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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 June 15, 2005

    A Fistful of Dollars

    She was a saint, Renée Zellweger, with her brave chin all a-tremble, never saying a harsh word to her husband no matter how the little ones wheezed and shivered in the cruel, cruel cold,

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film June 2, 2005

    Adult Content

    Reviews of Madagascar, Howl's Moving Castle and several other new films.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film May 12, 2005

    Love on the Run

    She has the face of a mermaid--a real one, not a Disney blonde. The wide undulant mouth drinks in her world like oxygen; the hazel eyes reflect a bent and wavering light.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film April 28, 2005

    Compromising Positions

    Your movie reviewer has been reading Colin MacCabe's excellent book on Jean-Luc Godard and pondering its discussion of France after World War II.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film April 14, 2005

    The Counterfeiter

    As celluloid guinea pig for the American left, I am perfectly willing to report on the effects of exposure to this month's pop hit, Sin City.

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  • Film March 31, 2005

    Gangs of Shanghai

    The scene is Shanghai, or Busby Berkeley's dream of it: a Chinese city of the 1930s, teeming on the outskirts with rickety tenement compounds, bustling in its business district with clanging st

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film March 16, 2005

    Tipsy Turvy

    Like a melodrama or a political tract--genres it sometimes resembles, in an honorable way--Jonathan Nossiter's documentary Mondovino has a villain you can hiss at.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film March 3, 2005

    Rock the Casbah

    What might it mean to call a film indispensable? Perhaps not much. At base level, we'd merely be asserting that other films (maybe the vast majority) are candidates for the garbage heap.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film February 17, 2005


    About two-thirds of the speaking characters in Constantine are either demons or angels.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film February 3, 2005

    My Life as a Man

    I've heard Argentines say that Buenos Aires is more densely populated by psychoanalysts than anyplace else in the world.

    Stuart Klawans