Raquel Stecher

Raquel Stecher
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
53% 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
64% 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
83% 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
80% Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall (2019) a compelling portrait of a difficult man with great talent who made an impact on the careers of the 20th century rock stars we know and love. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
100% South Mountain (2019) Director Hilary Brougher's South Mountain is a beautiful, quiet film about a couple's break-up and its repercussions. It stays true to the messy nature of family dynamics. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
No Score Yet Sakawa (2019) Sakawais a compelling doc that offers insight into the world of internet scammers of Ghana.There are no interviews and we don't learn their names. The film holds the viewer at arms-length which is necessary to keep us in as neutral a space as possible. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
No Score Yet Being Impossible (Yo, imposible) (2019) Director Patricia Ortega's Being Impossible/Yo imposible is a hard pill to swallow. It's a heavy-handed story that offers little to an audience that will be overwhelmed by the subject matter. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
No Score Yet Qualified (2019) Director Jenna Ricker's Qualified follows the career of Janet Guthrie and all its ups and downs. And there were a lot of downs... takes its viewers on an emotional journey. [Delivers] a powerful message for any woman of any age. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
No Score Yet Days of the Whale (2019) Days of the Whale is a promising debut from a fresh new voice. It explores art as both expression and defiance and shines a spotlight on one of the lesser known urban communities of South America... fantastic soundtrack. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
No Score Yet Tread (2019) Tread is a compelling and slick documentary about this little known event... the film overall was a bit too polished with some fancy drone shots and slow motion action sequences that felt unnecessary. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
No Score Yet Salvage (2019) Salvage is a fascinating documentary and viewers will gain perspective on what it means to be part of a consumer culture - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
No Score Yet Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy (2019) Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy is a charming documentary that allows its subject's vibrant personality shine through. It also serves as one way we can ensure Kennedy's contributions to preserving Mexican food culture is appreciated for decades to come. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
No Score Yet Woman Wanted (1935) Woman Wanted is a light drama that is equal parts endearing and eccentric. Worth watching for the superb cast. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
89% In Search of Greatness (2018) In Search of Greatness is a fascinating documentary with a ground-breaking message. This is a necessary viewing for anyone interested in sports psychology. Downside: the subjects are overwhelmingly male. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
No Score Yet The Last Command (1955) The Last Command (1955) is not exceptional but is enjoyable. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman makes a bold political statement about racism in an effective way. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
100% End Game (2018) End Game is painful to watch and maybe you'll think you can't get through all 40 minutes of it. But you can and you will and you'll be better for it. It tackles a difficult subject in a sympathetic and respectful way. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
No Score Yet Memphis '69 (2019) Memphis '69 takes viewers on a time travel trip to this one-of-a-kind blues festival. It lingers over many of the performances and also captures the spirit of the time. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
No Score Yet We Are Thankful (Siyabonga) (2019) We Are Thankful is an interesting experiment in blending documentary and narrative feature in a self-referential way. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
100% Black Sheep (2018) a compelling documentary about a difficult subject. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
No Score Yet Impetus (2019) Impetus is an inventive exploration of the metaphysical. However it struggles to keep the viewer's attention. While the story got away from me the philosophical ideas stuck. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) It's beautiful, poetic, disturbing and horrifying all at once - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
88% Social Animals (2018) a relevant documentary that relies on the voices of the Instagram generation to shine a spotlight on this new social dynamic. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
No Score Yet The Black Windmill (1974) The Black Windmill suffers from a lack of real tension and a convoluted plot. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
No Score Yet Hideout (1934) a sweet and charming romance. I love the concept of a city gangster out of his element in the country. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
No Score Yet Strange Bedfellows (1965) Strange Bedfellows is not as good as Come September but worth watching to see Lollobrigida and Hudson together again - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
87% Get Carter (1971) one of the most brutal revenge stories of all time. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
No Score Yet Lisbon (1956) Story-wise, Lisbon was kind of a disappointment. It took too long to get to the point... - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
No Score Yet Alright Now (2018) Alright Now is a charming indie movie that goes with the flow and lets the main character take her story where it will - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) an ode to coming of age in a world where social media is part of our every day lives. But for adults watching the film, it's also a story about anxiety and its overwhelming effects. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
100% A Moment in the Reeds (2017) spare, raw and poetic - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
86% Gold Star (2017) a profoundly moving film with an important story to tell. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
63% The Rainbow Experiment (2018) raw, powerful and experimental... expertly explores the failure to communicate between adults and teens. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
80% The Big Steal (1949) For fans of Out of the Past (1947), seeing Mitchum and Greer together again, albeit in a very different type of movie, is a treat. It's not a great film but it's enjoyable viewing for Noirvember. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
40% Swiped (2018) a tender-hearted comedy about the importance of face-to-face connections in an increasingly disconnected world. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
100% Family in Transition (2018) This fascinating documentary is not afraid to tackle some harsh truths about gender dynamics within the family sphere. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
88% Lez Bomb (2018) quirky, off-beat and all around charming... has a lot of heart. - Quelle Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
No Score Yet Going Hollywood (1923) Going Hollywood (1933) is just the sort of bizarre musical that needs to be seen to be believed. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
No Score Yet Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) Meet Me Las Vegas is a feast for the eyes and entertaining to boot. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
No Score Yet Brother Rat (1938) Brother Rat and Brother Rat and a Baby are light comedic fare. They are perfect for anyone who is a fan of the era, a fan of any of the cast members and Brother Rat especially should be a must-see for anyone who likes collegiate films. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
No Score Yet Brother Rat and a Baby (Baby Be Good) (1940) Brother Rat and Brother Rat and a Baby are light comedic fare. They are perfect for anyone who is a fan of the era, a fan of any of the cast members and Brother Rat especially should be a must-see for anyone who likes collegiate films. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
88% Arrowsmith (1931) Even with its flaws Arrowsmith (1931) is a glorious Pre-Code film. It tackles a difficult subject, isn't afraid to experiment and there is a refreshing lack of racism. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
100% The Lusty Men (1952) Beautifully shot... plenty of symbolic imagery. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
No Score Yet Anne of Green Gables (1934) Anne of Green Gables (1934) captures all the charm of the original story. What it lacks in plot it makes up for in ambiance. - Out of the Past EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018