me-down portrait accessed from the point of view of a young child. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3.5/4 67% When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2015) Corneliu Porumboiu's wry and cryptically titled film is both oblique and about obliqueness. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/4 99% The Missing Picture (2014) It contextualizes cinema not only as a form of magic (capable of transformative, elated power), but also of revolution. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/4 86% Shepard & Dark (2013) Treva Wurmfeld's documentary addresses, and acutely analyzes, the way friendship can bend, and occasionally snap, over time. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2013
86% Night Moves (2014) Ambiguously hints that perhaps the devastating nadir of an activist's soul, having given way to world-weary guilt, is simply taking a step toward compromising one's ideals. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Sep 17, 2013
78% Tom at the Farm (2015) In tackling the genre of psychological thriller with Tom at the Farm, wunderkind writer-director-actor Xavier Dolan reigns in his often flagrant use of formalism without sacrificing his confidence as a filmmaker. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2013
82% Story of My Death (2014) Albert Serra's impish impulses are stretched thin as vampirism reigns supreme. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2013
93% Child's Pose (2014) The film, more than the complicated milieu it depicts, is at odds with itself. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2013
64% August: Osage County (2013) It pokes and occasionally stabs, but doesn't twist the knife as much as it should. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2013
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Despite its good intentions and moxie-filled performances, Dallas Buyers Club is ultimately marred by its impulse to compromise its freewheeling humanity in favor of crowd-pleasing tropes. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2013
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Despite its good intentions and moxie-filled performances, Dallas Buyers Club is ultimately marred by its impulse to compromise its freewheeling humanity in favor of crowd-pleasing tropes. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Sep 13, 2013
96% Gravity (2013) The gut-wrenching, immersive elements are almost above reproach, but ultimately it's all effect and little affect. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2013
93% Child's Pose (2014) The film, more than the complicated milieu it depicts, is at odds with itself. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Sep 7, 2013
2/4 75% Populaire (2013) Candy-colored to a potentially cavity-causing degree, the film is a bubbly regurgitation of retrograde romantic comedy tropes and reactionary sexual politics. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2013
2.5/4 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) The film's highly calculated beauty suffocates rather than elevates the story's emotional underpinnings. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2013
3/4 75% Jug Face (2013) Chad Crawford Kinkle impressively imbues this supernatural world of backwoods mysticism with a plausible milieu while still staying committed to the film's own brewing insanity. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2/4 69% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) This safe, solemn tale of an aged artist whose vitality is briefly revived by a pretty young thing is unconvincing as an articulation of the potentially spiritual nature of the artist/model relationship. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2013
2.5/4 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) One of Woody Allen's strongest and most pointed films in over a decade despite mildly falling victim to his recent propensity for clunky narrative development, cynicism, and stereotypical characterizations. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 21, 2013
1.5/4 37% Dealing With Idiots (2013) The film is reduced to a series of unfunny mockery laid out so Garlin can display his trademark deadpan reaction. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2013
2/4 54% The Look of Love (2013) With its softened edges, bland aftertaste, and watered-down distillation of Raymond's life and career, Michael Winterbottom's film represents the house champagne of biographical cinema. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 3, 2013
2.5/4 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) Pedro Almodóvar's diverting pop-art bauble firmly placing the "relief" in comic relief and the "cock" in cockpit. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2013
2/4 78% Monsters University (2013) Unfortunate proof that the animation studio previously known for its brains is now resting a little too heavily on its nominal brawn. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2013
91% Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2013) Brad Bernstein's documentary proves that Ungerer's legacy is as historically significant as it is artistically. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2013
2/4 91% Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013) Inflammatory talk-show host Morton Downey Jr. sparked, delighted, and quickly faded like a firecracker--not unlike the erratic, quick-fire presentation of his persona in the doc. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2013
3/4 No Score Yet Four Bags Full (La Traversée de Paris) (1957) An exaggerated epic of traditional buddy-comedy trappings wrapped in a picaresque farce. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 23, 2013
1.5/4 92% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) We Steal Secrets lacks perspective and still feels wrapped in secrets and lies. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 20, 2013
3/4 74% The Source Family (2013) The research and elucidating synthesis on display effectively illuminate the pernicious aura of a lifestyle pursued by the yearning, lost souls of the time. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 16, 2013
2/4 77% Venus And Serena (2013) Opting for inspiration over insight, Venus and Serena is a starry-eyed pop doc that cannot transcend its scattershot, for-fans-only filmmaking. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 7, 2013