Film Quarterly

Film Quarterly is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): B. Ruby Rich, Paul Schrader, Stephen Farber
Rating Title/Year Author
The Dirty Dozen (1967) Stephen Farber The Dirty Dozen is not the first movie to treat its audience with contempt. But the film is uncannily, frighteningly in keeping with today's military mentality. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
Unholy Rollers (1972) Paul Schrader It's hard, fast, and vulgar, full of life and personality. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Crime After Crime (2010) B. Ruby Rich The documentary and the case became entangled in fascinating ways and suggest that filmmakers may have more power than they usually think they do. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
The Interrupters (2011) B. Ruby Rich A one-woman peace squad, [Ameena Matthews] burns up the screen whenever she's on it. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) B. Ruby Rich The result is astonishing, for stereotypes have long since replaced the vivid realities of that moment; now, revivified, its actors spin back into action, misconceptions corrected, history set straight. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Old Cats (2010) B. Ruby Rich A masterful cast, patient camera, narrative immediacy, and tremendous compassion all combine to make Old Cats an utter jewel of a drama. I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
The Future (2011) B. Ruby Rich Despite the brilliant July touches... the tone became too winsome, the narrative too forced, the performances too twee. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Perfect Sense (2011) B. Ruby Rich Scottish director David Mackenzie's Perfect Sense, play with the best kind of futurism: just like today, except for one crucial difference. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Another Earth (2011) B. Ruby Rich All believably rendered with great economy. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (2011) B. Ruby Rich Pointed jokes and sweetheart ending mark Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same as a modern-day lesbian fairy tale. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Circumstance (2011) B. Ruby Rich With an eye for detail and atmosphere reminiscent of Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta, [Maryam] Keshavarz nimbly reworks the diaspora narrative with a fresh, stylish, sexy style. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Pariah (2011) B. Ruby Rich The tone is tragicomic, the genre is coming-of-age, and the execution is impeccable. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
5 Broken Cameras (2011) B. Ruby Rich A documentary that needs to be seen in the U.S. and around the world: its evidence of the campaign of terror waged on Palestinian villages in Gaza by the Israeli military is incontrovertible. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Young & Wild (2011) B. Ruby Rich Young and Wild is an impressive artistic achievement that etches a lineage back to Lucrecia Martel's The Holy Girl and Catherine Breillat's A Real Young Girl. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Keep the Lights On (2012) B. Ruby Rich This gay domestic drama is a fascinating turn for Sachs. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
How to Survive a Plague (2012) B. Ruby Rich For anybody who doubts that individuals can combat giant governmental and corporate forces and win, this is a great how-to manual. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
We're Not Broke (2011) B. Ruby Rich The history is shocking, the data stunning. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
The House I Live In (2012) B. Ruby Rich Elegantly edited [and] thoroughly researched... Deservedly took the jury award for best U.S. documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) B. Ruby Rich A monumentally original fable. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Big Sur (2013) B. Ruby Rich Sparked an awareness of drama and documentary's interconnectedness and the impossibility of truly separating their elements in a digital age. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Stories We Tell (2012) B. Ruby Rich The pay-off that Polley leads us to is real enough to hang a movie on. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Salma (2013) B. Ruby Rich A haunting look at one remarkable woman's survival and triumph. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
The Stuart Hall Project (2013) B. Ruby Rich In the end, audiences not well versed in the intricacies of Hall's career, and even some who are, will be lost - but then found through the remarkable scenes and sounds of a lifetime of Hall speeches, television interviews, and thoughts. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Google and the World Brain (2013) B. Ruby Rich Clearly the editing wasn't finished... yet the passions captured over 24 months by Nezhat's cameras and a battalion of local chroniclers were undeniable. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
After Tiller (2013) B. Ruby Rich This portrayal of [the doctors'] work, dedication, and grace under pressure is heart-breaking in so many ways. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Anita (2013) B. Ruby Rich Anita's ace in the hole is its archival footage, especially the riveting scenes of Hill's original testimony. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Pit Stop (2013) B. Ruby Rich Yen Tan's gift for long takes and his comfort with silences makes demands on the audience that films ought to make - and pays them back with a surprising happy ending. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Concussion (2013) B. Ruby Rich A crazy set-up, but this is one part screwball comedy, one part sex romp, so it works. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Interior. Leather Bar. (2013) B. Ruby Rich [Travis] Matthews made a sophisticated bit of sexual time-travel that allowed Franco to create another bit of self-reflection. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020