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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.

  • November 12, 2013


    Immodest proposals… of skinheads and Tea Partiers… Queequeg rules… literate reviews

    Our Readers and Stuart Klawans

  • Film October 22, 2013


    Jia Zhangke’s Touch of Sin, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, and other highs (and lows) from the New York Film Festival.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film October 8, 2013

    Weightless Burdens

    Gravity and the three-dimensional tears of Sandra Bullock.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film September 24, 2013

    They Didn’t Start the Fire

    Jason Osder’s Let the Fire Burn; Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s After Tiller; Peter Morgan and Ron Howard’s Rush; anniversary wishes to Stuart Klawans from Rabbi Simcha Feffeferman

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film August 27, 2013

    World-Historical Worries

    David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess

    Stuart Klawans

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  • Film July 31, 2013

    Thoughtless and Dishonest

    Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine; Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring; Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film July 2, 2013

    Natural Born Killers

    Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours, Eliav Lilti’s Israel: A Home Movie, Jerry Bruckheimer’s Enemy of the State

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film May 21, 2013

    Flappers and Philosophers

    Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film April 24, 2013


    Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, Derek Cinfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, Brian Helgeland’s 42

    Stuart Klawans

  • Culture April 10, 2013

    The Idea of Freedom

    Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa, Su Friedrich’s Gut Renovation, Shirley Clarke’s Portrait of Jason, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers.

    Stuart Klawans