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Tal Rosenberg

Tal Rosenberg
Tal Rosenberg's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 83% Silence (2017) The film can be ponderous in its rumination and ambiguity, but few cinematic treatments of Christianity and sanctity have been as generous or as intellectually challenging as Silence. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 5, 2017
64% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Whereas Oz's material, at its best, considers the nuances and subtleties of language, Portman's script reduces his writing to platitudes and cliches. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 1, 2016
68% Men Go To Battle (2016) As with other mumblecore projects, the plot is secondary to mood, naturalism, and the relationship between the two protagonists, but in this historical context that approach is more of a frustration than a virtue. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 25, 2016
83% Sausage Party (2016) Rogen and his frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg dreamed up the story with actor Jonah Hill, and though it might sound like a critique of religion, they opt instead for a lowbrow, sporadically funny celebration of hedonism. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 12, 2016
90% Heima (Sigur Ros: Heima) (2007) It's a dull and oddly morose subject for a movie. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 14, 2016
77% Gary Numan: Android in La La Land (2016) Directors Steve Read and Rob Alexander center their documentary on the production of Numan's 2013 album Splinter; this approach allows for a fine introduction to Numan's music, but the other subjects are addressed too briefly to cohere as a narrative. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 14, 2016
100% Only Yesterday (2016) Half coming-of-age story, half adult drama, the film demonstrates Takahata's belief that animation need not be limited to children's fantasy. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 11, 2016
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) This is Tarantino's bleakest and most violent film, but it's also his slowest, a meditation on vengeance and justice in America and possibly in his own movies. Why he needs three hours to draw no apparent conclusion is unclear. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 23, 2015
33% My All American (2015) This is ideal fodder for Pizzo's brand of college-sports inspiration, but he pours on the corn syrup a little too thick. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 12, 2015
89% What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015) [Wächter is] a frightening example of how the denial common to fascist regimes can endure long afterward. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 12, 2015
No Score Yet Barista (2015) I found the competition and the participants preposterous. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 5, 2015
No Score Yet Obra (2014) This is the kind of film whose "meditative" qualities seem to be a smoke screen for a lack of story or ideas. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 15, 2015
80% Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015) The acting is so naturalistic and the various subplots are so well balanced that the confused piety of the characters gradually begins to feel like anyone else's everyday problems. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 15, 2015
90% Dheepan (2016) Though it takes a jarring left turn at the end, this bears the same immaculate plot construction and tonal consistency of Audiard's previous films, augmented by sensitive, superlative performances from Jesuthasan and Srinivasan. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 15, 2015
80% Cronies (2015) It boasts both a sophisticated understanding of racial politics and a finely attuned ear to the language and behavior of male camaraderie, but it never succumbs to sensationalism and overt moralizing. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 15, 2015
56% The Young Kieslowski (2015) This indie drama is like Knocked Up without the jokes, social insight, or storytelling skill. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 20, 2015
95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) The title refers to the fact that the day chronicled is ostensibly Cave's 20,000th alive, though the movie is so slowly paced that 20,000 days seems more like the running time. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 5, 2015
No Score Yet The Case Of The Three Sided Dream (2014) By emphasizing live performance and audio recordings over interviews, Kahan lets Kirk's talent speak for itself. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 1, 2014
67% Despite the Gods (2012) Don't expect any insight into the filmmaking process. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 17, 2013
64% Hit So Hard (2012) Choppy camerawork, sloppy editing, and lack of a coherent narrative structure make for a frustrating viewing experience. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 11, 2012
20% The Lucky One (2012) As long as Efron's shirt comes off, he could play an accountant and no one in the target audience would care. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 20, 2012
76% Damsels in Distress (2012) The premise -- young rich people discover themselves -- recalls that of Stillman's older features, but his characteristic naturalism is replaced here by overlit scenes, a saccharine symphonic score, and a halting narrative momentum. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 13, 2012