Nick Pinkerton

Nick Pinkerton

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Nick Pinkerton's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

A Quiet Passion (2016)

"Davies has honored the enormous gravity with which she viewed the events and personages that made up her domestic sphere-"I can't imagine myself beyond my family," as she puts it." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Oct 12, 2016

American Honey (2016)

"Maybe this movie is a mess because America is too? Maybe there are better ways to spend your time?" ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Oct 4, 2016

Sully (2016)

"It is a professional's tribute to professionalism, and as with any job well done, there's love in it." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Sep 14, 2016

Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015)

"Happy Hour commands respect through the audacity of its conception and scale, and it earns affection through its humane attentiveness." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 31, 2016

Café Society (2016)

"Café Society is a movie of plush period trappings, generously spritzed with wistful, bittersweet mistiness." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Jul 20, 2016

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016)

"There is a great deal to be said for simple dishes, prepared well." ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 12, 2016

No Home Movie (2016)

"It's not hard to imagine having a hostile reaction to this piece of work, so convincing is it in giving the impression of being tossed off that anyone not paying attention might overlook its calm control and the deep core of pain hidden in plain sight." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 26, 2016

The Neon Demon (2016)

"The Neon Demon is as lethargic as it is elegant." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Jun 24, 2016

Feng ai ('Til Madness Do Us Part) (2013)

"It is almost imperative to see [Wang's] latest in a cinema setting; in the comfort of home, the temptation to hit the release valve would be too great." ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 15, 2016

Django Unchained (2012)

"The horror that Django Unchained expresses isn't of slavery, finally, but of a filmmaker attempting historical tragedy while shackled by his own supercilious persona." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 14, 2016

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

"For better or for worse, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is unique, an important movie, a multiplex comedy that doubles as a conceptual art epic." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Jun 8, 2016

High-Rise (2016)

"Ben Wheatley's High-Rise bowdlerizes a queasily mesmerizing piece of fiction into dystopian nostalgia; apparently even the apocalypses were sexier in the 1970s." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted May 18, 2016

Love & Friendship (2016)

"One of the most ingenious movies of recent memory and also the funniest." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted May 12, 2016

Last Days In The Desert (2016)

"Replacing the kitschy pieties of Son of God with art-house arthritis and a fretful string section doesn't go far toward revivifying the Greatest Story Every Retold." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 3, 2016

Keanu (2016)

"It's not visionary as advertised, but roundly competent -- and I'm afraid that's rare enough." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted May 2, 2016

Green Room (2016)

"A total and abject cop-out, artfully composed and utterly comatose." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Apr 15, 2016

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"[Linklater's] latest is, to borrow from Henry Miller, an "incurably healthy" film, about nothing so much as the pure pleasure of having a body and a mind to play with, and a smorgasbord of opportunities for putting both to work." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2016

Knight of Cups (2016)

"Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups is an adventure in perception, a city symphony, and an excruciatingly lavish crucible." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Mar 4, 2016

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Hail, Caesar! is the most deliriously enjoyable photoplay to open wide in what's thus far been a pretty barren new year -- and also a seriously funny comedy of ideas." ‐ Artforum
Posted Feb 5, 2016

The Club (El Club) (2016)

"Pablo Larraín's The Club is a purgatorial piece of work -- I say this as a recommendation." ‐ Artforum
Posted Feb 4, 2016

Mojave (2016)

"There are pleasures to be had in Mojave, but it doesn't succeed in summoning up the pathos or menace or uncanny mystery that every cue of Andrew Hewitt's score indicates it's straining for." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Feb 2, 2016

Hard to be a God (2015)

"A profoundly, wilfully destabilising experience." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jan 15, 2016

The Revenant (2015)

"It is overwhelming but unmoving, a rush of brute force that leaves the nagging afterthought, "Is that all there is?"" ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jan 15, 2016

In The Shadow of Women (2016)

"The importance of love, the deceptive lure of political nostalgia, and the problems of two people in a room-what Philippe Garrel's art lacks in variety, it makes up for in crystalline focus." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2016

Anomalisa (2015)

"The evident work that went into rendering the details of every banal gesture complements the material, for crabbed Michael is a man for whom every piece of common courtesy is an agonizing chore." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Jan 1, 2016

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"The Hateful Eight is a stubbornly, defiantly misanthropic movie, a film that brings back the spirit of Hollywood in the mid-60s -- not only in the Ultra Panavision, but in the stench of creative dry rot." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 29, 2015

Joy (2015)

"Rather than find a way for opposing ideas to coexist and overlap in the same scene, Russell's movie staggers from one theme to the next, shrilly insisting all along the way that the viewer feel something." ‐ Artforum
Posted Dec 23, 2015

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"There are no glaring missteps in The Force Awakens, and on such a stage this kind of performance might even pass for greatness -- for a little while." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 17, 2015

The Invasion (2007)

"As straight-ahead, propulsive, reptilian-brain action, it "works" as often as not. But it's unworthy to stand with its predecessors." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Dec 12, 2015

The Big Short (2015)

"After breezing along for more than half of its running time, the film takes a turn for the tone-deaf and wrong-footed, never worse than when expressing fraudulent concern for "common people."" ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 11, 2015

Stinking Heaven (2015)

"Stinking Heaven isn't a great leap forward for its director, but Silver's practice isn't the sort that invites that kind of tutelage-to-mastery conversation." ‐ Artforum
Posted Dec 10, 2015

The Wolfpack (2015)

"Why should it feel so curiously stretched and padded at 80 minutes?" ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

The Walk (2015)

"There are moments when one regrets heeding its call to step right up, but when Petit steps right out, all is forgiven." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Tomorrowland (2015)

"Tomorrowland is a folly and a failure, though there is something touching in its failure, tied as it is to the vision and personality of Walt Disney himself." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (2015)

"The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq is on one hand a rather ingenious take on the artist documentary, on the other, a tabletop comedy of manners, closer to something by Gianni Di Gregorio or Hong Sang-soo than to Houellebecq's own work." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Youth (2015)

"To call this misty, low-risk collection of calculated revelations a high-toned The Bucket List would be a disservice to Rob Reiner." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Black Sea (2015)

"Black Sea is a perfectly dutiful, professional piece of work, with several creditable performances, but it's the sort of movie that doesn't have quite enough of any one thing going for it that might eclipse its influences." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

White God (2015)

"In its vague antiestablishment posturing, drubbing yet puritanically thrill-resistant nastiness, and capsule-ready conceit, it embodies the worst aspects of an instinct dulled by professionalism." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Buzzard (2015)

"[Potrykus]shows indications of being the rare filmmaker capable of stirring up ideas about class in America without resorting to the usual drab, po-faced miserablism. " ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

The Lobster (2016)

"[Lanthimos] takes his sweet time in unveiling the full breadth of his film's alternate reality and its governing laws, and the world we are introduced to looks very much like our own in the present day." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Experimenter (2015)

"Experimenter isn't groundbreaking, but a respectable contribution to the existing body of knowledge -- and given its evident ambition, this must mark it a failure." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Magic Mike XXL (2015)

"You think for a moment that there's a showdown in the works, but here is where Magic Mike XXL distinguishes itself -- competition has scarcely any place at all in its world, and problems aren't solved so much as dissolved." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

"Rather than anything to do with sexual connoisseurship or philosophy in the bedroom, all that comes across through Fifty Shades of Grey's absence of erotic heat is a lust for the appurtenances of luxury, something that's more commonplace than singular." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Macbeth (2015)

"The film's unvariegated tone, one supposes, is meant to convey a seriousness of purpose and apocalyptic foreshadowing, but here reads as a limitation of visual imagination and emotional intuition." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Heaven Knows What (2015)

"I can't comment on how authentically this material is handled. I will say that the behavior of these people, while very often reprehensible, never seems to originate from anywhere other than the characters themselves;" ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

L For Leisure (2015)

"While the film's atmosphere is lax and unhurried, thematic through lines coalesce as it moves along." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

In the Basement (Im Keller) (2015)

"Among other things, In the Basement is a musky slog through the fundament of fear and desire in particularly feminine and masculine permutations." ‐ Artforum
Posted Nov 12, 2015

Horse Money (2015)

"It's a film of people who begin and end their days by night, living and dying known and remembered by a precious few, displaying their beauty, their only inalienable property. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Sep 18, 2015

Miss Julie (2014)

"The adaptation is Ullmann's own, and it has been done with purpose and intelligence." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Sep 3, 2015

Inside Out (2015)

"The latest computer-animation feature from Disney Pixar, Inside Out is an epic journey across a fantastic landscape which also happens to be compellingly concerned with the quotidian experience of an 11-year-old girl." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 30, 2015
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