Adam Lubitow

Adam Lubitow
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Though the supernatural monsters end up taking a backseat to its examinations of the monsters within, its story is still capable of sending a chill up viewers' spines. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
100% Jazz on a Summer's Day (2020) There's nothing to distract from the music and the joyous mood. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
99% The Fight (2020) An engaging look at the fight for democracy in our country that's simultaneously inspiring and infuriating. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2020
93% Yes, God, Yes (2020) A sharp, clear-eyed, and often hilarious gaze into the endlessly embarrassing experience of being a horny teenager. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
95% Palm Springs (2020) A winning comedy that combines a goofy sense of humor with genuine heart. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) A tender, small-scale story about human connection and friendship, coming at a time when we're severely lacking those tangible experiences. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
98% Blow the Man Down (2020) Steeped in atmosphere and a wonderfully textured sense of place. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
38% Wendy (2020) I found myself wishing for a story less beholden to one we've seen brought to the screen so many times before. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) Whannell's ruthlessly efficient script invests the story with some real resonance. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
48% Greed (2020) A barbed but frequently uneven comedy taking aim at the fast fashion industry. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) A pitch-perfect blend of exquisite visual storytelling and raw emotion, with two indelible performances from its lead actresses. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
92% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) Despite all the horror and despair, the journey has its rewards, and there are glimmers of hope amid the grim narrative. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) Beneath its coolly observational exterior, "The Assistant" practically hums with an anger drawn from what could be the story of countless women, all across the country. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
38% Downhill (2020) You'd be better off seeking out the more effective original than settling for a pale facsimile. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
86% Color Out of Space (2020) Messy, goofy, over-the-top, and oh so squishy. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
92% Clemency (2019) A sobering and provocative drama. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Queasy politics aside, the film feels a little generic without Bay's distinctive aesthetic. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
81% A Hidden Life (2019) An absorbing and often moving testament to the actions of ordinary people when confronted with the evils of the world. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) Vibrantly, messily, and beautifully alive. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) As a formal exercise, it's impossible not to admire. But when it comes to that crucial emotional connection, it left me feeling stranded in no man's land. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
91% Uncut Gems (2019) Operates entirely at a level of clammy panic and desperation, forcing its audience to witness a person make all the wrong decisions and being powerless to stop it. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
68% Bombshell (2019) In bending over backward to position its protagonists as feminist heroes, the film ends up feeling strangely timid and superficial. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
77% Richard Jewell (2019) When Eastwood keeps his sentimental streak in check, his unadorned style is effective. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
84% Waves (2019) In trying to tell a small story with such an expansive scope, Shults' ambitions too-often overpower the intimacy he's after. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
94% Honey Boy (2019) A moving exploration of art, trauma and the connection between the two. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
94% Marriage Story (2019) Full of life and humanity, and probably a lot funnier than you'd expect. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
97% Knives Out (2019) With a terrifically game cast and Johnson's smart, funny script, "Knives Out" is a wickedly fun and immensely satisfying entertainment. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hanks radiates goodness, and we know he can convey warmth and decency like few other actors on screen. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) A simple, well-crafted piece of entertainment. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
68% Joker (2019) Has nothing to say about the issues it raises, so they come across like mere window dressing to what's in the end a fairly conventional comic book supervillain origin story. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) I admit that in the past I've felt skeptical of the need for a new Toy Story movie. But then one opens and it wins me over, finding new ways to wring emotion and heart from a story that appeared to have run its course. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
No Score Yet Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine (2012) There's sadness and heartbreak, but Al Helm is ultimately hopeful, capturing the power of art to connect, educate, inspire, and even foster change. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
8/10 90% The Lighthouse (2019) I can see the film driving many audience members as batty as its characters, but just as many will undoubtedly fall under its hypnotic spell. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
8/10 100% Honeyland (2019) A bittersweet ode to the fragile balance of all living things. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
7.2/10 94% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) A heartfelt story about people rediscovering their own self-worth and, in seeing themselves through another's eyes, learning the value they still have to offer the world. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
7.7/10 88% Ready or Not (2019) Fleet, funny, and gleefully bloodthirsty. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
8/10 90% Luce (2019) A riveting and thought-provoking movie that resides entirely in gray areas. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
7/10 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Earnest and proudly, enthusiastically corny. If you're able to give yourself over to its pleasures, you might find yourself singing right along. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
7.5/10 81% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger's empathetic portrayal of the wounded and wobbly Hollywood icon imbues "Judy" with the heart and soul of the beloved performer. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
59% Them That Follow (2019) The film ultimately offers a potent look at the ways fanaticism can poison the actions of even inherently decent people. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
7.4/10 80% Good Boys (2019) Counters all its raunchiness with an inherent sweetness that... manages to say something significant about childhood friendships and the growth that's required to make them last. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Toni Morrison was a treasure, and "The Pieces I Am" paints a luminous portrait of this cherished writer. - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
7.5/10 98% Maiden (2019) An inspiring look at an unsung trailblazer. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
8.5/10 97% The Farewell (2019) A warm, heartfelt, and often funny story about the bonds of family and the ways we work to stretch them as far as we can; across continents if we have to. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
8/10 83% Midsommar (2019) For all the grisly images we see, it's moments of emotional violence that have most stuck with me. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
8.5/10 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) The effect is to take something as enormous and incomprehensible in scope as a world war and make it shockingly intimate. - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4.5/10 23% Men in Black International (2019) Gone is the imagination and wit that made the original such a success; in its place is a lifeless and unforgivably generic piece of studio content. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
6.5/10 79% Late Night (2019) Though it could have used a sharper bite, it deserves credit for weaving serious, hot-button issues into such a breezy, enjoyable comedy. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
6/10 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) As much a loving homage to the horror genre as it is a lament for a civilization on the brink. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
6/10 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) A breezily entertaining comedy of manners when it isn't getting bogged down by its characters' self-conscious meditations on life and culture in the digital age. - Rochester City Newspaper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019