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      Lauren Wissot's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine Hyperallergic

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      Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
      4/5
      Be Like Others (2008) It's rare when a documentary comes along that truly shines a light on a virtually unexplored issue, and Iranian-American director Tanaz Eshaghian's Be Like Others is gripping drama because it does exactly that. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
      Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010) A cringe-worthy script chock-full of clichés. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
      Suited (2016) Suited is an eye-opening journey into the niche subject of dressing for success when you're a gender nonconforming individual. - The Rumpus
      Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
      The Wrong Light (2016) The Wrong Light is disturbing on several levels. - The Rumpus
      Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
      2/4
      The Green Wave (2011) Unlike Waltz with Bashir, it only seems to be using animation in an effort to make blog diaries by twentysomethings appear cinematic. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Aug 07, 2012
      Khodorkovsky (2011) By the time the director delves into the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, the doc's gone off the subject and off the rails. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2011
      1.5/4
      Barbershop Punk (2010) An impotent exploration of the fight to take the Internet out of the hands of the Man. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 09, 2011
      2.5/4
      Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2010) Like their subjects, the directors themselves have attempted an all-over-the-place style--and surprisingly succeeded. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 02, 2011
      2.5/4
      Hell and Back Again (2011) Danfung Dennis's documentary isn't content to merely capture warriors in combat. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 02, 2011
      3/4
      The Mill and the Cross (2011) Lech Majewski succeeds so well in saturating his images with meaning that when the barebones dialogue is heard it seems frustratingly stale and superfluous. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2011
      2/4
      Where Soldiers Come From (2011) It's not Heather Courtney's fault that PBS dishes out comfort food for the liberal elite. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 04, 2011
      3.5/4
      The Interrupters (2011) A tour de force of editing that's similar in novelistic scale to Steve James's high school basketball epic Hoop Dreams. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2011
      2.5/4
      If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) The doc manages to drive home the notion that, however much one might disagree with ELF's tactics, their point of view holds a lot of truth. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2011
      Sotalapset (War Children) (2003) Manages to shed light on the psychological consequences of being ripped from one's biological family while being denied the opportunity for closure. - House Next Door
      Read More | Posted Jun 07, 2011
      Reindeerspotting: Escape From Santaland (2010) Smartly takes a subtle approach to a situation ripe for sensationalism. - House Next Door
      Read More | Posted Jun 07, 2011
      1.5/4
      Women Art Revolution (2010) Lynn Hershman Leeson introduces us only superficially to her dozens of pioneering friends. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jun 03, 2011
      Klitschko (2011) Smartly, Dehnhardt's film eschews hype and goes far beyond mere talk. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2011
      3/4
      Cinema Komunisto (2010) Mila Turajlic's Cinema Komunisto is a Serbian documentary that explores a fascinating piece of history little known outside Eastern Europe. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2011
      2/4
      The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) Perhaps the greatest irony of all is that such a tumultuous and thrilling time in American history can be so easily reduced to a staid classroom lecture. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2011
      3/4
      The Gift to Stalin (2011) That rare small story set in a big time (not unlike Malick's Days of Heaven), poetic both in Khasanbek Kydyraliev's cinematography and in Pavel Finn's script. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2011
      3/4
      My Perestroika (2010) A Glasnost-worthy openness shines through every face in Robin Hessman's doc. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2011
      2.5/4
      Public Speaking (2010) We catch only glimpses below the surface of this whirlwind of wit as Scorsese steps out of the way and lets Lebowitz herself run the show. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Mar 02, 2011
      3.5/4
      Into Eternity (2010) Watching the film is akin to having a totally immersive, video game-like experience, a journey best described as Lord of the Rings meets 2001: A Space Odyssey. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Feb 07, 2011
      2/4
      Freakonomics (2010) Blame producer Chad Troutwine for bringing together an array of talented documentary filmmakers to try to coax life into material certainly not suited to the medium of film. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 07, 2010
      2/4
      Marwencol (2010) Malmberg's video imagery, captured by point-and-shoot camerawork, and livened up with big band music from time to time, can't hold a candle to outsider artist Mark Hogancamp's work. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 05, 2010
      3/4
      The Other City (2010) A fascinating and damning glimpse inside a parallel universe that exists right in the heart of our nation's capital. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2010
      2/4
      Howl (2010) Like the counterculture icon that penned the poem that serves as the title to Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's film, Howl is one odd bird. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2010
      1.5/4
      Biker Fox (2010) Bravely riding full speed ahead, Biker Fox nevertheless ends up in the very same place. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2010
      2.5/4
      Neshoba: The Price of Freedom (2008) Though the film gets carried away by its black-and-white-together-we-shall-overcome vibe, the raw facts are undeniably where the real emotion lies. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2010
      1.5/4
      The Expendables (2010) In lieu of a flurry of left hooks and roundhouse kicks, we stay safely in Stallone's comfort zone of shoot 'em ups and s--- getting blown up. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2010
      2/4
      Family Affair (2010) Hovering safely at the margins, the film's the director seems both fearful and detached. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Aug 08, 2010
      1.5/4
      The Extra Man (2010) Like Kevin Kline's ridiculously pretentious Harrison, the film fancies itself much more interesting than it is. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2010
      3/4
      Valhalla Rising (2009) The Bruckheimer-style storyline is merely an excuse to film a Joseph Conrad-worthy existential journey to hell. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2010
      3/4
      The Kids Are All Right (2010) Lisa Cholodenko is one of the more radical visionaries working in American indie cinema today. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 05, 2010
      2.5/4
      45365 (2009) An exhaustively detailed, entrancing journey, crafted with love for everything from raindrops on a windshield to a cheesy Elvis impersonator. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2010
      2.5/4
      The Juche Idea (2008) Jim Finn has managed to spoof not just easy-target Kim, but also the very notion of artists in residence making ever more obscure, inaccessible, and pretentious work. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted May 25, 2010
      2/4
      After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United (2009) Centuries-old rivalries die hard...and the very thing that unites can also divide. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted May 17, 2010
      2.5/4
      Women Without Men (2009) There is no dramatic leap to death, but rather only a tentative embrace of "a new form, a new way," much like Iran's short-lived experiment in democracy. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted May 09, 2010
      1.5/4
      Babies (2010) An aesthetic exercise that gets at no deeper truth than "babies are basically alike no matter the culture." - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted May 02, 2010
      3/4
      Fish Tank (2009) The British director's filmmaking style is precise and concise, as tight and lean as her teenage heroine. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2010
      1.5/4
      The End of Poverty? (2008) Perhaps most surprising of all are the parallels Diaz accidentally draws between the "evil" First World and the "innocent" Third. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 08, 2009
      2/4
      Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) What's fascinating about this unfocused diatribe is that Mr. Moore, the liberal face of Middle America, has finally given up on the American audience. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2009
      3.5/4
      Flame & Citron (2008) A luscious, evocative period piece. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2009
      3/4
      Nollywood Babylon (2008) Nollywood Babylon seamlessly interweaves actual clips from Nollywood flicks with scenes from the bustling, chaotic markets of Lagos. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2009
      2.5/4
      Under Our Skin (2008) Under Our Skin is a rigorously researched and highly thorough piece of investigative reporting on the silent epidemic that is Lyme disease. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2009
      2/4
      Unmistaken Child (2008) As lovely as the elegiac music and breathtaking shots of the Tibetan countryside are in Unmistaken Child, they don't really move things along. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jun 01, 2009
      1/4
      New World Order (2009) The directors never bother to delve into why these men need simple answers, and avoid complications at all costs. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted May 17, 2009
      0/4
      Little Ashes (2008) With a melodramatic score that alternates between sad violin and romantic guitar, and repetitive reaction shots of Lorca and Dal in all their dreamy-eyed longing, Little Ashes is broadstroked filmmaking at its most tedious. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted May 03, 2009
      3/4
      We Live in Public (2009) We Live in Public moves with the groove of the rock-star atmosphere that surrounded the dot-com kid moguls of the '90s. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2009
      3.5/4
      Paper Soldier (2008) Deftly visualizes those dual elements of terrifying uncertainty and thrilling history that were the essence of the Soviet liberal experiment era. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2009
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