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      Tomas Hachard's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine Cinema Scope

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      Citizen Ruth (1996) The movie's most charming characteristic is, in fact, its irreverence: It bears the tell-tale signs of a young director taking aim at, and then laughing off, the absurdities of the world he grew up in. - Esquire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
      Qissa (2013) Qissa is most captivating when it treats Kanwar's identity dilemma head on; its best scenes are intimate ones that portray the tempestuous inner turmoil wracking its protagonist. - Cinema Scope
      Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
      Ningen (2013) By its close, Ningen has become tangled in digressions. - Cinema Scope
      Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
      Caught in the Web (2012) There's a stiffness to the actors' performances that reinforces the film's ambiguous tone. And Chen's use of jump cuts is jarring and arbitrary, their ubiquity upping the ante on the film's already tiring hyperactivity. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Jun 08, 2016
      Tangerines (2013) Because the conflict between Abkhazians and Georgians is so sketchily drawn, the ultimate heartwarming tone of the film seems not so much unearned as unspectacular. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015
      Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) A work of many moving parts, one to take apart and put back together again repeatedly. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Apr 09, 2015
      Effie Gray (2014) Thompson largely succeeds at giving Effie a voice, much as Fanning succeeds at beautifully bringing it to life. But the world around Effie remains crudely drawn, and in that respect the film can only do so much justice to her story. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Apr 02, 2015
      Batched (2014) It's all quite superficial, but never less than gripping, and is aided by an ending that at least doesn't compromise too much-the movie finishes with a smirk more than a smile. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2015
      Jauja (2014) The film is expansive, pushing the ideas that Alonso has probed in the past further than he has ever taken them. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2015
      It Follows (2014) Can one perfectly-executed shot redeem the less successful earlier attempts? In this case, after the initial awe wears off, the effect is the opposite: it only makes you realize how much more there was to mine from Mitchell's premise all along. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2015
      Two Men in Town (2014) The movie's melancholic, atmospheric tone, coupled with a muted performance from Whitaker, offers a new way into the material. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Mar 05, 2015
      Wild Canaries (2014) It's evident that the film is largely a lark, that Levin is having fun creating comic sparks by smashing a murder mystery together with a group of self-centered detectives, plot details be damned. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2015
      Approaching the Elephant (2014) It's a visceral, experiential, and absorbing viewing experience, not an educational issue doc. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2015
      Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014) It's tempting to call the film muddled and be done with it, but there's an inventiveness and beauty to Lee's visuals here ... and an experimentation in the execution that's hard to ignore. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2015
      The Duke of Burgundy (2014) Strickland hides much beneath the surface in The Duke of Burgundy, but the movie is also a delight to look upon ... - NPR
      Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2015
      Mommy (2014) For a director whose characters regularly display an abundance of melodramatic sentiment, Xavier Dolan leaves himself plenty of emotional cover in his movies. - House Next Door
      Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2015
      Human Capital (2013) Human Capital's principled outrage against the wealthy is overwhelming. But it's not particularly useful ... - NPR
      Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2015
      La última película (2013) ltima pelcula becomes a movie about finality, about the ways we stand in awe of end-times even as they strike fear in us ... - NPR
      Read More | Posted Jan 08, 2015
      A Most Violent Year (2014) It bears all the hallmarks of depth except for actual wisdom. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2014
      If You Don't, I Will (2014) Many of the jokes, like the ones launched at the expense of Mellie's son's psychomotor problems, aim at the easiest targets, leaving the final products simplistic if not offensive. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2014
      Little Feet (2013) Far from being precisely molded to elicit an emotional response, Little Feet is content to let the pieces fall more haphazardly and to seek resonance in small moments rather than grand, dramatic gestures. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2014
      Before I Disappear (2014) Before I Disappear is ultimately hampered not by a messy plot but by bland characters who, for the most part, don't so much talk to each other as they monologue at each other. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Dec 05, 2014
      Dying of the Light (2014) The rushed and often inchoate execution means there's little in the film that gets the benefit of more than a moment's reflection. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Dec 05, 2014
      A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Girl Walks Home manages to be a wholly original work while containing nary a unique thought or idea. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2014
      Rosewater (2014) The result neither portrays the suffering of Bahari's incarceration adequately nor lampoons the absurdities of the situation. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2014
      Miss Meadows (2014) Perhaps Karen Leigh Hopkins's intent was to subtly suggest the surreal aspects of the story, but ultimately she underplays her hand. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014
      The Great Invisible (2014) The film acknowledges [the] instinct toward simplistic polarization, but then softly, compellingly tries to push against it. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014
      Nightcrawler (2014) Nightcrawler lives by Gyllenhaal's great performance, but it dies by the limits of his character. - House Next Door
      Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2014
      The Heart Machine (2014) A movie that's neither ostentatious nor superficial. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2014
      Listen Up Philip (2014) Despite Philip and Ike's deep-set stubbornness, however, the experience of watching Listen Up Philip feels like a revelation. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2014
      Rudderless (2014) It unnecessarily hampers itself for over an hour for the sake of a gotcha moment before finally allowing its actors to explore something more than generic grief. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2014
      Whiplash (2014) Ultimately, what keeps Whiplash from becoming a joyride whose effects last only as long as its adrenaline rush are Simmons and Teller's performances and Chazelle's insight into Andrew's personality. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Oct 09, 2014
      The Blue Room (2014) The Blue Room pieces together the details of its plot like a jigsaw puzzle, but seeing the final picture is not its principal pleasure. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Oct 02, 2014
      The Two Faces of January (2014) The Two Faces of January feels shot too tight and cut too tight; it doesn't push forward at a bewilderingly fast pace, but its story and its performances still feel like they need more room to breathe. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2014
      Good People (2014) It only overcomes its deficiencies and gains a modicum of entertainment value precisely when it commits to its illogical storylines and exaggerated plot twists. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2014
      The Zero Theorem (2013) For the most part, Gilliam's visual eye drowns out his actor's performances, and in this case the effect is marred by a distinct familiarity to his imagined world. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2014
      Stray Dogs (2013) In its most evocative moments offers images that will stick in your mind even longer than they stay on the screen. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
      The Tribe (2014) The film's second half descends into increasingly explicit and shocking displays of violence, and, in fact, all of The Tribe is defined by either overheated emotions or extreme actions. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 09, 2014
      The Face of an Angel (2014) Winterbottom delivers the thoughts so stiffly, within such an insistently dark and brooding atmosphere, that one longs for the more traditional true-crime approach hinted at whenever any character offers their theory about who committed the murder. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 08, 2014
      The Look of Silence (2014) Much of Look of Silence, like The Act of Killing, represents a fight for history, a struggle to properly acknowledge the million Indonesian dead. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 08, 2014
      Manglehorn (2014) David Gordon Green is attracted to those who seem resigned to tired lives, but only as a symbol for why we must struggle against resignation. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 07, 2014
      St. Vincent (2014) Theodore Melfi's debut feature, St. Vincent, is a heartwarmer that never insults--exactly the opposite of what its protagonist is supposed to be: a disgruntled drunk who nobody likes. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 07, 2014
      Laggies (2014) It's hard not to watch Laggies without thinking back to Your Sister's Sister, in which Shelton made rom-com tropes feel spontaneous and fresh. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 05, 2014
      Kelly & Cal (2014) The film is mostly proof that changing the gender and details in a premise doesn't do much good if the presentation is conventional in nearly every other way. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Sep 05, 2014
      Force majeure (2014) Ruben Östlund masterfully manages the marital tensions that drive the film's plot forward while imbuing the scenario with these carefully layered philosophical reflections. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 04, 2014
      Leviathan (2014) The end result is a film that, after offering a number of potentially heroic narratives, takes pleasure in undercutting each of their claims to supremacy. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 04, 2014
      The Congress (2013) While always detailed in its visual execution, each new aspect of the film's world remains conceptually hollow, growing ultimately into a Matrix-style allegory for the nature of truth ... - NPR
      Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2014
      The One I Love (2014) It begins by exploring how fantasy intrudes on and affects our perceptions of reality; it ends by trying too hard to convince us that its fantasies could, somehow, be real. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2014
      Are You Here (2013) The female characters on Mad Men are probably the show's strongest asset, but here they're hollow to the point of insult. - Slant Magazine
      Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2014
      Frank (2014) That Fassbender plays the role of the disguised rocker fits well with the movie's tone: putting one of the biggest actors in Hollywood behind a mask lends a further rebellious streak to an already sardonic film. - NPR
      Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2014
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