Michael Atkinson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92/100 90% In the Mood for Love (2001) The movie needs to be seen twice, so that highly developed expectations can be washed away into irrelevance. Then one can see what Wong has done.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Feb 1, 2001
88/100 100% The Taste of Others (Le goût des autres) (2000) Masters the cinema's toughest special effect -- naturalism -- and hits every nail on the head.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Feb 9, 2001
88/100 94% Last Resort (2001) When will American filmmakers, mainstream and independent alike, tire of being shown up by international movies that capture authenticity as a matter of course?‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Feb 22, 2001
3.5/4 78% You All Are Captains (2011) One of the most moving of recent films about being a kid and the evanescence of childhood.‐ Boston Phoenix
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2011
84/100 82% Shadow of the Vampire (2000) Shadow of the Vampire might be the most original film of the year.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2001
4/5 No Score Yet Memories Look at Me (2013) Sweet and fiercely humane, Song's layered family portrait is decidedly Buddhist: silent when it needs to be and steadfast about approaching inevitable tragedy with care and patience.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet La Beauté du Diable (Beauty and the Devil) (1950) Essential movieness.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
98% Brazil (1985) Gilliam understood that all futuristic films end up quaintly evoking the naive past in which they were made, and turned the principle into a coherent comic aesthetic.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2000
87% A Clockwork Orange (1971) At once [Kubrick's] most thematically problematic film and his most unforgettably sensational.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2000
92% Days of Heaven (1978) Almost incontestably the most gorgeously photographed film ever made.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Greed (1925) Von Stroheim's rep, after a long dormancy, has been on the rise, and this is the best evidence of his work you'll get until someone finds those lost five hours in some Ukrainian subcellar.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Toy Story 2 (1999) The kitsch is back in full bloom -- gotta love the grouchy Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, and the discovery of the beach-blanket-bingo Barbie aisle.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2000
67% Stir of Echoes (1999) Koepp has made an interesting but irrelevant parallel between the otherworld and movies.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2000
68% U-571 (2000) It's a simple pleasure watching an American movie that respects genre.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% Croupier (2000) Polished and adroit ado about next to nothing, Hodges's film owes everything to Owen, who nails the vaguely unsavory, unreadable, half-lidded hunks that inhabit every profitable entertainment-industry outpost.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2000
69% American Psycho (2000) The film's details are spot-on, its tone ludicrously ironic.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
43% Committed (2000) Ambiguous enough to let you contemplate the thin line between love and obsession.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
17% Held Up (2000) There's enough nice timing and character surprises to make it click at least half of the time.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
68% Sleepy Hollow (1999) Sleepy Hollow is a fabulous hoot, and you feel Burton's delight in every frame.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
66% Boiler Room (2000) What cooks about Boiler Room are the details, the ways these guys talk to each other and customers.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
63% Ride With the Devil (1999) Lee and his team bring the period and place to life brilliantly, in its every frontier main street, homely speech pattern, and burnt gunpowder fog.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
83% The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) A beautifully executed Hollywood all-you-can-eat salad bar of glamour, plot twists, breathtaking Mediterranean vistas, and jazz.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
29% Drowning Mona (2000) Fierce appeal and beautifully wrought wit.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
93% Being John Malkovich (1999) A supremely, almost effortlessly inventive and hilarious experience.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
89% Topsy-Turvy (1999) A consistently delightful, superbly timed, and impeccably staged wedge of British pop history.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
79% Fight Club (1999) A fabulously berserk runaway train of a movie, David Fincher's Fight Club is post-MTV filmmaking at its most assured and courageous.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
27% Hollow Man (2000) Hollow Man has a wicked, dirty soul -- and that's why it's special.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) Marvelously shot.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
80% South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) In terms of raw wit and fearless satire, the South Park kids put Mike Myers and Adam Sandler to shame.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
93% The Limey (1999) Soderbergh might just be the best director of conversations in Hollywood.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
69% Dancer in the Dark (2000) It demands to be seen, and though you might detest it, at least you'll exit the theater with the bruised sense of having seen something memorable.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
79% Requiem for a Dream (2000) Requiem for a Dream may be an elaborate stunt, a bungee jump, but even so, it's forceful enough to leave a rare palpitating residue.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2000
64% The Yards (2000) The Yards may not have enough story to sustain its narrative momentum, but Gray just might be our best shot at a new Coppola.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Jan 1, 2000
53% The Family Man (2000) An easier movie to tolerate than it should be if, like me, you're in love with Téa Leoni, who ... rescues the movie from the tar pit of irrelevance.‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 21, 2000
48% An Everlasting Piece (2001) Pleasant but trifling.‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 22, 2000
86% Faithless (2001) Bergman is nothing if not an artist finely focused on secret narrative weaponry and snowballing decimation, and before you know it, his structural strategy has made it a Kevlar kind of day.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 26, 2001
78% The Pledge (2001) Though at times it threatens to meander off, Penn's movie fulfills its destiny as an alienated fable of justice and luck.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% Yi Yi (2000) A five-course meal of a movie, with drinks, for mature moviegoers for whom most films have come to resemble brainless carnival rides, not works of art.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Mar 2, 2001
90% The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre) (2000) Accomplished, middlebrow costume-drama entertainment.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Mar 8, 2001
96% The Dish (2001) Thin mush that it is, Sitch's movie does know how to capitalize on cosmic awe.‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 14, 2001
90% Akira (1988) Easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made.‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 27, 2001
93% Spy Kids (2001) The kids' movie kids have been waiting for.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Mar 29, 2001
88% Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman) (2001) So breathtakingly textural, so empathic in its images, that it transcends its context and achieves timelessness.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Apr 5, 2001
71% Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine (2001) The first film in 22 years by banned Iranian filmmaker Bahman Farmanara, Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine is something new for American movie gourmands.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Apr 12, 2001
94% The Circle (Dayereh) (2001) More than a window on an oppressed society -- it's filmmaking on the sharp edge of a knife.‐ Mr. Showbiz
Posted Apr 12, 2001
73% Before Night Falls (2001) Avoids many of the tragic biopic pitfalls.‐ Movieline
Posted Apr 16, 2001
97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001) It's a sugar high, fast, simple, polished and energetic.‐ Movieline
Posted Apr 16, 2001
82% The House of Mirth (2000) Not since A Room with a View has a classic novel been so perfectly realized on film.‐ Movieline
Posted Apr 16, 2001
73% Snatch (2001) Perhaps the most entertaining character is Brad Pitt's Mickey O'Neil.‐ Movieline
Posted Apr 16, 2001
97% Chicken Run (2000) For adults, it can get mushy and repetitious, though the overall sweetness and ingenuity shoveled into it makes you want to love the movie more than you're able.‐ Movieline
Posted Apr 17, 2001