Allen Adams

Allen Adams
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Allen Adams is the editor and lead culture critic for The Maine Edge, an arts/entertainment weekly based in Bangor, Maine. He has been reviewing movies for that publication for the past decade. For the past seven years, he has also done a weekly segment - called Pass the Popcorn - on the drive-time radio show Downtown with Rich Kimball. He's an actor and an improviser ... and he has been a contestant on Jeopardy!
Publications: The Maine Edge

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/5 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) [Five Feet Apart] is so formulaic, so boilerplate, that it almost feels algorithmically-generated - a product of maudlin mathematics. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/5 47% Captive State (2019) [Captive State is] off-brand Blomkamp, a movie that is reminiscent of that director's work without quite rising to his level of execution...an adequate piece of sci-fi entertainment with occasional whispers of greater possibility. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4.5/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel could have floundered under the storytelling load it was asked to shoulder, but instead manages to (mostly) soar...a worthy choice as Phase 3's penultimate offering. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/5 54% Greta (2019) At its best, Greta offers some pulpy B-movie fun delivered by A-list talent...worth seeing for those parts where the freak flag is really flying, but ultimately, it's just another stalker thriller. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Fighting with My Family is about the journey rather than the destination, making an interesting parallel with professional wrestling, which is also about much more than predetermined match results. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Like its predecessors, the film offers up a surprisingly heartfelt message wrapped in high-flying dragon action and goofy slapstick. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 25% Conan the Barbarian (2011) What I got was an ultraviolent and bloody fantasy epic with an overwrought and underdeveloped back story, clumsy performances and gratuitous special effects, 3D and otherwise. In other words: perfect. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
1/5 10% Gone (2012) To put it bluntly, it's boring. Really boring. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 59% Wanderlust (2012) Wanderlust isn't perfect. However, the cast is both immensely talented and clearly invested in making the movie. That combination goes a long way toward overcoming the relatively minor issues with regards to the script. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
1/5 28% Project X (2012) Hateful characters, a ridiculous story and mediocre direction - that's what Project X has to offer you. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
1/5 22% The Raven (2012) There's no reason to see The Raven. It's an unoriginal plot that you've seen a hundred times before. The performances are lackluster and the direction is uninspired. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2/5 34% Battleship (2012) Just what did this movie have to do with the 'Battleship board game? Other than the title and a couple of bits that seemed forced at best and hokey at worst, there was no real correlation. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 68% Men in Black III (2012) Men in Black 3 is a surprisingly strong return to the game for Will Smith. There are plenty of laughs to be had, but the action side of things is solid as well. There are a few weak spots, but so what? Summer movies are supposed to be fun. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
1/5 20% That's My Boy (2012) Unless you're an Adam Sandler completist or a Vanilla Ice die-hard, feel free to skip this one. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
1/5 42% Step Up Revolution (2012) There are only so many times you can watch the plucky dance crew try and save the rec center. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2/5 17% The Watch (2012) On paper, this movie looks pretty good. These are all dudes who know how to make with the funny. And yet it never quite clicks. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/5 86% Life of Pi (2012) Life of Pi is beautifully rendered with some fine performances. Unfortunately, this novel deemed by many to be 'unfilmable' ultimately proves to at least partially earn that distinction. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a very good two-hour film buried within a meandering 166 minutes. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 69% Les Misérables (2012) For those unfamiliar with the play, watching the movie will make for a decent introduction; it's a bit overlong, perhaps, but while there's a slight disconnect from the source material, there's also an undeniable passion and respect for it. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2/5 39% Admission (2013) Admission has some funny moments and it has some poignant moments. Unfortunately, the film never seems quite able to determine what its focus should be. This results in a movie that never quite clicks. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
1/5 10% The Host (2013) This movie stole two hours of my life. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2.5/5 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) The biggest problem with The Great Gatsby is that the filmmakers [Baz] Luhrmann in particular seem to have lost sight of much of what makes the novel an American classic. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 39% The Purge (2013) While it is entertaining enough, it never feels like the quasi-Orwellian allegory it was clearly meant to be. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) Bad Grandpa offers a whole lot of moments that will make you laugh, make you feel bad about laughing and then make you laugh again. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 64% Million Dollar Arm (2014) It may not hit a home run, but Million Dollar Arm definitely does not strike out. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Guardians of the Galaxy was an outside-the-box choice by Marvel; a huge gamble that paid off handsomely. It is epic space opera and well-constructed comedy, a visually stunning experience driven by exceptional performances. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
1.5/5 13% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) Not even the efforts of a talented cast can salvage [Hot Tub Time Machine 2] - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2/5 28% Insurgent (2015) Insurgent seems to indicate that the studios are content to simply go through the genre motions with this one. Whatever promise was offered by the first film is largely gone, leaving the franchise to plod to the finish line. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
1/5 17% The Gunman (2015) The Gunman has plenty of big problems, but one of the biggest is the simple fact that its narrative doesn't really make any sense. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/5 74% The Hateful Eight (2015) It's a good-looking film featuring a strong script and some outstanding performances. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2/5 13% Ride Along 2 (2016) [Ride Along 2] is a film that misses far more often than it hits, filled with generic action sequences and tired one-liners. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 51% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) The film, while not without its share of real flaws, certainly offers something more than the usual big dumb [Michael] Bay business. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 86% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) [Kung Fu Panda 3] is a film that, while undeniably familiar, still manages to retain a bit of freshness. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 45% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) It's a fun movie that lends a wonderfully weird new energy to a literary classic. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
1/5 22% Zoolander 2 (2016) Derek Zoolander and company have definitely fallen out of fashion. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
1/5 46% How To Be Single (2016) How to Be Single desperately wants you to think that it is somehow different than its more traditional counterparts, but despite a few decorative trappings, the film remains a formulaic rom-com in subversive clothing. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/5 84% Deadpool (2016) This movie is funny. Like, REALLY funny. In fact, I'd call it the funniest big-budget superhero movie that we've seen. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 61% Race (2016) While it is a bit uneven in spots, the overall effect is an engaging, compelling story that certainly warrants telling to a new generation. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
0/5 15% Gods Of Egypt (2016) It's an utter failure from director Alex Proyas. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 81% Eddie The Eagle (2016) It's a fun little dramedy that offers some laughs and some triumphs and some big sappy feelings, nothing more. And what's wrong with that? - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/5 97% Zootopia (2016) Even without the complexity of its message, Zootopia would be a worthwhile addition to the Disney canon; the characters are great, the world is fascinating and the narrative is top-notch. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Whiskey Tango Foxtrot might not carry quite the level of intensity that one might want, but thanks to the strong performances at its center, it still manages to be a compelling and entertaining cinematic experience. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Sequel or not, there's no doubt that 10 Cloverfield Lane works beautifully as a stand-alone film. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel is a much more sophisticated film than you might think...The visual spectacle and action-oriented excitement alone are worth the price of admission. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Isn't It Romantic could have been a satiric takedown. It could have been a love letter. Instead, it's a little bit of both, a snarkily-written, yet sincere expression of affection. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
1/5 11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) The Divergent series has always labored in the shadow of 'The Hunger Games,' among others, but it seems that those in charge have simply given up on making any real effort to escape it. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
1.5/5 30% Criminal (2016) Criminal wants to give the impression of being a more thoughtful film than it actually is. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Jon Favreau and company have built a beautiful and compelling film one that seems destined to be as fondly remembered as what came before. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
1/5 62% The Trust (2016) There's an absence of any sort of genre or thematic cohesion, leading to a film littered with tonal fits and starts that come off as more or less random. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
1.5/5 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) The Huntsman: Winter's War is basically blah. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019