Sarah Manvel

Sarah Manvel
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Sarah Manvel was born in the USA and raised in four countries on three continents. She has two passports (Irish and American) and one degree, from The Evergreen State College, and lives in London.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
88% The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) Ms. Duarte deserved a better chance to show us how the little things slowly crushed the will out of her. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
89% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2019) "To the Ends of the Earth" could have been so much more than a travelogue during which one young woman must decide whether she wants a life as someone's tethered goat. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
58% Matthias and Maxime (2019) Mr. Dolan, who also wrote and directed, is interested in what shapes a person's identity - or what a person allows to shape their identity. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
100% Rewind (2019) It's a testament to his personal bravery that it's not the story of his life, but of something that happened to him. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
97% Marriage Story (2019) The perfect example of how misogyny manifests among the artistic classes. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
72% Harriet (2019) For [Kasi Lemmons] to tell the story of Tubman's life is a marriage of subject and filmmaker such that we rarely get to see. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
97% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Mr. Hanks and Ms. Heller have reinforced the thoughtful excellence we have come to expect from them and given us a gift. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) There won't be a more important movie this year. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) The only positive thing that can be said about director Mads Brügger is that he is self-aware. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
100% The Juniper Tree (1990) While Björk obsessives are the most obvious audience... it's an enjoyable watch for anyone who wants to see a movie that is greater than the sum of its parts. - Kamera.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
90% Öndög (2019) It would have been kinder if the writer-director Wang Quan'an had been as blunt about male bodies as he is about female ones, but it would not, perhaps, feel so realistic. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) It's clear that writer-director Lorene Scafaria was interested in focusing on the families these women have built for themselves. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
86% Animals (2019) The women are not punished by the world for living large, and the audience doesn't feel it has to worry about them. For this alone "Animals" is to be cherished. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) Finally, Kristen Stewart gets a part that makes her happy. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
94% Rafiki (2019) The fact that this movie exists at all is a miracle, and it deserves to be seen as widely as possible, because stories like this require the support of audiences everywhere. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
91% Support the Girls (2018) Their struggles and ambitions are shown respectfully, which is almost more of an achievement than the movie itself. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) What this movie is, however ineptly, exploring is the experience of making art, and how the pressure of being an artist shapes the life the artist lives. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
80% The Crossing (Guo chun tian) (2019) Peipei has a calm confidence of herself we don't often see in a teenage girl onscreen. You can tell a female director, in how the camera gives her space even as it circles around her, made this. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
88% The Ground Truth (2006) It leaves you in no doubt of the psychological cost of war. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
70% The Magic Flute (2006) The Magic Flute is an enjoyable entry into opera and will definitely be regularly shown in high schools once it comes out on DVD. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
90% The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen seite) (2007) Akin has choreographed... a demonstration of how open borders close off other opportunities and, even in a surveillance culture, how easy it is to get lost. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
80% Sous les Bombes (Under the Bombs) (2007) Not many other films have had the hubris to ask for sympathy for an actress over and beyond the suffering of real people. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
84% Mio Fratello è Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) (2007) What could have been a complex examination of Italy's political divisions in the 1960s and '70s is reduced to two brothers' ceaseless one-upmanship. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
10% Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth (2008) Instead of the clever retro sci-fi parody it desperately wants to be, the attempts to poke fun at the tiny budget only reveal a feeble lack of imagination. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
67% Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2008) In this story, there's nothing so upsetting that a poem carved into a tree can't solve, and no hearts so broken that a spot of crossdressing can't cheer them up again. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
76% Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2010) This movie is like a family holiday that you can sum up to acquaintances in two or three sentences but spend hours agonizing about to your closest friends. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
73% Sakuran (2006) Sakuran's unique selling point are the jaw-dropping visuals. Director Mika Ninagawa is a garlanded fashion photographer, and she knows how to dress an image. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
48% The Fox & the Child (2007) Sure, it's important to teach children the difference between wild and tame animals, but is this a lesson that modern suburban children, who barely see a squirrel, should learn like this? - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
20% Incendiary (2009) Director Sharon Maguire, who also wrote the screenplay, has taken a story that could be set nowhere but London and made its people behave like anything but the English. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
69% Religulous (2008) It's hugely amusing to see an argument so cheerfully loaded, so barefacedly one-sided, and so frankly determined to bully the other side into silence. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
62% Beautiful Losers (2008) The whole ethos portrayed in this film seems to be of a tightly knit group, referencing and re-referencing each other ad infinitum. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
85% Nights and Weekends (2008) The tight focus on these two people does cross the line from careful attention into claustrophobic narcissism. - Cinemattraction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
No Score Yet Kakera- A Piece of our Lives (2009) Ms. Mitsushima is also a pop star in Japan, and a great deal of her role has been designed to titillate her young fans. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
No Score Yet Je te mangerais (You Will Be Mine) (2009) Hollywood stopped making this type of self-loathing film some time ago, and you have to wonder why France is still singing this very dull song. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
90% Hunger (2008) It pretends to have an objective point of view, but only grants one group of characters the dignity of individuality. - Kamera.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
75% Anchor and Hope (2018) Where Anchor and Hope badly misfires is in the assumptions it makes about what women want, and how women get it. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
78% Black '47 (2018) Black '47 stays an interesting and worthwhile film due to the merry band that attempts to track Feeney down. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
92% The Divide (2016) There's nothing here to convince a rich person that perhaps there's an easier way for him or her to maintain his or her comfort. And the working-class people already know what they are going through. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
82% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) It takes a wildly clever setup and fails utterly to deliver on its own premise; and does so in a visual language lifted wholesale from other, better films. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
63% Iona (2015) When the filmmakers try to push an agenda instead of a genuine plot, their characters stop being real people and become passive victims carried on others' backs. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
88% The Club (El Club) (2016) Director Pablo Larraín has made an important movie about the banality of evil. Be clear, it's not much fun. But it was never supposed to be. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
73% Suffragette (2015) The movie agrees with its characters, which is refreshing; and politics are debated only through the viewpoint of the women's experiences. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
38% Pressure (2015) The underwater setting, at the edge of human endurance, is a great place for telling an interest story. Unfortunately, Pressure buckles. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
25% Anti-Social (2015) It wants to be a commentary on the fine line between legal and illegal ways of making a living and ends up being a budget fantasia about both. It doesn't quite succeed, but it's a film that's impossible to hate. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
63% Son of a Gun (2015) It has one of the most inventive settings for a robbery in cinema history. And somehow - somehow - the movie blows it. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
28% Annie (2014) Loses its way, mainly in that that the emotional arc of the film no longer belongs to Annie... The movie is supposed to be about Annie. We're supposed to care about Annie. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
96% '71 (2015) One of the sharpest British movies in some time. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
77% The Boxtrolls (2014) The Boxtrolls is a movie aimed at children. It is also disgusting and immoral. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
42% Step Up: All In (2014) Step Up All In doesn't deviate from this formula - and that's great. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
84% Glassland (2016) A wonderful cast that is more than capable of making these dim lights shine. - Critic's Notebook EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018