The American Conservative

The American Conservative 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
Rating Title/Year Author
Greenberg (2010) Kelly Jane Torrance The indignities of modern life that Greenberg can't bear are peculiarly American. And so is this thoughtful and hilarious film, though some might feel its arty moments and lack of action seem more European. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
The Witch (2015) Eve Tushnet For me The Witch was stunning, a brilliant tale that deserves to be a genre classic-but you should probably know what you're getting into. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
High-Rise (2015) Eve Tushnet This isn't a good enough movie; its plot is tangled, and it's both overstuffed and thinly-sketched. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Little Sister (2016) Eve Tushnet What really makes Little Sister work-what makes it such a refreshing joy-is the script. This is a forgiving film. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Don't Breathe (2016) Eve Tushnet After I walked out of the theater, every sound seemed louder and scarier; I saw images from this film when I closed my eyes. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Eve Tushnet I'm still a little confused about the Ouija board's motivation. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
After the Storm (2016) Eve Tushnet It feels strangely trivial. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
The Commune (2016) Eve Tushnet The Commune is a punishing movie; it's 111 minutes but feels longer. I don't blame the actors. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
It Follows (2014) Eve Tushnet An almost entirely successful chiller. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
The Look of Silence (2014) Eve Tushnet The conversations are sharply-observed; Oppenheimer keeps in a lot of material that less confident directors might have cut. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Inside Out (2015) Eve Tushnet A charming, vividly-imagined film with terrific comic timing. Its insights are sharp and its message accurate. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Amy (2015) Eve Tushnet Mos Def sums her up as "edgy and sincere." The edginess got her the magazine covers. This movie does a lot to honor the sincerity. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Trainwreck (2015) Eve Tushnet This movie pulls all its punches. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Mistress America (2015) Eve Tushnet I loved Kirke and Gerwig's megadramatic line readings. Everything they do is underlined. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Goodnight Mommy (2014) Eve Tushnet This is a very effective psychological horror film, with supernatural hints. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Crimson Peak (2015) Eve Tushnet Once the movie makes its swerve into full Gothic it is phenomenal, the kind of thing you'll rewatch if you like your comfort food red and dripping. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Krampus (2015) Eve Tushnet Its ideas are fresh-but the execution, so to speak, leaves a few things to be desired. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
As Above, So Below (2014) Eve Tushnet The biggest problem is the movie's shallow portrayal of guilt, penance, and redemption. This is the heart of the film, it's what the quest is leading up to, and it is just a mess. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
God Help the Girl (2014) Eve Tushnet God Help the Girl is a smart, powerful little flick. Sometimes I hated it. But I won't forget it. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
The Babadook (2014) Eve Tushnet Almost everything about Jennifer Kent's film is powerful: the haunting music, the sharp visual sensibility (including phenomenal use of old TV clips), the tightening tension as Amelia's isolation grows. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Two Days, One Night (2014) Eve Tushnet This is a Dardennes film, so there's a twist. I was wondering if it would happen, but when it did, I was still blindsided. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Eve Tushnet Ana Lily Amirpour directed this thing until it shrieked. It's hypnotic, kind of desultory, sexy, and weird. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
The Great Beauty (2013) Eve Tushnet Ranges from acidic to surprisingly thought-provoking, disturbing, and nuanced. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Desire of the Everlasting Hills (2015) Eve Tushnet These stories are as richly textured as a nineteenth-century novel, suffused with hope and mystery, and told just about as well as I can imagine. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Veronica Mars (2014) Eve Tushnet Veronica Mars, the movie, hits the romance too hard but keeps both the humanity and the noir edge. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) Eve Tushnet I would've adored this movie in high school, mostly for the wrong reasons. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Time of the Wolf (2003) Eve Tushnet I found it pretty compelling to watch how quickly the group of survivors rediscovers first rationality, then subjectivism and nihilism, and finally a sort of Rortyish attempt to re-found human society on storytelling. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Amour (2012) Eve Tushnet Amour is a totally compelling, emotionally devastating movie, in which Haneke's technical trademarks support his overall theme. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Beyond the Hills (2012) Eve Tushnet This is a deeply compassionate, painful, and thoughtful film. It creates a dilemma with no evident solution. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012) Eve Tushnet I found several of the story's twists both startling and, in retrospect, totally believable. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
What Maisie Knew (2012) Eve Tushnet In the first hour of the movie I found myself loving the acting, compelled by the story, and mildly disgusted by the saccharine, twinkly-indie-chick music. I'm sorry to say that by the end the music has taken over. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
The Act of Killing (2012) Eve Tushnet Philosophically rich, visually stunning, emotionally devastating. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Tycoon (2002) Eve Tushnet A twisty, propulsive movie... sort of reminiscent of the Moscow Noir collection, really. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Eve Tushnet The movie gave us something big and real... the sense of forced uplift I got from the swelling music and pushy voice-over actually does reflect how a child thinks and responds to tragedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Red Hook Summer (2012) Eve Tushnet The movie doesn't end so much as it gives up. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Oslo, August 31st (2011) Eve Tushnet A tough movie, intentionally unsatisfying. It only covers one day but that day feels endless; which is part of the point. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Damsels in Distress (2011) Eve Tushnet It really is a delight: a challenge in the form of a self-deprecating joke. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018