Allison Shoemaker

Allison Shoemaker
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
B 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's a thrilling, surprising, often funny film, centered on a terrific performance. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
D+ 34% Poms (2019) Weaver and Keaton sometimes manage to tease out the movie inside the movie, the one drawn to the connections between death and joy, youthfulness and mortality. Mostly, though, Poms just wants you to cheer. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
B- 79% Fast Color (2019) Mbatha-Raw's spare, vulnerable performance ensures that the character's personal journey captivatingly comes together. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
B+ 94% The Mustang (2019) It's all well-trod territory. And yet-and here's another cliché-The Mustang breathes new life into most of those conventions, thanks in no small part to Schoenaerts and his remarkable work. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2.5/4 67% Two Plains & a Fancy (2019) Dismiss its pleasures and layers, and you'll miss a strange and sometimes rewarding experience. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
B 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It might seem like damning with faint praise to say that the most exciting thing about Captain Marvel is the anticipation it inspires for what's coming next. It's not. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
B 60% Greta (2019) Greta is at times almost in on the joke, but it never strays over the line that separates the indulgent and self-satisfied from the clever and committed. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
C- 19% Serenity (2019) The fish is named Justice. The twist is absurd. It is not a good movie. Can't wait to see it again. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
B 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns goes straight for the knees with a bat made of pure, undiluted, unrepentant nostalgia. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
B- 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The garments are beautiful, evocative, and specific, rich in texture and in meaning alike. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
A 93% The Favourite (2018) Ask tomorrow which performance is the movie's best, and the answer may be different. It's that kind of film, and they are those kinds of actors. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
C- 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) There's something about this go-around that's less engaging, even on the level of sheer visual sumptuousness. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
C- 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Because it's Claire Foy's turn, The Girl in the Spider's Web cannot honestly be called a colossal waste of time. It's merely a moderate waste. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
B+ 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's likely that the draw for many will be the woman who gets top billing, and rightly so, but she's blessed with a fascinating role to play, and a hell of a story to tell. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
A- 92% The Price of Everything (2018) Look, the film seems to say, and take from it what you will-but make sure you catch all the detail, because it's not as simple as it seems. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B+ 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The Hate U Give does right by its source material, star, and subject. Like any good teen movie, it includes triumph-and in many ways, it is one itself. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
B+ 85% A Simple Favor (2018) The gradual transformations they both undertake play out in their wardrobes, which the characters treat as costumes, as armor, and as commentary. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) There's something oddly comforting about such a person serving as the subject for a documentary this respectful, and traditional. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
C- 13% Peppermint (2018) What if this grotesquerie of wasted potential is the closest we ever get to a Jennifer Garner John Wick? Can this really be all there is? - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/4 92% Support the Girls (2018) It breathes comedy, rather than striving for it. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
B- 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Even the most lackluster singers among the cast belt these tunes out with such obvious enthusiasm that one could be forgiven for wanting to sing along. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
B- 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) It often seems as though Haley, aware of the goldmine he struck with these two, is prepared to get out of the way and let them tell the story. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
B- 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) [The cast is] so good, and so good together, that the biggest downside of Ocean's 8 is how little it does to highlight them. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
B+ 88% American Animals (2018) The state the film produces in its viewers - or in this one, at least - is something like muted dread coupled with weary amusement. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
A 99% The Tale (2018) The most shocking, upsetting thing Fox has done is tell a story about the malleability of our memories. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
B+ 84% Disobedience (2018) The performances, like the film, are rich, layered things of tremendous feeling and complexity. The characters, like the film, are imperfect but well worthy of cherishing. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
3/4 95% Outside In (2018) What makes Outside In compelling isn't the way these stories move toward their inevitable conclusions, but in how these characters experience their journeys. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
D+ 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) What makes a fight compelling onscreen isn't the motion of a punch. It's what spurs the punch, what the punch means, how it feels, and what happens after. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
B+ 92% Love, Simon (2018) Every kid out there can determine whether or not they need this film, but each of them absolutely deserves a confection this sweet, thoughtful, and sincere. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
B 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Thrilling though Meg's fight for the universe and her family might be, the film's journey into darkness doesn't reach the highs of its exploration of goodness. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
C+ 46% Red Sparrow (2018) When Lawrence plays to the cheap seats, the film comes to life. When she's the blank slate expected of a spy thriller, it falters. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
D- 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Why is there an umbrella stand in the Red Room? - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
C 51% 12 Strong (2018) It's occasionally good, but for the most part, 12 Strong simply does its job. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
C 65% The Polka King (2017) It's not that the film doesn't have an opinion on Lewan, it's that the opinion seems to change every few scenes. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
B+ 97% Coco (2017) It's delightful stuff, made no less delightful by the darkness, most of which is handled so frankly that one simply grows accustomed to it. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
C 40% Justice League (2017) It's the kind of movie you don't necessarily flip past when it shows up on HBO, but that doesn't mean it's good. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B 67% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck is full of ache and of loss, and each stings just a little differently. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
B- 80% Marshall (2017) It's fun, it's lively, and it's a hell of a show, but at times, it's also just a little empty. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
B 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) If Battle of the Sexes is more than a little slight in places, it more than makes up for its shortcomings through sheer entertainment value. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
B 90% Stronger (2017) [Stronger] knows what these movies are like, and it wants no part of that manipulative, greedy storytelling. That is, until the last 20 minutes. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
B- 80% Brad's Status (2017) The whole film would sink like a stone if Stiller weren't so adept at playing exactly this type of man, a lonely guy who has let resentment sour nearly everything in his life. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B 96% Step (2017) Step may be a touch too glossy, and unusually, a bit too short, but its power is undeniable. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
A- 79% The Beguiled (2017) The lion's share of the credit must go to Coppola, who turns her predilection for understatement and delicacy into something quietly savage. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
B+ 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Praise be, does Wonder Woman ever kick ass. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
C+ 44% Everything, Everything (2017) Everything, Everything dives into a couple of tiresome clichés, but tales of doomed love have been a part of storytelling for a long, long time. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
D+ 31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) We're here for Guy Ritchie's King Arthur, but what we really get is a film made of utter nonsense that's even less interested in its characters than it is in telling a story. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
B- 73% Gifted (2017) It's a feel-good film that honestly feels good, and even when it rings a bit hollow, it doesn't stay that way for long. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2017
D+ 43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Sanders and company do a real disservice to Johansson, who does good work in a role in which she should probably never have been cast. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
D- 11% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Johnson and Dornan have about as much chemistry as a box of Wheat Thins being blindfolded by a box of Triscuits. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
B+ 93% Hidden Figures (2017) The film is dominated by the energetic and often moving performances of its three leads, and bolstered by the quieter but still excellent work of the supporting players. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017