Ryan Lattanzio

Ryan Lattanzio
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Ryan Lattanzio is the Weekend Editor for IndieWire, based in Los Angeles.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C 51% Four Good Days (2021) Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this shallow movie is left unexplored: why doesn't Deb look in the mirror at her role in Molly's addiction? - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
B+ 91% Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021) Seeing her come loose, smoking a cigarette onstage and rocking out, shows us a completely different side of this introspective author, and helps embolden the fact that she's been a rebel all along. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
B+ 97% Wojnarowicz (2021) Skillfully edited by Dave Stanke, "F**k You F*ggot F***er" is a constantly moving collage, a locomotive piece propelling toward a bleak end, and that is Wojnarowicz's death. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
B 100% Ayar (2021) That some of the more saccharine plot points, like Ayar's affection for her daughter which briefly turns maddening, are dropped in service of weirder pursuits is almost a relief. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
B 90% Luxor (2020) A movie that captures the gut-ache of ruminating on lost love, and the pain of an expiration date hanging over a brief encounter that maybe doesn't have to end. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
D+ 11% Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) With a background in campy movies like "Ma," you'd think Taylor would just lean into the garish trashiness of it all. But "Breaking News in Yuba County" is afraid to go there, and so you should be too. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
C+ 82% Bring Your Own Brigade (2021) Lacking the concision to bring home its argument, "Bring Your Own Brigade" isn't going to flip the script on what is a dyed-in-the-wool systemic mess. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
C+ 89% Marvelous and the Black Hole (2020) [A] twee trifle that opens a window into the pangs of growing up, and though well-meaning, leaves a saccharine aftertaste. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
B 100% Try Harder! (2021) Cinematically, "Try Harder!" is as unfussy as any doc, but it's also impossible to resist. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
B 100% Luzzu (2021) The dramatic arc of "Luzzu" is slight, with Camilleri more interested in people and place than telling a captivating story. But Jesmark Scicluna makes the film compelling nonetheless... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
B- 100% Acasa, My Home (2020) While the meandering sensibility of "Acasa, My Home" makes it a tough sit at times, the spell it casts through its all-access dive into subterranean life brought to the surface forms a compelling addition to one of international cinema's deepest. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
D+ 40% Death to 2020 (2020) While we may certainly all wish death to 2020, let's focus instead on wishing death to movies and TV specials centered around the pandemic that promise catharsis but hardly stir a shrug. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
B- 94% Hunter Hunter (2020) This corpse-littered movie grins its bloodied teeth in a final shot that's sickly over-the-top and as hard to shake as a rusty bear trap gnashing on an ankle. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
B 97% Farewell Amor (2020) The performances sell it, especially from Lawson, who comes out a real shining star, not just in her obvious dancing abilities, but in how she telegraphs so much with so little. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
B- 100% Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (2020) This is a sweet and soothing kickback for what is, for many out there, an otherwise lonely and isolating holiday season. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
C 50% Shawn Mendes: In Wonder (2020) It's a pity that the documentary vehicle that surrounds him isn't more forthcoming about the man beneath the wife beaters and airtight skinny jeans who sends so many swooning, but surely must, at times, feel lonely late at night like the rest of us. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
B+ 88% Monsoon (2020) "Monsoon" is a quiet, solitary affair designed to communicate how isolating it can be to travel alone in a big city, especially one you have a fragmentary relationship to. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
B 95% Ham on Rye (2020) "Ham on Rye" exists behind glass, but it isn't cutely coy. There's something angry about it and hard to parse. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
B 92% Mother (Madre) (2020) "Madre" turns out to be the least twisted, and most empathetic, entry in the damaged mother movie canon in some time. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
B+ 91% Coming Home Again (2020) Chung's understated performance is a fitting center for a movie almost always operating at whisper-level. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
C+ 89% Run (2020) There's enough go-for-broke and whiplash-inducing shifts in tone on display to suggest this filmmaking duo has a future, even when their characters don't seem to have a past. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
C 63% Nocturne (2020) Still, the way this story unfolds, and how it unpeels its protagonist into a sexually deflowered, master musician is too predictable to be scary, despite a few striking tableaux involving a psychedelic. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B 92% Wildfire (2020) Despite these fashionable aesthetic choices for an indie film, Brady makes her story feel fresh, alive, and specific, simmering with just-out-of-reach-dread, but also adorned by the very particular relationship at the film's center. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
B- 92% True Mothers (Asa ga kuru) (2020) Kawase ties everything together beautifully in the end, even if the strands coming out of the movie's core get a little gnarled along the way. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
B 85% Fauna (2020) "Fauna" is over as soon as it begins. Its critiques on the cultural obsession with violent content, and how fiction can bleed into reality for the most vulnerable target, are fleeting but deliver in their modest doses. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
A- 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) The result is a sophisticated, tart-tongued revival, and a gayed-up "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" that surmounts the challenges faced by stage-to-screen adaptations, specifically the utter confinement to a single space. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
B 98% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) "Night of the Kings" works best when it's tethered to planet Earth, and when the fantasy of Roman's telling is cultivated by our imaginations. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
C- 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) A violent but soulless meditation on faith taken to harrowing extremes, "The Devil All the Time" hurtles toward a constantly-hinted-at awful endgame, but by the time the final crash arrives, well, thank God it's over. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B 95% Cicada (2020) "Cicada" is a sexy, sometimes searing act of self-analysis that hopefully not only brings Fifer some proximity to catharsis, but also a steady career in indie queer filmmaking in his future. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
B- 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) "The Broken Hearts Gallery" will fit snugly on the shelf for tweens and teens as a source of comfort and maybe even empowerment, an ode to rebuilding, when the dissolution of a relationship leaves you feeling like a husk of yourself. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
C 44% Made in Italy (2020) A treacly slog with a screenplay that fails the storied talent of its elder lead, and the promising gifts of his younger counterpart. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
C+ 87% Get Duked! (2020) Get Duked! isn't lacking confidence. But all the aesthetic bells and whistles tend to distract from the fact that there isn't much of a center, or story, here. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
C+ 78% The 24th (2020) "The 24th" means well, and while it, sadly, mostly elicits a shrug, what the film lacks in pizzaz it more than makes up for in educational value, for better or worse. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
B 85% Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies (2020) While "Skin" doesn't do any formally daring loops, at two hours and 10 minutes, it's a consistently engaging record with colorful input from each of the interview subjects, well-edited and with plenty of titillating footage. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
B- 78% Martin Margiela: In His Own Words (2020) While Margiela's visions likely deserve a more radical treatment onscreen, Holzemer's film offers perhaps the most complete insight yet into one of fashion's most elusive geniuses. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
B 66% Spree (2020) A lurid and soulless entertainment spectacle, boasting a giddily escalating kill count that's simply a blast to behold. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
B 94% Calm with Horses (The Shadow of Violence) (2020) Despite the claustrophobic entrapment in a violent and hyper-masculine world, 'The Shadow of Violence' is an ultimately moving morality tale announcing a confident new voice in international cinema. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
B 74% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) The candid interviews and remembrances make for a hagiographic but vivid dive into the career of the 20th century most's iconoclastic fashion photographer. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
C+ 71% The Room (2019) While the film suffers from a screenplay as delusional as its characters, this thriller serves up some potent images and a juicy premise. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
B+ 92% Relic (2020) It's safe to say that James' film now owns the corner on the market of horror movies about women watching their mothers come hideously undone. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
B+ 92% The Vast of Night (2020) While the film offers a familiar B-movie story, it does so with heart and genuine sincerity, never striving for irony and to put anything in quotation marks. It's that earnestness that makes "The Vast of Night" so appealing. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
B+ 92% Little Fish (2021) "Little Fish" is a loving ode that stands on its own as a creative, inventive romance for a broken time. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
B 82% To the Stars (2020) There's a grit and urgency to "To the Stars," of something bigger and darker coming along with the changing times. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
B+ 75% The Other Lamb (2020) It's about as subtle as a brick through a windshield. But in Szumowksa's capable hands, with Cassidy as her anchor, this one leaves a haunting aftertaste. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
B 77% Richard Jewell (2019) Eastwood's plain style tends to be his greatest asset, because the stories at his films' centers are often wild enough to tell themselves. That's certainly the case here. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
No Score Yet BFFs (2014) A warm, winning female buddy comedy that turns the genre on its head in gently surprising ways. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) "Applause" is a very minor film with a massive performance at its center. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
67% The Automatic Hate (2016) Low-key but effectively eerie. - Thompson on Hollywood EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2016
69% 6 Years (2015) 6 Years has universal appeal in spades, two lovely lead performances and a whole lot of truth. - Thompson on Hollywood EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
3/5 62% Felt (2015) The first hour offers a textured, specific and creepy study of female victimhood and unspeakable trauma. And then the director loses his mind. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015