The Walrus

The Walrus is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Adam Nayman
Rating Title/Year Author
Capote (2005) Adam Nayman Miller and Futterman underscore the idea that what Capote's achievement does to the story of Hickock and Smith and the Clutter killings is to remove it from the actual world and place it in a literary one. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
Good Morning, Night (2003) Steve Vineberg Bellocchio is driven by the idea that the reality of violence can sometimes remove even the most fervent partisan to a sphere beyond ideologies. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
Munich (2005) Steve Vineberg Here [Spielberg] remains aware of his role as a popular interpreter, a dramatizer, and uses his resources as a filmmaker to convert a series of historic events into a gripping spy adventure, only to turn the genre on itself. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
Western (2015) Adam Nayman Western is languidly paced, at times to the point of inertia, but its shots of flat-lined Southern landscapes stretching on past the horizon are painterly enough to warrant your patience. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
The Wolfpack (2015) Adam Nayman A documentary that goes beyond the old stranger-than-fiction cliché into the realm of the genuinely perplexing. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
The Nightmare (2015) Adam Nayman Few non-fiction films pack the affective punch of The Nightmare, which seeks to turn viewers into mirror images of its terror-stricken subjects. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
Listen to Me Marlon (2015) Adam Nayman There are plenty of posthumous profile pieces, of course, but Listen to Me Marlon is unique in that the dearly departed is the only one permitted to speak. It's more of a séance than a documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) Adam Nayman Montage of Heck isn't an investigation into its subject's death so much as an homage to his creativity and life force -- it's tender and sad. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
Room (2015) Simon Lewsen How do you make Oscar bait out of extreme human hardship? The answer: with schmaltz and pop psychology. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2016
Macbeth (2015) Amanda Cockburn Kurzel's film may fall short in eliciting moral enquiry, but it might also draw more attention to the consequences of war and violence for those fighting today. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2016
Being Canadian (2015) Adam Nayman Being Canadian reifies stereotypes under the guise of deconstructing them, and panders to the pernicious idea of celebrity authority (with a few experts and plucked-from-the-crowd civilians sprinkled in for good measure). EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2016
American Sniper (2014) Adam Nayman American Sniper cannot be reduced to simple pro- or anti-war labels. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2016
Timbuktu (2014) Adam Nayman Sissako, who always has balanced his social conscience with a stridently comic sensibility, frames the Islamists as figures of fear, but also of mockery. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2015