Texas Monthly

Texas Monthly is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Judith Crist, Nathan Mattise
Rating Title/Year Author
Let the Good Times Roll (1973) Judith Crist Let the Good Times Roll, in 99 minutes, covers in pure cinematics what Grease has been doing off and on Broadway since February, 1972 with such theatrical charm. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
Emperor of the North (1973) Judith Crist Robert Aldrich's The Emperor of the North Pole, is hard, contrived, pointless in its thesis, repulsive in its people, singularly joyless and, above all, incredible in its concoction. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
The Hireling (1973) Judith Crist [The Hireling is] a beautifully conceived and executed film, immaculate in its every detail and marked by brilliant performances that are, glowingly, a part of the whole. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
Blume in Love (1973) Judith Crist [Mazursky's] particular brand of lifestyle comedy-drama, involving marriage and divorce and sex and pot and psychiatry in Los Angeles, is as dreary and old hat and contrived as [Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice] seemed at the time. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
Interval (1973) Judith Crist This kind of kvatch really went out with the Eisenhower administration. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
Save the Tiger (1973) Judith Crist [Save the Tiger], despite its flaws, stands as a remarkable achievement for its writer, Steve Shagan; its director; and, perhaps above all, its star, Jack Lemmon. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
The Iceman Cometh (1973) Judith Crist John Frankenheimer's television origins serve him well in his relative restraint in directing the film. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
The Homecoming (1973) Judith Crist This is a work so sparkling with insight, so soaked in the mystery that lies between the lips that move and the words that emerge, that the closer the camera brings us to its bitter heart the better. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
A Delicate Balance (1973) Judith Crist [A Delicate Balance has] a cast of stars that not even excesses of makeup and hideous costume design can transform into mutually related characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
The Long Goodbye (1973) Judith Crist The result, with some offbeat and thereby excellent casting, with the lagniappe of multi-leveled satire on the genre and its period, is a first-rate suspense melodrama. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
Papillon (1973) Judith Crist It drags on for two-and-a-half hours... to show us that the talents of even Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen can be buried under endless restatement of the obvious and that the best of adventure stories can be attenuated into boredom. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
Alfredo, Alfredo (1972) Judith Crist There's an overwhelming fondness for his foolish creatures that permeates [Pietro Germi's] films and makes Alfredo Alfredo a joy. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
Fantastic Planet (1973) Judith Crist Humor and pathos underline a fine adventure story. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
An Autumn Afternoon (1962) Judith Crist No Hitchcock McGuffin, no Sleuth-like turnabout can surpass the suspense that Ozu builds slowly and subtly to crisis and climax. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973) Judith Crist The genius of Guinness' impersonation is that he manages not only the moments of urbanity but also, grotesquely enough, of the charm that must have enthralled those who dedicated their lives to him. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Paper Moon (1973) Judith Crist [Paper Moon] is exactly what we have in mind when we talk nostalgically of what movies "used to be"--meaningful rather than metaphorical, engrossing rather than exploitative, humanistic in their comedy and their sentiment. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Tom Sawyer (1973) Judith Crist And you have to have a passel of kids around you... to know that there's a children's classic at hand and that you can double your pleasure in adulthood by knowing the generations are ungapped thereby. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Lost Horizon (1973) Judith Crist The musical aspects are the most disastrous because the cast is a first-rate one in straight performance. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
The Nelson Affair (1973) Judith Crist This is the kind of "historical" that transports one in time to encounter timeless truths about people. And therein is the satisfaction. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Ludwig (1973) Judith Crist There is no apparent intelligence in the way all this has been stuck together, let alone the way in which mind-shriveling dialogue has been assigned various mouths. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Lady Caroline Lamb (1972) Judith Crist The result is a creakingly old-fashioned costume melodrama splattered with historic facts that succeed only in clashing with the fiction. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Last Tango in Paris (1972) Judith Crist [Brando provides] two sequences of such power, of such piercing emotional intensity and perception, that he brings an aura of greatness to the entire film. It is, alas, only an aura, for the film is all machismo. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Under Milk Wood (1971) Judith Crist The winning film of the moment is Under Milk Wood, Andrew Sinclair's beautiful screen adaptation of the Dylan Thomas play, a triumph of visualization of the verbal visions and vignettes the poet created. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Little Mother (1972) Judith Crist It's all too silly to detail but Metzger fans can rest assured that the quality of his work hasn't changed. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Cries and Whispers (1972) Judith Crist The cumulative moments, the reality of each fantasy and the phantasmagoria of existence combine for a work of genius -- certainly the most complex, the most perceptive and the most humane of Bergman's works to date. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Bone (1972) Judith Crist Cohen has over-loaded his plotting with a jerkily edited-in sub-theme involving the couple's son; too many of his scenes last several minutes too long. But his concept is a biting and clever one, his insights fresh and bold, his characters refreshing. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Innocent Bystanders (1973) Judith Crist The whole thing is as incredible as it is unappetizing. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Sleuth (1972) Judith Crist The transition of Sleuth from stage to screen is more than a matter of "opening" the scene (and what an opening that garden maze provides for the film!). EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
The Mechanic (1972) Judith Crist It is a banal expedition into slaughter and sadism and stupid dialogue. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1973) Judith Crist Paul Newman's second film as director, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, based on Paul Zindel's 1971 Pulitzer Prize play, not only confirms his abilities but, with a screenplay by Alvin Sargent, transcends the original. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Travels With My Aunt (1972) Judith Crist You'll have a wonderful trip with Travels. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
The Getaway (1972) Judith Crist It's fast, furious, full of shoot-outs and car chases, lovely little side-forays into suspense and irony, and tidbits of genuine humor. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) Judith Crist It's all very movie-movie, with even that happy ending we schmaltz-lovers love so well. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Man of La Mancha (1972) Judith Crist If you are a la Mancha devotee, you will love the film: if you were cool, or unaware, you will find a surprisingly good entertainment on hand, with stars well worth the gazing. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Heat (1972) Judith Crist Morrissey proves himself a filmmaker on the way up and well worth watching in the process. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Chloe in the Afternoon (1972) Judith Crist Rohmer's gift is in his subtle differentiation between the cliches of relationships and the eternal verities that are at the heart of those cliches. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) Judith Crist Luis Bunuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is a deliciously pungent concoction by the 72-year-old filmmaker and his young co-scenarist, Jean-Claude Carriere, that will set your spirits soaring and your mind aglow. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Day for Night (1973) Judith Crist [Day for Night is] universal in its sheer humanism, its exuberance, its tragic-comic view of people and events, and completely irresistible in its sheer love of the life it leads. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
A Doll's House (1973) Judith Crist [An] excellent cinematic version of the lbsen work, filmed in Norway, with a fine cast and a commendably literate screenplay by David Mercer. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Diary of Forbidden Dreams (1973) Judith Crist Polanski and his pals may have had a fine time cavorting around the villa but it's not catching on a 112 minutes of film. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020