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Monica Castillo

Monica Castillo

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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
2/5 13% Ride Along 2 (2016) "Ride Along 2 really only works if you buy in to the chemistry between Ice Cube and Hart, and it takes a little time for the banter to become entertaining. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3/5 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "It's a rather disappointing crash and burn for a series that brought attention to positive action role models for young girls. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Nov 18, 2015
80% Sweet Micky For President (2015) "The energy never falters as the film jumps from talking-head testimonies to on-the-streets footage of rallies and riots. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2015
4.5/5 93% Carol (2015) "Get to the theater before the hype overwhelms the touching drama. Carol is worth falling in love with. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Nov 15, 2015
2/5 31% By The Sea (2015) "Jolie-Pitt's screenplay leaves much to be desired as its characters languish under the coastal sun. Its dialog is stilted, which doesn't help its watery concept to keep the biggest piece of information hidden from its audience in plain sight. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Nov 15, 2015
9.1/10 94% In Jackson Heights (2015) "In Jackson Heights is New York: all of its fears, dreams, hopes and daily concerns rolled up into a relatively (especially for Wiseman) short film. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "Essentialists may never be pleased with the updated CGI features or jokes about standardized testing, but the heart and hope of this Charlie Brown remains intact enough to try and kick that football. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
8.5/10 96% The Armor Of Light (2015) "It's slickly filmed, making great use of the good pastor's stained glass windows and framing the difficult conversations beautifully. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2015
7.1/10 71% A Ballerina's Tale (2015) "The movie follows Copeland on stage and off during an unprecedented chapter in ballet history. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2015
88% Difret (2015) "Difret is painful but profound, skirting the pitfalls of the inspirational biopic for something more grounded and remarkable. Its authenticity extends beyond its central characters, conveying a very real sense of what is at stake. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2015
4/5 76% Goosebumps (2015) ""Goosebumps" is a pleasant reminder it's best not to judge a book by its cover. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Oct 14, 2015
50% Mi America (2015) "It's a timely message, but not the way Mi America delivers it. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2015
8.1/10 88% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) "While Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead is a nostalgic look back at some of the most celebrated funny men and women in the genre, it is one with a sense of finality. What once was will never be again: The industry has forever shifted. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2015
4/5 92% The Martian (2015) "On the seemingly endless screen, the Red Planet looks foreboding yet inviting. That's part of Scott's appeal to the audience: get lost in the story and the spectacle. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Sep 30, 2015
100% Becoming Bulletproof "Barnett portrays his subjects with a sensitivity that never feels exploitative or sentimentalized, giving many of the featured players screentime to discuss their day-to-day lives or why they return year after year to Zeno. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2015
1.5/5 75% Black Mass (2015) "It's good to see Depp back to form. Shame about the movie he's in, though. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Sep 20, 2015
3/5 48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) "Unlike the second Hunger Games movie, which largely felt like retread, the latest Maze Runner opens up its world and actually contextualizes the motive behind the bad guys. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Sep 20, 2015
9.3/10 97% Welcome To Leith (2015) "The movie serves as an anthropological study of a small town and what happens when a caustic outside force comes barreling in. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2015
No Score Yet The Martial Arts Kid (2015) "For a movie starring so many action stars and fighting champs, The Martial Arts Kid falls surprisingly short of winning any medals. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2015
3.5/5 63% The Visit (2015) "Shyamalan's return to horror is a return to the genre he knows and operates best in. " ‐ International Business Times
Posted Sep 11, 2015
9.1/10 96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) "The Second Mother is a smart yet subtle portrait of the incalculable riches of a good relationship between parents and children. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 31, 2015
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 88% 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'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 94% 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 13% 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 80% 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 55% 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 62% 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 93% 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 65% 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 97% 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 31% 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 26% 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 93% 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 82% 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
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