Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Quartz

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Despite having only the Western genre and a vague thematic through-line of "death" in common, the stories build on one another, subtly cohering into something greater than the sum of its parts. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
C 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It's cautious and inoffensive. And that's exactly why it's so disappointing. The Freddie Mercury biopic is the antithesis of its subject's abundant energy, his fearless artistry. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
B+ 65% Suspiria (2018) Guadagnino bounces around from calm to frenetic and back again, instilling each scene with a sense of unpredictability-it can all cohere or implode at any moment. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
B 80% 22 July (2018) Greengrass manages to avoid turning the film into an utterly dire, hopeless watch. It's devastating, to be sure, but not defeatist. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
B 77% Mid90s (2018) Without this believable group of kids, Mid90s would have fallen apart. It's a testament to Hill's ability as a writer and director that it didn't, that he was able to elicit such strong performances. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
A 87% First Man (2018) First Man isn't the giant leap for mankind. It's Armstrong's one small step, and it's all the better for it. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
A- 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper finds a new voice too, as a director. The actor understands how to stage a scene (as well as stage a literal stage-the concert scenes are stunning) in ways that, like the acting, feel instinctive. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
A- 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Stallworth's operation is just one small victory in an ongoing struggle, and Lee makes sure we leave the theater knowing that struggle is far from over. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
A 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Beneath the veneer of a quippy teenage dramedy, Eighth Grade is a devastating study of anxiety, depicting with keen insight the crushing weight of the disease. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
A 88% Annihilation (2018) It's a thrilling, original, relentlessly disquieting existential nightmare of a movie. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
B+ 97% Black Panther (2018) It's the most formidable Marvel film to date; a cinematic artifact that feels like it shouldn't belong to the corporate superhero apparatus. But it's really exciting to know that it does. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
B+ 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The film proves that intentional ambiguity doesn't necessarily mean a story ends unsettled. That it doesn't explicitly tell you which interpretation to have makes all of them more powerful. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
B+ 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) As a meta commentary on the misunderstood visionary, The Disaster Artist is a triumph. Yes, it's another of Franco's earnest forays, but this one works because it's so deeply personal. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
B+ 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Directed by Arrival maestro Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049 is a film that, like all of us-human and replicant alike- actively wrestles with its own existence. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
A- 96% The Florida Project (2017) Moonee is somehow relentlessly entertaining without ever, even in the slightest bit, coming across like a child mascot dreamed up solely for our amusement. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
B- 69% mother! (2017) Mother! feels like a terrible dream you had when you were younger-one you thought was about one thing but realize years later that it was actually about something else. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
A- 92% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk ends on the burning remnants of Tom Hardy's Spitfire, an emblem of the fire of the human spirit that rages wherever injustice might try to put it out. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
B+ 89% Tour De Pharmacy (2017) Tour de Pharmacy is exactly the type of utterly silly and self-aware comedy that seems to work well in contrast to our dour reality at present. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
A- 94% Arrival (2016) Villeneuve and company change the game right in front of your eyes, and you don't realize it until the exact moment that you need to. - Quartz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018