Troy Patterson

Troy Patterson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Slate movie critic.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Homecoming is in a class of its own as a total synthesis of the pop arts. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
79% Brexit (2019) Brexit is nicely ambiguous as to whether Cummings is a misguided genius or simply a talented opportunist, and Cumberbatch is excellent at conveying the lonely monomania of a man stubbornly devoted to principles that only he recognizes. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
100% A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) Witnessing the principle in action last night inspired some ready-made nostalgia and some ritualized pleasure. It affirmed the conviction that Charlie Brown is not just a good man, but a beautiful loser. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
83% My Dinner with Hervé (2018) My Dinner with Hervé cannot make a straight-faced claim that Villechaize was an important actor or significant cultural figure, so its own significance depends on the star's charisma, which lends the proceedings a simple poignance. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
96% Persepolis (2007) Adapting her memoir into a starkly beautiful animated feature, comics artist Marjane Satrapi braids personal history and national tragedy. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
65% Be Kind Rewind (2008) Gondry connects the guys' toil and glee with a kind of old-time neighborhood hominess that's dying away and a jazzed creative joy that never will. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
39% The Killing of John Lennon (2006) What Killing lacks in celebrity sparkle, it compensates for in raw ambition and rude chills. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
23% How to Rob a Bank (2007) Variously reminiscent of a Harold Pinter play, a Tarantino wannabe, and a deranged cell-phone commercial, the legitimately suspenseful How to Rob a Bank has the courage to embrace the ridiculous. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
76% Paranoid Park (2007) Glum yet gorgeous, Paranoid Park ties together Alex's bleak confusion with his more mundane existential teen traumas. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
68% Snow Angels (2007) Tragedy is juxtaposed, clumsily, with stories from the so-called life of a high school student, as if the plot had sprained something in the course of its transition from Stewart O'Nan's novel to the screen. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
79% The Bank Job (2008) Some great heist films concentrate on the quiet craftsmanship of the big score; and some very good ones, like The Bank Job - wild and willfully shaggy - prefer to revel in the sport of thievery. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
93% Milk (2008) Gus Van Sant's portrait of San Francisco politician Harvey Milk clunks along as the squarest movie he's ever made, a result of the director investing more emotion in the martyred idol than in the bleeding man. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
32% Boarding Gate (2008) Combining elements of a D-grade erotic thriller and a deconstructed international thriller, Boarding Gate proves duly snazzy and sleazy - kinda skanky in a highfalutin' way. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
80% It Might Get Loud (2009) David Guggenheim's delightfully unsnobby symposium of a documentary convenes three masters who share one love: electric guitar. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
68% Shutter Island (2010) Yes, [it's] built on pulp landfill, but purposefully so, with Scorsese using the twist ending to riff on the very power of elaborate fantasy. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
69% The Runaways (2010) While the offstage passion between Jett and Currie gives the film its emotional drive, their in-concert erotic aggression is an occasion for elegantly examining the line between self-expression and self-exploitation. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
87% Grey Gardens (2009) If there is a meaning to this adaptation, it lies in the filmmaker's gentle suggestion of the Beales' martyrdom-though for what cause the ladies suffered remains unclear. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
74% Too Big to Fail (2011) The movie is a tense vignette with a nonending. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
50% Phil Spector (2013) I'm wondering if it is possible to do something analogous to a citizen's arrest and file a credit dispute on behalf of the viewing public. Nobody produced this film. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2013
63% Philip Roth: Unmasked (2013) That neither Krauss nor anyone has anything remotely unflattering to say about the subject points to the fundamental dishonesty of the work, which extends from its excessive reverence. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2013
No Score Yet It gets beneath the skin by examining the state of isolation at the bottom of the world. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2013
No Score Yet Bollywood Hero (2009) It must be said that Bollywood Hero is an entirely novel kind of slog. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2013
89% Crossfire Hurricane (2012) It was my pleasure, as an intermediate-level Stones buff, to see that director Brett Morgen has put together something reeking of astringent danger. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2012
67% Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (2012) The documentary's camera captures the lensmen from an angle designed to make a tiny swarm of shutterbugs appear like a teeming plague, and you quickly begin to distrust the film's perspective in the most literal sense. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2012
77% Recount (2008) It grovels for the approval of political junkies while flaunting the shallowest interest in politics, and everything flows from there in the most silly fashion. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2008
97% When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006) When the Levees Broke is a monument of oral history. Without fanfare, Lee orchestrates a multivoiced blues for the common man. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2006
79% Brick (2006) Like the best noirs, Brick is a triumph of attitude, and there's no arguing that its brand of deadpan cool is precisely unique. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2006
56% The Notorious Bettie Page (2006) No moral, little plot, a lead character deliberately left unknowable. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2006