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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100%

One More Time With Feeling (2016)

"Even in the throes of grief, Mr. Cave retains his mystique as a rock shaman." ‐New York Times
Posted Nov 30, 2016
95%

Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016)

"Mr. Byrne's film is a sober, evenhanded recapitulation of Sands's imprisonment and death that places him in a historical context." ‐New York Times
Posted Nov 29, 2016
63%

Miss Sloane (2016)

"Partly because "Miss Sloane" is more a character study than a coherent political drama, it fumbles the issue it purports to address, and it eventually runs aground in a preposterous ending." ‐New York Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
57%

Rules Don't Apply (2016)

"It may be hyperbolic to describe Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes movie, "Rules Don't Apply," as a screwball "Citizen Kane." But that's what it feels like." ‐New York Times
Posted Nov 22, 2016
94%

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

"It can hold its own against "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," "Clueless" and other movies that have raised the bar on teenage movies." ‐New York Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
91%

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened... (2016)

"[Mr. Price's] passionate enthusiasm and sense of wonder animate every frame and leave you with a misty-eyed glow." ‐New York Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
92%

Notes on Blindness (2016)

"The tone of the narration is so wrenchingly honest that the film never lapses into self-pity or relies on mystical platitudes." ‐New York Times
Posted Nov 15, 2016
43%

Lazy Eye (2016)

"[A] dull two-character talkfest that fancies itself a gay variation on a chapter of Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy. Oh, if only." ‐New York Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
100%

Peter and the Farm (2016)

"The film evokes the natural world with a grand poetic awareness of the primal connectedness of things. From the rapturous to the gross, you can't have one without the other." ‐New York Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
75%

Don't Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma) (2016)

"The narrowness of its perspective and its relatively brief 82-minute length disappoint. Yet "Don't Call Me Son" still manages to be a fascinating, sympathetic portrait of a lost boy abruptly thrown to the wolves." ‐New York Times
Posted Nov 1, 2016
95%

Gimme Danger (2016)

""Gimme Danger" is ... plenty entertaining and includes many moments of foaming-at-the-mouth musical fury." ‐New York Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
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Portrait of a Garden (Portret van een tuin) (2016)

"As you watch its diligent overseers at work, the movie feels like a Zen meditation on time, nature and human activity." ‐New York Times
Posted Oct 25, 2016
19%

American Pastoral (2016)

"Not a desecration but a severe diminution of a complex literary masterpiece." ‐New York Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
43%

King Cobra (2016)

"To say it feels reasonably authentic doesn't mean it's very good." ‐New York Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
51%

The Accountant (2016)

"Who knows why Mr. Affleck, looking appropriately dead-eyed and miserable, committed himself to this laborious ultraviolent brain tease of a crime thriller." ‐New York Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
54%

Mascots (2016)

"Although "Mascots" is neither as funny nor as satirically acute as its forerunner, it would be churlish to complain too loudly." ‐New York Times
Posted Oct 12, 2016
93%

Blue Jay (2016)

"Blue Jay is wistful and beautifully acted until the moment Amanda produces an unsent letter from Jim that she has discovered among the piles of old clothes and keepsakes. Nostalgia gives way to melodrama." ‐New York Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
93%

Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016)

"A touching drama about raging hormones, bullying and sexual awakening - and the strongest film in many years by the post-New Wave French director André Téchiné." ‐New York Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
83%

Girl Asleep (2016)

"As it seesaws between Greta's conscious and unconscious minds, the movie begins to feel like a waking dream." ‐New York Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
81%

Denial (2016)

"You wonder if the material would have been more effective as a courtroom procedural adapted for the stage." ‐New York Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
76%

Chronic (2016)

""Chronic" dramatizes the caregiver's paradoxical relationships to his charges with an acuity that can make it almost unbearable to watch." ‐New York Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
50%

The Free World (2016)

"A movie that abruptly changes direction as it goes along while taking shortcuts that leave its characters underdeveloped and crucial plot elements barely fleshed out." ‐New York Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
89%

Miss Stevens (2016)

"Ms. Rabe's beautifully balanced performance reminds you that people never really grow up." ‐New York Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"Despite an abundance of mostly tepid jokes that keeps the comedic tone at a quiet simmer, "Bridget Jones's Baby" doesn't jell." ‐New York Times
Posted Sep 14, 2016
100%

As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) (2016)

""As I Open My Eyes" is best when it observes the fraught but loving mother-daughter relationship between Hayet and Farah." ‐New York Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
83%

Kicks (2016)

"The characters have enough dimension to avoid appearing to be symbols of a social tragedy, and the movie's relative gentleness makes the harsher realities of Brandon's world all the more distressing." ‐New York Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
70%

White Girl (2016)

"We're all familiar with the term contact high, but not with its antithesis. Because it is so believable, "White Girl" is a contact bummer that's hard to shake." ‐New York Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
59%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"The film's solemn visual rhythms exert an almost hypnotic spell that for a time gives a heroic dimension to a story as emotionally fraught as a vintage Bette Davis melodrama." ‐New York Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
89%

Fatima (2016)

"A small miracle of a film from the French director Philippe Faucon." ‐New York Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
84%

Kate Plays Christine (2016)

"Muses intriguingly about the boundaries between actors playing themselves and fictional characters in front of a camera." ‐New York Times
Posted Aug 23, 2016
25%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"It needed a star like the Russell Crowe of "Gladiator" to provide dramatic heft. What is "Ben-Hur" without a platform of moral grandeur? Not much." ‐New York Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
95%

Spa Night (2016)

"It would be easy to categorize this cool, exquisitely observant first feature by the Korean-American filmmaker Andrew Ahn as a gay movie. But it is much more." ‐New York Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
93%

The Little Prince (2016)

""The Little Prince" is really a movie within a movie; the author's delicate, fanciful story is folded into a harsh, modernist commentary on depersonalization and conformity in the contemporary workplace." ‐New York Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
82%

Indignation (2016)

""Indignation" might be dismissed as a small, exquisite period piece, but it is so precisely rendered that it gets deeply under your skin." ‐New York Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
53%

Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil (Jheronimus Bosch, Touched By The Devil) (2016)

"The movie comes alive only when the camera lingers over the actual paintings and allows their power to speak for itself." ‐New York Times
Posted Jul 27, 2016
99%

Don't Think Twice (2016)

""Don't Think Twice," which has a warm heart, could have been a much nastier movie. Yet its disappointed show-business hopefuls dreading their expiration dates make no bones about their insecurities." ‐New York Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
44%

Quitters (2016)

"Dysfunction and a sense of entitlement govern the behavior of the characters in the film, which portrays upscale American life as an ethical vacuum in which selfish, indifferent people act on impulse without regard to the consequences." ‐New York Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
33%

Equals (2016)

"A dystopian sci-fi snooze that suffers from imagination deficit disorder." ‐New York Times
Posted Jul 14, 2016
69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"Even when playing a nice upstanding guy, Mr. Cranston's approach is complicated." ‐New York Times
Posted Jul 12, 2016
89%

Zero Days (2016)

"In documentary filmmaking, as in news writing, there is a fine line between irresponsible alarmism and dispassionate reportage. And Mr. Gibney has a proven record of tiptoeing to the edge without going too far." ‐New York Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
28%

Fathers And Daughters (2016)

"As the movie jounces along on florid pronouncements that overstate the obvious, "Fathers and Daughters" defies credibility and insults the intelligence." ‐New York Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
91%

Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016)

"Time and again, "Microbe and Gasoline" risks cuteness without going overboard." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
95%

The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016)

""The Innocents" weaves several narrative strands into a complex of themes that sometimes pull against one another." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
67%

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016)

"Remarkable for its shrugging attitude. Opposite in spirit to a shocker like Larry Clark's "Kids," "Bang Gang" doesn't aim to titillate or to alarm." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
66%

Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016)

"Has serious narrative glitches and a shaky timeline, but at least it is true to the bitterly misanthropic spirit of Octave Mirbeau's 1900 novel about masters and servants." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
79%

From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016)

""From Afar" never lets you relax and heave a sigh of relief in hopes that a happy ending may be in sight. Reality is too cruel for that." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 7, 2016
86%

Time To Choose (2016)

"A sobering polemic about global warming that balances familiar predictions of planetary doom with a survey of innovations in renewable energy technology that hold out some hope for the future." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
90%

Art Bastard (2016)

""It's not what they show, it's what they don't show," the painter Robert Cenedella complains in "Art Bastard," Victor Kanefsky's robust, plain-talking documentary portrait of this lifelong rebel and art-world gadfly." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
94%

Presenting Princess Shaw (2016)

"We all know about the expanding musical universe made possible by YouTube, but rarely has its artistic potential been explored in a movie with the inspirational appeal of Ido Haar's new documentary, "Presenting Princess Shaw."" ‐New York Times
Posted May 26, 2016
30%

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"What does all this have to do with Lewis Carroll? Hardly anything. It's just an excuse on which to hang two trite overbearing fables and one amusing one." ‐New York Times
Posted May 26, 2016
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