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
Publications: The Nation, The New Republic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
67% Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) [Mankiewicz] has turned out a polished film, and one that deals boldly with the ugly theme, but he has certainly not wasted any subtlety on the job. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
88% Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) (1959) [Black Orpheus] is an example of taste in search of a style. It is full of good ideas and moving perceptions... But somehow the film never ignites. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
97% Pather Panchali (1955) What I did grasp seemed to be over-assertive as to photography and under-developed as to drama -- it was all exquisitely downhill. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
100% Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1956) Kurosawa and his cast share an image of chivalry that is exceedingly winning. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
93% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) [O'Toole] looks a good deal like Lawrence's portraits and he rides a camel with great authority. But he cannot project a sense of magic and, in moments of alleged spiritual agony, he merely looks dazed. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
78% Bedazzled (1967) The film is one of those ventures that rely heavily on humorous costumes and the dropping of famous names. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
83% In Cold Blood (1967) In the end, one is left, not with a work of art, not with a document but with a cliché. It is an inadequate monument, even to a pair of stupid criminals. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
63% The Rose Tattoo (1955) It is a rousing spectacle -- and [Anna Magnani] is the best possible antidote -- to the antiseptic, nylon-packaged blandishments that symbolize sex on | the billboards. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
63% The Prisoner (1955) The plot is oddly bland. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
No Score Yet Letters From My Windmill (1954) Daudet's Lettres de Mon Moulin seem a marvelous chance for the piquant-sentimental style of Marcel Pagnol. But it has not worked out that way. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
81% The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) Forgetting for a moment the contempt Otto Preminger has shown for the spirit of Algren's novel, he has committed the commercial sin of producing and directing a dull movie. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
86% The Hunt (La caza) (1966) I felt from the start that these men were behaving in obedience to the script rather than according to logic or their own inclinations. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
76% Accident (1967) The spectacle of a pair of rivalrous dons dangerously tir- ing themselves over a bit of narcissistic fluff is too miserably commonplace to be animated by lavish décor and cunning photography. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
100% Ulysses (1967) The film does not pretend to supplant Ulysses; it takes bold, responsible and joyous advantage of the fact that the book exists. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
93% Marat/Sade (1966) Marat/Sade seems to me more theatre than drama. It is perhaps a lesser achievement for that reason, but in the hands of Peter Brook and... the Royal Shakespeare Company, theatre is raised to a height of proficiency that confers its own delight. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
85% La Guerre Est Finie (The War is Over) (1966) Elegant, exhausted, resilient and courageous without illusion, Montand is impressive. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
No Score Yet Galia (1966) The proposition, widely touted, that the French-Italian Galia is a naughty and delicious comedy will not stand the test of seeing the picture. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
No Score Yet Night Games (nattlek) (1965) Horrification is a delicate theatrical operation; overcook it ever so little and it curdles into slapstick. That is the accident that occurred to Night Games. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
88% Blow-Up (1966) Blow-Up is a work of wit and caustic intelligence, superbly disciplined, elegantly styled, visually astonishing and, for all that, turned out with the decep- tive simplicity of perfect craftsmanship. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
90% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
94% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
89% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
93% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
99% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
96% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
91% Nashville (1975) Nashville is boisterous, good-natured, funny, exciting and brutal; it will exhaust you and you will feel rewarded. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
90% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
98% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
98% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
76% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
85% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
89% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
92% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) A great deal of skill and ingenuity went into this amazing voyage to nowhere. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
93% Raging Bull (1980) From this disastrous and brutal history, Martin Scorsese has made a brutal, discerning and bleakly beautiful picture. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
94% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
97% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
96% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
92% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
87% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2015
84% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2015