Alex Abad-Santos

Alex Abad-Santos
Alex Abad-Santos's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Vox
Publications: Vox

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
65% The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) By making Hudgens jump between playing these three characters, Switched Again resembles something like Vanessa Hudgens's Drag Race or Vanessa Hudgens Presents: Westworld. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3.5/5 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) The new movie left me feeling like I was a watching a well-executed, flawless emulation rather than art that demands to stand on its own. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
100% Lemonade (2016) The visuals of Lemonade riveted. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
88% The Witch: Subversion (Manyeo) (2018) The beauty of The Witch is the dark and sublimely satisfying place Park takes us to, once we realize our hero's true motivation: survival. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey's most thrilling aspect, instead, is its stylish disregard for pain and the human body. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home is great - once it gets out of its own way. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) In Woody's search for love, Toy Story 4 reminds us how hard it is to let go. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The most shocking thing about Avengers: Endgame is that there are several moments within this colossal movie that feel like a Marvel miracle. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
18% Hellboy (2019) While its nightmare visuals are stellar, the real villain of the movie is its rotten writing, which turns Hellboy into hanging action sequences loosely stitched together by two or three sentences and a vague suggestion of a narrative. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) [E]mbracing earnest glee and heartfelt tenderness, Shazam allows us to fully appreciate the magical excitement and wonder that superheroes can supply. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
3/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) These are all good reasons to root for Carol as she becomes the newest member of the MCU. But Captain Marvel doesn't highlight any of them in a rousing, snappy way. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Despite the nagging flaw that is Aquaman's hyper-extended plot, the movie delivers in its action sequences and its bright visuals. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Into the Spider-Verse treats its characters' emotions with care and validity, all the while trying to solve a puzzle that has long stumped people of all ages: Who am I supposed to be? And the scarier follow-up: What if I don't deserve that identity? - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/5 30% Venom (2018) It's not clear what precisely we've done to deserve this iteration of Venom and the hilariously goofy movie in which he stars, but it's a mixed blessing worth embracing. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians excels for reasons that go beyond its strides in representation. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/5 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp is an airy, nimble piece of filmmaking: Reed's confidence to unapologetically embrace weirdness gives the franchise its distinctly playful spirit. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3.5/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8, at its most endearing, is a slick, glamorous romp that makes you yearn for three more hours with its impossibly charismatic crew. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
4.5/5 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) A delirious exhibition for the bawdy, acerbic humor of Ryan Reynolds. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) For the first time in a while, I can't wait to see what happens next. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
4.5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Coogler and his talented cast and team tell a story that dazzles, one that dares its audience to dream of a world unrestrained by our own stifling reality, without ignoring how the pain of the real world informs those joyful dreams. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It's the rare movie that dares to show us what unconditional love is, not just from romantic interests, but also from the people who love us the most and know us the best. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
2.5/5 40% Justice League (2017) Watching Warner Bros. pump out superhero flick after superhero flick over the past four years has felt a little like watching your favorite Olympic figure skater with plenty of star potential flub one triple axel after another. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) It's the first Thor movie that will make you want to see more Thor movies, because it's the first Thor movie with an idea of what makes its titular hero worth rooting for. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2.5/5 59% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Despicable Me 3's tender moments are often drowned out by everything else its filmmakers want to smash into its 90 or so minutes. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
4.5/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) The movie is a soaring, fearless teenage dream. And it feels so great to be able to say: Welcome home, Spidey. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
3.5/5 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Director Patty Jenkins's fight scenes are masterpieces of motion. Gal Gadot is majestic. Chris Pine is impossibly charming. And Jenkins has created a film that rightfully does justice to its legendary title character. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
1/5 17% Baywatch (2017) For a movie that's allegedly a comedy, it never feels like it's having fun. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
4/5 85% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Guardians 2 zips around the universe with so much exhilarating charm and megawatt dazzle - in addition to serving up a big helping of heart - that you'll even forgive it for the few moments where it gets a bit too big and bites off more than it should. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) What they've created is a loving homage to a classic, but also a new chapter that really embodies the spirit of the story's heroine and what we love so much about that story. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
2/5 11% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) It's alluring when it isn't trying so damn hard to convince you it's sexy. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3.5/5 89% Doctor Strange (2016) Even though the film is Marvel's crowning aesthetic triumph, even though all four of its stars have their game faces on and act their hearts out, even though it's got great humor and spirit, Doctor Strange isn't close to being Marvel's best movie. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
54% Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016) It offers up a peculiar amalgam that's part commencement speech, part policy analysis, and part gentle GOP ribbing. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 73% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) The Secret Life of Pets' ambition to tell the stories it dares to tell, even the dark ones, is admirable. And occasionally its slapdash energy even approaches genius. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
2/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Unfortunately, The Legend of Tarzan is much less skilled at balancing its campiness with the serious nature of the topics it wants to touch. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
2.5/5 78% The Shallows (2016) Imagine an off-brand remix of the Tom Hanks movie Castaway with better hair, an exponentially more attractive lead, and almost none of the weighty philosophizing about human insignificance. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
37% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Out of the Shadows doesn't contain a single whiff of what originally made Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo -- or their chemistry as a team -- so appealing. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
4.5/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) This is one of the best movies Marvel has created. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
3/5 51% Hardcore Henry (2016) There are times when Hardcore Henry feels like the beginning of a brand new genre of action movie. Though to be fair, I won't blame you if the sound of such a genre makes you want to barf. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
2/5 29% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Megaton fight scenes are the reason people will put up with bad dialogue or bad logic in a film, so it's an outright tragedy when Batman v Superman's showdowns become as boring as the rest of it. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
4/5 85% Deadpool (2016) Deadpool is essentially the world's first superhero fan movie. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
2/5 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) Immortality can be depressing, but immortality when you have no discernible personality is truly terrifying. If the film were even the slightest bit aware of the macabre message it sends, it might be worth wasting a few mortal minutes on. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/5 43% American Ultra (2015) There are patches where the film stalls and crumbles under too much explanation. That's a shame, because the movie does have bite and sterling moments. But you shouldn't have to be stoned to appreciate them. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
2/5 28% Insurgent (2015) People are sad, people are mad, people are bad, and people will say exactly how they feel any chance they get. It's like a Bond villain crafted specifically to destroy whatever mystery still existed around the inner angst of young adult stories. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
1/5 38% Max (2015) Lost in this shuffle of bullets and narrow misses is Yakin's stated goal of telling a story about the great service that military dogs provide... I'm not sure where that film went, but the bizarre, violent mess I saw isn't it. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
0.5/5 20% Aloha (2015) Like the characters, we're left waiting for something mythical or spectacular to happen. Unfortunately for Crowe, we'll probably find it in another movie this summer. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
3.5/5 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) A cappella isn't something everyone wants to do, as Beca constantly reminds us, but for this kid, it's all she's ever wanted to do. And when Pitch Perfect 2 is at its best, it makes you feel, for just a second, like you want to, too. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
2/5 31% The Longest Ride (2015) Unfortunately, Chaplin's brilliance, Alda's funny crustiness, and Eastwood's vulnerability aren't enough to keep this film afloat. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
4/5 82% Furious 7 (2015) The chemistry between Walker and his costars, his friends, gives this muscled sledgehammer of a film some surprisingly gentle moments that you'll think about hours later. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
4/5 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) Magic Mike XXL is the cinematic inverse to Magic Mike, swapping out the drama for wild, blazing cuts at physical comedy and leaving behind the first film's dark aches for a friendly happiness. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
2.5/5 50% San Andreas (2015) San Andreas is nowhere near the best movie made this year. Indeed, it might be one of the worst. But it is, without a doubt, one of the most unapologetic, self-aware, and entertaining romps of 2015. And that counts for something. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015