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      Claire Shaffer

      Claire Shaffer

      Claire Shaffer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Times Rolling Stone
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      The Innocent (2022) A humanistic story wrapped in a fun, punchy exterior, much like the French synth-pop music throughout its soundtrack. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2023
      99 Moons (2022) Gassmann clearly wants to explore the state of love and sexuality in the 2020s... but he succeeds only in conveying the pathologies of two people who can’t figure out what they want from each other. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Mar 09, 2023
      Hannah Ha Ha (2022) The aimlessness of young adulthood is well-trodden ground in the world of indie cinema, but few movies offer the nuanced, lived-in portrayal seen in “Hannah Ha Ha.” - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Feb 09, 2023
      Remember This (2022) Strathairn is once again a one-man tour de force. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2023
      Hocus Pocus 2 (2022) It manages to capture the same hokey magic of the original while creatively updating its humor. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2022
      This Land (2022) Viewing the film in 2022, the high tensions and raw emotions it portrays can at times feel too close to home, but in the years to come, “This Land” may serve as an intriguing time capsule of the country during one of its most unusual elections. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Sep 07, 2022
      Adopting Audrey (2021) Even if you’re able to suspend disbelief, the bond between Audrey and Otto is weighed down by stilted dialogue and hackneyed attempts at drama. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2022
      The Territory (2022) “The Territory” is more than meets the eye, revealing its most profound observations in stages across its running time. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2022
      Free Puppies! (2022) The film achieves its goal in raising awareness for these volunteer efforts, casting a spotlight on a chronically overlooked crisis. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2022
      Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (2022) “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie” won’t convert any new fans to the heroes in a half-shell, unless they’re under the age of 10. Still, it may pleasantly surprise parents looking for an afternoon cartoon movie to watch with their kids. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Aug 04, 2022
      Purple Hearts (2022) The film wallows in contrived plots and subplots, made worse by the dearth of chemistry between the two leads. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2022
      Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (2022) “Paws of Fury” manages to dish out lighthearted fun, swashbuckling action and surface-level messaging about following your dreams, though not every joke lands. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2022
      Sing, Dance, Act: Kabuki featuring Toma Ikuta (2022) Even for viewers with no relationship to Ikuta or his prior roles, “Sing, Dance, Act” provides a fascinating look into Kabuki theater and the particular sets of skills that are required to pull off such idiosyncratic performances. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2022
      A Sexplanation (2021) An insightful documentary in which the director Alex Liu explores the politics and culture of sex ed in the United States while confronting his own shame around sexuality that stems back to his adolescence. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Jun 07, 2022
      A Taste of Whale (2022) A refreshingly multidimensional take on the controversy around whale hunting in the Faroe Islands, a tradition that dates back to the 9th century. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted May 26, 2022
      Bad Roads (2020) The four wartime stories in “Bad Roads” fall short on delivering any meaningful insight into the nature of conflict, relying instead on moments of lackluster tension and shock value that greatly overstay their welcome. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2022
      Polar Bear (2022) To its credit, “Polar Bear” isn’t just playing in the snow; there’s a very conscious through-line of conservation, highlighting how climate change has negatively affected the Arctic’s ecosystem... - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2022
      Love After Love (2020) What could make for a captivating story involving a transgressive love triangle is, even on a micro level, ineffective. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2022
      The Fallout (2021) What this debut feature from Megan Park gets right is how painfully awkward and strange the effects of trauma can often be, especially when experienced by a group of adolescents. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2022
      The Pink Cloud (2021) Like other works of prescient sci-fi, "The Pink Cloud" forecasts an eerie funhouse-mirror image of our present lives. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2022
      Torn (2021) "Torn"... by its quiet ending, has demonstrated how unexpected bonds can form around those in grief. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Dec 02, 2021
      'Twas the Fight Before Christmas (2021) If your holiday dinner table sees some heated arguments this year, just be glad if it doesn't result in an actual melee, with armed standoffs in front of a blow-up Santa Claus. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2021
      Simple as Water (2021) "Simple as Water" is anything but simple when it comes to its technical achievements, weaving together familiar immigrant narratives in ways that still manage to surprise and stun. - New York Times
      Read More | Posted Nov 05, 2021
      3.5/5
      Sisters with Transistors (2020) Sisters With Transistors treats both its subjects and audience with care and intelligence, and its form takes cues from the very genre that it centers on. - Rolling Stone
      Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
      3/5
      I'm Your Woman (2020) I'm Your Woman becomes more rewarding the more you sit with it; even its nihilistic first half and occasional half-baked dialogue will likely be easier on the second watch, once you know where it all leads. - Rolling Stone
      Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
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