Nathanael Hood

Nathanael Hood
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Ever since I saw THE SHINING in college, I've been a devoted fanatic for cinema. My discovery of a collection of Roger Ebert reviews further convinced me that film criticism was the field I was destined for. After getting a Master's degree in Film Theory at New York University, I buckled down as a film writer. For the last 9 years I have worked as a freelance film critic for a number of different sites. I began on my personal film blog Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear. But In 2014 I began working professionally, getting work published on TheYoungFolks.com, RogerEbert.com, TheRetroSet.com, MovieMezzanine, Mubi.com, AudiencesEverywhere, UnseenFilms, and ChristianityToday.com. I publish around 150 full-length reviews, editorials, think pieces, retrospectives, and interviews a year through all of these different outlets. Thank you for your consideration.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 94% Honey Boy (2019) Honey Boy is one of the precious few [films] that feels like an act of grace itself. It's one of the most humbling film experiences of the year. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
10/10 97% Knives Out (2019) Rain Johnson's superb thriller Knives Out is an unapologetic love letter to [the] titans of mystery fiction. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/10 86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Synonyms is the worst kind of bloated art film, one that leaves you wondering if it had anything to say to begin with. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
6/10 75% Call Northside 777 (1948) ...the film is more than just a stylistic curio, it's a portent of things to come. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) ...those who choose to walk the halls of the Overlook once more might be pleasantly surprised. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/10 72% Shooting the Mafia (2019) ...one of the most baffling documentaries I've seen in some time. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
8/10 100% Midnight Family (2019) In addition to being a powerful anti-capitalist polemic, Midnight Family is one of the best-looking documentaries to come out in 2019. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
7/10 100% Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy (2019) The joy of Elizabeth Carroll's new documentary...is how it balances these two aspects of her personality, perfectly illustrating her life-long love affair with Mexican cooking while embracing instead of downplaying her truculent coarseness. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
7/10 96% The Irishman (2019) If The Irishman is destined to be [Martin] Scorsese's "last film" it's certainly a good one, a harrowing plea for forgiveness and compassion in the face of loneliness and the void that awaits us all at the end. But a great one? Perhaps not. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
8/10 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It's a film specifically about false surfaces (both figurative and literal), confidence games, and lies. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
95% My Fair Lady (1964) Over half-a-century later, My Fair Lady remains one of the most delightful entertainments of its era. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
6/10 92% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers's madness has too little method behind it; it might captivate some purely for its weirdness, but it stands little chance of standing the test of time. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
6/10 43% The Addams Family (2019) Despite its infantilized treatment of the family it still provides enough creative set-pieces and heart-warming character moments to please both fans and newcomers. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/10 42% Wasp Network (2019) [Assayas has] admirably managed ensemble cast films before. But here he collapses under the strain. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
6/10 88% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2019) The Wild Goose Lake struggles to make proper use of its tedium. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
7/10 69% Joker (2019) It's brazen rejection of subtext in favor of brash surface literalism is downright Samuel Fullerian. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
9/10 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) This thesis on creation is Almodóvar's best and most essential film in years. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/10 85% Zombi Child (2020) ...the special kind of artistic failure where you can see the reasoning amidst the ruins. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
5/10 86% The Seer and the Unseen (2019) This film needed tighter focus, a clearer purpose, and about fifteen minutes shaved off. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet Scattering CJ (2019) [Scattering CJ is] not a feel-good post-mortem of a social movement but a portrait of ongoing grief and recovery. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
No Score Yet My Autonomous Neighbor (2019) This is a film so enamored with its subject that it tries to mimic him. And miraculously, it succeeds. That old saying about imitation and flattery has never been more true. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
No Score Yet The Changin' Times of Ike White (2019) The documentary itself assumes a similar chameleon fluidity, beginning as a rote musical biopic before morphing into, respectively, a true crime mystery, a found footage collage, and finally a gutting meditation on healing and forgiveness. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
100% Celebration (2019) [Celebration is] a madcap collage of bits and pieces that somehow coalesce into something greater than the sum of its parts. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Where Man Returns (Hvor man vender tilbake) (2019) Much of the movie is practically a meditative still life... - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet Chèche Lavi (Looking for Life) (2019) But the heart of the film is Ellison's observations of [his subjects] simply existing in stasis in Tijuana as they navigate America's Kafkaesque immigration processes. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet The Escape Artist (1982) The Escape Artist doesn't always make sense, but the ultimate magic trick is that we don't care. - The Retro Set EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
8/10 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) I hope the people who hate those with Down syndrome see this movie so they can see how wrong they are and become nicer. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
5/10 63% Edie (2019) We are thankfully spared any fist-pumping needle drop when Edie decides that, old age be damned, she'll climb Suilven by herself. But the story beats are just as contrived as a few interjected bars of "Don't Stop Believin'. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
9/10 97% American Factory (2019) American Factory is one of the most striking pieces of documentary political agitprop for organized labor since Barbara Kopple's masterful Harlan County, USA. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/10 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) This was an awful movie. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet Kings of Beer (2019) As a fluffy bit of docutainment Kings of Beer is decent enough. It's light, happy, fun, and inoffensive. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet The Chaplain (2017) ...a reserved yet powerful chamber drama. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
7/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Perhaps Tarantino is growing melancholy as he arrives in his late fifties; this is a film infused with regret and sorrow. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
7/10 99% The Farewell (2019) Wang weaves a powerful tale about trans-cultural humanism. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Hoshikuzu Kyodai No Densetsu) (1985) ...the film is an irresistible time capsule of mid-80s Japanese weirdness with a soundtrack that still rocks even today. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
5/10 63% Jesus (Boku wa Iesusama ga Kirai) (2018) ...the film is almost defiantly blasé, padding out maybe twenty minutes worth of story into an overstretched seventy-six. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
7/10 100% Killing (Zan) (2018) ...a decidedly minor key film in [Tsukamoto's] oeuvre that's nevertheless equally as nihilistic and nasty as anything he's ever directed. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Bullet Ballet (1998) Like Tsukamoto's best films...Bullet Ballet is both cultural polemic and gruesome Scorsesian criminal Bildungsroman - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
No Score Yet Another Child (2019) [Kim] Yoon-seok conducts a subdued yet surprisingly powerful film about multi-generational resentment and compassion. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
No Score Yet Lying to Mom (Suzuki-ke no uso) (2018) A crushingly overlong, stupefyingly maudlin film that believes the odd moment of comedy is enough to provide levity amongst such severe subject matter, [Katsumi] Nojiri's film is a true test of audience patience. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
No Score Yet Ma (2018) One can't help but feel that this is a short film brutally stretched out to feature length. Even at 72 minutes it feels padded, a cardinal sin for spectacle-heavy horror. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
No Score Yet Han Dan (2019) [Han Dan is] a powerful tale of redemption and brotherhood. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
No Score Yet Five Million Dollar Life (2019) Intentionally or not, [Moon] Sung-ho has made an oddly entertaining socialist polemic. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
80% Maggie (2018) Maggie is the rare film where it's impossible to predict what one will see or hear next. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
7/10 88% Mr. Long (Ryu san) (2017) ...deftly skips from gruesome violence to light-hearted comedy to soul-crushing tragedy. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet Jam (2019) ...an occasionally charming genre exercise, but an ultimately hollow one. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet The Scoundrels (2018) This is an entertaining, promising feature debut for director Tzu-Hsuan Hung, perfect for scratching an Asian action movie itch. - Unseen Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) A raucously entertaining spitfire of a movie that barely clocks over 70 minutes, the film emulates the bourgeois gentility of classic screwball comedies while channeling the anarchic silliness of 1940s Hollywood comedies. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
9/10 83% Midsommar (2019) [The film sees] the full blossoming of a visual style that can loosely be described as a less baroque Wes Anderson, obsessed with symmetry, artificiality, and angular camera movements. - Nate Hood Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet Samurai Marathon 1855 (2019) Samurai Marathon is a fatally confused film, unsure what it wants to say or do other than exist as an excuse for Western creatives to play with the toy box of feudal Japan. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019