Stylus Magazine

Stylus Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Bill Weber, Sky Hirschkron
Rating Title/Year Author
B+ 127 Hours (2010) Jeffrey Bloomer The camera soars through canyons and beyond, and the picture is often split into two screens or more, probably because [Boyle] simply couldn't contain himself. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2010
I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) Jeffrey Bloomer The beguiling warmth Carrey and McGregor generate becomes muddled with the carefree irreverence of Steven's crimes. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2010
C+ Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010) Jeffrey Bloomer The movie is at once angry and serious, lurid and glib. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2010
A- Bug (2006) Jeffrey Bloomer Bug has a simpler, more primal, and basically as honorable intention: It wants to drive us out of our heads. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2010
A- If... (1968) Bill Weber Its poetics of insurrection still resonate with any armchair anarchists who've even fleetingly wished death to their oppressors. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2008
B+ Brand Upon the Brain (2006) Bill Weber The mythic nuttiness gets under your skin just as these archetypal figures gradually penetrate each other's subterfuges, skulls, and orifices. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2007
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) Bill Weber This watchable but indulgent curio blings up the petty vanities and ambitions of the criminal class, and lays greater themes in their graves. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2007
Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) Bill Weber Both technical grace and an efficient ensemble smooth over some...clunky plotting. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2007
B Syndromes and a Century (2006) Bill Weber A quieter, shorter but scarcely less idiosyncratic specimen of Rorschach cinema than Inland Empire. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2007
Otoshiana (1962) David Phelps Once the premise is up, it's never as uninteresting as it should be. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2007
B+ Snow Angels (2007) Sky Hirschkron Green doesn't want the viewer dumbfounded as to how to react so much as to match every laugh with a shudder. It's a balance of humiliation and empathy that ultimately works. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2007
71/100 Quiet City (2007) Sky Hirschkron Quiet City was the festival highlight, for me. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2007
60/100 Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983) Sky Hirschkron What happens when a skeptic tackles tranquility? He makes it look dangerous. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2007
70/100 Zoo (2007) Sky Hirschkron Zoo is the formal antithesis of To Catch a Predator-like exposés in its presentation of outcasts. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2007
64/100 Monkey Warfare (2006) Sky Hirschkron A self-professed student of Godard, [Reginald] Harkema more closely resembles another Godard acolyte, Tarantino, right down to the latter's love of weed, foxy chicks, and subtle deceptiveness. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2007
61/100 Congorama (2006) Sky Hirschkron The film's catalogue of absurdity is so colorful that it needn't be mined for impact, and [Phillippe] Falardeau takes the matter-of-fact route, merely gawking at the wreckage. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2007
33/100 Gretchen (2006) Sky Hirschkron As Steve Collins' Gretchen proves, not all Amerindies on the festival circuit are made by guys you'd expect to run into in a John Cassavetes festival. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2007
53/100 Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007) Sky Hirschkron The result is a mesh of creative sensibilities that never quite congeals. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2007
C Dans Paris (2006) Sky Hirschkron [Romain] Duris is well and fine, and [Dans Paris] would do well to stick with him, but [Christophe] Honoré seems so wary of the pitfalls of the psychological drama that he has declined to make one at all. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2007
B Quixotic (2006) Sky Hirschkron It is [worth seeing], but [Albert] Serra's watch-or-****-off contempt remains present throughout. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2007
74/100 The Spy in Black (1939) Sky Hirschkron It's a peculiar and rather wonderful mismatch of subject matter and tone that, if not a success at elucidating great moral complexities of war, asks us to take unusual and perhaps unflattering pleasure in old intrigues. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2007
Match Point (2005) Sky Hirschkron A filmmaker out of touch with his own neuroses, making a final bid for recognition by exacerbating lives beyond his reach. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2006
C- The New World (2005) Sky Hirschkron Lazily reassuring, a dime-store haiku, and a master's nadir. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2006
B The Young Lieutenant (2005) Sky Hirschkron So, it can't quite be said that [Xavier Beauvois] is bereft of novel, impressively lurid ideas for murders, because he's expressly against them, if we're to take Antoine's lust for intrigue as our own. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2006
B+ The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004) Sky Hirschkron [The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things] has a deceptively desultory structure where no moral system or 'new daddy' seems to hold much water upon introduction, but each accumulates ideas which make an atavistic reappearance at the most inopportune of tim EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2006
B+ Bubble (2005) Sky Hirschkron The film is called Bubble, but it represents the first time in ages Steven Soderbergh has worked outside of his personal territory. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2006
A Mutual Appreciation (2005) Sky Hirschkron More than an effortlessly perceptive observer, Bujalski has honed deceptively stylized visuals to serve deceptively stylized drama. Isolated by their lonesome, compositions are so inert as to seem intentionally inexpressive, but altogether, a visual strat EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2006
C The Hole Story (2005) Sky Hirschkron For a tale of single-minded devotion, [The Hole Story] shines in those few occasions when Alex [Karpovsky]'s nerve is overtaken by booze, love or despair -- a lot like life. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2006