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Scout Tafoya

Scout Tafoya
Scout Tafoya's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, Slant Magazine,, Consequence of Sound, Brooklyn Magazine, MUBI, The Spool

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 39% Capone (2020) Josh Trank's had to suffer a lot to get to make his art, and Capone is one of the most bravely singular and uncommon films you'll see this year.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
A- 90% Blood Quantum (2019) Blood Quantum marks an important step for native filmmaking: It's a successful and frequently fun horror movie, but also a thought-provoking missive that turns old paradigms about whites and native relations on their head.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
C+ 30% Bloodshot (2020) Bloodshot accidentally calls out the hollowness of every superhero movie by trying to beat them at their own game. It admits Vin Diesel is a tool to be deployed in very specific circumstances and it comes so close to self-awareness, but drops the ball.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
A- 22% The Jesus Rolls (2020) The Jesus Rolls feels special, like a kind of prized trinket, a sun-dappled sexual fantasia, chased by the specter of death in pursuit of a life of leisure. It's a touching and singular work, a louche fantasy.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
F 64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sonic The Hedgehog can pretend it's in good fun to run amok with branded content, but it isn't fooling anyone. This wasn't a movie, it was a boardroom meeting with some poor hapless dreamer strapped to the "directed by" credit...‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
71% Dead Man (1995) Not even the horror Westerns of the '70s and '80s approached the eeriness of Jarmusch's boldly elemental Western landscape. ‐ The Spool
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
93% High Flying Bird (2019) High Flying Bird is [Soderbergh's] anarchist's cookbook for besting capitalist systems and getting narratives out into the light that they would keep in darkness.‐ The Spool
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
3.5/4 90% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) Yen's Ip Man will be sorely missed if this is indeed his last match, but at least he walked into the sunset on an exuberant and heartfelt note.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
4/4 90% Chinese Portrait (2019) Wang Xiaoshuai's latest movie works so splendidly on its own self-contained and easily divined terms you could watch it without knowing anything about the Shanghai-born director and still walk out stunned.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
B- 71% The King (2019) The King is perfectly alright if you're looking for a large-scale epic with dozens of extras and fine performances, it just can't help but be Not Chimes At Midnight.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
D 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Rambo was always a product of Republican policy, and his sore loser, crybaby, murder fantasy is a daringly accurate reflection of the state of the Republican Party circa 2019.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
D+ 23% Zeroville (2019) James Franco taking potshots at Jesus Franco is about as unearned a jab as you'll find outside of the Razzie Awards.‐ Consequence of Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) The film is charismatic and thrilling enough to bypass its shortcomings.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3.5/4 92% Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Coincoin et les Z'inhumains) (2018) Dumont's comedies are a gift we were never promised and now they're something we should never have to live without.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
59% Charlie Says (2019) Charlie Says does what Harron always does best: finds the three dimensions of women called "unstable" by the men around them.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
95% Roma (2018) Roma is a colossal mistake, a series of miscalculations born of unchecked hubris and hideous classism, the kind of film that drags the rest of its director's body of work down with it.‐ Los Angeles Review of Books
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/4 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Once again, [Jackson] has translated something that's growing ancient into a series of images and ideas a modern audience will be able to grasp. And if we can make sense of the image, we can hopefully make sense of the horror it portends.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
95% Bisbee '17 (2018) There may never be justice for the victims of American trauma, but Greene has told one story no viewer could ever forget. ‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4.5/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) [Lynne] Ramsay's abstractions take their most productively aggressive and abrasive form here, throwing Joe's agonies at us like grenades.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4.5/5 60% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) The film rejects commodity fetishism at every turn but it abounds with sumptuousness all the same.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/5 56% The Commuter (2018) Trains, planes, and automobiles are crashed. Guns are fired. Liam Neeson shouts and scowls. But where the director comes alive is in the choreography of a camera, of the calculus problems presented by his scripts.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
1.5/4 88% David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017) Despite testimony from many of his closest friends and collaborators, The Last Five Years doesn't so much draw a picture of David Bowie as trace his outline.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
4/5 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) A puzzle picture, a conspiracy thriller, a kind of baroque classical nightmare, A Cure For Wellness is too sturdy, busy and sure of itself to be much of a horror film. Nor does it mean to be.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
2.5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) It seems designed to watch itself even if no one showed up, like a rotating hall of mirrors. The film doesn't need us.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3/4 87% My Friend Dahmer (2017) Meyers recreates Dahmer's world so wholly that you don't leave with questions even if the big one remains purposely unanswered.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) It had never occurred to me that watching Juliette Binoche turn men down for an hour and a half would be enough plot for a movie, let alone one so rich, hilarious and sensual.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
51% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) Flush with stylistic elegance and brio.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
59% Caniba (2018) Caniba is no Leviathan, but there is something undeniably fascinating at work.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
80% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) Yes, it's the peculiarly heartwarming tale of a man who becomes a better partner thanks to an alien invasion, but it also has an enormous body count and a dimly optimistic view of humanity. Still, you won't see anything else quite like it this year.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
94% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) Everything about The Rape of Recy Taylor aims to stay with you, to present the ugly history as something that cannot be scrubbed from the chambers of our memory.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
0/4 24% Birth of the Dragon (2017) How, this far into the 21st century, does a film like this get made? One that shunts Bruce Lee to the status of secondary character in a lazy and boringly familiar star-crossed romance?‐
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
2.5/4 79% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) The best An Inconvenient Sequel can offer is the formidable image of Gore, nearly 70, refusing to stand down. It's inspiring, but even the filmmakers have to know it's not enough.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3/4 80% The Woman Who Left (Ang babaeng humayo) (2017) That a film this busy can find such focus in its closing moments says that whatever Diaz's methods of inspiration and creation, he knows exactly what he's doing.‐
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
2.5/4 69% All These Sleepless Nights (2017) The nagging question is whether or not the film stands tall on aesthetic or moral grounds, divorced of its purpose as a conversation piece.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3/4 58% Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017) A madcap success on its own bizarre terms and an informative distillation of each auteur's sensibility.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
4/4 100% On the Silver Globe (Na Srebrnym Globie) (1988) Even out of time, even incomplete, even now that its director is gone for good, On The Silver Globe endures and its beautiful power will never dim.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
91% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) Kopple spends a few minutes at a time on any given subject before changing focus. If she'd kept the camera trained on Jones, the payoff would have been titanic. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
74% Ghostbusters (2016) Naturally, the problem with the movie isn't the four women ably kicking adversity in the teeth, it's the man behind the camera.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
82% Captain Fantastic (2016) This horrifically precious, self-satisfied brain freeze of a movie is what most of America probably pictures a Bernie Sanders presidency looking like.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
29% Outlaws and Angels (2016) This film's nastiness is a virtue.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
4/4 81% Cosmos (2016) Confined to a few locations and shaking with ecstasy, possibility and the torment of being alive, "Cosmos" is like absinthe distilled secretly in a prison cell.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
3.5/4 88% Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado) (2015) Gomes plays with the traditions of the past and the tangible facts of the presents, hoping for a brighter future for his homeland.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2015
3.5/4 100% Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado) (2015) The melancholy that falls over this chapter is hard to shake but its tempered slightly by the love Gomes has for his characters, bad habits, ingrained sadness and all.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2015
3/4 97% Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) Each of these stories slowly unfurls its metaphoric underpinning and meaning in modern Portuguese politics just in time for the next fable to begin.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
1.5/4 88% The Tribe (2015) If Slaboshpitsky retrofitted his tiresome screenplay with sign language because he wanted to prove that everyone, no matter their circumstances, is only human, I can think of a dozen much less dimwitted strategies he might have employed.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
4/4 88% Amour Fou (2015) It illustrates, both bluntly and gently, the stultifying trap of male influence.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2015
2.5/4 62% Son of a Gun (2015) It's a little heavy on incident, and a little light on soul.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2015
4/4 100% Li'l Quinquin (2015) Saying "P'tit Quinquin" is Dumont's funniest and warmest film doesn't count for much, but could I interest you in one of the sharpest autocritiques in recent memory?‐
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/4 30% The Captive (2014) "The Captive" may appear to bite off a little more than it can chew but it's one of the most satisfyingly baroque thrillers of the year, and thanks to a perfectly judged performance by Ryan Reynolds, it's quietly heartbreaking, too.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2014
3.5/4 90% The Blue Room (La chambre bleue) (2014) "The Blue Room" often feels like a work of cinematic futurism, not dissimilar to the films of Steven Soderbergh. It constructs ideal romantic and erotic zones, only to eye them from a clinical remove mere seconds later.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2014