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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 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

  • Film May 15, 2003

    Magnificent Obsessions

    This week, all true movie lovers will rush to see a violent and fantastic special-effects thriller, in which a character endowed with uncanny powers rips through the veil of illusion that is no

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film May 1, 2003

    Kurdish Delight

    International cinema has an irresistible new pair of reprobates: middle-aged brothers who can do no right in their lives and no wrong before the camera.

    Stuart Klawans

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  • Film April 17, 2003

  • Film April 3, 2003

    Death in Helsinki

    OK, let's say that life goes on.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film March 20, 2003

    ‘For the Monkey’

    When James Agee wrote in these pages sixty years ago, he often complained of the paltriness of this or that movie, as judged against the events of the day.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film March 6, 2003

    Dashboard Confessional

    A few years ago, when moviegoers in this country were just beginning to learn about Abbas Kiarostami, I heard a crowd of New Yorkers berate him for having put a snatch of Vivaldi onto a soundtr

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film February 19, 2003

    Apartheid: The Musical

    If you've never watched Nelson Mandela dance, then you should know that he does a modified Locomotion, pumping his elbows like pistons to the immense, loving amusement of his people.

    Stuart Klawans