Ray Greene

Ray Greene
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5 of 4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) In his universally acceptable dreaminess and broad likability, Alden Ehrenreich is a walking hedge, a human limitation of risk. It's the movie star as politician. And that's not what I go to movies for. - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/4 81% The Party (2018) Featuring a veteran cast in top form and running just 71 minutes, this post-Brexit chamberpiece hits like a fast jab to the face--one that bruises and draws blood. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
38% Nostalgia (2018) It's quite possible to watch this tone poem to mourning with the fullest empathy while finding its central message a little unsound and a lot unwise. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
2.5 of 4 65% The Polka King (2017) Black plays to his strengths as a hipster ironist while displaying the indie acting chops he's been cultivating since at least ​"Margot at the Wedding." - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) So much movie, I think my engorged eyeballs had to stick a finger down their throats and vomit out a couple of epic battle scenes just so they could get through the finale. - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
88% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) Yonebayashi's unwavering faith in the clear values and direct narrative structures of a good storybook energize his rousing entertainment with sweep and drive. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3.5/4 95% The Breadwinner (2017) A parable about the unthinking misogyny women suffer everywhere. THE BREADWINNER is a shaken fist in a time of righteous wrath. - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/4 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It's the FOX SEARCHLIGHT disease: a slightly ​"risky" subject gets subjected to the same developmental burnishing an X-​MEN film would receive and ends up feeling just as manufactured . - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
3/4 86% Novitiate (2017) Though it can't quite transcend the cliches of its genre, NOVITIATE aspires to a higher purpose, and falteringly achieves it. - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2.5 85% Loving Vincent (2017) A crime of cinematic passion, a daring attempt at replicating a famed artist's visionary style in animated form, and a somewhat plodding detective story told in wheezy old narrative tropes that violate an often ravishing technique. - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
66% Tommy's Honour (2017) The rare sports biography that keeps its eye on the ball of character and milieu. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
76% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Had this well-meaning movie been more willing to directly embrace its origins in Barnes's luminous prose, it's quite possible it might be something special rather than something worthy. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
No Score Yet Breakable You (2018) Like a kinder, gentler version of Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors: a rumination on human fallibility and corruption with lower stakes but a lot more sexual heat in its heart. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2017
3.5/5 99% The Invisible War (2012) So powerful it's apt to change minds - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2012
4.5/5 87% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Seek this one out though, because it's too unique and too defiantly strange to survive for long in today's Darwinian and consumerist exhibition environment. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2012
1.5/5 83% Shadow Dancer (2013) Noxious, reactionary and unashamedly pro-British to a startling degree. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2012
2/5 24% The Words (2012) A movie for people who buy their novels at Starbucks, made by people who write their novels at Starbucks. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2012
1.5/5 71% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) This movie will not find an audience. It's got likable stars, a reliable commercial genre and a decent supporting cast, but nobody will turn out to see it, even if it was a labor of love. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2012
3.5/5 89% Keep the Lights On (2012) Here's hoping critics and festival programmers can find a way to help Sachs keep the lights on. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2012
3.5/5 95% The Queen of Versailles (2012) Greenfield's fly on the wall view of obscene wealth punctured like a toy balloon is as current as a blog or a headline. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2012
3/5 94% Searching for Sugar Man (2012) Could easily be a breakout documentary-one that might also invigorate the impressive back catalogue of a deserving and relatively unknown musical artist. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2012
2/5 75% The Ambassador (2012) a movie whose confusing narrative and at times intriguing parts are at war with each other, and never quite gel. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2012
4/5 57% Red Hook Summer (2012) It's a film that makes you laugh, weep, rage and gasp, and, love it or hate it, you will definitely talk about it afterward. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2012
4/5 91% The Sessions (2012) The emotional journey is articulated with so much nuance, and such a vigorous belief in human possibility, that everything The Surrogate touches becomes its own, and is made new. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2012
2/5 30% Red Lights (2012) Writer/director/editor Rodrigo Cortes' paranormal thriller Red Lights should not have played Sundance 2012. In its current form, it should not have played anywhere. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2012
3/5 86% Robot & Frank (2012) Light-fingered and charming. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2012
1/5 75% Simon Killer (2013) Any American distributor who bothers with this one would be well advised to book it into bondage clubs, where at least half the audience is likely to enjoy pointless, masochistic experiences. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2012
3/5 74% The Lie (2011) The Lie is a sturdy directorial debut from actor Joshua Leonard. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2011
2.5/5 88% Margin Call (2011) Margin Call's rigorously modulated tone, while it gives the actors time to breathe, also gives the audience more than enough time to lose interest. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2011
2.5/5 67% American Teacher (2011) There is a passionate, combative and riveting documentary to be made about the plight of the American schoolteacher, but unfortunately the well-meaning, unfailingly decent and overly slack American Teacher isn't it. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2011
2.5/5 81% Higher Ground (2011) Higher Ground is a weird film with some very nice moments, but its odd and offbeat combination of comic touches, serious spiritual subject matter and occasional surrealist interludes never quiet gels. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2011
3/5 38% Programming The Nation? (2011) Some excellent interviews and a thoughtful global consideration of its topic more than offset an enervated tone. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2011
5/5 66% Another Earth (2011) Mike Cahill's Another Earth is such a superb and original narrative film debut that people who write about movies think they're doing it a favor by comparing it to other movies and directors they love. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2011
1.5/5 21% Salvation Boulevard (2011) In this case, boredom is the deadliest sin. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2011
3.5/5 78% Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) Whether Rossi's cautious optimism about the future of a legendary but troubled journalistic institution is justifiable is a story yet to be written, but Page One assures us that if the paper goes down, it will go down swinging. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2011
3.5/5 88% Submarine (2011) Richard Ayoade's Submarine is an auspicious, controlled and altogether droll debut film that resembles Wes Anderson's Rushmore without being derived from it. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2011
3.5/5 89% Buck (2011) Its emphasis on spectacular landscapes populated by barns, corrals and rolling grass, and on values like family and community, holds a mirror up to lives rarely chronicled with such sympathy in American nonfiction film. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2011
3.5/5 72% The Future (2011) The fearless creative energy [Miranda July] displays and her unflinching honesty about not just the outer but also the inner world of romantic despair, make The Future a unique and rewarding experience. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2011
4/5 56% Perfect Sense (2012) David Mackenzie's quietly accomplished film straddles the arthouse world and cult movies with a unique poetic vision. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2011
2/5 88% Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011) Imagine, if you can, a film about Chopin containing precious little of his music but a large number of people telling you how wonderful his compositions are and you have some idea of the frustrating central flaw here. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2011
2/5 14% The Ledge (2011) Noteworthy in that the doomed love triangle at its center also attempts to be a tug of war over faith and devotion of both the secular and spiritual kinds. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2011
5/5 71% Here (2012) One of those movies so fully achieved it restores your faith in the cinema. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2011
1.5/5 71% Like Crazy (2011) Protagonists Jacob and Anna are no Romeo and Juliet, despite writer/director Drake Doremus' fraudulent but manful attempts to make them seem so -- at the end of the day, their problems could be solved by a plane ticket and less self-involvement. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2011
2.5/5 67% The Music Never Stopped (2011) The Music Never Stopped isn't exactly good, but it's definitely better than you fear it is when you reach the halfway mark. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2011
2/5 20% The Art of Getting By (2011) Homework is an epitome of the quirky, coming of age trend at Sundance, a hollow but likable enough comedy headed for modest box office. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2011
3/5 73% Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie (2010) It's impossible to watch this movie without feeling that you're in the presence of a good and decent man. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2010
3.5/5 86% Bhutto (2010) This is a strong effort with a riveting protagonist. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2010
2/5 62% Howl (2010) A film at odds with its own message. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2010
3/5 66% Great Directors (2010) It's flawed, but it beats the veiled promo films we usually get about the inner workings of cinematic creation. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2010
3.5/5 85% Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) A fine, visually handsome biographical documentary about the brief life and even briefer career of the great 20th Century artist, and a film that demonstrates all the strengths and weaknesses of what might be called the "cinema of personal affiliation." - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2010