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John Oursler

John Oursler
John Oursler's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters, Village Voice, Under the Radar, Movie Mezzanine, Brooklyn Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6/10 78% Sophie's Choice (1982) Whatever the film's weaknesses are, it is, albeit unsurprisingly, saved by Streep.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
9/10 92% Nashville (1975) Politics and art collide in Altman's dense tapestry, showing that part of American's beguiling promise is the inevitability of commodification. ‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
83% Julieta (2016) This sort of stunning classicism and bristling pace has come to signify Almodóvar's later work.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/4 67% The Danish Girl (2015) This style may make the film's subject matter more "acceptable" to a wider audience, but it also greatly stifles its impact, making it a largely unmemorable experience that illuminates little and impresses even less.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
8/10 86% Nostalgia (Nostalghia) (1984) Tarkovsky's hypnotic framing of Gorchakov's experience is made possible through his signature pacing, extended tracking shots, and slow zooms and focusing.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
7/10 72% Beloved Sisters (2015) Dominik Graf's Beloved Sisters [displays] a fascinating visual approach that distinguishes the film apart from its period counterparts.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2015
9/10 85% Under the Skin (2014) A visionary, thought-provoking sci-fi masterpiece ...‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
No Score Yet Naked As We Came (2013) As in too much queer cinema, Naked is weighed down by wooden, charisma-free hunks in leading roles, but McWilliams proves a revelation whose passionate performance more than compensates for the distracting eye candy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2014
20% Indigo Children (2014) A film about an adolescent romance based on the pseudoscientific concept that some children possess special or supernatural powers.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2014
31% Summer in February (2014) A ceaselessly bland take on the famed Lamorna artists' colony in Cornwall, circa 1911.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2014
95% The Rocket (2014) A coming-of-age tale infused with fantastic elements that more than compensate for its predictability.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2014
93% Liv & Ingmar (2013) Liv & Ingmar is an anecdotal treasure chest for cinephiles, but more than that, it's a beautifully told love story.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2013
No Score Yet The Great Fallacy (2013) Each theory and statistic supports the thesis, but the degree to which everyone and everything agrees elicits suspicion rather than interest.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2013
63% Sunlight Jr. (2013) Collyer has a keen eye for underrepresented populations, but she'd be better served in the future to scale back on the overstatement.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2013
86% Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony (2013) Each anecdote builds upon the next to create that rarest of films: a documentary as ineffable and transformative in its reach as it sets out to be.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2013
96% These Birds Walk (2013) A touching portrait of youthful resilience and displacement set amid the drab backdrop of war-ravaged Karachi, Pakistan.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2013
No Score Yet Forced March (1990) The film's meta qualities resonate mostly due to King's understanding of the ways in which media can help people process the past.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2013
77% In the Name Of... (2013) The exogenous factors contributing to his turmoil are the ones in which he's most indoctrinated, and by humanizing this broader struggle, Szumowska's institutional denouncements are even more heartbreaking and scathing.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2013
7/10 77% Kill Your Darlings (2013) The film works best when the characters' freewheeling creative process is channeled into Krokidas's filmmaking techniques, namely through exhilarating montages, snappy dialogue, and frenetic, charismatic performances.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2013
90% Torn (2013) Michael Richter's intimate script traverses this mercurial territory without veering into hysterics-a great accomplishment.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2013
71% Symphony Of The Soil (2013) Despite director Deborah Koons Garcia's mighty effort to create a stimulating and visually engaging product, Symphony plays mostly like a taped lecture.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2013
67% The Network (2013) Orner relies almost exclusively on interviews, and while not every story calls for bells and whistles, such a ho-hum approach doesn't do much for TOLO's inspiring work.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2013
46% Zaytoun (2013) By the end ... the director's ambivalence is overwhelming, obscuring an important story with undeniable modern parallels.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2013
33% Adore (2013) The disparity between the inherently trashy appeal of the story and the self-serious way it's presented cripples much of the potential for enjoyment.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2013
80% Il Futuro (2013) Alicia Scherson's enthralling Il Futuro asks the question no one wants to hear: How would you see the world after a personal tragedy?‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2013
14% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) An endless parade of derivative genre tropes, even tedious and convoluted when it dares to break the formula-there may or may not be an incest subplot.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2013