Rick Levin

Rick Levin
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
A senior staff writer for Eugene Weekly, Rick Levin been airing his grievances in newspapers for the better part of two decades. He has written arts criticism for the Village Voice, the Stranger and the Seattle Weekly.
Publications: Eugene Weekly (OR)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
92% Monos (2019) Monos has the feeling of being dropped with no map into the middle of a world in collapse, and the confusion on screen telegraphs a kind of psychic and social fracture. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) If our humanity is going to be restored, fostered and buttressed, it's art like this that will accomplish the deed, by reminding us all what it means to believe in one another. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
89% Ready or Not (2019) Despite the cartoonish exterior, Ready or Not is a nasty movie, a millennial revenge fable that takes full cathartic aim at the monstrousness of our social upheaval. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) Exaltation, not outrage, is the primary experience of this film. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
No Score Yet Melvin (2009) Channeling the spirit of Troma's low-budget horror grinders, director Henry Weintraub creates a decisively anti-John Hughes teen fantasy, full of high-concept raunch and low-blow delight. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino has upped his game with this one, and in the process revealed the mature sensibility of a filmmaker capable of looking backward without simply cannibalizing his own achievements and becoming a self-parody. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) As in Shirley Jackson's story "The Lottery," Aster hints that the price of paradise is not dreaming; it is blood. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Directed by Pamela B. Green, this documentary is at once a love letter to and a furious argument for the lasting legacy and inarguable genius of Guy-Blaché. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Wilde humanizes this much maligned but rarely understood generation, giving it a voice that is properly rapturous, chaotic and, yes, dignified. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
94% Rafiki (2019) Director Wanuri Kahiu deftly balances vibrant, expansive scenes of Kenyan street life with more-intimate peeks into the relationship between Kena and Ziki, evoking a very specific sense of time and place that only heightens the story's emotional impact. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
83% High Life (2019) Denis' film defies all categorization: If it's a sci-fi movie, so is Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, and if it's horror, so is David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
93% Us (2019) Peele proves that he's not going to be content resting on his laurels, and that he's fearless and talented enough to hold a mirror up to our own worst selves - literally, it turns out. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Dark, violent and, at times, wickedly funny, Zahler's film harkens to the golden era of independent film, though it's hardly an exercise in simple nostalgia. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) This year's Oscar nominees represent a strong and diverse sampling of what can be achieved in a single reel, as it were. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Certainly there's an element of vengeance, albeit otherworldly, in Velvet Buzzsaw, a strange and delightful film that is equal parts social satire and B-grade supernatural splatter-fest. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) This is a disservice, ultimately, to James Baldwin, who is not only one of America's greatest writers but also one of its most complex, insightful, downright dangerous explicators of the "race problem" in this country. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
66% Vice (2018) This, then, is where we're at: an empty hollering about obviously vile people doing obviously vile things that forgoes all artistic, political and intellectual integrity in favor of a schizophrenic inventory of crimes and corruption. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
87% Thoroughbreds (2018) Most interesting, however, is the way writer/director Finley - a member of the Youngblood collective of under-30 playwrights - messes around with our ideas and expectations about what constitutes a sociopath. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) It is suspenseful and scary, if not as mind-bending as it wants to be. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) This is black humor at its blackest and best. It shoots a taproot down to our deepest humanity, and it does so, ironically enough, by revealing the hellish sources of our own inhumanity. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Whereas so many scary movies are rooted in a backhanded, ironic breed of cynicism - what's more monstrous in monster movies than the people trying to survive the monsters? - A Quiet Place appeals to the better angels of our nature. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) At the core of this surreal, hellish enterprise, and indeed driving it like some infernal dynamo, is Phoenix, and his performance is shattering. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) The Rider is about survival, and honesty, and family, and the hard choices we all make just to get through the day. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) At bottom, Leave No Trace is about human bonds, and specifically the bond of parents and children. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Anchored by his working-class angst, Riley takes broad aim at the slippery target of 21st-century capitalism, that hydra-headed dynamo with its endless powers of absorbing dissent and selling it back to the disaffected masses as neutered heroism. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) In a world as scary as this one is right now, Mandy makes an intuitive sort of sense. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The film has action and lots of loud gunplay, but Audiard's direction tends to tease out the story's quieter moments, favoring characterization and dialogue. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
97% Border (Gräns) (2018) Border spins an old-fashioned tale about good and evil, but it does so in surprising ways that allow breathing room for all manner of very timely concerns. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee is after the big stuff - namely, the endless civil war roiling at the core of our society, more than ever ready to boil over - and to that end he pulls out all the stops - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Roma is, for better or worse, Cinderella for the 21st century. It's a powerful film, beautiful and compelling, but to what ends is difficult to say. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The fatalism and mortality that pervade The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has more in common with the macabre churnings of Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville than Louis L'Amour. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is a visually sumptuous, morally repulsive and wildly funny portrait of the way political power congeals around the greed, narcissism and fear of its participants. - Eugene Weekly (OR) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018