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Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989)

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) – Review by Pauline...

by Pauline Kael A friend of mine who’s in his early fifties and is eminent in his field says that when he grows up he...
The Godfather Part III (1990) Vincent (Andy Garcia) and Don Altobello (Eli Wallach)

THE GODFATHER PART III (1990) – Review by Pauline Kael

by Pauline Kael At the end of The Godfather Part II (1974), the story was complete—beautifully complete. Francis Ford Coppola knew it, and for over...
Goodfellas - Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) loses his temper

GOODFELLAS (1990) – Review by Pauline Kael

by Pauline Kael Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas has a lift. It’s like Raging Bull, except that it’s not domineering. It’s like Raging Bull made in a...
Convoy (1978) Sam Peckinpah

CONVOY (1978) – Review by Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael reviews Sam Peckinpah's "Convoy"
Shoeshine (1946) by Vittorio De Sica

SHOESHINE (1946) – Review by Pauline Kael

Shoeshine, written by Cesare Zavattini, is a social protest film that rises above its purpose. It is a lyric study of how two boys betrayed by society betray each other and themselves
Planet of the Apes (1968)

PLANET OF THE APES (1968) – Review by Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael reviews "Planet of the Apes", a 1968 science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Published in 'The New Yorker', February 17,1968
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - Clint Eastwood (''Blondie'') and Eli Wallach (Tuco)

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966) – Review by...

Pauline Kael reviews Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". Published in 'The New Yorker', March 2, 1968
Superman (1978) Christopher Reeve

SUPERMAN (1978): THE PACKAGE – Review by Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael's review of 'Superman' (1978). Published in 'The New Yorker', January 1, 1979
Star Wars (1977) by George Lucas

PAULINE KAEL ON ‘STAR WARS’

Pauline Kael reviews George Lucas' Star Wars. Published in 'The New Yorker', September 26, 1977
Taxi Driver (1976) Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro)

TAXI DRIVER: UNDERGROUND MAN – Review by Pauline Kael

by Pauline Kael Taxi Driver is the fevered story of an outsider in New York—a man who can’t find any point of entry into human...
The Leopard (Il Gattopardo, 1963) by Luchino Visconti

THE LEOPARD [IL GATTOPARDO, 1963] – Review by Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael reviews Luchino Visconti's 'The leopard' (Il Gattopardo). Published in The New Yorker, September 19, 1983
Scarface (1983) - Al Pacino

SCARFACE (1983) – Review by Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael reviews Brian De Palma's 'Scarface'
Marcello Mastroianni and Federico Fellini on the set of 8½

8½: CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE DIRECTOR – Review by Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael reviews Federico Fellini's '8½'
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones)

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: WHIPPED – Review by Pauline Kael

by Pauline Kael The marketing executives are the new high priests of the movie business. It's natural. They’re handling important sums of money. And they...
Raging Bull (1980) - Martin Scorsese on the set with Rober De Niro

RAGING BULL: RELIGIOUS PULP, OR THE INCREDIBLE HULK – Review by...

by Pauline Kael As Jake la Motta, the former middleweight boxing champ, in Raging Bull, Robert De Niro wears scar tissue and a big, bent...
Platoon (1986) - Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger

PAULINE KAEL ON OLIVER STONE’S PLATOON

Pauline Kael reviews Oliver Stone's "Platoon". Published in "The New Yorker", January 12, 1987
Full Metal Jacket (1987) - Under sniper's fire

FULL METAL JACKET: PONDEROSO – Review by Pauline Kael

Chances are that when Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam film Full Metal Jacket is at midpoint a lot of moviegoers will be asking themselves what it’s going to be about, and when it’s over they still won’t know.
2001 A Space Odyssey - Bowman inside the bedroom decorated in a palatial, 1700s French baroque (Louis XVI) style

PAULINE KAEL ON ‘2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY’

Kubrick literally learned to stop worrying and love the bomb; he’s become his own butt—the Herman Kahn of extraterrestrial games theory
Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde

BONNIE AND CLYDE: REVIEW BY PAULINE KAEL

How do you make a good movie in this country without being jumped on? Bonnie and Clyde is the most excitingly American American movie since The Manchurian Candidate.
Deckard (Harrison Ford) and Replicant Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) in the Ridley Scott film Blade Runner

BLADE RUNNER: BABY, THE RAIN MUST FALL – Review by Pauline...

Blade Runner doesn’t engage you directly; it forces passivity on you. It sets you down in this lopsided maze of a city, with its post-human feeling, and keeps you persuaded that something bad is about to happen.
Lolita - James Mason, Shelley Winters and Sue Lyon

LOLITA – Review by Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael's review of Stanley Kubrick's Lolita is one of her best—inspired, incisive, exuberant
Once upon a time in America - Noodles (Robert De Niro) in the Chinese opium den

ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA – Review by Pauline Kael

Sergio Leone's Once upon a time in America reviewed by Pauline Kael
The Shining - Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson)

THE SHINING – Review by Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael's appreciative but skeptical review of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining", The New Yorker, 1980
A Clockwork Orange - Alex and his droogs beat an old homeless man

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE: STANLEY STRANGELOVE – Review by Pauline Kael

Review of Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" written by Pauline Kael and published in The New Yorker, January 1, 1972
Stanley Kubrick on the set of Barry Lyndon

BARRY LYNDON: KUBRICK’S GILDED AGE – Review by Pauline Kael

Review of Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, written by Pauline Kael and published in The New Yorker, December 29, 1975
The Deer Hunter (1978) by Michael Cimino

THE DEER HUNTER (1978): THE GOD-BLESS-AMERICA SYMPHONY – Review by Pauline...

Review of Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter, written by Pauline Kael and published in The New Yorker, December 18, 1978