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Gene Seymour

Gene Seymour
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 92% Grizzly Man (2005) What really elevates Grizzly Man ... is the tension between the gloomy European's view of nature as indifferent and unresponsive to man's best intentions and the manic American's fevered, hopeful embrace of what would ultimately kill him.‐ Newsday
Posted Aug 11, 2005
4/4 93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) Strathairn's Murrow is poised at the center of this quiet whirlwind and this 'actor's actor' deftly weaves many aspects of the broadcaster's mercurial personality within the movie's tight time frame.‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 8, 2005
4/4 95% Before Sunset (2004) Hawke's ruefulness seems more than earned here (and, thus, genuine); Delpy's callow winsomeness has ripened to a ruddy sheen.‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 1, 2004
4/4 50% A Home at the End of the World (2004) A resonant chamber piece for its talented actors.‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 23, 2004
4/4 79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2003) Never mind whether you buy the stuff about Barris being a CIA hit man. The kooky yet shadowy vision Clooney sustains throughout is daring, inventive and impressive.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 2, 2003
4/4 92% Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) If adolescent sex comedies in this country were made with brains and soul instead of glands and attitude, they could look a lot like this ribald but touching road movie from Mexico ...‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 15, 2002
4/4 83% Chihwaseon (2003) There's much to fill the eyes.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 14, 2003
4/4 97% To Be and to Have (Etre et Avoir) (2003) To Be and to Have feels like a deep, sweet pull of spring water.‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 19, 2003
4/4 70% Notre Musique (2004) Notre Musique's wistful mischief and gentle provocations will keep mind and soul humming long after you've carried them out of the darkened theater.‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 23, 2004
4/4 81% Divine Intervention (2003) What to make of it? Call it a red balloon lofted into the collective imagination to unsettle, to haunt, even, perhaps, to arouse faint dreams of possibility, if not hope.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 17, 2003
4/4 89% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (2005) Somehow, despite the odds, it all makes a rich, heady and satisfying stew, capable of making you responsive and alive to all the precious minutiae of your own life.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 26, 2006
4/4 87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) Prepare to be thoroughly enchanted. Prepare also to be challenged in ways that few current movies bother with, live action or otherwise.‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 9, 2005
4/4 90% United 93 (2006) United 93 is a shattering, yet effective tribute to men and women who, when faced with unimaginable terror and all-but-certain death, dared to resist their fate using whatever they could get their hands on.‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 25, 2006
4/4 75% Superman Returns (2006) Superman Returns is pop mythology reinvigorated with intense grandeur, infectious energy and fierce conviction by director Bryan Singer.‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 26, 2006
4/4 94% Touching the Void (2004) It's a story so compelling that, as they say in the wire services, it practically tells itself.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 22, 2004
4/4 51% Flannel Pajamas (2006) As raw and biting as a December morning in Montauk, writer-director Jeff Lipsky's depiction of modern metropolitan romance honors the sensibilities of both John Cassavetes and Ingmar Bergman.‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 16, 2006
4/4 96% The Queen (2006) Eventually, the movie, as with other similarly humane and perceptive comedies, allows its audience to see that not only does everyone have his or her reasons for behaving as they do, those reasons may be far less easy to dismiss as one supposes.‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 5, 2006
4/4 92% Children of Men (2006) For those capable of enduring its most gut-wrenching moments, Children of Men offers inventive energy, ferocious intelligence, and yet, affirmation of life against the most calamitous circumstances.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 21, 2006
4/4 95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) The horrors of both the realistic and surrealistic worlds are woven into the beautifully aligned narrative structure of del Toro's story. This is fabulous filmmaking in every sense of the word.‐ Newsday
Posted Jan 4, 2007
4/4 89% Syndromes and a Century (2007) A challenging, invigorating whiff of the magical properties of sensual cinema.‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 19, 2007
4/4 97% Once (2007) No matter what your musical tastes, Once will reinforce your belief in the power of melody and harmony to heal one's inner wounds.‐ Newsday
Posted May 17, 2007
4/4 96% Persepolis (2007) Persepolis provides an achingly intimate view of how one young girl's hopes and fantasies come under siege by events beyond her control.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 20, 2007
3.5/4 74% Crash (2004) Dark, fluid thriller seasoned with acerbic dialogue and rueful observations that may strike uncomfortably close to home.‐ Newsday
Posted May 5, 2005
3.5/4 90% Capote (2005) An absorbing, emotionally challenging movie out of the dubious process (in terms of dramatic potential) of literary legwork.‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 29, 2005
3.5/4 87% A History of Violence (2005) With confidence and authority that should cement his leading-man status, Mortensen ably manipulates the tension of a man who's struggling to escape his past as a professional killer and to protect his family from the consequences of his legacy.‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 22, 2005
3.5/4 73% Syriana (2005) Somehow, the movie convinces you, through its strengths of characterization and atmosphere, that it's showing a little of how the world really works -- and that the world's dark machinations are every bit as sordid and pitiless as your worst suspicions.‐ Newsday
Posted Nov 22, 2005
3.5/4 99% Finding Nemo (2003) The underwater backdrops take your breath away. No, really. They're so lifelike, you almost feel like holding your breath while watching.‐ Newsday
Posted May 29, 2003
3.5/4 84% Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) Watching these lively people, young and old, express their wishes, confess their fears and kick uptheir heels is enough to make you proud to be a New Yorker. Heck, proud to be human.‐ Newsday
Posted May 12, 2005
3.5/4 93% Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004) The movie's accumulation of little traumas and tiny victories sneaks to a climax that, however unsettling, doesn't upend the movie's alert, steadfast graces.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 4, 2005
3.5/4 75% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002) The imagery snaps and pops with such jumpy, carefree energy that the movie seems to be making itself up as it goes along.‐ Newsday
Posted Aug 7, 2002
3.5/4 86% Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (2002) Both a documentary and, for all intents and purposes, the last testament of a generation's tragic folly.‐ Newsday
Posted May 28, 2003
3.5/4 80% The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) This is the first Nickelodeon big-screen spinoff that will leave you feeling as if you've been through a real movie instead of an expanded TV segment.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 20, 2002
3.5/4 90% My Summer of Love (2004) Its title may promise sweet, gauzy wistfulness. But there's a gritty astringency to director Pawel Pawlikowski's shape-shifting story of romance between two teenage girls in northern England.‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 16, 2005
3.5/4 83% Kissing Jessica Stein (2002) A sweet-yet-subtle romantic comedy that seduces you more with humor and compassion than with its kinky premise.‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 13, 2002
3.5/4 22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2005) There are only so many show-biz junkies in the known universe, and maybe they'll be the only ones who will find Jiminy Glick in La La Wood a font of endless giggles.‐ Newsday
Posted May 5, 2005
3.5/4 85% About Schmidt (2002) Even while playing in a minor key with low-to-moderate tone colors, Jack Nicholson can knock your socks off.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 13, 2002
3.5/4 88% Tell Them Who You Are (2005) A fully realized, emotionally moving portrait of a difficult, complex subject.‐ Newsday
Posted May 19, 2005
3.5/4 83% The Believer (2002) Gosling, a onetime Mouseketeer, is a revelation in the role, containing and releasing Danny's inchoate emotions with surpassing dexterity.‐ Newsday
Posted May 17, 2002
3.5/4 97% Read My Lips (2002) [An] ingenious, amoral and atmospheric thriller.‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 9, 2002
3.5/4 83% Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop) (2004) One of the more humane and more despairing comedies you'll find about race and class in contemporary society.‐ Newsday
Posted Feb 24, 2005
3.5/4 81% The Sleepy Time Gal (2001) It's delicate, haunting and sultry.‐ Newsday
Posted May 29, 2002
3.5/4 63% Lipstick & Dynamite: The First Ladies of Wrestling (2004) There's a sweet warmth emanating from Lipstick & Dynamite.‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 31, 2005
3.5/4 90% Save the Green Planet (2004) Unlike just about every other American action movie, this film knows how to embrace momentum without sacrificing challenges to the mind or the soul.‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 20, 2005
3.5/4 82% Take Care of My Cat (2002) Jeong's evocative visuals of the urban landscape and her savvy deployment of appliances only deepens the resemblance such stories have to our own lives.‐ Newsday
Posted May 28, 2003
3.5/4 94% Girlhood (2003) Filmed with levelheaded tenderness and often startling intimacy.‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 29, 2003
3.5/4 59% I'll Sing for You (2004) A musical biopic conceived as a lyric dreamscape, as a meditation on fate and faith.‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 3, 2004
3.5/4 94% Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2005) Brown's film evinces a tender, yet unsparing scrutiny of its subject's idiosyncrasies without getting too caught up in the romance of ruin.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 2, 2005
3.5/4 98% Murderball (2005) You're roused from your seats by men who aren't able to get up from theirs. How cool is that?‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 7, 2005
3.5/4 77% Transamerica (2006) What keeps Huffman's turn from being mere spectacle is the actor's perceptive compassion for her character.‐ Newsday
Posted Dec 1, 2005
3.5/4 90% Water (2005) ... Deepa Mehta's controversial new epic is driven by a scorching urgency whose intensity exceeds even the previous two installments of Mehta's Elements trilogy of Indian romances.‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 28, 2006