Elena Lazic

Elena Lazic
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 82% Saint Maud (2019) Carried by a stellar performance from Morfydd Clark in the lead role, Saint Maud is a seamless experience of pure horror pleasure. Amen. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
50% Hope Gap (2019) Striving hard not to be simplistic in its diagnosis of the characters, Hope Gap ends up being shapeless and monotonous. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
78% Military Wives (2019) Succeeds in striking a pleasant balance between the frankly inspiring and the refreshingly humble. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
57% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2019) Fukada's film is mad but wildly engrossing, imagining a cruel world where unrequited love plus time makes for a fatal sum. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
85% Deerskin (Le daim) (2019) Dujardin delivers the most affecting and subtle of his recent string of similar performances... It's a memorable performance in a very funny, dark, and strangely heartwarming movie. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2/5 38% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The product of a vague and unconvincing plot, the violence here is simply and purely awful. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
37% Out of Blue (2019) A sinewy and complex riff on the gumshoe thriller, the latest film from British director Carol Morley is her most ambitious and hypnotic to date. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
No Score Yet Killing (2019) In stripping the samurai film back to its main components and placing it into a realistic setting, Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto crafts a potent and thrilling critique of violence and the traditions that justify it. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
80% The Great Darkened Days (La grande noirceur) (2018) The Great Darkened Days is as unsettling as it is absorbing, as eye-pleasing as it is heart-wrenching. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
80% Blind Spot (2018) Despite this complex setup and the film's dramatic central event, Novotny shows an intelligent restraint that lets us truly absorb the immediate implications and emotions of the situation. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 31% The Intruder (2019) The Intruder succeeds in making this scenario less blatantly paranoid and misanthropic than it often appears... It also helps that Quaid, showing remarkable dedication to the role, jumps effortlessly between magnanimous old fool and evil. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Implacable but slight, Midsommar leaves us grasping at straws. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/5 64% Child's Play (2019) Although the whole enterprise rings a little shallow, it still packs a punch. Moving along with great visual flair, its nasty blend of effective jump-scares and graphic gore offers something for everyone. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
94% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse finds surprise and laughs in a sea of contrasts. Eggers and his brother, Max, the film's co-writer, do not miss any opportunities to exploit the comic potential of drink- and fatigue-induced madness. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Defiantly progressive in its perception of love and creation that sees the two parties on an equal footing, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is as poignant as it is invigorating. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
91% Atlantics (Atlantique) (2019) Light on its feet, Atlantics ultimately packs a powerful punch. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
100% For Sama (2019) The film is a breathtaking portrait of resilience and sacrifice; Waad and her husband Hamza could have left the city, but they chose to stay to help the many victims of the bombings perpetrated by the Syrian government. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 97% Dirty God (2019) Knight's performance remains the film's emotional anchor throughout. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
91% Atlantics (Atlantique) (2019) Diop bridges the gap between realism and fantasy with great elegance and aplomb, her unremitting eye for striking compositions and Fatima Al Qadiri's unsettling but gorgeous score engulfing us into its peculiar universe. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
68% Little Joe (2019) With little to chew on in terms of suspense and a metaphor that fails to send the mind reeling, the eye drifts towards the set design. But.. even the film's visual style feels like a patronizing explanation of Little Joe's simple metaphor. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
76% Les Misérables (2019) Though Chris' crass dialogue feels a little too scripted at times, and some of the real-life details about life in Montfermeil are clumsily introduced, the film largely succeeds in making us understand the dynamic of this place. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead Don't Die self-consciously interrupts its already tough going flow several times with references to Donald Trump... The gimmick come across as a rather lazy afterthought. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 58% Pet Sematary (2019) The narrative thrust and overarching themes of King's story are gone. Hollywood brought Pet Sematary back, but it didn't come back the same. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 27% The Aftermath (2019) The pressure that all three protagonists are under feels genuinely affecting, as the film knows to linger on the morally thorny and painful moments that its story entails. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/5 72% Piercing (2019) Ending just as its long-teased crescendo of reciprocal madness begins, Piercing is a little too smart for its own good. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Combining a fun and silly genre approach to the concept of dying with an earnest consideration of its real-life consequences, Happy Death Day 2U is simply a matter of life and death, both literally and figuratively speaking. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 89% A Private War (2018) A Private War is at its best when it focuses on tension and danger in the field... These scenes land us in the moment unlike much of the more conventional human drama [director Matthew] Heineman builds elsewhere. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 50% Escape Room (2019) How could it be entertaining and engaging enough to justify watching the game, instead of simply playing it Adam Robitel's slick, good-looking film takes up the challenge, and succeeds to a point. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) Caught between the high stakes of a superhero film, and the narrative intricacy that is Shyamalan's specialty, the film fails at both. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 92% Bumblebee (2018) Tears and thrills for all the family. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
4/5 63% Bird Box (2018) Bird Box will creep under your skin without you noticing. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
57% The House That Jack Built (2018) With The House That Jack Built, Von Trier has tapped into the fact that what makes serial murder a valid focus for a film is precisely the unsettling extremity and incomprehensible character of it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2/5 65% Aquaman (2018) It could have been worse, but maybe it could also have been good? - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/5 68% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Like being slightly tipsy on good mulled wine. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
4/5 66% Suspiria (2018) Over-the-top and a little goofy, but in a good way: this is a film without limits, and you never know what's coming. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Very clearly aimed at younger children, but does not take the hyperactive approach that so many kids' films do. This is instead a very classical, old-school movie, which paradoxically makes it quite refreshing. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
95% Ray & Liz (2019) Billingham's compositions are gorgeous -- some of them are close recreations of his published photographs. Yet there is more than superficial beauty at play. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
82% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) That U - July 22 would attack its audience is one thing; that it would try to get at them by using its characters is on another level of distastefulness. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) Cinema can -- and even should -- keep showing us how people overcome horror and build themselves up again when faced with hatred and violence, but it should not confuse this project with an ability to ever understand their suffering. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 96% In Fabric (2019) The rather light, sarcastic film feels a little overextended at almost 2 hours, and its visual style less polished than one might hope. But the odd and unique style of In Fabric is worth trying on for size. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
76% The Ranger (2018) The Ranger follows the rules of the slasher film perfectly, but one wishes it had imbued them with more life. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
83% Microhabitat (So-gong-nyeo) (2017) The unpredictable reactions from people that Miso hasn't seen in years allow for both biting humour and poignant moments, and Jeon handles these changes in tone admirably in this light, entertaining, and quietly rebellious feature debut. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
100% Amiko (2018) Amiko's nonlinear association of thoughts and ideas, sign of a lively mind, determine the film's structure and its form... The film itself does not let its low budget stand in the way of visually daring and imaginative shots and sequences. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) The film does give us some insight into why its protagonists' outlook is so bleak, but one could have wished for more, if only to make the viewing experience slightly less maddening. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 42% Nekrotronic (2019) All the jokes land, and for most of its runtime, this is a slick and self-assured romp. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
5/5 44% Jessica Forever (2018) The contrast between their menacingly macho appearance (due to their muscles and military gear) and their tenderness is endlessly endearing, and the film leans into this for our greatest delight. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/5 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Roth treats his viewers as smart children, versed in movie logic: they can tell the house is magic, and he doesn't waste their time. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
73% The Command (Kursk) (2019) Does put a more realist slant on proceedings. But the clunky dialogue, clichéd relationships and characterisation of every character undermine all these efforts. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) An interesting experiment but not a successful one. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/5 82% The Wind (2019) The film's complicated narrative structure needlessly interrupts what is at times an engrossing descent into madness and fear, and takes away from the visceral qualities of the setting. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018