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Vincent Canby

Vincent Canby
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet The Crazy-Quilt (1966) The Crazy Quilt" was photographed in and around San Francisco, which serves to root its fairly cosmic theme in very specific reality. So do the performances of Tom Rosqui as Henry and Iña Mela as Lorabelle.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
50% A Distant Trumpet (1964) It takes a heap of loafing to make a Western film so dull you even lose interest in watching the horses and the stunt men doing their stuff.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
64% The Way We Were (1973) By, some peculiar alchemy, "The Way We Were" turns into the kind of compromised claptrap that Hubbell is supposed to be making within the film and that we're meant to think is a sellout. It is.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
No Score Yet Making It (1971) Like the movie itself, [Tabori's] performance is composed of details, all of which are accurate enough but which are never fitted together to make an especially meaningful experience.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
0% Something Big (1971) Difficult to dislike even though it's not really very good.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
59% Malice (1993) No matter how wild the plot reversals, there's always a slightly madder one to come.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
0% T.R. Baskin (1971) T. R. Baskin is never at a loss for words, most of which sound as if they had come straight from the notebook of a writer who spent most of time jotting down funny lines without ever worrying much about character.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
60% Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) "Dr. Phibes Rises Again" makes the usually dumb mistake of aspiring to be camp. Mysteriously, a lot of it works, probably because Robert Fuest, the director, knows just how long to hold an effect before it wilts.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
0% Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) Is to movie-going what corn flakes are to eating. Just to anticipate it is to know everything about it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
80% The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985) Everything looks soft, squashy and sort of ugly. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
91% Homicide (1991) The movie cannot learn from its mistakes; they are forever displayed within it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
43% Le Casanova de Fellini (1976) The production is gigantic, but the ideas and feelings are small.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
100% Talking to Strangers (1988) A nearly perfect antidote to today's jazzy conception of montage, seemingly designed for short attention spans, is Rob Tregenza's stylistic tour de force titled Talking to Strangers.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
43% Tracks (1976) The movie has the stoned, improvised look of an artifact out of the 1960's, having less to do with considered opposition to the war than with a vague sort of dissatisfaction with everything, and no idea what to do about it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
80% My Little Loves (Mes Petites Amoureuses) (1974) It's less like a piece of finished fiction than a series of terse, precisely worded entries in a notebook. This is both the style of the film and its charm.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
No Score Yet The Inland Sea (1992) The real Japan remains elusive but, in the course of this fascinating and deceptively serene journey, Mr. Richie discovers reflections of himself in the people he meets and in his own reactions to them.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2016
72% For Your Eyes Only (1981) Most of the time, though, For Your Eyes Only is a slick entertainment.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2015
83% Chinese Roulette (1976) Taking one step at a time, Mr. Fassbinder is exploring new methods of cinema narrative that are more original and daring than anything I've yet to see by film makers who call themselves avant-garde.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2015
0% Inchon (1981) Inchon is a hysterical historical epic, somewhat less offensive than The Green Berets and far funnier. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2015
No Score Yet From Hollywood to Hanoi (1995) An intense, personal, supremely self-confident feature-length documentary.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
77% Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) [Attenborough] has chosen to make a big, elaborate, sometimes realistic film whose elephantine physical proportions and often brilliant all-star cast simply overwhelm the material with a surfeit of good intentions.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2014
No Score Yet Wend Kuuni (1983) A gentle fable set in a precolonial Africa.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2014
29% The Rookie (1990) It's all meant in good fun, but it isn't. It's tired.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 27, 2014
No Score Yet Trouble Man (1972) Trouble Man is a horrible movie, but it's worth thinking about.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014
81% Oliver! (1968) The focus of the movie is so wide, and the logistics of the production so heavy, that Oliver himself, dutifully played by 9-year-old Mark Lester, gets flattened out and almost lost, as if he had been run over by a studio bulldozer.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2014
57% The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) The talents of everyone connected with it are unmistakable, including those of Mr. Newman... It's just that the basic material calls for a kind of second-rate bravura performance from everyone, from the production designer to the actors.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2014
97% Jaws (1975) Mr. Spielberg has so effectively spaced out the shocks that by the time we reach the spectacular final confrontation between the three men and the great white shark, we totally accept the makebelieve on its own foolishly entertaining terms.‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 29, 2013
2.5/5 57% The Scenic Route (1978) Flavorless bubble gum.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2013
4/5 100% Törst (Thirst) (Three Strange Loves) (1949) It's full of intimations of films to come, especially those about marriage after the initial excitement of sexual love has given way to boredom, followed by fear that this is all there is.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2013
2/5 20% Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970) In this context it is difficult to understand character or admire characterization.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2013
3/5 20% First Family (1980) [First Family] has sequences that are side-splittingly funny, others that are sublimely cheerful and still others that, like the movie itself, simply don't know how to end.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/5 67% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) A lovely, odd sort of middle Western. That is, it's neither conventional Western fiction nor completely documented fact, although it makes full use of history and is as crammed with the artifacts of 19th-century America.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 8, 2013
1.5/5 22% Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970) Preminger doesn't direct movies as much as he makes frontal assaults on them.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 8, 2013
4/5 60% Gaily, Gaily (1969) A movie of great and exuberant charm, one that pays homage to the classic conventions of American farce by defining them with nostalgia and cinematic wit.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 6, 2013
3.5/5 No Score Yet Warrendale (1967) Like the life it records, it simply exists, beyond criticism.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2013
22% Diary of Forbidden Dreams (1973) The girl, the villa and the performances are beautiful enough to bridge those sequences when the film, like its heroine, seems searching for explanations that will never be found.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2013
2/5 13% Animal Behavior (1989) The movie plays as if it had not been directed by anyone, or as if someone had come along and attempted to improve whatever the original director had done.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2012
2/5 60% Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood (1973) Too many words, I'm convinced, for the screen. It's not simply the quantity of words, though. It's also their ornateness. They overflow the ears and get into the eyes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2011
2/5 No Score Yet The Act of the Heart (1970) There is no grand tragic logic in The Act of the Heart. When I left the theater I simply felt that I'd seen a terrible accident.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2011
3/5 67% Victory (1981) The form of the film is conventional, but the manner in which it has been executed is not.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2010
3/5 No Score Yet Butterfly (1982) A most entertainingly sleazy melodrama.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2009
50% La Luna (1979) No amount of purloined Verdi can transform these banalities into anything else, while the film's ending, if it means what it certainly seems to mean, would embarrass a backstage Broadway musical movie, much less a backstage Rome opera movie.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2008
3/5 100% Taking Off (1971) Mr. Forman's specialty is tender farce played out in what are, essentially, very bleak circumstances.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2008
3/5 No Score Yet Fast Break (1979) As do some of our most popular standup comedians, Mr. Kaplan sort of floats over his material, always in charge of it, but never deeply involved. This is not a rebuke.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2008
2/5 86% The Exorcist (1973) The Exorcist is not an unintelligently put-together film, which makes one all the more impatient with it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2008
88% Semi-Tough (1977) Semi-Tough pokes fun in rambling fashion, but it is vulgar in intelligent ways and almost always amusing in its perceptions of befuddled people who are perfectly healthy but often convinced they're not.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2008
3/5 52% I Am Curious (Blue) (Jag är nyfiken - en film i blått) (1968) I'm not very fond of this sort of moviemaking, which tries to disarm conventional criticism by exploiting formlessness as meaningful itself, but I like Sjoman's sense of humor and sense of humanity, and his obvious affection for Lena.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2008
1/5 No Score Yet Edith and Marcel (1983) All-awful.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2008
2/5 20% Happy New Year (1973) It bubbles occasionally, but like low-calorie club soda.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2008
4/5 No Score Yet Robert et Robert (1978) They are good company.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2008