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Anthony Lane

Anthony Lane
Anthony Lane's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Independent (UK), New Yorker, Independent on Sunday

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) It couldn't be fresher if it were mixed on a palette in front of us, and the intensity with which, in the second half, the two women look themselves into love, as it were, is fleshly, funny, and sublimely untheoretical.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
83% The Aeronauts (2019) The closer "The Aeronauts" gets to peak silliness, the more beautiful it becomes.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
83% The Report (2019) The film, written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, takes its cue from the stern dedication of its hero; the result feels pressurized, disheartening, and fraught.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
100% Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Drownings, explosions, and poisonings, their ethical status barely mentioned, let alone chastised, roll by like carriages in the park. The comedy is as black as widow's weeds. Artfulness is all.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
96% Knives Out (2019) Sumptuous and diverting...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
76% Doctor Sleep (2019) I only wish that Rose had been around when Jack Torrance was on the rampage. What a lovely couple they'd have made.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It's a film about pride-about being as proud of your own flesh and blood as you are of your metal machines, and about the craziness that flares up whenever pride gets hurt.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
97% Marriage Story (2019) [The] blend of tones, with near-farce and emotional brutality blitzed together, is pure Baumbach, and he dishes it up for two hours straight.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Despite the déjà vu, there is plenty to savor in Miller's film, and the final third, in particular, is quite the light show.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Patient, composed and cool...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) What, you may ask, distinguishes "Downton Abbey" on the big screen from its smaller kin? Well, the movie is twice as long...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) There is genuine zest in the unease of "Jojo Rabbit," and it's weirdly convincing as a portrait of childhood under surreal strain.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) Dafoe and Pattinson have the stage pretty much to themselves, and the result is a beguiling crunch of styles.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Fans of double characters should stick with Austin Powers, who, in "The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999), enjoys the rare privilege of meeting the person he was ten minutes ago. "You," he says, "are adorable."‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong, in short, is a merchant of stealth.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
70% The King (2019) The unholy clash of pageantry and squalor is finely framed; warriors in silvery helmets, shot from high above, and gleaming in the murk, resemble a nest of wood lice.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) There is something thrilling, not dulled, in the very honesty of the film, and in the vigor with which feelings, expressed at any age, can strike us like a slap in the face.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
69% Joker (2019) The strenuous effort of Phoenix's performance that it becomes exhausting to behold. Get a load of me, he seems to say, and the load is almost too much to bear.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
88% Diego Maradona (2019) The Dionysian frenzy of hero worship is well captured by the film, though it could use more footage from the field of play, where Maradona redefined what it means to be fleet of foot.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) How can a parable that set out to take the side of little people, versus gargantuan greed, end up using them as disposable comic fodder?‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
93% Monos (2019) What Landes has done is to revise, and to render yet starker, the premise of "Lord of the Flies."‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) "Ad Astra" is Gray's most formidable paradox to date, liable to leave you awed, confused, and sad.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
100% Mr. Klein (1976) The miracle of the film is that Losey had the imaginative guts to probe his own fears and failings.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
90% Give Me Liberty (2019) At once breakneck and tolerant, "Give Me Liberty" manages to be both rousingly Russian and touchingly all-American.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) It gets its claws into you, and won't let go.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) "Good Boys" is worth catching for those rare and wrenching points at which emotional honesty breaks through.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" has to be seen, and demands to be believed, because of Cate Blanchett.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) There's nothing wrong with documentarians taking center stage in the drama of their own research, as... Werner Herzog demonstrates. The trouble with this ploy, however, is that you have to be Herzog, or a figure of comparable charisma, to pull it off.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
43% After the Wedding (2019) This movie muses gracefully on its moral opportunities. In the end, though, it plumps for the lobster.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The filmmaker may be on a mission to get everything right about 1969, down to the sounds and smells, but he's also inviting us to smoke a little wrongness.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
87% The Nightingale (2019) The movie simmers with a longing for revenge, frequently boiling over, and the foe is not just Hawkins but the colonialist order for which he stands: barbarism, thinly disguised as civilization.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
100% Cremator (Spalovac Mrtvol) (1969) Herz practiced a surrealism that is bare of whimsy and armed with aggression; one image splinters into the next, and, in the opening scene, full of caged beasts, you feel the prowling presence of Kafka.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) "Honeyland" swarms with difficult, ancient truths about parents, children, greed, respect, and the need for husbandry.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) Rarely has brand recognition soared to such fetishistic heights, and I regret to inform you that, aside from the updating of the vocal cast, the most blatant discrepancy between the old and the new is a very slight increase in the comedy of flatulence.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) [T]he movie is compact, coolly heartwarming, and gratifyingly uncute. ‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) From the opening shot of Ophelia adrift in a river, in mimicry of Millais's famous painting, the film seems to splash around in search of a suitable style.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) The movie is fun, largely because it proposes that fun is the principal legacy of the Beatles.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) Buckley... confirms that she is a specialist in the untamed.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Cooley's film quickens and deepens...‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
100% A Bigger Splash (1974) The whole thing, by rights, should seem arch and overworked. Why, then, does it exert such an emotional pull?‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The line between the laid-back and the listless, in "The Dead Don't Die," may be too fine even for [Jarmusch], and most of the running gags don't run at all, merely loping around in a circle.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Dougherty isn't quite sure whether to wow us with the hulking immensity of the action scenes or to wag his finger at us for the environmental hubris of our species.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) If you need somebody to recount the rise of a British rock god from pallid suburbia to the baroque extremes of fame, and to create a stir without causing too much of a fuss, Fletcher is your man.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) The film grows into a caustic comedy, rife with fidgety questions.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) In short, it's a whole old world.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) This is Hogg's most disconcerting work to date.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Such is the wise and humbling rule of "Booksmart": try as you might to flee your regular self, you always end up bumping into it.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Why do people keep making films about writers?‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) The women suffer under hats the size of fire hydrants. The music is mostly scored for piano and mush. And our attention is drawn, at inordinate length, to landscapes that look too fanciful to be rooted in the real.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Historians of the period will learn nothing new from the movie, yet it remains a stirring enterprise, especially when it peers back, beyond the bright public record of Gorbachev's heyday, into the mist of what feels like a distant past.‐ New Yorker
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019