Harvey S. Karten

Harvey S. Karten
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B No Score Yet The Invisibles (2019) Allows us to see Sarah Goldschlager as the repulsive woman she is and to wish her to be drawn and quartered.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
B+ 82% Girl (2018) An emotional roller coaster for the title character who must discipline herself for a tough-love ballet teacher.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
B 67% Pig (The Pig) (2018) "Pig" displays a satiric look at a group of narcissistic filmmakers utilizing mock-horror absurdist comedy that works more times than it does not. ‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
B+ No Score Yet Tale of the Sea (Hekayat-e Darya) (2018) One of Iran's major filmmakers is at the top of his game with this Ingmar Bergman-esque meditation on old age.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
C+ 56% Ashes in the Snow (2019) Simplistic dialogue threatens to sink a drama with expansive cinematography, taking place in a pair of Soviet gulags and filmed in Lithuania.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
B 100% Communion (Komunia) (2019) A fly-on-the wall documentary captures the fragility of family life in this awards-winning feature by a debut director-writer-editor-producer.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
A- 100% Who Will Write Our History (2019) An important addition to the trove of documentation about the Holocaust, honoring people who fought Nazi lies with the pen rather than the sword.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
A- 63% Vice (2018) More than the heart gets multiple attacks by Christian Bale, who gained 40 pounds to portray a former vice president of whom he does not approve.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
B+ 86% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) With excellent acting, this film is a vigorous look at suburban anomie, mid-life crisis, and the ways a man's involvement with family can prove unwanted by others.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
B 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Saoirse Ronan is stunning, carrying herself as regal as a woman can be, stretching her terrific acting chops as a woman whose judgment in men is not always on the money.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
B+ 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A bright evocation of young love frustrated by the whims of a racist society.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
B+ 81% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Given its stark visuals, its authentic acting by non professionals, and its humanism, "Capernaum" has become the obvious entry by Lebanon to our Academy Awards.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
B+ 93% Stan & Ollie (2018) A delightful romp with the duo considered by some to be the best comedy team of the 20th century.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
B 59% Vox Lux (2018) Natalie Portman as you've never before seen her anchors a movie that connects violence with celebrity status.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
B+ 72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) A rousing tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsbeurg is this sometimes sentimental feel-good movie.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) History never fails to repeat itself. The factional fighting in colorfully picturesque Sixteenth Century England is mirrored today in the grayer environment of the U.S.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
B 87% The Great Buddha+ (2018) Taiwan's candidate for the U.S. Academy Awards finds comedy amid its serious concern with inequality of income.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
B 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) This ragtag Japanese family is so charming you might hope the shoplifters will never get caught.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
B+ 84% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) I'll bet you think that Iceland is one of the world's happiest, most civilized places. This dramedy uses wry humor and deadly conflict to ratchet the suspense and counteract your trust.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
B+ 96% Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) (2018) A charming albeit conventional look at the coming of age of one of the most successful writers of children's books.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
A 81% Never Look Away (2018) An epic masterwork that bears witness to 3 decades of totalitarian rule in Germany and its effects on art and love and family bonds.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
B+ 88% Under the Wire (2018) Takes us to the front in Syria's civil war, with war correspondents Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy focusing on that government's brutality toward civilians.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
B No Score Yet To Kid or Not to Kid (2018) Strong arguments hold that having children is in some cases a selfish choice. Not having children, by contrast, is not selfish.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
B 81% At Eternity's Gate (2018) An imaginative look at one of the world's greatest post impressionist painters.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
B+ 93% Of Fathers and Sons (2018) An audacious writer-director risks his life in Syria to put a face on a jihadist, a man who can elicit some sympathy even from Americans.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
B 90% Widows (2018) Great acting, sharp visuals, but edited in such a confusing way that a second viewing might be needed.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
B+ 73% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) They say you should watch out for the quiet ones. Now we're counseled to beware of young men with baby faces. This exterminating angel is a real cutie-pie.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
B+ 95% RBG (2018) Watch: and wonder no more how a slight, 85-year-old woman has become the Supreme Court's most celebrated justice.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
B 80% Boy Erased (2018) A rousing send-up of so-called conversion therapy.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
A- 81% Green Book (2018) This wholly satisfying comedy-drama shows how racism and social class misunderstandings can be lessened with humor and warmth.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
C 64% Suspiria (2018) Terpsichore, the Greek Muse of the dance, might recommend this movie to her eight colleagues, but strong visuals involving witches of the West, cannot make up for the film's lack of a coherent narrative.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
B+ 98% Border (Gräns) (2018) An intriguing gender bender incorporating horror and mythology, something like "Beauty and the Beast" though a more apt title would be "Beast and the Beast."‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B 79% Ben is Back (2018) The surprising return of the family black sheep makes Christmas not as joyful as it's supposed to be.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
B+ 90% The Price of Everything (2018) Follow the money--in the art world as well as anywhere else.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
B 59% The Front Runner (2018) Even if you're running for sophomore class president, you should see this movie, which has covert advice "Keep your pants zipped."‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
B+ 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa McCarthy as you've never seen her before: stunning.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
B 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) A Danish nail-biter, though all the action takes place inside a police station.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
C- 11% Change in the Air (2018) There is no change that I could see.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
B+ 100% On Her Shoulders (2018) You're never too young to win a Nobel Peace Prize. This film explains how a pretty young woman travels the world to inform people about the ISIS genocide of her Yazidi people and becomes the icon of resistance.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
A- 90% The Citizen (Az Allampolgar) (2018) A stunning lead performance and a plot that resonates with current U.S. anxieties despite its base in Budapest.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
C+ 88% What They Had (2018) A classy soap opera on the subject of Alzheimer's but still a soap.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B+ 94% Wildlife (2018) Feminism and coming-of-age meet in Montana in Paul Dano's artfully composed adaptation of Richard Ford's novel of marriage on the rocks in 1960.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B+ 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa McCarthy is nothing short of miraculous in a serious role, albeit without shedding her skill at deadpan humor.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
B 100% The Waldheim Waltz (2018) Yet another scuzz gets away with murder, elevated to the highest office in the United Nations and in Austria.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
B+ 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) You're not likely to see any other film this year with characters having such great chemistry as Redford and Spacek.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
B+ 98% Free Solo (2018) Rock climbing is a one person sport yet Alex Hannold, who seems to have a death wish, makes the action as fascinating as a baseball world series.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
B+ 87% All About Nina (2018) Lots of comic moments, great performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
A- No Score Yet One Wild Moment (2015) A male fantasy is realized in another great performance from Vincent Cassel.‐ Shockya.com
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
A- 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) There is still time...Brother. ‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
B 77% 306 Hollywood (2018) Some magic realism makes the filmmakers' home movies of their grandmother of some interest to the rest of us.‐ Big Apple Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018