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
3.5/5 55% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) Waiting for the Barbarians has a lot to recommend it, with its strong performances and hauntingly lovely setting. Unfortunately, those elements aren't enough to elevate it to the capital-G Greatness that it obviously seeks. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
4/5 74% An American Pickle (2020) An American Pickle might not fully exploit the potential of its premise, but it finds more than enough to make for an entertaining movie...You don't often hope for a film to strike a sour note, but in this case, that sourness is a pretty big dill. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3.5/5 89% I Used to Go Here (2020) I Used to Go Here is a charmingly shaggy movie, an undeniably good hang...a sharp, heartfelt comedic reminder that not only can you not return to your glory days, but that those days might not have been all that glorious to begin with. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
3.5/5 84% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) There's something genuinely haunting about not just the ideas, but the manner in which they are assembled and presented...Some will consider She Dies Tomorrow a good movie and others will not, but all who see it will likely never forget it. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
4/5 93% The Weight of Gold (2020) The Weight of Gold offers a frank look at some of the less celebrated aspects of Olympic aspiration...it is easy for us to forget as we watch them scale the heights of athletic achievement that they are people, too. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
5/5 89% The Speed Cubers (2020) To see two people at the height of their craft operating as friends as well as rivals truly warms the heart. We all have our puzzles that we seek to unlock; this movie shows us how significant those solutions can be. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/5 60% Radioactive (2020) "Radioactive" just misses being really good; it never quite manages to settle into a consistent groove...However, thanks to some great work from Rosamund Pike, we still get a solid tribute to a scientific great. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3/5 69% Babysplitters (2020) There are a LOT of ways in which a concept like this one could go off the rails in an unsettling and/or off-putting way. The fact that it [doesn't] is a testament to the filmmakers and the talents of the cast...I'm on board with Babysplitters. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3/5 64% Animal Crackers (2017) Animal Crackers isn't the best animated film you'll ever see, but it is FAR from the worst...Imperfect, sure, but kids will almost certainly dig it. And really - isn't that all you need? - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4.5/5 90% We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) There's a temptation to view We are Freestyle Love Supreme in terms of its most famous member...but Fried makes a real effort to strike a balance. We're fortunate he resisted - that movie would not have been nearly as good as this one. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
3.5/5 63% Skyman (2020) [A] solidly executed faux documentary, in terms of both style and subject...a film that offers a glimpse of a man consumed by the desire to prove something that cannot be proved, a seeker of the truth who doesn't know where to look. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
4/5 82% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) Sometimes Always Never is a sweet, soulful film about family...the retro vividity of the proceedings brings forth a very specific vibe - think Wes Anderson if he was making movies in the '70s...a seven-letter bingo of a film. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
4/5 79% Greyhound (2020) It's a sharply-paced, engaging war movie, one that finds interesting ways to juxtapose the vast and harsh expanse of the ocean with the nigh-claustrophobic confines within a warship. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
4/5 81% The Old Guard (2020) As action leads go, Theron is pretty sensational, gifted in all the necessary facets of the game. And when you drop her into a story as good as this one, well ... you've got a winner. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2020
5/5 94% Palm Springs (2020) [A] wonderful take on the time loop trope that manages to feel both self-referential and original...In a world where so many are currently stuck on repeat, the idea that meaning itself can erode through repetition is a timely one. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2020
1.5/5 15% Desperados (2020) [A] placeholder of a film, formulaic and forgettable...seemingly purposefully designed to exist solely as background noise while you pay attention to something else. All told, you're probably not desperate enough for Desperados. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
5/5 98% Hamilton (2020) Hamilton succeeds because it doesn't try to hide the artifice of the theatre...it doesn't seek to be a film. It uses the tools of one medium in order to allow us to experience another - and shockingly little is lost in translation. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
3.5/5 64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) [R]elentlessly ridiculous, loose and shaggy and rife with inexplicable accents...a movie that won't be everyone's cup of brennivin, but if you're into it, you will be INTO IT. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
2/5 40% Irresistible (2020) There's no edge to this film; rather, it's a vaguely generic and kind of bland paean to the notion of cleaning up the process that never offers any real thoughts about how to do so. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
3/5 47% My Spy (2020) Look - like it or not, if you're a pro wrestler who wants to become a movie star, you have to have at least one of these movies on your resume. I don't make the rules. And if I'm Dave Bautista, I'm happy that mine is My Spy. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
5/5 100% Athlete A (2020) Athlete A is a story of institutional rot, a tale of what happens when winning trumps all else...A hard watch, true, but an undeniably important one as well. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
4.5/5 70% 7500 (2020) 7500 is an impressive and conceptually engaging piece of filmmaking...Sure, there's a touch of turbulence along the way, but ultimately, this is a soaring cinematic experience. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
2.5/5 38% Exit Plan (Selvmords turisten) (2020) Exit Plan is the sort of film that makes one wonder what could have been. There are pieces of an excellent offering here, but they're never fully assembled in a way that represents that potential excellence. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
4/5 75% Shoot to Marry (2020) [Shoot to Marry] is an occasionally rambling, sometimes cringe-y and always heartfelt document of Markle's quest to find the person who might help him heal his broken heart and give him what he has always wanted - someone to marry. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
5/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Da 5 Bloods arrives at a time when films of its sort are of particular import...visually stunning and heartbreakingly performed, a cinematic shot to the soul that adeptly illustrates the truth behind the idea that war is hell. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
1/5 9% Artemis Fowl (2020) By almost any measure, Artemis Fowl is an abject disaster. It is an ill-conceived and poorly-executed example of putting the franchise cart before the first movie horse. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
4.5/5 73% The King of Staten Island (2020) [The King of Staten Island] is funny and touching and surprisingly moving, a much more warts-and-all glimpse of the arrested development that [Judd Apatow] so excels at presenting. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2020
3/5 22% Infamous (2020) Infamous works best when it is focusing on the dynamic between its two leads...[it] evokes a trashball "Romeo and Juliet" vibe - two households, both alike in hillbilly/in the Redneck Riviera, where we lay our scene. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
4.5/5 87% Shirley (2020) Shirley is dark and weird, often compelling and occasionally confusing - just like its subject. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
0/5 No Score Yet The Last Days of American Crime (2020) The Last Days of American Crime is bad and Netflix should feel bad...rambling, ugly, borderline incoherent...the real crime is that this movie even exists in the first place. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
3.5/5 65% Mighty Oak (2020) It's a warm and welcoming film, a scrappy, scruffy underdog of a movie that, despite a few issues, will likely leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
4/5 78% Judy & Punch (2020) [Judy & Punch] gleefully pinballs from comic absurdity to stark social commentary to graphic brutality, all in the space of mere minutes...dark and unsettling and bizarre, shot through with an anarchic sense of humor that borders on Pythonesque. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
4/5 91% Spelling the Dream (2020) This is a lovely, light piece of documentary filmmaking featuring a collection of gifted youngsters with their eyes on the prize...Expect to be C-H-A-R-M-E-D by Spelling the Dream. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
5/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) The Vast of Night is the best kind of throwback, one that embraces the sensibility of its inspiration while also creating something that feels fresh...It is atmospheric and creepy - and very good. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
3/5 69% The High Note (2020) The High Note is a comfort food-type film, a perfectly cromulent way to pass a couple of hours, but nothing more than that...A decent enough movie, sure, though for me, it's a little pitchy, dawg. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
3/5 100% Man Camp (2020) Man Camp is a shaggy, silly good time that also offers a surprising amount of heart. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
3/5 65% The Lovebirds (2020) You won't love The Lovebirds, but you'll probably like it as a friend. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
3.5/5 48% Scoob! (2020) [Scoob! is] an engaging enough take on the source material, making an effort to stay true to the spirit of the original...If you're someone with fond memories of Scooby and the gang, you're almost certainly going to have a good time. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
1.5/5 41% Capone (2020) Capone is a roadside accident of a movie - unfortunate and potentially gruesome, yet still oddly fascinating to look at...the biggest benefit to having seen it at all is the first-hand knowledge that yes, it really is that bizarre. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
1/5 34% The Wrong Missy (2020) I'll put it this way: the fact that I resent this movie for stealing time from me during a period in my life when time has lost nearly all meaning probably tells you everything you need to know. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
3/5 36% Blood and Money (2020) Blood and Money is a tense trip through the Maine woods, a tale of a hunter becoming the hunted...clearly a passion project...[it] isn't perfect, but it is certainly worth checking out. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
4/5 81% How to Build a Girl (2020) How to Build a Girl might get a little shaggy and ring overly familiar at times, but the quality of work put forth by everyone involved pushes it beyond mere formula. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2020
4/5 100% Driveways (2020) Driveways is the sort of quiet film that you might initially overlook, but that would be a mistake...a story of sweet, subtle affection and dignity, led by an incredible performance from a man who gave us so many incredible performances. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
4.5/5 97% The Half of It (2020) The Half of It is sweet without being saccharine and heartfelt without sacrificing humor...a charming film that has no qualms with wearing its sincerity on its sleeve...a feel-good love story. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
3.5/5 90% Blood Quantum (2020) Blood Quantum is...deliciously gory and ideologically complex, a blood-and-guts-covered commentary that offers up multi-layered provocation. It's a spurting, sweeping societal allegory unlike anything you've seen. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
4/5 93% Bad Education (2019) Bad Education is a smart, sharp telling of a true story, one whose compelling real-life narrative is elevated by great performances, including a top-five career turn from Hugh Jackman. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
4/5 67% Extraction (2020) Extraction is two hours of shoot-em-up excitement, a big and loud action offering that asks only that you hang on and enjoy the ride...Formulaic? Maybe. Fun? Absolutely. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
4/5 90% The Willoughbys (2020) [The Willoughbys is] undeniably fun, with a fantastic and engaging visual aesthetic - loads of bright colors and silliness...[and some] shadows mixed in with the sunshine. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
4/5 100% Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story (2020) Jump Shot offers us an engaging glimpse at a largely forgotten piece of sports history. The story of Kenny Sailors, both as a ballplayer and as a man, is one that deserves to be told. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
4/5 88% Selah and the Spades (2020) Selah and the Spades is a wonderful transposition of high school movies and crime films, finding a way to fully occupy the relatively snug overlap in that Venn diagram. - The Maine Edge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2020