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Pat Brown's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 100% Shoah: Four Sisters (2018) By uniting these four interviews in particular, Claude Lanzmann emphasizes the impossibility of moral clarity in the unthinkable circumstances into which Germany's invasion of Eastern Europe threw its Jewish population.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
4/4 97% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) It suggests that a war's horrors were the ultimate unassimilable experience of the shadowy depths of the human mind. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
3.5/4 92% Crime + Punishment (2018) The film is a vivid illustration of how racism is perpetrated through the structure of nominally egalitarian institutions.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3.5/4 96% I Am Not a Witch (2018) It finds that rare nexus of the comic and the tragic, underlining the absurdity of a terrible situation without demeaning those who have been harmed by it.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
3.5/4 100% Over the Limit (2018) Over the Limit is composed of minutely observed moments that Marta Prus has assembled into an affecting narrative.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3.5/4 100% The Waldheim Waltz (2018) The Waldman Waltz gradually builds outrage at the subterranean persistence of fascism in postwar politics.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/4 92% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) Antonio Méndez Esparza crafts a revealing portrait of life as lived under a regime of race and class oppression.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
3.5/4 85% La religieuse (The Nun) (1971) Neither La Religieuse nor its main character is ultimately able to see a way out of alienated individualism.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
3.5/4 94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) Nuri Bilge Ceylan's film takes a leisurely approach to narrative that's both intensely dialogical and transfixingly visual.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/4 98% Working Woman (2019) Michal Aviad's film forcefully brings home a reality that many of us have been aware of only intellectually.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Garden (1990) Derek Jarman's 1990 film isn't without hope that we can regrow a paradise.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3.5/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) simultaneously announces itself as an expressive portrait of a city, an endearing ode to male comradery, a leisurely paced hangout flick, an absurdist comedy, and a melancholic reflection on gentrification and urban black experience.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3.5/4 98% The Farewell (2019) The film taps into universal truths about the passage of time, the inevitability of loss, and how we prepare one another for it.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) Balancing rough-edge verité with highly composed images and a meticulous structure, it doesn't preclude itself from finding something like poetry in its subjects' struggles. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/4 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) It's difficult to imagine a more socially engaged or powerful condemnation of the exploitative gig economy than Ken Loach's latest.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/4 98% The Cakemaker (2018) The film binds its narrative to fascinating explorations of national identity, sexuality, and, of course, food.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
3/4 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) The film's slow reveal of its fantastical elements, which evoke the erratic, dreamlike strangeness of folk tales, makes them all the more unsettling. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/4 57% Touch Me Not (2019) Touch Me Not's commingling of narrator and narrative, character and actor, fiction and documentary suggests that cinema itself is capable of being a manner of touch, the site of a nebulous and freeing encounter between people.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3/4 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) It's the way tthe film's humor specifically subverts its genre's expected emotional valences that makes it so effective.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 100% United Skates (2018) The documentary brings to the foreground a fascinating and, moreover, beautiful culture lurking in the background of other stories.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
3/4 86% Christ Stopped at Eboli (Cristo si è Fermato a Eboli) (2019) The film is humanistic exploration of Italy's "southern problem" and a thorough indictment of nationalist and imperialist agendas.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
3/4 91% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) The film's playful tone is a corrective to a century of scholarship that insisted on projecting the image of a moody spinster onto Emily Dickinson.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 100% Knock Down the House (2019) A vital insight at the root of Rachel Lears's film is that Trump isn't the alpha and omega of the rot in American politics.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 97% Booksmart (2019) It's an R-rated teen comedy that proves that you can center girls' experiences without sacrificing grossness, and that you can be gross without being too mean.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The film seamlessly interweaves fun escapades and earnest emotions, but it lacks the visual power of its predecessor.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) In verbally recounting her history, Morrison proves almost as engaging as she in print, a wise and sensitive voice.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/4 91% Luce (2019) On the whole, the film is an unvarnished reflection of the ugliness of American attitudes toward assimilation.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2019
3/4 87% Hustlers (2019) The film is remarkable for capturing a brewing conflict between women while also celebrating their connection.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 100% Celebration (2007) Olivier Meyrou's ironically titled documentary weaves a tightly constructed story about success, power, and mortality. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/4 97% The Cave (2019) Its depiction of the perpetual terror of living in a war zone will stick with viewers long after The Cave's doctors have left Ghouta.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/4 83% Redoubt (2019) Matthew Barney re-instills nature with some of the mystic aura that modernity, with its technologies and techniques of knowledge, has robbed it of.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/4 94% When Lambs Become Lions (2019) Think Michael Mann's Heat but in East Africa and with real-world stakes. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 96% Incitement (2020) Admirably, Yaron Zilberman's film focuses on the cyclical nature of violence in a decades-old conflict. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/4 86% Emma. (2020) This lively adaptation plays up the novel's more farcical elements, granting it a snappy, rhythmic pace.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
3/4 71% Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) (2019) Around his main character, writer-director César Díaz builds a complex but unpretentious interrogation of national belonging.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
3/4 100% Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) It emerges a sincere story about a young woman's emotional reconciliation with her alien, perpetually troubled place of origin.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
3/4 100% On the Record (2020) Russell Simmons' victims' sense of their own complex relations to historical power structures emerges from the film's lucid recounting of the sexual assault allegations against him.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
2.5/4 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) The film is empathetic toward and clear-eyed about its young characters, even if the drama it constructs around them tends toward the superficial.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
2.5/4 88% Love, Gilda (2018) Its success is due to the way it relies on Radner's often elegant words to relay her experience of female stardom.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2.5/4 90% Possum (2018) In the end, there's little payoff for all the repetitive series of evocative visions and mute stares. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
2.5/4 91% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) Margarethe von Trotta's documentary reminds us of the reasons for Bergman's continued influence on cinema today.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2.5/4 65% Jonathan (2018) The dichotomy represented by Jonathan and John is too clean for the film's exploration of a divided psyche to ever feel particularly complex.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
2.5/4 91% Mirai (2018) The fabric of the fantasy world depicted in the film lacks the cohesion of its central theme about appreciating one's place in a family tree.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2.5/4 84% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) The film's drawn-out boy-who-cried-wolf arc creates little opportunity for the main character to develop. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2.5/4 44% Captive State (2019) The film might have better performed if it consisted of more than a smattering of good but relatively isolated ideas.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/4 45% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) With its naked celebration of self-sacrificial combat and idealization of the soldier as an avenging angel, it strikes a tone redolent of old-school war propaganda.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5/4 94% Rafiki (2019) The film's slotting of two African women into a familiar romantic structure represents a radical and important upending of contemporary Kenyan sexual mores.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2.5/4 88% Chasing Portraits (2019) Its major contribution, as one museum curator suggests, may be to bring the works of Moshe Rynecki back into prominence.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
2.5/4 82% Long Shot (2019) As it proceeds toward its telegraphed rom-com ending, the film becomes just more empty rhetoric, an ineffectual reiteration.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/4 61% Trial by Fire (2019) Ed Zwick uses a popular artistic to stake out a moral and political stance that, if not radical, is at least forceful.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019