City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Amy Taubin, Bilge Ebiri, Bill Gallo, Brian Miller, Ed Gonzalez, Ella Taylor, Eric Henderson, Jim Ridley, Joshua Rothkopf, Karina Longworth, Melissa Anderson, Michael Atkinson, Michael Nordine, Michelle Orange, Rob Nelson, Steve Erickson, Tim Grierson
Rating Title/Year Author
The Point (1971) Kathy Fennessy There may be better family films, but few that are more personal and less condescending to young people. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
Rocketman (2019) Kathy Fennessy It's better than most music biopics, and not so much for what it has to say -- it's a fully authorized motion picture, after all -- but for the visual flair Fletcher brings to it. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) Ed Gonzalez The film is less hagiographic than most documentaries of its kind, which isn't to say that Tom Volf's adoration of his subject is ever in doubt. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2018
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Michael Nordine While Rogue One isn't as grand or consequential as The Force Awakens, it finds space in the margins to leave a mark all its own. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) Michael Nordine Rarely has an argument for the interconnectedness of all things been so fleet of foot and ambitious all at once. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2016
The Seventh Fire (2015) Michael Nordine There are no teary-eyed breakdowns or moments of grand revelation in The Seventh Fire, just an utter lack of hope for a better future. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2016
De Palma (2015) Michael Nordine Doesn't hold us to the same exacting standards De Palma would. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2016
The Shallows (2016) Michael Nordine The shark movie we never knew we needed. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2016
The Neon Demon (2016) Michael Nordine The Neon Demon is about as deep as a puddle, but the image it reflects back is so mesmeric you may stare so long you fall in. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Michael Nordine The rare comic-book film that, like its antagonist, absorbs the knowledge of its lesser peers and inspires a few moments of genuine awe. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2016
Knight of Cups (2015) Michael Nordine Malick releases his movies into the world like a falconer: Once let loose, they have minds of their own. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2016
A War (2015) Michael Nordine So comprehensive in its approach, deconstructing the pivotal moment from every possible perspective, as to instill in viewers the impression of being among the jurors presiding over this case. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2016
Chimes at Midnight (1965) Michael Nordine A best-of approach that cuts to the soul of a figure whom Welles considered Shakespeare's greatest creation. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2016
The Witch (2015) Michael Nordine We fear such things because they're unnatural, a perversion of everything we know to be true about the world. The Witch renders them even more horrifying by suggesting that they are natural - that witches and spirits have been here all along. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2016
Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015) Michael Nordine Björkman's best quality as a documentarian is ultimately a double-edged sword: He's too content to let his subject do all the talking. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2016
Hail, Caesar! (2016) Michael Nordine They may not make them like they used to, but at least they still make them like this. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2016
The Lady in the Van (2015) Michael Nordine As with the lady's neighbors, this movie doesn't know what to do with her. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2016
Spotlight (2015) Michael Nordine A risk-averse account of a group of people who were anything but. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
Brooklyn (2015) Michael Nordine Just because you can never go home again doesn't mean you can't make a new one. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
Heart of a Dog (2015) Michael Nordine This is cinematic free association, with one tangent leading to another and another until you've forgotten the original thread. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
The Wonders (2014) Michael Nordine Not honey-sweet, perhaps, but only bitter enough to make you appreciate its richness all the more. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
Macbeth (2015) Michael Nordine Striking visuals guide the way more breathlessly than any footnote could. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
The Danish Girl (2015) Michael Nordine The problem with The Danish Girl is the same problem with most movies directed by Tom Hooper: It's directed by Tom Hooper. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
Joy (2015) Michael Nordine It's all over the place in the worst way, stacking the deck against its heroine so high that everyone besides her comes across as a one-dimensional cartoon character. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
The Big Short (2015) Michael Nordine McKay's comic sensibilities are suited to highlighting the many absurdities of this situation, but they don't gel with the film's eventual call for viewers to get outraged at how little has been done to fix the quagmire. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
Trumbo (2015) Michael Nordine Hardly free of the bluster that is the hallmark of prestige pictures about 'serious' subjects, but there's a certain breeziness to Trumbo that keeps it from delighting in its own importance. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
Carol (2015) Michael Nordine Though some may be left cold by the remove at which Haynes keeps us from his superlative leads, others will be putty in his gifted hands. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
45 Years (2015) Michael Nordine Understated to the point of being underwhelming. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
Anomalisa (2015) Michael Nordine These are the most tired-looking puppets you've ever seen, their sagging bodies and droopy eyes betraying two lifetimes of disappointment and lowered expectations. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2016
The Revenant (2015) Michael Nordine The Revenant isn't beautiful to look at because Iñárritu wants you take in the sights; it's beautiful because he wants you to know that there's nothing man can't ruin - or be ruined by. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2016
The Hateful Eight (2015) Michael Nordine These are wolves, and most of them don't even bother disguising themselves in sheep's clothing. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Michael Nordine There are echoes of the past in each of these characters, but they resonate in new ways. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3/4 Sunshine Superman (2014) Ed Gonzalez The film's images, so continually heartrending so as to never become redundant, effectively function as visual proselytizing. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2015
Dogtooth (2009) Karina Longworth This pastel-colored portrait of disaster capitalism was made long before the Greek economic crisis, and that's something of a relief: Straight parable could never feel as urgent and unexpectedly moving. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2010
Knight and Day (2010) Dan Kois He's just so irritating, Roy Miller, each subpar quip delivered with a cocksure grin that makes you wish the bad guys were better at hitting back. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2010
I Am Love (2009) Melissa Anderson Luca Guadagnino's visually ravishing third feature suggests an epic that Visconti and Sirk might have made after they finished watching Vertigo and reading Madame Bovary while gorging themselves on aphrodisiacs. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2010
Toy Story 3 (2010) Eric Hynes Its irresistible conceit and snappy good humor remain largely intact, though now it also hauls a saltier and more anxious sensibility. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2010
The Karate Kid (2010) Nick Pinkerton There is the impression, deadly to the sense of fun, that the talent here actually thought they were remaking a classic. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2010
Iron Man 2 (2010) Nick Pinkerton The idea is that we learn to trust that any extraneous-seeming thread will connect to something in another couple of summers and pay off, assuming the movie does. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2010
OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009) Michelle Orange It is Dujardin who wins the day -- and eventually, of course, the gimlet-eyed girl -- as the perfect, preening fool. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2010
Date Night (2010) Karina Longworth Director Shawn Levy glosses over the seeds of social satire inherent in the premise, and instead tries to make his movie all things to all quadrants. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2010
Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2008) Aaron Hillis The rowdy New York midnight premiere of writer-director James Nguyen's self-proclaimed "romantic thriller" Birdemic: Shock and Terror proves that there's room-alongside Ed Wood's entire oeuvre--for one more in the pantheon of beloved trash-terpieces. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2010
The Last Song (2010) Melissa Anderson The Cyrus machinery repels any believable human connection onscreen, though she's not helped much by Sparks and Van Wie's script. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2010
The Runaways (2010) Karina Longworth It's sexy, but, in the end, skin-deep. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2010
Neil Young Trunk Show (2009) Nick Pinkerton A slapdash job -- endearingly so. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2010
The Secret of Kells (2009) Ella Taylor Flowery meadows, wafting dandelion clocks, packs of baying wolves -- all are grist for the film's palette of beauty. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2010
Valentine's Day (2010) Karina Longworth So many stars, so many storylines, looking for love in all the wrong places EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2010
Edge of Darkness (2010) Nick Pinkerton Gibson still knows what he does best, as a star should, and creates tension just from never letting the tears poised in his eyes fall. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2010
2/4 Youth in Revolt (2009) Rob Nelson This tale of a sex-crazed teen who invents a nasty alter-ego in a perverse bid to seduce his dream girl has too many unfunny moments to justify more than a rental... EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2010
That Evening Sun (2009) Chuck Wilson Holbrook is as unsentimental as Abner himself, and the beauty of his work here lies in his refusal to soften the character's hard edges. Regrettably, Teems's editorial choices in the film's homestretch waste that discipline. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2009