Rebecca Liu

Rebecca Liu
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Another Gaze

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
96% The Kingmaker (2019) ...some of the best moments of The Kingmaker show glimpses of Imelda Marcos's worldview, one that pays no heed to notions of truth, reason, and rationality. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) It is a nuanced, generous depiction of sidelined workplaces and the lives of the women who work in them. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) This apparent simplicity also contains emotional depth. Each frame of the family in The Farewell carries heaviness and lightness at once, indicative of the pain hidden behind everybody's performative happiness. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
33% Heroes Don't Die (2019) [A] bold and ambitious feature. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Portrait de la jeune fille en feu - a study of two women pursuing lives larger than the ones they've been given - chooses the spirit over formalism; poetry over realism; myth over history. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
75% A Brother's Love (La femme de mon frère) (2019) La femme de mon frère asks whether that waiting may in fact be life itself, and celebrates the fact that we don't have to wait alone. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
74% Destroyer (2018) Karyn Kusama sketches out the architecture for an impressive epic of desire, guilt, and shame that moves the police drama past its generic, one-note and largely male roots. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
66% Suspiria (2018) It is an argument that confuses stylishness with subtext and empty signifiers with intellectual heft. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
91% Widows (2018) This is not some faux-empowerment story dressed up in infantilising 'girl power' credo. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) This is the accidental genius of Crazy Rich Asians; it shows how wealth, in the end, makes fools of us all. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) The beauty of Zhao's film is that it celebrates being human without veering into sentimentality. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Cameron Post does not quite fit the label of a comedy, nor a drama, but manages to do the best of both. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
80% The Receptionist (Jie Xian Yuan) (2018) Tina and Sasa's friendship in particular is one of the strongest parts of the film, as the two women learn to understand the origins of each other's prickliness. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) There is a cathartic and sophisticated release in seeing Sandra Bullock and her talented pals navigate the feminised realms... readily abandoning all morals to acquire these goods in covetous but calculated lust. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
93% Revenge (2018) Revenge is as much a jarringly smart exploration of gendered violence as it is a slasher spectacle. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
91% Lean on Pete (2018) The film exposes the emptiness at the heart of the American self-made man. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs is ultimately a movie about a Japan contained within the American imagination, offering a cultural 'homage' that resembles something a white 18-year-old gamer with a poster of Sailor Moon in his room might produce. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
No Score Yet Rou qing shi: Girls Always Happy (2018) Forget about men - Girls Always Happy illuminates in brilliant and heart-wrenching splendour that the true antidote to grinding misery imposed from above is a warm, infinite generosity sustained from below. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Elisa [is] played with subtle mastery by Sally Hawkins. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) The casual cruelty that can arise in romantic relationships is on full display in Loveless, richly illustrated in the characterisations of Zhenya and Boris. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
96% Félicité (2017) The result is a musical and visual feast that is not world-denying, but rather world-affirming in its careful exposition of the quiet pleasures of day-to-day life, and the godly beauty to be found in the resolve of everyday people and relationships. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) Both deeply human and sublime. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017