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Patrick Z. McGavin

Patrick Z. McGavin
Patrick Z. McGavin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Hollywood Reporter, Movieline, Screen International

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) The entrancing fifth feature of the Zellner brothers, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, is like found art in the beguiling, haunting manner it combines the seemingly ridiculous and desperate with an ineffable and quiet sadness. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 15, 2015
100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) Mesmerizing, chilling and greatly disturbing. ‐
Posted Apr 27, 2015
2.5/4 80% Human Capital (2015) The film is further undone by an overwrought ending and toneless conclusion that proves too soft to energize the movie's implied though underdeveloped social critique. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) The New Zealand-made art comedy What We Do in the Shadows is a bracing reminder of how the right burst of energy and style breathes fresh ideas into a genre threatened with creative exhaustion. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/4 42% Step Up Revolution (2012) At its best, it embodies emotion through movement. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 26, 2012
3/4 92% Farewell, My Queen (2012) Jacquot subtly shifts the movie's force and moral inquiry towards Seydoux, and her alert performance provides a melancholy humanity. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 25, 2012
2/4 29% Red Lights (2012) The initial poetry of terror gives way to a wildly baroque and incident-packed plot that proves hyperbolic, mannered, and ridiculously overwrought. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 25, 2012
2.5/4 87% Polisse (2012) The film's one great scene ... is cancelled out by the baroquely improbable and absurdly overwrought ending. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 24, 2012
3.5/4 80% Un amour de jeunesse (Goodbye First Love) (2012) The autobiographical third feature from French director Mia Hansen-Løve limns the ecstasy and tumult of youthful, sometimes self-destructive passion. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 10, 2012
3.5/4 88% In Darkness (2012) Working with the superb cinematographer Jolanta Dylewska, Holland draws on the restricted light and vertiginous space to achieve immersive, tactile imagery that is appalling and unforgettable. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 8, 2012
3.5/4 86% Miss Bala (2012) Sigman's tremulous, vivid performance anchors the movie. It's a knockout. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 24, 2012
77% Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2005) The ethereal private moments and inspired passages are beautifully shot by Jean-Marie Dreujou, but Dai never quite organizes the material dramatically, and the tone is too often jagged and disruptive. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 18, 2010
No Score Yet Babar - King Of The Elephants (1999) The composition and imagery are workmanlike at best, but the score is jaunty and witty and the middle section is breezy fun ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 29, 2010
89% Moon (2009) A frequently engrossing science fiction story given a particular tension and seriousness by its moral inquiry into what it means to be fully human and alive. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 16, 2009
92% Sugar (2008) In a word, Sugar is extraordinary. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 16, 2009
100% Afghan Star (2009) Not a radical act of film-making and visually, it is far from an inspired piece of work - but it's a great example of a film where the strong content rules supreme. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 23, 2009
54% Choke (2008) The movie's not quite there, but it represents a dark ride into the night that unleashes a series of precarious thrills. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
78% A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2008) The minor key and quietly observational work is not earth-shattering or particularly urgent, though it enables a talented filmmaker to work through personal ideas about assimilation and family conflict in an open, smart and gracious way. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
82% Trumbo (2007) Trumbo is hurt by an unwillingness to actually explore Trumbo's own politics and delve into his actual beliefs about communism, Stalin or Marxist ideology. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
57% One Week (2008) Another dispiriting example of a director using sickness and physical deterioration in rationalising dishonest and narcissistic behaviour. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
50% Assassination of a High School President (2008) Brett Simon's Assassination of a High School President is a small and pleasant surprise. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
67% The Escapist (2008) Wyatt and his superb cast pull it together in the movie's boldly-imagined final act that justifies the movie's sometimes elusive form and turns it into something a cut above the rest. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
33% The Guitar (2008) Saffron Burrows is commanding as a distraught woman who finds a novel way to cope with tragedy, but the movie constantly subverts realistic detail with the fantastic in ways that are not dramatically satisfying. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2008
81% Nothing But the Truth (2008) A miscalculated piece damaged by poor direction, mediocre writing and performances that feel consistently misguided and off-key. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 9, 2008
74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) The whole never quite registers as forcefully as individual pieces. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 9, 2008
92% Bloody Sunday (2002) Greengrass sacrifices character and plot to a chilling impressionistic stylization. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 11, 2008
63% The Merry Gentleman (2009) [Keaton] summons a wonderful performance by Kelly Macdonald and strong character distinction to the secondary players, but otherwise his movie works only in fragments. ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 1, 2008
51% What Just Happened? (2008) A desultory Hollywood satire that fatally lacks the guts or verve to say anything vitally new or different. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 22, 2008
50% Mother of Tears: The Third Mother (2007) As a piece of narrative, however, the movie is virtually incomprehensible. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 22, 2007
B- 76% Stardust (2007) The movie is jaunty and stylish and is blessed with some fun stretches. ‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Aug 8, 2007
B 78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Dark, malevolent, and serious, this Harry Potter was designed by its new writer, director, and composer as a waking nightmare.‐ EmanuelLevy.Com
Posted Jul 4, 2007
99% Bus 174 (Ônibus 174) (2003) Padilha allows neither easy answers nor ironic commentary, producing on both sides of the conflict a world of inconsolable grief. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 8, 2007
0% Sex, Politics & Cocktails (2002) Less a narrative than a haphazard succession of vignettes populated by crude stereotypes instead of credible characters. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 19, 2004
3.5/4 94% Manito (2003) Captures in unadorned style the energy and emotions binding a Dominican family in Manhattan's Washington Heights section. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 12, 2003
2/4 82% Bugs! (2003) Narrated with stentorian authority by English actress Dame Judi Dench, and watching this IMAX movie often feels like being at the receiving end of a dry, dull lecture. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 15, 2003
2/4 16% Pokemon Heroes (2003) It looks cheap and feels slapped together. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 15, 2003
2.5/4 50% Onmyoji (2001) Rarely solemn or dull, and Takita holds its disparate parts together fairly well. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 1, 2003
3.5/4 80% Japon (2003) It is the work of a remarkable new talent. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 17, 2003
2/4 81% Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) Though Better Luck Tomorrow is the work of an intriguing new talent, there remains something amiss about a movie so desperate to legitimize its own daring. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2003
3/4 64% Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Kaubôi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira) (2003) This is magnetic, beautiful stuff.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 3, 2003
2/4 No Score Yet All About You (2001) Utterly lacking surprise, tension or any flair. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 25, 2003
1/4 7% Boat Trip (2003) The movie's offenses are too numerous to catalog.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2003
3/4 52% Down & Out With the Dolls (2003) The movie belongs to the women, and they perform with attitude and power.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2003
2.5/4 67% Amen (2003) On its own terms, Amen is a memorably prickly film.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 6, 2003
2.5/4 81% Baraka (1993) The form is ravishing, though the content suffers by comparison.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 9, 2003
2.5/4 64% The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) By the second hour, Miike's story fails to punctuate its powerful setup, and the work, much like the family itself, ends up a tangled mess. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 5, 2002
3/4 89% Comment j'ai tué mon père (My Father and I) (2001) Cold, nervy and memorable. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 21, 2002
3/4 67% Interview with the Assassin (2002) Consummate actor Barry has done excellent work here. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 21, 2002
3.5/4 74% His Secret Life (2001) A boisterous, occasionally deft but also finally strained and uneven work. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 14, 2002
3.5/4 77% Quitting (2002) Daring and beautifully made. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 14, 2002