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Elbert Ventura

Elbert Ventura
Elbert Ventura's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters, Slate

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% The Square (2017) There is a tension here between that earnestness and Östlund's rigorous, calculating mind that can be confounding-and, given the film's subject, may in the end be poignant.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
84% Abundant Acreage Available (2017) Abundant Acreage Available may be fixated on death, but it really depicts transitions. ‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) There's a self-awareness here matched by modesty: those shots of tour groups walking by offer not just a sense of place but also a nod to a common criticism of American regionalism.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
86% Okja (2017) The creature really is a marvel.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
86% Meek's Cutoff (2011) It is an American independent in the true sense of the word, and it may well be the best homegrown movie we'll see this year.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2011
63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) If the first two Spider-Man movies soared above the banal realm of the Hollywood franchise, the third finds the series falling back to earth.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
99% The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) (1967) Perhaps unwittingly, The Battle of Algiers offers just the balm a troubled radical conscience needs.‐ Flak Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2004
91% Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003) Meirelles plays to the crowd, plays everything for effect, which wouldn't necessarily be a problem if the subject didn't deserve greater intellectual seriousness.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2004
94% The Triplets of Belleville (2003) Finding a delicate balance between dystopia and nostalgia, this diaphanous, baroque vision isn't just a disarming trifle: it's genuinely transporting.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2003
91% School of Rock (2003) A welcome reminder that studio comedies need not be shoddy, dumbed down, vulgar, and impersonal.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2003
89% In This World (2003) The film fits neatly into Winterbottom's eclectic canon.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2003
96% Little Big Man (1970) This outraged reconfiguration of an all-American genre may be set in the Wild West, but it's also very much a bulletin of its time.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2003
87% Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2003) Far from gimmicky, it's as personal and unreserved as filmmaking gets.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted May 16, 2003
93% The Awful Truth (1937) As pleasurable as anything a Hollywood studio and the star system ever produced.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2003
95% The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002) A fast-moving, fluidly told tale, Eugene Jarecki's documentary certainly will likely inflame Kissinger's ardent cronies. And yet, as one-sided as its story is, the movie also manages a measured disposition.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2002
89% Vanya on 42nd Street (1995) It's more than a worthy capper to Malle's brilliant career.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2002
79% 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002) Drop-dead pretty and confidently assembled, it's a shameless, extravagant charmer -- at first. As the movie goes on, it goes deeper, too, until the bleak melancholia that lurks beneath the surface violently breaks through.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2002
73% Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) Like a flopped anecdote, Pennebaker's disappointing movie can be shrugged off with one line: You had to be there.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2002
61% Les Destinees (2002) Death awaits us all, but Assayas, with a humanist's generosity, offers his characters the greatest gift art can give: immortality.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2002
96% Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) (2001) Paced like a Chabrol film and just as riveting.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2002
88% I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002) The movie may suffer from creative anemia, but it has sense enough of its raison d'être, and the performance sequences carry the day.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2002
92% Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) Peralta's product may have the whiff of sell-out, but you may find that you're too busy buying it to care.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted May 11, 2002