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Variety Staff
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T-Meter Title | Year
100% Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei (The Last Days of Pompeii) (1913) In no other film has the immense sweep of the old Athenian playgrounds been so impressively conveyed. You don't see merely a corner of what might be an arena. You see it all. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
78% Traffic in Souls (1913) Despite its choppy form, the drama moves along briskly, concluding with a fine piece of movie staging in a raid by a squad of cops on one of the vice dens, a picture conceit that shows the sides and roof of the resort, photographed obliquely from above. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
No Score Yet Muhomatsu, the Rikshaw Man (1958) The Rickshaw Man is a most impressive film, combining superb visual imagery with humor, touching pathos and a simple, story acted and directed beautifully. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
78% A Fool There Was (1915) Miss Bara as the vampire scores easily. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
No Score Yet The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) The picture has several comedy characters, those by Fred Woodward being the leaders in the comedy end. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
80% The Crucible (1914) It moves forward by fits and starts of separate incidents rather than by smooth cumulative progress. There is no orderly arrangements of the narrative and one is constantly bothered by puzzlement. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
86% Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (1929) It's good entertainment all the way and occasionally arresting in Its implications of the possibilities to come. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
88% Upstairs (1919) Victor L. Schertzinger directed this story... and did better work in putting it on the screen than anything that has come from his hand recently. Or is Miss Normand herself more responsible than her director? - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
100% Reform School (1939) The several hundred theatres catering to Negro patrons have a good bet in this one, with Louise Beavers heading an all-Negro cast. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
100% The Bar Sinister (1917) Under this title Edgar Lewis has produced an eight-reel drama of the South In a manner which, aside from the interest of the story, is bound to attract attention. The photography, by Edward C. Earle, shows some marvelously beautiful pictures - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
100% Turksib (1929) The picture is well photographed and is excellent, pictorially, but It is strictly an educational of the well-known category and would be effective if clipped to short length. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
40% The Interns (1962) The film somehow succeeds in depicting the average intern as some kind of a Hippocratic oaf. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
80% Nine Hours to Rama (1963) At the core, this dramatization of circumstances surrounding the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi is an achievement of insight and impact. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
86% Hamlet (1921) Miss Nielsen's abilities are exceptional, but they are not the type to enrapture the American public. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
92% Tevye (1939) Schwartz has graced this folk tale of the Ukraine with a shrewd comedy flair that his stage roles of recent years have not called for. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
63% The Duke Is Tops (1938) [The Duke Is Tops} starts off as a very poor film and winds up as a passable vaudeville show via later half devoted to musical type finale. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
80% Branded (1950) Branded is a pleasing western that has a bit more plot and appeal than the average. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
80% The Carpet from Bagdad (1915) Partially melodramatic and with an interesting theme centered around an Egyptian locale, the feature possesses a good picture punch. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
50% Men of Tomorrow (1932) Disappointing picture. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
88% Deliverance (1919) This is a fascinating picture. Going there expecting a rather tiresome piece of "uplift" propaganda, the reviewer came away inspired, and the audience was with him in that mood. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
82% Treasure Island (1920) Many better have been written, but the strangely fascinating something that is Robert Louis Stevenson is only in Treasure Island. Only a hint of this something is in Mr. Tourneur's screen version, and that hint is in the first few feet. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
40% Better Wife (1919) There is little story and less action. But excellent photography, good interior shots, well chosen exteriors and dignified acting bring It up to the average standard. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
100% Double Speed (1920) It is a picture that has taxed the ability of the photographer, as it involves "shots" of racing automobiles, a crash in which a summer house is demolished by a speeding car, and some colorful scenes on the Western desert. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
100% An Arabian Knight (1920) First-class melodrama, with Sessue Hayakawa, star of this Hapworth production, putting over some good comedy relief. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
67% The White Crow (2019) The White Crow winds up falling short as a respectable but not-quite-inspired portrait of an extraordinary talent. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
80% The Devil's Passkey (1920) [The film] leaves a bad taste. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
100% Anne of Green Gables (1919) [Anne of Green Gables] drags admittedly, but there's a wholesome charm to it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
83% Your Girl and Mine (1914) This attempt to interest the public in Women's Suffrage is rather weak, owing mostly to its probability. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
100% Hollywood (1923) It Is an amusing idea, good comedy, and the fact that the inside life of Hollywood is shown with many notable stars appearing for a moment makes It a capital draw. Every one will want to see it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
40% White Heat (1934) Film has all the earmarks of authenticity. The camera, however, lacked the vision of the average travelogue. or newsreel clip for which this locale is old territory. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
100% Inspiration (1915) The picture has an educational trend as well as being artful. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
29% Tenderloin (1928) Tenderloin through Its deficiencies as a underworld film and as a talking picture may be dismissed on its own account. Possibilities of the talker are more interesting. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
100% The Courageous Coward (1919) As the star, Hayakawa has to struggle with past impressions be has created as an all too convincing villain, but it would be cavilling to say that be does not get away with his job in a satisfactory manner. He is ably supported by Miss Aoki. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
No Score Yet School for Tramps (Escuela de vagabundos) (1955) Film is carried by Pedro Infante almost by himself. He is in top voice and handily sells his vocal wares. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
No Score Yet Cuidado Con El Amor (2012) This is the most entertaining Mexican comedy pix of the 1954 season. It's carried largely but easily by Pedro Infante's personality and singing. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
No Score Yet Ansiedad (1952) Despite a queer but engrossing story, the gifted direction of Miguel Zaearias plus [Pedro Infante, Libertad Lamarque, and Agustin Lara] make the pic one of the best Mexican films of 1953. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
No Score Yet Dos Tipos de Cuidado (Two Careful Fellows) (1952) Ismael Rodríguez, co-author of the script with Carlos Orellana, who doubles in the film as character comic, directs clearly and with a personal touch. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
20% The Woman on Pier 13 (I Married a Communist) (1949) Despite its heavy sounding title, pic hews strictly to tried and true meller formula. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
75% The Girl from Mexico (1939) This Lupe Velez starrer, with a dandy cast, excellent direction and generally good production, will exceed its costs despite a mediocre story. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
90% Mexican Spitfire (1940) [Leon Errol] is provided with meaty material, and delivers it in great fashion. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
52% Tequila Sunrise (1988) There's not much kick in this cocktail, despite its mix of quality ingredients. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
56% St. Louis Blues (1958) What is lacking throughout St. Louis Blues is not the accurate story of W. C. Handy or the correct presentation of his music. What is really lacking is the spirit of W.C. Handy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
80% Two Gentlemen Sharing (1969) Robin Phillips has just the right naive physique as the well-meaner who bears the major brunt of film's thematics and manages to convince as the white member of the temporary duo, while Hal Frederick is generally very good. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
100% The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1918) One of the most adventurous and most successful of ail the efforts in fllmdom for novel matter. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
40% The Madonna of Avenue A (1929) [It suffers from] the unoriginality of the story and the hack way in which it has been allowed to travel along. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
63% The Wolf of Wall Street (1929) Undoubtedly George Bancroft's greatest job for the screen. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
33% Thirty Days (1922) If Wallace Reid is satisfied to continue in pictures of this type he will soon join the stars of yesteryear. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
80% The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) No battles and no slow spots. The action is lively all the way, with Maria Corda in various stages of slight clothing. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
92% The Queen of Sheba (1921) The tale has been put together nicely with the continuity consistent and of enough strength to hold, though there are occasional lapses where the necessity of carrying the story on come to light. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
86% Convention City (1933) Probably the fastest complex comedy of the year and a certain money picture, Warners could not have given the author of this original, Pete Milne, hotter support in a name cast. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020