Sarah Sluis

Sarah Sluis
Sarah Sluis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Journal International

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
78% If You Build It (2014) More informative than emotional, the documentary catches some of the angst involved in such an undertaking, but always appears to be engaging with the subjects at a respectful arm's length. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2014
90% White Reindeer (2013) Dark as the coal in a stocking, this black comedy will appeal to those looking for a non-traditional holiday movie to (not) get into the spirit. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2013
81% The Armstrong Lie (2013) What Gibney offers is uniquely cinematic: an emotional connection to a beguiling man, who gives you reason both to respect and revile him. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2013
92% After Tiller (2013) Empathetic, intimate look inside late-term abortion clinics that focuses on the experiences of doctors and their patients. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013
73% Populaire (2013) Like biting into a stale cupcake, Populaire is all decoration, no substance. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2013
98% Short Term 12 (2013) What's refreshing about this drama is that it bows neither to the stereotype of a horrifying institution, à la One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, or a syrupy tale of a problem teen who undergoes a dramatic transformation. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2013
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) Remarkably complex documentary about Indonesian genocide has the unrepentant, unpunished perpetrators make a movie about what they did in 1965. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2013
41% Only God Forgives (2013) Immersive visuals and music don't compensate for the thin narrative and flat acting in this violent, revenge-fueled tale set in Bangkok. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2013
92% Frances Ha (2013) Spot-on, exquisitely crafted portrait of a floundering 20-something. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2013
97% Mud (2013) Against a lush Mississippi River backdrop, a boy's coming-of-age is spurred by a friendship with an outlaw. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2013
82% Warm Bodies (2013) A misunderstood zombie falls in love in a genre mash-up that's surprisingly sweet and funny. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2013
88% Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013) Documentary on the life of hunters in Siberia is a welcome antidote for coddled city dwellers who need a reminder that humanity survived before Internet connections. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2013
4% Playing for Keeps (2012) Bland romantic comedy is the cinematic equivalent of processed food. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2012
25% La nouvelle guerre des boutons (War of the Buttons) (2012) World War II-set tale of children from neighboring towns who battle each other has some cute moments, but unsuccessfully walks the line between a light coming-of-age story and serious subject matter. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2012
74% Premium Rush (2012) Experience a bike messenger's view of Manhattan with Premium Rush, where racing through an intersection becomes a death-defying puzzle. Realistic stunts help compensate for plot holes and weak characterization. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2012
74% The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012) Sibling rivalry gets its due in this sometimes funny but slight comedy from the Duplass Brothers. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2012
6/10 63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) A notch above the standard romantic comedy, The Five-Year Engagement gets points for its realistic premise and regular, if mild, laughs. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2012
98% The Island President (2012) Primary meets environmental documentary. A must-see now that political strife has forced the film's subject, President Mohamed Nasheed, to resign. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2012
56% Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission (2012) Timid documentary tags along on a man's $30 million ride into space without probing deep enough to provoke awe, insight or emotional involvement. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2012
92% Arthur Christmas (2011) A charming and inventive exploration of the mysterious workings of Santa, his sons and his elves. This animated tale is sure to be popular for Christmases to come. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2011
37% In Time (2011) The rich live forever and the poor scrape by with just a day on their clocks in this sci-fi dystopia, which favors action sequences and trite catchphrases. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2011
73% Margaret (2011) Precisely imagined, far-reaching portrait of a teenager coping with the fallout of a tragic accident. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2011
84% Contagion (2011) Taut with energy from start to finish, Contagion's portrait of a global epidemic is just the right mix of scary, informative and emotionally powerful. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2011
59% Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011) Lush and creepy, this traditional haunted-house film becomes repetitive during its second half. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2011
80% Azur et Asmar (Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest) (2006) Magical tale about a French and Arab boy's adventures, but the sparkling artwork is dulled by the lackluster plot. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
77% Role Models (2008) Two boyish mentors bond with their charges in a swift comedy that lampoons Big Brother programs and the world of live-action role-play. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
67% Where God Left His Shoes (2007) A neorealist glimpse of a father trying to find a job on Christmas Eve, with a magnetic performance by David Castro in the role of his son. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
38% Inkheart (2009) Cobbled-together fantasy about a dad who can "read" characters in and out of books. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
25% Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Cinematic impulse buy that sparkles through its 100 minutes. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
24% Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009) Teen sensations can put on an impressive act, just don't ask them to fake-act their "rock-star life." - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
47% The Education of Charlie Banks (2009) The story of a street kid hiding out in a preppy college never leaves familiar ground. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
70% Bart Got a Room (2009) Sweetly neurotic countdown-to-the-prom captures teen life in South Florida. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
36% Gigantic (2009) Romance and comedy are deftly balanced in an observation of the beautiful but strange - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
26% Land of the Lost (2009) Danny McBride and Will Ferrell make it worth a trip to Land of the Lost. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
81% Under Our Skin (2008) An infectiously persuasive account of chronic Lyme, a disease that has politicized the medical community. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
48% My Sister's Keeper (2009) Tearjerker that aims for rarefied feelings as well as knee-jerk, sentimental moments. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
60% Paper Heart (2009) Twee mockumentary bestills love-seeking hipster hearts. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
82% Earth Days (2009) History of the environmental movement told by its activists is small in scope, but contains fascinating morsels that sustain interest. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
73% The Age of Stupid (2009) An eye-opening look at individual contributions to global warming. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
57% Nos enfants nous accuseront (Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution) (2008) Documentary about a movement to bring organic food to French schoolchildren is best when it observes, not lectures. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
56% Fix (2009) An energetic, handheld-camera account of a day spent trying to deposit someone in rehab. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
66% Youth in Revolt (2010) Michael Cera adopts a mischievous alter ego in an attempt to reunite with his dream girl in a familiarly peculiar story. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
16% When in Rome (2010) When in Rome never delves deep into anything, but whisks us through the conventions of romantic comedies so quickly there's barely time to groan. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
18% Valentine's Day (2010) A collection of intertwined romances with the fleeting "aww" factor of a candy sweetheart. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
18% The Back-up Plan (2010) Nothing to see for anyone who's already viewed their fair share of formulaic romantic comedies. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
27% Remember Me (2010) Thoughtful and a step above the typical romantic drama. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
78% Mother and Child (2010) An emotional and intensely realistic examination of three women with ties to adoption. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
15% Sex and the City 2 (2010) An echo of the series' glory, but that won't stop the fans. Costumes and one-liners take precedence over female bonding. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
80% Cyrus (2010) A man battles with his girlfriend's son in this realistic, understated comedy filled with the awkwardness of real life. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
10% Grown Ups (2010) Five forgettable characters reunite for a (lame) joke-filled weekend. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011