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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 February 23, 2000

    Dog Days

    The first thing Jim Jarmusch asks you to do in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is to look up and down.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film February 16, 2000

    Craven Idolatry

    For someone who misspent his youth in film societies and revival houses, where mushrooms develop more readily than social skills, a job as a movie reviewer wonderfully eases the burden of small t

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film February 10, 2000

    To Her, With Love

    I like a filmmaker who walks you into a story.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film February 3, 2000

    The Original Valley Girl

    Bette Midler got her first starring role in the movies in 1979, playing the lead in The Rose, a thinly disguised biopic about Janis Joplin.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film January 27, 2000

    As Maine Goes, So Goes…

    Frederick Wiseman's latest film, Belfast, Maine, is having its New York premiere in the best possible setting, as the opening feature in a full retrospective of his work.

    Stuart Klawans

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  • Film January 20, 2000

    Rain Man

    In his novel A Flag for Sunrise, Robert Stone invents this old American saying: "Mickey Mouse will see you dead." I have spent many profitable hours mulling over that coinage; and I've con

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film January 13, 2000

    Rescuer Down Under

    I would call Holy Smoke a drawing-room comedy if the film showed a drawing room, a comedy of manners if its characters had any.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film January 6, 2000

    Y2K: The Prequel

    Our New Year's number is a mother goose with three eggs tucked behind. It could be a sign of cryptic rhymes and unhatched possibilities--or maybe of silliness, tailed by a lot of nothing.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film December 15, 1999

    Lord High Executioners

    He looks like a pear that's going bad. Tall, corpulent and much the worse for gravity, W.S.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film December 9, 1999

    ‘Rock’ in a Hard Place

    Not since Charlton Heston painted the Sistine Chapel has there been so epic a film about arts patronage as Cradle Will Rock. Heston, you will recall, had to cope only with the Vatican.

    Stuart Klawans