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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 29, 2000

    Smart and Smarter

    In Me, Myself & Irene, Jim Carrey bullies a series of small children, gets into senseless fights (on the grounds that "he started it") and reverts hungrily to breast-feeding.

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  • Film June 22, 2000

    Columbo This Isn’t

    The first thing I need to explain about Bruno Dumont's Humanité shouldn't have to be said at all. It's that the film is not a whodunit.

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  • Film June 15, 2000

    Tea Time

    Everyone knows you can't film Remembrance of Things Past, so Raúl Ruiz did it.

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  • Film June 1, 2000

    To Catch a Thief

    As Woody Allen awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into Jackie Gleason.

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  • Film May 11, 2000

    Village Idiots, Then & Now

    To watch Lars von Trier's The Idiots is to see a dead dog rise and howl at the moon.

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  • Film May 3, 2000

    Circus Minimus

    According to Gibbon, the emperor Commodus spent the early years of his reign "in a seraglio of three hundred beautiful women and as many boys, of every rank and of every province." Later, adding

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  • Film April 27, 2000

    On Tyson vs. Downey

    I was watching Mike Tyson knock Robert Downey Jr. to the floor when the thought popped into my head, "Is this what I want from a movie?" It was a pressing question.

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  • Film April 20, 2000

    Final Cut on Final Solution?

    Since you presumably know the basics about the Holocaust--if you don't, I would suggest that a movie review is no place to learn them--I will jump to the main question about The Specialist

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  • Film April 13, 2000

    Semper Fi, But Why?

    Were I to tell you that Rules of Engagement features a protracted fistfight between Samuel L.

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  • Film April 5, 2000

    He Took a Village

    In the role of New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell--source and subject alike of Joe Gould's Secret--Stanley Tucci adopts the hesitant drawl of a displaced Southern aristocrat, who goe

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