Vadim Rizov Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015) Cone-himself a preacher's son whose features generally explore Christian milieus-doesn't condescend while tracing the moment when faith becomes an obstacle to self-realization.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
100% Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015) A bracing, adventurous experience.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
95% Moana (2016) No matter who wrote the songs, there was always going to be a line about listening to your 'inner voice' - it's pretty much Disney company policy.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet Ne me quitte pas (2013) Ne Me Quitte Pas finds the comedy in two articulately self-destructive men who open the movie by articulating a shared wish for suicide.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
74% Trolls (2016) A pretty standard piece of subpar DreamWorks product: loud and shiny, more than a tad frantic despite a generic set of characters, written and directed by in-house lifers.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
D+ 25% I'm Not Ashamed (2016) Ultimately it's just another vehicle for a series of scenes in which devout characters remind each other that God has it all under control.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
33% Masterminds (2016) The subtext is all about class dispossession, but a movie in which a character is stupid enough to propose a big-time bank robbery so that his gang can make it into the news ("the big show") is pushing it.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
F 4% Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016) A series of conspiratorial talking points familiar to Breitbart-oriented readers, but reshuffled in a new, startlingly illogical order.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) With its sentimental score, passage of seasons, understated deaths, and aversion to the kind of confrontation that would make viewers truly uncomfortable, this is very much a Kore-eda film, but there's a steely center.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
92% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) For this master filmmaker, a straight down the middle effort, which doesn't mean it's not essential.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
4/5 97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) A vital addition to a cogent body of work.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
D 9% God's Not Dead 2 (2016) From its lecture on the conservative canard that separation of church and state is a myth on down, God's Not Dead 2 is a movie for Ralph Reed's Moral Majority, with all the entangled political baggage that comes with it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
87% The Club (El Club) (2016) For now, The Club stands as an end to (or least pause in) Larraín's examinations of his country during and after Pinochet, again demonstrating that the past is still present in Chile while widening the scope of his indictment.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
60% Joy (2015) A surprisingly straightforward, three-act rise-fall-rise drama that, after an enjoyably all-over-the-place start, becomes increasingly streamlined and focused.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
83% Mistress America (2015) Mistress America is Baumbach's purest attempt at uncomplicated comedy, but it's also just his latest film motivated more by iterations of its characters' weaknesses and irritabilities than plot.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
2/5 74% Black Mass (2015) A compendium of dull gangster shenanigans which shirks hard reality at every turn.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2015
3/5 94% Sicario (2015) A visceral, in-the-moment ride-along more than a movie to chew over for any length of time.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
B+ 93% Durak (2015) The dialogue is broadly generalized, urgently on point, and bracing in its undisguised diagnostic fury. If you can accept its unabashed didacticism, The Fool plays crisply.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
D+ 24% 90 Minutes In Heaven (2015) The screenplay is full of infelicitous dialogue far from a plausible vernacular, which wouldn't matter if the movie had an ounce of stylization to justify its fourth-grade-reading-level airport-novel vocabulary.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
D 33% War Room (2015) Much of what follows is turgid and, for non-believers, ridiculous.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2015
D- 10% Faith Of Our Fathers (2015) It's obnoxious, to say the least, to use the Vietnam War as an excuse to affirm the importance of telling all and sundry about Jesus at all times (i.e., "testifying"), under all circumstances.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/5 77% Jimmy's Hall (2015) Loach lays on the sentimentality thick in the early stretches, and there's a stillborn romantic subplot that stubbornly refuses to enrich the main political text.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
D+ 94% The Farewell Party (2015) The Farewell Party leaves no doubt as to where it stands on the right to die with dignity when facing terminal illness, but it's so clumsily made that it serves only to exasperate.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
B- 98% Iris (2015) Viewer entertainment will vary in direct proportion to interest in the unusual but ultimately mundane details of Apfel's day-to-day. She is, for what it's worth, good company.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2015
2/5 26% Child 44 (2015) Everyone overacts, leaning heavily on moments of unexpected shouting, with Hardy taking bottom honors.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2015
C+ 17% Serena (2015) There's simply not that much to see in the performances.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2015
C+ 81% These Final Hours (2015) Incoherent and pointless as it is, These Final Hours moves with commendable swiftness.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2015
C- 29% Everly (2015) There's the pervasive feeling that this is a prefab cult film that doesn't need to try too hard, instead offering cosmetic variations from a very limited playbook of gestures meant to provoke Pavlovian cries of "Awesome!"‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/5 63% The World Made Straight (2015) For all the good intentions and native hands behind the camera, The World Set Straight never seems particularly credible or convincing as a fresh look at regional history.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
78% The Grandmaster (2013) Each punch, kick and impact is captured cleanly and coherently, Wong serving the spectacle of a big brawl rather than resisting its adrenalised charms.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
B 86% Zero Motivation (2014) Melancholy climactic trajectory aside, Zero Motivation is primarily very funny, thanks both to its game cast and Lavie's flair for unexpected gags ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2014
B- 100% The Circle (2014) The romance between Ernst and Röbi acts as a microcosmic example of a larger debate whose broad terms remain familiar.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2014
C 71% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) A disappointingly standard-issue addiction melodrama, this one the tearful case study of an adrenaline junkie whose compulsion threatens to push her family and loved ones away.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014
C 75% Camp X-Ray (2014) There's something insulting about this thoroughly well-intentioned film ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
C 28% Autómata (2014) Autómata's generic urban 2044 dystopia is a realm of hazily gray CGI buildings, many rubble-strewn and abandoned.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/5 38% The Liberator (2014) It's a reminder of all the extras-heavy would-be epics that got tossed on film history's slag heap‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2014
C 82% Lilting (2014) Woefully inadequate.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2014
4/5 90% Down by Law (1986) Down By Law is oddly heart-warming, magnifying moments of unexpected camaraderie between kindred spirits who don't immediately ID each other as such.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
B- 72% Memphis (2014) Much of Memphis seems content to idle in the same vein as its protagonist; amiably sleepy as it is, the movie could stand to commit to any narrative direction that would place it outside the realm of cryptic inertia.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2014
C 30% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) Robin Hood systematically undercuts rapacious Florence, often quickly showing "what really happened" right after her delusory narration of events.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2014
C+ 91% To Be Takei (2014) Takei alternates among admirable but uninspiring lecturing, the usual un-insightfully laudatory talking heads, and the dullest parts of the actor's days.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2014
0.0/5.0 0% The Word (2014) Scenes in The Word all too frequently consist of characters telling each other in great detail things we've just seen in the previous scenes, sometimes in the exact same language.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/5 18% Video Games: The Movie (2014) There's little analysis, in-depth history, anecdotal humor, or even well-selected gameplay clips. Ironically, Video Games: The Movie is almost no fun whatsoever.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2014
5/5 98% Boyhood (2014) Could reveal itself as Linklater's defining cinematic statement.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2014
3/5 81% Salvo (2014) A handful of superb action sequences stand-out in this otherwise formulaic tale of an angular Sicilian mafioso.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/5 94% Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon (Nobody's Daughter Hae-Won) (2013) Hopefully this will be the film to make Hong Sang-soo make him a regular fixture in UK cinemas.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2013
5.9/10 50% Parkland (2013) This is a meager kind of curiosity, telling us nothing about what the assassination meant historically or culturally.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
3/5 86% In the Fog (2013) In The Fog finds Loznitsa pinning down an assured narrative groove.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2013
2/5 33% Escape From Planet Earth (2013) The late Douglas Adams summed up Earth as "mostly harmless," a description that also applies to this eminently tolerable animated time-filler.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2013
3/5 90% Lincoln (2012) A rousing, rigorous and morally complex legal procedural more than a trad biopic. And all the better for it.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2013