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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% Volver (2006) Volver disappoints.‐ The New Republic
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52% Carrington (1995) We feel a tingle of anticipation that this picture is going to be handled intelligently. And it is.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
77% Sophie's Choice (1982) In other ways the film is just as unsatisfactory as the book, because it's inseparably strapped to basic flaws. The story has no center, no protagonist. To whom does the action of the novel happen? ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
57% Out of Africa (1985) Meryl Streep is back in top form. This means that her performance in Out of Africa is at the highest level of acting in film today. Since she is Streep, it means that a return to form is not a return: she has realized a character utterly different.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
95% Manhattan (1979) What George M. Cohan did with the Stars and Stripes in 1919, Allen is doing with neurosis in 1979: waving it, telling us that as long as we're proud of it, we're all pretty damned OK. That's the real romance of Manhattan.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
75% Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light) (1962) Winter Light reduces, in essence, to listening for verbal revelations, for explorations of self in words. This is doubly disadvantageous in a sub-titled film (or a dubbed one), but it cannot be prime cinema even for Swedes. ‐ The New Republic
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62% Chocolat (2000) Chocolat is like being force-fed chocolate for two hours.‐ The New Republic
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54% Malena (2000) A film about Malena herself, her travails, the deep-reaching conclusion, would have been much more interesting and original, but Tornatore is mired in cliches.‐ The New Republic
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88% First Blood (1982) There's another appeal in Rambo. Simplicity. Successful action justifies all.‐ The New Republic
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96% The Verdict (1982) This is realistic American film acting at its veristic/imaginative best.‐ The New Republic
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95% Reds (1981) If no one will learn much about politics from this film, Beatty has nonetheless put the fire of two burning lives in it. There is plenty in it about the risks that commitment entails, but it is about commitment. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
95% Dog Day Afternoon (1975) On the other and substantial hand, most of those segments are very good. If the whole is less than the sum of the parts, if there really is no sum of the parts, those parts those parts are extraordinarily well made. ‐ The New Republic
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86% The Exorcist (1973) Friedkin seems to have found his forte.‐ The New Republic
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96% Some Like It Hot (1959) In terms of comic devices there is very little in the film that is original, but the use of the material is delightful. ‐ The New Republic
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96% Groundhog Day (1993) Murray, more often than not, is pretty unbearable; but here, playing a man who is unbearable, Murray begins convincingly, amusingly, and gets even more amusing as he metamorphoses.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
59% The Sum of All Fears (2002) In this Bush-Ashcroft age, we do not especially need more strictures on civil liberties, but after this despicable film perhaps the great minds of Movieland could be persuaded to agree on a ground rule: films about nuclear terror must not be risible.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
91% Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002) The performances of all the roles are better than we might have expected. Sincerity pulses throughout, the assurance from these people that they are enacting a legend that is significant to them.‐ The New Republic
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No Score Yet Monster (2008) So intense is Theron's acting that she changes the film itself. From the start her performance is pungent, but we feel at first-about the picture as a whole-a sense of reportage.‐ The New Republic
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75% Intervista (1984) Fellini, distant from the theater yet clearly fascinated by its unique properties, has blended them into his ultracinematic style...in Intervista he is the center, amiable yet enjoying his performance.‐ The New Republic
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89% Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Doyle's enrapturing music and Branagh's cinematic grip of the play--inventive, lithe, somehow Shakespearean--are splendid. This Much Ado is a flawed gem. Certainly, regrettably, flawed; still, a gem.‐ The New Republic
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55% The River Wild (1994) A stale product of Movieland mechanics, diluted from Griffith's Way Down East and John Boorman's Deliverance, this picture is just one more reason to worry about an outstanding talent.‐ The New Republic
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93% Full Metal Jacket (1987) Full Metal Jacket seems further proof that Kubrick is still trapped in self-pleasing cinematic exercise.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
76% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
57% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
66% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
64% Paris Blues (1961) Four writers have adapted Harold Flender's novel, whose sole asset was the idea they have minimized ...‐ The New Republic
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98% The Hustler (1961) Rosen, the co-author, has directed with a sure, economical hand. Newman is first-rate.‐ The New Republic
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97% Breathless (1961) With the appearance of Breathless, we have a film that is new, aesthetically and morally.‐ The New Republic
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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
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2015
73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2015
98% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2014
91% The Graduate (1967) The Graduate gives some substance to the contention that American films are coming of age -- of our age.‐ The New Republic
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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
Read More | 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
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93% 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
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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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2014
98% 8 1/2 (1963) In terms of execution I cannot remember a more brilliant film.‐ The New Republic
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2013
No Score Yet L' Invitation (The Invitation) (1973) Nothing is wrong with this film except that not enough is right with it.‐ The New Republic
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2013