Serena Donadoni

Serena Donadoni

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Tampopo (1985)

"A biting satire of Japanese culture and its uneasy incorporation of Western influences." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2016

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 4, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 16, 2016

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

Quitters (2016)

"What do you do with a loathsome hero? Noah Pritzker isn't sure." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 21, 2016

The Phenom (2016)

"The Phenom unfolds as a series of quiet, incisive conversations that showcase subtle, insightful performances." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 22, 2016

Gurukulam (2016)

"Graceful and respectful, peppered with moments that highlight the human nature of divine contemplation." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 2, 2016

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
No Score Yet

Beautiful Something (2016)

"A compassionate romantic drama." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2016

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 13, 2016

Be Here Now (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

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 4, 2016
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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

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 21, 2016

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 22, 2016

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 15, 2016

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

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 18, 2016

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 8, 2015

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 Nov 30, 2015

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

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 2, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 11, 2015

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

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

Chagall-Malevich (2015)

"An ambitious jumble of competing story lines that never gels into a cohesive portrait." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 9, 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

Hungry Hearts (2015)

"Hungry Hearts owes much to early Polanski (especially Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby), but Costanzo prizes ambiguity over tension." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 2, 2015
No Score Yet

Miles To Go (2012)

"The bigger problem: Quincy Rose, the opaque actor in nearly every scene, and the writer, director, and editor who doesn't distinguish between cinematic intimacy and revealing a character's inner life. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 14, 2015
No Score Yet

Childless (2015)

"The uncomfortable truths of these unpleasant people can be revelatory, especially when the childless Mary and Natalie dig into their strained interactions with Katherine." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015

The Great Museum (2015)

"Holzhausen is respectful but not reverential, portraying the museum as a living thing that's being cared for with meticulous diligence." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2015

Felix & Meira (2015)

"Offers compassion over certainty, even when circumstances call for an all-or-nothing commitment to a happily ever after." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2015

Woman in Gold (2015)

"What Woman in Gold has over nonfiction portrayals is emotion, and director Simon Curtis milks every scene for its heart-tugging potential." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 31, 2015
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