Nick Pinkerton

Nick Pinkerton
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
93% Metropolitan (1990) Though the ensemble, on the whole, seem a scotch older than the characters they're playing, there's a fidelity in their Awkward Age emotional peculiarities that makes them absolutely convincing. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
78% Tommaso (2020) While an uncharitable viewer might fault all of this as so much filler-the random debris of daily life piled up until it achieves feature length-it in fact amounts to a reminder of the cinematic potential of every lived moment. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
100% Luis Bunuel's Robinson Crusoe (1954) Observing the figure of Crusoe in the round, Buñuel finds the prismatic reflections of all manner of hermits, cranks, and holy fools. - 4Columns EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
42% The Last House on the Left (2009) This new House tries to sustain a grave, heavy sense of threat. It fails, through its villainy. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
98% Vitalina Varela (2020) Evident here are several signature elements of Costa's style. He doesn't repeat set-ups. His framings-often lingered in longer than the fairly brisk clip of this sequence suggests-have a staunch and definitive quality... - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
100% Cane River (2020) What Jenkins is after in his 1982 film is a granular, micro regionalism, one that's measured in acres, surnames, and property lines...the film is filled with the pleasures of specificity. - 4Columns EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
77% Richard Jewell (2019) Jewell is an exasperated innocent, and Hauser plays him as one part Sancho Panza, one part Baby Huey. He is very funny, at times disarmingly sweet, and extremely moving in his slow-awakening self-respect. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
5/10 89% 1917 (2020) Technical brio, however, cannot redeem all that is callow and crass in Mendes's movie: the dialogue is pure placeholder stuffing, the approach a clumsy collision of the Assassin's Creed video games and Elem Klimov's Come and See... - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
92% Uncut Gems (2019) If anything, Ratner appears as a perfect product of assimilation, a pure animal of commerce, monomaniacally focused on winning and living for the Art of the Deal. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) The haunting of Dakar in Atlantics extends beyond the film's supernatural storyline, encompassing something more comprehensive and more unsettling in the strangeness of the 21st-century cityscape... - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
92% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) While Talbot and Fails avoid turning their homespun homesick story into an unwieldy and self-important metaphor for Black American Experience in total, creeping bloat makes itself felt elsewhere. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
90% The Lighthouse (2019) An immaculately curated film, but that's not quite the same thing as the inexact science of direction, and the result is a movie too overwrought and worried-over to convey the sense of either loneliness or claustrophobia that it strains toward. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
68% Joker (2019) A film that takes on the nigh-impossible task of smuggling transgressive underground danger into a contemporary, risk-averse multiplex tentpole package. - 4Columns EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) ...expressly concerned with the relationship between boldness and fear, between self-display and concealment, between the sally and the retreat. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) It's garbage, of course, the aesthetically undistinguished result of pure avarice and laziness, with nothing in it to command the attention of an adult with a functioning visual cortex. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
80% Pasolini (2019) In showing Pasolini's last hours, Ferrara places an unusual emphasis on the quiet, placid environment in which his subject worked, the bedrock of domesticity which anchored him though ultimately could not protect him. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Assayas is interested in seeing how these characters paddle along with (or against) the currents of the oceanic, macro-scale culture market-but also how their micro-scale market of sex and sentiment creates its own little ripples within that ocean. - 4Columns EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) One of [Jia Zhangke's] most endearing traits as a director is his wholly uncondescending approach to pop kitsch, and his respect for the emotional outlet it can provide. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
68% Climax (2019) It combines a virtuoso technical complexity with a view of human behavior that is paleolithic in its simplicity. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
4 77% Green Book (2018) While Green Book is one of the lesser films to bear the Farrelly imprimatur, it can be appreciated for its role in revealing so nakedly the rules of the prestige picture sweepstakes. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
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 95% 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
65% 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
34% 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
93% 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
90% 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
95% 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
92% 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
95% The Flower (La flor) (2019) 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
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) 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
77% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) 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
78% 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
87% 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
87% 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
59% 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
61% 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
93% 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