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Stanley Kauffmann

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Raba Lyubvi (A Slave of Love) (1974)

"The whole picture is a bit too proud of itself, too thematically pat; but as is occasionally true with show-offs, there's something to its showing-off. " ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 16, 2016
77%

Grease (1978)

"It has no kind of focus in atmosphere or tone, it doesn't even have a look. It's just sort of floating insult, shopping for a subject to light on. " ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 16, 2016
52%

Jaws 2 (1978)

"The surprise in Jaws 2 is that, given the givens, it came out as well as it did. For me, in terms of sheer visceral zapping, it's better than the first time around (or under)." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 16, 2016
75%

Sons and Lovers (1960)

"The best one can promise those who like the book is that they will probably not be greatly disturbed by the adaptation and will see some elements capably dramatized." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 16, 2016
94%

A Brief History of Time (1992)

"Few of us can judge Hawking's intellect, but any of us can sense that fire, that insistence of self on self." ‐The New Republic
Posted Apr 11, 2016
36%

The Wiz (1978)

"If you can take it just as an occasion for the exercise of some real talents, a good time can be had much of the time." ‐The New Republic
Posted Apr 11, 2016
65%

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

"His characters, as is now his norm, are plastic puppets, even in the confectionary love scenes. Most of their dialogue is so doughy that it could be spooned into comic-strip balloons. Lucas simply has no interest in these people." ‐The New Republic
Posted Apr 11, 2016
30%

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

"In credibility, the action is as ludicrous as old Saturday-afternoon serials; in execution, the skills help it to skate over the incredibilities." ‐The New Republic
Posted Apr 11, 2016
60%

Paris Blues (1961)

"Four writers have adapted Harold Flender's novel, whose sole asset was the idea they have minimized ..." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jan 27, 2016
98%

The Hustler (1961)

"Rosen, the co-author, has directed with a sure, economical hand. Newman is first-rate." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jan 27, 2016
97%

Breathless (1961)

"With the appearance of Breathless, we have a film that is new, aesthetically and morally." ‐The New Republic
Posted Dec 3, 2015
85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"In happy sum, Reichardt is one more of the current American directors, most of them still young, who are endowing our film world with pleasure and hope." ‐The New Republic
Posted Mar 27, 2015
71%

City of Women (La città delle donne) (1981)

"What baffled me was, not why Fellini didn't see that the film wasn't very good but that he didn't recognize its familiarity, didn't know how much he was repeating himself." ‐The New Republic
Posted Mar 16, 2015
88%

La Signora Senza Camelie (1953)

"I thought Lady very weak, with little hint in it of the Antonioni to come, which was surprising because even earlier Antonioni, Story of a Love, seemed stranger and more prophetic of the giant en route." ‐The New Republic
Posted Mar 16, 2015
75%

Crash (2004)

"[Crash] is familiar enough that it slips easily into our film-watching faculty without any fuss, yet [Haggis'] handling of it -- his muscular belief in what he is doing -- makes us hope that his next screenplay will be a bit less safe." ‐The New Republic
Posted Feb 23, 2015
99%

The Godfather (1972)

"I don't see how any gifted actor could have done less than Brando does here. His resident power, his sheer innate force, has rarely seemed weaker." ‐The New Republic
Posted Feb 22, 2015
86%

Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008)

"[Desplechin] has skill, patience, empathy, and insight; quickened by the holiday occasion, they make the title of his film ultimately, if unconventionally, right." ‐The New Republic
Posted Dec 10, 2014
89%

The Graduate (1967)

"The Graduate gives some substance to the contention that American films are coming of age -- of our age." ‐The New Republic
Posted Nov 24, 2014
88%

Awakenings (1990)

"Williams gives his best "straight" performance, shorn of all his marvelous manic vaudeville. The man he plays here is not a performer, which he was even in Dead Poets Society, but simply a man." ‐The New Republic
Posted Aug 15, 2014
87%

Far From Heaven (2003)

"We are left wondering why, in any case, an imitation Sirk was needed, what appetite or interest it might fill. Even with its latter-day (modified) frankness, Far From Heaven is only thin glamour that lacks a tacit wry base." ‐The New Republic
Posted Apr 1, 2014
94%

Gone With the Wind (1939)

"It's remarkable that after spending almost eight hours of my existence in front of this film, I can remember only two points vividly." ‐The Atlantic
Posted Feb 25, 2014
91%

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

"The only differences between this new film and its many forebears are that the young hopeful is a woman and the finish is unforeseen." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jan 10, 2014
96%

Schindler's List (1993)

"For this film Spielberg has done the best directing of his career. Much of his previous work has been clever and some of it better than that, but Schindler's List is masterly." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jan 7, 2014
98%

8 1/2 (1963)

"In terms of execution I cannot remember a more brilliant film." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jan 6, 2014
97%

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

"Here is Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is neither as sparkling as it is said to be nor as bad as it seems to be at the start. But it's pretty good." ‐The New Republic
Posted Nov 18, 2013
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L' Invitation (The Invitation) (1973)

"Nothing is wrong with this film except that not enough is right with it." ‐The New Republic
Posted Nov 18, 2013
96%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"I certainly do not move that the film should be suppressed, only that one should know what it is. It is a bath in a smiling madness. " ‐The New Republic
Posted Nov 14, 2013
69%

El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013)

"This film has its own nature, almost its own reality. The sudden finish almost seems meant to make it our responsibility to comprehend the whole." ‐The New Republic
Posted Nov 14, 2013
64%

Nicky's Family (2013)

"In addition to the force and the officialdom, dizzying and stark, there are particularly sharp stabs of feeling." ‐The New Republic
Posted Nov 14, 2013
94%

Museum Hours (2013)

"It's as if Cohen had lived for centuries among these places, and sometimes with art that encapsulates these centuries, and is pleasantly imprisoned within its strength." ‐The New Republic
Posted Oct 9, 2013
62%

Israel: A Home Movie (2013)

"Some titles embrace us. They seem to have been waiting, affectionately quintessential -- the heart of the matter. Such is Israel: A Home Movie." ‐The New Republic
Posted Oct 9, 2013
92%

Our Nixon (2013)

"A capably done account of a presidential career that was wrecked by a crime that was unnecessary." ‐The New Republic
Posted Oct 9, 2013
100%

Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) (1961)

"It is almost superfluous to note that the film is beautifully made: visually exquisite, ingeniously knit." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jul 23, 2013
100%

More Than Honey (2013)

"[Markus] Imhoof makes bees more important than they have previously seemed." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jul 12, 2013
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The Magic Flute With Webcast Q&a With Director Kenneth Branagh (2013)

"The most disturbing fact about this film is that it continues what is by now almost a tradition-the concept of production." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jul 12, 2013
83%

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013)

"What affects us most is Resnais's ingenious idea. And that affect is magnified by a surprise ending. " ‐The New Republic
Posted Jul 12, 2013
92%

I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2011)

"Sophie Cattani as Julie takes us with her over several borders, and Vincent Rottiers as the latter-day Thomas is complete in his inchoate anger at fate." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
75%

Blackthorn (2011)

"This story, parboiled out of one of the most memorable Westerns, is supported all the way by Gil's directing. " ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
78%

The Mill and the Cross (2011)

"We almost feel that we ourselves have accomplished something just by being around while Bruegel doodled." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
67%

Les femmes du 6e étage (The Women on the 6th Floor) (2011)

"All in all-if all is meant moderately-the story leaves an agreeable aftertaste, which lingers longer than we expected." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
86%

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2011)

"It leaves us almost gasping with its impudence." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
85%

Happy, Happy (2011)

"Sewitsky is a bit too fond of the handheld camera, but she is immediate, close. Her first picture, daring title and all, takes an empathic look at a permanent puzzle. " ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
93%

You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo (2011)

"What makes this film especially biting is the editing. " ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
64%

Goethe! (Young Goethe in Love) (2011)

"Stylistically, the most engaging aspect of the picture is Stölzl's direction. " ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
99%

Le Havre (2011)

"We are so held by the film's impact that its ending, surprise or not, is like a bonus." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
95%

Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011)

"It is generally pungent and enlightening. " ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
86%

In Heaven Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery (2011)

"Interviews with the cemetery director and with adults who grew up in buildings on the outskirts convey something we might not have imagined, or bothered to imagine-affection for a cemetery. " ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
97%

Tomboy (2011)

"Tomboy is a lovely reminder that the French have long been famous for a quite different sort of film-about children. " ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
74%

The Conquest (2011)

"The Sarkozy story glistens, snakelike." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
81%

House of Pleasures (2011)

"Nothing in this film comes as a surprise, but Bonello's intent to show the place backstage as well as onstage is fulfilled and pertinent, even though the period setting gives the picture a curio air." ‐The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
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