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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 20, 2000

    Rain Man

    In his novel A Flag for Sunrise, Robert Stone invents this old American saying: "Mickey Mouse will see you dead." I have spent many profitable hours mulling over that coinage; and I've con

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film January 13, 2000

    Rescuer Down Under

    I would call Holy Smoke a drawing-room comedy if the film showed a drawing room, a comedy of manners if its characters had any.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film January 6, 2000

    Y2K: The Prequel

    Our New Year's number is a mother goose with three eggs tucked behind. It could be a sign of cryptic rhymes and unhatched possibilities--or maybe of silliness, tailed by a lot of nothing.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film December 15, 1999

    Lord High Executioners

    He looks like a pear that's going bad. Tall, corpulent and much the worse for gravity, W.S.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film December 9, 1999

    ‘Rock’ in a Hard Place

    Not since Charlton Heston painted the Sistine Chapel has there been so epic a film about arts patronage as Cradle Will Rock. Heston, you will recall, had to cope only with the Vatican.

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  • Film December 2, 1999

    Back to Beginnings

    Cheick Oumar Sissoko, who lives and works in Mali, has looked around and noticed that his fellow filmmakers in sub-Saharan Africa are few--"and due to our financial need (great with regard to our

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film November 18, 1999

    The Heat in the Kitchen

    He poses like a tightrope walker, though one who's unexpectedly domestic and chubby.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film November 11, 1999

    Innocents Abroad

    When people label a film "great," the usual effect is to close off a discussion that ought to be opening.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film November 4, 1999

    Just a Cannes Job?

    Ever since Rosetta won the top prize at this year's Cannes festival, American journalists have puzzled over the jury's decision, or written it off as mere insolence.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film October 28, 1999

    Night of the Living Dead

    Sooner or later, there would have to be fireworks in Bringing Out the Dead.

    Stuart Klawans