Raquel Stecher

Raquel Stecher
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Lina from Lima (Lina de Lima) (2019) Lina from Lima is colorful and vibrant as it is ordinary. The spectacle of the musical numbers intermingled with scenes from Lina's every day life make for an unconventional, bewildering yet ultimately entertaining film - Cine Suffragette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) gorgeous and mesmerizing film. Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel bring an intensity that is simply awe inspiring. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
41% Seberg (2019) a mixed bag... felt overly conventional and a bit cheesy. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
94% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) a diverse retelling of Dickens' novel that is clever, quirky, and hilarious and boasts a spectacular cast. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
80% The Domain (A herdade) (2019) gorgeously shot, firmly rooted in Portuguese culture and history... However the film is overly long and takes too much time to solve its final dilemma. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
60% Disco (2019) Disco offers an interesting conceit but the story never quite gels. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
87% Judy (2019) Judy explores the darkest days of Judy Garland's life while also capturing what made her such a beloved legend. Zellweger shines despite the film's flaws. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) a touching tribute... Mister Rogers gets a supporting role in his own biopic and that's just the way he would have wanted it. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
46% The Moneychanger (Así habló el cambista) (2019) It has a terrific sense of place and time and offers wonderful performances... suffers from a lack of consistent tension and overall clarity. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
100% White Lie (2019) a taut and compelling drama that offers only harsh realities and no explanations. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
60% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) takes a strange turn which brings the conflict to its resolution. ... inventive in its storytelling and its solutions, offers fine performances and is enjoyable as both a dark family drama and a pseudo-horror flick. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
75% Sea Fever (2019) Sea Fever feels both classic and brand new... doesn't depend on elaborate action sequences or fancy special effects... Instead it latches on to its characters and won't let go. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
57% While at War (Mientras Dure La Guerra) (2019) While at War offers a grand production, fine performances but lacked in emotion. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
100% Knuckle City (2019) absolutely riveting and just plain brutal. This film is gritty and intense and it grabs hold of you and doesn't let go. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
100% Hope (Håp) (2019) Hope is a heart-wrenching film that will leave you emotionally devastated - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
No Score Yet The Narcissists (2017) In an age of quick cuts and short attention spans, The Narcissists offers something refreshingly different. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
94% Rafiki (2019) Rafiki is a gorgeously haunting film that is equal parts heart-breaking and hopeful... It's vibrant and full of life. It's simple yet bold. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
No Score Yet Coquette (1929) This film's historical significance is more interesting than the film itself which I found to be quite dull and lifeless. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) The Heiresses is a quiet and spare lesbian drama. It will resonate with anyone who has settled into their ways and suddenly finds themselves having to reinvent their life. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
83% Tom Horn (1980) an aimless Western [with] woefully underdeveloped characters - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
25% Xanadu (1980) Xanadu is total confection. It's 100% ridiculous. Very little of it makes sense.... They really should have nixed the idea of finding a Gibb look-a-like and went with a song-and-dance man instead. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
No Score Yet Nothing Really Happens (2017) a quirky, offbeat film... serves as a metaphysical exploration of how disconnected we are as a society. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
100% Ekaj (2015) a modern day Midnight Cowboy. It's raw, gritty, sensitive, organic and real. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
55% Summer Night (2019) a lighthearted drama with comedic moments [but] perpetuates stereotypes. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
100% Queering The Script (2019) Queering the Script is an enlightening documentary that shines a much needed spotlight on queer representation. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Greta is a psychological thriller that had potential but instead of taking a deep dive it stays in the shallow end leaving viewers wanting more. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) a profoundly important and enlightening documentary on an early filmmaking pioneer that time threatened to forget. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) a moody and atmospheric drama that explores how government corruption enables the worst in human behavior. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
74% Armstrong (2019) an intimate portrait of an extraordinary individual and required viewing for anyone who appreciated First Man. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
No Score Yet Madame X (1966) worth watching for the fine cast of performers but the story is tiresome. There is no respite from all the suffering Holly has to go through and that made me feel exhausted by the end of that 1 hour and 40 minute journey. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
No Score Yet Professional Sweetheart (1933) Professional Sweetheart (1933) is a lighthearted Pre-Code with a fantastic cast and a lot of charm. It suffers from the trappings of the era most notably in the depiction of gender and race. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) a satisfying combination of baseball and WWII history but works on its own as a biographical documentary about a fascinating subject... gets a bit muddled with some of the details... - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
100% The Lavender Scare (2019) serves as an important primer on a lesser known aspect of our government's history. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
93% Starfish (2019) Starfish transforms the mourning process into a cosmic and post-apocalyptic drama that is as quiet and spare as it is fraught with tension and mystery. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
91% Seven Days in May (1964) one of the finest political thrillers ever made - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
90% Sylvia Scarlett (1935) Sylvia Scarlett suffers from a convoluted plot ... Contemporary audiences will be more apt to appreciate the film's exploration of gender identity. It's truly ahead of its time. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
80% This is not Berlin (2019) a deep exploration of artistic expression and finding your true self. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
90% We Believe In Dinosaurs (2019) opens up a dialogue about America's problematic relationship with science. Where it lacks in storytelling it makes up for in starting the much needed conversation that we've all been avoiding. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
83% Marilyn (2019) the film holds the viewer at arm's length. We're with Marcos/Marilyn the whole time but we don't really get to know this character all too well. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
50% The Prize (1963) The Prize is a Cold War thriller that doesn't take itself too seriously but really should have. It's a convoluted mess of a film. The dramatic and comedic elements clash and on the whole the story feels disjointed. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
57% Desert Fury (Desert Town) (1947) Desert Fury is delightful melodramatic confection. It's not a good film by any means but boy is it enjoyable. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
56% The Beach Bum (2019) The Beach Bum is one wild ride... And you have to be on board for this ride. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
71% Instant Dreams (2019) a moody and atmospheric eulogy to a lost technology... poetic approach in storytelling and visual artistry. If you're looking for a more traditional documentary on the history of Polaroid, this isn't it. ... it won't be to everyone's taste. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Browsing Effect (2019) There were some enjoyable scenes but overall The Browsing Effect was a mixed bag. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) a heartfelt ode to two comedic geniuses whose identities were inextricably tied to each other. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
No Score Yet Electric Love (2018) Electric Love is an enjoyable little indie about modern day dating... not a groundbreaking story but a reassuring one. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
No Score Yet Sunset Over Mulholland Drive (2019) an important doc for the sole reason that it brings awareness to those elderly members of the entertainment industry who ... are at risk of being forgotten... I felt the film a bit rushed... perhaps it could have gone in a different direction. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
86% Sister Aimee (2019) Sister Aimee is a brilliant road trip movie centered on empowered female characters and reimagines an obscure event from early 20th century American history. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
No Score Yet Strange Negotiations (2019) Strange Negotiations is a poetic and deeply personal documentary about the loss of faith and the struggle to find oneself. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
No Score Yet The Longest Night (La mala noche) (2019) a heart-pounding thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat. It's brilliantly directed with some terrific cinematography and excellent story telling. Lead actress Noëlle Schönwald delivers a powerful performance. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019