Vanessa H. Larson

Vanessa H. Larson
Vanessa H. Larson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post
Publications: Washington Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) In showing such a personal, unmeditated view of the global migration crisis through one family's story, "Midnight Traveler" is a timely, essential film. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/4 91% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) In offering a comedic take on not just the hostility between Israelis and Palestinians, but also the shared history and culture that bind them, "Tel Aviv on Fire" is an enjoyable respite from the bleakness that is far more typical of their stories. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 97% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) The fraught relationship between Israelis and Palestinians is this tale's powerful overlay. But it's the questions it raises about personal accountability that speak to wider truths. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/4 97% Working Woman (2019) Although commendably relatable, the story line at times feels too familiar, save for later scenes in which Orna makes some choices that lead to a (mostly) satisfying ending. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3.5/4 96% On Her Shoulders (2018) "On Her Shoulders" is a moving, sensitive portrayal of a woman - and a people's - perseverance. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 48% Bel Canto (2018) The film empathetically shows its characters' humanity and the unlikely relationships that develop between captor and captive, as political, linguistic and socioeconomic barriers break down amid their close quarters and shared awe for the music. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2.5/4 100% The Judge (2018) Although Faqih speaks eloquently about women's rights and what she stands for, a bit more personal introspection might have been illuminating. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
2.5/4 67% Beauty and the Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit) (2018) "Beauty and the Dogs" confronts issues rarely addressed so frankly - at least in this part of the world - with a story that is both powerful and important. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3/4 77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) It's a deeply unsettling film - delivering a message that can't be ignored. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
2.5/4 95% The Breadwinner (2017) Visually captivating even when it's narratively uneven, the animated film "The Breadwinner" tells the story of a brave girl living in Afghanistan under the Taliban in the lead-up to the 2001 U.S. invasion. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2/4 98% Kedi (2017) Though pleasant to watch, Torun's feature debut feels more like a meandering montage than a structured narrative, and it could easily be half as long. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
1.5/4 70% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Unfortunately, darkness seems to have prevailed over love in a tale that falls flat. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
2.5/4 94% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) While the emotions may be muted, there's still something appealingly heartfelt about the way these siblings find each other. One can't help but cheer them on. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/4 57% Lolo (2016) Delpy's portrayal - high-strung, neurotic, prone to mild hysterics - is so reminiscent of some of the actress's previous roles that it's hard to forget that you're watching Delpy, not Violette. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/4 91% Sembene! (2015) For a filmmaker who believed in giving Africans their own voice, it seems appropriate to offer such an unvarnished portrait. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 60% The Cut (2015) Akin uses a visually compelling yet sober, almost restrained, aesthetic that differs from the more full-throttle approach of some of his previous work. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015