Judy Berman

Judy Berman
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
86% Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) His extensive complaints about performative wokeness among liberal white people don't exactly break new ground for stand-up... But he does have a knack for pushing these serious dilemmas into the realm of the absurd. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
63% Unicorn Store (2019) Unicorn Store only ends up infantilizing millennials and, when it comes to Jackson's ethereal character, playing into offensive tropes. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
27% Rent Live (2019) We'll never know whether a genuinely live version would have come closer to preserving the urgency of Larson's beloved musical, but it certainly would've had a better excuse for showing so many seams. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
91% Fyre (2019) What's most haunting about the movie isn't the transformation itself so much as the emptiness of the desires that fuel it-essentially the same empty desires that both propelled McFarland and destroyed him. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 79% Humpday (2009) Where Humpday really excels is in its depiction of Ben and Andrew's relationship. After so many years apart, they speak easily and candidly to one another... - Tiny Mix Tapes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 95% My Winnipeg (2007) More an abstract hallucination than a photo-realist portrait, My Winnipeg would be out of place on the "documentary" shelf at the video store. But it deserves prime placement in the Guy Maddin canon. - Tiny Mix Tapes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 87% Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006) "Ultimately, your work is your world," Walker says toward the end of the documentary. 30th Century Man succeeds, then, because it inhabits the world of its subject. - Tiny Mix Tapes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/5 37% New York, I Love You (2009) Most of the shorts suffer from similarly hackneyed story lines, with all action leading up to a pat resolution. - Tiny Mix Tapes EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
96% Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) As seen through Lacy's compassionate lens, the Jane Fonda who lays bare her life in Five Acts is introspective and affable, confident yet forthcoming about her flaws and failures. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
28% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) Ortega's production is full of curious directorial choices like this. A few hit. Many miss. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
92% Nico, 1988 (2018) Because [Susanna] Nicchiarelli gets all of that, Nico, 1988 never devolves into a sob story. - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
88% David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017) Bowie's untimely death was a tragedy, but at the very least, it finally got us really discussing his body of work. The Last Five Years continues that necessary conversation. - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
84% Detroit (2017) Detroit, however, suggests [director Kathryn Bigelow] - and her current screenwriter - still can't quite tell the difference between an impactful film and an important one. - Mic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
69% mother! (2017) Mother!... is just as gorgeous, bombastic and uninterested in presenting fully formed characters as those movies, but it's also pretty spectacular. - Mic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
7% CBGB (2013) Unless you're morbidly curious about how one of the loudest, strangest, and most irreverent and original moments in rock history can be transformed into a jukebox musical for the entertainment of precisely no one, there's no need to see CBGB. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
88% Venus in Fur (2014) Lighthearted as it is, Venus in Fur has the rare effect of filtering the viewer's life through its own extreme lens. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
85% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) Whatever the reason, this truly is a film about life, death, and supermarkets, which means it's a far better film about Pulp than any mere record of their final concert would have been. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
91% Wetlands (2014) ... The film is packed with subtle, feminist riffs on romantic movie clichés... - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
79% Pasolini (2019) Pasolini may not be the film we were promised, but it turns out to be something better: a thought-provoking - if not quite masterful - cinematic portrait of an artist whose visionary oeuvre remains poorly understood. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
91% Dear White People (2014) ... an incisive look at not only how smart, ambitious people of all different skin tones and experiences talk about race in America, but also what's behind those words. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) ... the novel Thomas Hardy actually wrote would have made for a much more thrilling film. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
97% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) Of the many films that have been made about Kurt Cobain, documentary and fiction, [director Brett] Morgen's is the best because what it leaves us with is the one thing that most defined his life: empathy. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
40% Love (2015) That philosophical freedom is what gives his earlier films value, and the lack of it is what makes Love, with its adherence to worn-out binaries, a disappointment. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
79% The Revenant (2015) Ultimately, The Revenant suggests no deeper or more nuanced truths than a medieval morality play. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
96% Heart of a Dog (2015) ... it restores a sense of calm to its subject without evading the most haunting questions. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
74% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) ... Five Foot Two feels intriguingly raw. - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
81% We Are X (2016) What drives [director Stephen] Kijak's film, and adds a universal dimension to a singular band's narrative, is the drama inherent in a group of strong personalities who live for music attempting to create and perform it together. - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
43% Song to Song (2017) ... just another minor variation on Malick's favorite theme-the power of love and spirituality to transcend the life-poisoning curses of ambition and greed-and not a very effective one, at that. - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
94% Gimme Danger (2016) ... by getting Iggy to talk about his art rather than his antics, Jarmusch performs the delicate feat of elucidating a beloved rock'n'roll persona without exploding it. - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
5/5 100% Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders enjoys a richly deserved place in the international canon of timeless coming-of-age stories. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2015