Abbie Bernstein

Abbie Bernstein
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 26% Books of Blood (2020) The cast is very strong, with Robertson, Friel, Shen, and Gavron especially effective. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
B+ 68% Ammonite (2020) Winslet is excellent as the meticulous, grouchy, passionate Mary. As Charlotte, Ronan goes persuasively from waifish sorrow to radiant joy. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
B- 50% The Giant (2019) The Giant is undeniably pretty and achieves a certain eeriness. However, the film's unwillingness to provide traditional answers is likely to leave a lot of viewers unsatisfied. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
B 73% Jungleland (2020) Jungleland doesn't provide any revelations, but it does have the pleasures of fare from the days when movies could both broadly fit into the drama genre and still be idiosyncratic. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
B 55% Come Play (2020) Come Play fulfills its basic mandate of being spooky and having a cool creature without being gory. For those who like this horror subgenre, the movie works. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
B- 69% Kindred (2020) Kindred is visually handsome, and Shaw is a proper powerhouse. It just takes a long time to get to a conclusion that doesn't pack much punch. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
B 55% Mortal (Torden) (2020) Mortal has engaging leads and a compelling premise. The movie just takes so long to set things up that there's little room to build on what makes it unique. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
B 33% They Reach (2020) At the risk of making too much out of some grace notes - but they are marvelous grace notes - it's not often that a genre movie gives us not just one but two unconventional female teen leads. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
B 57% The Call (2020) It has a decent premise, a good set-up that makes the right revelations at the right times, and smart casting in two key roles. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
B+ 81% Synchronic (2020) That rare science-fiction drama that knows how to show rather than tell, getting us to feel something even as we ponder its big concepts. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
B 67% To Your Last Death (2019) To Your Last Death is engaging as a genre story. The animation is not spectacular, but the combination of all of its factors make it an oddity worth watching. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
B- 50% The Witches (2020) Zemeckis has shown that he's a whiz at integrating live action and visual effects; he achieves some photo-realistic results here, but there are also some surprisingly inconsistent elements. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
B 56% Don't Look Back (2020) [Jeffrey] Reddick provides some laudably creepy environments and spooky moments. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
B+ 91% Love and Monsters (2020) Love and Monsters isn't especially scary... However, it's enjoyable and agreeable, both qualities that make it worth watching. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
B 89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) It's different enough and crafted artfully enough to be worth watch for those in the mood for some variety. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
B- 82% Hosts (2020) For those who appreciate the art of it, the gore is plentiful and well-done. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
B 78% Eternal Beauty (2019) Hawkins is a marvelous performer, and she makes us concerned for Jane. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
B 32% Death of Me (2020) Maggie Q as Christine is a forceful and riveting performer. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
B+ 94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) The images are haunting and unsettling, and the thriller aspect is slick and well-conceived. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
C 28% Antebellum (2020) Once we're in the third act... we're brought up short by a gigantic logistics matter, to say nothing of a plausibility problem. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
B 76% Spiral (2019) A decent, modestly-budget scary movie. We've seen its like before, but it is a respectable work. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
B 67% Teenage Badass (2020) Teenage Badass isn't epic, but a lot of it has a sense of veracity. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
B- 67% Rent-A-Pal (2020) A movie that has been made well on limited resources, with a strong cast. As a viewing experience, though, it is likely to leave many dissatisfied. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B 65% The Owners (2020) It's a bit of a chore to spend time with the lads in the early going, but the film packs a wicked punch. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
B+ 74% Mulan (2020) Directed Niki Caro, working from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin, strikes exactly the right balance between emotion and action. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
C No Score Yet The Faceless Man (2019) The Faceless Man gives us nobody to root for. This works in film noir and even in some types of horror, but here we're meant to laugh at everybody, but none of the characters are particularly funny. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
B No Score Yet Widow's Point (2019) Inexpensive and not epic, but a tidy supernatural tale for those with a taste for some compact, PG-type horror. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
B 77% Emperor (2020) Green is an active, charismatic figure as played by [Dayo] Okeniyi, and we're firmly on his side. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
B+ 96% Z (2019) A genuinely scary "imaginary friend" film. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
B+ 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Patel is a decent and intelligent center around which everyone else swirls, many of them delightfully. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
B+ 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) The good news is that what could have gone wrong in a million different ways is actually funny. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
B 65% Entwined (2020) It's all beautiful to look at, and maintains the mood, but we get the point before the filmmakers are done making it. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
B 60% Tesla (2020) Tesla at its best leaves us to ponder its observations, as voiced by its protagonist and by Anne. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
B 58% Random Acts of Violence (2020) There's talent on display - and horror satisfactions - but the rhetoric doesn't hold up. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
B 72% Cut Throat City (2020) The movie is well-made, and it has momentum, but it doesn't have the kind of detail in characters or events to make it entirely memorable. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
B+ 100% Watch List (2020) A horror that deserves worldwide attention - even though the world has got a lot to attend to at present. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
B 82% Murder in the Woods (2020) MURDER IN THE WOODS should satisfy people who want some newly-made but traditional-feeling Friday the 13th-like fare, complete with youngish folks who are woefully slow on the uptake. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
B- 52% The Bay of Silence (2020) Director Paula van der Oest gets such a sumptuous look that we don't question the film's title. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
B- 66% The Secret Garden (2020) This edition of The Secret Garden is visually beautiful. Even the wallpaper in the hose is evocative, and the notion of Mary as a storyteller is engaging. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
B- 76% The Rental (2020) The Rental is well-made (apart from some crew reflections that show up in an early scene with lots of glass), ominous and suspenseful. It's seldom actually scary, though, and by the end, it seems like it ought to be. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
B- No Score Yet Limbo (2020) The premise is durable, with high stakes and the ability to vary angels, demons, et al as much as imagination and budget permit. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
B+ 100% Host (2020) It's an impressive piece of indie filmmaking. Even more impressive, it actually works up some real scares. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
B+ 98% The Fight (2020) It's worthy, educational, ambitious, sometimes depressing and occasionally even fun, even if it doesn't have the ability to be comprehensive. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
B 81% The Old Guard (2020) The Old Guard is agreeable and diverse, it just feels a little, well, old. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
B 69% Amulet (2020) A stylish, satisfying writing/directing feature debut from Romola Garai. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
B- 33% A Deadly Legend (2020) Unfortunately, the narrative ambitions exceed the grasp of director Pamela Moriarty and writer Eric Wolf, but their efforts to do something new are admirable. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
B- 38% Ghosts of War (2020) We can tell why the structure should work, and [Director Eric] Bress does tie the beginning and end together cleverly. Still, as a movie-watching experience, it's more of a jumble than a good scare. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
B- 91% Relic (2020) There are flashes of good, but we come away feeling more worn down than edified. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
B 81% The Beach House (2020) We can easily follow what's happening, and if we enjoy the underlying premise, so much the better. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
B+ 96% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Seeing what he's done, and the people he's moved, and the fact that he's not giving up, it is in fact cause for hope. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020