Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

  1. The Act Of Killing 2013 I certainly do not move that the film should be suppressed, only that one should know what it is. It is a bath in a smiling madness. full review
  2. Augustine 2013 The writer-director Alice Winocour creates a kind of subdued excitement of discovery. full review
  3. Caesar Must Die 2013 It is almost an impertinence to think that we understand the thoughts of these actors and those in the audience who are relatives and friends. But this is the intriguing privilege that the Taviani brothers have given us. full review
  4. Hannah Arendt 2013 Sukowa, who is very appealing in some personal moments in the film, makes Arendt strong in a cool, logical, but humanly unrealistic position. full review
  5. In the House 2013 The film treats imagination-and talent-in certain hands as an almost mystical force. full review
  6. Nicky's Family 2013 In addition to the force and the officialdom, dizzying and stark, there are particularly sharp stabs of feeling. full review
  7. Our Nixon 2013 A capably done account of a presidential career that was wrecked by a crime that was unnecessary. full review
  8. Pieta 2013 There is a touch too much of the handheld camera, but in general one senses that the very quality of the way this film was made is one of its justifications for being and for its raw moments. full review
  9. 5 Broken Cameras 2012 [A] bit jagged, inevitably incomplete, and in no way news-breaking: it is simply moving. full review
  10. Barbara 2012 It persuades us early on that its aura of political tension and suspicion, its taciturnity, its very strictness of silent observation as it begins, are fostering an intelligent thriller. full review
  11. Barrymore 2012 The interest is in Plummer himself-who he is, what he can do. full review
  12. Blancanieves 2012 The Brothers Grimm would have been surprised, possibly amused. full review
  13. Elles 2012 One of her (Binoche's) lesser choices. full review
  14. I Wish 2012 Transforms the commonplace into the extraordinary. full review
  15. Last Ride 2012 The Australian outback, the setting for most of Last Ride, an extraordinary film for which the locale is a quiet, almost secret catalyst. full review
  16. A Late Quartet 2012 We can note immediately that Zilberman has the requisite gifts. full review
  17. Lore 2012 Saskia Rosendahl as Lore is the sturdiest in a good cast, making her way cautiously into a new, utterly changed universe. full review
  18. Monsieur Lazhar 2012 With a few folds, this story could have made a script for John Barrymore, like Topaze, or for Chaplin. full review
  19. More Than Honey 2012 [Markus] Imhoof makes bees more important than they have previously seemed. full review
  20. Post Tenebras Lux 2012 The result calls for a viewing as different as looking at a Vermeer against Rothko or de Kooning or multiple other modern painters. full review
  21. This Is Not a Film 2012 This film is unique in a dreadful way: what happens on screen would not be particularly interesting without the facts surrounding its making. full review
  22. We Have a Pope 2012 Moretti's latest work looks at the church sympathetically, veristically, comically. full review
  23. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu 2011 It leaves us almost gasping with its impudence. full review
  24. Gerhard Richter Painting 2011 A kind of residence with its subject rather than a report. full review
  25. Goodbye First Love 2011 Writer-director, Mia Hansen-Love, whose third feature this is, has addressed her subject with complete emotional confidence. full review
  26. Polisse 2011 [O]ne of the best based-on-facts police pictures. full review
  27. Tomboy 2011 Tomboy is a lovely reminder that the French have long been famous for a quite different sort of film-about children. full review
  28. The Women on the 6th Floor 2011 All in all-if all is meant moderately-the story leaves an agreeable aftertaste, which lingers longer than we expected. full review
  29. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father 2008 A slick account of ancient crevices in the human psyche rendered in cutting-edge cinematic style. full review
  30. Momma's Man 2008 Momma's Man is an act of daring. full review
  31. Our City Dreams 2008 full review
  32. Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) 2007 The care that Akin expends on his people is skimped in the structure of his screenplay. full review
  33. The Pool 2007 A film that is a kind of counter-film, which sets expectations in an environment that supports unexpected results. full review
  34. Sangre De Mi Sangre 2007 Plot flaws and all, we can be glad that the picture was made -- because of its acting.
  35. Trumbo 2007 It is oddly pleasant to know that such a man once existed. full review
  36. Zodiac 2007 Gyllenhaal always manages to present a person of some sensitivity without leaning on actorish resources.
  37. United 93 2006 This limitation in source material has had a peculiar effect on the script. Never is there a moment of repulsive sentimentality or exploitation, but neither is Greengrass able to realize an ultimate purpose. full review
  38. 49 Up 2005 The segments are so cleverly arranged -- [director Michael Apted] includes past pictorial references for each of the people we revisit -- that now there is something almost mystical involved.
  39. The Ice Harvest 2005 Robert Benton and Harold Ramis, put on dunce caps and go stand in the corner.
  40. The Passion of the Christ 2004 [Gibson's] film, virtually stripped of Jesus's incandescent views, is little more that a record of one of the thousands of barbarities committed by the Romans in Judea. full review
  41. Control Room 2003 For those who are interested in wartime truth, this film reminds us that the casualty has been somewhat reduced.
  42. Love Actually 2003 Whatever the actors are given to do they make so delightful -- or so delightfully moving -- that Love Actually wins out over its wobbles.
  43. Touching the Void 2003 A wondrous recreation of that physical adventure.
  44. American Dreamz 2002 A moderately engaging satire, some of it amusing and some of it strained, but in considerable measure it reflects a strange circumstance in all our lives. full review
  45. Amelie 2001
  46. Heartbreakers 2001
  47. Love the Hard Way 2001 Brody creates exactly the taunting demi-monster who could inveigle Claire.
  48. Diamond Men 2000 Cohen, who has been in the diamond business, has directed with a sure, non-wasteful hand and with touching empathy for both men.
  49. Memento 2000 Nolan uses the structure simply as a gimmick to refresh a stale story of revenge, crime, sex, a film noir that never gets any darker than gris.
  50. The Taste of Others 2000 Jaoui's directing and sympathy are what hold us from the start.
  51. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999 The cast is revved up to sizzle, with Sting in a smallish role, and the thick cockney dialogue is more comprehensible than you might think.
  52. Another Day In Paradise 1998
  53. Gods and Monsters 1998
  54. Amistad 1997
  55. The Ice Storm 1997 Over and over again in Austen, [Lee's] framing, his course of action, his editing suited and amplified the essence of the scene. But here everything in his directing, absolutely everything, is banal.
  56. Inventing the Abbotts 1997
  57. The Peacemaker 1997
  58. Private Parts 1997
  59. Fargo 1996 The hot news about Joel and Ethan Coen is that they have made a tolerable film.
  60. Flirting With Disaster 1996
  61. Pulp Fiction 1994 The way that this picture has been so widely ravened up and drooled over verges on the disgusting. Pulp Fiction nourishes, abets, cultural slumming. full review

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