The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Robert Horton
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 Night of the Kings (2020) Robert Horton The dizzying atmosphere that emerges is haunting. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/4 Minari (2020) Robert Horton Its approach seems literary more than cinematic, which may be why I'm resisting its charms a little bit. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/4 Dear Comrades! (2020) Robert Horton The feeling of being absolutely at sea in the midst of political chaos is piercing. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 Notturno (2020) Robert Horton Rosi can get a lot out of very little. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
2.5/4 Another Round (2020) Robert Horton Mikkelsen manages to imbue two syllables with a kind of terrible retreat from life, a despondent resignation masquerading as acquiescence. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
2.5/4 The Nest (2020) Robert Horton Everything is top-notch in this film, which maybe contributes to the sense that The Nest is just a little too perfectly executed somehow. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/4 Ammonite (2020) Robert Horton Mucus drips from the tip of Charlotte's cold nose as she excitedly muscles a large rock out of the mud; you could hardly have a better measure of her journey from corseted wife to elbow-deep partner in discovery. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/4 Madre (2019) Robert Horton Somewhere in the background is the specter of Jonathan Glazer's Birth, with some similarly uncomfortable results. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/4 Synchronic (2019) Robert Horton If it seems to wobble a little too recklessly between beer-commercial sincerity and snazzy showing off, it still clicks often enough to create its share of authentic sci-fi shivers. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/4 Martin Eden (2019) Robert Horton In the end I wanted to like Martin Eden more than I actually did, but a lot of it is enthralling. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/4 Major Arcana (2018) Robert Horton "Not the precious object it might first appear; the film has a goofed-up strain of humor and a great ear for hostile dialogue." EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/4 Kajillionaire (2020) Robert Horton When Wood and Rodriguez share the screen in their unlikely partnership, we're in the company of something undeniably tender and odd. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
3.5/4 Mr. Soul! (2018) Robert Horton Style itself is one of the film's subjects, not just because of the gloriously out-there early-70s flair (and flare), but because of the defiant Black-is-beautiful aesthetic being championed, fashion as political act. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/4 Buoyancy (2019) Robert Horton Whatever its motivations as a docu-drama, Buoyancy also bears the unmistakable outline of a Jack London story; it's an adventure film, if a grim one. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
2/4 Mulan (2020) Robert Horton The best I can think of for an explanation about the overall slogginess here is that the concept of Mulan really, really needs songs and talking animals. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/4 Get Duked! (2019) Robert Horton A little like an Ealing film colliding with a gonzo Ben Wheatley picture. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3.5/4 Tesla (2020) Robert Horton A postmodern jamboree, a spiky collection of biographical tidbits and fourth-wall-busting asides, an essay masquerading as a biopic. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
3.5/4 Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959) Robert Horton It's impossible to find a bad or uninteresting person on screen here; maybe people just looked cooler then. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/4 She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Robert Horton Things especially light up when Jane Adams staggers through; it's like watching a downtown art project suddenly invaded by somebody playing Chekhov. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
2/4 Summerland (2020) Robert Horton A plot turn in the final act pushes the limits of what might accept from a Dickens novel. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/4 Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Robert Horton The Ross brothers never let anyone overstay his welcome -- the latter point especially impressive, given how quickly drunkards can become tiresome. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/4 Amulet (2020) Robert Horton Garai gets mileage out of the house's funky plumbing, always a rich source of horror-movie eesh. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/4 Greyhound (2020) Robert Horton Close to being an avant-garde experience, with an abstract field of action and an invented, inscrutable language. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
4/4 First Cow (2019) Robert Horton If this isn't the best movie of the year, it will serve until something else comes along. But seriously, it might be the best movie of the year. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
3.5/4 The Truth (2019) Robert Horton Among its other pleasures, the way Kore-eda keeps the film seamlessly moving between family drama and on-set revelations is so easy and fluid you won't have a chance to consider how complicated all the pieces are. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
2.5/4 Irresistible (2020) Robert Horton The political landscape has tilted, and the world calls for a different kind of satire-as though anything could keep up with reality, of course. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5/4 Babyteeth (2019) Robert Horton A director's opportunity to say "Look what I can do with image and sound" (the answer: quite a lot), but also a wonderful evocation of one of those youthful nights that just take off in their own ecstatic trajectory and become both ordinary and singular. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/4 Tommaso (2019) Robert Horton In a basic way Tommaso is about being an artist, and the trade-offs and negotiations that go along with that. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
2.5/4 Shirley (2020) Robert Horton It's hard to think of better casting for the mid-20th century couple than Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
4/4 Fourteen (2019) Robert Horton So much of moviemaking is the art of selection -- what goes in, what gets left out -- and Dan Sallitt's Fourteen is a gem of that art. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
3/4 The Trip to Greece (2020) Robert Horton Retreats to the usual formula-pleasant enough, if a little tired. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
3/4 Spaceship Earth (2020) Robert Horton Wolf is fortunate that the Allen folks were documenting their own existence from the beginning; there's a huge amount of colorful footage of their escapades even before the media turned its hungry attention to Biosphere 2. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
3/4 Clementine (2019) Robert Horton An accomplished bit of psychological suspense. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
3/4 Thousand Pieces of Gold (1990) Robert Horton One of those amazing pockets of Americana that too infrequently see the light of movies. Aside from its obvious interest as a cross-cultural tale, the film does remarkabIy well as a portrait of western life. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
2.5/4 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Robert Horton Think of this film as a kind of upside-down cousin to Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette: It replaces Coppola's powdered bon-bons with gore-soaked raunch, but both films seek to goose up their historical pageants with modern 'tudes and styles. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
3/4 Beanpole (2019) Robert Horton There is no light touch here, but by the time you reach the film's final 20 minutes, it has earned its fever-dream intensity. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
3.5/4 Sorry We Missed You (2019) Robert Horton As so often with Loach, the sharply-identified details are the key, and they are often heart-rending. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
3.5/4 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Robert Horton A steady and sympathetic -- but not sentimental -- film about the near-impossibility of getting an abortion for a teenager living in the wrong situation. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
2.5/4 Resistance (2020) Robert Horton The material itself is compelling enough to succeed without the strong-arm tactics. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
3.5/4 Nighthawk (2019) Robert Horton Nudists with blunderbusses. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
3/4 Dark Waters (2019) Robert Horton Maybe, speaking as a non-fan of much of Haynes' career, it might be good to see this filmmaker doing more jobs of work. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Robert Horton Maybe too knowing. It tired me out at times. But it has a strong afterlife in the mind, like a briny shanty recalled at night. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019