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Manhattan Movie Magazine

Manhattan Movie 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): Marlow Stern
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
4/5
Since Precious bears such an unpalatable, relentlessly-bleak-to-the-point-of-cliché ghetto premise (see: Tyler Perry), its effectiveness as a film hinges on the quality of the performances
Posted Oct 12, 2009
2
3.5/5
Antichrist (2009)
the lensing by Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle is absolutely precious...expressionistic in nature, give the feeling of a Bosch painting brought to life
Posted Oct 9, 2009
3
4.5/5
The film's real star is Christoph Waltz, who steals the show as Jekyll & Hyde inquisitor Hans Landa. He is a screwball menace, giggling one moment then strangling you the next
Posted Aug 20, 2009
4
4.5/5
Moon (2009)
Take the entrancing, all-white production design and thrilling score of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the psychology of Solaris and the energy-mining subplot of Outland, and you have Moon, an ethereal and philosophic new entry into th
Posted May 6, 2009
5
4/5
with its fragmented narrative and cinéma vérité approach, recalls Jean-Luc Godard's exploration of the life of a prostitute, Vivre sa vie
Posted May 6, 2009
6
4/5
a muscular, mustachioed, lethally suave motharf*cka, armed with nunchuks, kung-fu kicks, and a roaring .44 Magnum, has come to rescue jive turkey movie auds from spoof-film purgatory
Posted May 6, 2009
7
2/5
Stay Cool (2011)
like an exercise in calculated nostalgia
Posted May 6, 2009
8
3.5/5
a solid directorial debut for Ms. Hines, that does ample justice to the legacy of its gifted architect %u2013 slain actress-cum-filmmaker Adrienne Shelly
Posted May 6, 2009
9
2.5/5
Rudo y Cursi (2009)
with its vexing voiceover narration, puerile sense of humor, and cliché-ridden storyline, this material isn't worthy of its two charismatic, fiery young stars
Posted May 6, 2009
10
2.5/5
Changeling (2008)
If Changeling develops any sort of pop-culture currency, one could foresee a drinking game in which college students take a shot every time Ms. Jolie shrieks, "HE'S NOT MY SON!"
Posted Oct 17, 2008
11
5/5
The Wrestler (2008)
This tragicomic portrait of 'God's Lonely Man' is the dark horse contender for best film of the year, although I'm sure its star wouldn't have it any other way.
Posted Oct 13, 2008
12
2.5/5
...an analog film in a digital world.
Posted Oct 6, 2008
13
3/5
Soderbergh's Che is a visually-striking ode to guerrilla warfare and revolutionary zeal but as a character study, his complicated protagonist still remains an enigma.
Posted Oct 4, 2008
14
4/5
Hunger (2009)
Given... the prevailing 'us vs. them' anti-opposition mentality, it's reassuring to see a movie like Hunger that assumes the perspective of the stalwart revolutionary.
Posted Oct 2, 2008
15
5/5
Bell's debut feature addresses its subject with both humor and intelligence, approaching the issue of performance enhancement from every conceivable angle
Posted May 26, 2008
16
5/5
Man on Wire (2008)
In a city synonymous with hustle and bustle, the image of a stony-faced Frenchman gracefully dancing across a wire suspended between the Twin Towers, with no safety net or harness, is an overwhelmingly beauteous juxtaposition.
Posted May 5, 2008
17
4/5
While the film's ending is, quite literally, overkill, this poetic and unexpectedly tender film is mesmerizing from start to finish. Lets hope they don't screw up the inevitable American remake too badly...
Posted May 5, 2008
18
2/5
It's sort of ironic that the only demographic that'll appreciate this lame, watered-down brand of humor mirrors the community portrayed in the film: the elderly and infirm
Posted May 2, 2008
19
4/5
The Wackness (2008)
Bolstered by its strong performances and inspired direction, The Wackness is anything but, yo
Posted Apr 28, 2008
20
3/5
despite the film's odd, whimsical tone, solid performances, and sartorial splendor, Mister Lonely runs out of steam and, as a commentary on our celebrity-obsessed culture, doesn't have a whole lot to say
Posted Apr 25, 2008
21
4/5
Filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color -- the somber blues of the sweets shop contrasting brilliantly with the violent neon glow of the passing subway -- it's Edward Hopper's Nighthawks brought to stunning, iridescent life.
Posted Apr 1, 2008
22
2/5
When all is said and done, you're better off renting the Friends Season Four finale...That was brilliant. This is like a bad Farrelly Brothers movie.
Posted Mar 31, 2008
23
3/5
Stop-Loss (2008)
While Stop-Loss is more ambitious and well-crafted than the paint-by-numbers Varsity Blues, these two coming-of-age stories still belong in a similar film category: melodrama
Posted Mar 27, 2008
24
4/5
Funny Games (2008)
What many people will fail to realize is that this is a Dadaist exercise -- it is not concerned with traditional aesthetics, and is intended to offend, in order to destroy the current climate of filmmaking, and its fostering of a culture of violence.
Posted Mar 17, 2008
25
2/5
CJ7 (2008)
Unfortunately, the li'l critter is by far the most interesting thing about Chow's film.
Posted Mar 10, 2008
26
3/5
The Signal (2008)
tone shifts awkwardly to a Shaun of the Dead-meets-Fido-style satirical commentary on domestic life
Posted Mar 6, 2008
27
4/5
In Bruges (2008)
the sight of a coked-up Colin Farrell karate-chopping a racist dwarf in the neck alone is worth the price of admission
Posted Feb 11, 2008
28
4/5
both a clever parable on the state of Israeli/Egyptian relations, as well as a surprisingly affectionate, amusing tale.
Posted Feb 11, 2008
29
4/5
Anyone who has ever made a no-budget home movie, replete with exaggerated performances and makeshift props out of The Warriors, will hold a special place in their heart for Be Kind Rewind
Posted Feb 3, 2008
30
1/5
Mr. Lee is a former director of Asian music videos, which explains why his debut feature, from the high-octane opening credits to the Marnie-esque ending, is all style and no substance.
Posted Feb 3, 2008
31
5/5
This is cinematic naturalism at its finest.
Posted Jan 16, 2008
32
3/5
Teeth (2007)
Ultimately, Teeth will probably never become the late night cult film it aspires to be, but it does achieve an overwhelming sense of castration anxiety
Posted Jan 16, 2008
33
2/5
As with Match Point, this is a glorified morality play, albeit with less poetic symbolism, shakier performances, predictable plot, and constricting dialogue
Posted Jan 16, 2008
34
5/5
Persepolis (2007)
like the titular ancient city, is truly a sight to behold
Posted Dec 18, 2007
35
2/5
there is what we can call the House of Sand and Fog problem: this woman is way too attractive to be in this desperate a situation
Posted Dec 18, 2007
36
5/5
a genre classic; like a menacing mélange of Peckinpah's Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, and Cronenberg's A History of Violence
Posted Dec 18, 2007
37
3/5
an intricate exercise in synthetic cubism
Posted Dec 18, 2007
38
2/5
a bunch of confused skaters trapped in an existentialist Nouvelle Vague film
Posted Dec 18, 2007
39
4/5
relying on a muted narrative - tempered occasionally by the twinkling ivories of Aznavour - imbues Flight of the Red Balloon with a degree of naturalism.
Posted Dec 18, 2007
40
4/5
this quirky, aesthetically-pleasing ride is one worth taking
Posted Dec 18, 2007
41
1/5
Redacted (2007)
The film is so artificial that it feels like a mockumentary (i.e. a deranged black comedy), and marks a low point in the career of De Palma.
Posted Dec 18, 2007
42
2/5
a very poor man's Three Kings, minus the deft mixture of witty satire/raw emotion and solid chemistry amongst the three leads.
Posted Dec 18, 2007
43
3/5
Remember Conspiracy Theory? Mel Gibson would've made a perfect Lloyd Darrow. Plus, you know he believes in Santa Claus.
Posted Dec 18, 2007
44
5/5
Superbad (2007)
be sure to stick it out through the closing credits. You'll thank me later.
Posted Dec 18, 2007
45
5/5
You could say it's sort of like Murderball, only these guys' disabilities are of the social variety. At any rate, it's a great film
Posted Dec 18, 2007
46
3/5
Dans Paris (2007)
will induce a shortage in precious vacation days, stirring up visions of oneself mimicking the carefree Jonathan, gallivanting about Paris without a care in the world
Posted Dec 18, 2007
47
4/5
a testament to the healing power of music
Posted Dec 18, 2007
48
5/5
Ratatouille (2007)
arguably the finest film in Pixar's distinguished canon
Posted Dec 18, 2007
49
4/5
Sicko (2007)
Prepare to laugh (nervously), cry and be outraged.
Posted Dec 18, 2007
50
2/5
Dog Bite Dog (2006)
One can't help but brand the final 15 minutes of this film as one of the most glaring cases of self-sabotage since the twist-ending of M. Night Shyamalan's The Village.
Posted Dec 18, 2007