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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 14, 2004

    In the Cut

    Throughout the four decades of his great career--which is the same thing as saying, throughout the history of filmmaking in sub-Saharan Africa--Ousmane Sembene has switched back and forth between

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film September 30, 2004

    iCinema

    Fussing repetitively with a lock of blond hair, nervously flashing an incomplete set of front teeth, the figure on screen begins to cough up her "testimony" in the accents of a Southern trailer c

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film September 16, 2004

    Styles of Radical Will

    One of South America's most brilliantly talented filmmakers has made a political road movie: the story of a young man who sets out on a journey of discovery and self-discovery through his vast co

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film August 26, 2004

    Ashes of Time

    It was the perfect setup for an op-ed article: the release, between the Democratic and Republican conventions, of Alien vs.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film August 12, 2004

    Bad Brains

    More than once in Jonathan Demme's reimagining of The Manchurian Candidate, a distraught Denzel Washington jabs at his skull and rasps, "They got in here." He means it literally.

    Stuart Klawans

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  • Film July 29, 2004

    Shadows and Smog

    I paid to see Will Smith fight legions of robots, and what I got was a trip back to Wabash Street.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film July 7, 2004

    Brief Encounter

    Like many intelligent women of advanced political beliefs, Celine detests the ideology of the soulmate.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film June 17, 2004

    By Way of Deception

    Not the judgment of film critics but the passage of time will decide whether Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 can change the world. Change, of course, is the whole purpose.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film June 3, 2004

    The Invisibles

    When you go to the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, you expect the screen to be a window onto the world.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film May 20, 2004

    Band of Insiders

    I know, you're too hip to see Troy.

    Stuart Klawans