Steve Dollar

Steve Dollar

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Steve Dollar's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Wall Street Journal, Stop Smiling

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

It Might Get Loud (2009)

"Though slickly made, the film nicks through the varnish of celebrity to get these guys fully in touch with their inner music geek (which, honestly, is not that far under the surface)." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Dec 12, 2015

Funny Bunny (2015)

"Writer-director Alison Bagnall's films don't lack for compassionate, screwball humor, but their unique charms tend to be indivisible from their eccentricities." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 12, 2015

Entertainment (2015)

"Get with the extreme deadpan tone and long takes, though, and the film feels as brave as it is potentially exasperating." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 12, 2015

Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016)

"Steve Hoover's documentary boasts a colorful and controversial subject, who strides through the squalor to an Atticus Ross score." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Oct 9, 2015

Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014)

"A blood-soaked gang saga that builds to a madcap battle royal." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 7, 2014

National Gallery (2014)

"Like many of the 39 documentaries Frederick Wiseman has made since his controversial debut with Titicut Follies in 1967, this film is a leisurely if disciplined exploration of an institution, patient in its observances and curious about every detail." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 7, 2014

Actress (2014)

"The effect is, by turns, playful and haunting: a modern reimagining of the "woman's picture" that questions notions about nonfiction filmmaking." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 7, 2014

Coldwater (2014)

"The film transcends its B-movie template with realistic performances and taut direction, yet never spares the thrills." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 5, 2014

See You Next Tuesday (2014)

"A black comedy that offers no apologies for its dysfunctional characters and scorched-earth dialogue." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 27, 2014

Elena (2014)

"Mysterious and hermetic, this memoir is a collage of home movies, photographs, audio recordings and lyrical narration that reframes a troubled family history through a heartbroken lens." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 5, 2014

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"Traces of classic coming-of-age dramas such as Stand by Me and River's Edge are evoked in this lyrical and low-key reflection on sudden mortality and childhood's end." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 31, 2014

Bronson (2009)

"The movie's giddy brio can leave you punch-drunk, and oddly unsatisfied." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Mar 5, 2014

Antichrist (2009)

"Von Trier admits he has no idea what any of this s--- means, but only a filmmaker of his skill could make such an inchoate mess so strangely entertaining. " ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Mar 5, 2014

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

"Herzog wades deep into the swampy funk of New Orleans, which in this post-Katrina setting might as well be an end-of-the-world movie. He's clearly turned on by [its] weirdness, the casual corruption, the gangsterism and the Southern Gothic outrageousnes." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Feb 17, 2014

The Road (2009)

"There's about as much action as My Dinner With Andre." ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Feb 17, 2014

Teenage (2014)

"The film stitches together an astounding collection of archival materials, supplemented by period reenactmentsand concepts adapted from Jon Savage's 2007 book of the same name." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Feb 11, 2014

The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek (2013)

"In some ways, its comic license is no more a betrayal of history than some of the liberties taken by Steven Spielberg and "Lincoln."" ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 25, 2013

I am Secretly an Important Man (2010)

"Peter Sillen, an indie documentarian with a flair for engaging stubborn, eccentric performers brings his compassionate eye to the life of another subculture hero." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 6, 2013

Convento (2012)

"Against the sacred and time-tossed setting, the artist's creations cast an uncanny spell: Inanimate yet alive, abandoned as scrap or carrion, yet newly born." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Dec 12, 2012

Klovn: The Movie (Klown) (2012)

"Every seemingly happy resolution sets up the next catastrophe." ‐ GreenCine
Posted Jul 23, 2012

American Animal (2012)

"Personal filmmaking with ambition to burn." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted May 14, 2012

Caroline And Jackie (2013)

"Marguerite Moreau (Caroline) and Bitsy Tulloch (Jackie) play their yin/yang roles with a gleaming intensity as the story veers increasingly stranger and darker." ‐ GreenCine
Posted Apr 30, 2012

The New Year (2010)

"A star is born in this observant and compassionate drama about a young woman trying to sort her way out of an involuntary limbo in her coastal Florida hometown." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Apr 30, 2012

Fake It So Real (2012)

"" ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 13, 2012

Hausu (House) (1977)

"House suggests that the nitrous-oxide hyperdrive of Japanese pop culture-as vivid now as ever in entertainments like Takashi Miike's Yatterman, for instance-is a brilliantly imagined, if not in fact transcendental brand of therapy" ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2011

Daylight (2011)

"Barker leaves the histrionics to other thrill-makers, opting for the excruciating slow boil." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 14, 2011

One Hundred Mornings (2011)

"Solid acting and stellar cinematography accomplish more than a truckload of special effects." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Mar 25, 2011

Gabi on the Roof in July (2011)

"Wisely observant of human nature as it bounces between the leads, Gabi evokes Woody Allen with a more generous heart (and a lot more casual nudity)." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jan 24, 2011

Cropsey (2010)

"Perhaps most chilling is that the movie leaves the mysteries unresolved." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jun 4, 2010