Alex Hudson

Alex Hudson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Alex is the General Manager of Exclaim! Media, a Canada-wide arts and entertainment magazine, where he runs the film reviews section. He can be found on Twitter or Instagram at @chippedhip.
Publications: Exclaim!

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/10 80% The Old Guard (2020) If two hours can seem this long, imagine how being alive for centuries must feel - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
5/10 42% The Prodigy (2019) The Prodigy never quite goes deeper than its boilerplate premise. That doesn't make it a bad movie, but it also doesn't make it a particularly interesting one either. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
6/10 71% Triple Frontier (2019) Even if the characters' self-righteousness is a bit unconvincing, that's part of the point. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
8/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) In a Marvel Cinematic Universe that has grown increasingly complex and interwoven, Captain Marvel succeeds by sticking to the basics. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
7/10 63% Hope Gap (2020) Hope Gap's bleak portrait of matrimony is a good reminder that some couples are better apart. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
8/10 93% Us (2019) [Jordan] Peele clearly knows his strengths, and he's playing to them brilliantly. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3/10 38% The Dirt (2019) Director Jeff Tremaine has previously helmed four Jackass movies, so that should give you some idea about his aptitude with serious emotional material. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
6/10 77% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The characters aren't quite as strong as the pulse-racing plot. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
5/10 57% The Highwaymen (2019) There's a reason why you probably haven't heard of Frank Hamer and Maney Gault before, and this lightweight film doesn't make much of a case for them having a story worth telling. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3/10 64% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) At 132 minutes, it's hard to follow the plot and even harder to care. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
6/10 68% Stockholm (2019) Stockholm is a succinct and endearingly goofy take on the heist genre. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3/10 18% Hellboy (2019) What is this movie supposed to be about? That's not a rhetorical question - I'm actually asking, since Hellboy makes no sense whatsoever. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
6/10 50% Clara (2019) With its story about hunting the universe for inhabitable planets, this is the filmic embodiment of that GIF of Eric Wareheim having his mind blown in space. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
8/10 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) It highlights the many ways Black people have enriched the same country that continues to perpetuate violence against them. It's a message that's sadly always relevant - but it feels particularly urgent right now. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
5/10 82% High Life (2019) High Life is a sufficiently sinister space voyage, but one without all that much to say. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
9/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The whole thing is as sentimental as it is exhilarating, but any cheesiness feels well-earned. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
3/10 55% Ma (2019) We gradually learn more about Ma's backstory, and the only real twist is how mundane it all is. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
9/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Pixar is still operating at God-level here. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
7/10 63% Yesterday (2019) It's a cute concept that will allow audiences to hear these familiar tunes with fresh ears - particularly since Patel is a strong singer who delivers the songs confidently and without affect. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
7/10 53% The Lion King (2019) Does The Lion King stand apart from the original? Not exactly, but it does manage to offer everything that made the original so enduring. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
8/10 91% Luce (2019) By addressing some of the more subtle, pernicious forms of racism, it doesn't let audiences off the hook with simple solutions, and it might make so-called progressives a little uncomfortable about their own latent biases. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
8/10 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) [Jillian] Bell has already showed her comedy talents with memorable roles in Workaholics and 22 Jump Street, and here she proves herself equally adept at drama. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
6/10 98% Blow the Man Down (2020) Noir maritime atmosphere is in abundant supply here, helped along by the jarring violin drones of the score - although Blow the Man Down sometimes struggles to find the balance between crime caper and noir mystery - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
5/10 93% Dads (2020) As a warm 'n' snuggly puff piece about devoted fathers, it's pleasant enough, but Dads ultimately has nothing to say that you can't find in a Hallmark greeting card. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
8/10 86% Sea Fever (2020) It's a tried-and-true horror concept: a confined space and an unseen threat that leaves everyone wondering if they're infected. It's claustrophobic in all the right ways. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
4/10 33% The Giant (2019) Graduating high school is supposed to be a celebration, but The Giant certainly isn't any fun. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
6/10 94% Western Stars (2019) Western Stars is deeply invested in The Myth of Bruce Springsteen, as though he's invited the audience into his barn, but not into his heart. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
7/10 87% Color Out of Space (2020) If you love Nic Cage memes and Annihilation wasn't quite weird enough for you, here's your new favourite movie. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/10 21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) No amount of obtrusive, flashy direction can make up for the weakness of the script. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
9/10 68% Joker (2019) Even when Joker ventures into morally murky territory, it feels grimly realistic. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
5/10 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Zombieland: Double Tap doesn't have any braaaaaaains. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
5/10 78% Blood Machines (2019) No one could ever accuse [Seth] Ickerman and [Carpenter] Brut of being half-hearted in their homage to retro sci-fi B movies; whether or not that's a good thing will depend entirely on the viewer's appetite for corny genre exercises. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
7/10 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) It's sometimes funny and mostly pretty grim, but the patient pacing and wistful dialogue give even the bleakest moments a sense of bittersweet beauty. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
7/10 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) At a time when some politicians celebrate an idealized vision of 1950s white Americana as a way to justify discrimination, it follows that a 1950s film noir is an effective format for a social critique. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
7/10 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) After this redemptive film, Terminator execs are probably thinking: 'I'll be back.' - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
6/10 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) An old-fashioned underdog sports movie where the supposed underdog is... the Ford Motor Company. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
8/10 97% Knives Out (2019) It's both a witty spoof of murder mysteries and an outstanding embodiment of the genre. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
7/10 84% Waves (2019) It's stylish and gripping - and stressful enough to give you an ulcer. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
8/10 95% Marriage Story (2019) It's an arduous journey that's sometimes difficult to watch, but it provides genuine catharsis. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
5/10 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Franz was unquestionably a hero, but his characterization here is curiously flat. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
5/10 36% 6 Underground (2019) 6 Underground is the kind of film that considers a nun giving the middle finger to be the height of edgy humour. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
5/10 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It's like J.J. Abrams missed the day of scriptwriting school when they taught 'show, don't tell.' - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
7/10 48% Underwater (2020) The thrills get a little repetitive in this claustrophobic environment, but director William Eubank effectively keeps the tension high, and the monster-filled intensity almost never lets up. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
6/10 29% The Rhythm Section (2020) The Rhythm Section certainly isn't the most plausible or original action-thriller you'll ever see, but it's visceral enough that it almost doesn't matter. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
9/10 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) The women savour every moment they can with an intensity that's as joyful as it is heartbreaking. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
5/10 75% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) The characters' nonexistent personalities mean that there's not much spark between them. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
8/10 88% Onward (2020) The film goes straight for the heartstrings. If you sobbed at the first few minutes of Up, you're going to want to brace yourself. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
7/10 82% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band is a loving tribute to its subjects - which is both a blessing and a curse. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
7/10 89% The Rest of Us (2020) As a small-scale examination of a unique form of grief, it packs a lot of emotional complexity into a small package. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
6/10 53% Guns Akimbo (2020) Even if the theme of internet addiction feel a bit lazy, the fun is watching Radcliffe's nerdy character get in way over his head. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020