Adam Lubitow

Adam Lubitow
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Beyond Emily Blunt's fantastic performance, Marshall's film never reveals a unique magic of its own. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) A sometimes heavy-handed, but nonetheless powerful tale of poverty and adversity. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Pokes a bit of gentle fun at rom-coms while also functioning as an entirely earnest example of the genre it's sending up. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) A compelling variation on the narco crime-drama. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
7/10 90% Shazam! (2019) Sandberg juggles tone to great effect, weaving together an effervescent sense of humor, satisfyingly emotional moments and exciting, character-driven action. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
5/10 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) When we're watching these [type of] events unfold in news broadcasts on such a regular basis, I'm not sure I can take reliving them all over again at the movies. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) A delicate, bittersweet portrait of life and love in middle age. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Wherever you land on the film's meaning, the picture that finally comes into view is a difficult one to shake. - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Just as clever, inventive and funny as the original, even if a bit of the novelty has worn off. - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/10 54% Maleficent (2014) A fundamentally misguided interpretation of the title character, one that seems to misunderstand what drew people to her in the first place. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
87% First Man (2018) Chazelle skillfully manages to create suspense out of events whose outcomes are well documented. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
5/10 78% Green Book (2018) Another story where white people have to learn about black people's humanity, and the black characters exist so the white characters are able to learn and grow. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) A scrumptious confection laced with poison." - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
9/10 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) There's beauty, tenderness, and hope in every frame. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Over the Limit (2018) An at times harrowing dive into exactly what it takes to be an Olympic champion. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) A genuinely inspiring story of a young boy's ingenuity and how putting knowledge in the hands of those who need it the most can make all the difference in the world. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) A rather half-hearted crime story, though Farhadi's textured script remains engrossing. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
5/10 44% The Wedding Guest (2019) Our investment in the plight of Jay and Samira requires more than the promise of potential double crosses to latch onto such a flimsy narrative. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
58% Greta (2019) No one's going to mistake it for high art, but with a game cast and Jordan's slick direction, it makes for a satisfying meal, even if it's mostly empty calories. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) Throughout, Aquaman maintains a level of eye-popping visuals and crazy spectacle that always keeps things interesting. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/10 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film boasts a wonderful lead performance from Rami Malek, but its clichéd narrative and sloppy, safe storytelling let down the larger-than-life figure at its center. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
6/10 76% Smallfoot (2018) With fun [visuals] and gags that call to mind classic Warner Bros cartoons, Smallfoot is a bright, colorful entertainment that sneaks in some slyly subversive messages without becoming preachy. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
6/10 66% Lizzie (2018) Aided by two strong performances from Sevigny and Stewart, "Lizzie" takes an unexpected path, in the process adding a new perspective to a crime that continues to fascinate us and suggesting that the fascination will only linger on. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
71% Hostiles (2018) [Mistakes] a relentlessly grim tone for saying anything of substance. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
5/10 72% Ready Player One (2018) If Spielberg had found a way to inject even a bit of the warmth, wonder, and intelligence we associate with some of his best-loved films, this might have been something special. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) A bruising experience; one that left even a non-religious person like me feeling shaken. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
92% Beast (2018) Shifting from wounded vulnerability to an increasingly animalistic rage, [Jessie Buckley] gives this gothic horror story an unexpectedly potent bite. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) An affable romantic comedy about the regrets we accumulate as we move through life; the opportunities that we allow to pass us by and how we choose to deal with them. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) As a story of addiction and disability, it's fine enough, but ultimately adds up to less than the sum of its parts. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) A sweet, compassionate, and clear-eyed depiction of adolescence. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
98% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) The Indonesian feminist outlaw western you never knew you needed in your life. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5/10 33% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) It's been a long while since I've seen a film start so promisingly before so spectacularly crashing and burning by the time it crosses the finish line. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
67% On Chesil Beach (2018) Ronan and Howle are lovely together, but their performances can't distract from the sense that this is a story that worked better on the page. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) A movie that unquestionably has no real reason to exist. But since it does, this is just about the best possible version we could have hoped for. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) An engrossing film, even for those who don't consider themselves fashion connoisseurs. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
83% Puzzle (2018) Follows a predictable path, but packs a secret weapon in the form of a powerhouse lead performance from actress Kelly Macdonald. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018