Stanley Kauffmann

Stanley Kauffmann

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Publications:
New York Times , The New Republic
Total Reviews:
582

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
95% 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
97% 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
97% 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
—— 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
95% 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
68% 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
62% 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
—— The Magic Flute With Webcast Q&a With Director Kenneth Branagh " 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
66% 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% 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
93% Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012) " Ceylan's own growing reputation will, I hope, continue to grow. He uses the realistic film as an avenue to what lies around and beyond the realism." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
80% The Age of Innocence (1993) " I don't know any of those [prior] versions, and I wonder how (which means I doubt that) they avoided the snare that Wharton unwittingly set for her adapters, the snare that, for all his gifts, caught Scorsese." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
86% Khodorkovsky (2011) " Tuschi has a sharp sense of tempo and shot composition, and he obviously knows how to ask questions, because he gets good answers." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
74% Norwegian Wood (2012) " The acting in the film is key. Every moment by Ken'ichi Matsuyama as Watanabe and Rinko Kikuchi as Naoko is valid yet seems distilled by memory rather than presented raw. " — The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
67% The Front Line (2012) " We can be grateful that a Jang Hun comes along now and then to inscribe a human record." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
69% The Hunter (2012) " Its mostly observant temper keeps us from being greatly moved, but it holds us with its acute, almost laboratory dissection of its people's beings." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
83% Return (2012) " The writer-director is Liza Johnson, an artist, making her first picture and doing it with considerable grace." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
83% Crazy Horse (2012) " Crazy Horse could be condensed to its advantage." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
84% The Forgiveness of Blood (2012) " The film shows us trenchantly that law often lags behind deep-grained custom." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
81% Hipsters (2011) " What is... wondrous, the chief repression that we see-and hear-is Stalinist hatred of jazz and American hip clothes." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
83% The Salt of Life (2012) " Italian film has done us another favor-it has sent us Gianni Di Gregorio again." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 18, 2013
81% Michael (2012) " Another full unfaltering performance by a child. This time it's in a horror film." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 18, 2013
97% The Kid with a Bike (2012) " The directing by the Dardenne brothers reflects their previous work: it wants to be unnoticed either for virtuosity or clumsiness, yet only virtuosos can attain this ideal." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 18, 2013
98% This Is Not a Film (2012) " This film is unique in a dreadful way: what happens on screen would not be particularly interesting without the facts surrounding its making. " — The New Republic
Posted Jun 18, 2013
78% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) " Now a new film of the play appears, adapted and directed by Terence Davies with Rachel Weisz in that stellar [Hester Collyer] role and with Rattigan's work in a freshening treatment." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 18, 2013
89% Footnote (2012) " At the last... Footnote is so intelligently and deftly made that we are glad it exists." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 18, 2013
98% Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) " There is something touching and maniacal about the two-and-three-quarter- hour result." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 18, 2013
86% Bonsái (2012) " It flows along placidly, heated only occasionally by a bit of sex or disco dancing." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 18, 2013
88% Patience (After Sebald) (2012) " The film is finally only an enjoyable tour, almost devoid of the book's resonances." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 18, 2013
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