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Walter Goodman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 97% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) Scene for scene, Mr. Klimov proves a master of a sort of unreal realism that seeks to get at events terrible beyond comprehension.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2004
4.5/5 100% Ashik Kerib (1989) How Mr. Paradzhanov manages the tricky feat of kidding folk themes yet according them love and respect is his secret. How well he succeeds is here for the rest of us to relish.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2004
4/5 86% The Sacrifice (1986) The Sacrifice is a stunningly beautiful film that holds your attention even while you feel slightly stunned, in a less welcome way, by what is actually going on.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2004
4/5 92% Manhunter (1986) The movie drives along with such intensity for much of the time that you can just let it work on your senses without worrying about whether it makes sense.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2004
91% The Steamroller and the Violin (Katok i Skripka) (The Skating Rink and the Violin) (1962) Young Mr. Tartovsky has side-stepped all the visual detours and pitfalls of the standard experimental vignette.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2005
3/5 92% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (1985) By and large, the script by Tony Geiss and Judy Freudberg and the direction by Ken Kwapis don't strain for yuks; what they seek, and more often than not attain, is a tone of kindly kidding.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
3/5 77% Big Trouble in Little China (1986) An upscale send-up.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
3/5 75% Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (The Legend of the Suram Fortress) (1986) Although Mr. Paradjanov has a reputation as a prankster, I don't think this is an elaborate joke.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2005
2.5/5 55% The Black Cauldron (1985) This is the 25th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney studios, and professionally put together as it is, many of the ingredients may seem programmed to those who have seen some of the others.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
2.5/5 75% Project X (1987) The director, Jonathan Kaplan, lays on the animal antics without stint; it's a one-ring circus. The way he tugs at our sympathy for the poor smart beasts may remind you of a house pet scratching away for attention.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
2/5 0% Dream a Little Dream (1989) This is one incoherent movie; I have a hunch that the writers could not figure it out, either.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
2/5 31% The Best of Times (1986) Such a rouser that it almost makes up for the incomplete passes and stopped runs that precede it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
2/5 54% Little Nikita (1988) Richard Benjamin's strategy in directing ''Little Nikita'' seems to have been to paper over the holes in the plot with routine moves from spy shows past, in hopes of making the improbable passable.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
2/5 17% RAD (1986) The bicycle acrobatics behind the credits at the opening of Rad are so spectacular that you wonder what the movie can do to improve on them. The short answer is, nothing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
2/5 48% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) No matter how adeptly Chainsaw 2 was put together, it would remain just another exploitation flick for fans who get a tingle from watching blades slash into flesh and innards peep out.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
2/5 88% Salvador (1986) One look at the youthful, idealistic guerrillas, accompanied everywhere by folk music, and you know where Mr. Stone's heart lies.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
2/5 69% Highlander (1986) Since none of the characters makes sense even on the movie's own terms, Highlander keeps on exploding for almost two hours, with nothing at stake.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
2/5 91% Stand by Me (1986) Rob Reiner's direction hammers in every obvious element in an obvious script.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2004
2/5 6% Death Wish 3 (1985) There is not a moment of credibility in the movie and the ending is sheer chaos, and anticlimactic at that. Mr. Winner runs out of imagination before Mr. Bronson runs out of ammunition.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
2/5 29% A Man And A Woman, 20 Years Later (1986) At several points, Mr. Lelouch inserts clips of the young couple from A Man and a Woman. Those moments glow and remind us of what is missing this time round.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2008
54% Top Gun (1986) Once 'Top Gun... gets back to earth, the master of the skies is as clunky as a big land-bound bird.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
1/5 0% 8 Million Ways To Die (1986) How did Eight Million Ways to Die commit suicide? Let us count the ways.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
100% Fat City (1972) A knockout scene by that grand old battler, John Huston.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
100% Dodge City (1939) ''Dodge City,'' Michael Curtiz's rousing 1939 oater about the civilizing of the ''wide-open Babylon of the American West,'' has everything...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
100% La Historia Oficial (The Official Story) (1985) From the legacy of anguish left by Argentina's military juntas, Luis Puenzo has created a glowing film.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2004
100% Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) (1961) The acting is finely modulated; Miss Andersson's flirtation with insanity is a ballet.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
100% Titicut Follies (1967) The stage, where odd behavior reigns, blurs the lines of sanity and confers an hour of equality.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
100% Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits) (1952) The messages come easily; the movie is never hectoring or doleful. The director's touch is light, his eye for the ways of farm folk and of children is sharp, and his heart is soft.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
100% La Ronde (1950) The performers are as seductive as the script. It's quite an affaire.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
100% Huang tu di (Yellow Earth) (1984) The striking images of Yellow Earth... offer respite from a plot that bears the impress of the cultural arm of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2010
100% The Great McGinty (1940) ''The Great McGinty'' was the great Preston Sturges's first showing as a director, and a happy occasion it was.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
100% Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) (1984) Here is India through impeccably Indian eyes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
100% Westfront 1918 (1930) The truth of the movie is all in the trenches.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
100% The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison (1998) ... a grave two-hour look at the experiences of six men, five of whom seem fated to end their lives where they have already spent much of them.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
100% Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) Escapist, sure, but 1938 was a year worth escaping from.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
100% Riding the Rails (1997) The spirit of these young wanderers is caught in the haunting songs, the gritty photographs and the memories, a mix of worry at being on their own and excitement of being on the move.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
100% Tongues Untied (1989) It is a remarkably rewarding effort.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
100% Forbidden City, USA (1989) Their recollections are generally light-hearted, but not without a dark strain.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
100% Ken Burns: The Civil War (2015) So rich in conception and so rewarding in execution that it almost redeems the promise of the medium. Mr. Burns and his associates have translated the materials of history into television drama of an epic order.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
98% All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) The lovely, terrible final image... is as heartbreaking in 1988 as it was a half century ago.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
97% The Winslow Boy (1999) What began as a transformation of borrowed material by adroit stagecraft has lately become a demonstration of a movie maker's finesse in adaptation.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
97% Aliens (1986) A flaming, flashing, crashing, crackling blow-'em-up show that keeps you popping from your seat despite your better instincts and the basically conventional scare tactics.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
97% Umberto D (1955) Vittorio De Sica's memorable ''Umberto D'' seems more sentimental now, but as you stay with it, the small story grows to a most moving climax.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
96% Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993) ... it is her unforgettable and, for many, unforgivable achievements in behalf of Hitler that give the program its force.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
92% Camille (1936) Miss Garbo, as Marguerite Gauthier, the weak-chested Lady of the Camelias, coughing delicately into a lace hanky, never looked or languished better.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
91% Coming Out Under Fire (1994) A reminder of a time when psychiatrists viewed homosexuals as mentally ill and the military viewed them as dangerous to morale, not to mention morality.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
90% Little Shop of Horrors (1986) Levi Stubbs's big voice explodes from the insatiable plant, and there's a knockout turn by Steve Martin and Bill Murray as a sadistic dentist and his masochistic patient.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
90% RoboCop (1987) Whatever may have been in the minds of the writers, Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, has more trouble emerging from Mr. Verhoeven's sizzling battles than poor Murphy does from his robosuit.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2003
90% The Left Handed Gun (1958) Saddled with a pretentious and senseless screenplay about Billy the Kid, this lame oater drags all parties down with it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
89% The Citadel (1938) ... still has considerable punch despite the placebo of a plot.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018