The Baffler

The Baffler is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): A.S. Hamrah, Lauren Carroll Harris
Rating Title/Year Author
Heimat is a Space in Time (2019) A.S. Hamrah ...original and accomplished. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
Nighthawk (2019) A.S. Hamrah Secrecy pervades this Brazilian acid western...co-writer/directors Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles mix styles here... EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
Lumumba (2000) A.S. Hamrah Lumumba is framed by long, menacing scenes, lit by fire, of its main character's 1961 arrest and disappearance. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
The Captive (2000) A.S. Hamrah While it exposes Simon as unnecessary and annoying, the film does not quite propose an all-female Proust. Instead, it lets Ariane slip away and disappear into the sea, a resonant and familiar exit in Akerman's films. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
World War Z (2013) A.S. Hamrah ...the most expensive zombie movie ever made...an odious movie... EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Dawn of the Dead (1978) A.S. Hamrah It runs like crazy through American life, through American movies, and now TV, like a faucet left on. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Dawn of the Dead (2004) A.S. Hamrah The film totally sanitizes Romero's use of a shopping mall as a site of consumerist critique. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Night of the Living Dead (1968) A.S. Hamrah This was an American horror movie, so it needed no English accents or familiar character actors. It was grim and unflinching... EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Audition (1999) A.S. Hamrah A prolific director known for his willingness to try anything as long as it's weird, violent, or evil, Takashi Miike outdid himself with Audition... EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
The Two Popes (2019) A.S. Hamrah ...the pair's dynamic lacks spark... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Jojo Rabbit (2019) A.S. Hamrah Jojo Rabbit combines Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson in the worst, cop-out ways. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
1917 (2019) A.S. Hamrah At this current level of Hollywood production, expressionistic British militarism is all the same to me and it's worn me out... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Joker (2019) A.S. Hamrah Joker is a one-man show...the riot scenes near the end of Joker reflect something true in society, and they brought the film out of its shell. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Judy (2019) A.S. Hamrah Zellweger finds the tragedy of Garland's life in odd moments-staring at a pretty slice of cake she is afraid to eat, turning the plate around. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Bombshell (2019) A.S. Hamrah Alas, as a Hollywood movie about TV news, Bombshell is not Tout va bien. Roach has no insight into Roger Ailes as an auteur... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Harriet (2019) A.S. Hamrah Importing an actor to portray her, no matter how talented Erivo is, strikes the wrong note, so to speak. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Little Women (2019) A.S. Hamrah This was a gamble with a book that is familiar to readers all over the world, and it works. The film is something of a masterpiece, with long, loping scenes shot on location in Massachusetts. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Marriage Story (2019) A.S. Hamrah The next morning I had a post-Marriage Story hangover and I hated myself for liking it. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A.S. Hamrah The film's strangeness makes this convincing, and it's what saves it from gooeyness. One of the most unexpected and evocative scenes in any film last year is in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Ford v Ferrari (2019) A.S. Hamrah Ford v Ferrari's meta-cinematic qualities remain buried, the men are not Hollywood bozos, and the whole enterprise can be enjoyed on a basic level... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) A.S. Hamrah A shaggy dog story wrapped in a fairytale...Tarantino respects the Chekhovian rule that if you show a flamethrower earlier in the movie, you have to use it later. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Richard Jewell (2019) A.S. Hamrah Set in 1996, filled with brand name products, tense with worry but stuck at home, Richard Jewell is an accurate portrait of the U.S.A. Eastwood insists it hasn't changed much in twenty-three years. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
The Irishman (2019) A.S. Hamrah I saw The Irishman in a huge theater on a giant screen, and I did not want to get up, didn't want it to end, and could have watched another hour of it if there was one. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Pain and Glory (2019) A.S. Hamrah Almodóvar's ability to be both ultra-contemporary in his settings and ultra-modern in describing the past are unique in the cinema. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Knives Out (2019) A.S. Hamrah This whodunit is light entertainment at its finest, a surprising movie with an enjoyable sense of complication and a dream cast. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Parasite (2019) A.S. Hamrah Bong's work was leading to this galvanizing movie which has really shocked people into further questioning the wealth gap and understanding the precariousness of the urban underclass in an era of climate change... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Zombieland (2009) A.S. Hamrah Eisenberg's millennial character undergoes a reality-TV-scripted makeover... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Shaun of the Dead (2004) A.S. Hamrah Wright's film acquiesced to the coupling-up plot rom-coms require, but not without first presenting the routine, pointless daily life of its protagonist... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Land of the Dead (2005) A.S. Hamrah ...it is clear that no American genre film from that period digests and exposes the Bush era more skillfully than Land of the Dead. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
() A.S. Hamrah In these short semi-abstractions, Klahr peers through a microscope at the dregs of our civilization as they mutate and infect its survivors today. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Vitalina Varela (2019) A.S. Hamrah There is a reason there are not many films like this. Vitalina Varela is so uncompromising and so concentrated that it threatens to absorb the projector beam... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
The Traitor (2019) A.S. Hamrah Parts of The Traitor take place in the United States. It's always great to see European films with American-set scenes that weren't shot here. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
The Assistant (2019) A.S. Hamrah This compact, almost Bressonian narrative feature by Kitty Green, an Australian non-fiction filmmaker now in Brooklyn, has a dark, tense force it keeps in place through minimal dialogue in limited settings. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Cane River (1982) A.S. Hamrah ...its bleached images capture its time and place perfectly. The film has the faded-color look of a country and western album cover from a musical tradition lost in thrift store bins. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Les misérables (2019) A.S. Hamrah Inserted into all the grit and violence and naturalistic lower-depths acting, it's this kind of written, acted speech that often makes a neorealist film... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Greed (2019) A.S. Hamrah Weaving themselves in and out of the plot, and on and off McCreadie's yacht, Isla Fisher and Shirley Henderson are underutilized considering their potential... EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
American Factory (2019) A.S. Hamrah It's sad, bleak, and humiliating. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Horse Girl (2020) A.S. Hamrah Everything produced by the Duplass Brothers is hollow and superficial and cutesy. Their examinations of the bourgeoisie lack depth and flatter their audience... EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) A.S. Hamrah Rees should have pulled the plug on the whole thing...Instead the film drowns on its own. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
The Hunt (2020) A.S. Hamrah The Hunt, trying to be clever, ends up forgetting not to hide the main emotion of Hollywood: the embarrassment of trying to be all things to all people. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2019) A.S. Hamrah It is possible to agree with everything in a film and still understand that the film is bad. So it is with Capital in the Twenty-First Century. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
The Trip to Greece (2020) A.S. Hamrah The Trip to Greece cannibalizes not just the three previous Trips but also Winterbottom's Greed, which came out in March...This type of cringe humor is now reflexive and no longer quite reads as comedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Tommaso (2019) A.S. Hamrah Like the screen personas of Ferrara and Dafoe themselves, Tommaso draws you in with a kind of cool friendliness that verges on the distrustful or psychotic. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
The Platform (2019) A.S. Hamrah Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia is so nihilistic he will undoubtedly make the leap to Hollywood, especially since his cynical banquet leaves room for religiosity as the last course. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Uncorked (2020) A.S. Hamrah Uncorked is a tepid drama of black family life in Memphis...[a] mild film. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
The Wrong Missy (2020) A.S. Hamrah The Wrong Missy is a throwaway comedy with an emasculated David Spade in a bad haircut and dye job, less than one-one-hundredth as funny as he was doing monologues on Instagram... EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Blow the Man Down (2019) A.S. Hamrah Blow the Man Down is swift but not choppy, with Martindale silencing people merely by appearing in doorways EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) A.S. Hamrah Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a serious film about the difficulties young women face in getting an abortion in America, but its asperity is such that it also becomes a documentary on the indignities faced by anyone... EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Sorry We Missed You (2019) A.S. Hamrah Everyone does a seamless job here, especially the family and the belligerent delivery boss... EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Peppermint Candy (2000) A.S. Hamrah South Korean political history of the previous twenty years, Peppermint Candy is not tempered by its hysterical edge, which adds unpredictable violence to its vignettes of romantic, domestic, and business failure. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020