Oleg Ivanov

Oleg Ivanov
Oleg Ivanov's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine
Publications: Slant Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 91% Framing John DeLorean (2019) John DeLorean has a biography that could have been reverse engineered from a Hollywood epic about the rise and fall of an auto-industry mogul. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
1.5/4 75% Dreamland (2019) Miles Joris-Peyrafitte's ultimately succumbs to melodramatic clichés and simplistic political demagoguery. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2/4 45% Georgetown (2019) Georgetown adds up to an occasionally amusing and insightful beltway satire that's ultimately undone by its conventional mise-en-scène and predictable plot. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet It's an occasionally amusing and insightful beltway satire that's ultimately undone by its conventional mise-en-scène and predictable plot. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
1/4 46% Mary Magdalene (2019) As the plot mechanically moves through Jesus's greatest hits, the narrative focuses less and less on Mary Magdalene until her life feels completely beside the point. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
1.5/4 80% Wall (2017) So much of the film is given over to highlighting David Hare's confusion as a tourist in a conflict he can never fully comprehend. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
2/4 67% The Seagull (2018) Michael Mayer's film adaptation, while certainly reverential to Chekhov's classic, feels utterly conventional in today's cinematic landscape. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2018
3/4 91% Big Fish & Begonia (2018) In the sly exchanges between the teenage protagonists and their elders, the film reflects a nation's shifting tides. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
2/4 73% Final Portrait (2018) As seen through Lord's eyes, the dramas and passions on display throughout the film come off as melodramas and grotesqueries. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
2.5/4 55% The Forgiven (2018) Roland Joffé's film is largely successful in its attempt to grapple with the terrible truths of apartheid and its legacy. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
2/4 49% Submission (2018) This tentative questioning of the sometimes unscrupulous methods and deleterious consequences of political correctness is further undermined by Ted's insipid character and general indifference to his fate. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
3/4 81% The Party (2018) It captures the qualities of live theater that are rarely transmitted to film, of being immediate, alive, and spontaneous, as if the viewer is just a stone's throw away from the characters. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
2/4 71% West of the Jordan River (2018) The result is a work that feels like a preamble to a larger statement that the filmmaker can't manage to formulate. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
1.5/4 69% Beuys (2018) The film's most egregious omission is its failure to seriously address Beuys voluntarily joining the Hitler Youth and serving with the Luftwaffe. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
1.5/4 53% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Throughout the film, a promising character study is smothered beneath lazy genre machinations. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/4 57% LBJ (2017) Rob Reiner's film fails to do justice to both the man and the fraught times he so fundamentally influenced. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 86% The Giant (Jätten) (2016) The film is a shrewd political commentary and canny portrait of a society continuing to wrestle with its ineffaceable cruelty. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
1.5/4 89% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore trades in the kind of us-versus-them mentality that characterizes our current political discourse. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2017
2/4 14% Bitter Harvest (2017) The film is an awkward mix of swashbuckling love story and polemic, painted in very broad strokes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
1.5/4 77% The Daughter (2017) It too often strains for a tragic gravity that its ultimately melodramatic characters never earn. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
2.5/4 33% A Kind of Murder (2016) The film seems more interested in its art design then in fully developing the story's underlying sexual ethics. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
3/4 80% On the Map (2016) It capsures how sports can sometimes bring wholly disparate people together to accomplish feats that change the destiny of an entire people. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
3/4 22% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Both a potent rendering of and cure for the holiday blues, Bad Santa 2 shows that even the most hopeless situations can be remedied and that just about anyone is capable of redemption. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
3/4 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) Aisholpan's liberation is a harbinger of the growing pressure that the outside world exerts on a once isolated community. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
1.5/4 94% Little Sister (2016) The film's attempt at political insight and portrayal of social malaise are meant to give it the illusion of depth. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Homeland: Iraq Year Zero (2016) Throughout his nearly six-hour documentary, Abbas Fahdel is content with showing only the outer surface of people's lives. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
2.5/4 92% Sieranevada (2016) The barely muffled anger and violence of the social ills at Sieranevada's core hint at but never reveal the larger political chaos seemingly waiting to erupt just off camera. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 82% Denial (2016) Denial shows that people's misfortunes need not preclude them from living virtuous lives founded on basic human decency. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2016
3.5/4 93% Neruda (2016) Pablo Larraín has captured Pablo Neruda in all of his pomposity, pretense, courage, and undeniable genius. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
2.5/4 78% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) The haphazard blending of fact and clips from disparate films unrelated to Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee's ordeal confuses an already intricate tale. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
3/4 88% Dancer (2016) It does an admirable job of exploring the physical and emotional sacrifices required to be a success in the highly competitive world of ballet. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
2/4 60% Snowden (2016) It depicts Edward Snowden's ethical dilemmas in a political vacuum that disregards America's increasingly complex security threats. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
3/4 91% Transpecos (2016) Violence in Transpecos is sparse, but the filmmakers use it with a narrative precision that highlights the unforgiving consequences that accompanies every choice in this desolate borderland. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
95% Among the Believers (2016) Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi's Among the Believers takes viewers to the frontlines of an ideological battle playing out in the Islamic world that receives little coverage in the Western media. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
.5/4 93% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) The film comes unsettlingly close to being an apologia for the kind of violence that stems from adolescent disaffection. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
3/4 70% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) It mostly succeeds in capturing the nuances of an event that continues to arouse passionate debate to this day. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
2.5/4 85% Imperium (2016) It demonstrates both the fatal proximity and deceptive distance that can exist between the words and deeds of extremists. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
3/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) It offers a powerful metaphor for the manner in which we carry the memories of our departed inside ourselves. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
3.5/4 66% Anthropoid (2016) Director Sean Ellis's film offers a potent examination of the moral rectitude of resistance. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
2.5/4 72% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) The film works as both a modern morality play for our globalized world and as an indictment of Europe's ethical bankruptcy. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
3/4 91% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) It presents a captivating portrait of one of the era's greatest defenders of artistic freedom and a true American original. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
3/4 53% Genius (2016) It makes a convincing argument for viewing Thomas Wolfe's work as a product of the excess and exuberance of the 1920s. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
1.5/4 67% The Final Master (2016) The film is a seemingly endless series of convoluted double-dealing, backstabbing, and factional realignment. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
3.5/4 89% Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradona) (1973) Eiichi Yamamoto's cult anime strikes a perfect balance between midnight-movie enchantment and arthouse sophistication. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2016
1/4 26% Colonia (2016) Nothing more than leftwing exploitation cinema, a cheap thriller dressed up in the guise of a social-justice exposé. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
3/4 96% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) It provocatively has audiences see the world's current ecological concerns in a different and unexpected light. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2016
3.5/4 90% City Of Gold (2016) The film affectively defends food critic Jonathan Gold's assertion that it's ultimately cooking that makes us human. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
2.5/4 94% Colliding Dreams (2016) The filmmakers' perspective is firmly aligned with the views of liberal Zionism, as the leftist peace activists are given the most screen time. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2016
65% Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016) Celestine's eventual submission to this evil and violent man becomes an eloquent indictment of a nation's anti-Semitism. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
93% The Little Prince (2016) While the scenes with the little prince and the aviator are whimsically charming, they fail to make up for the framing plot's trivialization of the source material, undermining the original story's beguiling, tragic quality. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016