Big Apple Reviews

Big Apple Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Harvey S. Karten
Rating Title/Year Author
A- Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Harvey S. Karten This gorgeous movie was tapped by the NY Film Critics Circle for Best Cinematography and by folks at the Cannes Festival for Best Screenplay. This slowly deepening look at lesbianism in a remote 18th century section of France is a gem. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
B+ Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Harvey S. Karten Entertaining as well as enlightening, this doc takes us inside the studios that develop sound for movies, while the experts tell us that sound is 50% of the emotional experience of cinema. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
B+ Dark Waters (2019) Harvey S. Karten A solid, David-and-Goliath story of corporate greed and the little guy who fights the power. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
B+ Midnight Family (2019) Harvey S. Karten Take a chilling ride in this Mexico City ambulance and decide whether the story will please political conservatives or hard-core liberals. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
B The Wolf Hour (2019) Harvey S. Karten A claustrophobic, theatrical, psychological thriller that brings out the best of Naomi Watts. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B+ The Aeronauts (2019) Harvey S. Karten A suitable-for-kids fictionalized tale inspired by an actual, record-breaking balloon ride undertaken in England in 1862. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
B+ Uncut Gems (2019) Harvey S. Karten If your taste runs to over-the-top movies like "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Inglorious Basterds," and "Dolemite is My Name," this movie is for you. Adam Sandler can match this year's Eddie Murphy with ease. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
B+ Richard Jewell (2019) Harvey S. Karten Look for the name Paul Walter Hauser to be honored by some year-end awards for breakthrough performance in the role of an innocent man who is treated as a doormat by police authorities. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
B+ 1917 (2019) Harvey S. Karten A realistic look at how one person can make a difference in war by saving 1600 soldiers. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
B+ 63 Up (2019) Harvey S. Karten A monumental job of film making, taking fifty-five years to pull together in examining the lives of select people from the time each was seven. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
B The Two Popes (2019) Harvey S. Karten The film finds humor in the interchange of a Cardinal and the Pope, two people whose ideologies seem polar opposites. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
B Atlantics (2019) Harvey S. Karten A ghost story, a romance, a look at a third world society that favors tradition over passion. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
B+ American Woman (2018) Harvey S. Karten Though the plot is nothing special, the principal virtue of this movie is the riveting performance of Sienna Miller as a woman in rural Pennsylvania living a hardscrabble life. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
B+ Marriage Story (2019) Harvey S. Karten In movies, divorces have rarely been as funny--and sad-- as this one. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
B+ Queen of Hearts (2019) Harvey S. Karten An affair between a woman and a man one-third her age? There's something rotten in the state of Denmark. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
B The Report (2019) Harvey S. Karten As necessary as the film is in successfully dramatizing the Senate investigation into CIA torture of suspected terrorists, this can be a slog to get through. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
B Sefarad (2019) Harvey S. Karten Condenses 500 years of Judaism in Portugal into 90 enlightening minutes. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
B+ Just Mercy (2019) Harvey S. Karten Though a conventional biopic, this film is inspirational, giving hope during its opening Christmas week that the world is changing for the better. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
B+ Clemency (2019) Harvey S. Karten Alfre Woodard delivers a towering performance as a warden who must oversee executions. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
C+ Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Harvey S. Karten The tics could drive you nuts. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
B Grâce à Dieu (2018) Harvey S. Karten An absorbing narrative featuring testimony by three victims of molestation by a Catholic priest. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
A- Synonyms (2018) Harvey S. Karten A credible look at a person who wants to change his nationality, a movie that makes us wonder whether you can go home again--or even want to. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
A- Jojo Rabbit (2019) Harvey S. Karten A bold, original, often hilarious satire at the expense of Nazi Germany. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
B+ The Laundromat (2019) Harvey S. Karten Uses arch humor to get us angry when we hear about how the rich one percent are screwing us over. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
B+ Parasite (2019) Harvey S. Karten Class warfare among two South Korean families is treated with both comedy and horror in Bong's latest picture. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
B+ Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Harvey S. Karten A vastly entertaining, noisy and delightfully vulgar picture anchored by Eddie Murphy. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
C+ Lucy in the Sky (2019) Harvey S. Karten Cinematic tricks serve only to distract an audience from the banal story. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
B The Day Shall Come (2019) Harvey S. Karten Zany comedy centering on an emotionally disturbed man whose goal is to stop gentrification. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
C+ Downton Abbey (2019) Harvey S. Karten Too many subplots are shoehorned into this movie when each deserved its special, unhurried pacing in the TV episodes. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
B Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Harvey S. Karten A critical look at lawyer Roy Cohn who represented shady politicians and criminals and is today considered deserving of his disbarment. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
A- Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2017) Harvey S. Karten Spurlock takes aim at the lack of transparency in the chicken industry while again proving himself among the most entertaining documentarians in the business. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
B Hustlers (2019) Harvey S. Karten Likely to lead to post-movie discussions about whether women working in strip clubs are really exploited by the rich male customers. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
A- The Game Changers (2018) Harvey S. Karten "The Game Changers" and "Super Size Me 2" are probably the two best and most important movies about food that you will see this year. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A- Yomeddine (2018) Harvey S. Karten If this is not the year's best movie, the unorthodox road trip in the Egyptian desert by two people shunned by society makes it the most moving. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
A- Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Harvey S. Karten Makes a skillful connection between Beethoven's deafness and that of a young male pianist. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
A- Promise at Dawn (2017) Harvey S. Karten In a stunning performance, Charlotte Gainsbourg displays all the love and intrusiveness of a Jewish mother, an upbringing that propels her only son Romain Gary into becoming a major French writer, war hero, and ambassador. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
B Jawline (2019) Harvey S. Karten Teens really are in a different world from adults. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
B American Factory (2019) Harvey S. Karten Exposes Chinese communists for the capitalists they actually are. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
B Edie (2017) Harvey S. Karten A heartwarming saga of the relationship of an elderly woman with a man fifty years her junior amid the spartan splendor of the Scottish highlands. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2019
B+ Alternate Endings: Six New Ways To Die In America (2019) Harvey S. Karten Though six people do go gentle into that good night, they have original wishes on the locations of their remains. An incisive documentary that plays to the heart. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
B+ Teacher (2019) Harvey S. Karten An often violent movie asserting the theme that bullies are people who were themselves bullied as children. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
B+ Luce (2019) Harvey S. Karten A solid work with deliberate ambiguities to have moviegoers discussing race and class long after a viewing. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
B The Operative (2019) Harvey S. Karten An only occasionally tense and overly complex spy study, but given the performance of the amazing Diane Kruger is eminently watchable. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
C The Mountain (2018) Harvey S. Karten If this is a satiric look at the 1950s and at the practice of lobotomies (and your guess is as good as mine), then this dark drama by a maverick director might be up your alley -- or not. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
B+ The Lion King (2019) Harvey S. Karten A quantum leap in animation technology will make you swear that you are witnessing photos of people on a South African safari. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
B Midsommar (2019) Harvey S. Karten Gorgeous, expansive photography and a folksy choreography make up for the movie's convoluted plot. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
B+ Drei Zinnen (2017) Harvey S. Karten A seven year old kid drives his mother and foster dad crazy in this intriguing movie set against a mountain. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
B Back to the Fatherland (2017) Harvey S. Karten Explains the hard-to-believe phenomenon of Jews leaving Israel to live in Germany and Austria. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
B+ () Harvey S. Karten Director Ron Howard exudes warmth for his subject, the expansive gentleman who kept audiences attending his concerts and buying his albums after the passing of Caruso. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
B+ The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Harvey S. Karten The late, great playwright August Wilson, whose ten plays dealt with the lives of African-Americans in different decades, would have radiated warm support for this unabashedly theatrical movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019