Manuela Lazic

Manuela Lazic
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 86% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) A wake-up call to the cold, hard reality of racism. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra, set in the near future, gives the father-son dynamic literally astronomical dimensions. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
81% Les Misérables (2020) Like the similarly explosive Do the Right Thing, Les Misérables has surreal moments verging on comedy that heighten the sense of unpredictable brutality rather than distract from it. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
52% Sibyl (2019) The conscious and the unconscious, the mental and the physical, the real and the fake, all collapse into each other through Triet's purposefully scrambled yet effortlessly evocative style. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
72% Jacob's Ladder (1990) It is this constant slippage into uncertainty that makes Jacob's Ladder unique. Lyne's focus on the sensual experiences of his character helps blur that line between dream and reality... - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell [is] a vivid and endlessly relatable story of fractured identity in a globalized world. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
5/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) A neorealist take on our capitalist times, reaffirming the essential need for camaraderie every day of the working week. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) The triumph of The Lighthouse lies not only in its darkness, but in how it illuminates the fragility and terror of its characters in front of our eyes. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
54% Ma (2019) [Ma] tediously arrives at a hysterical conclusion, short of breath. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
87% Deerskin (2020) Its weirdly earnest tone keeps Deerskin grounded and coherent even as Georges turns murderous, taking the film to genre territory. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Haenel brings her turbulent presence to Héloïse, but with a degree of era-appropriate restraint that makes her moments of vulnerability and rebellion all the more distressing. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
85% Zombi Child (2020) Even as he acknowledges his borrowing of a cultural tradition, Bonello doesn't think himself above the visceral pleasures of the cinematic genre that came out of it; Zombi Child has its brains and eats them too. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
80% A Hidden Life (2019) Malick didn't make a film about living comfortably-only in accordance with what is right. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Almodóvar is optimistic that pain, whether mental or physical, can, once addressed, lead to genuine glory. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Ideally, a movie like this would either fully sweep its audience up in a rush of emotion or else take them out of their comfort zones. Rocketman does neither. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Overwhelming at first, Madeline's Madeline only gains from repeat viewings. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
73% Inherent Vice (2015) PTA gets loose with the film noir form only to better honor its essential dualities: people's simultaneous longing for and dreading of the truth, their desire to see things clearly or instead remain in the idealized world of their (intoxicated) mind... - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
85% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) As though he were revisiting the 1970s' reimagining of the 1930s film noir, Black plays with the 21st-century spectator's expectations of perverse plot twists to highlight his characters' humanity. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
83% Mulholland Drive (2001) Lynch understands better than anyone how pop culture items such as old rock tunes and movie musicals are ingrained in everyone's (sub)consciousness, quietly defining people's aspirations and perception. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
82% The Big Lebowski (1998) Already a pessimistic take on the American Dream and the ideal of the self-made man, the model of the film-noir detective is ridiculed in The Big Lebowski. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
99% Chinatown (1974) Once you've seen it, Chinatown never leaves you. Like Jake, you can't forget it. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Greta made me jump in fright and laugh uproariously throughout its airtight 98-minute runtime-and had me once again marveling at the new kind of international stardom that Huppert has reached in the past few years. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit focuses on cliché ideas of Native American spirituality and places these othering conceptions high above the reality of discrimination. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
58% The House That Jack Built (2018) Von Trier choosing to take that risk may be his boldest declaration of humanity: to him, there is no doubt that Jack is deeply wrong. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) For Kore-eda, money unavoidably gives reliance on each other the appearance of abuse, even in the eyes of the kindest shoplifter. Doubt takes over, and the herd disperses into lonely wolves, aggressive because they are scared of getting hurt again. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Felix Van Groeningen's film gives Carell plenty of space to use his dramatic chops and convince anyone who wasn't already persuaded that he can make us cry as much as he can make us laugh. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) The Kindergarten Teacher is purposefully not a comfortable watch, but it satisfies in many ways. Not only is its central character an imperfect woman, but she also expresses her palpable rage in a strange and fascinating form of intellectual violence. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
74% Candyman (1992) One aspect for which Candyman doesn't get enough credit is the brilliant way in which it uses the cliché of the average-looking and arrogant college professor... - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
91% Support the Girls (2018) Where Support The Girls surprises and moves is in its refusal to settle for an easy dichotomy between Lisa's idealism and the world's (and the work's) essential, inescapable bleakness. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
81% Mid90s (2018) ...remarkably personal, and has its director's cheerful and down-to-earth personality. It could have done without a few bumps in the road, but Mid90s breezes through pleasantly. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) Farrelly elevates this real story from a funny anecdote to a moving and thought-provoking fable about the difficulties of being a full person in a multi-faceted world. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) An intelligent drama that treats its disempowered heroine with the respect she deserves. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
87% First Man (2018) Gosling's natural charm, often on display in comedies, is again underutilized in favor of a macho blankness, and Chazelle's style is just as uninspired and detached, to often distasteful and manipulative effect. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
83% High Life (2019) High Life is a film from the outer reaches of the mainstream, confronting you with questions you hadn't thought to ask and images you never knew you needed to see. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
61% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux pursues a Freudian argument without any concept of the workings of the unconscious-and perhaps even the conscious. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper gives his heroes highly personal issues: his sanity and his music for Jack, and her sense of self-worth for Ally. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
71% ANIARA (2019) The collective reactions of everyone on board, and the delay with which orgies disguised as cults start to appear, feel like miscalculations, and not only because they make the film a bore to sit through - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
74% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) Ortega's unapologetic punk attitude translates in the film's highly entertaining and seductive style, and while El Angel lacks an underlying argument it consistently dazzles. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
73% The Dig (2018) It is indeed in the plot itself that the directors show their hand the most: when the bold and crude set-up has to finally find its resolution, they fall back on clichés and good ol' misogynistic ideas about what women want. And I can't dig that. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 89% American Animals (2018) A documentary about the fictions we tell ourselves, a fiction about the reality we can never escape. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
84% Dogman (2019) If this two-dimensional approach makes Dogman often ridiculous and silly, the elementary nature of drug addiction justifies it to an extent. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
94% Rafiki (2019) Behind the intense palette and relentless rhythm, a careful approach to characters slowly reveals the strength of their feelings as they themselves discover them. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Guerra and Gallego may not have reproduced the surreal images from Embrace of the Serpent, but their determination to preserve the history of those who capitalism has destroyed remains as strong and necessary as ever. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/5 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) When all is said and done, this sequel is brighter, funnier and more touching than anyone could have hoped. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Mitchell exhibits his disdain for meaning, knowledge and human beings (especially women) over more than two hours of faux postmodern intellectualism. - The Brag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) The best horror movies find inspiration in the limits of their hypothesis... and in its final moments, A Quiet Place both solves and acknowledges the latent goofiness of its premise. - The Brag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) Unrelenting realism ends up tarnishing the film's moral righteousness by making its important but predictable provocations seem unnecessarily and unrewardingly direct. - The Brag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) When body horror is so artful and justified, its silliness only makes it more uplifting. - The Brag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
4/5 70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) A genre film taking a woman to the extremes of sanity while always honouring her emotions, L'Amant Double is a bold and often disturbing spectacle. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
74% Yomeddine (2019) Sweet but slight. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018