Rick Levin

Rick Levin
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
63% Vice (2018) This, then, is where we're at: an empty hollering about obviously vile people doing obviously vile things that forgoes all artistic, political and intellectual integrity in favor of a schizophrenic inventory of crimes and corruption.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
87% Thoroughbreds (2018) Most interesting, however, is the way writer/director Finley - a member of the Youngblood collective of under-30 playwrights - messes around with our ideas and expectations about what constitutes a sociopath.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) It is suspenseful and scary, if not as mind-bending as it wants to be.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) This is black humor at its blackest and best. It shoots a taproot down to our deepest humanity, and it does so, ironically enough, by revealing the hellish sources of our own inhumanity.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Whereas so many scary movies are rooted in a backhanded, ironic breed of cynicism - what's more monstrous in monster movies than the people trying to survive the monsters? - A Quiet Place appeals to the better angels of our nature.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) At the core of this surreal, hellish enterprise, and indeed driving it like some infernal dynamo, is Phoenix, and his performance is shattering.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) The Rider is about survival, and honesty, and family, and the hard choices we all make just to get through the day. ‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) At bottom, Leave No Trace is about human bonds, and specifically the bond of parents and children.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Anchored by his working-class angst, Riley takes broad aim at the slippery target of 21st-century capitalism, that hydra-headed dynamo with its endless powers of absorbing dissent and selling it back to the disaffected masses as neutered heroism. ‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
92% Mandy (2018) In a world as scary as this one is right now, Mandy makes an intuitive sort of sense.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The film has action and lots of loud gunplay, but Audiard's direction tends to tease out the story's quieter moments, favoring characterization and dialogue. ‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
98% Border (Gräns) (2018) Border spins an old-fashioned tale about good and evil, but it does so in surprising ways that allow breathing room for all manner of very timely concerns.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee is after the big stuff - namely, the endless civil war roiling at the core of our society, more than ever ready to boil over - and to that end he pulls out all the stops‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Roma is, for better or worse, Cinderella for the 21st century. It's a powerful film, beautiful and compelling, but to what ends is difficult to say.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The fatalism and mortality that pervade The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has more in common with the macabre churnings of Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville than Louis L'Amour. ‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is a visually sumptuous, morally repulsive and wildly funny portrait of the way political power congeals around the greed, narcissism and fear of its participants.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018