Sarah Manvel

Sarah Manvel
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Sarah Manvel was born in the USA and raised in four countries on three continents. She has two passports (Irish and American) and one degree, from The Evergreen State College, and lives in London.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% Support the Girls (2018) Their struggles and ambitions are shown respectfully, which is almost more of an achievement than the movie itself. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
70% The White Crow (2019) What this movie is, however ineptly, exploring is the experience of making art, and how the pressure of being an artist shapes the life the artist lives. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
78% The Crossing (Guo chun tian) (2019) Peipei has a calm confidence of herself we don't often see in a teenage girl onscreen. You can tell a female director, in how the camera gives her space even as it circles around her, made this. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
87% The Ground Truth (2006) It leaves you in no doubt of the psychological cost of war. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
70% The Magic Flute (2006) The Magic Flute is an enjoyable entry into opera and will definitely be regularly shown in high schools once it comes out on DVD. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
90% Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) (2007) Akin has choreographed... a demonstration of how open borders close off other opportunities and, even in a surveillance culture, how easy it is to get lost. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
80% Sous les Bombes (Under the Bombs) (2007) Not many other films have had the hubris to ask for sympathy for an actress over and beyond the suffering of real people. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
84% Mio Fratello è Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) (2007) What could have been a complex examination of Italy's political divisions in the 1960s and '70s is reduced to two brothers' ceaseless one-upmanship. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
10% Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth (2008) Instead of the clever retro sci-fi parody it desperately wants to be, the attempts to poke fun at the tiny budget only reveal a feeble lack of imagination. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
67% Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2008) In this story, there's nothing so upsetting that a poem carved into a tree can't solve, and no hearts so broken that a spot of crossdressing can't cheer them up again. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
76% Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2010) This movie is like a family holiday that you can sum up to acquaintances in two or three sentences but spend hours agonizing about to your closest friends. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
73% Sakuran (2006) Sakuran's unique selling point are the jaw-dropping visuals. Director Mika Ninagawa is a garlanded fashion photographer, and she knows how to dress an image. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
48% The Fox & the Child (2007) Sure, it's important to teach children the difference between wild and tame animals, but is this a lesson that modern suburban children, who barely see a squirrel, should learn like this? - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
20% Incendiary (2009) Director Sharon Maguire, who also wrote the screenplay, has taken a story that could be set nowhere but London and made its people behave like anything but the English. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
69% Religulous (2008) It's hugely amusing to see an argument so cheerfully loaded, so barefacedly one-sided, and so frankly determined to bully the other side into silence. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
62% Beautiful Losers (2008) The whole ethos portrayed in this film seems to be of a tightly knit group, referencing and re-referencing each other ad infinitum. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
85% Nights and Weekends (2008) The tight focus on these two people does cross the line from careful attention into claustrophobic narcissism. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
No Score Yet Kakera- A Piece of our Lives (2009) Ms. Mitsushima is also a pop star in Japan, and a great deal of her role has been designed to titillate her young fans. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
No Score Yet Je te mangerais (You Will Be Mine) (2009) Hollywood stopped making this type of self-loathing film some time ago, and you have to wonder why France is still singing this very dull song. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
90% Hunger (2008) It pretends to have an objective point of view, but only grants one group of characters the dignity of individuality. - Kamera.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
74% Anchor and Hope (2018) Where Anchor and Hope badly misfires is in the assumptions it makes about what women want, and how women get it. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
78% Black '47 (2018) Black '47 stays an interesting and worthwhile film due to the merry band that attempts to track Feeney down. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
92% The Divide (2016) There's nothing here to convince a rich person that perhaps there's an easier way for him or her to maintain his or her comfort. And the working-class people already know what they are going through. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
82% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) It takes a wildly clever setup and fails utterly to deliver on its own premise; and does so in a visual language lifted wholesale from other, better films. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
60% Iona (2015) When the filmmakers try to push an agenda instead of a genuine plot, their characters stop being real people and become passive victims carried on others' backs. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
88% The Club (El Club) (2016) Director Pablo Larraín has made an important movie about the banality of evil. Be clear, it's not much fun. But it was never supposed to be. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
72% Suffragette (2015) The movie agrees with its characters, which is refreshing; and politics are debated only through the viewpoint of the women's experiences. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
33% Pressure (2015) The underwater setting, at the edge of human endurance, is a great place for telling an interest story. Unfortunately, Pressure buckles. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
25% Anti-Social (2015) It wants to be a commentary on the fine line between legal and illegal ways of making a living and ends up being a budget fantasia about both. It doesn't quite succeed, but it's a film that's impossible to hate. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
64% Son of a Gun (2015) It has one of the most inventive settings for a robbery in cinema history. And somehow - somehow - the movie blows it. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
28% Annie (2014) Loses its way, mainly in that that the emotional arc of the film no longer belongs to Annie... The movie is supposed to be about Annie. We're supposed to care about Annie. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
95% '71 (2015) One of the sharpest British movies in some time. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
76% The Boxtrolls (2014) The Boxtrolls is a movie aimed at children. It is also disgusting and immoral. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
42% Step Up: All In (2014) Step Up All In doesn't deviate from this formula - and that's great. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
84% Glassland (2016) A wonderful cast that is more than capable of making these dim lights shine. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
52% Young Ones (2014) Combines the best elements of the Western and science fiction into a coming-of-age tale that almost manages to skirt most of each genre's clichés. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
68% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) Fine. The movie looks and sounds great... But if we want our stories to glorify an angel of death as a hero, then we truly don't know what we're gonna get. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
69% Beyond the Edge (2014) We are learning to forget basic human achievements on their own. The Sherpas who have lost their families and friends know better of course. A movie like this is a sharp and well-made reminder to the rest of us. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
75% Silent Sonata (Circus Fantasticus) (2010) Janez Burger has chosen to tell a dark and alienating story in a dark and alienating way. The combination of style and substance makes the viewer recoil. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
69% The Motel Life (2013) As a mood piece it works extremely well. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
51% Stalingrad (2014) Manages to achieve the balance between realistic horror and watchability. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
98% The Selfish Giant (2013) If you know any teenage boys with anger issues or a tendency to get into trouble, this movie definitely speaks their language. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
34% The Counselor (2013) Do Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy have teenage sons they want to impress? Is that why they have put together this ludicrous fantasy, almost entirely cobbled together from other, better movies? - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
42% Homefront (2013) Gary Fleder's direction and Sylvester Stallone's script is at best sloppy like that and at worst downright offensive. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
20% The Hangover Part III (2013) The first Hangover was hysterical: a superb compendium of all the worst nights we've ever had while still - by the skin of our teeth - being believable. This manages both to go right over the top, but also not add up to a hill of vomit. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
84% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Does a good job of building things up before descending irredeemably into a place where no one can hear you scream. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
86% Life of Pi (2012) It's harder to explain why the movie doesn't leave the audience feeling more impressed. Perhaps the lessons on religion and philosophy were a bit too overblown. Sometimes a tiger is just a tiger, after all. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
54% Post Tenebras Lux (2013) When the images are spectacular, a lot can be forgiven; but mostly Post Tenebras Lux is like being trapped in Mr. Reygadas's dream diary. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
68% Great Expectations (2013) This new adaptation is a tremendous success... It's refreshing that the story so often retold still has the power to surprise. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) Its scale, intelligence and willingness to go to some strange places without alienating the audience make this a very good film. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018