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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 January 23, 2003

    The Eastern Front

    If Elia Suleiman's face were a cartoon, then the single short, white brush stroke dabbed into his black hair would perhaps be the beginning of a thought balloon, perpetually forming above the l

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film January 9, 2003

    The Year in Pictures

    Looking backward in the January chill, I feel my eyes shoot past the films of 2002 toward a movie made some thirty years ago: a picture by Martin Scorsese about violent, driven people in downto

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  • Film December 17, 2002

    Polanski’s Holocaust

    I can think of no picture of recent years, other than Roman Polanski's The Pianist, that has won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and yet stirred neither controversy nor excitement.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film December 5, 2002


    Even without the aid of Smell-o-Vision, Charlie Kaufman's bedroom comes across as dank.

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  • Film November 21, 2002

    Almodóvar’s World

    November has been melodrama month at the movies. First Todd Haynes brought us Far From Heaven, which he ought to have called Imitation of Imitation.

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  • Film November 14, 2002

    Renoir All Over Again

    Like a kid at an ice-cream counter, urging his friends to try the chocolate--like a writer of travel guides, warning tourists not to miss the Eiffel Tower--I come before you to praise Grand Il

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film November 7, 2002

    Heaven Can Wait

    It's rude of me to speak of Todd Haynes's new picture as if it were a symptom; but then, he's the one who's always consulting doctors.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film October 24, 2002

    Love, Sandler Style

    Although I'm mad for Paul Thomas Anderson's new picture, Punch-Drunk Love, I also suspect it's made me a little crazy.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film October 10, 2002

    License to Kill

    The closest thing you get to a dull moment in Michael Moore's latest picture, Bowling for Columbine, is an interview with Marilyn Manson.

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  • Film September 25, 2002

    Haunted Hermitage

    While going about their business, great artists often make monkeys of the people who write about them.

    Stuart Klawans