Anthony Lane

Anthony Lane
Anthony Lane's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Independent (UK) New Yorker Independent on Sunday

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
44% The Laundromat (2019) How can a parable that set out to take the side of little people, versus gargantuan greed, end up using them as disposable comic fodder? - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
91% Monos (2019) What Landes has done is to revise, and to render yet starker, the premise of "Lord of the Flies." - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
82% Ad Astra (2019) "Ad Astra" is Gray's most formidable paradox to date, liable to leave you awed, confused, and sad. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
100% Mr. Klein (1976) The miracle of the film is that Losey had the imaginative guts to probe his own fears and failings. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
89% Give Me Liberty (2019) At once breakneck and tolerant, "Give Me Liberty" manages to be both rousingly Russian and touchingly all-American. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) It gets its claws into you, and won't let go. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
79% Good Boys (2019) "Good Boys" is worth catching for those rare and wrenching points at which emotional honesty breaks through. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" has to be seen, and demands to be believed, because of Cate Blanchett. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) There's nothing wrong with documentarians taking center stage in the drama of their own research, as... Werner Herzog demonstrates. The trouble with this ploy, however, is that you have to be Herzog, or a figure of comparable charisma, to pull it off. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) This movie muses gracefully on its moral opportunities. In the end, though, it plumps for the lobster. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The filmmaker may be on a mission to get everything right about 1969, down to the sounds and smells, but he's also inviting us to smoke a little wrongness. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The movie simmers with a longing for revenge, frequently boiling over, and the foe is not just Hawkins but the colonialist order for which he stands: barbarism, thinly disguised as civilization. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
100% Cremator (Spalovac Mrtvol) (1969) Herz practiced a surrealism that is bare of whimsy and armed with aggression; one image splinters into the next, and, in the opening scene, full of caged beasts, you feel the prowling presence of Kafka. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) "Honeyland" swarms with difficult, ancient truths about parents, children, greed, respect, and the need for husbandry. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) Rarely has brand recognition soared to such fetishistic heights, and I regret to inform you that, aside from the updating of the vocal cast, the most blatant discrepancy between the old and the new is a very slight increase in the comedy of flatulence. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) [T]he movie is compact, coolly heartwarming, and gratifyingly uncute. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
58% Ophelia (2019) From the opening shot of Ophelia adrift in a river, in mimicry of Millais's famous painting, the film seems to splash around in search of a suitable style. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) The movie is fun, largely because it proposes that fun is the principal legacy of the Beatles. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) Buckley... confirms that she is a specialist in the untamed. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Cooley's film quickens and deepens... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
100% A Bigger Splash (1974) The whole thing, by rights, should seem arch and overworked. Why, then, does it exert such an emotional pull? - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The line between the laid-back and the listless, in "The Dead Don't Die," may be too fine even for [Jarmusch], and most of the running gags don't run at all, merely loping around in a circle. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Dougherty isn't quite sure whether to wow us with the hulking immensity of the action scenes or to wag his finger at us for the environmental hubris of our species. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) If you need somebody to recount the rise of a British rock god from pallid suburbia to the baroque extremes of fame, and to create a stir without causing too much of a fuss, Fletcher is your man. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
59% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) The film grows into a caustic comedy, rife with fidgety questions. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) In short, it's a whole old world. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
89% The Souvenir (2019) This is Hogg's most disconcerting work to date. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Such is the wise and humbling rule of "Booksmart": try as you might to flee your regular self, you always end up bumping into it. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Why do people keep making films about writers? - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) The women suffer under hats the size of fire hydrants. The music is mostly scored for piano and mush. And our attention is drawn, at inordinate length, to landscapes that look too fanciful to be rooted in the real. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Historians of the period will learn nothing new from the movie, yet it remains a stirring enterprise, especially when it peers back, beyond the bright public record of Gorbachev's heyday, into the mist of what feels like a distant past. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Clearly, Theron can turn her hand to any genre. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) You can easily duck out during the middle hour, do some shopping, and slip back into your seat for the climax. You won't have missed a thing. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) Some viewers will find the result too fussy by half; I liked its restlessness, and the sense of a chafed and driven spirit that refuses to be boxed in. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
83% Dogman (2019) Garrone's forte, as ever, is to layer the brutish with the beautiful, and to find grace in dereliction. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
68% Stockholm (2019) Something mysterious-a contagion of souls-occurred in that vault, and Budreau's movie, entertaining as it is, leaves us little the wiser. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
66% The Public (2019) The problem is, there's only just enough story to go round. You can hear the creak as both characters and subplots get jacked up out of proportion. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
83% High Life (2019) Denis delves into the group psychology of a beleaguered crew, housed in an interplanetary rust bucket. Her devotees will claim, correctly, that her movie blooms with provocative ideas... - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
37% Out of Blue (2019) Viewers who like their mysteries to be solved, rather than merely mused upon, should prepare for bewilderment. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) I was psyched for the reteaming of Keaton and Burton, who together cooked up "Beetlejuice" and two of the better Batman films, but the chemistry, sad to say, produces no magical brew. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
56% The Beach Bum (2019) What a pleasure it is to meet certain characters in the movies, and what a relief not to know them in real life. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
100% Roll Red Roll (2019) Even if you're steeped in the saga of Steubenville, the film contains plenty to appall you afresh. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
93% Us (2019) "Us" is political filmmaking of the most spirited sort, and it sets up quite a fight: the Hydes come to visit the Jekylls, and the Jekylls hit back. Whom you cheer for, in the long run, is up to you. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Do not be gulled by the slow pace of Jia's stories; they are ceaselessly alive to his country's haste, as it rushes to erase and to construct, and his sympathies tilt to those uncertain souls who simply can't keep up. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
77% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Lurking below the movie is an unsavory irony: the killers and the filmmakers picked the hotel for the same reasons. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
No Score Yet Tale of Tales (Skazka skazok) (1984) There's something blessed and consoling in these unfathomable sights. You may not get them, but they get to you, and stay. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Superhero cinema has lectured us, ad infinitum, on the responsibility that is conferred by extraordinary gifts. Praise be to Larson, for reminding us that they can be bringers of fun. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Jordan's movie is not graced with subtlety, nor does it wish to be, and that's the fun of it. Its purpose is to prick your nerves, and every detail is enlisted to that end. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) For the millionth time, the female of the species is let down by the male, and that's that. The genius of Moore, though, is how plausibly, and how patiently, she fills the spaces of ordinary living. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
94% Transit (2019) Sitting through "Transit" is like watching an anti-"Casablanca," so diligent is Petzold in the draining of romantic hopes, and there were times when I dreamed that Claude Rains would stroll in and order a champagne cocktail. - New Yorker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019