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
83% 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
82% 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
89% 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
32% 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
81% 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
85% 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
71% 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
28% 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
87% 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
93% 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
94% 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
86% 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
50% 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
89% 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
2/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) There are some fun moments in the film's back half, but Suburbicon is only the latest in an increasingly long list of flops that demonstrate that the unflappable movie star is better suited in front of the camera. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 49% Downsizing (2017) If you want to simply laugh at Downsizing, you can. In fact, the film changes lanes so many times that just sitting back and enjoying the wild ride is a perfectly reasonable strategy. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
4/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) You'll laugh, and then hate yourself for laughing. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
76% Crown Heights (2017) With subtle touches, Crown Heights deftly sketches a portrait of a system designed to fail those without money or influence. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) It's an impressive, calculating film about a pair of loners torn between academia and the real world. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
82% Brigsby Bear (2017) For some, Brigsby Bear might feel saccharine or sentimental, but it is a worthwhile antidote to the cynicism that we often apply to Hollywood franchises. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) With little use for the cinematic conventions that humans have relied upon for over a century, it makes every romantic comedy, superhero flick, or Oscar-bait tearjerker feel like a relic from an ancient past, and boy, has it arrived just in time. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
78% The Little Hours (2017) It's the kind of movie a 12-year-old boy might stay up late to catch on Cinemax: sweetly sophomoric, not so much a film as a series of sporadically funny sketches taking low-brow shots at a broad target. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) It's a dynamic situation, but while Coppola tantalizes effectively, the story itself has too much possibility and not enough follow-through. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
89% Maudie (2017) Maudie is a slow, earnest film that pleasantly subverts the narrow-minded hagiography we expect from the story of an artist. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
76% Manifesto (2017) For anyone who has ever said, "Cate Blanchett is such a great actress that I would watch her read the phone book," Manifesto is here to hold you accountable. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017