Ani Bundel

Ani Bundel
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The film is simply a muddled, unnecessary retelling of a story already told badly, revealing how little creatively Fox has to offer. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Egerton may not always hit the notes perfectly, and one or two songs feel a bit it's Elton John night on "American Idol," but he throws himself into every number. The result, often, is magical. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) The rest of the movie feels like, at best, a pale imitation of the original cartoon, and at worst, embarrassingly bad. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) That the film is mostly watchable - and even enjoyable on some levels - is a minor miracle. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) In short, this film is not really a romantic comedy. It is a poor attempt at political satire in the wake of Trump's election that also includes a romance. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
29% UglyDolls (2019) For a movie that will likely have a very popular Netflix kids run, it's actually pretty good. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The directors have created a virtual nesting doll of homages which will be appreciated by the most hardcore of fans, but still have value for less devoted fans. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) It's not terrible, but if not for some extremely pointed anti-Disney subtext, it would probably be yet one more forgettable film from Burton's later period. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) A relatively good superhero blockbuster - and it's not trying to be anything more than that. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
93% Fighting with My Family (2019) A surprisingly lovely piece, and a reminder that, no matter what the subject, movies always shine when everyone remembers the point is a great story told well. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) It's ridiculously ambitious. It's gorgeous to look at, a technical marvel of a film that mixes digital and human characters into a single frame. It's just too bad the main plot isn't worthy of all the innovation. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) A movie about toys that reminds men it's ok to be kind and gentle? Now that's a message worthy of some playful brainwashing. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Cleverness aside, at the end of the day the real emotional center of this movie is (still) the friendship between Vanellope and Ralph. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It seems all the men so eager to make a profit off this series totally missed the memo about who the real monsters are - or buried it. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) An old school blockbuster film that is far more entertaining than it has any right to be. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Strong acting from Rami Malek and others can't hide the film's substantial plot flaws. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
46% The Meg (2018) There's still something undeniably retro about it - at the end of the day, no one really matters except Statham, the shark and his poison-tipped harpoon gun. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
89% A Star Is Born (2018) This is the rare, timeless reboot that people will want to watch again and again. That is, until it's remade. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) A thrilling, surprisingly coherent film that feels two decades in the making. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
73% Christopher Robin (2018) While not tremendously original, the film's one-two punch of nostalgia and storybook idealism is extraordinarily effective. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) While the special effects have improved, time hasn't done the story any favors. Instead, those now in charge seem to have misunderstood the thing that made the original film work: The dinosaurs are the real heroes. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) This sort of complete escapism is just what the doctor ordered, and everyone involved knows just how important it is. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It may not be the reboot everyone wanted. But it's the one we deserve. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) This is a film that clearly could not care less if the boys from earlier editions approve of it. There is something incredibly refreshing - and yes, even empowering, about that. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
17% The Kissing Booth (2018) It feels like it was written by someone who simply digested everything she was told "romance" was supposed to be by the patriarchy, and vomited back at us. Nearly every cliché in the film feels cribbed from another movie. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) A poorly written blockbuster filled with racist stereotypes. Hollywood should know better. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
83% The Child in Time (2018) The reason to tune in and watch this series is the pairing of Cumberbatch and McDonald, hands down. - WETA EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
89% King Lear (2018) Any Lear with Hopkins is a good Lear, and while this version may be thinner than most, it's still got all the moments one would wish for. - WETA EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) An exercise in the danger of having no bumpers for a creative mind hellbent on retrofitting her history to fit a current tale. - WETA EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
80% Mid90s (2018) Katherine Waterson and Lucas Hedges are brilliant at telling a story of home life and poverty that our main character is too young to fully understand. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
87% First Man (2018) It is an effective - and affecting - immersive experience for those who wish to understand exactly what drives people like Elon Musk. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
14% Life Itself (2018) A contrived, tone-deaf, misogynistic and violently bizarre work that whiplashes between being a Tarantino wannabe and a quiet indie, with an ending that only works if there was another installment coming next Tuesday. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
85% A Simple Favor (2018) For those who may have written off Lively as a teen sensation now relegated to playing leggy blondes in B-list films like 2016's "The Shallows," her performance is a revelation. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
22% Mile 22 (2018) The film's plot is so confusing that the first half plays like a barrage of randomly violent scenes stitched together from various other cliché movies. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) In the end, the plot of the film was still the same familiar Marvel clichés, just shown from a new perspective. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) It feels more like a high-end YouTube fanfiction video than a Hollywood blockbuster. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
79% Brexit (2019) Brexit isn't the story of David Cameron's failure to think through the reality of a Leave/Remain campaign. It's about how a man like Dominic Cummings looked at the current technology and recognized how it could be twisted. - WETA EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
37% Glass (2019) The problem is Shyamalan has not kept up with the times. - Elite Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The cast is stacked, starting with Emily Blunt as a pitch-perfect update of Andrews' Poppins. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
82% The Princess Switch (2018) Much like The Christmas Prince, the plot is no more than half-baked, but these "prince and pauper" stories are classics for a reason. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
47% A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) The Royal Wedding is actually less entertaining than the original, mostly because it failed to produce more bizarre, fairy-tale inspired sequences - like the "heroine attacked by wolves" scene in the original version. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
89% Doctor Strange (2016) [Doctor Strange] may be the most visually stunning entry into the MCU pantheon so far. - Culturess EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The contemporary parallels are striking. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
66% Vice (2018) Ultimately, without a single narrative, the film's center feels a little bit hollow. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018