The Film Experience

The Film Experience is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Chris Feil, Glenn Dunks, Manuel Betancourt, Matthew Eng, Murtada Elfadl, Nathaniel Rogers
Rating Title/Year Author
B+ Farewell Meu Amor (2016) Murtada Elfadl Writer director Ekwa Msangi is attune to the intricate ways of how people grow apart and find each other again. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
B Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Chris Feil Birds of Prey follows a familiar formula for other pseudo-anarchic and violent superhero subversions. But what sets this take apart from the Deadpools of the multiplex is its reversal of their toxicity EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
B The Lodge (2019) Chris Feil The Lodge mines stifled depression and dormant religious punishment for a uniquely unsettling experience, one that might not satisfy all viewers... EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
B+ Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Glenn Dunks Miss Americana is probably the most appropriate way to start 2020... EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
B Promising Young Woman (2020) Murtada Elfadl Mulligan is engaging and ferocious throughout and the reason to immediately buy a ticket. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
B+ The 40-Year-Old Version (2020) Murtada Elfadl Radha Blank has an authoritative grasp of the hallways, rehearsal rooms and night clubs where art is shaped in NY. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2020
D Nine Days (2020) Murtada Elfadl There's a very fine line between profound and superficial, what is genuinely revelatory and what is obvious. Unfortunately Nine Days ultimately falls on obvious and unearned, while asking the audience to believe it's profound. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
B Miss Juneteenth (2020) Murtada Elfadl Beharie commands the screen with a naturally quiet disposition and the film flows to her rhythm. Sometimes slowing down completely as Turquoise halts to take on another day and challenge and Beharie shows us that with small reticent gestures. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
A Zola (2020) Murtada Elfadl Zola announces Bravo as a director with a unique sense for story, and kinetic style to spare. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
C The Climb (2017) Murtada Elfadl .... the characters are so off putting and just plain awful to each other and everyone around them, that by the end I was queasy and regretful of all my laughs. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
B Ford v Ferrari (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Let's just say that the film has a good deal of fun shuffling its chess players around the board. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
B- The Aeronauts (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Credit the still-lovely but flexible chemistry of Redmayne and Jones for keeping the movie aloft even as frequent choppy flashbacks and clunky script-choices threaten to deflate the whole thing. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
C- Red Joan (2018) Nathaniel Rogers The lead actresses are both solid but the direction by Trevor Nunn is dull. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
C+ Avengers: Endgame (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Though it takes far too long to get going (the early scenes are needlessly repetitive and this would have been sharper as a 140 minute movie or somesuch), once it's up and running it's full of thrills. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
D+ Aladdin (2019) Nathaniel Rogers The design is gawdy without the joy of camp. The pacing is manic. The editing is bizarre. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
B The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Though indulgently violent and rather broad at all times, it's consistently exciting due to the premise and the charismatic star turn, EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
B+ Atlantics (2019) Nathaniel Rogers You'll want to fantasize about what other entirely unique films this young female auteur might dream up? We must believe there's a very bright future ahead for her. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
B Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Writer/Director Hylnur Palmason... makes stylish choices in his film's rhythms and imagery, both to add meditative chills, and artfully suggest passages of time where nothing much changes. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
B+ Instinct (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Carice Van Houten stars and stuns as Nicoline, a troubled psychotherapist working in a rehabilitation program at a prison. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
B+ () Nathaniel Rogers Though the plotting can feel like a series of sick jokes stretched out to feature length, the sound and performances and the cinematography in particular (incredible work from Sergio Armstrong) all mesmerize. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
C () Nathaniel Rogers Disco is far too repetitive and its point of view remains as opaque as Mirjam's psychology. It's not enough, always, to merely observe. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Colewell (2019) Nathaniel Rogers While it's definitely purely niche in its appeal - it is tranquil, to a fault - but it has an unmistakably cumulative poetic beauty. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
To the Stars (2019) Nathaniel Rogers There's something about the contemporary female point of view married to the black and white visuals that spark this one to entertaining life. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
D+ My Zoe (2018) Nathaniel Rogers The mild sci-fi elements (it takes place in the near future) provide some Act Two interest but unfortunately very little pays off, especially given its tonally questionable ending. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B- Proxima (2019) Nathaniel Rogers It was wonderful to see images of a woman being excellent at her job and her daughter looking on with love/admiration. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
C+ () Nathaniel Rogers Unfortunately the story is lacking. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B Hope Gap (2019) Nathaniel Rogers A satisfying watch with a lovely cinematic ending though its apt to get dinged for being too stagebound. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Nathaniel Rogers Maggie Gyllenhaal is terrific and troubling (no surprise. That's kind of her thing) as a teacher who becomes obsessed with a student. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Woman at War (2018) Nathaniel Rogers Tense, twisty, and provocative. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Transit (2018) Nathaniel Rogers [Director Christian] Petzold's best move in Transit is displacing us in time. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Sharkwater Extinction (2018) Nathaniel Rogers If you care about animal rights or love amazing underwater footage (guilty on both counts!) Sharkwater Extinction is a must-see. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Frágil equilibrio (2016) Nathaniel Rogers A beautiful engaging meditation. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
C Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Nathaniel Rogers In short, there is little reason for it to exist since it doesn't move the series forward but rather backward to try and reinvigorate / update a 35 year-old franchise. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
C+ Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Maleficent 2 is weirdly memorable with strange visual choices, great costumes, and two true movie stars giving each other the stink eye. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B Jojo Rabbit (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Waititi pulls off the tricky black humor tone and absurdist child's-eye-view of Nazi era Germany and cults of hate. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
C Harriet (2019) Nathaniel Rogers Harriet suffers from no clear shaping and an inability to sit still long enough to be stirring. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
A A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Nathaniel Rogers [Marielle] Heller is one of our greatest working directors. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B+ Uncut Gems (2019) Chris Feil Uncut Gems is a dose of high anxiety filmmaking that's partly Shakespearean tragedy of hubris and part underbelly crime saga... EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
C Bombshell (2019) Murtada Elfadl It would be funny if it weren't so horrifying. And therein lies the dilemma of this film. It plays well but with a glib irreverent tone that is completely unsuited to a story of systemic abuse of power and sexual exploitation. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
D+ The Aeronauts (2019) Chris Feil That's not hot air filling The Aeronauts for 100 lugubrious minutes, it's just gassy. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
B- Untouchable (2019) Glenn Dunks A documentary that, in its best moments, simply lingers on the survivors and sexual abuse and misconduct, leaving in the deafening silent moments that come all too frequently... EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
B+ At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Glenn Dunks Carr has built a testament to the tenacity of these women, telling a necessary story that proves you don't need flare and pomp when you have the faces and voices and a story that needs to be told. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
B Dark Waters (2019) Murtada Elfadl You know you are in good hands when the actor chosen to come in and jumpstart the plot, give dimensionality to the film, or just wreck the audience hearts is Bill Camp. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
B Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) Glenn Dunks What's here is obviously touching, particularly LGBTIQ audiences who will see their own story reflected in that of the choirmen. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
A- Circus of Books (2019) Glenn Dunks The place pornography and erotica play in our lives is actually a very important one in understanding contemporary culture, especially gay culture, and Mason's film takes to it with a delicate hand... EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
B+ On the President's Orders (2019) Glenn Dunks Told in frightening close-up, this is an uncompromising film that will make any audience member sit up. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
C The Kingmaker (2019) Glenn Dunks Marcos is foregrounded for the documentary's first half and listening to her seemingly endless self-aggrandizing about beauty, love, and ... being a mother to the Filipino people is - to be perfectly honest - a complete bore. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
B Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Glenn Dunks should be required viewing for anybody who year in year out still can't figure out the difference between sound mixing and sound effects editing at the Academy Awards. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
B+ The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Glenn Dunks Sometimes you just really need to watch something that doesn't make you feel like the world is a dumpster fire and that we should all just die and get it over with... EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
B+ Jawline (2019) Glenn Dunks A documentary cousin to Eighth Grade. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019