Shawn Levy

Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 69%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"By now, you know exactly what to expect, which is both good and bad. To my mind, Anderson reached the acme of this formula in the first go, in Tenenbaums, and has now replicated it twice, evoking smaller pleasures each time." ‐Oregonian
Posted Mar 12, 2014
A 95%

The King's Speech (2010)

"It's a fine, absorbing work, built with brilliance and without excessive showiness or flash. It feels, in fact, like a classic virtually upon its arrival." ‐Oregonian
Posted Feb 16, 2013
B+ 86%

The Master (2012)

"Anderson, god love him, seems determined to make the "Great American Film." "The Master" isn't it, but you come away from it with the sense that may be on the right path." ‐Oregonian
Posted Sep 20, 2012
B 89%

Compliance (2012)

"There's a humanity here, even for the restaurant manager. But that still doesn't make "Compliance" easy to ingest." ‐Oregonian
Posted Sep 20, 2012
C+ 75%

Hello I Must Be Going (2012)

"The script's contrivances and the director's lax handling aren't enough to hold you." ‐Oregonian
Posted Sep 20, 2012
B 86%

Arbitrage (2012)

""Arbitrage" is a mirror on the audience, making us realize that we're complicit, if only vicariously, in some crimes which we ought to deplore." ‐Oregonian
Posted Sep 13, 2012
B 77%

Samsara (2012)

"A thoughtful and profoundly gorgeous film in which the works of humanity are celebrated and questioned, the colossal scale of nature is revealed, the cruelties and grotesqueries of life are laid bare." ‐Oregonian
Posted Sep 6, 2012
B 75%

The Ambassador (2012)

"There's a touch of whimsy to his misadventures, but the malfeasance he uncovers -- often using hidden cameras and microphones -- is anything but a joke." ‐Oregonian
Posted Sep 6, 2012
D 24%

The Words (2012)

"A nitwit story about a nitwit author who has written a nitwit novel about a nitwit author who has published a nitwit novel which, in fact, he has stolen wholecloth from another writer ..." ‐Oregonian
Posted Sep 6, 2012
C+ 58%

Red Hook Summer (2012)

"Lee is, as ever, a gifted image-maker, but his storytelling has gotten so lax over time as to barely register." ‐Oregonian
Posted Sep 6, 2012
B+ 78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"It is so focused on the depravity at its heart that watching it is like subjecting yourself to a nightmare that sucks the air slowly from your lungs." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 30, 2012
B+ 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"The chief spectacle here -- and it's a good one -- is Langella in gruff, curdled mode, an underappreciated master actor slipping seamlessly into a bespoke role." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 30, 2012
B+ 98%

Oslo, August 31st (2012)

"In a single day, through a single pair of eyes, Trier and Lie give us an emblem for the world." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 30, 2012
B 95%

The Imposter (2012)

"It's an astounding story, truly, and Bourdin is the most chillingly sympathetic sociopath: frank, remorseless, matter-of-fact." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 23, 2012
B 65%

2 Days in New York (2012)

"It's a predictable sort of humor, but it's played with intelligence, wit, charm and, blissfully, very little pretense." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 23, 2012
B- 75%

Premium Rush (2012)

""Premium Rush" is a rather routine thriller that's got two things going for it: the ticking of a clock and the clickety-click of bicycle wheels." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 23, 2012
B- 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"This film is a tough sell. But it's never less than daring, poised or deliberate. It doesn't go down easy, but it clings." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 23, 2012
B 50%

Hit & Run (2012)

"It can get sloppy and silly and gratuitous at times, but "Hit and Run" never feels tired. Its energy and verve overcome its misfires." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 21, 2012
B+ 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"For the most part, it's a brisk, funny and engaging movie that does genuinely exciting things with little bits of string and wire and such." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 16, 2012
B+ 56%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"Smart, taut, sleek, tense and unrelenting -- an ideal action movie and a truly exemplary sequel." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 9, 2012
B- 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"An assault on the contemporary plagues of crooked electoral financing, issue-free political debate and credulous, sensationalist media." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 9, 2012
B+ 97%

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

"You come away with an appreciation of the abstraction, scale and daring of Ai's art and, even more, a sense of the living man in his courage, humor and restlessness. It's an invigorating experience." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 2, 2012
B 94%

The Queen of Versailles (2012)

"Watching "The Queen of Versailles" you don't know whether to laugh or cry." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 2, 2012
B 78%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"If "Ruby Sparks" doesn't warm you much or form a seamless whole, it's nevertheless got pieces that you can genuinely admire." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 2, 2012
B- 71%

Klovn: The Movie (Klown) (2012)

"It isn't art, it's will-o-the-wisp thin, but it might well make you squirt your soda through your nose." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 2, 2012
C- 29%

Red Lights (2012)

"By the time the film reaches its convoluted, bombastic and preposterous climax, any sense of real magic that it once conveyed has utterly vanished." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 1, 2012
B+ 80%

The Story Of Film: An Odyssey (2011)

"Like Martin Scorsese's "A Personal Journey Through American Cinema" and "My Voyage to Italy," it's a tour through a museum with a deeply passionate and engaging guide." ‐Oregonian
Posted Aug 1, 2012
B- 88%

Neil Young Journeys (2012)

"In a sense, this film finishes a cycle that began with the homey and impressive "Neil Young: Heart of Gold" and continued with the raucous "Neil Young Trunk Show" of 2009." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jul 19, 2012
B 87%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

""The Dark Knight Rises" is reasonably accomplished as a gigantic superhero movie; as a meditation on capital and its personal and social discontents, it's strictly from the funny pages." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jul 19, 2012
B- 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"There's often real beauty and poetry in the moviemaking, but "Waltz" requires you to be on board with it from the start and doesn't often enough rouse itself to magnetize you if you're not." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jul 18, 2012
A- 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

""Beasts of the Southern Wild" brings you into a world you didn't know existed with a closeness that the movies almost never achieve." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jul 12, 2012
C+ 35%

Lola Versus (2012)

"[Gerwig's] presence in the center almost makes "Lola Versus" watchable even as it starts to get formulaic, preachy and tiresome." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jul 12, 2012
B 74%

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012)

"The Duplasses know how to put a small film like this together with soothing ease, and they never tax the audience with contrivances or excess baggage." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jul 9, 2012
A 97%

La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) (1938)

"See it and you may begin to appreciate the sorts of standards for greatness that the cinema is capable of setting." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jul 5, 2012
B- 44%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"In his late '70s, Allen only has so many working days left in him, and if he has stories and ideas that he's eager to get down on film, he's earned the right." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jul 5, 2012
B 51%

Savages (2012)

"Stone seems truly to be enjoying himself for the first time in ages." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jul 5, 2012
B- 72%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"Simply by serving as a vessel for that story, "The Amazing Spider-Man" is agreeable. And occasionally it's more." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jul 1, 2012
B 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"It's medium-strength Soderbergh, which is better than the full-strength stuff most filmmakers can manage but not exactly the brand that keeps you coming back for more." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jun 28, 2012
B+ 94%

I Wish (2012)

"A film that's both entertaining and illuminating, no matter your age." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jun 28, 2012
B 67%

Ted (2012)

""Ted" may not be profound or deft, but when it hits the sweet-sour spot, which it does regularly, it can win you over." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jun 28, 2012
B- 82%

A Cat in Paris (2012)

"Directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol favor a modish visual style and a jazzy score, both of which are charming." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jun 27, 2012
B+ 35%

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

"The title may sound like a joke, but "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is serious fun." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jun 21, 2012
B+ 83%

Your Sister's Sister (2012)

"In the very best sense, "Your Sister's Sister" almost feels like it's being made up as it goes along: organic, fluent and true." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jun 21, 2012
C+ 78%

Brave (2012)

"It simply never engages you with its grandiose posturing and desperate jokes and trite moralizing." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jun 21, 2012
B+ 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Anderson has trouble sticking the landing, but "Moonrise Kingdom" is in many ways the most satisfying flight he's taken us on in years." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jun 7, 2012
B 73%

Prometheus (2012)

""Prometheus" is breezy and comely and sufficiently clever to mitigate most qualms, and Fassbender, especially, is wonderful." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jun 7, 2012
B+ 97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

"Falardeau dances delicately along the razor's edge of the familiar and the conventional. But he does so with tact and taste and just the right blend of tension and relief." ‐Oregonian
Posted Jun 6, 2012
B+ 98%

This Is Not a Film (2012)

"Predictably, not much happens in "This Is Not a Film"; dude is under house arrest, after all. But it's absorbing and clever." ‐Oregonian
Posted May 31, 2012
B- 49%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"There are worse ways to spend two hours than in the company of "Snow White and the Huntsman."" ‐Oregonian
Posted May 31, 2012
B 87%

Polisse (2012)

"When the chunks are strong, you can imagine whole films being built around them; when they're not, you wish someone had found the resolve to cut them out." ‐Oregonian
Posted May 31, 2012
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