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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 2, 2005

    Adult Content

    Reviews of Madagascar, Howl's Moving Castle and several other new films.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film May 12, 2005

    Love on the Run

    She has the face of a mermaid--a real one, not a Disney blonde. The wide undulant mouth drinks in her world like oxygen; the hazel eyes reflect a bent and wavering light.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film April 28, 2005

    Compromising Positions

    Your movie reviewer has been reading Colin MacCabe's excellent book on Jean-Luc Godard and pondering its discussion of France after World War II.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film April 14, 2005

    The Counterfeiter

    As celluloid guinea pig for the American left, I am perfectly willing to report on the effects of exposure to this month's pop hit, Sin City.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film March 31, 2005

    Gangs of Shanghai

    The scene is Shanghai, or Busby Berkeley's dream of it: a Chinese city of the 1930s, teeming on the outskirts with rickety tenement compounds, bustling in its business district with clanging st

    Stuart Klawans

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  • Film March 16, 2005

    Tipsy Turvy

    Like a melodrama or a political tract--genres it sometimes resembles, in an honorable way--Jonathan Nossiter's documentary Mondovino has a villain you can hiss at.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film March 3, 2005

    Rock the Casbah

    What might it mean to call a film indispensable? Perhaps not much. At base level, we'd merely be asserting that other films (maybe the vast majority) are candidates for the garbage heap.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film February 17, 2005


    About two-thirds of the speaking characters in Constantine are either demons or angels.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film February 3, 2005

    My Life as a Man

    I've heard Argentines say that Buenos Aires is more densely populated by psychoanalysts than anyplace else in the world.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film January 20, 2005

    Blood Simple

    Half a century has passed since Manny Farber wrote in these pages about underground films, by which he meant the urban crime movies watched by male loiterers near the Greyhound station, in theate

    Stuart Klawans