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Nicolas Rapold

Nicolas Rapold
Nicolas Rapold's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, L.A. Weekly, New York Times, Village Voice, Time Out, Brooklyn Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Only Yesterday (2016) Mr. Takahata's psychologically acute film, which was based on a manga, seems to grow in impact ... as the adult Takao comes to a richer understanding of what she wants and how she wants to live.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2015
9% Point Break (2015) Nowhere does Mr. Core's film approach the action-movie chops or psychological smarts of Ms. Bigelow's original or, truth be told, benefit from actors displaying the same charm as her stars.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2015
80% Mr. Six (Lao Pao Er) (2015) The baggy 137-minute story drowns out Mr. Feng's assorted sharp moments with hoary family drama and clumsy plotting, and Li Yifeng is generic as Mr. Six's son.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2015
100% La creazione di significato (The Creation of Meaning) (2015) "The Creation of Meaning" moves between suspending us in timeless nature and listening to the echoes of the past.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
94% Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015) It's like some lost globally conscious colorfest from the 1970s, reinvented with Mr. Abreu's verve.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
83% Stinking Heaven (2015) Mr. Silver gets credit for raising the stakes with each sinewy new film, from the adolescent apathy of "Exit Elena" (2013), all the way to this film's unholy sobriety program.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2015
61% Life (2015) Dig, if you will, the pictures, but you don't need "Life" as a stargazing aid.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
27% Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015) Even for a movie about a writer detached from his emotions, it's ponderous, like a lucid dream gone bad.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
90% Killing Them Safely (Tom Swift And His Electric Rifle) (2015) Mr. Berardini's packed documentary makes its case early and often, perhaps too often, but it's more chilling than your average issue film.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2015
98% Mustang (2015) Full of life even as it depicts lives in lockdown, "Mustang" is a stunning debut feature by Deniz Gamze Ergüven about five sisters in rural Turkey.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
92% Frame by Frame (2015) The film's four-person shuffle turns into a bit of a hash.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
50% Funny Bunny (2015) Three characters in various states of arrested development would be a tall order for most films, and it proves too much for one as enamored of the fey and absurd as Alison Bagnall's "Funny Bunny."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
90% Casa Grande (2015) Mr. Cavalcanti, new to the screen, has a natural manner, by turns tentative and blustering.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
95% Sembene! (2015) Mr. Sembène was an inspiration; as a film, "Sembène!" is something less than that, petering out as it goes on, but at least offering a fair-minded tribute to a master.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
83% In the Basement (Im Keller) (2015) This often hilarious movie descends into the unseen spaces of Austrian homes - literally and figuratively - and creates a stage for their residents' fantasies of sex, violence and power.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
3/5 81% Entertainment (2015) Turkington's frozen mask of disgust and detachment somehow manages to suggest someone just before and just after being punched.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
4/5 90% Casa Grande (2015) This isn't the first Latin American drama to follow a rich family on a downward spiral, but the eloquent visuals, strong central performance, and empathetic humor push it to the forefront.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
96% The Armor Of Light (2015) Not every point of view portrayed in the film will sit well with each viewer, but Mr. Schenck and Ms. McBath do their utmost to act in good faith.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015
88% Difret (2015) "Difret" has an earnestness that hovers between plain-spoken and pedestrian, and there are scenes and sequences that just don't come together as written and edited, no matter how admirable the film's existence is.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
93% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) [Guzman] introspection finds a kind of justice through poetry, and shows how memory must always be a continuing process.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
96% The Russian Woodpecker (2015) Mr. Gracia's messily structured film works best as a document of fear in today's Ukraine and as a kind of ghost story about the Soviet Union.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
77% Goosebumps (2015) "Goosebumps" would seem to yield the serial pleasures a voracious Stineophile might desire.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) By the end ... you might be as punch-drunk as Kageyama in his final showdown, and too exhausted to care.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
No Score Yet Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis (2011) "Taken by Storm" taps that intimate, thrilling ritual of another era: picking a record in a music store, beguiled by a mysterious album cover before the needle has even dropped.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
93% The Creeping Garden (2015) A surprising investigation of perception, thought and life itself.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
73% The Keeping Room (2015) The ravages of the Civil War shouldn't require much jazzing up for the movies, but the British director Daniel Barber labors to impress with his Southern period thriller "The Keeping Room."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
No Score Yet Sleepless in New York (2015) Mr. Frei's raw documentary plumbs the soul-searching, pain and dark, obsessive thoughts that afflict these victims of lost love.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
58% The Cut (2015) Too many scenes feel routine or clichéd, sometimes even those depicting extreme experiences.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
26% Captive (2015) A credit-sequence television clip of Mr. Warren and the real Ms. Smith with Oprah Winfrey makes the entire movie feel like the strangest book infomercial in memory.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
92% 99 Homes (2015) [T]he film feels far too cut-and-dried, right down to Mike's booming Speech About America (which was made, in case you're wondering, by and for the winners).‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) Fukunaga's film conveys the physical and moral pandemonium of the civil war, but the hard-hitting material is left to wither away.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
24% 90 Minutes In Heaven (2015) Rendering a miraculous premise dull, the film seems relatively uninterested in doing more than preaching to the choir.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
82% Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (Die Andere Heimat) (2015) Nearly four hours long, "Home From Home" is imbued with the villagers' attachment to the land, but while dutifully capturing the period, the film feels less layered than Mr. Reitz's past work.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) Mr. Gibney, a prolific documentarian, not only charts Mr. Jobs's extraordinary record of marketing and innovation, but also presents a merciless anatomy of a complicated public character.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
28% Dirty Weekend (2015) A fairly weak-tea story of conflicted self-discovery that would make for a mildly engaging evening on the stage.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
82% I Touched All Your Stuff (2015) It all ends up feeling like a mystery novel that simply never revealed the key clues.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015
79% The Mend (2015) Directing his first feature after some shorts, John Magary digs into his characters with fresh eyes and a sly sense of adventure.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
100% How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at his Farm in Normandy (2015) Like Mr. Leacock's other films, it helps give the "feeling of being there" that he strove for.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2015
No Score Yet God Bless The Child (2015) "God Bless the Child" poignantly illustrates what busy, tired parents have told bored offspring for years: You have to make your own fun.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
57% Wild City (2015) Respectable but average ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
59% Samba (2015) Mr. Toledano and Mr. Nakache, who wrote the scattered screenplay, have a well-honed touch for comic beats and a feel for workaday details. That comes in handy when their points about French identity miss the mark ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
19% The Vatican Tapes (2015) The director Mark Neveldine deploys queasy lighting and a trembling score, but his best choice is to let Ms. Dudley stare at us. She conveys unnerving shifts in self-awareness and sinister intent with her eyes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
50% Meet Me In Montenegro (2015) This story has echoes of a Richard Linklater story, but peters out early on and an interminable voice-over grinds every other dramatic moment into dust.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
78% Zarafa (2015) This hand-drawn French adventure is a children's story in the routine template of many friends-and-villains quests, but with a fresh historical setting and a serenely subdued look.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
95% Amy (2015) But the voyeurism that Kapadia managed to evade with Senna becomes inescapable in Amy, with the story having the added weakness of feeling warmed-over thanks to Winehouse's extensive media exposure while her travails were unfolding.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2015
85% Glass Chin (2015) Despite an appealing fondness for New York locations and habits, Mr. Buschel and his cinematographer, Ryan Samul, have embalmed their film in style.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
No Score Yet Evaporating Borders (2015) Despite the urgent subject matter and lyrical touches, it's a film that needs further layers of complication and texture.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2015
49% Manglehorn (2015) In the hands of Mr. Pacino, a story of self-realization has a bit more groove in its step than it usually does (and shades of darker moods).‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2015
20% Chagall-Malevich (2015) It's a literally colorful and playful attempt to portray battlefields of artistic ambition and political struggle. But its dialogue and characters are also written as subtly as a radical manifesto.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
94% Charlie's Country (2015) Using a combination of bleak realism, fatalistic humor and a healthy dose of sentimentality, Mr. de Heer traces the downward spiral of a man who has become a refugee in his own homeland.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015