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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 October 21, 1999

    Rough and Tumble

    Begin with a cluster of molecules in the void. The camera zooms away from them, sucking you back through some dim anatomical corridor.

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  • Film October 14, 1999

    Uneasy Riders

    What was it like in the sixties, wonders a dewy young woman in The Limey, speaking to Peter Fonda. Who better to ask?

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film September 30, 1999

    Woman Off the Verge

    To die for art: No one takes the idea seriously anymore, and yet people do it every day.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film September 23, 1999

    The Boys of Summer

    To the list of movie characters who look back on their lives from the Beyond, add Lester Burnham, the 42-year-old, dead narrator of American Beauty. He is a murder victim--so it would seem

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film September 16, 1999

    Adults Only

    Conventional wisdom has it that Americans stopped attending foreign films as soon as the domestic ones started featuring bare breasts. Convention, as usual, is too simple.

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  • Film September 9, 1999

    War of the Worlds

    When a boy comes of age in a movie made by Francophones, he's generally obliged to visit a brothel.

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  • Film September 2, 1999

    Humiliation With a Smile

    To suffer humiliation can be tragic. To bear humiliation for much longer than necessary, yet with loud impatience, is the comic gift of Albert Brooks.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film August 19, 1999

    Bewitched

    Summer Celluloid Meltdown

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film July 22, 1999

    Old Masters

    For contemporary reactions from Nation critics to the films of Stanley Kubrick, follow these links: Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Shining (1980), all reviewed by Robert Hatch, and Full Metal Jacket (1987), reviewed by Terrence Rafferty.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film July 8, 1999

    Spike’s Season

    In Summer of Sam, Spike Lee has made a small, shapely drama about two young Italian-American couples in the Bronx.

    Stuart Klawans