There are 17 new reviews in today’s New York Times. The most prominent is, of course, Disney’s INSIDE OUT, which A.O. Scott (along with seemingly every other critic in America, save for Ben Sachs in the Chicago Reader) absolutely loves. “An absolute delight – funny and charming, fast moving and full of surprises.”
Nationwide reviews continue to ignore the influence of “Herman’s Head.” Which, I learned today, was produced/distributed by Disney. Hence no lawsuit? Just giving credit where credit’s due, folks…
Sony Pictures Classics’s INFINITELY POLAR BEAR gets a lukewarm write up from Manohla Dargis. “Sweet, somewhat nutty.” She’s also not terribly high on Distrib Films’s HIPPOCRATES: DIARY OF A FRENCH DOCTOR, describing it as “an average episode of E.R.” Both films are opening at Lincoln Plaza, along with Mia Hansen-Love’s EDEN (“Perceptive and compassionate,” writes Jeannette Catsoulis) and David Gordon Green’s MANGLEHORN, which Nic Rapold seemed to like just fine in his pull quote-less review.
The best reviewed doc of the week is for Marc Silver’s 3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS, which opened Human Rights Watch Film Festival earlier this week, about which Ben Kenisberg writes: “At the time of a fervent national debate on race and justice, part of what is impressive…is the cool temperature at which it is often served.” About a different doc, Daniel Gold writes of RUBBLE KINGS that it’s “a fascinating, valuable work of social, music, and New York history.”
Unenthusiastic notices for THE OVERNIGHT (“ends just as it starts to get interestingly messy,” says Manohla Dargis) and DOPE (“interested in mocking and subverting stereotypes, but…unwilling to go beyond them” – A.O. Scott.)
Bad reviews for notable directors: Ben Kenisberg finds Joe Dante’s zombie comedy BURYING THE EX “far from his creative heights.” The new Michael Winterbottom film, THE FACE OF AN ANGEL, is “Rambling, frustrating and wholly uninvolving” (Jeannette Catsoulis.)