World Socialist Web Site

World Socialist Web Site is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): David Walsh, Joanne Laurier, Prairie Miller
Rating Title/Year Author
Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) David Walsh Sendijarevic's better instincts prevail. The film sheds some, although not all, of its eccentricity and takes on a warmer, more sympathetic quality. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
No Sudden Move (2021) Joanne Laurier The problem of the film's essential thematic timidity and blandness finds expression as a triumph of style over substance. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2021
The State of Texas vs. Melissa (2020) Joanne Laurier The State of Texas vs. Melissa is a telling and compelling snapshot of the brutality of everyday life in capitalist America. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2021
A Fortunate Man (2018) David Walsh A Fortunate Man, book and film, offers large portions of fascinating social, historical and psychological life. Both are also deeply flawed. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2021
Georgetown (2019) David Walsh Georgetown is something of a "slow burn." Perhaps Waltz's film never quite bursts into flame, but it diligently and intelligently sets about its work. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
Crisis (2021) Joanne Laurier One of the narrative strands is particularly hard-hitting and compelling, pointing to the profiteering and homicidal activities of the giant pharmaceutical companies. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
Let Them All Talk (2020) David Walsh Let Them All Talk is essentially and unnecessarily an innocuous work. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
Berlin Alexanderplatz (2020) David Walsh The new Berlin Alexanderplatz is worth seeing and at times is moving. The director clearly wants to encourage social debate. But the film squanders opportunities and fails to place its finger on the wound. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
I Never Cry (2020) Joanne Laurier I Never Cry is relatively clear-sighted about economic and social realities in the "new" Europe. There is not much room here for nonsense about "freedom" and "democracy" and the wonders of the "free market." EDIT
Posted May 16, 2021
The Bike Thief (2020) Joanne Laurier The camera in The Bike Thief stays focused on the grim geography of working class life, its narrow confines and regimented rhythms. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948) David Walsh [Ophuls] is renowned for his restless, mobile camera. ... As an active, "oppositional" element, mobility is associated, among other things, with Ophuls's attitude toward Viennese (and German) society ... EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
Son of Monarchs (2020) David Walsh The film, by the French-Venezuelan Gambis, also a biologist, holds one's interest. The images of New York and Mexico, along with the beautiful monarch butterflies, are striking. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
Câmp de Maci (2020) David Walsh From Romania, Poppy Field (directed by Eugen Jebeleanu) is an intense and honest film. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
Radiograph of a Family (2020) David Walsh Radiograph of a Family is a sensitive, semi-autobiographical and semi-fictionalized portrait ... of one family's experience of Iranian life over the course of a half century or more. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
Eyimofe (This is My Desire) (2020) David Walsh This Is My Desire is a work that addresses life in Lagos, directly, thoughtfully and artistically. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
The Perfect Candidate (2019) Joanne Laurier Her [Haifaa Al-Mansour's] new movie is too pleased with itself and focuses on the smallest of small change. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
Cuban Dancer (2020) Joanne Laurier Alexis and his working class family are lovely people and he is an exceptional hard-working talent. The dancing in general is magnificent. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
Writing with Fire (2021) Joanne Laurier Writing with Fire is generally well-intentioned and moving at times, and the conditions it exposes are horrendous, but it is marred by its advocacy of feminist-style reformism. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
Captains of Za'atari (2021) Joanne Laurier Captains of Zaatari provides a glimpse of the worst refugee calamity in history. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
Home (2020) Joanne Laurier Potente may well be genuinely affected by the terrible social ills she sees in the US, but she doesn't make sense of them in a useful way. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2021
In the Same Breath (2021) Joanne Laurier Without idealizing at all the role of Chinese officials, it is absurd at this point, more than a year into the pandemic, to suggest that the US situation is comparable to that experienced in China. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2021
I'M FINE (Thanks for Asking) (2021) Joanne Laurier The movie has a certain charm and the characters are endearing. The affection between mother and daughter is the movie's emotional high point. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2021
Holler (2020) Joanne Laurier While the movie has a certain feeling for working class life ..., the only solution hinted at or suggested is to escape to supposedly greener pastures. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2021
Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021) David Walsh It is no secret ... that success in the commercial music or film world, for certain susceptible personalities, is often the worst thing that can happen. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2021
Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (2021) Joanne Laurier The entire enterprise is rather tepid and as narrowly focused as possible. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2021
Minari (2020) David Walsh The humor comes organically from genuinely human situations. The film's imagery is concise, exacting, and doesn't shy away from complex matters. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2021
Promising Young Woman (2020) Joanne Laurier The film ... is a slightly fleshed-out polemic against the presumption of innocence and more generally any rights for those accused of sexual assault. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
Tenet (2020) David Walsh It is not so much a matter of criticizing Nolan's filmmaking, which is not very difficult to do. The important issue is to understand and criticize the conditions that produced his filmmaking ... EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
His House (2020) Joanne Laurier His House artistically commemorates the tens of thousands of people who have gone to watery graves escaping unbearable conditions in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2021
The Mauritanian (2021) Joanne Laurier ...the film powerfully exposes the reality of America's "war on terror." EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2021
Michael Clayton (2007) Joanne Laurier The multifaceted pieces of the film are well orchestrated and the performances strong, although the movie's beginning is somewhat chaotic. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Fun With Dick and Jane (2005) Joanne Laurier Parisot's film is bright and cold, exuding a sense that around every corner lurks catastrophe, despite all the conspicuous wealth. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Black Girl (1966) Joanne Laurier Black Girl's deceptive simplicity is uncompromisingly angry in tone. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Jarhead (2005) Joanne Laurier The deep demoralization of the US forces flows ultimately from their soul-destroying assignment to conquer the world on behalf of a bankrupt imperialism. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
The Constant Gardener (2005) Joanne Laurier The Constant Gardener disturbs, lingers in the mind, for its images of Africa, images of corporate thuggery, images of well-meaning people drowning in their own self-deception. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Crash (2004) Joanne Laurier The overall feeling is that the project is adamant about absolving the social system of blame. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) Joanne Laurier Anderson's film is not an entirely successful effort, but there is something liberating and deeply affecting about his method of work and that of his collaborators. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Vera Drake (2004) Joanne Laurier The family scenes are meticulously constructed. Leigh's concern for the fate of his often repressed and damaged characters is genuine and rare. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Home of the Brave (2004) Joanne Laurier In its sympathetic and humane honoring of Viola Liuzzo, Home of the Brave treats the fate of a woman who was, according to director di Florio, "murdered, slandered and deliberately forgotten in history." EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Talk to Her (2002) Joanne Laurier Almodóvar glibly, superficially and without opposition presents contemporary Spain as a series of beautiful images, largely devoid of a social context. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
About Schmidt (2002) Joanne Laurier The latest film by Alexander Payne (Election, Citizen Ruth) scrutinizes features of America's social fabric with a relatively sharp eye. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
From Hell (2001) Joanne Laurier That the poor are simply portrayed as being feasted upon by the rich, indicates a disorientation and tells us something about the ideological difficulties of our own time. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) Joanne Laurier Allen's script is generally amateurish and devoid of much life or feeling. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
The Anniversary Party (2001) Joanne Laurier Leigh and Cumming are somewhat disgruntled members of the Hollywood scene who have not deeply worked out a critique. The film lacks sufficient anger at the current state of affairs and, more generally, a strong purposefulness. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
The Pledge (2001) Joanne Laurier Penn has accommodated himself to the political and artistic status quo in an unfortunate manner. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Traffic (2000) Joanne Laurier Apparently, the movie leads one to believe, Washington is fighting the good fight against lawless, amoral peoples. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Billy Elliot (2000) Joanne Laurier Billy Elliot is not a masterpiece, but it is a work, in the first place, driven by considerable feeling. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Charlie Wilson's War (2007) Joanne Laurier In any event, as history, Charlie Wilson's War is a travesty. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
The Savages (2007) Joanne Laurier The Savages underscores in a humane manner how disposable the elderly are in America and how burdened and neglected their caregivers. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Be Kind Rewind (2008) Joanne Laurier In Be Kind Rewind, Gondry has tried to create an alternative to the reality that "everything has to be a business." EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021