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
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) [Y]ou won't even need a neuralyzer to forget this one - the memories will be mostly gone by the time you get home. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
1.5/5 31% Shaft (2019) All told, this Shaft is one bad mother - and not in the way we'd hoped. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
5/5 79% Late Night (2019) [A] clever comedy with something to say, a movie that will leave you laughing while also giving you some food for thought...Fearless and funny, Late Night is worth staying up for. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
1.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's not even that Dark Phoenix is bad - although it is, boring and meandering and occasionally incomprehensible - so much as that it is bad in the EXACT SAME WAYS that the last effort to tell this story was bad. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/5 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The Secret Life of Pets 2 isn't a great movie, but that's OK. No one expected greatness - at most, we're looking for good enough-ness. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 92% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Always Be My Maybe isn't a masterpiece, but it doesn't need to be. It is a well-made piece of romantic comedy...a movie for which it is absolutely worth pressing a few remote buttons. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is a better movie than Bohemian Rhapsody and [Taron] Egerton's performance as Elton John is better than [Rami] Malek's as Freddie Mercury. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2.5/5 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla: King of the Monsters ultimately collapses under its own weight, the result of trying to do too much all at once. It'll scratch your giant-monster-fighting itch, but don't expect much else. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is a heartfelt and honest comedy...with a great script, great direction and a fantastic central pairing. Seriously - however good you think this movie is, it's almost certainly better. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn is an unapologetic deconstruction of the very notion of superheroes ... It is bloody and bleak and unrelenting, a savage look at the dark side of the superhero coin. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin is ... OK. Not terrible. Not great. Just OK. And that bland meh-ness is maybe the worst place it could have landed; we're left with a movie that is almost defined by how unnecessary it feels. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
5/5 100% The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (2019) The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience genuinely feels as though it were made especially for me; it is a smart, hilarious piece of work by a remarkably talented trio. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) In short, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum kicks ass in every way you expect ... and a few that you don't. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/5 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) A Dog's Journey exists solely to allow moviegoers to feel feelings about dogs for 108 minutes. It is saccharine and unrelentingly sentimental, gleefully pushing emotional buttons. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) The highest compliment I can pay Pokémon Detective Pikachu is this - you legitimately don't have to know a thing about Pokémon to enjoy it. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/5 15% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle never rises to the level of the films that came before it. Essentially, it's OK - and certainly better than advertised - but nothing more. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 31% The Intruder (2019) Basically, if you could distill the desire to shout "Don't go in there!" at a movie screen and turn it into an actual movie, you'd pretty much have The Intruder. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4.5/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is smart in all the ways you want it to be smart and dumb in all the ways you want it to be dumb. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is a beautifully-constructed piece of popcorn cinema ... anyone who has given their time to this world will find it to be a rewarding and effective payoff. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was itself a Quixotic effort, 25 years of trying to slay giants by tilting at windmills ... an uneven and unflinchingly weird movie. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) We're about to be overwhelmed by a sea of cartoons and CGI explosions for weeks on end - why not sit down and enjoy a quiet, well-made nature film that just happens to be stunningly beautiful and surprisingly funny? - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 17% Hellboy (2019) You would think that in the current climate of constant comic book content, this movie would be even more successful than the ones that came before. Instead, it is far less so, a blaring, boring slog that should have been better. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2.5/5 46% Little (2019) Little simply doesn't get it done. Despite some quality performances and an interesting premise, the overall experience leaves something to be desired...All in all? Too little, too late. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/5 91% Shazam! (2019) It checks all the superhero boxes while also having a spirit that is undeniably its own. Action-packed, self-aware and legitimately funny, Shazam! is a high-flying delight. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) This new Pet Sematary is scary in its way, with strong performances and an interesting look...All in all, it's pretty good, but not good enough to bump its predecessor off its pedestal. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo doesn't soar, but neither does it stumble. It could have been really good, but instead settles for good enough. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Hotel Mumbai is a bloody, violent look at a bloody, violent tragedy. Perhaps it pushes things a little too far in its viscerality, but it does so in service to the narrative. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
5/5 94% Us (2019) This is Us. And this is us. See it for yourself. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
1.5/5 55% 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 46% 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 78% 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 60% 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 87% 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