Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader
Tomatometer-approved critic
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet To Ingrid My Love, Lisa (1969) A reassuring film because it demonstrates that a 26-year-old New Yorker with no talent can still scrape up enough money to make a dirty movie in Sweden and get major distribution in the States. It's the American Dream. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
No Score Yet Black on White (1969) It does offer one of the rarest of film delights, an intimate sense of style, that is, a way of perceiving life which seems immediate and infectuous. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
83% Faces (1968) The result is a film with a confused on-screen life, but with a rich cocktail party life-span. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
96% The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu) (1939) A truly complex film--and an entertaining one. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet The Magus (1968) The Magus not only suffers from [director Guy] Green's lack of intuition and precision (that is, everything that separates a didacticist from an artist), but also from Fowles' directly transcribed literary illusions. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
64% Skammen (Shame) (1968) It is a masterpiece of war and art. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Tell Me Lies (1968) The pity is that Tell Me Lies is such a timely film and suffers out of context. It was made in the heat of battle and sought no more audience or influence than was immediately available. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Joanna (1968) Just because [director] Michael Same is young, hip, and sincere, doesn't mean Joanna isn't an exploitation film. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
67% Hell in the Pacific (1968) Hell in the Pacific, for all its good intentions, is boring. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
96% Stolen Kisses (Baisers Volés) (1968) Francoise Truffaut's Stolen Kisses is so good, so impeccably crafted, that it catches us by surprise. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
75% Isadora (The Loves of Isadora) (1969) In Isadora Vanessa Redgrave finds the role she was made to create. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
100% War and Peace (Voyna i Mir) (1968) Bondarchuk's greatest achievement in adapting War and Peace was surprisingly enough, the style. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
100% Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux) (1932) It is a tribute to the permanence of the cinema and the art of Jean Renoir that [Boudu Saved From Drowning] is today, dollar for dollar, one of the best movie investments in Los Angeles. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
84% The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) Miss [Maggie] Smith's performance is in the best English tradition of such elocutionary actresses as Beatrice Lilly and Edith Evans. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
83% Model Shop (1968) Model Shop doesn't look like the failure of an accomplished film-maker, but like the work of a hippie-come-lately hack. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
No Score Yet La Prisonnière (Female Prisoner) (Woman in Chains) (1969) As much as I dread another picture about a still photographer, I would still like to see justice done to that metaphor. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
43% The Illustrated Man (1969) The Illustrated Man substitutes ostentatious techniques for good storytelling. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
100% Goodbye, Columbus (1969) It is rich and wonderful; and although flawed and far from being the best film of the year, I think it will deeply touch more people than any other film this year. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
91% The Firemen's Ball (1968) A showcase for [director Milos] Forman's unique talents. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
95% Pickpocket (1959) [Robert] Bresson always choses the most realistic settings and situations. He makes a great use of two of film's most credible devices: the narration and the printed word. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
96% Monterey Pop (1968) All that is left of the original Pennebaker method is the shell of technique. But anyone can emulate cinema-verite's shakey, grainy style. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
No Score Yet Come Play With Me (Grazie, Zia) (1968) Grazie, Ziea is the sort of film a 17-year old would write. It is also the sort of film a 17-year old should have abandoned by the time he has reached 24, in lieu of something more tough-minded and honest. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
No Score Yet Popi (1969) A highly contrived, yet potentially powerful plot. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
88% Greetings (1968) The funniest and most contemporary American comedy since Dr. Strangelove... DePalma blends the comic styles of Godard and The Committee. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
83% Teorema (Theorem) (1968) Tedious, jejune, and silly. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet Naked Angels (1969) [Bruce] Clark, like many university filmmakers, has very little sense of acting or actors. Clark may say that acting is unimportant, as he has, but it certainly makes his film boring. - Los Angeles Free Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020