Teo Bugbee

Teo Bugbee
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T-Meter Title | Year
53% Broken Diamonds (2021) The movie treats illness as a series of contrivances, an engine that keeps the plot pistoning forward, and the result of this approach is a film that feels lifeless, or worse, reductive. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
64% How It Ends (2021) The film plays as a series of perfectly enjoyable sketches strung together, an excuse for veteran actors to chew on playful dialogue. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
83% Holy Beasts (La Fiera y la Fiesta) (2019) This is a sleek, intellectual homage within a homage, a fictional consideration of what it means to continue the legacy of a real artist who has been lost. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
97% No Ordinary Man (2021) This is a respectful tribute that is a shade too morally and cinematically safe in its execution. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
79% Summertime (2021) Ultimately, this is the undoing of "Summertime," a movie that uses spoken word poetry as its guiding light. The direction limits, rather than expands the words of its performer-poets. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
91% The Witches of the Orient (2021) If the team was derided by their prejudiced (and defeated) foes in the moment of their success, this documentary elegantly restores the glow of legend, saving the champions the trouble of having to explain their heroism in words. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
100% The Legend of the Underground (2021) The movie's almost shallow appeal to aesthetics is not disconnected from the political agenda of gay Nigerians. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
94% LFG (2021) Here, superhuman strength runs straight into all-too-recognizable barriers - poor working conditions, low wages, discrimination, corporate greed. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
100% Sisters On Track (2021) "Sisters on Track" shows a family working within the imperfect system that controls the financial rewards available to them. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
95% Sweet Thing (2021) What makes this simple story special is the style that the writer and director Alexandre Rockwell brings to the screen. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
57% Domino: Battle of the Bones (2021) The film's tendency toward thrill-seeking makes for a viewing experience that is narratively scattershot. Each character shows flashes of potential, but the movie lacks the long game to tie the team together. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
90% Tove (2021) How disappointing... that "Tove" should be stuffy in style and rather incurious about how Jansson either developed or implemented her unique artistic sensibility. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
96% Plan B (2021) The pace isn't rushed, the punch lines are casually underplayed and the performances are relaxed and charismatic. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
95% Ahead of the Curve (2021) The film's subjects are overwhelmingly earnest, but the movie suffers for its substitution of enterprise over entertainment. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
61% Profile (2021) The movie presents a simplistic and hackneyed view of what drives extremism. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
100% Paper Spiders (2021) It is a pleasure to see Lili Taylor sink her teeth into a starring role, and she plays her character's manic descent with a palpable and heartbreaking practicality. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
90% The Outside Story (2020) This is a toothless version of the city, where disputes between neighbors are solved without a single swear word, where confrontations with police are resolved over a sandwich. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
100% Tu Me Manques (2019) A moving and intellectually rewarding testament to queer life and loss. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
61% We Broke Up (2021) The film is tense through scenes that might have been funny and maudlin when addressing the emotional stakes for the former couple. The overwhelming impression is that of shrillness. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
100% Slalom (2021) The writer and director, Charlène Favier, had previous experience as a competitive skier, and she is attentive to the textures of mountainside sports and how abuse plays out in this setting. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
43% Luz (2020) The first time strings resound in the film's score, they produce a plaintive, engrossing feeling. When the same theme plays for the 15th time, the romance feels monotonous. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
100% Markie in Milwaukee (2020) Markie is generous with the camera, and her candor lends the film power. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
42% Boogie (2021) It's a competent movie, but it doesn't quite make it to the big leagues. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
80% A Dramatic Film (Un Film Dramatique) (2019) Demonstrates the liveliness and generosity that can come from civic-minded art. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
56% The Violent Heart (2020) The subtlety of Sanga's filmmaking allows for big twists to come as a genuine surprise. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
8% Music (2020) This is a bizarre movie, one that parades confused ideas about care, fantasy and disability with a pride that reads as vanity. It is audacious, in the sense that making it certainly took some audacity. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
91% Cowboys (2021) The conflicts at the heart of "Cowboys" are timely, coming in a moment when trans children and their rights are at the forefront of American political debate. But the writer and director Anna Kerrigan doesn't sensationalize her story. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
28% Bliss (2021) [Cahill] flounders with creating a sensory experience to match the story's cerebral ideas. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
80% The Night (2021) The repetition of the visions and the film's deliberate pace gives the audience too much time to guess which betrayals haunt Babak and Neda, and this lack of emotional suspense hampers the horror. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
100% Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) (2021) Though it is a somber story, the film is enlivened and energized by striking, purposeful images. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
91% Bloody Hell (2020) It's a buffet of only sour dishes, a rank fete of foulness. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
53% If Not Now, When? (2021) Marriages fail, children rebel, recovery commences - but who cares what happens on such a flimsy foundation? The stories never reach resolution because the relationships were indistinct from the beginning. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
100% Your Name Engraved Herein (2020) Though the movie could coast on the appeal of handsome faces and stolen trips to Taipei, Liu gives texture to their pretty pining. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
89% Black Bear (2020) The movie plays like a well-crafted game, one with stable rules and safeties, perfectly enjoyable but limited. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
82% Happiest Season (2020) "Happiest Season" is a three-for-one bargain. It's set during Christmas, it'll release over Thanksgiving, and in keeping with Halloween, it's a monster movie about the horrors that can arise when socializing with straight people. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
63% Team Marco (2020) Marco's sourness curdles the confection and his undercooked complaints clack against the movie's warm tone, sending its simple pleasures into a scatter. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
98% Make Up (2020) It's an intriguing interpretation of adolescent discovery, one that uses horror to suggest the dread that comes with finding a sense of self. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
63% Bad Hair (2020) Despite the potentially heavy (or heavy-handed) material, "Bad Hair" is self-consciously and pleasingly campy... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
39% Honest Thief (2020) It's an inoffensive movie, full of such familiar tropes, it hardly matters if you can keep your eyes open to the end. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
30% American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules (2020) The original "American Pie" was tasteless; this version is flavorless. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet The Great American Lie (2020) Interviews are seamlessly strung together, which gives the movie a polished feel. But this practice does a disservice to the speakers. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
100% Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story (2020) While the documentary successfully champions stunt women's dignity in the workplace, it lacks finesse - failing to showcase their talents in a way that would be exciting for an audience outside the industry. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
77% H Is For Happiness (2019) This unusual children's film may be fussy, but to its credit, it is not frivolous. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
82% Space Dogs (2019) The result isn't pleasant, but it does effectively provoke. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
84% You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) There is an operatic neediness to Arquette's obsession that suits the circus of wrestling, and it suits the documentary too. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
100% River City Drumbeat (2020) The film listens for this community's heartbeat, finding its steady pulse just as expected: healthy and strong. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
93% Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) (2020) The narrative drifts, but the alienation communicated by the movie's images feels purposeful and striking. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
67% Seriously Single (2020) "Seriously Single" offers simple pleasures, and makes it easy to enjoy this girls' night out. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
33% The Sunlit Night (2019) Despite Slate's capable performance, the movie is only postcard-friendly, not an artistic awakening. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
60% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) Despite taking place during one of the most traumatic periods of modern civilization, the movie itself feels like little more than an amusing trifle, a chance to play dress up with some of history's most famous figures. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020