America Magazine

America 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): Eve Tushnet, John Anderson, John P. McCarthy, Moira Walsh
Rating Title/Year Author
Francesco (2020) John Anderson Afineevsky's message is that Francis is precisely the pope we need in what has developed into a golden age of wickedness, of capitalism run amok and of craven political opportunism. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
My Darling Supermarket (2019) Eve Tushnet It's thrilling to watch someone so skilled in her medium, letting her subjects explore their world for us. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2021
Minari (2020) Eve Tushnet The direction isn't showy; this is a movie carried by its story and by the stellar performances, including Yuh-jung Youn as the grandmother, Soonja. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) John Anderson As a political statement, Judas is powerful, a quite relevant revisiting of an American past that, as William Faulkner would have observed, isn't even past. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2021
Nomadland (2020) John Anderson Ii could not have been made anywhere but the United States. The vast expanses of the Western desert, the purple mountains' chilly majesty, provide a stark, flat, unwelcoming setting for the story about retirees and other Americans living in their vans. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2021
Saint Maud (2019) John Anderson One of the saving graces of Saint Maud -- in fact, its chief virtue -- is the disequilibrium one experiences watching her walk the line between mere disturbance and outright insanity. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (1990) John Anderson Much is tailored to the needs of drama in "Godfather, Coda." But one cannot manufacture urgency in a film that lacks the kind of cosmic conflict of its two predecessors. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Mank (2020) John Anderson What a Mank viewer should be alert to is its achievement not just as a movie about a movie, or even moviemaking, but about the mechanics of cinema and storytelling. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) John Anderson [Sorkin] has taken "the most important trial of your lifetime" and shoehorned it into a conventional Sorkin-esque mold, one in which complicated real-life people have become narrative conventions in a movie full of character types and glib dialogue. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
The Devil All the Time (2020) John Anderson If you're attracted by the idea of a film that probes the hair's breadth between the ritual and the spiritual, the devotional and the obsessive, and the visionary and the mad, this particular movie might well haunt your dreams. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) John Anderson [Iannucci] is clearly at home with sprawling casts of characters and comfortable allowing them to chew the scenery when the mood comes over them. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Fatima (2020) John Anderson It balances reasonable questions with unassailable faith. And it treats with enormous delicacy what has, for more than 100 years, made the miracle of Fatima fascinating even to those who do not believe in miracles EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Flannery (2019) John Anderson The documentary places its subject, partly by describing her spiritual practices, prayer book and worldview, among the great Catholic writers... EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2020
Blood Quantum (2019) Eve Tushnet Blood Quantum, the sharp and bloody new film from the writer and director Jeff Barnaby, does something surprisingly rare in the relentlessly popular zombie genre: It makes the return of the dead a symbol of the legacy of past injustice. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
Francis, God's Fool (1950) John Anderson ...we, as Rossellini intended, are humbled. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
I Am Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland (2020) John Anderson Unlike a lot of historical drama, I Am Patrick eschews romanticization and gives one a real sense of how brutal life must have been in the early 400s A.D. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2020
Corpus Christi (2019) John Anderson It is to the credit of writer Mateusz Pacewicz-and Komasa, and the utterly convincing Belenia, whose face could have inspired Goya-that little which happens is what we expect, or necessarily want, but the film will resonate persistently. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
The Warden (2019) Eve Tushnet The prison's beauty suggests that God is here somewhere - not running the place, but hidden in its depths. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
The Cave (2019) John Anderson The grace of someone like Dr. Ballour and her colleagues is unquestioned, endlessly valuable and deserving of all the recognition in the world. What it is not is banal. Which is what "The Cave" comes dangerously close to making it. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2020
The Trouble With Angels (1966) Moira Walsh It is frighteningly easy to get nuns all wrong on the screen and terribly difficult to do them justice, especially today when their proper identity is being so hotly debated inside as well as outside convents. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
Pillow Talk (1959) Moira Walsh The picture has clever dialog, ingenious sight gags and fast, furious, at least faintly plausible plot complications. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
A Hidden Life (2019) Eve Tushnet As the couple's situation worsens, the film improves. The contrast between the couple's internal life of prayer and their external abandonment emerges. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Eve Tushnet The story of what really happened to Harlan Thrombey the night of his 85th birthday comes open like a safe whose dial is spun by an expert cracksman, every detail falling into place. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
The Two Popes (2019) John Anderson As a character study it is an exhilaratingly intellectual, deftly directed drama that in the end suggests very strongly not just that desire is destiny, but that temperament dictates theology. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Parasite (2019) John Anderson It is a sitcom with teeth and haunting moral echoes, no small amount of vulgarity and a smart streak of comedy. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) John Anderson Marriage Story is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing short of a reappraisal of marriage and divorce and the casualness with which both are entered into. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
The Irishman (2019) John Anderson While Pacino fulminates and Pesci seethes, De Niro presents us with a character who all his life has lived in a kind of limbo. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
American Dharma (2018) John Anderson Morris does not lead you by the hand. If the subject is lying, or delusional, as he often seems to be, Morris presumes the viewer will notice. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
By the Grace of God (2018) John Anderson Ozon's approach is masterful, his past proclivities for mischief-making nowhere to be seen. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Pain and Glory (2019) John Anderson Everything, notably the interiors, are simply too beautiful to be anything but the work of an exalted imagination. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Judy (2019) John Anderson [T]he Garland story is something singular. So is Renée Zellweger's performance, which makes a sad story elevated, elevating and all about love. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Eve Tushnet ... the film's greatest failing, which made this sugary confection leave a bad taste in my mouth, is that it utterly lacks the books' ill intentions. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) Eve Tushnet Salò offers a lesson in how to depict cruelty without re-enacting it -- a lesson few filmmakers even want to learn. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) John Anderson [Tarantino] clearly relishes recapturing the period flavor, and, of course, portraying life as it is lived through and in movies. What he doesn't have here is an actual story, other than what he borrows from history or leaves out. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel (2019) John Anderson It makes passionate arguments. It offers a ray of hope. And it evokes the sense that those most desperately in need of seeing it will never cross its path. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Rocketman (2019) John Anderson The songs, the color, the dancing and, yes, the redemption are all intended to make people happy. And will. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Aladdin (2019) John Anderson The nonhuman element (Abu) is great; there is also a perfectly charming Magic Carpet. There is just an unfortunate shortage of magic. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Tolkien (2019) John Anderson Tolkien is on a journey, and while the film may deprive us of an arrival, it does give us a rather exhilarating travel itinerary. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Mary Magdalene (2018) John Anderson Mary Magdalene is in many ways an act of love, an effort to tell its story both freshly and honestly, with fidelity to Scripture. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Peterloo (2018) John Anderson What [Leigh] is digging at, under a remarkably convincing recreation of 1819 England and the nascent reform movement of early 19th-century Britain, is both the brutality and the self-righteousness exhibited by the haves, when the have-nots ask for more. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Devil's Doorway (2018) Eve Tushnet In spite of its flaws, the film is startlingly successful both at frightening audiences and at honoring the experiences of women held in Magdalene laundries. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Us (2019) Eve Tushnet Us is skillful and strange, opening up subterranean levels in the psyche and letting the creatures within come out to play. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Nun (1966) John Anderson There are no theological arguments made in La Religieuse. Suzanne's faith is firm, her Christian belief a monument to itself, given her treatment. But again, the convents serve as metaphors... EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Vice (2018) John Anderson Vice isn't a dishonest movie, exactly. It just enables dishonesty. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Capernaum (2018) John Anderson Viewers are thereby hooked, and the Lebanese director Nadine Labaki keeps them that way throughout a picaresque journey through the streets and hovels and storefronts and sordid domestic dramas that provide her film's physiology. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
The Song of Bernadette (1943) Eve Tushnet The theology in The Song of Bernadette is subtle; it satirizes Catholic worship of suffering... EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) John Anderson Overall, though, Rourke fails to make the movie dramatically engaging because she gives equal dramatic weight to everything... EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Roma (2018) John Anderson There is a richness to Roma that will likely take multiple viewings to absorb. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
The Favourite (2018) John Anderson The dualities provided by Weisz and Stone are wonderful: hot vs. cold, scheming vs. naïve, with ambition ultimately winning out. But Anne is something else, in every sense of the phrase. And so is The Favourite. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
The Happy Prince (2018) Eve Tushnet Much of the film is heavy-handed melodrama without the irony and forgiveness that animated its protagonist's moral worldview. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018