Aisha Harris

Aisha Harris
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
27% Rent Live (2019) Yes, it was disappointing. But clearly there was love in this production, too. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
62% Bird Box (2018) Much of the characterization found in this movie from the Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier... is severely undercooked. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
23% Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018) It all adds up to a film aiming to be a moving character study (and an ostensible homage to Agnés Varda's "Cléo From 5 to 7," a far more vivid exploration of existentialism), but instead feels adrift. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
63% Tyrel (2018) [Mitchell] lets you feel every humiliation and subsequent redemption while he's trapped in this dynamic. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Ultimately, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a family holiday movie that will do well enough for now; it probably won't linger in your memory long enough to make it until the next inevitable adaptation comes around. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
100% A Season in France (Une Saison en France) (2017) The film builds toward an explicit condemnation of Europe's handling of the refugee crisis, encouraging the viewer's fury at the family's forced circumstances. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) Ms. Stenberg, Mr. Hornsby and others in the ensemble (including Regina Hall as Starr's mother, Lisa) are more than capable of exploring their characters' depths, but a wonky script gets them only so far. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
73% Assassination Nation (2018) Even if Lily and her friends feel more like social justice avatars than fully realized characters, by the end of the film, it's hard not to root for them. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
12% Peppermint (2018) "Peppermint" is a belabored exercise in lazily constructed déjà vu, without the grit or stylized ham of predecessors it so baldly steals from. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
92% Searching (2018) The combination of clever concept reflecting the prevalence of screens in everyday life, and the pleasure of watching a typically underused Mr. Cho take on a meaty lead role make "Searching" a satisfying psychological thriller. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) To experience Won't You Be My Neighbor? through to its conclusion is to slowly let one's guard down bit by bit, song by song, until you may find yourself slumped down in your seat, searching for tissues - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
72% The Rachel Divide (2018) It's devastating to see so many innocent people torn down by Dolezal's deceit, and The Rachel Divide benefits immensely by highlighting their voices, including those of some of the NAACP members she worked with. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) Unfortunately, those shades of meaning get mangled up in nonsensical plot contrivances and tired running jokes. If it's offensive, it's because of its blandness, not its political incorrectness. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Stumbles in its world building and can't quite find its groove. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
100% Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018) The energy is different, but Rock is still very funny and occasionally still provocative, if only because the culture has shifted in recent years. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
97% Mudbound (2017) Mudbound is the work of a filmmaker whose vision is uninhibited. Even when it falters through later narrative twists that become almost too much to bear, it's a captivating experience-one that we're lucky exists. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
90% Girls Trip (2017) Among the funniest movies of the year, period. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
74% Landline (2017) A uniformly excellent cast and some genuinely moving moments make it easy to fall for, especially if you're a fan of Obvious Child's returning star, Jenny Slate. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
18% All Eyez on Me (2017) The last 20 minutes or so of the film try desperately to create drama out of an ending we all already know, milking every moment for maximum ominousness. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) You'll probably walk away longing to revisit the original for the ump-hundredth time. But isn't that the point? - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
98% Get Out (2017) Only grows more darkly relevant as the main story gets going, masterfully unfurling all of the real-life anxieties of Existing While Black while simultaneously mining that situation for all its twisted absurdity. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) The Magnificent Seven, as derivative as it may be, makes for a decent couple of hours wasted. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
82% Chi-Raq (2015) Lee has managed to again make a movie worth debating, wrestling with, and maybe even hating, depending upon how you feel about him as a director. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
95% Creed (2015) I feared signing on to Creed might derail Coogler's and Jordan's careers. Instead, this revitalizing crowd-pleaser solidifies my belief that these two have the potential to create really great art. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
53% Live From New York! (2015) It's refreshing to see a retrospective of the show that's not bogged down by overly detailed timelines and the desire to wax nostalgic. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2015
88% Very Semi-Serious (2015) It gets a bit lost in the weeds. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
78% Z For Zachariah (2015) Zobel and Modi have crafted a thoughtful narrative about the experience of navigating and attempting to accommodate others' personalities. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2015
51% The Interview (2014) If you like your dictator mockery served on a sharper, smarter dish, you should probably just do what everyone else seems to be doing, and rewatch Team America: World Police. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2014
91% Dear White People (2014) I nodded my head in agreement many times while watching Dear White People, but I can't say I was ever truly compelled by the story it tells. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
24% Tammy (2014) The playful energy between McCarthy and her completely game co-star, Susan Sarandon is more than enough to keep the movie humming along. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2014
2/5 19% Winnie Mandela (2013) Director Darrell Roodt's by-the-numbers biopic suffers from clunky dialogue and shallow characterization, all while never deciding what to make of its leading lady. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2013
43% Closed Circuit (2013) There are enough genuine moments of surprise to make this genre exercise an invigorating one. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2013
3/5 25% The Time Being (2013) The Time Being is a visual pleasure, with Cicin-Sain unveiling shot after shot of glorious landscapes and striking silhouettes. It's a shame, then, that Bentley's performance as Daniel isn't more fully engaged. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2013
4/5 81% Europa Report (2013) It becomes refreshingly clear early on that this is a rare modern science-fiction film where the filmmakers aren't afraid to pack actual science into their narrative. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2013