Nick Pinkerton

Nick Pinkerton
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet The Lincoln Cycle (1917) What it offers in lieu of muscular filmmaking is an abundance of atmosphere, particularly in the simple, natural feel it displays for subsistence living on the fringes of civilization. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
6 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins's film is a compendium of marvellous moments, lovingly observed vignettes of black working-class life, but the unvarying tempo with which they are laid out for the viewer eventually creates a certain monotony - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Now, humor is a fickle and subjective thing, but for the record, I laughed aloud exactly once while watching Vice...More often the film is only embarrassing in its flinging about for novelty. - 4Columns EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Welcome to Marwen is a strange movie-not an instance of the rictus-grin... wackiness being peddled by a multiplex behemoth like Aquaman, but genuinely strange, discomfiting as an unwelcome personal confessional might be. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
70% The Mule (2018) A bizarre, brazen, and often wonderfully surprising film, The Mule will slink into cinemas without the benefit of year-end awards season campaigning. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Roma is the sort of movie that successful pop filmmakers say they'd like to use their clout to make but almost never do. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is, recognizably, a "well-acted" movie, full of briskly bitchy backbiting, but the films that preceded it created a performance style that asked the viewer to reconsider their existing criteria for good and bad. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
88% The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2018) The Wild Boys is a supremely assured piece of craftsmanship... but for all the maturity of the command on display, there is little about it to suggest it was made by an artist who was trying to put adolescence behind him. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) The ending is unsatisfying by design, but unsatisfying on another level, too-for here is a wonderfully well-wrought movie that lacks nothing but the essential, nothing but the scorch of flame. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
91% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) Its frustrations with the genre aren't misdirected, but Cabin is really a treatise on the horror movie of twenty-or-more years ago. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
No Score Yet The Flower (La flor) (2016) It is confidential and slightly uncomfortable and beautiful and unflinchingly honest in its longing-an honesty that could only obtain the emotional release that it does by first working its way through a tremendous amount of make-believe. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
84% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2018) There is some satisfaction that comes in seeing motifs and symbols established within the first part of Long Day's Journey Into Night as they re-emerge in the galvanizing high-wire act performance of the second. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
100% A Family Tour (2018) Ying sometimes drapes his themes on the surface of his movie rather than integrating them in its visual patterning. Such transgressions only somewhat dilute the plangent and poignant qualities of A Family Tour - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
67% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2018) Asako I & II, the follow-up to Hamaguchi's study in the group dynamics of four thirty-something female friends, Happy Hour... works in every bit as much feeling and active intelligence as its predecessor. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
71% In My Room (2018) Drum-tight and wonderfully well thought through. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) In Ross's hands, intimate, human, physically-grounded episodes routinely become passageways opening onto the operations of nature. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
83% Notes on an Appearance (2018) A small, curiously enticing movie with the aspect of a game about it, a deceptively simple looking game with only a few moving pieces, though you'll have to muddle through without the instruction book - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
45% The Meg (2018) By any number, The Meg is the hugest shark picture ever made, but like so much that passes as spectacle, it ain't really big - just tall, that's all. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
7 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Christopher Robin bobs along agreeably, a mellow, often melancholy and entirely diverting job of work that keeps the spirit of the characters intact. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The Lee touches are there, yes, but missing from BlackKklansman is the temerity to touch the live wire, the feeling of dangerous imperative. He has found a remarkable subject, but only skimmed its surface. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
98% Chimes at Midnight (1965) Chimes at Midnight reflects the director's proclivity for out-of-step dreamers who prefer their lovely, useless fancies to cold, pragmatic practicalities. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
86% Life of Pi (2012) Lee shows his hero's imperilled position as a mixed blessing. By tottering on the ledge of his mortality, Pi gains a front-row seat on the miracles of creation... All this is, in a word, Awesome. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
58% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Dark Web, not overly compromised by success, retains its predecessor's sense of lo-fi menace, marrying the now-established "rules" of the budding franchise to a fresh storyline. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
25% Conan the Barbarian (2011) It is right that a new Conan film must look for its own identity, but one immediately notices that in the absence of Milius's saga-paced direction... and Schwarzenegger's special-effect physique, very little has been introduced to replace them. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
64% Uncle Drew (2018) The very fact that Uncle Drew warrants quibbling is a measure of its qualified success, for it belongs to two individually unpromising subgenres that, in combination, should almost certainly be dire. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
90% Araby (Arábia) (2018) Araby is a film of almost nothing but stories, one man's story that itself is a warren of little stories, little testaments to the survival of the oral tradition on the margins of a digitized society. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) The visually hyper-articulate Ari Aster understands one important thing that any director working in the horror/thriller mode should: that the half-seen is more terrible than the big reveal. - 4Columns EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) Hawke gives an extraordinarily controlled performance as a man struggling mightily to retain dominion over himself...every minute detail of which speaks to an almost unendurable act of self-regulation. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) This is a cinema as rich as life itself, a distillation and decoding of the language of gesture of which our existences are comprised. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
80% Helmut Berger, Actor (2015) If anything, Helmut Berger, Actor emerges as a testament to Berger's indomitability, his improbable imperviousness to such a treatment, for even when he looks awful in front of Horvath's camera, he looks magnificently awful. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
84% The Master (2012) Towering standalone moments all, they are certainly impressive when first encountered, though they wobble perilously the longer one looks at them...It isn't a great film - but it has a great film rattling around inside it. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) It is not the novel, no, but happy to report, the madly embattled result is a real movie. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) Narrative improbabilities abound in Unsane, but these mostly work in the interest of the is-she-or-isn't-she game the movie plays with its harried, suspected-mad main character. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) His movies have never been quite so piquantly quotable since he lost Owen Wilson as co-writer and collaborator, but Isle of Dogs contains some of the most finely-calibrated sight gags that he's ever set into motion. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
95% 12 Days (12 Jours) (2018) Depardon's approach is patient, observant, unobtrusive ... but beneath this calm one feels the faint tremble of an anger held in check, a bottled-up scream. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
90% Werewolf (2018) Scene by scene, what McKenzie is after is capturing the process of a young woman walling herself off from sentimental appeal in order to save her own life, steeling herself for the long walk away from the wreck of her man. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
7 99% Lady Bird (2017) While there is an acute authorial intelligence informing the transitions between scenes, the steady trot of clipped vignettes comes to seem monotonous and somewhat evasive, a way to move along before anything too hard and hurtful happens. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) Moral and muscular, it's the action-movie illustration of Howard Zinn's proverb, "You can't be neutral on a moving train." - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
91% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) Jia and Yu have, unsurprisingly, made a movie of taciturn eloquence, always sure-footed in negotiating its discursive narrative construction, even as it sometimes wobbles at the level of performance. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
49% Downsizing (2017) [Alexander] Payne and his collaborators have not shrunk from any challenge. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) ... while McDonagh's film doesn't lack for gallows humor and pitch-dark stuff, it's in the department of truth that it comes up short. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) It isn't a suspense movie, it isn't a dissection of race relations in the Civil War South, it isn't a bask in the dying light of the agrarian gentry, it isn't even particularly sexed-up and bodice-ripping lascivious. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
91% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) The movie seem to turn away from the very idea that there is anything to build toward, in either life and in art: things happen and then more things happen. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
97% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Ex Libris is nothing short of emancipatory. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
5 69% mother! (2017) With this brash, ludicrous, bludgeoning film Aronofsky has made a work that embodies the pervasive feeling that no domestic fortifications can hold the day against what's on the horizon. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) No one involved in The Dark Tower seems to have given a damn about what they turned out, so why should anybody else? - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
92% Logan Lucky (2017) Logan Lucky feels like the work of a filmmaker with nothing to prove, neither sententious seriousness of purpose nor technical knowhow. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
85% Mutual Appreciation (2006) If much of what I dislike in Bujalski's filmmaking must be accounted for by my objection to the milieu his films travel in, this shouldn't suggest that the filmmaking itself is anything close to competent. - Stop Smiling EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
83% Detroit (2017) Detroit succumbs to problems endemic to "Based on Real Events" prestige properties, films that too often are preoccupied with the truth while not feeling entirely honest-the latter being what we should demand of art. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
100% Mister Universo (2016) [A] warm and worthy film ... - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017