Susan Wloszczyna

Susan Wloszczyna
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
62% My Zoe (2021) [Delpy] proves to be a triple threat as the female lead, director and writer. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
93% The Orphanage (2019) If The Orphanage does anything right, it will likely leave you wanting to know more about what happens next with these characters and the turmoil-filled land they live in. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
93% Ordinary Love (2020) The well-paired actors immerse themselves in the script's quiet yet intimate moments of trying to hang on to what is positive in their lives. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
91% Cowboys (2021) There are no real heroes or villains, just humans dealing with what life has dealt them. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
97% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) If you aren't moved by the final scene, you need to check your pulse. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
93% True Mothers (Asa ga kuru) (2020) What saves Japan's entry for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars are the authentic and sincerely moving performances by Iura and Makita as well as the reconciliation between the two mothers by the end. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
100% Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) (2021) [Director Fernanda Valadez] has delivered a harrowing drama about the migration crisis at the U.S. southern border that is far more intimate and poignant as it focuses the lives of people looking for a better life and the danger involved in doing so. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) There is fun to be had with this charismatic foursome as they sneak liquor inside the cramped room, tease each other about their relationships with ladies, and debate Bob Dylan's songbook while sharing scoops of vanilla ice cream. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Thanks to the wickedly fertile mind of British actress, author, screenwriter and debut director Emerald Fennell... Mulligan gets to assuredly inhabit a character that was once was a sexy staple of such '40s classic movies as The Maltese Falcon. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Davis more than deserves her first lead actress Oscar nomination for her knock-out performance. But it is Bosman's nervy and brave performance that will linger on your mind. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
47% Modern Persuasion (2020) Manages to blend the author's Regency-era vision with such Millennial fixations as social media, romantic hook-ups and party-hardy attitudes with a 21st-Century version of working gal tropes. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
29% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Fans of Dornan and Blunt might get some satisfaction in seeing them share the screen. But perhaps some Guinness might make it go down better. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
98% Farewell Amor (2020) Farewell Amor is an intimate soap opera blessed with an engaging small cast and an intriguing premise. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
100% Coded Bias (2020) Paranoia strikes deep in director Shalini Kantayya's Coded Bias, which brings to light how tech companies use of facial recognition that is built upon an algorithm that is inherently racist and biased against females. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
90% Luxor (2020) London-born Arab writer-director Zeina Durra's Luxor is sort of a meditative throwback to the '60s era of art-house cinema when movies were allowed to not always fill in the plot blanks for audiences. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
68% Ammonite (2020) Does the script deserve the liberties it takes? Mostly, yes. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) I am putting myself on the line by predicting that long over-do Close might finally win an Oscar on her eighth try. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
83% Proxima (2019) Proxima initially was released in French theaters last year. But somehow it seems even more relatable during the coronavirus pandemic as we must socially distance from loved ones and disconnect from many of our regular routines. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
87% Us Kids (2020) Snyder allows us to experience the conflicting emotions and traumas as these teens take matters into their own hands, both by protesting in the streets but also by having each other's backs. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
87% On The Rocks (2020) Ultimately, On the Rocks is a trifle of a boondoggle that is lucky to at least have a cast that can somewhat mask the fact that there's not much there. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
87% Yellow Rose (2020) In a time when compassion for others can be in short supply, Yellow Rose offers a semi-sweet bouquet of uplifting human emotions. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
85% Misbehaviour (2020) The good news is that its cast is packed (maybe too packed) with talented ladies who are capable of selling their characters, even if the script is too afraid to fully flesh most of them out . - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
89% Kajillionaire (2020) Winger and Jenkins should be applauded for sinking themselves into these unlikable on-the-make characters... But the beating heart of the tale that will keep you watching is a wonderfully deadpan Wood. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
63% Blackbird (2020) The only thing keeping this often trite melodrama afloat is its dream ensemble. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
94% Nomadland (2021) The two-time Oscar-winning best-actress... is at the top of her game in filmmaker Chloe Zhao's Nomadland. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
73% Mulan (2020) The best scenes, as they should be, are between Mulan and her fellow war hero father, played by Tzi Ma of The Farewell. Their relationship provides the beating heart of this gritty fairy tale. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
94% The Mole Agent (2020) Spy tales usually are filled with violence and intrigue. But in this one, empathy saves the day. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
86% Lingua Franca (2020) Lingua Franca could have expressed so much more to allow those who see themselves in Olivia to truly connect with her film. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
100% African Violet (Banafsheh Afrighaei) (2020) While some specifics of Iranian culture are on display, African Violet is universal in its approach to everyday people and their daily lives. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
62% Radioactive (2020) Rosamund Pike's take on Marie Curie, the Polish-born mother of radium and polonium, gives the biopic Radioactive an indelible pulse and a tartly brusque sense of purpose. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
100% We Are the Radical Monarchs (2019) These youngsters just might grow up to be saviors of our American ideals and principles. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
94% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Lewis, for one, is hopeful. His closing words before the credits roll are "We will create the beloved community. We will get there. I still believe we shall overcome." We need his brand of good trouble more than ever. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
80% The Old Guard (2020) As superhero action movies based on a series of comic books go, Netflix's The Old Guard manages to spin a few new tricks on an overdone genre as it takes its cues from Peter Parker's motto, "With great power comes great responsibility." - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
79% The Audition (Das Vorspiel) (2020) Audition would definitely be in a minor key if it weren't for Hoss's well-modulated emotional outbursts and physical reactions. There is plenty of Bach to be heard on the soundtrack but film's female star is the one who keeps everything in tune. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Yes, matters get a bit soap-operatic at times but Peoples injects just enough atmosphere on screen to make us feel for these folks and their travails. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
77% Judy & Punch (2020) Foulkes' debut is more a curiosity than it is a fully entertaining film but its heart is in the right place. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
100% South Mountain (2019) A top-notch Talia Balsam. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
100% A Secret Love (2020) To Bolan, we get to see the ladies in their glorious, vibrant youth as career gals in the big city and one cherished piece of footage of the two women frolicking in ridiculously garish cone-shaped hats on the beach. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
81% To the Stars (2020) Shannon-Bradley Colleary's script doesn't do its due diligence in making us believe the period details while overtly bringing a modern-day sensibility to the sexuality at hand. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
73% Lost Girls (2020) Ryan is the hard-bitten engine driving this charge against simply shrugging off the disappearance of women... - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
98% Blow the Man Down (2020) Set in the isolated fishing town of Easter Cove, Maine, during a frosty winter, Blow the Man Down is a neo-noir in the vein of the Coen brothers classic Fargo. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
87% Swallow (2020) Swallow doesn't always go down smoothly but it does expose how marriage can be a trap, family skeletons continue to rattle and freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
17% The Kindness of Strangers (2020) The best thing about The Kindness of Strangers is that it is very much a product of our current situation when it comes to the chaotic state of the world we live in. Sometimes we get the downer movies we deserve. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) Its greatest asset is a subtle yet deeply felt performance by Julia Garner of Ozark and Grandma fame as a witness to the evil that the Harvey Weinstein monsters of the world do to the women who are under their sway. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
80% Chichinette: The Accidental Spy (2019) The film is most compelling when its subject narrates her own personal history, whether speaking to the camera, talking to audiences or doing voiceovers while an animated figure sometimes acts out a scene. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
100% The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2020) Will likely bring tears to your eyes. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
88% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael is the first documentary I have seen that places her opinions beside the films that she went on to make and break with her incisive words. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
94% Honey Boy (2019) Bravo to LeBeouf being brave enough to dig deep both in his acting and his writing while inviting the public to participate in his healing process. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
91% #Female Pleasure (2019) Will give pleasure to any woman who has ever been made to feel ashamed for being a sexual being. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
89% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2019) This one of those docs that is built on the notions that seeing is believing and actions speak louder than words. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020