Reeler is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Keith Uhlich, Michelle Orange
Rating Title/Year Author
Definitely, Maybe (2008) Michelle Orange Brooks deserves credit for a fairly satisfying survey of a heart wanting what it wants, thinking it wants what it doesn't want, wanting the first thing again and then waking up to what it needs. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2008
The Band's Visit (2007) Michelle Orange A truly lovely film, as patient and generous with its characters as viewers should be with its delicately latent politics and occasional over-love of eccentric tableaux. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2008
Praying With Lior (2007) Michelle Orange Lior's big moment is an underdog weeper for the ages; I only wish the 80 minutes that preceded it had been as powerful. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2008
Caramel (2007) Michelle Orange Labaki infuses her story of beauty, friendship, longing and constraint with that so painfully epitomized in the plight of her native Lebanon. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2008
Orthodox Stance (2007) Michelle Orange Hutt's instincts are solid, if occasionally unfocused; he'll be ready to turn pro any day now. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2008
Cassandra's Dream (2007) Michelle Orange Farrell's performance is the highlight in this uneven English blend of high drama and afternoon telly. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2008
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) Michelle Orange The Enron director's sharp, shaming torture exposé tracks another Great American Meltdown. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2008
The Business of Being Born (2007) Michelle Orange Director Abby Epstein is clearly biased in favor of home birth, but that doesn't make her case any less square. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2008
Charlie Wilson's War (2007) Michelle Orange Nichol's and Co.'s foreign policy caper puts up a decent fight, but Hoffman wins the War. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
The Kite Runner (2007) Michelle Orange Dolefully faithful to its source in the broad strokes, almost none of the book's cultural engagement sneaks through. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2007
Youth Without Youth (2007) Keith Uhlich It would be easy to say Dominic is lost in a film; better to suggest he's adrift in a projection. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2007
Juno (2007) Michelle Orange Once it gets past some serious tonal overkill, Juno's sweetness feels earned. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2007
The Savages (2007) Michelle Orange Linney and Hoffman have a tremendously rewarding, difficult (sibling) rapport. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2007
Starting Out in the Evening (2007) Michelle Orange A poised, surprisingly unsettling film about the half-life -- and twilight -- of a fiction writer. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) Michelle Orange Newell's adaptation infuses its source material's classic romantic tropes with all the poetry of a dog dish. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2007
Margot at the Wedding (2007) Keith Uhlich You've been through all of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books/You're very well-read/It's well-known. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2007
Steal a Pencil for Me (2007) Michelle Orange The most moving story about love, longevity, infidelity and the Holocaust you may ever hear. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2007
Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains (2007) Keith Uhlich Carter's life and work deserve a fuller accounting and analysis than Demme is finally able to provide. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2007
Lagerfeld Confidential (2007) Michelle Orange The fragments from much of the day-in-the-life footage feel frustratingly devoid of a guiding context. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2007
Gone Baby Gone (2007) Michelle Orange The film doesn't fully click into the register Affleck seems to be going for -- that of a talky, tense, intricately woven urban opera of greed (both emotional and monetary), ambition and ethical relativism. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2007
Rendition (2007) Michelle Orange There is a smart, piercing film in here somewhere, but Rendition never fully connects with its subject. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2007
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) Michelle Orange As insistent on its emotional grandiosity as it is completely meaningless. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2007
Michael Clayton (2007) Keith Uhlich Dude, there's a bomb in your car. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2007
The Kingdom (2007) Michelle Orange A kill-'em-all action flick that attempts to elevate itself with clumsy, rock 'n roll politics, dropping actual names and articles of political currency like catchphrases. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2007
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) Michelle Orange Time was clearly taken here to do better than fine with material that had a sizeable no-brainer audience built right into the title. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2007
The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun (2006) Michelle Orange This slim, sparsely drawn and gently affecting documentary fulfills the promise of Mr. Vig's singular visage. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2007
The Hottest State (2006) Michelle Orange Hawke telegraphs the banal, delusional, pretentious aspects of being 21 and in love too well, and without fully transforming them into something of substance. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2007
Dedication (2007) Michelle Orange Moore is such a smooth and comfortable presence onscreen that the at times embarrassingly naked framework of David Bromberg's screenplay seems almost believable. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2007
The 11th Hour (2007) Michelle Orange Seeming to cater to the ADD generation even as it tackles a subject of enormous scope, The 11th Hour doesn't quite get the job done. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2007
2 Days in Paris (2007) Michelle Orange Delpy wrangles her metaphors without showing too much strain, and the performances are too lovely and guileless to fault. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2007
The Ten (2007) Michelle Orange The success (of each sketch) varies not just according to quality but how tickled you find yourself -- from moment to moment -- by this kind of high-wire comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2007
Becoming Jane (2007) Michelle Orange Lay back and don't think of England -- or Austen -- is the best advice I can give for prospective viewers of Becoming Jane. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2007
No Reservations (2007) Michelle Orange Where Mostly Martha managed to fold its rather plotty conceit into an organic world of people and problems, in this stubbornly torpid remake, the conceit props up the characters and vice versa. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2007
No End in Sight (2007) Michelle Orange This essential documentary is a clear-eyed, coherent dissection of how crucial decisions were made in the first weeks and months following the American invasion of Iraq. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2007
Interview (2007) Michelle Orange Sprawling its intriguing capital in all directions, Interview falls short even in reaching that commonest of denominators: the cinematic puff piece. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2007
Talk to Me (2007) Michelle Orange It's too bad the story of these two men (and two fine performances has to compete with the built-in biopic conventions. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2007
Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman (2006) Michelle Orange A mosaic of experience and endeavor reconsidered as human (in this case, very much female) experiment. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2007
Rescue Dawn (2006) Michelle Orange [The ultimate] rescue scene is so desperate and painful, so joyous and true, that it exhausts the senses. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2007
Evening (2007) Michelle Orange All emotion registers as melodrama, though the flushed and flustered parts do not cohere into a melodramatic (i.e. generic) whole. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2007
A Mighty Heart (2007) Michelle Orange The film is as much rough-and-ready thriller as it is tragic memoir. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2007
Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion (2006) Michelle Orange Much like last year's Jesus Camp, Fell and Thompson let the Christian fanatics hold the floor. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2007
La vie en rose (2007) Michelle Orange La Vie En Rose operates in a mode of excellence that ultimately becomes more concerned with exploring itself than the subject at hand. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2007
Knocked Up (2007) Michelle Orange Judd Apatow makes me want to be a dude. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Michelle Orange Shot at the same time as its predecessor, At World's End bears the same hallmarks of being hacked, horned and hemmed together as they went along. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2007
Fay Grim (2006) Michelle Orange Hartley has chosen the hallmark of a great remake -- reinvention -- in approaching the concept of the sequel, for better and for worse. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2007
Brooklyn Rules (2007) Michelle Orange Brooklyn Rules has enough heart and personality to freshen what could easily be construed as stale cannoli. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2007
Georgia Rule (2007) Michelle Orange There is formidable dramatic force behind many of the interchanges, but the balance between them is too tenuous, with Marshall tending toward glib mishandling of the gravely serious aspects of his story. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2007
Away From Her (2006) Michelle Orange There is real grace in Polley's portrait of a couple that stays together long enough to forget. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2007
Jindabyne (2006) Michelle Orange Jindabyne musters all the emotional momentum of a reflecting pool despite a solid cast and fertile premise. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2007
Stephanie Daley (2006) Michelle Orange By remaining physically and emotionally attuned to her actors rather than the considerable melodramatic heft of her story, Brougher avoids the towel-wringer this unfortunately topical story could have been. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2007