Stuart Klawans

Stuart Klawans
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) There are no winners to be found, not even that regional author whose feet hurt from listening to Sinan. There is still something to be won, though: if not forgiveness, then the capacity to forgive. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
90% A Star Is Born (2018) With Gaga, everyone who feels the call of the polymorphous can see themselves in the endlessly malleable contours of her face and hear their emotions throb in her omni-generic singing. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
78% Never Look Away (2019) The director moves Never Look Away out of the category of fancy biopic and into the realm of languorous, art-house suspense movies-like Blow-Up, you might say, if Antonioni had been a German postmodernist eager to offer reassurance. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) An old-fashioned melodrama -- a good one at that. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
66% Vice (2018) Vice has enough depth that it also can excite pity, fear, and a creepy, corporeal dread. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
100% The Waldheim Waltz (2018) [It] speaks even more directly to our current situation... - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) As scenes recur and a rhythm gets going, certain types of labor gain force as organizing principles in the film. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
84% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2018) Nothing makes much sense, but everything is gorgeous. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
100% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Witty, gritty, resourceful, and burning with the "righteousness" of which other criminals only boast, [Zhao Tao] endures. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) I wish [director Alice] Rohrwacher had thought of a better way to end the picture than to resort to a weak religiosity; but I'd gladly watch everything up to the last five minutes again and again. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The plot revelations, which [director Hirokazu] Kore-eda cunningly piles up at the end, are heartbreaking when they hit. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Of those [films] I managed to see, none could match the clarity of vision and intensity of feeling, expansiveness and intimacy, breadth and breath of Alfonso Cuarón's Roma. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) For people with an infinite interest in Welles - like me - The Other Side of the Wind will provide inexhaustible material for study. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Ross's images are intimate and emotive; the camera often follows people closely or shows details as if through his subjects' eyes, and a heightened color intensifies the mood. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet D'Est (From the East) (1993) Chantal Akerman's magnificent, wordless journey into the regions of her unlived past... - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
100% Nostalgia for the Light (2011) [A] gorgeous meditation on astronomy and the collection of human remains. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
92% Le Fond de l'air est rouge (A Grin Without a Cat) (The Base of the Air Is Red) (1977) Epic (or perhaps encyclopedic, or maybe satiric). - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
93% Support the Girls (2018) Support the Girls is a rare house-of-cards movie. Watch the first inadvertent nudge. See the whole thing tumble. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) A movie that respects the fluidity of a 16-year-old's sense of self by demanding to be a "what the hell?" experience. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) I felt that despite the patches of wobbliness and pomposity in BlacKkKlansman, the film was well worth my time for the sake of that shocking leap into a reality so rotten that spoiler alerts are neither necessary nor possible. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) In his first feature film, Boots Riley pretty much shreds the script, or several of them. Nothing in this movie happens the way it's supposed to. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace lacks the ferocity that drove Granik's earlier features, as well as a ready hook for audiences; but it offers deeper sorrow and greater hope, as well as a direct line to a substratum of the American imagination. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) This modest, quiet, deeply felt movie comes through in the end. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) The deepest satisfaction of En el Séptimo Día comes from these characters, these comrades, as they improvise a piecemeal scheme to rescue their championship hopes - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
89% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) Driver brings to Boom for Real a quality that's both unexpected for this topic and invaluable: balance. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Not only is it incomplete despite a running time of 149 minutes... but its action would be meaningless to anyone who hasn't seen a good many previous Marvel pictures. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
80% In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina) (2018) Beautiful, brooding, and astonishingly two-faced...Said is willing to give you something that is all the more affecting for being discontinuous and inconclusive. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
92% Sicko (2007) This is the essential ill that Sicko addresses, in an eruption that's the most unruly and uncategorizable part of the whole movie, and the most unmistakably heartfelt. You want the truth? Moore can handle the truth. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
60% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) Is the whole thing kind of silly? Yes, but maybe not quite enough. Will it inspire the masses to take up the Manifesto anew? Now, that's funny. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Maybe the movie doesn't live up to the most lavish praise that's been heaped on it, but there's a certain grim pleasure to be had from seeing its knaves and fools stripped down to their essential, vulgar meanness... - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
83% Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2018) A different filmmaker might have set about structuring his story as a personal journey into his family's history. Wilkerson resists the impulse..he'd narrow the focus of the film, when what he wants is to stretch it to the horizon. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) The feelings of loss and envy running through the film...add a level of emotional complexity to Black Panther beyond anything you might reasonably have expected. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
95% Foxtrot (2018) A film about the terrible cost of the occupation for both peoples, and about the corrosive, self-defeating norms of Israeli manhood, Foxtrot is as impressive a movie as I've seen in months. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
88% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) The dialogue in The Insult is punchy, the editing brisk, and the performances kept just a notch below swaggering exaggeration, as you might expect from a writer-director who has worked with Tarantino. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
94% 24 Frames (2018) There's an overwhelming consistency of imagery, process, and mood in 24 Frames, which makes the film feel very much like the considered work of a single artist - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
89% Rain Man (1988) Rain Man is a buddy picture with one buddy missing, a road movie without much to see along the way. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
96% Silent Souls (2011) [Silent Souls] is whimsical, melancholy and utterly beautiful. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
92% The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) The best thing about The Black Power Mixtape is that it plays out our disagreements, then and now, and plays them loud. Listen. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
84% Contagion (2011) Among the reasons Soderbergh is one of the most vital moviemakers of his generation is that he's so quick to work in different situations. I respect this latest test; in large part, I enjoyed it. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
37% In Time (2011) I enjoyed the film thoroughly, and realized afterward how well Niccol had drawn me into his imagined world. The first postscreening sight of a digital clock gave me the autonomic ghastlies. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
99% Le Havre (2011) Le Havre charmingly renews the old-fashioned belief in an ethic among the urban poor, one that sometimes rises to the challenge of mutual help across lines of race and nation. This sense of solidarity even crosses lines of cultural ambition. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
88% Arbitrage (2012) As someone who is susceptible to melodrama, I enjoyed much of Arbitrage. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
85% Detropia (2012) Ewing and Grady give you the numbers in Detropia. They give you the ruins, too-richly photographed by Tony Hardmon and Craig Atkinson and astonishingly well edited by Enat Sidi-but their main interest is far from prurient. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
99% How to Survive a Plague (2012) Like the very best documentaries about political movements, How to Survive a Plague makes you feel humble and, at the same time, extraordinarily proud. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
84% The Master (2012) [The Master] is interested in consciousness more than conscience, which is why Anderson's camera roams so thrillingly. The man we're following experiences the world as a carelessly dropped string that had been wrapped about him and then whipped loose. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
88% The Law In These Parts (2012) The Law in These Parts is more slowly cumulative in its impact than The Gatekeepers, but equally devastating. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
89% Lincoln (2012) Lincoln might be the most staid, old-fashioned movie that any major studio will release this season, at least outwardly. Inwardly, it is almost insanely daring. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
66% Cloud Atlas (2012) Take this as a confirmation that the destiny implied by Cloud Atlas is illusory. For the first time, I watched stories by the Wachowskis and Tykwer and felt free to enjoy them. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone is thoroughly extraordinay. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
63% Anna Karenina (2012) This Anna Karenina might not be Tolstoy, but it's the next best thing to a Baz Luhrmann extravaganza, and with even better costumes. The conceit is ingenious, the execution breathtaking (or breathless at a minimum). - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018