Berlin Film Journal

Berlin Film Journal is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Hannah Woodhead, Zhuo-Ning Su
Rating Title/Year Author
Queen of Earth (2015) Clara Miranda Scherffig It leaves us puzzled, insomuch as we struggle to understand whether the characters share their disorienting and desperate feelings with us, or they just played us, fooled us with the oldest tricks of cinema. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2018
Ned Rifle (2015) Clara Miranda Scherffig What I feared could be a denatured film, revealing signs of outdated views or style, appears to be proof of inspiring wholeness instead. This is what I long for in cinema. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2018
Mommy (2014) Zhuo-Ning Su The film is altogether likable and tugs at heartstrings because it openly aims for them and, of Dolan's films to date, it's the most eager to please. But it underwhelms for the very same reasons. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
Hin Und Weg (2014) Zhuo-Ning Su Enjoyable for its pristine imagery, bookstore music and affecting idea. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
White God (2014) Zhuo-Ning Su What you see then among the fluffy chaos on screen is, above all else, a wasted opportunity. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
Winter Sleep (2014) Zhuo-Ning Su Its intentions are admirable, but with an unrealistically wide aim and a compulsively verbal approach, the desperation a viewer feels when he checks to find there are still hours on the clock is also very real. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
Whiplash (2014) Zhuo-Ning Su The terrific acting duo of Teller and Simmons infuses the lively antagonism between coach and pupil with practically combustible fuel. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
American Sniper (2014) Zhuo-Ning Su Despite the massive set pieces and deafening sound effects that go hand in hand with a war movie, it retains a feel of focused, graceful leanness that is a trademark of Eastwood and undeniably masterful. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
Love Steaks (2013) Hannah Woodhead Set against the monotony of life in the service industry, Love Steaks is a rare breed; a film combining romance with comedy but careful to avoid slipping into dangerous romcom territory. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Hannah Woodhead For his fans this tribute to a bygone era and in fact a bygone world is a brilliant watch, one of the most thoughtful of Anderson's films even amongst the grandiose escapism. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2014