Steven Mears

Steven Mears
Steven Mears's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine
Publications: Film Comment Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
77% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) The distractingly oft-repeated title seems to herald an unfortunate new approach to imparting information for Farhadi: everybody will know everything, even if it means clumsy exposition, heavy-handed foreshadowing, and redundancy. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) [Wes Anderson's] second foray into stop-motion animation becomes a compendium of his characteristic forms, flourishes, and frustrations. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Like the director's best works, The Shape of Water blends lonely outcasts, chimerical beings, meticulous design, and mid-20th-century political strife. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) The tragedy stems from Richard Gere's superb portrayal of "a drowning man waving at an ocean liner"-demolishing his elegant image with a study of bottomless need and misapplied largesse - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
71% Remember (2016) [I]n making senility the engine of the piece and siphoning its heft from the Holocaust, Egoyan manages to trivialize both. His film is as lost and confused as its hero. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
74% The Hateful Eight (2015) It's as if Tarantino, believing the interrogation prologue to Inglourious Basterds to be the best-written scene of his career, undertook to redraft the sequence at nearly feature length. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2016
74% Trumbo (2015) Ultimately the film is like so many projects that landed in Trumbo's lap-several rewrites away from working. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
72% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) [I]n executing a predictable narrative strategy, Zwick effectively gives away all of his moves in advance. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
91% The End Of The Tour (2015) Eisenberg's casting teeters on too perfect. He may currently be the best young actor working within the narrowest range-though, to his credit, he finds new ways to enact restiveness and competitive brilliance with each role he takes on. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2015
50% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) Five years after The Girl on the Train, André Téchiné tackles another real-life cause célèbre in which the central transgression may never have occurred. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
94% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) Far from being mere pastiche or parody, the film manifests Strickland's rigorous regard for the form and determination to both honor and elevate it. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2015
81% The Two Faces of January (2014) The treat is watching [Oscar] Isaac and the magnetic [Viggo] Mortensen enact an Oedipal dance of desperation, their black hearts racing under white linen suits. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2014
82% Begin Again (2014) Part of the problem is the change of location; what seemed enchanting in Dublin feels twee in New York. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2014
92% The Retrieval (2014) Despite its plentiful achievements, The Retrieval hews too closely to familiar coming-of-age tropes and demonstrates a frustrating reluctance to be its own film. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2014