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
3/4 Gone With the Wind (1939) Joanne Laurier One of the first technicolor films made by Hollywood, the panning shot of injured and dead soldiers littering a street remains unforgettable... EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
Deepwater Horizon (2016) Joanne Laurier Deepwater Horizon brings together Mark Walhberg, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich in a disaster flick with relatively little redeeming value... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Birth of a Nation (2016) Joanne Laurier In short, Parker's film foregoes an honest historical account of a crucial episode, in favor of an ahistorical, quasi-religious "black savior" narrative... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Loving (2016) Joanne Laurier The outcome of the 1967 case was a byproduct of the mass struggles of the period. Loving retells the case as social upheaval is once again on the horizon. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Indignation (2016) Joanne Laurier ...there is this: unlike most in today's artistic community, Roth is certainly not blind or complacent. He remains "indignant," and that is something. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Joanne Laurier ... fundamental laziness passes on into the story-telling. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Captain Fantastic (2016) Joanne Laurier Captain Fantastic contains a dose of healthy disgust, and that is something, despite the rather childish prescriptions. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
A Season in France (2017) Joanne Laurier Season in France is sincere and effective in portraying the poverty and humiliation that lead Etienne to psychologically unravel in the movie's most disturbing moment EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
22 July (2018) Joanne Laurier Greengrass's film is effectively, skillfully done, and the performances by the Norwegian actors are spot-on. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Joanne Laurier Ferencz speaks powerfully and sincerely about war and war crimes... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Trial (2018) Joanne Laurier The Trial, with whose title no doubt Loznitsa means to convey hints of Franz Kafka, presents powerful material. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Jirga (2018) Joanne Laurier Despite interesting shots of Afghanistan, Jirga is a hopeless, moralistic tale... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Joanne Laurier Maintaining a chilly distance from his subjects, Wiseman avoids uncovering a more complex reality, thereby rendering impossible any genuine insight into or accurate political assessment about this community... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) Joanne Laurier An engrossing documentary about the legendary Greek-American opera soprano. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
First Man (2018) Joanne Laurier First Man, although concerned with a world-historic, world-changing event, has a limited goal and framework... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Hostiles (2017) Joanne Laurier The [central] analogy is...deeply false and disoriented... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) Joanne Laurier Williams' obvious and highly amused sense of the weirdness and complexity of the world made his comedy initially hum with life. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Mary Shelley (2017) Joanne Laurier Everything the characters despised was smugly, triumphantly and safely back in power, at least for the time being. Ignoring this, the filmmakers' attitude owes too much to ahistorical moralizing. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Survivors Guide to Prison (2018) Joanne Laurier Survivors Guide to Prison sheds an informed and heartfelt light on an unspeakable social atrocity. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Joanne Laurier 2001: A Space Odyssey remains often pleasurable, intriguing and inventive. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Sunset Blvd. (1950) Joanne Laurier The behavior of Gillis in Sunset Boulevard is in part a commentary on the wider opportunism and cowardice of Hollywood at the time that had so appallingly manifested itself in the film community's accommodation... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) Joanne Laurier Bombshell suggests that Lamarr was largely wasted by the film industry, which could make little use of her personality and intellect. " EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Yellow Birds (2017) Joanne Laurier Yellow Birds ends up being all too nonjudgmental and restricts itself for the most part to little more than immediate emotional realities. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Vertigo (1958) Joanne Laurier [Its] meticulous realism both indicts and empathizes with Scottie's squeezed, linear policeman mentality at odds with other, more profound longings, which depend, in the final analysis, on a radical change in social circumstances. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Human Element (2018) Joanne Laurier That an environmental catastrophe is being produced by the unplanned and anarchic profit system is unquestionable. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Three Identical Strangers (2018) Joanne Laurier The relationships and situations are interesting, but they hardly rise in Three Identical Strangers above the level of an oddity. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Rider (2017) Joanne Laurier Paying moving tribute to the risks involved with rodeo riding, The Rider is "dedicated to all riders who live their lives 8 seconds at a time." EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Gauguin : voyage de Tahiti (2017) Joanne Laurier [It] offers a superficial interpretation of this complex artist, and does not contribute much to a genuine appreciation and understanding of Gauguin or his times. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Bisbee '17 (2018) Joanne Laurier ...a pretty limited effort all in all. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Post (2017) Joanne Laurier Spielberg's film conscientiously and intelligently represents these events and brings out a number of critical questions, including freedom of the press [and] the right of the population to know what the authorities are up to... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre 70th Anniversary Presented By TCM (2018) Joanne Laurier Huston's contributions to American filmmaking remain with us. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Wonder Wheel (2017) Joanne Laurier As it is, Wonder Wheel does not take on an important existence of its own. Allen's self-conscious touch makes itself felt here too. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Shape of Water (2017) Joanne Laurier Del Toro's "fairy tale for troubled times" has the limitations of even the best fairy tale, a lack of social concreteness and urgency, but its positive qualities are real. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
All the Money in the World (2017) Joanne Laurier Overall, All the Money in the World is a mediocre artistic effort. It displays Scott's propensity for unnecessary brutality... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Joanne Laurier Motherless Brooklyn is in general, a well-constructed, atmospheric film. Norton has assembled an admirable cast of characters... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Joanne Laurier ...he has taken a seriously misguided path, creating a work that inadvertently or not trivializes Nazism and turns people away from a study of the concrete historical processes that produced such horrific carnage. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Lighthouse (2019) Joanne Laurier Eggers has, in the end, opportunistically produced a paean to present-day identity politics... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Parasite (2019) Joanne Laurier An unusual director with his antenna attuned to social class...Bong has emerged over the past decade as a globally significant filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Ad Astra (2019) Joanne Laurier One of the difficulties is that Ad Astra is a space movie with a fundamental lack of interest in what's out there, in the form of intelligent life or otherwise. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Current War (2017) Joanne Laurier The Current War is instructive and lively, bolstered by the talents of Cumberbatch and Shannon in particular. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
() Joanne Laurier Iranian director Mahnaz Mohammadi's Son-Mother is a feminist-influenced movie that exposes some of the conditions facing Iranian women, while directing its ire principally against the male population. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Atlantics (2019) Joanne Laurier The film is moving and memorable. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Hearts and Bones (2019) Joanne Laurier The acting is superb. Weaving in particular gives the movie its edge and depth. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Love Child (2019) Joanne Laurier Gracefully and artistically constructed, Mulvad's film is an intimate, complicated portrait of a family harassed by the Iranian, Turkish and UN authorities, as well as by inhuman European and American immigration policies. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Rosie (2018) Joanne Laurier Rosie is affecting, but too narrow in relation to the dimensions of the problem and the overall situation in Ireland. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Brian Banks (2018) Joanne Laurier The movie is an intelligent and heartfelt account of a serious miscarriage of justice. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Joanne Laurier Overall, Once Upon a Time is an extremely confused film in a tremendously confused body of work. It remains the job of the critic to try and sort through the disorder. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
Yesterday (2019) Joanne Laurier Yesterday is somewhat unfocused. Curtis is a pleasant, clever enough writer when he is not being sentimental, with a certain ability to create comic-touching moments, but the overall argument is unclear... EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
Wild Rose (2018) Joanne Laurier Unfortunately, the obligatory and unconvincing "uplifting" element and ending in Wild Rose is a central problem. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
Pavarotti (2019) Joanne Laurier One of the film's most compelling moments, aside from "Nessun Dorma," is the performance of The Three Tenors, Pavarotti, Spaniards Plácido Domingo and José Carreras... EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020