Lael Loewenstein Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 85% A Song for Martin (2002) From its invitingly upbeat overture to its pathos-filled but ultimately life-affirming finale, Martin is a masterfully conducted work.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2002
4/5 96% The Celluloid Closet (1996) A remarkable look at the treatment of gays and lesbians in cinema.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/5 61% Desperado (1995) Banderas oozes sexual charisma and strength, and the supporting cast is strong all around, especially a wily Steve Buscemi as the Mariachi's friend.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2002
4/5 46% Kids (1995) Kids is especially chilling because it seems uncannily authentic.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2002
4/5 90% Trainspotting (1996) An uncompromising, dark and hilarious film.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2002
4/5 100% The Sweet Hereafter (1997) A stirring portrait of a community struggling to heal in the wake of a crisis.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2002
4/5 100% The Yacoubian Building (Omaret yakobean) (2006) At more than 2 1/2 hours, The Yacoubian Building is nothing if not long. But it's a window into a culture that few of us get to see.‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 8, 2006
4/5 80% I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life And Legacy Of Simon Wiesenthal (2007) The film successfully contextualizes [Wisenthal's] legacy for a new generation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2007
80% Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella) (1997) Explores the power of laughter to lift the human spirit even in the face of extreme tragedy.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
93% The Dreamlife of Angels (1998) A sensitive, straightforward film that thankfully avoids sentimentality but nevertheless leaves a visceral impact on its viewers.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
98% All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) (1999) Using his trademark bright color palette and bits of nearly farcical comedy to offset the occasionally somber story, Almodovar creates an impressively rich, evocative film replete with uniformly fine performances.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
63% Wonderland (2000) Michael Winterbottom does some of his best work in Wonderland.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% The Iron Giant (1999) A visually appealing, well-crafted film, The Iron Giant is an unalloyed success that works on several levels!‐ Variety
Posted Jan 1, 2000
29% Snow Day (2000) Young Grey is a firecracker of talent; Fisk delivers a lovely, unaffected performance, and Chriqui is a sparkling, doe-eyed beauty.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 1, 2000
69% Dancer in the Dark (2000) Raw and invigorating when its risks succeed and disconcertingly flat when they fail, Dancer is neither the masterwork its proponents raved about nor the disaster its critics insisted it is.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
82% Shadow of the Vampire (2000) Assets include fine technical values and standout acting, especially a nuanced, understated performance by John Malkovich as Murnau and a thrillingly over-the-top turn by Willem Dafoe as the vampire.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001) It is such an imaginative melange with such spectacular effects that it makes The Matrix look rote by comparison.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
64% The Yards (2000) Gray's writing is so smart and his direction so forceful that it gives the material exceptional texture and depth.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) Peppered with enough personal idiosyncrasy to appease [the Coen brothers'] fans.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
62% Chocolat (2000) A richly textured comic fable that blends Old World wisdom with a winking, timely commentary on the assumed moral superiority of the political right.‐ Variety
Posted Dec 11, 2000
79% Requiem for a Dream (2000) Accompanied by mournful violin music performed by the Kronos Quartet, the sequences are both jarring and intoxicating.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2001
67% Bread and Roses (2001) A powerful, occasionally didactic but deeply resonant film.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2001
47% Fast Food, Fast Women (2001) It's too soon by to know where Kollek will fit in, but he has a knack for sharp dialogue and comedy.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2001
76% Moulin Rouge! (2001) What one takes away from it is a powerful impression of Luhrmann as a technically dexterous visual virtuoso.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted May 21, 2001
43% Lisa Picard Is Famous (2001) Boasts an appealing, off-beat flavor.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2001
83% Mulholland Drive (2001) Stands as one of the director's best works in years.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2001
81% The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) A worthy and exquisitely beautiful heir to the noir tradition.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2001
53% Storytelling (2002) Presents a host of interesting characters and intriguing elements to mine.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2001
26% Kill Me Later (2001) An edgy, energetic romantic thriller.‐ Variety
Posted Sep 14, 2001
93% No Man's Land (2001) Extremely taut, brutally funny and achingly frank.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2001
85% La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room) (2002) Infused with a moral and emotional ambiguity and Moretti's characteristic humanity, it's a forceful and deeply affecting work.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2002
27% Amy's O (Amy's Orgasm) (Why Love Doesn't Work) (2002) Davis' candid, archly funny and deeply authentic take on intimate relationships comes to fruition in her sophomore effort.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 31, 2003
39% The Reckoning (2004) Has its flaws, among them a certain self-righteousness and a complicated storyline, but it is never less than gripping thanks to its gifted international cast.‐ Variety
Posted Mar 18, 2004
55% Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) Uneven though it is, Because of Winn-Dixie, based on Kate Di Camillo's novel, is tough to dislike.‐ Variety
Posted Feb 11, 2005
97% Double Dare (2005) Viewers are left feeling that it's still a male-dominated profession, but that determined women like these might just effect some small change.‐ Variety
Posted Apr 13, 2005
70% Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005) An endearing, deceptively simple story.‐ Variety
Posted Nov 29, 2005
31% Pizza (2005) A bittersweet, persuasively acted comedy whose tone recalls '80s teen films.‐ Variety
Posted Feb 3, 2006
50% The Dogwalker (2002) An indie that benefits from amusing characters, strong thesping and taut situational humor.‐ Variety
Posted Aug 25, 2006
No Score Yet The 12 Labors (2007) Notable for its handsome, chiseled young lead, Sidney Santiago, and energy-infused urban cinematography.‐ Variety
Posted Feb 2, 2007
36% Sydney White (2007) ...should satisfy Bynes fans looking for a pleasant, innocuous follow-up to her last vehicle.‐ Variety
Posted Sep 25, 2007
54% This Christmas (2007) A rare holiday treat, a package that's both thoughtfully selected and sure to please its intended recipients.‐ Variety
Posted Oct 26, 2007
53% Let It Snow (2001) At once a throwback to the days of Capra and Sturges and a wholly contempo item, Snow Days is smarter and more appealing than many other recent romantic comedies.‐ Variety
Posted Nov 26, 2007
20% A Plumm Summer (2008) Feels like an homage to a bygone era of moviemaking.‐ Variety
Posted Feb 20, 2008
23% I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998) Arrogance gives way to humility, making this an appropriate, if thoroughly cliched, Christmas morality tale that's sugar-coated with an attractive cast spouting sitcom-quality dialogue.‐ Variety
Posted Apr 16, 2008
80% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) Plucky, likable and determined to succeed, much like its heroine, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is a throwback to the kinds of movies they don't make anymore.‐ Variety
Posted Jun 18, 2008
83% Kissing Jessica Stein (2002) Pure pleasure.‐ Variety
Posted Jul 25, 2008
26% Bedtime Stories (2008) Sandler has delivered on his promise to make a movie his kids can enjoy. What's more, he's managed to do so without alienating his core audience.‐ Variety
Posted Dec 22, 2008
94% Under the Sea 3D (2009) Gorgeous, informative and as gripping as a shark's jaws.‐ Variety
Posted Feb 10, 2009
No Score Yet Ingenious (2012) A terrific little yarn about pluck, perseverance and friendship overcoming the odds, Lightbulb is exactly what's needed in these troubled times.‐ Variety
Posted Mar 19, 2009
44% Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) A goofily endearing romp that might even lasso a few new fans.‐ Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2009