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Alan Scherstuhl

Alan Scherstuhl

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Alan Scherstuhl's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Houston Press, L.A. Weekly, Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
53% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) "It's stuck between earnest examination of a case and exploitative hustle - and is unlikely to please the audiences interested in either. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 17, 2018
33% Super Troopers 2 (2018) "Like old friends from high school who aren't much fun anymore, Broken Lizard seem more comfortable recalling the good times than generating them. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 17, 2018
82% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) "The film - which is nowhere near as interesting as LaBeouf's performance - is hopelessly reductive about its subjects' psychology even as it mocks the press of 1980 for being reductive about its subjects' psychology. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 11, 2018
94% Liquid Sky (1983) "The film might sound ludicrous, and it is often funny - intentionally - but it's impassioned rather than some grim joke. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 10, 2018
78% Beirut (2018) "The pleasure...of Beirut is watching Hamm and his associates encounter the conflicting factions at play, work out what's actually going on, and then find a way to defuse the situation, most likely by getting each involved party what it wants. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 10, 2018
71% Acorn and the Firestorm "Fitfully illuminating, haphazardly structured, and terribly titled... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 3, 2018
90% Lean on Pete (2018) "By the end, in its painstakingly observational way, Lean on Pete had devastated me twice and hung me there in a state of tense uncertainty for thirty or forty minutes. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 3, 2018
100% Good Luck "Good Luck often proves enthralling...as Russell surveys workers standing on opposite hemispheres of our Earth and hauling to the surface the treasure within it. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 3, 2018
79% Chappaquiddick (2018) "Curran's film, often enthralling and upsetting, represents a welcome break in the hagiographic treatment the longtime Lion of the Senate enjoyed in the years leading up to his 2009 death. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 3, 2018
48% The Last Movie Star (2018) "Meandering and maudlin and drearily predictable ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 27, 2018
91% The Terror: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The series never bests Simmons's book, but it is powerfully, pleasurably harrowing in its own right. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 27, 2018
76% The China Hustle (2018) "Rothstein builds a persuasive case, laying out with clarity and disgust a hugely lucrative and destructive new investment scam that boomed in the years immediately following the 2008 financial crash. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 27, 2018
72% Final Portrait (2018) "The film captures the outside appearances of an artist at work and then suggests, humbly, that the work inside, the trick of genius, might be so subtle that even the artist can't detect it. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 20, 2018
61% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) "There's no way around it: The whole, here, is a mess. Even with the extra minutes, the film seems unfinished, the connections among its disparate scenarios vague and arbitrary. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 20, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) "[Vikander] invests herself in Lara Croft, and the filmmakers, unlike the ones Jolie got saddled with, frame her with awe rather than lust. Now if only they could bring some of that awe to the tombs... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 16, 2018
78% Maineland (2018) "What's memorable here is the students' talk of their families' economic anxieties, of their hopes to make enough money while young that their own children will feel financially secure, of the ways that American and Chinese life diverge. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 14, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) "If what teens watch on their screens shapes future teen behavior, Love, Simon's utopian society is a gift to the teens of the future who may grow up on it - and to anyone who has to deal with teens. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 13, 2018
95% 12 Days (12 Jours) (2018) "One of the most revealing films about mental health - and mental health bureaucracies - ever made. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 13, 2018
66% The Alienist: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The actual characters here benefit from being embodied by good actors, though the roles are thin. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 8, 2018
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) "You may surprise yourself ... when, in the final scenes, you realize just how much horror this writer-director and his excellent cast have convinced you to roll with, maybe even to accept as justified. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 7, 2018
100% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) "Leaning Into the Wind is a study in seeing, in subordinating one's self to the elements, in creating with nature rather than from it. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 6, 2018
34% The Leisure Seeker (2018) "The performers are always lively, often engaging, and sometimes moving, worth our contemplation even when the script flags. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 6, 2018
100% The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968) "Straub and Huillet invite us to ponder, as the music washes over us, what we can know and what we can't - and to wonder at what here is also false. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 2, 2018
51% Submission (2018) "The only suspense lies in wondering whether this film released in 2018 actually is going to unfold like some low-key Nineties Michael Douglas sex thriller set on a college campus ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 28, 2018
84% Mohawk (2018) "Ted Geoghegan's swift, slicing thriller Mohawk makes a vigorous case for horror as perhaps the most fitting film genre to capture some truths of American history. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 27, 2018
96% Foxtrot (2018) "The performances are superlative: subtle, rumbled, with the sense between husband and wife of a lifetime of love and disappointment. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 27, 2018
100% El mar la mar (2018) "El Mar La Mar is the rare film to subordinate its form to the landscape it's set in. To watch it attentively is to surrender, for ninety minutes, to the slow-motion pace of Sonoran life. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 21, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) ""Be weirder!" I occasionally grunted at the screen. At the same time, studio horror films starring Oscar winners are rarely this weird. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 21, 2018
54% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) "Its story concerns the development of communist theory, but in its construction it harks back to Eli Whitney's theory of interchangeable parts. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 20, 2018
36% Nostalgia (2018) "[A] vital, restless, insightful film ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 14, 2018
70% The Ritual (2018) "The Ritual, too, on occasion achieves a tense and devilish power, leaving you in the dark with these guys trying to figure out what that thing can mean. In these moments, the forest seems wilder than it is. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 7, 2018
8% Basmati Blues (2018) "Watching it is something like watching a play's first full dress rehearsal or a gangly baby deer's initial efforts to stand, where it's the effort that's more engaging than the achievement itself. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 6, 2018
75% Braven (2018) "Any cheapjack action movie can get a crowd to cheer at its shock kills. It's the best ones that persuade us that there's a clear chain-of-events physical logic at play - that find suspense in one action leading inevitably to another. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 31, 2018
89% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) "Moreira Salles's found-footage study of revolutionaries in the streets of Paris, Prague, and other countries in 1968 would stand as an invaluable assemblage simply on the basis of its archival finds alone. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 31, 2018
42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) "There are surprises, but of the dopey kind. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 24, 2018
100% Salesman (1968) "Salesman's milieu of motels and pork-pie hats may have passed, but its broader diagnosis has lost none of its truth. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 24, 2018
87% The Road Movie (2018) "Even over the short running time, you can feel your humanity's diminishment. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 18, 2018
100% Tall: The American Skyscraper and Louis Sullivan "Yes, the skyscraper might have been warmer, friendlier, along the lines that Sullivan and his protege Frank Lloyd Wright imagined. But it's indisputable that what we wound up with inspires awe on a screen. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 18, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) "[An] engaging and resolutely un-dishy travelogue ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 18, 2018
85% Vazante (2018) "With Vazante, Thomas imagines, convincingly, with Faulknerian reach and density, the details of those lives, what being them might have felt like. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 10, 2018
64% My Art (2018) "Proves coherent in form and feeling despite bustling with modes and ideas and curiosities. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 10, 2018
89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) "Gripping entertainment, passionate and humane, fascinating in the particulars of its court proceedings and political maneuvering, convincing in its insistence that a dumb fight over a leaking gutter could upend a fractious country. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 10, 2018
100% Chris Gethard: Career Suicide "[Chris] Gethard's show succeeds as comedy and as confessional theater, complete with stellar impressions of Morrissey, but let's not discount its power as a model of behavior. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 9, 2018
100% Maria Bamford: Old Baby (2017) "[Maria] Bamford is on her own again in Old Baby, and I'm tempted to say it's her strongest comedy special yet, though I almost certainly pronounced her last one the same. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 9, 2018
57% Django (2018) "Django expresses, via the language of film genre, not what Reinhardt's life was but what it might have felt like. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 4, 2018
96% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (1947) "Bursts with tantalizing ideas, surprising connections, suggestive flights of fancy. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 29, 2017
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) "Film Stars is no portrait of Grahame; it's a pair of points that barely form a line. No shot in the film dares attempt to communicate more than one idea or emotion at a time. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 29, 2017
51% Downsizing (2017) "It's curious that so bold a film as Alexander Payne's apocalyptic cli-fi satire Downsizing fails because of a fundamental lack of nerve. Yet here we are. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 20, 2017
100% The Two of Us (Le vieil homme et l'enfant) (1967) "Anyone who ever managed to open up, as a child, to an older relative or friend whose noxious views still confounded them will recognize the sly, small bargains that Claude makes with himself. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 19, 2017
31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) "The Bellas aren't invested in the film's competition, and the filmmakers' aren't invested in it, and you probably won't be, either. So why bother even having one? " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 19, 2017
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