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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 August 12, 2004

    Bad Brains

    More than once in Jonathan Demme's reimagining of The Manchurian Candidate, a distraught Denzel Washington jabs at his skull and rasps, "They got in here." He means it literally.

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  • Film July 29, 2004

    Shadows and Smog

    I paid to see Will Smith fight legions of robots, and what I got was a trip back to Wabash Street.

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  • Film July 7, 2004

    Brief Encounter

    Like many intelligent women of advanced political beliefs, Celine detests the ideology of the soulmate.

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  • Film June 17, 2004

    By Way of Deception

    Not the judgment of film critics but the passage of time will decide whether Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 can change the world. Change, of course, is the whole purpose.

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  • Film June 3, 2004

    The Invisibles

    When you go to the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, you expect the screen to be a window onto the world.

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  • Film May 20, 2004

    Band of Insiders

    I know, you're too hip to see Troy.

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  • Film May 6, 2004

    Broadcast News

    Most faces can simply be described, but some (like Jean Dominique's) need explaining. When did the lips shrink away, and the light brown skin start clinging to the bones?

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  • Film April 22, 2004

    Love and Theft

    Antiquarian mishmash lathers the April screen. In Kill Bill Vol.

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  • Film April 8, 2004

    Chronicle of a Disappearance

    A rough but accurate gauge of national resilience: When dictators fall, how soon do filmmakers rise again? In the case of Argentina, the recovery was impressively quick.

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  • Film March 25, 2004

    Speak, Memory

    Not wanting to curse Charlie Kaufman with too much praise, I'm tempted to say that his nonexistent twin Donald is the best American screenwriter since Preston Sturges.

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