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Joan Didion

Joan Didion
Joan Didion's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Vogue

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Le Doulos (1962) In its violence and speed and vigour, this absurd jungle of the imagination is more or less bound to photograph well; Melville, however, does a particularly clean job of direction.‐ Vogue
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83% The Cool World (1964) The absence of technique is so pronounced as to raise some doubt as to whether Shirley Clarke, who directed it, had ever before seen a movie.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
87% The Servant (1964) A movie of great possibilities and great failings.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
No Score Yet Captain Newman, M.D. (1963) A good movie to catch (and "catch" is the verb) if it's playing, say, on Eighty-sixth Street and you live on, say, Eighty-first Street and don't feel up to reading Leo Rosten's book of the same name.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
22% What a Way to Go! (1964) What a Way to Go is supposed to have cost six million dollars, which averages out to about a million and half a laugh.‐ Vogue
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78% The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) Molly Brown is lively and fun, an exercise in those homely sentiments we learned as children, thrived upon, and, sometimes to our regret, outgrew.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
96% Zulu (1964) A rousing reconstruction of the 1879 Battle of Rorke's Drift.‐ Vogue
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33% The Carpetbaggers (1964) Even the downright smuttiness of The Carpetbaggers has an engaging period innocence.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
88% The Organizer (I compagni) (1963) That someone should have thought to cast Marcello Mastroianni as a seedy, itinerant, and slightly visionary nineteenth century labor organizer -- in The Organizer -- marks the triumph of a certain misapprehension.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
77% The Thin Red Line (1964) The Thin Red Line is a curiosity: a quite mediocre war movie, based upon the James Jones novel about Guadalcanal, with some of the best battle scenes -- fast, lucid, beautiful -- that I've ever seen.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
80% Good Neighbor Sam (1964) Like so much current comedy, it is underwritten; it is underdirected; it is underacted. Resurrect the Thin Man.‐ Vogue
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33% Bedtime Story (1964) A kind of prolonged sick joke.‐ Vogue
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33% Joy House (Les Félins) (1964) Alain Delon remains a success story I fail to comprehend.‐ Vogue
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No Score Yet Youngblood Hawke (1964) In the book, the venality of Wouk's fantasies merely depresses; in the movie, those same fantasies assume a certain manic charm.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
86% Lilith (1964) For every scene which disturbs the imagination there is an immediate and easy answer; for every uneasy glimpse of that emotional slippage, there are fifty minutes of therapy.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
No Score Yet Ride the Wild Surf (1964) I have recently fallen under the spell of teen surfing movies, an enthusiasm I should probably try to pass off as sociological. In fact, they amuse me. Of the current crop, I am pleased to report that Ride the Wild Surf is a first-rate surfer.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
50% Goodbye Charlie (1964) Both Miss Reynolds and Tony Curtis behave gamely, but Goodbye Charlie is one of those games that will never be won.‐ Vogue
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80% Girl with Green Eyes (1964) I like the story so much that I wondered for a long time why I so disliked the picture, why it seemed so spurious.‐ Vogue
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57% Cheyenne Autumn (1964) A melancholy epic which [John Ford] seems to have directed under the misapprehension that it was an action comedy.‐ Vogue
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92% The Americanization of Emily (1964) Although Julie Andrews is supposed to be playing a war widow, she's actually playing Mary Poppins.‐ Vogue
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67% The Pumpkin Eater (1964) There are no easy answers here, no inadvertent banality, nothing off-key. Anne Bancroft gives a flawless performance.‐ Vogue
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No Score Yet The Guns of August (1964) The picture tends ever to the superficial.‐ Vogue
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40% Dear Heart (1964) It's a kind of middle-class Marty, a less melancholy Summertime, and, for an hour-and-a-half out of two, touching and pleasant to watch.‐ Vogue
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No Score Yet World Without Sun (1964) It is, in the strictest sense, wonderful to look at, a pucture of hallucinatory beauty.‐ Vogue
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73% Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) Kiss Me, Stupid is quite a compelling and moving picture, and I would very much like to have seen Wilder play it straight.‐ Vogue
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80% Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) [Love with the Proper Stranger] seemed to me so curious a mixture of old-fashioned schmaltz and up-to-the-minute grubbiness that I could conclude only that I was the slightest bit over the hill.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
67% America America (1963) In his unswerving insistence upon America as Redeemer, Kazan has made a kind of miracle play.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
75% Morituri (1965) It is competent, skilled, professional, and slick, and because it is all these things, it is marvelously entertaining.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
100% The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) I have a good time at movies like Katie Elder; I like the country and I like John Wayne and I like Dean Martin and I like gunfights.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
No Score Yet Young Cassidy (1965) I think I have never seen anything sillier.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
97% Major Dundee (1965) So far these might seem familiar conventions, familiar characters. But wait.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
88% The Pink Panther (1963) I wouldn't have thought it possible to film an unfunny scene with ape suits.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
No Score Yet Act One (1963) The only movie I've seen in 1964 that already looks and sounds thirty years old.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
86% The Caretaker (The Guest) (1963) What goes on in a dark room on an immense luminous screen is quite a different proposition from what goes on in a semi-darkened theatre.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
No Score Yet A Rage to Live (1965) Hollywood does not get [A Rage to Live author John] O'Hara's game; either does not get it or makes the shoddy assumption that the audience will not get it.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
81% The Cincinnati Kid (1965) Nothing seems to be at stake.‐ Vogue
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86% Crack in the World (1965) Although my tolerance for books of science fiction is so low as to be imperceptible, I remain spellbound for even the most spurious science-fiction movie.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
83% The Sound of Music (1965) South Pacific, The King and I, West Side Story: They have all been a little embarrassing, but [this] is more embarrassing than most, if only because of its suggestion that history need not happen to people like Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
83% Doctor Zhivago (1965) [Doctor Zhivago] is, in its skill and finish, everything a "big" picture should be and rarely is.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
33% Inside Daisy Clover (1966) Only Christopher Plummer and Katherine Bard... seem to know what the point of the picture is. If the director, Robert Mulligan, ever knew, it slipped his mind while he was photographing the beach in sun-washed blues, like a set for Carousel.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
94% Charade (1963) Since the plot does not bear close tracking, let me note simply that Cary Grant still looks imperishable, Audrey Hepburn still looks like a Givenchy foundling, and the entire affair is carried off as a mild joke upon itself.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
20% The Victors (1963) The Victors is a bad movie: its shoddiness runs deep.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
75% Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) While this sounds trying, it is not, so light and pretty and stylish is the picture, everything swimming in the green grass of England and the sweet lambent air of a 1910 that never was.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
80% The Pawnbroker (1965) Lumet seems to me something of a puzzle. While some instinct leads him to undertake tremendously promising projects, he brings to those projects only a stunning literal-mindedness.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
20% Life at the Top (1965) An il-advised sequel to the energetic Room at the Top.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
89% A Patch of Blue (1965) A modest effort only barely protoplastic.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020