America Magazine

America Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Eve Tushnet, John Anderson, John P. McCarthy, Moira Walsh
Rating Title/Year Author
Dolor y gloria (2019) John Anderson Everything, notably the interiors, are simply too beautiful to be anything but the work of an exalted imagination. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Judy (2019) John Anderson [T]he Garland story is something singular. So is Renée Zellweger's performance, which makes a sad story elevated, elevating and all about love. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Eve Tushnet ... the film's greatest failing, which made this sugary confection leave a bad taste in my mouth, is that it utterly lacks the books' ill intentions. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) Eve Tushnet Salò offers a lesson in how to depict cruelty without re-enacting it -- a lesson few filmmakers even want to learn. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) John Anderson [Tarantino] clearly relishes recapturing the period flavor, and, of course, portraying life as it is lived through and in movies. What he doesn't have here is an actual story, other than what he borrows from history or leaves out. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel (2019) John Anderson It makes passionate arguments. It offers a ray of hope. And it evokes the sense that those most desperately in need of seeing it will never cross its path. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Rocketman (2019) John Anderson The songs, the color, the dancing and, yes, the redemption are all intended to make people happy. And will. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Aladdin (2019) John Anderson The nonhuman element (Abu) is great; there is also a perfectly charming Magic Carpet. There is just an unfortunate shortage of magic. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Tolkien (2019) John Anderson Tolkien is on a journey, and while the film may deprive us of an arrival, it does give us a rather exhilarating travel itinerary. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Mary Magdalene (2018) John Anderson Mary Magdalene is in many ways an act of love, an effort to tell its story both freshly and honestly, with fidelity to Scripture. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Peterloo (2018) John Anderson What [Leigh] is digging at, under a remarkably convincing recreation of 1819 England and the nascent reform movement of early 19th-century Britain, is both the brutality and the self-righteousness exhibited by the haves, when the have-nots ask for more. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Devil's Doorway (2018) Eve Tushnet In spite of its flaws, the film is startlingly successful both at frightening audiences and at honoring the experiences of women held in Magdalene laundries. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Us (2019) Eve Tushnet Us is skillful and strange, opening up subterranean levels in the psyche and letting the creatures within come out to play. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Nun (1966) John Anderson There are no theological arguments made in La Religieuse. Suzanne's faith is firm, her Christian belief a monument to itself, given her treatment. But again, the convents serve as metaphors... EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Vice (2018) John Anderson Vice isn't a dishonest movie, exactly. It just enables dishonesty. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Capernaum (2018) John Anderson Viewers are thereby hooked, and the Lebanese director Nadine Labaki keeps them that way throughout a picaresque journey through the streets and hovels and storefronts and sordid domestic dramas that provide her film's physiology. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
The Song of Bernadette (1943) Eve Tushnet The theology in The Song of Bernadette is subtle; it satirizes Catholic worship of suffering... EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) John Anderson Overall, though, Rourke fails to make the movie dramatically engaging because she gives equal dramatic weight to everything... EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Roma (2018) John Anderson There is a richness to Roma that will likely take multiple viewings to absorb. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
The Favourite (2018) John Anderson The dualities provided by Weisz and Stone are wonderful: hot vs. cold, scheming vs. naïve, with ambition ultimately winning out. But Anne is something else, in every sense of the phrase. And so is The Favourite. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
The Happy Prince (2018) Eve Tushnet Much of the film is heavy-handed melodrama without the irony and forgiveness that animated its protagonist's moral worldview. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) John Anderson While historical accuracy is not the first priority, the point of the story is sacrifice: the artist on a cross. That may seem a bit grandiose, but grandiosity was always the fuel source of Queen and Freddie Mercury-and of Bohemian Rhapsody as well. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
First Man (2018) John Anderson Armstrong does give us something to hang our hearts on, in the end-this is a Hollywood movie, after all. But it's oh so hard. And the movie makes us feel it. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
The Wolf House (2018) Eve Tushnet The Wolf House succeeds on every level: as an innovative stop-motion animation film; as a disturbing horror film; as a commentary on Chilean history; and as a meditation on the rationalizations for and trauma of childhood abuse. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) John Anderson It may be that every generation gets the "A Star Is Born" it deserves, though what we did to deserve this one is anyone's guess. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) John Anderson It sounds so simple. And in Unbroken: Path to Redemption, it's portrayed exactly that way. You don't need a whole movie for that kind of experience. All you have to do is read the title. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
The Nun (2018) Eve Tushnet The film is depressive without attaining poignancy, and self-serious where it could be shameless. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
The Apparition (2018) John Anderson A bona fide thriller of faith, The Apparition is the best dramatic feature this critic has seen about spirituality, belief or even the church in years. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
RBG (2018) John Anderson Ginsburg's contributions to our current legal world are established as profound and revolutionary, although her position on abortion remains pro-choice. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
I Am Michael (2015) Eve Tushnet Features silent bar brooding, sad piano-scored walking and absolutely no fun, anywhere, ever. The sex isn't fun, the politics isn't fun, the prayer is determined but never ecstatic or tender. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2018
Get Out (2017) Eve Tushnet Almost everything about this movie is both intelligent and raw. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2018
Hereditary (2018) Eve Tushnet Aster brings together plenty of brilliant pieces. The harrowed cast does a great job at showing a family breaking down under the pressure of its guilt and grief. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Eve Tushnet It's like Get Out with a touch of BoJack Horseman. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2018
Puzzle (2018) John Anderson Wry, gentle and quietly radical. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018) John Anderson "Eighth Grade" is both revelatory and all-embracing. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
Generation Wealth (2018) John Anderson The film embraces the ostentatious, the pathetic and in some cases the tragic, almost ennobling the compulsions and obsessions that people pursue, while not attempting any real answers to what motivates the pursuit. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) John Anderson The latest nonfiction film from the Oscar-winning [Morgan] Neville ("Twenty Feet From Stardom") is a sturdy, sweet, unavoidably sentimental movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Pope Francis -- A Man of His Word (2018) John Anderson A gently delivered but radical portrait. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
First Reformed (2017) John Anderson Schrader is positing that the real world is, and should be, about the life of the mind, the health of the soul-and love. Ultimately, that is where First Reformed ends up, even if it seems to be going everywhere else. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
The Devil and Father Amorth (2017) John Anderson While Friedkin has certainly not lost his taste for the sensational, a viewer would not be entirely wrong to detect some degree of penitence on the part of the famed director. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2018
Chappaquiddick (2017) John Anderson Jason Clarke, the Australian actor (Mudbound, Zero Dark Thirty) is a fleshy, entitled and very convincing Teddy... EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2018
Summer in the Forest (2017) John Anderson Regardless of it all, the characters are so uninhibited and candid they achieve, without effort, a naturalism that would be the envy of any method actor. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2018
Itzhak (2017) John Anderson "Praying with the violin" is how an old friend describes the art of Itzhak Perlman in "Itzhak," and by the time these words are said, the viewer is convinced. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2018
The Death of Stalin (2017) John Anderson High-stakes politics, small-minded men: It's a sweet spot for filmmaker Armando Iannucci. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2018
No Country for Old Men (2007) Richard A. Blake No Country for Old Men borders on perfection in technique. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2018
Chicago (2002) Richard A. Blake It wastes little time with narrative and skips breathlessly from one extravagant number to the next without missing a step. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2018
Million Dollar Baby (2004) Richard A. Blake Million Dollar Baby sounds trite and slangy as the title of Clint Eastwood's new exploration of the defeat, resilience and triumph of the spirit, but it turns out to be perfect. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2018
Phantom Thread (2017) John Anderson To see it as merely beautiful is simply not to see it. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
I, Tonya (2017) John Anderson It is a very civilized film about uncivilized people, with flashes of comedy and a good deal of pathos. There is little question it comes down on the side of Tonya Harding, but even less that audiences will do the same. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2017
Star Wars (1977) Richard A. Blake Don't get involved with the message. Buy a big box of popcorn and settle in for a rip-roaring good movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017