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R. Emmet Sweeney

R. Emmet Sweeney
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% Funny People (2009) Funny People is deeply personal and intriguingly abstract, a bittersweet vision of a comedian's mournful existence.‐ The Rumpus
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
88% Emelie (2016) Michael Thelin's perversely effective debut feature is a little thriller that pokes and prods at the fears of young parents...Thelin builds these traumas slowly, and exploits the natural and playful performances of the kids for maximum queasiness.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
60% Non-Stop (2014) With Non-Stop, Collet-Serra confirms his status of one of Hollywood's most inventive genre artists (and one of the last to shoot on film).‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2015
55% Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) Hyams has created a truly unique object, a horror-action-flicker film about uniquely expressive bodies haunted by the minds and memories they are forced to house.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2015
89% Office (Hua li shang ban zu) (2015) The actors do their own singing, which may have limited Lu somewhat-for the most part, the songs can sound like temp tracks left over from an abandoned studio session, with synth guitars and skeletal melodies.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) The Farrelly's sacred space is the road trip, and once the two idiots fire up their hearse's engine the movie finds its slapstick sweet spot. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2014
100% Gebo et l'ombre (2014) 'Gebo' is an elemental thudding back to earth, body and soul entombed inside a dimly lit abode.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2014
No Score Yet Broken Lullaby, (The Man I Killed) (1932) [An] extraordinary stylistic experiment.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2014
27% Pompeii (2014) The closing images-of a self-annihilating, all-consuming passion that will be preserved for centuries-[obliterate] the line between the ridiculous and the sublime.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) What is more radical in McKay's work is his technique, which splinters the story until reality is overtaken by the phantoms of Burgundy's disturbed unconscious-where he battles blindness, minotaurs, and the ghost of Stonewall Jackson.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2013
84% Abuse of Weakness (2014) The message in Catherine Breillat's Abuse of Weakness is about the incomprehensibility of the self. It's an autobiographical purging.‐ The L Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2013
2/5 40% Nobody Walks (2012) For a film about sexual conquest, Nobody Walks is a frustratingly flaccid affair.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2012
3/5 80% The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) (1980) Schlöndorff has a tendency to sketch the rest of the cast as simple grotesques or symbols of decadence that are unconvincingly humanized in the final third.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2012
2/5 37% The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best (2012) Offering little more than flat karaoke versions of Sundance-style hits, this is strictly an amateur-hour affair.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2012
3/5 91% The Green Wave (2012) By airing an impassioned chorus of voices ranging from lawyers to religious clerics, the film argues that the 2009 protests were simply preparing the way for a larger populist movement that has yet to crest.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2012
3/5 No Score Yet Lo roim alaich (Invisible) (2013) Credit the actors for making what might have been nothing but a well-intentioned message movie (which includes real archival testimony of rape victims) into an affecting drama.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2012
1/5 50% Patagonia Rising (2012) Recent newspaper coverage will provide more context, and will take up 80 fewer minutes of your time.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2012
2/5 32% Girl In Progress (2012) Riggen's lethargic direction, which favors a monotonous procession of static, centrally framed compositions, doesn't help matters in the slightest.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 8, 2012
No Score Yet As the Call, So the Echo (2006) A stealthy love letter from son to father.‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 31, 2006
43% The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2006) Although technically impressive, the remake is dramatically inert, as the set becomes a motionless backdrop to theatrical line readings instead of a pulsing manifestation of diseased minds.‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 24, 2006
91% Blood Tea and Red String (2006) As with Henry Darger, coherence is beside the point; one just waits for the next baffling image.‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 3, 2006
89% Rocky Road to Dublin (1968) If the film's cultural work is finished, its historical place will always be secure.‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 15, 2006
40% The Color of Olives (El Color de los Olivos) (2006) Instead of posing the children in bright fill lights looking sad, why not let them speak?‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 11, 2006
67% The Garden of Earthly Delights (2006) There is magic in these intimate passion plays, which are filled with sloppy, loving detail and are mounted without a hint of pretension. Each banal moment becomes achingly gorgeous.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 21, 2006
69% Through the Fire (2006) A riveting doc of hoop dreams realized.‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 7, 2006
32% Tamara (2006) Survives solely on the repetitive pleasures of genre.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 31, 2006
6% Big Momma's House 2 (2006) As warmhearted as the original.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 31, 2006
50% 24 Hours on Craigslist (2004) A diverting infomercial.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 17, 2006
100% I Am Taraneh, I Am Fifteen Years Old (Man, Taraneh, panzdah sal daram) (2002) Sadr-Ameli opts for a tone of distanced objectivity, where melodramatic revelations are slow-pedaled; his documentary background is evident in the detailed portrait of institutional sexism and an even-handed struggle with the ethics of abortion.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 10, 2006
33% Initial D (2005) Alas, the story keeps interrupting with gobs of expectorated exposition, paving the way for the inevitable sequels to come.‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 28, 2005
61% 39 Pounds of Love (2005) 39 Pounds of Love simplifies its subject until all that's left is a name and a cloying score.‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 21, 2005
4% The Fog (2005) Making concessions at every turn to the youth-horror market, the film slashes the ages of its protagonists by some 15 years, and its IQ follows suit.‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 27, 2005
0% Don't Tell (2005) Spectacularly incompetent.‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 11, 2005
67% Before the Fall (Napola) (2004) We get tepid moralizing on dehumanization in the military.‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 4, 2005
85% Dyskoloi apohairetismoi: O babas mou (Hard Goodbyes: My Father) (2003) A tender Greek drama documenting a child's disbelief in the face of his father's death.‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2005
77% Music From the Inside Out (2005) A revealing portrait of painfully withdrawn artists navigating the tug between the divine harmony of an orchestral synthesis and the sweaty glow of individual experimentation.‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 6, 2005
93% Make It Funky (2005) A love letter to New Orleans, Make It Funky! reminds us of what has been lost in the flood, and of an artistic spirit that will never dissipate.‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 6, 2005
100% Lustre (2005) The late Bronx-born character actor Victor Argo, an Abel Ferrara standby, gives an elegiac walking tour of New York in Lustre.‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2005
80% Monumental (2005) In an age where constructing papier-maché caricatures of world leaders is considered activism, it's revealing to see a documentary where an idealist actually engages government and effects positive change.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 19, 2005
4% Modigliani (2004) Sadly, instead of situating the l'amour fou in the artistic ferment of the period (1917-1920), Davis twists the period to fit the story.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 28, 2005
36% Ethan Mao (2004) An exhausting exercise in genre mixing.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 14, 2005
No Score Yet Bustin' Bonaparte (2005) The children occupy the center with thoughtful and assured performances, nailing the refreshing moral that skepticism leads the way to better truths.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 7, 2005