Abbie Bernstein

Abbie Bernstein
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 32% Red Joan (2019) There's no arguing whatever with Dench's performance. With the flicker of an eyelid, she can go from exhausted-seeming senior citizen to sly observer. This is camera acting at its finest. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
B 32% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) As it is, the movie has its moments of unintentional silliness, but it's also nicely creepy. At the end, we get the sense that it has more or less delivered on its promise. It's not hugely original, but it works as popcorn horror. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
B 79% The Wind (2019) The Wind is atmospheric, unique-looking and has moments of real fear. It tries too hard to be a brain-teaser, but it still works as a horror movie. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
B 46% Little (2019) Little may not teach anybody life lessons they don't already know, but it's often gently amusing. More, it demonstrates that Martin is a performer to watch. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
B 63% The Public (2019) Estevez has assembled a top-flight cast and has a worthy subject. He also has a feel for how to keep things moving. In the end, The Public sometimes goes over the top, but it's never dull. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
B- 58% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary works as a jump-up scare-fest, but it has no deeper levels. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
A- No Score Yet Alien 40th Anniversary Presented By TCM (2019) If you ever wanted to see more corners of the universe occupied by the Nostromo and her crew, you must watch the Alien 40th Anniversary...It brings you back to the heart of the nightmare, by people who all clearly have Alien in their own hearts. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
B- 47% Dumbo (2019) As always, director Burton comes up with some marvelous images, and he keeps things moving along. This Dumbo is quite watchable; it's just not much actual fun. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
A- 94% Us (2019) It's a movie that invites engagement beyond its running time, designed to spark debate, analysis, and fear of mirrors. Ultimately, US could be clearer, but it's so awesome on so many levels that this doesn't really matter. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel mixes fun and urgency with an engaging title character. It's absolutely worth seeing. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
B- 58% Greta (2019) Director Jordan often has a keen eye for absurdity, mixing terror and hilarity, but the two never quite link up here. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
B- 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is diverting enough. If you and your family really liked the first two, this should be relatively enjoyable. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
B 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman does nothing to subvert or expand its genre, but as superhero movies go, this is one of those that's worth watching for the sheer pleasure of it. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
A- 95% The Social Network (2010) The Social Network is about the establishment of one very popular site, but because of the way it is done, the film is as personal as movies get. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
B 88% Let Me In (2010) When you're twelve, whether temporarily or eternally, things are different, and Let Me In depicts this with emotional accuracy and a great deal of empathy. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
B- 62% Secretariat (2010) If you want to see a movie about a woman who loves her horse, or who is literally (as opposed to figuratively) risking everything for either a conviction or for any kind of altruistic goal, this isn't it. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
B 10% My Soul to Take (2010) My Soul to Take is a little uneven, but at its best, it's remarkably good. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
B 73% Monsters (2010) [Monsters] makes us reflect easily on what we would do in the characters' situations and, as part of the overall feel, it gives us the steady course of two people getting to know one another in very credible fashion. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
B- 49% Stone (2010) Stone's relentless theological musings don't seem to build to any moral point. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
B+ 71% Red (2010) Red isn't particularly deep -- yes, the characters know they're older than they once were, but that doesn't seem to stand in their way once they rev up. This does give the movie an extra little current of joy. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
B 47% Hereafter (2010) Hereafter is pleasant, intelligent and consistently watchable, but it is also oddly diffuse. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
B+ 67% Conviction (2010) Conviction does have its big, predictable emotional moments, but it's steady and thoughtful enough to do more than hit the expected notes. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
C+ 40% Due Date (2010) There are a few laugh-out-loud lines, but the situations prompt more curiosity about what will happen and/or how they'll get out of it than actual amusement. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
B 79% Red Hill (2010) Red Hill doesn't set up its foreshadowing as well as it might, but overall, it works as a tale of places where the West, for good and ill, is still alive. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
B+ 93% 127 Hours (2010) 127 Hours is a consistently gripping drama that puts us face to face with the question of what we would or even could do to save ourselves in a similar situation. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
A- 86% Unstoppable (2010) Unstoppable is lean, driving and accomplishes just about everything it sets out to do. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B+ 77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) One of the chief pleasures of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.1 is that it encompasses this sense of the universal and yet remains touchingly specific with Harry and his friends, who we've come to know so well over the years. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B 80% Made in Dagenham (2010) Made in Dagenham doesn't feel like it is saying anything especially new about either workplace sexism or labor relations. However, it is well-acted, well thought-out and informative enough to be worth watching. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B 51% The Next Three Days (2010) Crowe is consistently watchable, Banks adroitly handles Lara's charm, fragility and mercurial anger and Lennie James is engaging as the beleaguered law enforcer in charge of trying to figure out what the hell is happening here. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- 49% Love and Other Drugs (2010) Love and Other Drugs is neither an aphrodisiac nor an expose. Its emotional reach is beyond its grasp, but if you're in the mood for seeing two likable, good-looking people come together, break apart, reunite and so forth, it will suffice. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B+ 89% Tangled (2010) Tangled is a delightful rendition of a well-known fantasy that can be enjoyed by Disney animation and fairytale fans of all ages. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
A- 94% The King's Speech (2010) The King's Speech lingers in the mind and the emotions long after it ends, communicating to us in the spirit of Logue's work. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- 71% I Love You Phillip Morris (2010) Neither the filmmakers nor actor Carrey appear to be able to make any distinction between when Steve is full of baloney and when he's sincere. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B 89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) If you and/or the young folks in your life like spooky folklore, snowy menace and brave young heroes, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale fills the bill. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- 85% Black Swan (2010) Black Swan is intense, original and beautiful, three good reasons to see it, and Portman's exemplary performance adds a fourth. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- 67% The Company Men (2011) The Company Men is well made, but it seems to resort to shorthand to cover all that it wants to address -- a little less scope and a little more depth might have served it better. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader isn't exactly bad, but it lacks magical resonance and does not make up for it in character depth. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B+ 40% Casino Jack (2010) Casino Jack manages to be entertaining and illuminating, even as it helps confirm some worst fears about what really goes into at least some of our nation's law-making. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- 50% Tron Legacy (2010) Tron: Legacyis okay, a good-looking diversion. It has some very cool, Tron-universe-specific effects and Jeff Bridges to recommend it. Just don't go in expecting anything that will make you imagine or feel anything new. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- 49% No Strings Attached (2011) No Strings Attached is the sort of movie you can watch once with no harm on either side, but it's unlikely you'll settle into a long-term favorite film relationship with it. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B 53% The Mechanic (2011) The Mechanic isn't precisely a classic, but Foster's performance and the ferocity of some sequences elevate it above the genre median. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B- 30% Sanctum (2011) Sanctum has on its plus side stunning settings and excellent use of the 3D process [but] that dimensionality doesn't go very far with the characters. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B 56% Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) Gnomeo & Juliet will leave youngsters not much the wiser about the Bard, but if amusing and occasionally inspired silliness with a good heart is what's wanted, it can be found here. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B+ 40% The Eagle (2011) With its visceral action and simple but powerful points about how good and evil are largely in the eye of the observer, The Eagle is a superior representative of the historical adventure genre. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B 33% I Am Number Four (2011) I Am Number Four resolves its immediate storylines, while leaving things wide open for a sequel. There's enough energy and personality here to make a follow-up an acceptable prospect. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
C- 23% Sucker Punch (2011) Sucker Punch is largely a disappointment. We are told within the film what is intended, but that intention seldom translates to something that we can see and/or feel. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B+ 55% Unknown (2011) We get the rare treat (in English-language films, anyway) of exploring Berlin in Neeson's appealing company. Altogether, it's a good deal. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B 71% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) The Adjustment Bureau has character, warmth and energy, though it is probably best appreciated if one doesn't examine its fantasy underpinnings too closely. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B 61% Kill the Irishman (2011) Kill the Irishman tries a little too hard for an emotional impact it can't achieve, but it still tells an engrossing story about an interesting man living in interesting times. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
B+ 70% Black Death (2011) Black Death has all the makings of a cult film -- if it gets an enduring following, it will be well-earned. - Assignment X EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019