Monica Castillo

Monica Castillo

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Phoenix , Movie Mezzanine , Paste Magazine
Total Reviews:
37

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Showing 1 - 37 of 37
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
8.7/10 76% 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+ 54% 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+ 92% 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 33% 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- 88% Chef (2014) " Chef is food porn with a gelatinous script and thinly drawn players propping it up" — Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 10, 2014
B+ —— Ballet 422 " 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- —— 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 100% Pelo malo " At just 93 minutes, the movie breezes by but is anything but forgettable." — Movie Mezzanine
Posted May 1, 2014
C 52% 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 88% 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
—— 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 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
0.5/4 10% Branded (2012) " Nothing more than a freshman's first term paper for a sociology 101." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 11, 2012
6.5/10 84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " As an off-beat movie that depends on his conversational delivery, Sleepwalk with Me manages to avoid many of the standard romantic comedy pratfalls." — Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 31, 2012
2.5/4 57% Sparkle (2012) " The story takes melodramatic turns that threaten to stray into camp, and newcomer Jordin Sparks as the reserved titular character doesn't have the finesse to avoid it." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3/4 64% Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012) " Complicated but compelling, the film also struggles a bit with Yang's erratic direction, but that flaw mirrors the indecisiveness of Liam himself, who is played engagingly by Joseph Chang." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 1, 2012
0.5/4 20% That's My Boy (2012) " There is a severe lack of chemistry between Sandler and Andy Samberg, the father-son duo audiences are supposed to be rooting for." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 22, 2012
1.5/4 25% Mansome (2012) " Morgan Spurlock's latest nonthreatening documentary fails to find much point in its subject: men's grooming." — Boston Phoenix
Posted May 17, 2012
2.5/4 53% Think Like a Man (2012) " Relatable moments are easily the highlights of the movie, and they pop up frequently enough to make this boy's club believable." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 19, 2012
2/4 43% American Reunion (2012) " A few clever notions on the problem of middle-aged dating are handled by pros Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge. Otherwise, it dips into Meet the Fockers material like Biggs into a baked good." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 10, 2012
84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " This is an adorable film based on the story of a comedian struggling to break through in the business while bartending in a comedy club." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 28, 2012
3/4 43% Casa de mi padre (2012) " Casa de mi Padre is an unorthodox entry in the stoner comedy-fauxsploitation genre, but it might feel at home on Ferrell's Funny or Die website." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3.5/4 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " Writers Hill and Michael Bacall cleverly mix pop culture references, wit, and vulgarity to transform what might have been a one-joke knock-off into a comic original." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 15, 2012
1.5/4 29% The Vow (2012) " The film's Nicholas Sparks-style sweet nothings extract as many eye rolls as "aws"; it's a box of cheap chocolates for someone you just met and you're not really sure you care for." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 15, 2012
3/4 71% Magic Trip (2011) " Sometimes the footage is shaky, and the story threatens to derail itself by spinning off on too many tangents, but ultimately the rough-and-ready style fits with the experimental spirit of the Pranksters." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 31, 2011
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