Margot Harrison

Margot Harrison

Agrees with the Tomatometer 90% of the time.

Publications:
Seven Days
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
142

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/10 27% As Above/So Below (2014) " Some genre bendings are inspired; others aren't meant to happen, and "found-footage pulp" appears to be one of the latter." — Seven Days
Posted Sep 22, 2014
6/10 88% The Drop (2014) " The setting's gloom seeps into the whole movie, making it feel longer and draggier than it is." — Seven Days
Posted Sep 22, 2014
7/10 84% Coherence (2014) " While Coherence takes the superficial form of a horror movie, it's ultimately too talky to be scary." — Seven Days
Posted Sep 22, 2014
4/10 46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " The motifs and the voiceovers may be noir-inspired, but Miller has pumped up the genre's violence until its nuances disappear." — Seven Days
Posted Sep 1, 2014
4/5 90% District 9 (2009) " For a movie rife with violence and disturbing imagery, District 9 has a guiding spirit that's surprisingly sweet and even hokey. But that's part of its charm." — Seven Days
Posted Aug 25, 2014
4/5 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " Come for the joyful kid stuff, but be warned, these animators don't play around." — Seven Days
Posted Aug 25, 2014
4/5 94% The Dark Knight (2008) " Nolan has squeezed enough material for a saga into two and a half hours. The action moves insanely fast, the exposition is breathless, and the big setpieces practically tread on each other's heels. Down time doesn't exist in this film." — Seven Days
Posted Aug 20, 2014
4/10 35% The Giver (2014) " It panders shamelessly to young viewers and current trends with a story that is guaranteed to cause discomfort in no one except fans of narrative logic." — Seven Days
Posted Aug 20, 2014
5/10 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " If this movie were an entrée, it would be full of crowd-pleasing ingredients combined with no regard to the whole flavor profile." — Seven Days
Posted Aug 20, 2014
8/10 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " It all happens about 100 times faster than the original Star Wars while taking itself about 1,000 times less seriously than the Star Wars prequels." — Seven Days
Posted Aug 11, 2014
6/10 66% Lucy (2014) " The filmmaker sets up his premise like an attention-deficient kid playing with action figures while console gaming and surfing Wikipedia. " — Seven Days
Posted Aug 1, 2014
4/10 27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Deliver Us From Evil is one Nicolas Cage short of candidacy for camp-classic status." — Seven Days
Posted Jul 11, 2014
8/10 86% Joe (2014) " What lifts Joe above similar stories, besides the acting, is Green's intense attentiveness to setting and atmosphere." — Seven Days
Posted Jul 2, 2014
7/10 88% Obvious Child (2014) " Robespierre has realized a thought experiment on film: How would Knocked Up play from the perspective of Seth Rogen's female equivalent?" — Seven Days
Posted Jul 2, 2014
7/10 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " There's something uniquely appealing, especially to kids, about animals acting like animals." — Seven Days
Posted Jun 18, 2014
8/10 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The results of this star-crossed matchup could have been unbearably treacly or twee, but Green prefers to have his characters confront their situations with brutal humor." — Seven Days
Posted Jun 11, 2014
4/10 48% Maleficent (2014) " With nobody to play against except her own bad self, even Maleficent is more of a striking objet d'art than a character. " — Seven Days
Posted Jun 5, 2014
7/10 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Wonder of wonders, it has what too many blockbusters lack: villains with motivations beyond "world domination."" — Seven Days
Posted May 29, 2014
5/10 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " Only in the scenes between Fioravante and Avigal does the film find a pace of its own, becoming a story about two private people tentatively seeking connection." — Seven Days
Posted May 22, 2014
8/10 73% Neighbors (2014) " Even the snobbiest snobs in Neighbors turn out to be closeted slobs, and it's much funnier as a result." — Seven Days
Posted May 16, 2014
4/10 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Even the most stylized genre movie needs the occasional infusion of real-person behavior." — Seven Days
Posted May 9, 2014
2/10 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " This latter-day product of renowned UK horror brand Hammer Films has all the finesse of a county-fair scarehouse, and it's about as scary." — Seven Days
Posted May 2, 2014
8/10 86% Under the Skin (2014) " Glazer struggles to add plot to his formula within the confines of his languid, almost underwater pacing, and some scenes fall flat as a result." — Seven Days
Posted Apr 29, 2014
8/10 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " When it comes to the down-and-dirty action that results from all that plotting, this undercover cop rules. And so does the movie." — Seven Days
Posted Apr 17, 2014
6/10 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " It's hard to tell the difference between the parody and the parodied in Marvel movies; almost everything comes with a wink until Things Get Serious at the apocalyptic climax." — Seven Days
Posted Apr 11, 2014
7/10 77% Noah (2014) " The very elements that make Noah less viable as a biblical blockbuster also mark it as an earnest engagement with faith. " — Seven Days
Posted Apr 4, 2014
7/10 86% Electrick Children (2013) " The film doesn't treat the ultra-religious like aliens or scolds, nor does it demonize those who prefer sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll." — Seven Days
Posted Mar 28, 2014
5/10 41% Divergent (2014) " At its heart, Divergent is wish fulfillment for teens raised by control freaks. " — Seven Days
Posted Mar 28, 2014
7/10 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Non-Stop draws genuine tension from the scenario of strangers forced into proximity, each endowed with the power of instant, silent communication." — Seven Days
Posted Mar 6, 2014
6/10 48% RoboCop (2014) " Having set up RoboCop as a drone whose humanity has been ruthlessly programmed out, the filmmakers can't figure out how to give him back meaningful agency." — Seven Days
Posted Mar 6, 2014
8/10 95% The LEGO Movie (2014) " Lord and Miller have found the mythological resonances that, along with handy licensing agreements, link those plastic bricks to the past three decades of pop culture." — Seven Days
Posted Feb 16, 2014
8/10 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Musically and visually, Inside Llewyn Davis offers plenty of frictionless pleasures to compensate for the prickly scrappiness of its hero." — Seven Days
Posted Feb 5, 2014
10/10 94% Her (2013) " With Phoenix's face and Johansson's voice, Jonze has solved the screens-are-boring problem." — Seven Days
Posted Feb 5, 2014
5/10 55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " It's one of these vending-machine movies: a good-enough, easily forgettable flick that benefits from selection bias and low expectations." — Seven Days
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3/10 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " No creator's spark of inspired lunacy arrives to bring this dead hunk of commercial clichés alive." — Seven Days
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3/10 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " Efron says all his cocky-asshole lines diligently, but, try as he may, he doesn't have a Tucker Max bone in his body." — Seven Days
Posted Feb 5, 2014
7/10 89% Frozen (2013) " Moms who don't want their daughters piningly opining that "Someday My Prince Will Come" may be pleased with Disney's twist on the notion that true love conquers all." — Seven Days
Posted Dec 21, 2013
5/10 46% The Book Thief (2013) " While it's lavishly appointed and well acted, The Book Thief overemphasizes the redemptive value of the protagonist's art and underemphasizes, well, the horror. " — Seven Days
Posted Dec 21, 2013
6/10 80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " The deck is stacked, and the disingenuousness is profound, but director John Lee Hancock is good at saving his big schmaltz cards to play at the end." — Seven Days
Posted Dec 21, 2013
7/10 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Catching Fire focuses on the unfair dispensation of bread for the greater chunk of its hefty 146-minute running time, saving the circuses for dessert." — Seven Days
Posted Dec 3, 2013
5/10 60% Ender's Game (2013) " It's heavy on the claustrophobic sensations that CGI-rich films tend to induce - reinforced in this case by the story's airless moral dualisms." — Seven Days
Posted Nov 15, 2013
9/10 95% A Hijacking (2013) " Lindholm's script presents the hijacking as a problem with no obvious solutions and harrowing human consequences." — Seven Days
Posted Oct 30, 2013
8/10 83% Laurence Anyways (2013) " It's far longer than it needs to be. But it's still an absorbing chronicle of a romance in which one partner happens to be transsexual. " — Seven Days
Posted Oct 30, 2013
4/10 49% Carrie (2013) " There are many ways to be the "weird girl," and Moretz's preternatural self-possession is the diametrical opposite of Carrie's flailing awkwardness." — Seven Days
Posted Oct 30, 2013
4/10 34% The Counselor (2013) " Sometimes The Counselor suggests Rob Zombie trying to do Samuel Beckett, only with more words. " — Seven Days
Posted Oct 30, 2013
9/10 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " In another director's hands, this script might have come across as didactic. ... But Ray's words play effective counterpoint to Greengrass' visceral approach." — Seven Days
Posted Oct 2, 2013
6/10 81% Don Jon (2013) " It's difficult to rate a movie that doesn't really start until its last half hour." — Seven Days
Posted Oct 2, 2013
9/10 82% Prisoners (2013) " Roger Deakins uses erratic flashes and glimmers of light to suggest that deliverance is always close at hand, but not close enough. " — Seven Days
Posted Oct 2, 2013
8/10 92% In a World... (2013) " It's good news for those who would rather not see funny women relegated to a world of pink-tinged pratfalls." — Seven Days
Posted Sep 18, 2013
5/10 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " Egregious would be a better title than Insidious." — Seven Days
Posted Sep 18, 2013
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