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Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Private Lives (1992) "An early talkie attempt at glittering theatrical sophistication-and, somehow, in its own terms, it works. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 9, 2016
97% The Long Goodbye (1973) "Raymond Chandler's sentimental foolishness is the taking-off place for Robert Altman's heady, whirling sideshow of a movie, set in the early-seventies L.A. of the stoned sensibility. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 18, 2016
100% Whisky Galore! (1949) "[A] convivial little classic. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2016
88% Persona (1966) "[Bergman] gives us a movie within a movie, but he seems hardly to have made the enclosing movie, and then he throws away the inner one. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2016
89% An Unmarried Woman (1978) "A tenderhearted feminist picture. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2016
93% Unfaithfully Yours (1948) "One of the most sophisticated slapstick comedies ever made. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2016
95% Leave Her to Heaven (1945) "Gothic psychologizing melodrama, so preposterously full-blown and straight-faced that it's a juicy entertainment. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2016
92% The Landlord (1970) "Hal Ashby's début film as a director is one of his best. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2016
78% The Devil Is a Woman (1935) "It's a story of obsessive love, and von Sternberg's version is certainly obsessive. There's a slightly crazy daringness about his approach to the mythic. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2016
94% Nashville (1975) "The funniest epic vision of America ever to reach the screen. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2016
100% Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) "It's a bit much, but it works like magic. The cast could hardly be better " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2016
100% M (1931) "Our identification with [Lorre] as a psychopath is so complete it's hard to believe that while appearing before Fritz Lang's cameras in the daytime, he was, at night, acting as a comedian in a farce. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2016
98% The Wild Bunch (1969) "It's a traumatic poem of violence, with imagery as ambivalent as Goya's. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 28, 2016
91% Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli) (1961) "Visconti's methods are still partly neorealist, but the scale of the film is huge and operatic, and it loses the intimacy of the best neorealist films, and their breath of life. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Oct 8, 2015
100% The Long Voyage Home (1940) "One of the finest of all the movies that deal with life at sea, and one of the most successful of all attempts to put Eugene O'Neill on film ... " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Oct 8, 2015
No Score Yet Studs Lonigan (1960) "Clearly, Lerner didn't have the resources to do Farrell's characters and milieu justice, but it's an honorable low-budget effort ... and there are a few passages of daring editing that indicate what the film was aiming for. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 11, 2015
97% Pather Panchali (1955) "Beautiful, sometimes funny, and full of love, it brought a new vision of India to the screen. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 4, 2015
94% Blue Velvet (1986) "The charged erotic atmosphere makes the film something of a hallucination, but Lynch's humor keeps breaking through, too. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 15, 2015
No Score Yet China is Near (La Cina e vicina) (1967) "Bellocchio makes it all rhyme. The camera glides in and out and around the action; it moves as simply and with as much apparent ease as if it were attached to the director's forehead. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 15, 2015
100% The Last Picture Show (1971) "It's plain and uncondescending in its re-creation of what it means to be a high-school athlete, of what a country dance hall is like, of the necking in cars and movie houses, and of the desolation that follows high-school graduation. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 2, 2015
93% The Deer Hunter (1978) "It has no more moral intelligence than the Clint Eastwood action pictures, yet it's an astonishing piece of work, an uneasy mixture of violent pulp and grandiosity, with an enraptured view of common life -- poetry of the commonplace. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 2, 2015
91% The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) "Even in this truncated form it's amazing and memorable. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 5, 2015
89% Thieves Like Us (1974) "Robert Altman finds a sure, soft tone in this movie, from 1974, and he never loses it. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Dec 8, 2014
71% Dirty Dancing (1987) "The dancing here brings out the sensual dreaminess of the songs. Dirty Dancing -- what a great title! -- is such a bubbleheaded, retro vision of growing up in the sixties (or any other time) that you go out of the theatre giggling happily." ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 6, 2013
99% Metropolis (1927) "One of the last examples of the imaginative -- but often monstrous -- grandeur of the Golden Period of the German film, Metropolis is a spectacular example of Expressionist design." ‐ New Yorker
Posted Feb 25, 2013
86% Blow-Up (1966) "In Blow-Up [Antonioni] smothers this conflict in the kind of pompous platitudes the press loves to designate as proper to "mature," "adult," "sober" art. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Feb 4, 2013
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) "There's no breather in the picture, no lyricism; the only attempt at beauty is in the double sunset. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 18, 2013
93% Superman (1978) "Superman doesn't have enough conviction or courage to be solidly square and dumb; it keeps pushing smarmy big emotions at us -- but half-heartedly. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 15, 2013
71% The Towering Inferno (1974) "The movie doesn't stick together in one's head; this thing is like some junky fairground show -- a chamber of horrors with skeletons that jump up. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 15, 2013
93% Young Frankenstein (1974) "Wilder's hysteria seems perfectly natural. You never question what's driving him to it; his fits are lucid and total. They take him into a different dimension -- he delivers what Harpo promised. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 15, 2013
100% Law of Desire (1987) "This wild man has a true talent. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 14, 2013
90% Raising Arizona (1987) "Raising Arizona is no big deal, but it has a rambunctious charm. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 14, 2013
69% Street Smart (1987) "Is Morgan Freeman the greatest American actor? " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 14, 2013
94% Blood Simple (1984) "It isn't really about anything except making a commercial narrative movie outside the industry. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 14, 2013
92% Witness (1985) "Weir, an Australian filming in this country for the first time, has succumbed to blandness. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 14, 2013
93% La Bête Humaine (Judas Was a Woman)(The Human Beast) (1938) "The film has marvellous atmosphere and a fine cast, but the material, which involves brutal, uncontrollable passion seen in a social framework, turns oppressive, and at times Gabin is a lump." ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 14, 2012
90% Bonnie and Clyde (1967) "Bonnie and Clyde is the most excitingly American American movie since The Manchurian Candidate. The audience is alive to it. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Aug 30, 2012
95% Masculin Feminin (1966) "Using neither crime nor the romance of crime but a simple romance for a kind of interwoven story line, Godard has, at last, created the form he needed. It is a combination of essay, journalistic sketches, news and portraiture, love lyric and satire. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 30, 2012
80% Two for the Road (1967) "The picture never quite finds its tone. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 30, 2012
81% Fahrenheit 451 (1966) "Even at the science-fiction horror-story level, the movie fails -- partly, I think, because Truffaut is too much of an artist to exploit the vulgar possibilities in the material. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 30, 2012
No Score Yet The Bible (1966) "Huston's triumph is that despite the insanity of the attempt and the grandiosity of the project, the technology doesn't dominate the material. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 30, 2012
82% A Man for All Seasons (1966) "There's more than a little of the school pageant in the rhythm of the movie: Though it's all neater than our school drama coaches could make it, the figures group and say their assigned lines and move on. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 30, 2012
97% Chimes at Midnight (1965) "It takes large latent talent to tell the audience that you know that what you're doing isn't worth doing and still do it better than anyone else in the movie. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 30, 2012
100% Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux) (1932) "A beautifully rhythmed film that makes one nostalgic for the period when it was made." ‐ New Yorker
Posted Aug 29, 2012
90% Blow Out (1981) "It's a great movie. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 28, 2008
88% The Iceman Cometh (1973) "Eugene O'Neill's great, heavy, simplistic, mechanical, beautiful play has been given a straightforward, faithful production in handsome, dark-toned color." ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 28, 2008
98% Hairspray (1988) "When Divine's Edna Turnblad is on-screen in the sleeveless dresses she's partial to, the movie has something like the lunacy of a W. C. Fields in drag. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 28, 2008
94% Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) "The thrills are fully consumed while you're seeing this movie, and it's totally over when it's over. It's a workout. You feel as if you'd been to the desert digs: at the end your mind is blank, yet you're parched, you're puffing hard -- you want relief. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 27, 2008
88% Platoon (1986) "I know that Platoon is being acclaimed for its realism, and I expect to be chastened for being a woman finding fault with a war film. But I've probably seen as much combat as most of the men saying, 'This is how war is.'" ‐ New Yorker
Posted Mar 12, 2002
96% Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964) "It's as if a French poet took an ordinary banal American crime novel and told it to us in terms of the romance and beauty he read between the lines. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Dec 8, 2001
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