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Serena Donadoni

Serena Donadoni
Serena Donadoni's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): indieWIRE, Village Voice, Metro Times (Detroit, MI), Orlando Weekly

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Reset (Relève: Histoire d'une création) (2017) Espouses individual expression and athletic grace, while also pinpointing the limits of star power. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 11, 2017
43% Between Us (2017) Illingworth aims to capture a vital relationship at a crucial turning point, but Between Us fails because Dianne is half-formed. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 3, 2017
97% Casablanca (1942) While the future was uncertain, the resolute characters of this exquisite wartime drama found peace through love and resistance. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 28, 2016
38% All We Had (2016) The film's haphazard episodic structure never coheres. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 7, 2016
100% The Watermelon Woman (1997) Funny and smart, full of biting humor and astute observations about identity and history, Cheryl Dunye's audacious, joyous debut feature captures the process of falling hopelessly in love with the movies. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 9, 2016
67% Trash Fire (2016) Bates plays with horror tropes, juggling black comedy and suspense in scenes that tease a gory release but ultimately only emphasize how much members of the creative class can underestimate their backward kin. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 2, 2016
100% Tampopo (1985) A biting satire of Japanese culture and its uneasy incorporation of Western influences. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2016
93% Blue Jay (2016) Even after twenty years apart, Amanda and Jim can ask each other the questions no one else would dare to, and understand the answers that go beyond words. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 5, 2016
27% Milton's Secret (2016) Bain's film functions as a delivery system for Tolle's spiritual philosophy, and might have been the New Age equivalent of a stilted faith-based drama if not for its smart, nuanced performances. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 3, 2016
82% Girl Asleep (2016) Plays like the love child of Jane Campion and Guy Maddin, an otherworldly quinceañera that celebrates female rites of passage and the hallucinatory power of film. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 30, 2016
93% Harry & Snowman (2016) The engaging Harry & Snowman shows the impact of a rescue animal on the man who saw his neglected qualities. It's also a succinct demonstration of the difference between a livelihood and a life's work. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2016
95% Giant (1956) Sweeping saga of American prosperity that reveals its racist underbelly; glorious star vehicle that upends rigid gender roles; modern western that questions the validity of frontier land ownership. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2016
82% Girl Asleep (2016) The sparkling debut feature of Australian theater director Rosemary Myers and playwright Matthew Whittet plays like the love child of Jane Campion and Guy Maddin. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 22, 2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) The warmest and most satisfying of the series. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2016
No Score Yet In Search Of The American Dream (2016) This 142-minute film is overstuffed with storylines that go nowhere and characters who are little altered by their experiences. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 31, 2016
86% The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016) By focusing on his subject's unwavering moral certainty, Kraume denies his ethical complexity and diminishes the difficulties of his challenging stance to educate the society that wanted him dead. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2016
57% Free to Run (2016) Uses interviews with enthusiasts and innovators ... to illustrate how freedom, equality and community fueled the democratization of an elite sport. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 21, 2016
44% Quitters (2016) What do you do with a loathsome hero? Noah Pritzker isn't sure. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 21, 2016
78% The Phenom (2016) The Phenom unfolds as a series of quiet, incisive conversations that showcase subtle, insightful performances. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2016
43% Gurukulam (2016) Graceful and respectful, peppered with moments that highlight the human nature of divine contemplation. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 2, 2016
100% Cash Only (2016) Cash Only features many familiar action movie markers, but it's distinguished by a raw energy and strong sense of place. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 11, 2016
40% Beautiful Something (2016) A compassionate romantic drama. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2016
18% The Adderall Diaries (2016) Franco seems the ideal interpreter of The Adderall Diaries, but he's reduced the memoirist's tough introspection to misery porn. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2016
100% Be Here Now (The Andy Whitfield Story) (2016) Foster makes it deeper, using an observational style to reveal the intricacies of a progressive disease and candid interviews with Andy and Vashti to strip away the veneer of celebrity implacability. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 5, 2016
50% One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again) (2016) The characters are overburdened by backstories that constrict rather than inform their behavior, with Heard especially weighed down by Jude's flailing indecision. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 5, 2016
No Score Yet The Flight Fantastic (2016) The Flight Fantastic is both a lively biography of the Mexican circus family and a primer on trapeze as both art form and joyous expression. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 29, 2016
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) Budreau's variation on the theme of Chet Baker doesn't play out as an inspired improvisation, settling instead into the familiar grooves of a redemptive melodrama ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 22, 2016
22% Marguerite & Julien (Marguerite et Julien) (2016) The widescreen intimacy of small moments - the flush of a rain-soaked cheek - humanizes Donzelli's grand folly and the couple who challenge the parameters of morality. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 23, 2016
97% Mavis! (2016) Even as she recalls career setbacks and personal disappointments, Staples displays rock-solid faith, unwavering confidence, and bubbly optimism. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 16, 2016
79% Bad Hurt (2016) Grief unleashes the possibility of change in this wrenching drama, allowing for an unexpected emotional thaw that rewards both stubborn optimism and traumatic resilience. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 9, 2016
67% All Mistakes Buried (2016) Even when all the puzzling pieces of Sonny's existence don't quite fit, Trammell's beautifully unhinged performance offers a compelling vision of a grieving narcissist burrowing into the rabbit hole of his own mind. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 19, 2016
82% Almost There (2015) The observational documentary meets the observer effect in Almost There as filmmakers chronicle how their solitary subject is changed by their own scrutiny. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2015
28% The Letters (2015) Most of the dialogue is exposition, and when characters are asked to elaborate, they simply repeat information in slightly different terms. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 1, 2015
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) As each magnificently choreographed set piece unfolds in The Phantom Menace, there's little doubt that George Lucas knows how to create populist entertainment at its best. ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 16, 2015
94% Sand Dollars (Dolares de Arena) (2015) Guzmán and Cárdenas present this tropical island as both Anne's romantic refuge and Noelí's exploitative landscape, a beautiful, enchanting -- and realistic -- Eden where snakes are merely snakes. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 9, 2015
No Score Yet Addiction: A 60's Love Story (2015) While Bornstein stumbles along his rocky road to redemption, Addiction lacks the narrative focus to make it more than a glorified home movie. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 3, 2015
No Score Yet Manhattan Romance (2015) Frenetic camerawork doesn't enliven the dull Danny, who champions ambiguity in art while pursuing cut-and-dried relationships in life. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2015
93% The Creeping Garden (2015) Heady and rigorous, The Creeping Garden is an illuminating science documentary that tickles the imagination. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 29, 2015
94% East Side Sushi (2015) East Side Sushi captures the grind and pleasure of the food industry as Juana shifts from numbing routine to a challenging cuisine. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 25, 2015
90% Marshland (La isla mínima) (2014) Marshland has superb performances and a heady atmosphere, but its greatest strength is finding resolution while letting the mystery be. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 25, 2015
No Score Yet Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer (2015) This brash regurgitator of American pop culture comes off as a singular artist, an irrepressible SpongeBob with a steel spine. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 25, 2015
80% The New Girlfriend (2015) Ozon sacrifices his sharp portrayal of grief and rebirth to clumsy convention. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2015
No Score Yet The Challenger (2015) Even the gravitas of Merkerson and Duncan can't save this flimsy construct of boxing-movie clichés. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 8, 2015
82% I Touched All Your Stuff (2015) Bühler and Mariani make their process part of the narrative, deconstructing the documentary form while delving into Kirk's copious digital life. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 25, 2015
13% Return to Sender (2015) Even with the dramatic buildup, Mikati hesitates to make Return to Sender an all-out revenge fantasy, and the characters are too sketchy for an effective psychological thriller. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 12, 2015
100% Two Step (2015) A noir character study where loss, suffering, and self-preservation drive criminal and victim alike. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 28, 2015
No Score Yet Bonobos (2015) The film evolves into an interesting primer on the differences between life in captivity and the wild. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 28, 2015
0% Mad Women (2015) Things just happen to the Smith family, with illness and incarceration treated like trials to be endured. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 7, 2015
20% Chagall-Malevich (2015) An ambitious jumble of competing story lines that never gels into a cohesive portrait. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2015
No Score Yet Dukale's Dream (2015) This documentary exudes Jackman's can-do optimism, but the real star is an Ethiopian coffee grower who's just as enterprising. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 2, 2015