Phoebe Chen

Phoebe Chen
Phoebe Chen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine 4:3 MUBI Screen Slate

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
81% Suburban Birds (Jiao qu de niao) (2019) There's no reliance on the easy nostalgia of period markers or a childhood boxed away as idyll; both storylines seem thoroughly contemporary. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
8/10 96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) "The tone of Takashi Miike's latest film is best encapsulated by a single image: a close-up of a freshly severed head, its features wreathed in a goofy, blissed-out grin." - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/10 69% Joker (2019) In aping the ambition and prestige of its motley influences, Joker winds up with a bungled understanding of its own relation to violence. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet Henry Glassie: Field Work (2019) Glassie appears as an intermittent talking head, relaying principles that sound aphoristic, but charm with their generous reading of the world. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
80% Drift (2017) Crucial to Drift's evocation of place is Nika Breithaupt's remarkable sound design, which signals movement and spatial boundaries as much as do the film's visuals. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
81% Millennium Mambo (Qianxi Manbo) (2001) Millennium Mambo blunts the many rhythms of urban life into an empty time less lived than passively endured. - Screen Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
96% Roma (2018) However easy it is to dismiss a static or slow camera as performing attentiveness, it works - I have never looked so hard at soapsuds. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Although nothing is explicitly surreal, there are enough off-kilter intrusions to cast the everyday in an odd light, where the inexplicable opens a story to unseen possibilities. - Another Gaze EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
Recommended 95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) It's in Mungiu's skillful structuring that his themes are given their complexity, through multiple threads that unravel at different rhythms. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
Not Recommended 71% Happy End (2017) The film unfolds like a curation of his favourite ideas from movies past, a self-referential object predictably filtered through the theme of bourgeois malaise. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
Highly Recommended 95% The Love Witch (2016) Biller's challenge of the surface dares us to be mesmerised without being beguiled, and to parse the realm of female agency without demonising its contradictions. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
Not Recommended 62% The Light Between Oceans (2016) What I find so jarring about The Light Between Oceans isn't just its unabashed sentimentality, but its utter reducibility. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
Recommended 97% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) To see Wang simply operating the camera is gratifying; a gesture that asserts critical presence in the face of state-orchestrated odds. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
Recommended No Score Yet We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited (2015) ... the film's focus on the history of Native American struggle lifts what would otherwise play out like an extended behind-the-scenes featurette. - 4:3 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017