Monica Castillo

Monica Castillo

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 62% 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 20% 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 14% 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 86% Mistress America " 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- 53% 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 96% 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+ 51% 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- 93% 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 35% 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 62% 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+ 65% 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 57% 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+ 86% 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
A- 90% Manos Sucias " [Shows us] a face that needs to be onscreen more, both in their countries and in ours. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 1, 2014
A 94% Bad Hair (2014) " At just 93 minutes, the movie breezes by but is anything but forgettable. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 1, 2014
C 51% Cuban Fury (2014) " Too steeped in tropes and genre conventions without daring to color outside the lines. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Apr 11, 2014
8.6/10 89% Cheap Thrills (2014) " First-time filmmaker Katz effectively sets relatable problems as the catalyst to the story before the absurd takes over. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2014
D+ 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " If you're familiar with the concept of hate-watching or ironically loving a movie, then by all means, enjoy ripping Winter's Tale to shreds with your friends at the bar next door. " ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Posted Feb 14, 2014
86% White Shadow " Interestingly, parts of the movie do not show when a person is talking, instead using a voice over on the scene. While ambitious, it feels too whimsical for a gritty and emotional tale like White Shadow. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
7.8/10 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " The movie is a near-perfect capture of a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown without going off the deep end into a farce. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2013
7.9/10 No Score Yet No Look Pass " It's a breath of fresh air to see the unadulterated hopes and non-tarnished dreams of a promising talent. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2013
5.1/10 54% Lovelace (2013) " Lovelace packs in a cavalcade of stars, including Juno Temple, James Franco and Sharon Stone, but doesn't exactly know how to use them. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2013
6.4/10 82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) " The result is more PBS NewsHour than HBO special. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2013
7.3/10 88% Fill the Void (2013) " To fill the void, means to simultaneously gain and lose. For Shira, she is keeping her family together at the cost of her own ambitions. It's a kind of self-sacrifice not seen in American films. Burshtein captures these delicate moments brilliantly. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 31, 2013
6.7/10 82% Something in the Air (2013) " Part of Something in the Air's charm is that director Olivier Assayas looks at this tumultuous time with a sense of understanding and empathy. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 10, 2013
8.3/10 92% Gimme The Loot (2013) " Much more grownup than it looks, Gimme the Loot is that rare teen-centric film whose brisk pace is unburdened by sentimentality. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2013
3/4 69% Greedy Lying Bastards (2013) " Condensed and to the point, the film gets its message out and includes a three-step guide on how to get involved. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 7, 2013
6.2/10 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " Just when you thought you were done with the perennial teenage supernatural romance, it's back! " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2.5/4 46% Bullet to the Head (2013) " Don't bother with plot coherence or plausibility - if you're going to a Stallone film for logic, then you're in the wrong theater. " ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 5, 2013
6.9/10 90% Gayby (2012) " The good in Gayby easily outweighs the awkward staging and strained gags. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 26, 2012
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