Violet Lucca

Violet Lucca

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Violet Lucca's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

"The love scenes between Sook-hee and Hideko are beautiful, explicit, and funny, displaying a candor about sexuality that's not intended to shock but to draw you in-it's the most normal thing about this flamboyant, acerbic film." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2016

The Childhood of a Leader (2016)

"Childhood is less a j'accuse than a bad, half-remembered dream about history." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2016

Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016)

"Dramatizing the two boys' respective insecurities and strengths, Gondry has crafted a pair of loners who complement each other but aren't so outrageously different that their companionship feels forced." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2016

Suffragette (2015)

"Fusing the civil rights picture with British miserablism, Sarah Gavron's grinding Suffragette offers very little room to breathe." ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2016

The Girl (Flickan) (2010)

"If nothing else, see The Girl to remember what a real cinematic visual sensibility can be. Bliss out, don't read the subtitles." ‐ The L Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2016

Daniel & Ana (2010)

"Daniel & Ana may seem like a terrible choice for a first date, but if you're brave enough, the post-cinematic discussion will assuredly be more revealing of character than any online compatibility test." ‐ The L Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2016
4/5 66%

Bastards (2013)

"In a year where art-house releases and blockbusters were seemingly in competition for the longest running time, Claire Denis' Bastards is an exercise in pure economy." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jun 20, 2016

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"The most universally satisfying Hollywood films are usually predicated on a dialectical relationship... But Walter Mitty is too clumsy and afraid to offend to properly take that journey, not unlike its titular character." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Jun 20, 2016

Beyond Outrage (2014)

"Another cash-grab that unfortunately wears its cheapness on its sleeve." ‐ The L Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2016

Obvious Child (2014)

"The humor in Obvious Child never trivializes its characters' feelings, but instead provides a balance and the ability to explore more nuanced emotional situations." ‐ The L Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2016

Miss Julie (2014)

"Miss Julie's acid dialogue and sardonic twists burn down to the bone of costume drama's fattened arm, its darkness closer to original-series Upstairs Downstairs than to polished one-percenter porno Downton Abbey." ‐ The L Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2016

Whores' Glory (2012)

"For a film with such fraught subject matter, Whores' Glory feels ultimately empty. Whether or not that's the ultimate comment on these lives is unclear." ‐ The L Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2016

Gloria (2014)

"What truly makes the film riveting is Paulina García's performance as the title character -- and she appears in nearly every shot. With a wide, truly contagious smile, García exudes a lived-in confidence and control with every movement." ‐ The L Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2016

Don Jon (2013)

"In terms of disposable, enjoyable entertainment, you could do much worse than this." ‐ The L Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2016

Rubber (2011)

"Rubber may not be everyone's comedic go-to, but certainly it's a sui generis indie that doesn't portend to be anything more than its 86 minutes." ‐ The L Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2016

Viva Riva! (2011)

"One of the most vivid, ambitious cinematic offerings of 2011." ‐ The L Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2016

United Red Army (2011)

"Neither glowing hagiography nor glowering condemnation, United Red Army is about the why of that failure -- in exacting detail, and with plenty of time to think it over." ‐ The L Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2016

Saint Laurent (2015)

"Bertrand Bonello's film shares more DNA with Olivier Assayas's Carlos than the September Issue (magazine or documentary), and prioritizes action, energy, and form over lengthy explications of history or psychology." ‐ The L Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2016

Tikkun (2016)

"With startling high-def black-and-white photography by Shai Goldman, the film draws on Dreyer's Ordet and Aronofsky's π in a portrayal of spiritual fallout with horror elements. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 3, 2016

Chevalier (2016)

"Athina Rachel Tsangari's Chevalier breaks down that monolith of hetero manhood without devolving into cheap satire or fake profundity." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 3, 2016

Nina (2016)

"This abysmal piece of s*** deserves everything that's coming to it and more." ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2016

Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016)

"With scalpel-like precision, Gabriel Mascaro's second narrative feature frankly yet effortlessly explores sexuality, environmental issues, and suffering both human and animal." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2016
5/5 81%

The Assassin (2015)

"A breathtaking work of art which revolves around a haunting female lead." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 21, 2016

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016)

"Although the finale definitely walks a fine line between psychedelic theory of everything and ham-handed New Age trip, it's an all-around visual feast that's well worth the trek." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2016

Where to Invade Next (2016)

"Is this project fundamentally a disservice to all the liberal ideas Moore's championing? The short answer: yes." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Jan 1, 2016

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road upends all expectations-about how action sequences are composed, what themes a blockbuster can contain, or who a film's actual protagonist can be-and puts most other filmmakers working on this scale to shame." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Dec 16, 2015

Chi-Raq (2015)

"It's both outrageous and full of outrage, offering up cold hard facts about how the government has continued to ignore and disenfranchise urban communities... and lots of cock-teases in daisy dukes." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2015
4/5 71%

The Hallow (The Woods) (2015)

"Undoubtedly the most heart-pounding film you'll ever see with a "Fungal Research Advisor" listed in the credits." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2015
5/5 97%

Theeb (2015)

"Free of sentimentality, Theeb is a beautiful tribute to a way of life that has nearly come to an end, set during the crucial period when it began to disappear." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2015

Crimson Peak (2015)

"The house's eye-popping extravagance and intricate designs simultaneously conjure feelings of unease and the desire to explore it further-a testament to the benefits of putting money into art direction." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2015

The Wonders (2015)

"Without any of the self-importance, maudlin sentimentality or winking reflexivity that characterises most coming-of-age tales, Alice Rohrwacher's second feature is a patient argument for, and quiet toast to, a rapidly disappearing way of life." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 23, 2015

Trainwreck (2015)

"A missed opportunity for Schumer to sharpen her brand of comedy into something more than merely ideologically appealing, Trainwreck only showcases her limitations." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2015

Tangerine (2015)

"While the film's colors are as electric as the characters' emotions, the setups and framing are fairly conventional, a missed opportunity to create aesthetics that reflect the unique perspectives." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 2, 2015

Reality (2015)

"While Dupieux's sensibility isn't for everyone, true believers will recognize this as his best film yet." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015)

"Living up to the expansiveness that its Sega Genesis-like title suggests, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter's action possesses that rare ability to take on a radically different meaning as its narrative unfolds" ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2015

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

"Redmayne's farcical grandiosity harkens back to science-fiction serials of the 1930s, but unfortunately so does Jupiter's passivity throughout the film." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2015

Hard to be a God (2015)

"A cannily warped adaptation of a Strugatsky Brothers short story." ‐ The L Magazine
Posted Jan 28, 2015

Timbuktu (2015)

"Sissako's gorgeous fourth feature reflects upon the role religion currently plays in Africa, and the foundational clash of cultures that shaped the continent." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 27, 2015

Medeas (2014)

"Though it's tempting to dismiss the film's strong visuals (...) there are a million other ways to be bored or underwhelmed at the cinema. This one at least creates a little space to dream. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2015

Predestination (2015)

"Far from merely illustrating the original tale, the Spierig Brothers' subtle, smart tweaks to the narrative transform it into something truly cinematic." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2015

Before I Disappear (2014)

"What makes this minefield of sphincter-clenching sassy bons mots even harder to stomach is the uninspired photography, which impassionedly pleads for significance through use of slow motion, bokeh-effect streetlights, and close-ups." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 25, 2014

The Sleepwalker (2014)

"The Sleepwalker distinguishes itself from most entries in this angst-ridden genre by way of superb writing, smoldering performances, and hauntingly beautiful imagery from first-time director Mona Fastvold." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2014
non-numerical 95%

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

"... a subtle commentary on sexual politics in Iran." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2014
non-numerical 88%

Foxcatcher (2014)

"Foxcatcher is both moral fable and updated, same-sex Gothic: a penniless young person is lured to a vast, sinister mansion owned by an aristocrat tormented by his past." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2014

The Way He Looks (2014)

"The film's happy ending is ... worthy of a teenage sneer." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 4, 2014
4/5 61%

Maps to the Stars (2015)

"David Cronenberg indulges in a grotesque inter-family orgy on the golden sidewalks of Hollywood." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Sep 25, 2014

Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014)

"The interpersonal dynamics, musical techniques, or fears that any particular band member talks about blessedly never get too heavy here." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2014
3/5 92%

Grand Central (2014)

"Alternately fascinating and frustrating." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jul 17, 2014

L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) (2014)

"An experience that's at once emotionally potent and visually delightful." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2014

Love Is Strange (2014)

" Sachs doesn't subvert his tearjerker enterprise so much as soften and parcel out emotion, empathizing no more with the distraught couple than with their hosts, whose lives are no less inconvenienced, or interesting. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2014
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