Virginia Quarterly Review

Virginia Quarterly Review is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Michelle Orange
Rating Title/Year Author
What Is Democracy? (2018) Michelle Orange One could imagine the place of Taylor's film in the classroom, though one would first have to imagine the kind of classroom this country appears bent on destroying. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
The Tale (2018) Michelle Orange The framing of what happened to Jenny is flexible, expansive, interested in complication; the perspective is enigmatic, deeply personal, at once singular and manifold, insular and diffuse. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Risk (2016) Michelle Orange Poitras lacked either the nerve or the time to make of herself a truly unreliable narrator, and so a film with the potential for two unreliable narrators falters for having none. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018
Voyeur (2017) Michelle Orange Voyeur makes apt use of a storytelling device more commonly associated with fiction: the unreliable narrator. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018
Heart of a Dog (2015) Michelle Orange Nonlinear and exploratory, Heart of a Dog is elusive by design. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2017
No Home Movie (2015) Michelle Orange ... the director's need for her subject carries an almost physical throb. Natalia is so richly anticipated in every patiently wrought, exquisitely framed tableau that her actual arrival within each one is almost beside the point. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2017
Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Michelle Orange ... the film's lack of a critical, considered perspective on the madness, some persuasive idea of [Laura] Albert and her coup, leaves the viewer feeling had. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2017
Weiner (2016) Michelle Orange ... an otherwise riveting film, precisely because it engages in a form of documentary politics, wherein the identification and accounting for a subject's pathology constitutes drama, and drama's resolution. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2017
Elle (2016) Michelle Orange ... Elle's success on the narrative high wire between daring psychodrama and rape-mongering is bound quite strictly to Huppert's performance as an act of repossession. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2017
Toni Erdmann (2016) Michelle Orange Writer-director Maren Ade (Everyone Else) complicates her career woman, allowing her both cold-eyed pragmatism and very real potential for injury, blood that spurts red. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2017