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Stuart Klawans

Film Critic

Winner of the National Magazine Award for his film reviews for The Nation, Stuart Klawans is author of the books Film Follies: The Cinema Out of Order (a finalist for the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Awards) and Left in the Dark: Film Reviews and Essays, 1988-2001. When not on deadline for The Nation, he contributes articles to The New York Times, Parnassus: Poetry in Review and other publications.


  • Film July 27, 2006

    With Feathers

    In Lunacy, order and liberty wriggle with equal parts Poe and Sade. In Scoop, recycled sleuthing gags masquerade as timely satire.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film July 13, 2006

    Sea Sick

    Reviews of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Edmond, The Motel, Gabrielle, Time to Leave and The Blood of My Brother.

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  • Film June 28, 2006

    Dazed and Confused

    A hallucinatory mix of animation and live action creates the Orwellian world of A Scanner Darkly; substance triumphs over style in Excellent Cadavers, a Mafia-busting documentary.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film June 14, 2006

    News of a Kidnapping

    Reviews of The Road to Guantanamo and Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul.

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  • Film June 1, 2006

    Local Hero

    Reviews of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, A Prairie Home Companion and The Da Vinci Code.

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  • Film May 18, 2006

    Wind From the Mideast

    "The Road to Damascus" explores the strange, the beautiful and the uncanny in Syrian cinema.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film May 4, 2006

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    Reviews of four stellar films: Three Times, Art School Confidential, Lady Vengeance and Army of Shadows.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Books and Ideas May 4, 2006

    Sloppy Seconds

    The plagiarism flap over Opal Mehta is essentially a story about clichés and stereotypes passing from one subliterary commercial product to another.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film April 20, 2006

    Night on Earth

    Reviews of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The Notorious Bettie Page and Sir! No Sir!

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film April 6, 2006

    Treasure Island

    Reviews of Iron Island, Inside Man and Sisters in Law.

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