Phoebe Chen

Phoebe Chen
Phoebe Chen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): 4:3 MUBI
Publications: 4:3, MUBI

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Roma (2018) However easy it is to dismiss a static or slow camera as performing attentiveness, it works - I have never looked so hard at soapsuds. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Although nothing is explicitly surreal, there are enough off-kilter intrusions to cast the everyday in an odd light, where the inexplicable opens a story to unseen possibilities. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
Recommended 95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) It's in Mungiu's skillful structuring that his themes are given their complexity, through multiple threads that unravel at different rhythms. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
Not Recommended 70% Happy End (2017) The film unfolds like a curation of his favourite ideas from movies past, a self-referential object predictably filtered through the theme of bourgeois malaise. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
Highly Recommended 95% The Love Witch (2016) Biller's challenge of the surface dares us to be mesmerised without being beguiled, and to parse the realm of female agency without demonising its contradictions. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
Not Recommended 61% The Light Between Oceans (2016) What I find so jarring about The Light Between Oceans isn't just its unabashed sentimentality, but its utter reducibility. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
Recommended 97% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) To see Wang simply operating the camera is gratifying; a gesture that asserts critical presence in the face of state-orchestrated odds. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
Recommended No Score Yet We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited (2015) ... the film's focus on the history of Native American struggle lifts what would otherwise play out like an extended behind-the-scenes featurette. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017