The DC Line

The DC Line is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Pat Padua
Rating Title/Year Author
Dafne (2019) Pat Padua "Quietly optimistic and life-affirming." EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Shooting the Mafia (2019) Pat Padua "Spends far too much time on her subject's colorful love life and not enough on her inspiring career. " EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Little Joe (2019) Pat Padua "One might say it moves like a plant: patient, deliberate and inevitable." EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Maria's Paradise (2019) Pat Padua "...compelling for much of its two-hour run time, until it succumbs to a messy final act that makes it fail as drama as well." EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
Synonyms (2018) Pat Padua "...ridiculous, absurd, self-indulgent, meandering, nonsensical, entirely unrealistic and crude. It's also hilarious." EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Pat Padua Juicy and sobering. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Pat Padua Her thrilling life story falls flat on screen EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Pat Padua This broken family will break your heart. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
() Pat Padua "An oddly kindred spirit to 'The Irishman,'...[as] aging punks recall harDCore's impossibly fast tempos, now replaced by the patient, shuffling gait of middle age." EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Song Wo Shang Qing Yun (2019) Pat Padua Cultural details will be lost on many American viewers, but the journalist's struggle to balance her career and her personal life will resonate with everyone EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Pat Padua The final hour, in which Sheeran is forced to decide the fate of his best friend, raises this genre picture to the level of great tragedy EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Gift (2018) Pat Padua McKenna's gentle film...encourages the viewer to look beyond the monetary value of creativity. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Desolation Center (2018) Pat Padua Tells the story of a turbulent era that may have been the counterculture's last hurrah before it was hopelessly commodified. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Inhuman Kiss (2019) Pat Padua A wild nightmare vision that's hard to forget. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Cyrano, My Love (2018) Pat Padua The swooning camerawork from Fellini collaborator Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci helps transform the film's largely stage-bound action into visuals that capture the delirium of its scrappy featured players. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Grâce à Dieu (2018) Pat Padua Ozon began the project as a documentary, but by dramatizing the case, which has yet to be resolved in court, he better captures the conflicted emotions at its heart, and the urgent need to clean up church hierarchy EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Parasite (2019) Pat Padua Like a blood-sucking creature that can't let go, the movie is patient and relentless, but unlike its namesake, this "Parasite" is hilarious, gory and, in the end, moving. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Black Orpheus (1959) Pat Padua The fantasy is grounded on a boisterous soundtrack that propels its characters as well as its audience. So when the music stops as Orfeo begins to navigate the underworld, the effect is startling. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
The Well (1951) Pat Padua Plays out much like 21st-century social media, in which the spread of misinformation (both inadvertent and deliberate) can lead to a snowballing outrage throughout the political spectrum. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Kamera o tomeru na! (2017) Pat Padua [It] probably won't frighten you, but it's worth its running time in chuckles. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
First Love (2019) Pat Padua Gives Miike a chance to flex his more playful side, and its inventiveness makes you hope he can crank out another 100 movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Joker (2019) Pat Padua Seems like little more than the bitter vision of an obnoxious, brooding teenager in arthouse clothing, as obvious as the on-the-nose soundtrack cues of seemingly every pop song featuring a clown EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
The Day Shall Come (2019) Pat Padua Irreverent and relevant, "The Day Shall Come" is topical comedy that's smart and cynical. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Death of Dick Long (2019) Pat Padua A Deep South crime story that evokes Fargo with different accents EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Edie (2017) Pat Padua "[The] mawkish score milks the concept for every last drop of emotion, badgering you with the swelling airs of struggle and triumph - and marring what might have been a moving character study of a resilient survivor." EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Pat Padua ",,,in some ways a blunt anti-consumerist jeremiad...its images are so vivid and unsettling that it becomes a surreal satire." EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
An Unexpected Love (2003) Pat Padua You've seen (or avoided) dozens of movies like this, but director Juan Vera, who co-wrote the script with Daniel Cúparo, treats the material with more intelligence than you'll see in the average Hollywood middle-age crisis. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Esto no es Berlín (2019) Pat Padua [Its] superficial shock value masks the real pain of finding your voice. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Pat Padua Its subject seems willing to analyze herself, but the filmmakers give her mere lip service EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Official Secrets (2019) Pat Padua Will the world remember this whistleblower's tale? Maybe, but it won't remember this movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Pat Padua This respectful if straightforward documentary errs on the side of caution EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Fanatic (2019) Pat Padua "The Fanatic" isn't by any cinematic measure a good film, but all by himself, Travolta makes it thoroughly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Pat Padua Smartly demonstrates that a filmmaker's style - from fashion sense to visual approach - can affect how their authority is perceived. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
American Factory (2019) Pat Padua What makes "American Factory" more than just a position paper is the filmmakers' attention to personalities and the inevitable culture clash. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Shi tu xing zhe 2: die ying xing dong (2019) Pat Padua May require more than the usual suspension of disbelief, but the breathtaking stunt work will keep viewers too busy to notice EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Pat Padua If you still believe that music can bring the world together, you just might get swept up by its enthusiasm. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Pat Padua This indie drama had the potential to shed light on a neglected people, but it turns an impoverished town into the setting for a B-movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Pat Padua An Israeli-Palestinian love story, the movie doesn't seem to see much hope for reconciliation, but humor may be as good a way as any of bridging the two sides. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Pat Padua A visceral, provocative story of revenge. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Pat Padua Who knew the life of a newsman was filled with so much drama? EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Pat Padua What distinguishes [Croz] from most of his free-loving, drug-experimenting peers is that he's still alive - and that he can tell an instantly endearing story with curmudgeonly flair. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Drei Zinnen (2017) Pat Padua Despite a promising setup, Zabeil can't get his actors to generate a human tension on par with the impressive and potentially deadly surroundings. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Pat Padua There's a touching idealism in his revisionist history. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Pat Padua Even if the characters are believable, the scenario in which they find themselves is not, and the city folk's victory over country folk finally seems smug and divisive. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Pat Padua If Eisenberg is essentially playing the same character he always plays, nobody else personifies the 21st-century nerd like he does. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018) Pat Padua Muayad Alayan creates a raw, tense environment in which the lovers seek to break out of their cultural roles, but bodily desires are clearly not the answer to forging peace in this troubled region. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Pat Padua Ihlen never quite comes into focus as a person, and neither does the relationship that is the ostensible purpose of the documentary. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Quiet One (2019) Pat Padua More crucial than even concert recordings is footage of Wyman silently at work...preserving artifacts for the generations who will want to learn all about what his friends accomplished. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Pat Padua The chemistry between Patel and James keeps the love story going when the success story loses steam. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Halston (2019) Pat Padua Tcheng uses the glitchy, fuzzy [videotape] aesthetic to accurately convey what this media darling looked like in the media of the time. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019