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Robert Hatch

Robert Hatch
Robert Hatch's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Nation, The New Republic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Fanny & Alexander (1982) It smiles at its characters' follies but cherishes their valor, and in their behalf it employs magic with the casual authority of Prospero himself.‐ The Nation
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89% Hearts and Minds (1975) It operates to arouse hatred against hatred, to induce a gut reaction against gut reactions, and by so doing serves to sustain a morbid emotionalism of the very sort it claims to abominate.‐ The Nation
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95% Manhattan (1979) There is a good deal of honest concern in Allen's wrestling with the Angel, not to mention that he is a man of uncommon charm and wit. But the theme is beginning to wear thin ...‐ The Nation
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95% Reds (1981) Beatty, who produced, directed, helped to write and starred in this impressive work, may be forgiven for not having the heart to cut it.‐ The Nation
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97% Jules and Jim (1962) A work of decadent high romance-a tour de force carrying hints of terror beneath its gay, melancholy and noble surface.‐ The Nation
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98% Chinatown (1974) The picture is a kind of pop masterpiece, bursting with vigor, ingenious as the devil, handsome, efficient, engrossing-and quite deliberately divorced from any reality outside a dark theatre.‐ The Nation
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88% Bonnie and Clyde (1967) I have some doubt that Bonnie and Clyde were quite the hallucinated children that Penn makes them, but in retrospective fiction they legitimately become so.‐ The Nation
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100% Atlantic City (1980) It abounds in heroics, glories in coincidence, indulges in sentiment, laughs at Cupid's bizarre sense of humor and provides sumptuous parts for the five leading players, who know how to seize their opportunities.‐ The Nation
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95% Dog Day Afternoon (1975) I was entertained but somewhat less than satisfied, and I hope I can say that and still convey the idea that I think well of the film.‐ The Nation
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92% Nashville (1975) Nashville is boisterous, good-natured, funny, exciting and brutal; it will exhaust you and you will feel rewarded.‐ The Nation
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86% Poltergeist (1982) Spielberg's intent may be satirical, but I find these stereotypes even more depressing than hobgoblins, and would not have minded if they'd all been dragged off into the fourth dimension.‐ The Nation
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98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Spielberg works well with children, but never before has he directed them with such reticence or such appreciation of their humor, intelligence and decency.‐ The Nation
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89% Tootsie (1982) Shadow-boxing his way downtown, Dorsey suddenly yells, "I'm a great character actor; I can play anybody!" In Tootsie, Hoffman proves that he just about can.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
98% The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie) (1972) I must assure you that, such is Buñuel's wizard command of cinematic juxtapositions, the proceedings are delightfully clear, as well as light and witty.‐ The Nation
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99% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Mr. Kubrick is a bold man: he has taken a whole complex of America's basic assumptions by the shoulders and given them a rough shaking.‐ The Nation
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96% Apocalypse Now (1979) Coppola says he wanted to get to the moral issues that are behind all wars, but I think he has done no more than demonstrate the obvious-that in Vietnam we fought a bad war.‐ The Nation
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100% The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin et la Pitié) (1972) The Sorrow and the Pity, whose dark base, after all, is set in suffering and death, is nevertheless a celebration of life.‐ The Nation
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75% Blackboard Jungle (1955) The Blackboard Jungle is a sentimental melodrama masquerading as a social document, which in its own way is as dangerous a little gadget as a zip gun.‐ The Nation
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86% East of Eden (1955) East of Eden deals with inner conflict; the entire story could be played out in a living room. Instead it sprawls all over the eye-filling landscape and the real action is padded ...‐ The Nation
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88% Norma Rae (1979) While no flying nun, Sally Field is no less than heavenly as a wife and mother, organizing her fellow workers in a Southern textile factory.‐ The Nation
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93% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) A great deal of skill and ingenuity went into this amazing voyage to nowhere.‐ The Nation
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95% Raging Bull (1980) From this disastrous and brutal history, Martin Scorsese has made a brutal, discerning and bleakly beautiful picture.‐ The Nation
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100% Harlan County, U.S.A. (1977) Harlan County attains its main goal-to honor a segment of our society which the rest of America has been willing to write off as underdogs, victims sacrificed to the imperatives of an industrial nation.‐ The Nation
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96% Vertigo (1958) At the risk of sounding slow-witted, I must complain that Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo was a little too difficult for me.‐ The Nation
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98% The Godfather (1972) I found that flogging about for three hours in that quagmire was spiritually debilitating and a crazy waste of time.‐ The Nation
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98% Taxi Driver (1976) Travis Bickle's trouble was that he couldn't get close to anyone, but Robert De Niro's trouble is that he can't get past the audio-visual pandemonium to show you Bickle's torment from inside.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
81% The Defiant Ones (1958) Mr. Kramer's heart interferes with the action at several points, and though these lucky accidents are traditional in a chase picture, they do cloud the allegory.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
No Score Yet The Illegals (1948) As a piece of film making, The Illegals suffers from the monotony and repetition of literal truth. As pamphleteering, the picture fails even more because it seems to be watching for our tears.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
100% The Street with No Name (1948) As a cops-and-robbers extravagance, it would be a good, if stubbornly routine, job. Its special distinction is that it pauses every few minutes for an illustrated lecture on the internal operations of the FBI.‐ The New Republic
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89% The Graduate (1967) "Never trust anyone over 30" is a slogan that could have served the Restoration as well as it does our own time, and Nichols makes the old formula seem as topical as mini-skirts.‐ The Nation
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85% M*A*S*H (1970) I looked in vain for pertinence or surprise. Nor was I shocked: without some maturity (if not by the participants, at least by the managers), irreverence is merely brash.‐ The Nation
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95% Wild Strawberries (1957) A reviewer must exercise some tact in discussing this picture. It is a work of such high and subtle art that the temptation is to run in with a smother of adjectives and a display of analytical explanation.‐ The Nation
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90% Persona (1966) One is forced to spend much more time in examining these women than in getting to understand them. They are treated as objects not subjects -- an attitude which, whether intentionally or not, is relevant to contemporary corruption.‐ The Nation
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89% Easy Rider (1969) Wyatt and Billy are more rigidly conformist, their life more narrowly obsessive than that of any broker's clerk on the nine to five.‐ The Nation
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93% All the President's Men (1976) The effect of All the President's Men is not to make Watergate more real but to make it more remote.‐ The Nation
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97% Annie Hall (1977) Annie Hall, for all its vagaries, is a funny, often touching, sometimes astute picture.‐ The Nation
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94% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) I enjoyed the picture because it is an action romance, worked out in wonderfully inventive detail and presented with mesmeric immediacy by one of the screen's most resourceful directors.‐ The Nation
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90% Midnight Cowboy (1969) The attempt to wring tender laughter from such a topic strikes me as being itself a kind of commercialized vice.‐ The Nation
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92% Network (1976) There is plenty wrong with television, plenty to satirize. But Network prudently misses the point, dishing up an outrageous razzle-dazzle stew that will ruffle no network feathers and delight a popular audience.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2013
94% The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) The Bridge on the River Kwai amused and excited me.‐ The Nation
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85% Gandhi (1982) Richard Attenborough's Gandhi is every bit as sumptuous as everyone had expected.‐ The Nation
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78% Gentleman's Agreement (1947) By dispassionate critical standards, Gentleman's Agreement is not a success. It is a tract rather than a play and it has the crusader's shortcomings.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2013
No Score Yet That Hagen Girl (1947) The most painful part of this very painful picture is the contrast it insists on between Miss Temple and the rest of the cast.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2013
100% All About Eve (1950) What makes the picture seem so good (what makes it eminently worth seeing) is the satirical touches in its detail and the performance of Bette Davis.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2013
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) All in all, it is an outrageously successful, what will be called a "classic," compilation of nonsense, largely derived but thoroughly reconditioned.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2013
97% Jaws (1975) Basically, Jaws is an excellent routine movie, the sort normally made on a moderate budget and aimed at the neighborhood houses.‐ The Nation
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86% The Shining (1980) As in 2001, Kubrick likes ghost stories more than I do. And he gives me enough else, in the way of acting and bizarrely beautiful surroundings, to keep me happy.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2012
97% Psycho (1960) It is incumbent on us to inspect the real horrors of our time, but we don't have to traffic with Hitchcock's giggling obscenities.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2012