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, Christopher James, Glenn Dunks, Manuel Betancourt, Matthew Eng, Matthew St. Clair, Murtada Elfadl, Nathaniel Rogers
Rating Title/Year Author
A- One Night in Miami (2020) Matthew St. Clair An assured feature directorial debut from Regina King that proves her to be a gifted multi-hyphenate talent. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2021
Film About a Father Who (2020) Glenn Dunks It's a deeply personal work of biography (via autobiography), of course. One that may perhaps mystify some viewers... EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
B+ Pieces of a Woman (2020) Matthew St. Clair Go for Kirby and Burstyn and stay for Kirby and Burstyn. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2021
B- Gunda (2020) Glenn Dunks ...the entire enterprise often feels like the punchline of an extended arthouse joke about what people perceive documentaries and international cinema to be. That isn't to say it isn't impressive. It is, frequently. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
Television Event (2020) Glenn Dunks Television Event gives appropriate reverence to its place in history and offers today's audiences a reminder of what mass-culture is capable of. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
B+ Sylvie's Love (2020) Matthew St. Clair An old-fashioned "one that got away" story that thrives on the simplicity of the romance genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
The Dissident (2020) Glenn Dunks ...if Fogel had just used a tripod and cut half as often he'd have an infinitely better picture. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
B+ Let Them All Talk (2020) Christopher James Let Them All Talk may move more glacially than expected. Yet, what we're left with is a thornier and more interesting look at a decades long friendship filled with fractures. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2020
Deep In Vogue (2019) Glenn Dunks The film is full of beautifully shot sequences of dancing both on stage to rapturous crowds and in artistic stand-alone moments. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Queer Japan (2019) Glenn Dunks Queer Japan justifies its name in the old fashioned sense, but makes the argument that it wouldn't be 'queer' if society wasn't so rigid in its ideas about sexuality... EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
I Hate New York (2018) Glenn Dunks It's crudely filmed on home video cameras, but that lack of polish gives I Hate New York the exact kind of grungy aesthetic that a film about this scene calls for. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
A Black Bear (2020) Matthew St. Clair Plaza is on a career-best level as Allison, an actress-turned-filmmaker with possibly ulterior motives. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
B+ Mayor (2020) Glenn Dunks Those keen for a bone-dry office comedy as much as a fraught political observational documentary should heed Mayor. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
B Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019) Glenn Dunks This is not necessarily new or unique, but following Memory: The Origins of Alien, it comes across as ... a refreshing relief. I didn't expect Leap of Faith to surprise me, least of all in its simplicity, and for that I have to give it credit. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
B Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square (2020) Christopher James Over the next 98 minutes, Dolly Parton's Christmas of the Square continues to deliver exactly what it promised you upfront. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2020
Finding Yingying (2020) Glenn Dunks It's this focus on the victim rather than the killer and his crimes that elevates Finding Yingying. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
A Cops and Robbers Story (2020) Glenn Dunks His narrative of a second chance is compelling even if it takes its time to get to what I feel was the crux of its message. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
Women in Blue (2020) Glenn Dunks I questioned the repeated featuring of black violence. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
B+ Yeladim (2020) Glenn Dunks Children is confronting in the way these young girls (and their male friends) are given early educations about the reality of life in Palestine. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
A The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant (2020) Glenn Dunks I found it an entrancing and divine work of experimental historical documentary. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
From the East (1993) Glenn Dunks Chantal Akerman's masterpiece of slow postcard cinema... EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
Dark Circle (1982) Glenn Dunks Through rigorous investigative filmmaking and sly shifts in tone, this 1982 Emmy-winner is another great addition to '80s atomic cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
Nationtime (1972) Glenn Dunks ...what's here was already breathtaking, full of explosive passion from speakers and cheering crowds who were beginning to understand their political worth to themselves and to the wider Democrat party. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
Down & Out in America (1986) Glenn Dunks A deeply empathetic feature that presents the socio-economic disparity of America in simple and unadorned fashion. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
BloodSisters (1995) Glenn Dunks Made with a whole bag of low-budget indie documentary trends from the era (those tints and goofy edits; this is Hi-8 video after all), this is nonetheless a compelling watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
Black Is... Black Ain't (1995) Glenn Dunks Riggs' Black Is... Black Ain't completed and released in 1995 after his death, a film that once again aches with the memories of queer, black and femme individuals. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
Tongues Untied - The Black Gay Male Experience (1989) Glenn Dunks A film of jagged frictions, a free-flowing sense of form mixing essay with language, poetry and visual art that even today feels revolutionary. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
Where Are We? Our Trip Through America (1992) Glenn Dunks Interspersed between modestly comical sidebars to a model Graceland and a patriotic Vegas casino are poignant discussions with locals about happiness, regret, and hopes for the future of America. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
Paragraph 175 (2000) Glenn Dunks ...casts further tragic light on the experience of LGBTIQ people across history and does so with stark candor. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2020
A What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) Christopher James What the Constitution Means to Me comes across just as energetic, engaging and vital over streaming as it did while on the stage. That is no easy feat. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
B Totally Under Control (2020) Glenn Dunks ...the film's most overtly political statement is right there in its release date: go vote! EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
Kingdom of Silence (2020) Glenn Dunks But the movie is made in such a way that it renders what should be even the quiet and plaintive moments into a frenetic dog's breakfast of filmmaking tricks and gimmicks. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
A- Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Glenn Dunks For a film about death and grief, Dick Johnson is Dead is also probably one of the funniest movies of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
City Hall (2020) Glenn Dunks But here Wiseman captures the daily grind and ticking realities of what goes into making a city-in this case Boston-keep moving with steely realism and refinement. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2020
B+ Nomadland (2020) Murtada Elfadl McDormand delivers a clear-eyed quiet performance infused with her trademark no-nonsense demeanor and flashes of humor as she highlights Fern's stubbornness. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
D+ The Way I See It (2020) Glenn Dunks If Porter's film, as subtle as a sledgehammer, attempts to immortalize this myth of democratic optimism and goodness then she needn't have bothered. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
B+ In My Blood It Runs (2019) Glenn Dunks I feel like I can easily say it's one of the best documentaries this country has produced in recent years. A work of emphatic poignancy... EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
B Desert One (2019) Glenn Dunks Kopple finds a way to make Desert One a rousing film that ultimately works as a symbol for American imperialism. It makes patriotism out of the rubble of abject failure. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
B+ Boys State (2020) Glenn Dunks The film is actually at its best when it does remind us that these are just boys. The lack of confidence in some as they step up the mic; the weird over-confidence of others as if they've been preparing for this their entire lives. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
A- A Thousand Cuts (2020) Glenn Dunks It's an ever shrinking and claustrophobic box of political corruption and democratic destruction that is so confident in itself that it leaves arguably it's biggest and most damning moment to the end credits. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
B+ Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl (2018) Glenn Dunks A very modern glimpse into what it takes to be a musician, an artist and a performer that thankfully strips away much of the unnecessary frou frou that usually comes along with these early career dives. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2020
B () Glenn Dunks It's something of a wonder to behold and to finally see their stories brought to the screen. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2020
B The Go-Go's (2020) Glenn Dunks ...the impact of Jane, Belinda, Charlotte, Gina and Kathy is undeniably huge and the film is at its best when its treating them and their success with the sort of reverence that is all too ignored in other rock and punk documentaries. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2020
A Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Glenn Dunks Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a towering achievement that we will be talking about for decades to come. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
B+ Relic (2020) Glenn Dunks But while there may be haunted doorway portals and creepy things that go bump in the night, there's more at play than just a ghost in the shadows... EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
B+ Babyteeth (2019) Glenn Dunks A suburban drama of a seemingly typical family whose sick teenage daughter craves desperately to escape a suffocating if well-intentioned life of normality in the face of cancer. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
B+ Sidney & Friends (2018) Glenn Dunks Sidney & Friends is immediately quite arresting, using black and white photography with appropriately amplified grey tones... EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
A- Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Glenn Dunks It's a film that centres itself on the here and now, on the frontlines of contemporary queer politics with unflinching tenacity. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
B Disclosure (2020) Glenn Dunks It's faces like that telling stories like these that make movies like Disclosure so necessary and why its so important that they have more of a role in telling future stories, too. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
A Gay USA (1977) Glenn Dunks Bressan is clearly keen to not linger on the ugliness, although as his cameras and microphones highlight antagonistic words and voices amid the crowds, it's impossible to truly escape. Just as in life, I suppose. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020