Uri Klein

Uri Klein
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Haaretz

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% Downton Abbey (2019) It's not a disgrace compared to the series, but it doesn't empower the television version or add anything to it. It's superfluous. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
95% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) "Pain and Glory" is a lovely, moving and compelling work, like every Almodovar picture. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) [I]t all seems truly unnecessary. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) [The film] is not directed very skillfully. One problem is that Berlinger uses too many songs on the soundtrack, to represent the period of the narrative. Still, the film works as a kind of existential allegory centering on a monster who exudes charisma. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) In short, for the first time, a Lanthimos film brought me sheer enjoyment. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) The occupation with racism in 1960s America is translated in the movie into simplistic, sentimental kitsch, which creates for present-day America a reactionary white fantasy. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
90% The Silent Revolution (Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer) (2018) What is the source of the romanticization and nostalgia? ...It is a longing that is especially evident in mainstream films like "The Silent Revolution," for simpler days, when it was possible to distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) "Mary Poppins Returns" is one of those contemporary films that attack us with weightiness instead of wrapping us in warmth. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
87% First Man (2018) The film is a demanding but praiseworthy experience. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
94% Transit (2019) What Petzold does in "Transit" is one of the most radical actions in the history of the link between cinema and memory of the war and the Holocaust; it relates to the connection and the confrontation between time and place. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
76% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018) [Haq] presents the story in a formulaic, tendentious manner, not allowing its human and ideological complexities to shine through. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) [BlacKkKlansman] contains both comic aspects and references to buddy movies, but its power derives from the way they are interwoven with a broad sweep of thematic and emotional elements Lee introduces, for the most part successfully. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
92% Frances Ha (2013) Part of the success of "Frances Ha" is due to Greta Gerwig's portrayal of Frances. Despite an occasional lapse into mannerisms...her performance is precise, and some kind of inner light shines through her occasionally clumsy physical presence. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) The allusiveness of "Disobedience" becomes the springboard for the conceptual and emotional ambivalence that invigorates the film. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
No Score Yet A Letter From London (2018) A Letter from London proceeds chronologically but does not add up to more than a story told step by step without addressing its complexity in a historically and ideologically challenging manner. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
No Score Yet Some Like It Veiled (Cherchez la femme) (2017) The result is a feeling of missed opportunity, tinged with embarrassment. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) "A Fantastic Woman" is above all the story of a woman who loves, loses her love and fights for the universal human right to experience her loss and mourn for it, so that she will be able to get on with her life. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) It's impossible to take your eyes off the screen in Phantom Thread, a masterful work with a core both dark and romantic. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
88% The Post (2018) The adventurous tone is what makes the result fun to watch, but it also makes us realize that if this were only an adventure story, we would not need to be quite so worried. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
72% American Sniper (2015) Because of the way Eastwood crafts his hero and because of that hero's place in the overall work, the result, while nationalistic, does not romanticize patriotism. I can't remember another American movie that managed to avoid doing that so successfully. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
79% The Theory of Everything (2014) [Theory of Everything] turns him into the melodramatic hero of a limited drama - a work whose circumscribed nature clashes sharply with the cosmic reach of Hawking's work and 
vision. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
99% Selma (2014) Selma is not just a chronicle of historical developments; it aims to do more than just involve us in King's fight and move us as it unfolds. The film is very frequently moving, but it has higher, more intelligent goals than that. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
24% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) It's superficial, it's manipulative, it's off-putting and embarrassing. But there's no denying that this says something about the moment in which the book was published and the movie released. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
91% Birdman (2014) Just listing all of these materials already suggests the complex experience that Birdman offers; Inarritu takes them and makes a movie that is thrillingly impossible to define. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
80% Princess (2014) It may be that in her first feature, Shalom-Ezer set herself a distinguished, even bold agenda, but the task was beyond her reach. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
No Score Yet Dearest (Qin ai de) (2014) To be honest, I had not even heard of Dearest when it opened in Israel; the experience it offered me was impressive and even surprising in its force and wisdom. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
71% Into the Woods (2014) The essence of Sondheim and Lapine's musical is there; but you have to look for it carefully. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
85% Still Alice (2015) While it is certainly a respectable work, it operates solely on a restrained emotional level. In the end, Still Alice somehow avoids a real confrontation with its own materials, giving us instead a disguised form of sentimentality. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
90% A Most Violent Year (2015) A Most Violent Year avoids the biggest pitfall in its path: it does not try to offer us the story of a capitalist with integrity. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
88% Coming Home (2015) A surfeit of melodramatic peaks weakens the Chinese director's latest film and makes it tedious to watch. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
89% Mommy (2015) All three of the leads do excellent work, but Anne Dorval is especially stunning. I won't resort to the cliché "larger than life" to describe her performance, because nothing is larger than life in Mommy - except for life itself. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
61% The Water Diviner (2015) There are some good scenes in Crowe's directorial debut, but it mostly feels like a fumbled opportunity to make a much more significant film. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
68% Jack Goes Boating (2010) Jack Goes Boating is an impressive display of Hoffman's work. As an actor, and director, Hoffman always recognized the power of restraint to create a memorable impression - albeit, in this case, not one that leaves behind an indelible trace. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
46% Wish I Was Here (2014) The Braff brothers tried to say something in Wish I Was Here about the commitment and faith that hold families 
together. But their hesitancy allows the message to dissolve into the overall banality of the movie. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
76% Fury (2014) The narcissism is evident in every gesture he makes, in every line he delivers. Like the movie itself, whose contradictions conceal a fairly simple agenda for this stability-hungry era, Brad Pitt tries to present himself here as a model of masculinity. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
72% Interstellar (2014) Christopher Nolan's spectacular film is filled with frustration, anger, and guilt, and also strives for acceptance and even redemption. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
76% Rosewater (2014) Stewart's comic genius fails to translate into film excellence in his first attempt as a writer and director. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
97% Mr. Turner (2014) All in all, the 
150-minute Mr. Turner is an impressive accomplishment, laudable for the way it uses the figure of a single artist to explore both art and cinema. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
94% Next to Her (2014) Every scene is good, its careful design enhancing the movie's portrayal of a human reality and eliciting the right response from the audience. Few movies warrant such unhesitating praise. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
89% The Imitation Game (2014) With apologies to all the historians out there, I have to say that given how much I enjoyed The Imitation Game, I don't really care how factually accurate it is. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
30% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) While interesting as yet another Hollywood biblical/historical epic, it is disappointing, even meager, in 
every other way. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
78% The Kind Words (2016) Above all, The Kind Words explores the fragility of familial identity and relationships, but does little beyond showing that such fragility exists. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
84% While We're Young (2015) Baumbach's intelligence and uniqueness are evident in While We're Young. On the whole, though, the movie seems like it got lost on its search for some creative and human truth. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
72% Jurassic World (2015) A massive disappointment, Jurassic World fails to emulate its three predecessors in Spielberg's horror series. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
77% Danny Collins (2015) Danny Collins is a perfect example of a whole that is less than the sum of its parts, some of which are quite good in themselves. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
45% Ted 2 (2015) The chutzpah that made Ted a successful and amusing parody of American culture is missing from the sequel. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
45% Boychoir (2015) Their professionalism is palpable, and the young cast, led by Garrett Wareing as Stet, does a good job. None of them, however, can save the movie from its own formulas, which cause it to miss the potential of what it might have been. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
33% Entourage (2015) Ellin's movie never once treats Vince as any kind of artist; he's always only a pawn on the Hollywood chessboard. He's a star but not really a character, which makes him very dull to follow. Unlike the stories told in other movies. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
No Score Yet 10% My Child (2015) For all my reservations, however, Bar-On's first movie deserves to succeed, because of its occasional charm and the way it manages, at its best moments especially, to create that sympathy in us. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
85% Trainwreck (2015) Judd Apatow's film exposes the boundaries of the romantic comedy genre, and the roles 
of men and women within it, in a way that challenges the audience. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018