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Phoebe Chen

Phoebe Chen
Phoebe Chen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, 4:3, MUBI, Screen Slate

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% Suburban Birds (Jiao qu de niao) (2019) There's no reliance on the easy nostalgia of period markers or a childhood boxed away as idyll; both storylines seem thoroughly contemporary.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
8/10 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) "The tone of Takashi Miike's latest film is best encapsulated by a single image: a close-up of a freshly severed head, its features wreathed in a goofy, blissed-out grin."‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/10 68% Joker (2019) In aping the ambition and prestige of its motley influences, Joker winds up with a bungled understanding of its own relation to violence.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet Henry Glassie: Field Work (2019) Glassie appears as an intermittent talking head, relaying principles that sound aphoristic, but charm with their generous reading of the world.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
80% Drift (2017) Crucial to Drift's evocation of place is Nika Breithaupt's remarkable sound design, which signals movement and spatial boundaries as much as do the film's visuals.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
81% Millennium Mambo (Qianxi Manbo) (2001) Millennium Mambo blunts the many rhythms of urban life into an empty time less lived than passively endured.‐ Screen Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
95% Roma (2018) However easy it is to dismiss a static or slow camera as performing attentiveness, it works - I have never looked so hard at soapsuds.‐ Another Gaze
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Although nothing is explicitly surreal, there are enough off-kilter intrusions to cast the everyday in an odd light, where the inexplicable opens a story to unseen possibilities.‐ Another Gaze
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
Recommended 95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) It's in Mungiu's skillful structuring that his themes are given their complexity, through multiple threads that unravel at different rhythms.‐ 4:3
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
Not Recommended 70% Happy End (2017) The film unfolds like a curation of his favourite ideas from movies past, a self-referential object predictably filtered through the theme of bourgeois malaise.‐ 4:3
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
Highly Recommended 95% The Love Witch (2016) Biller's challenge of the surface dares us to be mesmerised without being beguiled, and to parse the realm of female agency without demonising its contradictions.‐ 4:3
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
Not Recommended 61% The Light Between Oceans (2016) What I find so jarring about The Light Between Oceans isn't just its unabashed sentimentality, but its utter reducibility.‐ 4:3
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
Recommended 97% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) To see Wang simply operating the camera is gratifying; a gesture that asserts critical presence in the face of state-orchestrated odds.‐ 4:3
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
Recommended No Score Yet We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited (2015) ... the film's focus on the history of Native American struggle lifts what would otherwise play out like an extended behind-the-scenes featurette.‐ 4:3
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017