Noah Gittell

Noah Gittell
Noah Gittell's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Atlantic Washington City Paper Nerdist Movie Mezzanine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
96% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) The Reports on Sarah and Saleem [is] a mostly compelling, occasionally draining political drama from Palestine. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday is a fun thought experiment minus the thought. Or much fun. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
78% A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem (2019) Gu keeps her lens trained on the film's women, who suffer the slings and arrows of league officials, the public, and even some of their fellow cheerleaders as they mount an effort to protect their own rights. It's an inspiring tale... - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
33% Being Frank (2019) Being Frank works so hard to make its male abuser sympathetic, while virtually ignoring the inner lives of the women unfortunate enough to be in his path, that each moment of empathy feels unearned and every laugh regrettable. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
89% The Souvenir (2019) It is Hogg's strong, purposeful voice that frames their relationship so perfectly... - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
82% Dogman (2019) The tension is masterfully held by its dueling lead actors, both of whom have the easy naturalism of non-professionals. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) The White Crow isn't about dance. It's about the character of Nureyev, who ultimately is not drawn well enough to warrant the attention. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
93% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Echo In the Canyon has the timeless appeal of a tasty riff. It's the sunny equivalent of a tourist bus trip past the homes of famous rock stars, and director Andrew Slater carefully avoids the dark alleys. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
44% The Chaperone (2019) You never quite know what Norma's story is about, and McGovern's performance is hardly compelling enough for that not to matter. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
61% The Public (2019) He should have let his central conceit do the talking...It is a brazen instance of white saviorism. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
55% The Beach Bum (2019) You might be fooled into thinking it actually matters, but it's really just a stoner comedy with some half-baked observations about the artistic process. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
86% When Lambs Become Lions (2018) It's an irresistible hook, so why does so much of When Lambs Become Lions feel inert? - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
81% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Ruben Brandt, Collector is a visual feast for all audiences, and it makes a coherent, anti-elitist statement that is no less profound for its simplicity: Art literally is everywhere. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Fighting with My Family may be best remembered, however, as a tale of two stars, one ascendant and one settling into the second act of his career. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Capernaum is an immersive film that you can't shake about a child that everyone else has forgotten. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) There are a lot of dots in Welcome to Marwen but little to connect them. It puts you in the shoes of its protagonist, who is overwhelmed by life and would rather live in fantasy land, but unlike him, it never finds its way out. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
82% Ben is Back (2018) It's a film for soccer moms with troubled teens, and while I suppose they deserve their movie, too, it's hard to imagine this one meaning much to anyone else. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is nasty, hilarious, obscene, absurd, and exquisite. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
86% Iceman (2019) Directed by Felix Randau, Iceman doesn't say anything that America's bleakest westerns haven't said before, but it remains thrilling as a work of pure cinema. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
75% In My Room (2018) Neither of the characters are well defined enough to be fully invested in their romance, and so many of the questions you want the film to consider-like, why were these two people left behind-go unasked. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
91% Widows (2018) Widows is ultimately a story of female empowerment, but, through its sensitive vision and careful technique, it never lets us forget the wounds that come with the victory. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Much like its protagonist, the film's occasional missteps in its attempts at survival are, well, easy enough to forgive. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
32% False Confessions (Les fausses confidences) (2017) Fundamental to the film's impact are the police videos that show false confessions being extracted. These are long, unbroken shots in which we see the accused, often a young man, get psychologically abused until they break... - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) A powerful man held accountable for harassment and abuse? Flaws aside, it's just the story we need. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
95% Blaze (2018) It's a portrait of a tragic artist who decides, consciously or not, that it's better to burn out than to fade away, and with its intimate scope, we feel the full weight of that choice. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Its most impressive accomplishment may be in how it seeks to recognize its own blind spots, ensuring that it never succumbs to the easy exploitation of Madeline that its characters do. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
92% Support the Girls (2018) Support the Girls could have been a tragedy, a comedy, or a rallying cry, but in reality it's all of them at once. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Piercing and poetic, BlacKkKlansman is perhaps best understood as an evolution of Baldwin's work, with Lee wearing the crown as one of the writer's most worthy successors. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) It's a gripping, difficult story that induces some serious claustrophobia. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) This is what adolescence feels like, and this is what we worked hard to forget. If Eighth Grade is sometimes too painful to be enjoyable, well, we can't blame it for telling the truth. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Throughout the politics and pornography, it's Stanfield's miraculously steady performance that keeps the film grounded. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
85% Nancy (2018) Andrea Riseborough may be the best actress working in film today... - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
87% Mountain (2018) In time, even death-defying feats can feel dull, and despite its 75-minute runtime, Mountain repeats itself too often. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
46% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) Perhaps the film's greatest achievement-and this praise goes squarely to Mitchell-is that it conjures up such an indomitable spirit of joy and revolution that it makes you forget all that's conventional about it. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) Schrader's brilliant film seamlessly incorporates the personal, the political, and the spiritual into one dynamic and immersive narrative. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
52% Measure of a Man (2018) It's a deceptively powerful performance, and although it is not enough to elevate the entire genre, it nonetheless separates Measure of a Man from its competitors. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) [It] might sound like a niche work, but Disobedience digs ever deeper and stuns you with how much truth it uncovers. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
93% The Endless (2018) By the end, you'll wish the whole film had remained unknown. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) It's more lucid nightmare than film, just as terrifying and self-fulfilling as anything your subconscious could conjure. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
77% The China Hustle (2018) Ultimately, it does what an issue documentary must do and nothing more: spell out a problem, underline its urgency, and leave the viewer wondering what, if anything, they can do about it. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) In The Death of Stalin, Iannucci brings his sharp ear for political doublespeak and workplace absurdity to the days after the demise of the notorious Soviet dictator...It's Iannucci's best work yet, although it might not be his funniest. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
81% Early Man (2018) Tangible and tactile, it creates the feeling of watching kids play with toys, as opposed to today's 3D animation; adults playing with toys. Director Nick Park has carried the torch for stop-motion animation for over a decade now. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) There are no contemporary cinematic guideposts for Phantom Thread; it is moved only by Anderson's peculiar vision. Looking at the human condition from an acute angle, it finds a secret passage directly into the perverse corners of the heart. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
88% The Post (2018) Pop-up books are destined to be forgotten as the reader grows up, and that's likely the same fate that will befall The Post. It's the film of our moment, but moments are fleeting. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
84% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman commands every inch of the frame, and director Joe Wright often finds him in dark spaces, with a shaft of sunlight miraculously touching only him. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
94% The Cage Fighter (2018) It's a knockout. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) It all seems so idyllic that you might wonder if it is secretly scripted, or if Varda just edited out all the conflict. The world just can't be this lovely. Can it? - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
97% Lucky (2017) The lessons learned from Lucky and Stanton's career, capped off by this moving performance, are the same: You don't have to be an expert or a virtuoso to succeed. You just have to know what story you're telling. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Those who dismiss the film based on this reading are well within their rights, but the severe lack of characterization the film gives to Abdul, a byproduct of its imperialist tendencies, is what really damns it. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It is a story of dreams made real, and the rare film that can rip your heart open and leave your brain intact. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017