Amy Glynn

Amy Glynn
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Paste Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7.5/10 No Score Yet Harvest Season (2018) It's definitely worth watching. There's just something about it that doesn't quite come together. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
8.4/10 63% Native Son (2019) Native Son is a highly watchable and frequently discomfiting film in which the violence of one generation melts smoothly and nastily into the violence of another. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
6.8/10 77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Like most any Alex Gibney film, this one is sleek, well-produced, focused and journalistic. But The Inventor, given the Gibney-perfect subject, is a little surprising in its softness. As competent as it is, the film just doesn't bite very hard. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
9.0/10 89% O.G. (2018) O.G. is an even-handed film in which the eruptions of violence in prison are not handled in a macho determination to be "edgy" or "gritty" or sensationalistic, and because of that it feels realistic. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
6/10 83% Song of Parkland (2019) It's enough to say that Song of Parkland is a disappointing film about a terrible thing that happened, and no more. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
7.5/10 79% Brexit (2019) Reviewer Me says it's entertaining, Cumberbatch is great, the script is pretty good. Philosopher Me still has a lot of questions. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
7.8/10 No Score Yet Bleed Out (2018) I will say at the outset that, artistically, this film is not a magnificent achievement... Sometimes that's enough for me to gently suggest not burdening your queue with a documentary, but not in this case. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
8.8/10 No Score Yet Into the Okavango (2018) Intimately scaled and slightly rustic in execution, it's both deeply personal and interestingly detached. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
8/10 100% Momentum Generation (2018) Surfing is a craft (a sport? a lifeway?) that has generated a lot of mediocre film over the years. Momentum Generation is something unusual in all that: It's genuine, and genuinely interesting. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet The Flood (2018) The Okavango Delta is not quite like anywhere else on Earth... And The Flood is a stunning, lovingly photographed visual safari. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
8.5/10 100% Liyana (2018) It never hurts to be reminded of how powerful storytelling actually is. Not in an airy, abstract way, but: empirically, emphatically and literally. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
1.5/10 40% High Voltage (2018) This film might actually turn you into a brain-nomming zombie, or something you'd find stuck to the bottom of your Smokey Joe. The script alone could fry your circuits. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
7.7/10 83% My Dinner with Hervé (2018) The premise is a good one -- two seemingly opposite yet strikingly similar men meet, and then meet, as in changing one another's perspectives. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
8.8/10 No Score Yet Derren Brown: Sacrifice (2018) The results are honestly kind of staggering. I'm not going to describe it. Just watch. And do watch it, because everyone can and should take an hour to contemplate the questions raised by this oddball program. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
90% The Sentence (2018) This is not that film. It's an intimate, small-scale portrait of how a profoundly unintelligent policy impacted one family. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
5/10 38% Queen of the World (2018) Personally, I'm scratching my head on this one. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
9/10 89% King Lear (2018) If somehow you've gone this long without ever being exposed to this dramatic masterwork, this is a thoroughly approachable introduction. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
100% City of Joy (2018) City of Joy is a piercing little film, by turns appalling and uplifting, that manages to go straight to the heart of a complex issue and contend with it eloquently, bravely, and concisely. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
7/10 48% Like Father (2018) It's by no means incompetent. It's just almost pathologically basic. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
7.7/10 No Score Yet Ballet Now (2018) Ballet Now is a totally decent look at the mechanics and plumbing and ductwork involved in mounting a dance show. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
8.1/10 96% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) What it does give us of Williams's life and career is well-constructed and thoughtful. And you will laugh. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
8.6/10 91% Eating Animals (2018) The film is asking for discernment. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
8/10 75% This is Home: A Refugee Story (2018) Given the current climate on the subject of immigration, it remains pertinent and perhaps even necessary. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
7.9/10 100% It Will Be Chaos (2018) Whatever your vantage point, this film should make it pretty clear that we need to be a lot more agile about handling humanitarian crises. It doesn't offer any clear answers, but the whole issue is that there might not really be any. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
8.2/10 92% John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls (2018) HBO would like to offer you the following answer: "No, you shouldn't respect John McCain because he has stage IV brain cancer." It has a lot of other reasons why you should. And you'll agree or you won't. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
9.1/10 99% The Tale (2018) Please do not call The Tale "a #MeToo movie." It's reductive. And this beautiful, gripping, disturbing film deserves to be looked at with as much nuance as it offers. It's not a damned hashtag-anything movie. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
32% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Now it's an HBO movie that wants to turn that idea into a skillet and whack it right into the squishy spots where the bones in your head don't quite come together. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
8.5/10 100% Mercury 13 (2018) Honestly, if this film doesn't grab you by the heart, check your pulse to make sure you still have one. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
7.9/10 No Score Yet Symphony for Our World (2018) It holds your attention. It's a good concept. But it could have been much more. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
8.9/10 No Score Yet I Am MLK Jr. (2018) I Am MLK Jr. is more than a biographical documentary: It is equally about the issues facing Dr. King that we still face today. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
8.5/10 98% Dolores (2017) This documentary's not exactly perfect, but it's thorough, sincere and real and a great primer if you're one of the many to whom her name is unfamiliar. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
8.9/10 91% Arthur Miller: Writer (2018) [It] is a thorough and thoroughly excellent documentary about a very significant 20th century writer. It's also thoroughly excellent in its presentation of the larger and more universal quandaries around how children understand their parents - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
7.2/10 No Score Yet Agents of Change (2016) This is such an important subject. It changed higher education in the United States, indelibly. It was deeply complex. It deserves more than a congratulatory gloss. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
9.1/10 100% Atomic Homefront (2017) This film won't be easy to watch, but I strongly recommend you do it. And maybe check the maps and be very aware of whether there are untreated Superfund sites near where you live. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
8.4/10 No Score Yet Behind the Movement: The Rosa Parks Story (2018) This film is beautifully acted and richly scripted and well worth watching. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
8.2/10 78% Winnie (2017) This documentary is frank, personal, and totally unapologetic. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
4.9/10 No Score Yet The Vatican Deception (2018) It is far enough to one end of the docu-spectrum that it shares a border with "advertorial," though I think it would be mean-spirited and beside the point to call it propagandistic. It seeks to educate. It doesn't do a very thorough job of it. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
No Score Yet Diana - Her Story (2017) Honestly, I think this might be the closest I have been to literally crying from boredom while watching a PBS doc. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
92% Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy (2017) This documentary is also in the "pathologically respectful" category, but it at least has a focus that makes clear that it understands its own purpose. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
No Score Yet Diana: In Her Own Words (2017) A markedly, deliberately one-sided piece, constructed entirely from Diana's own voice over archival footage, it's compelling, well-executed, and gives a sense of the personal, the intimate-the sense that this is the "real" Princess Diana. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
No Score Yet Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason? (2017) This is, first of all, a wretchedly bad piece of television ... But it certainly gets at the other side of the coin. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
6.8/10 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) For fans of Judi Dench, Victoria and Abdul will be utterly worth it-but as much as it pains me to say it, this film suffers from a lack of bravery. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
7.9/10 No Score Yet Agnelli (2017) If style and charm are enough to keep you riveted for two hours, you'll love this film; it does what it does very, very well. And I now know a lot about what Gianni Agnelli wore and whom he slept with. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
8.7/10 94% The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017) It's a fully rendered portrait of a man who loved journalism and became one of the most influential newsmakers of the 20th century. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
5/10 No Score Yet The Lost Wife of Robert Durst (2017) Honestly, if you're looking for drama, keep looking. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
7.5/10 62% Maya Dardel (2017) That's not a way of saying, "Don't bother with this movie." By all means, bother. Just know that the human munition in the title role is so screen-filling that the actual story is a little flat by comparison. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
9/10 100% Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017) As this movie clearly illustrates, people need to pay attention. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4.8/10 10% Tulip Fever (2017) Things about it are good, and it just isn't. Part of that blames lies with the story, a terribly ponderous and silly affair that gives far too much relevance to billowing cloaks, a drunk guy ... and the general presence of Cara Delevigne - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
100% Chasing Coral (2017) I strongly recommend watching Chasing Coral, after which I urge you to please log the hell off and unplug the freaking television. Because seriously, folks. You don't want this. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
8/10 45% Everything, Everything (2017) Everything, Everything is one of the best young adult novels I've read in the last few years, and it has now been made into one of the best teen films I've seen in a while. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017