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Stuart Klawans

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94%

Colliding Dreams (2016)

"It's as good a feature-length history of Zionism as we're likely to get: judicious, sophisticated, attentive to a range of viewpoints (both Israeli and Palestinian, as the title suggests), and free from teleology." ‐The Nation
Posted Feb 10, 2016
65%

Rabin, the Last Day (2016)

"I think Gitai is admirable for following its tradition of critical, investigative moviemaking in his own rough-and-ready style." ‐The Nation
Posted Feb 10, 2016
92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"Life, silly and hopeful, overflows from her, where no life had seemed possible. I'd recommend that you go enjoy it-which is more, sad to say, than Michael Stone can do." ‐The Nation
Posted Feb 1, 2016
80%

Chi-Raq (2015)

"You've got the superbly self-possessed Teyonah Parris as Lysistrata; a stern and witty Angela Bassett ... and Nick Cannon, looking very comfortable in the role of the rap artist and gang leader known as Chi-Raq. They are served both chilled and hot. " ‐The Nation
Posted Feb 1, 2016
75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"The Hateful Eight is coherent, thoughtful, expertly constructed, and at times horribly droll. It's also a nasty prank, foisted on willing suckers." ‐The Nation
Posted Feb 1, 2016
92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens dazzles audiences with a surface of nostalgic fun made shiny new-but beneath that mask, if you care to notice it, lurks an abyss of futility." ‐The Nation
Posted Feb 1, 2016
60%

Joy (2015)

"Fortunately, Russell in his sincerity has his thoughts on the cotton and also something more: the possibility of being oneself and connecting authentically with other people, in a society warped by artifice. In other words, Joy stars Jennifer Lawrence." ‐The Nation
Posted Feb 1, 2016
94%

Creed (2015)

"Coogler has carried off some astonishing set pieces in Creed, including a two-round prizefight shot in a single, continuously mobile take. The scene would have been impressive had it been only a stunt; but like all true acts of cinema, it's more." ‐The Nation
Posted Dec 3, 2015
88%

The Big Short (2015)

"Crude, vulgar, and heartfelt, The Big Short has the messy vitality that comes only when filmmakers are convinced they really need to tell you something and are determined to entertain you so they'll be sure you're listening." ‐The Nation
Posted Dec 3, 2015
96%

Son of Saul (2015)

" Every day, like everyone else, I need to be awakened from complacency. Of the experiences that can ring the necessary alarm, Son of Saul is especially potent." ‐The Nation
Posted Dec 3, 2015
71%

Crimson Peak (2015)

"I think film culture would be much poorer if it looked away from this deliciously mordant work by del Toro, one of the few writer-directors today who don't just craft images but think in them." ‐The Nation
Posted Nov 12, 2015
97%

Brooklyn (2015)

"A story about having to find the world in order to find one's place in it, Brooklyn recreates an immigrant experience that is separated from us by 60 years in time, and perhaps an eternity in sensibility, but that feels immediate and true." ‐The Nation
Posted Nov 12, 2015
93%

Censored Voices (2015)

"In its raw detail, though, the material in Censored Voices is new and indispensable." ‐The Nation
Posted Nov 12, 2015
100%

Democrats (2015)

"Nielsson takes you into their negotiations and private moments alike, revealing some of the hidden realities in a society that operates by blatant pretense, and (even better) movingly documenting the change that came over Mangwana." ‐The Nation
Posted Nov 12, 2015
92%

The Martian (2015)

"More genial than suspenseful, more diverting than absorbing, but (thanks especially to Damon) consistently worthy of your good will." ‐The Nation
Posted Oct 13, 2015
96%

Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)

"Despite the sarcasm implicit in Panahi's supposed change of career, his smile in this picture does not seem entirely fake. I felt he was taking a communicable pleasure in the slyness of Jafar Panahi's Taxi." ‐The Nation
Posted Oct 13, 2015
84%

The Walk (2015)

"There is no exoneration for Zemeckis, who has committed not artistic crimes but crimes against art: filling a script with corn, and reducing Petit to an ooze of oo-la-la cheese." ‐The Nation
Posted Oct 13, 2015
87%

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

"Sometimes buoyant, sometimes soggy." ‐The Nation
Posted Aug 27, 2015
93%

The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015)

"[Director Stanley] Nelson and editor Aljernon Tunsil have a magician's touch for giving life to period music and archival images, as well as a scholar's resourcefulness in digging them up." ‐The Nation
Posted Aug 27, 2015
85%

Trainwreck (2015)

"I am all for Trainwreck, if only because it's one of a handful of films that popped up this summer in which a woman played the lead and talked about some of what she wants. But it wasn't quite as funny as I'd hoped." ‐The Nation
Posted Aug 27, 2015
93%

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)

"Directed by Heller with a winningly light touch, The Diary of a Teenage Girl doesn't aim to shock, but neither does it play for laughs. It's a comedy in the deeper sense: a story about the unstoppable vitality of the young." ‐The Nation
Posted Aug 27, 2015
93%

Skyfall (2012)

"In a late-year picture that ordinary moviegoers really cared about, with good reason, Judi Dench's M rivaled Daniel Craig's James Bond in screen time and easily outdid him in complexity of motive." ‐The Nation
Posted Aug 21, 2015
39%

Men in Black II (2002)

"Time passes, hope sinks and a theme emerges, unfortunately. Men in Black II shows that only two kinds of women exist on other planets: shining saints and snaky monsters." ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 21, 2015
81%

Road to Perdition (2002)

"Very little of Road to Perdition lingers, except for a feeling that you've been carried along." ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 21, 2015
80%

Sunshine State (2002)

"All this is admirable. I just wish Sayles would also put a little movie into the movie." ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 21, 2015
73%

Langrishe, Go Down (2002)

"All I know is that this odd little movie has lodged in my brain, not comfortably, perhaps, but permanently." ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 21, 2015
97%

Tangerine (2015)

"I don't know whether a real-life Sin-Dee and Alexandra would approve of the way they're presented in Tangerine. But I think they might appreciate the dignity these characters award themselves and the ambiguity they're sometimes allowed. " ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 16, 2015
95%

Amy (2015)

"[Reveals] a Winehouse who seems shocking not for her addictions (so eagerly reported, so shamefully mocked) but for a lifelong ingenuousness." ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 16, 2015
97%

Listen To Me Marlon (2015)

"An impressionistic portrait of Marlon Brando that approaches the condition of autobiography, having been drawn from a previously unheard trove of audiotapes the actor recorded for purposes of self-documentation and self-hypnosis." ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 16, 2015
85%

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

"Garbus [presents a dense] compelling intersection... of personal experience and public issues." ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 16, 2015
98%

Phoenix (2015)

"The intensely thoughtful director of Yella, Jerichow, and Barbara has returned with his favorite actress, Nina Hoss, for another of their immaculately realized dramas of psychological suspense and social culpability." ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 16, 2015
100%

Court (2015)

"With a poise that's rare in directors making their first feature, Tamhane delivers both a deadpan satire of a rotten legal system and a nuanced portrayal of the people who inhabit it." ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 16, 2015
81%

X-Men (2000)

"The action in this case is fitful, the acting semaphoric, the narrative movement clunky and the plot ultimately self-canceling." ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 13, 2015
53%

Scary Movie (2000)

"I laughed some at Scary Movie, but I came away from it feeling dirty." ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 13, 2015
78%

Space Cowboys (2000)

"A cheerful, thoroughly unambitious yarn." ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 13, 2015
53%

Cecil B. Demented (2000)

"Does this picture leap off the screen, or what? Yes, it leaps -- thanks to Melanie Griffith's eager participation in this act of revenge, Stephen Dorff's unbuttoned nuttiness...and Waters's knowing, caring intelligence about movie culture and its decline." ‐The Nation
Posted Jul 13, 2015
83%

Eden (2015)

"Hansen-Løve watches it all dispassionately and not without judgment, from 1992 until almost the present, but at the same time gives Paul his due." ‐The Nation
Posted Jun 24, 2015
82%

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

"What can you hold on to in this fog of halfhearted stereotypes and insubstantial settings? Only the confiding, self-deprecating tone of the narrator and the cleverness of the director, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon." ‐The Nation
Posted Jun 24, 2015
85%

The Wolfpack (2015)

"To Moselle's credit, she avoids turning The Wolfpack into a freak show (just barely). And yet, as you sit there gaping, you long for more insight, about the people you're watching but also about how Moselle made this film." ‐The Nation
Posted Jun 24, 2015
97%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"Unlike action directors of the plodding sort, George Miller doesn't ask you to understand the deliriously strange world into which he throws you headlong. He just wants to change the parts you recognize." ‐The Nation
Posted Jun 24, 2015
83%

Results (2015)

"A kindhearted comedy about people who work fiercely toward physical perfection and business success, and about the blessings brought to them by a man who pursues neither." ‐The Nation
Posted May 27, 2015
89%

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015)

"No ready comparison for Andersson comes to mind other than Samuel Beckett, with whom he shares a spare, precise style and a fondness for vaudeville duos." ‐The Nation
Posted May 27, 2015
93%

Ex Machina (2015)

"Ex Machina is worth watching just as an exercise in suspense, creepy high-tech production design, and excellent acting." ‐The Nation
Posted May 27, 2015
44%

True Story (2015)

"When the truth of the story at last sinks in, it's not decorous at all -- which is to the credit of Rupert Goold and True Story." ‐The Nation
Posted Apr 29, 2015
89%

Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)

"I trust Assayas. After watching Clouds of Sils Maria twice, and taking greater pleasure in it the second time, I'm willing to entertain the possibility that the pomposities he's laid onto the movie might be a warning, to himself as much as the audience." ‐The Nation
Posted Apr 29, 2015
89%

White God (2015)

"The film is no more than wildly inventive, engaging, exciting and memorable, with faultless performances by all the humans, and by Luke, Bodie and a Jack Russell terrier mix named Marlene. I can live with the disappointment." ‐The Nation
Posted Apr 2, 2015
85%

Merchants Of Doubt (2015)

"Maybe it's meant to be a call to action, but it's a bit more like a social-issues documentary by Samuel Beckett. You laugh as you contemplate everyone's doom." ‐The Nation
Posted Apr 2, 2015
100%

Seymour: An Introduction (2015)

"Expertly directed by Ethan Hawke, Seymour: An Introduction is both a portrait of an artist's life and a quiet repudiation of the assumptions that might tempt some people to call Bernstein a failure." ‐The Nation
Posted Apr 2, 2015
93%

L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009)

"Olivier Assayas's new meditation on French domestic life, the wisely ironic Summer Hours, begins with children's games and ends with adolescent partying and pairing off -- that is, the real business of life" ‐The Nation
Posted Mar 17, 2015
95%

Star Trek (2009)

"Star Trek keeps you occupied with the usual sort of thing you find in science-fiction adventures, done somewhat more wittily." ‐The Nation
Posted Mar 17, 2015
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