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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.


  • Coming to America!

    Reviews of films from the vulgar to the magisterial: Borat, Flags of Our Fathers, For Your Consideration, Our Daily Bread and Fur.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film November 6, 2006

    The Tracks of My Tears

    Penelope Cruz shines in Pedro Almodóvar's Volver; James Longley's Iraq in Fragments is a repository of small truths.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film October 20, 2006

    The Queen Is Dead

    Reviews from the New York Film Festival, including Marie Antoinette, Climate, 49 Up and more.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film October 5, 2006

    Down These Mean Streets

    Martin Scorsese is one of those great artists who not only expresses emotion through film but also invents it. With The Departed, he proves why he's one of the best.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film September 20, 2006

    Dead Flowers

    Reviews of Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia and Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy.

    Stuart Klawans

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  • Film September 7, 2006

    Big in Japan

    Reviews of Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, Hollywoodland and This Film Is Not Yet Rated.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film August 24, 2006

    Virtual Catastrophe

    World Trade Center's hero is a tough ex-Marine who later re-enlists to fight in Iraq. But his (and Oliver Stone's) redemption narrative is soured by bad faith.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film August 10, 2006

    The Magic Bus

    Reviews of Little Miss Sunshine, Quinceañera, My Country, My Country, The Pusher Trilogy and The Bridesmaid.

    Stuart Klawans

  • 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.

    Stuart Klawans