Monica Castillo

Monica Castillo

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Monica Castillo's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Phoenix, International Business Times, Movie Mezzanine, Paste Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6.7/10 57% Mateo (2015) "Whether intentional or not, Mateo left a bitter aftertaste -- and Matthew Stoneman's story becomes one so much more grating than intriguing. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2015
4/5 90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Straight Outta Compton is a period piece, but it is not. It's snapshots of L.A. before and after Rodney King...it's still a part of that timeline, the legacy of criminalization of black and brown bodies and power-tripping cops. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Aug 14, 2015
8.5/10 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "For an industry that can barely manage to put women in leading roles, The Diary of a Teenage Girl casts a sexually brash 15-year-old as antihero, and succeeds. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2015
0/5 7% Return to Sender (2015) "The plot twist is telegraphed far in advance, and everything in between is an unpleasant waiting game of watching a rape survivor warm up to her rapist...Please forward Return to Sender to the trash. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
1/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "I wonder if it escaped from the 20th Century Fox lot as a tax write-off. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Aug 7, 2015
4.5/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "...audiences will have the pleasure of being swept away by the actor's unbridled charm sparring with Ferguson's upstart attitude in a flawless duet of deceit and determination. All is fair in love and espionage. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/5 79% Ant-Man (2015) "It might take another Ant-Man movie (you know it's in the works) to see his character grow once the suit's luster has worn down, but the framework is there to create an interesting superhero. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Jul 17, 2015
4.5/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Schumer's irreverent writing is sharp, and sorely needed in the landscape of witless bro comedies... We need more smart and funny women on screens big and small. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/5 54% Minions (2015) "Minions is a cute, hyperkinetic hodgepodge of '60s jokes, a rocking soundtrack and visual puns. It's just cute and clever enough to keep the wee ones entertained and the parents nodding along to an "Abbey Road" or The Who reference. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Jul 10, 2015
4.5/5 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "This sequel ... dares to include women in its worldview and dignify them with the wants and needs so long denied them in mainstream media. It's cute and dirty, and baby, Magic Mike XXL knows what it's doing. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Jun 30, 2015
2/5 46% Ted 2 (2015) "Forget turning your brain off for Ted 2, watch this movie when you're barely conscious or half-asleep and you will enjoy fonder memories of this latest unnecessary Hollywood sequel. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Jun 24, 2015
4.5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "The more one marvels at "Inside Out," the more one appreciates Pixar's craft and creativity in raising the bar at what audiences can expect from an animated film. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) "...predictability stunts the narrative from becoming anything that would inspire Spielberg-esque awe. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Jun 10, 2015
1/5 32% Entourage (2015) "For everyone else, this pack of bratty wolves crying to moon about their rich white male problems is just annoying enough to call to animal control. Someone let the dogs out in Beverly Hills. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Jun 5, 2015
4/5 94% Spy (2015) "McCarthy excels at portraying Feig's fresh and fleshed-out Susan, just a regular woman who fights to be taken seriously by her superiors and enemies. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Jun 5, 2015
2/5 67% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "The over-the-top racist caricatures feels horribly out-of-sync with the movie's positive message about girl power and friendship. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted May 14, 2015
4.5/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Mad Max: Fury Road is a thrill ride for the ages. This is a great pulpy B-movie infused with A-list talent and the bountiful studio budget to boot. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted May 14, 2015
2/5 30% Chappie (2015) "Director Neill Blomkamp doesn't push Chappie to become anything we haven't seen before, and that's a shame. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Directors Lana and Andy Wachowski excel at creating fantastic new worlds lurking under the surface of our own, but in Jupiter Ascending, they've overstuffed the turkey with too many tangents and false endings. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Mar 2, 2015
3/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "Actress Dakota Johnson brings humor, sensitivity and vulnerability to Anastasia, making her the clear breakout performance of Fifty Shades [of Grey]. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Mar 2, 2015
1/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "When you drain out the filler of homophobic rape and masturbation jokes from Hot Tub Time Machine 2, you're not left with much else at the scuzzy bottom of this movie. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Mar 2, 2015
2.5/5 60% Maps to the Stars (2015) "The movie becomes so over the top, that Maps [to the Stars] devolves from satire into farce. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3.5/5 43% Ana Maria in Novela Land (2015) "[Edy Ganem] plays the parts so well, switching accents and physicality between a laidback young woman and the caricature of the high maintenance drama starlet, it was difficult to believe she was the same actress. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2/5 13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "Lazarus is mired in the predictability of its genre conventions, showing its cards on the table before actually playing them. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2.5/4 100% Western "A tightly told tale full of compelling characters. But it's the voices that are missing that echoed most to me. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jan 30, 2015
3.5/4 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "This film provides a platform for these survivors to put their name and face out there; to de-stigmatize what it is to live with sexual trauma, and humanize the difficult, uneven path of survivorship. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jan 30, 2015
3.5/4 83% Mistress America (2015) "If Frances Ha was Baumbach's Manhattan, then this is his Bringing Up Baby " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jan 30, 2015
2.5/4 67% It's All So Quiet (2015) "The picture feels bleak and dirty, like looking through a dirty window pane at an abandoned house. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4.5/10 9% Dying of the Light (2014) "Something's amiss in the folds of punchy dialogue and a spy-filled plot. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 29, 2014
B- 51% The Interview (2014) "This buddy comedy is no classic on the level of Pineapple Express... " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Dec 22, 2014
D 18% Free the Nipple (2014) "Free the Nipple is more of a confusing and frustrating experience than an inspiring one... " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Dec 15, 2014
B 97% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) "...the film is both cautionary and inspiring. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Dec 11, 2014
C+ 23% Jessabelle (2014) "Perhaps the best character in Jessabelle are the bayous themselves. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Nov 26, 2014
B+ 52% Low Down (2014) "Low Down is not a happy movie, but it is haunting... " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 24, 2014
A- 82% The Book of Life (2014) "The Book of Life navigates this cultural dichotomy beautifully with its narrative approach, reverent attention to detail, and colorful characters and settings that pop off the screen. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 17, 2014
A- 92% Birdman (2014) "A fantastical exploration of inner dialog and existential dread " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Oct 12, 2014
2.5/10 2% Left Behind (2014) "The movie unravels in its own destruction. Every effort to milk the tragedy of the apocalypse is met with terrible music, acting and effects that soak (and drown) the pathos in camp fare. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2014
C 36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) "With a final summation of "Don't worry, be happy," clearly the Search for Happiness itself was to provide more entertainment. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 25, 2014
D 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) "Six hours to hear the whole pretentious saga of Eleanor Rigby? Let me spend the day in the Yellow Submarine instead. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 13, 2014
D+ 64% Life Of Crime (2014) "In short, Life of Crime is guilty of making me want to dig out my copy of Jackie Brown. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Sep 4, 2014
B- 94% Love Is Strange (2014) "Despite spending most of the screentime apart, the audience is invited to enjoy Ben and George's company as much as they do. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Aug 23, 2014
B 43% Step Up: All In (2014) "...Step Up All In plays to its audience with familiar faces and new fantastic dance talent. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Aug 9, 2014
6.3/10 58% Finding Fela! (2014) "The disjointed rhythm of the movie throws off the groove of Fela's story and the musical. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
8.7/10 75% Lucky Them (2014) "Collette showcases this mask of exasperation with subtle brilliance. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2014
B- 100% The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014) "Lewis might have been out of step with the storytelling, but the interviews and archival footage slickly strengthen Hentoff's tale. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B+ 46% Miss Lovely (2014) "For the price of a cheap pleasure like a movie, Miss Lovely is worth every penny. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Jun 19, 2014
C+ 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "Just solid fan service. Good action, decent actors, and a chance to see them all in action doesn't pardon the convoluted glut of messy time-travel exposition. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 23, 2014
D 34% Stage Fright (2014) "Stage Fright tries too damn hard to sit with theater kids at lunch but secretly considers them losers. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 16, 2014
C- 86% Chef (2014) "Chef is food porn with a gelatinous script and thinly drawn players propping it up " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 10, 2014
B+ 84% Ballet 422 (2015) "Besides potentially leaving you with the feeling you've yet to accomplish anything great in life, the documentary is a pleasant twirl through the hallowed backstage halls at Lincoln Center. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 1, 2014
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