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.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Look of Silence (2015)

"One might say that The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence... are two halves of a diptych - or uneasy neighbours, like the former members of the Komando Aksi killing squads and their families, and the families of their victims." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 12, 2015

Timbuktu (2015)

"There are few filmmakers alive today wearing a mantle of moral authority comparable to that which Sissako has taken upon himself, and if his film has been met with an extraordinary amount of acclaim, it is because he manages to wear this mantle lightly." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted May 28, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road is a hammer-down, cast-iron-plated, diesel-exhaust-belching manifesto on the physics of screen action, a metamechanics monster truck show with everything but a Robosaurus." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted May 14, 2015

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015)

"Roy Andersson is a single-panel absurdist who subverts the traditional set-up and knockdown gag structure, landing his punchlines like rimshots played on a busted cymbal." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 24, 2015
No Score Yet

Le Paradis (2014)

"The usual dismissal that greets work made in the amateur mode -- "My kid could do that" -- would be off-target here, as always, though one doubts Cavalier would take it as an insult." ‐ Artforum
Posted Apr 15, 2015

Amour Fou (2015)

"Finely finessed in gesture and metronymically measured in pace." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Mar 18, 2015

Run All Night (2015)

"The talking point today will be about how Run All Night is one of many Neeson action movies, but what will be remembered years later is that it's one of the best." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Mar 13, 2015

Hard to be a God (2015)

"An epic at once claustrophobically immediate and otherworldly." ‐ Artforum
Posted Feb 2, 2015

Inherent Vice (2015)

"The thing Inherent Vice has going is its sense of always plucking at the fringe, the conviction that the central characters aren't necessarily the most interesting ones." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jan 30, 2015

Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014)

"My relationship with Goodbye to Language has not been a honeymoon of unruffled bliss, but I'm glad to have had it, and can say unequivocally that it should be seen in an environment where its 3D effects can do their work -- that is to say, in a cinema." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 19, 2014

Manakamana (2014)

"Though its subject matter doesn't seem particularly fun on the surface, Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's Manakamana is a sort of structural game, by turns contemplative and, yes, playful." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 11, 2014

Interstellar (2014)

"A movie that feels like being tangled up in a pile of infinitely-unfolding some-assembly-required instructions in the watching, full of dialogue that's like the recital of a How To manual." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 6, 2014

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

"The consensus is right: It's only pretty funny, which is all it needed to be." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Aug 24, 2014

Pain & Gain (2013)

"While Pain & Gain often frustrates, Bay's overwhelming cinematic sense is undeniable." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 6, 2014

Barabbas (1961)

"Like Fleischer's oeuvre as a whole, it's ripe for reconsideration-the Greatest Story Ever Told has been Retold and Retold, but Barabbas brings it back from the dead." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

"It is exhausting in its yammering, yes, but the very fact of its putting forth a vision of a future that's scented with bongwater, revolving around the axis of a sloppy living room, is enough to recommend it." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Mar 5, 2014

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

"It's remarkable how charitable, on the whole, this movie feels; in all of the previous examples, the vision of pop and people is at best tangled, at worst jaundiced." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Mar 5, 2014

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"Being faintly disappointed by a new Wes Anderson film -- films whose primary form of emotional address, after all, is faint disappointment -- remains one of the few consistent pleasures of American moviegoing." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Mar 5, 2014

The New World (2005)

"Great works, when they next-to-never come, are always accompanied by giggles." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Mar 2, 2014
No Score Yet

The Carey Treatment (A Case of Murder) (Emergency Ward) (1972)

"The Carey Treatment ... belongs to its period more than to all time, but its ineffaceable qualities prove that [Blake] Edwards could never be reduced to quack or hack." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Feb 25, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Along with its three-hour runtime, this baggy plotting may make Wolf a somewhat harder sell to audiences but it's a deeper movie than The Departed -- among the best that Scorsese has made." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Feb 7, 2014

Miami Vice (2006)

"Mann's folly is the best show in town." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Dec 16, 2013

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"As for the actual grand finale, Downey Jr. and Cheadle seem like they're already network gaming the PS3 release instead of facing any actual threat, and Rourke goes out like a chump." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 15, 2013

No (2013)

"Deftly appropriates mediated history for fiction." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 12, 2013

Caesar Must Die (2013)

"So solid is that conception, and so resonant the text in which questions of freedom and slavery are paramount, that the impact can hardly be diminished." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 5, 2013

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013)

"With neither the moral bite of satire nor a voluptuary surrender that really basks in shallowness, this is a vague, unsatisfying work." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 5, 2013

Movie 43 (2013)

"I see a bright future ahead for this sui generis work, which will be passed around sixth grade classrooms by odd-smelling kids for years to come." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 25, 2013

Parker (2013)

"Hollywood hasn't butchered Parker-which is to say that it has let him remain a butcher." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 25, 2013

John Dies at the End (2013)

"John Dies at the End is a product of a parallel universe where slacker flippancy never got old -- and, oh, it is terrible." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 22, 2013

On the Bowery (1957)

"It is a film of indelible portraiture... All throughout, the film looks hard at that which we're accustomed to turning away from." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Jan 21, 2013

Our School (2013)

"Our School does much to establish how that Roma "environment" is reinforced from the outside." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 15, 2013

Gangster Squad (2013)

"A crime against cinematic sensibility." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 8, 2013

Promised Land (2013)

"Promised Land is a hard-sell movie because it doesn't have the confidence in its audience to make any other outcome seem personally viable, to give the opposition a fighting chance or persuasive voice." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 27, 2012

Tabu (2012)

"A lyrical Old Hollywood melodrama projected on a bedsheet? A celluloid curio à la Barnum's Fiji mermaid? At such times, it's better to stick with a simple "wonderful."" ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 27, 2012

On the Road (2012)

"Another "primitive" postwar antique repurposed for boutique sale." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 18, 2012

Amour (2012)

"Haneke remains, by his rules, infallible. So what?" ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 18, 2012
No Score Yet

Dead In France (2013)

"The whole thing, dated and overly familiar, is never as ballsy, brash, or clever as it thinks it is." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 18, 2012
No Score Yet

Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin (2012)

"[Director] Nasheed badly needs an editor; I say this not simply because his movie is two and a half hours long, but because he has a seeming total inability to separate gibble-gabble from revealed truth." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 5, 2012

Honor Flight (2012)

"Greatest-generation stoicism meets gushing contemporary sentiment ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 4, 2012

Silent Night (2012)

"Fans of nearly nude women being fed into wood chippers will not go home disappointed (except, very likely, in their hollow lives.)" ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 30, 2012

The Collection (2012)

"A murkily directed bore "dealing" with the subject of serial killers and revenge ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 28, 2012

Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)

"In spite of Bulger's errors of tone, the movie stands as an engaging tussle with the question of what is permissible with the excuse of art." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 27, 2012

Wu xia (Dragon) (2012)

"It's an adept genre exercise with rare primal depths." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 27, 2012

Red Dawn (2012)

"Single-mindedly action-oriented to the point where Milius's film seems relatively ruminative ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 20, 2012
No Score Yet

Man At War (2012)

"The nimble, funny Man at War examines a video game as return of the repressed-it could well be called Why We Keep Fighting." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 20, 2012

Anna Karenina (2012)

"Confoundingly good performances gradually win the movie from Wright's puerile conceit, giving us an Anna Karenina if not for the ages, than at least for an evening." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 13, 2012

16 Acres (2012)

"Hankin's film finally makes the indigenous variety of deadlock particular to New York politicos seem as quaintly comforting as a buttered bialy. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 13, 2012

Dangerous Liaisons (2012)

"The least one should hope for from another adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's Dangerous Liaisons is savory, salacious trash ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 8, 2012

Nothing But a Man (1963)

"The title almost suggests manhood as something trifling. The film, however, confirms it's a mighty hard ideal to reach." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 7, 2012

In Another Country (2013)

"The cumulative impression is of figures being lightly traced in the sand only to be inevitably washed away, intentionally ephemeral and quite charming for it." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 7, 2012