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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 September 25, 2003

    French Connections

    The setting is a one-room schoolhouse, which is momentarily unoccupied except for a pair of turtles.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film September 11, 2003

    Tokyo Story

    A Love Affair for the postcollege, flirting-with-Buddhism set, Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation is a travelogue of the emotions, concerned with the deepening relationship betwe

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film August 28, 2003

    Bull’s Eye

    This was the summer when the movies were so bad, people were reduced to complaining about a Mel Gibson film they hadn't seen.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film August 14, 2003

    Urban Legend

    Here's our man, starring in a movie about himself.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film July 31, 2003

    The Age of Innocence

    If you've seen Pleasantville--the story of teenagers who are magically transported from 1990s reality into 1950s television--you know that its writer-director, Gary Ross, has a sly respe

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  • Film July 17, 2003

    Badlands

    It's always good fun to see a boy wax romantic over the first girl to give him a handjob--and if the boy should be a black-hatted Jew, the fun is only improved.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film July 2, 2003

    The Girls of Summer

    This Independence Day, the symbolic struggle being waged on thousands of screens across the Empire pits Reese Witherspoon against Arnold Schwarzenegger, gooey-sweet girl against impassive (but

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film June 19, 2003

    Candid Camera

    I have often been asked the difference between movie reviews and film criticism; and after much thought, I've decided the answer is about one week.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film June 5, 2003

    Hell’s Angel

    Romeo Dallaire has the name of a silent-movie star and a face to match: clear eyes, ample mustache, chin of cleft granite.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film May 22, 2003

    Medium Cool

    In the film from which there is no escape and no going back, The Matrix, the writer-director team of Andy and Larry Wachowski presented a grim choice between truth and illusion.

    Stuart Klawans