Big Apple Reviews

Big Apple Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Harvey S. Karten
Rating Title/Year Author
A- Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020) Harvey S. Karten A gripping tale bringing to vivid life the genocide committed by Serbian Orthodox forces against innocent Bosnian Muslims. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
A- The Man Who Sold His Skin (2020) Harvey S. Karten A true original, filled with dark humor, satire, and romance, centering on a Faustian bargain by a Syrian refugee. Tunisia's entry to the 93rd Academy Awards competition. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2021
C+ Test Pattern (2021) Harvey S. Karten Would make good viewing in sex-ed classes. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
B MAFIA INC (2020) Harvey S. Karten Judging by the violence shown here, Canada is not the more civilized place that some of us Americans think it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
B Beginning (2020) Harvey S. Karten When Joan Baez sang "Hard is the fortune of all womankind," she could have predicted that women in Georgia (the nation, not the state)would wholeheartedly agree. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B+ Dara of Jasenovac (2020) Harvey S. Karten Films like this one about the holocausts in Armenia help to keep Turkey's feet to the fire. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
B Songs of Solomon (2020) Harvey S. Karten The world will indeed remember the Holocaust of Armenians by Turks if films like this one keeps coming out. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
B Dear Comrades! (2020) Harvey S. Karten A sturdy dramatization of a momentous event in the Soviet Union: a strike within a country that was supposed to be a workers' paradise resulting in a massacre by the Soviet army and KGB. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
B+ Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Harvey S. Karten A delightful, mysterious, romantic tease of a movie with Hitchcockian undertones. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
B+ True Mothers (2020) Harvey S. Karten A soulful look at the lives of Japanese step-parents and of the birth mother who wants her child back. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
B Spoor (2017) Harvey S. Karten Those who believe in animal rights will find this up their alleys as a woman, a fierce dog person, takes on the hunters. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2021
A- The Mauritanian (2021) Harvey S. Karten A stunning performance by the Algerian-French actor Tahar Rahim anchors the story as a suspected terrorist tortured at the U.S. facilities in Guantanamo. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
B Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Harvey S. Karten A look at a farmer's unrequited love for a man in a movie filled with delightful kitsch. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
B+ My Little Sister (2020) Harvey S. Karten Stunning performances examine the marital troubles of a woman who takes care of her dying brother in Berlin despite the determination of her husband to remain in Switzerland. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
B+ News of the World (2020) Harvey S. Karten A sentimental western with occasional action shots focusing on a bond between a 60-year-old cowboy and a 12-year-old orphan. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
B+ Da 5 Bloods (2020) Harvey S. Karten With terrific editing pairing archival films of the Vietnam War with the present-day former veterans' visit, "Da 5 Bloods" could stand as this year's best ensemble work. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
A I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Harvey S. Karten A dazzling, surreal adventure: a road trip, an uncomfortable family dinner, a host of dreams and regrets of a man who remembers most a romantic attachment that is thinking of ending things. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
B- Noemí Gold (2019) Harvey S. Karten A slice of life movie focusing on a woman in her twenties in Buenos Aires who needs to have an abortion, illegal in her country. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
b Gunda (2020) Harvey S. Karten Subtly makes the case for animal rights. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
B+ Beanpole (2019) Harvey S. Karten The friendship between two women is used to punctuate the horror of war. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
A- Sorry We Missed You (2019) Harvey S. Karten A riveting broadside against capitalist exploitation in which an ambitious man with a working wife is unable to break out of debt, try as he might. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
B+ La Dea Fortuna (2019) Harvey S. Karten An Italian dramedy with beautiful views and a mature subject centering on a gay couple who are charged with the bringing up of two kids. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
B Soros (2019) Harvey S. Karten A doc which features enough interviews and archival films to give us insight into why a great philanthropist is so reviled. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
B The Curve (2020) Harvey S. Karten A takedown of a lying president for his incompetent management of Covid in America. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
B+ The Big Scary "S" Word (2020) Harvey S. Karten Next time you think that the word "socialism" should be bleeped, remember the advantages that you get from our government. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
B- Fire Will Come (2019) Harvey S. Karten Explores the rhythms of rural life. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
B Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Harvey S. Karten This sequel is as bold and outrageous as the original. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
B+ Radium Girls (2018) Harvey S. Karten This look at whistleblowers put us squarely in the 1920s, when such heroes seemed willing to lose their jobs rather than let the bosses get away with (almost literally) murder. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
B Shithouse (2020) Harvey S. Karten Title notwithstanding, this is a gentle movie about a handsome college freshman who is too much a mama's boy to avoid awkwardness with a young woman. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2020
B+ Ghabe (2020) Harvey S. Karten Could this be like the way a Syrian refugee would react when absorbing the culture of Sweden? EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2020
B+ Martin Eden (2019) Harvey S. Karten Jack London would approve of this adaptation of his story of a sailor moving across social class lines. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2020
B bOObs: The War on Women's Breasts (2019) Harvey S. Karten This doc is either a legitimate whistleblowing on the use of mammography when better solutions are in place, or an infomercial-type sponsorship of a non-FDA-recommended alternative treatment. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
A- The Truffle Hunters (2020) Harvey S. Karten The mischievous octagenarian men who compete for audience attention with their dogs are nothing short of adorable. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
B+ The Keeper (2018) Harvey S. Karten Though sentimental "Hallmark Hall of Fame-ish" the biopic about a German soldier who becomes a hero to the English city of Manchester is sincere and deserving. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
B+ Nomadland (2020) Harvey S. Karten The mostly non-professional actors are not intimidated by Frances McDormand's empathetic performance but turn out some splendid portrayals of their own. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
B A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Harvey S. Karten If this were Woody Allen's first movie, you'd be most pleasantly surprised. If it received less than stellar ratings, this is only by comparison to the director's masterworks. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
A- The Way I See It (2020) Harvey S. Karten A first-rate photographer turns out to be a man with a first-rate emphatic personality. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
B The Swerve (2018) Harvey S. Karten Emotional vulnerability turns this into a dandy thriller EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
B () Harvey S. Karten Both a comical and deadly serious look at what it's like to be paranoid. Features a mother-daughter relationship that you wish you'd had. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
A- Love Child (2019) Harvey S. Karten A documentary with all the tensions of a narrative drama, a compelling story of a couple's escape from Iran with their love child. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
B My Prince Edward (2020) Harvey S. Karten Hong Kong may be politically rebellious but when it comes to views on marriage, mainland China (according to this comedy) is more progressive. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
C- Unhinged (2020) Harvey S. Karten Even the targeted adolescent audience might sneer at a by-the-numbers thriller whose principal A-list actor must be in need of some quick Benjamins. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
B Tesla (2020) Harvey S. Karten Brainy, imaginative, surreal and inventive. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2020
C+ The August Virgin (2019) Harvey S. Karten Despite the dull fare, this film may make you dream of a vacation in Spain. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2020
B+ Apocalypse '45 (2020) Harvey S. Karten Narrated by members of The Great Generation, this documentary about the final six months of the Pacific theater in World War II, contains startling archival film never before shown. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
C+ An American Pickle (2020) Harvey S. Karten Ambitious visual effects cannot make up for a humor-deprived plot. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
B Song Without a Name (2019) Harvey S. Karten Slowly and with cutting photography unfolds a scandal inspired by the theft of babies in Peru during the 1980s for sale to Americans and Europeans. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
B Madagasikara (2018) Harvey S. Karten Grinding poverty among women residing in one of the world's most beautiful islands. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2020
B+ I, Pastafari (2019) Harvey S. Karten If you have a reasonably open mind, you will likely enjoy this parody by "religious" people whose god is the flying spaghetti monster. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
A- Hamilton (2020) Harvey S. Karten Nothing like it on Broadway and now you can stream it without paying $1000 for the best seats. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020