Ani Bundel

Ani Bundel
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) As long as you're here for the monster fights and cinematic visuals, the film is fine. In fact, there's something comforting about a mindless indulgence that doesn't require much from the viewer. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
78% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) The film's strongest moments are, once again, some of its smallest. Without much of a dramatic arc, the movie is at its best when it homes in on the kinds of teenage decisions adults no longer think about. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
55% The Prom (2020) It is the visual equivalent of a toddler on a sugar bender. Not that hyperactive children aren't hilariously cute -- but typically only in very small doses. The Prom, unfortunately, is 2 1/2 hours long. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
95% Between the World and Me (2020) Coates' personal story is thus universalized. Even though the viewer is aware these are stories written by one man, who lived one very singular life, they start to feel shared. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Sorkin's penchant for speechifying turns out to be perfect for a show trial that's being treated half as a circus and half as a soap box... It helps that everyone in this film is firing on all cylinders. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
64% The Devil All the Time (2020) Brutal, with a large twist of religious hypocrisy crossed with Southern noir, "The Devil All The Time" is an oddly meandering film, with little central cohesiveness to hold it together, other than everyone's capacity for extreme violence. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
8% Artemis Fowl (2020) It's not the worst two hours of entertainment (especially with mute and pause buttons near at hand). But it's not the next Wreck-It Ralph. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
94% Bad Education (2019) "Bad Education," which is far more intelligently laid out and researched, is poised to be the next big hit. And given the grift happening around us, the story couldn't be more timely. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
67% Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020) Hopefully viewers will tune in and discover the magic of this radiant little show, and Acorn will see enough returns on investment to greenlight a sequel. In these dark times, we all need a bit more Phryne Fisher in our lives. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) "Emma's" delightful confectionary makes blending old and new seem easy. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) "Sonic the Hedgehog" is a film that works best without the Sonic character, which is to say it doesn't work very well at all. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
75% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Watching the sequel fail to meet this pretty low standard makes the first film seem less like a breakthrough moment and more like a lucky break for Netflix. Like John Ambrose, "P.S. I Still Love You" is nice, but that's about it. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) "Birds of Prey" serves as a reminder that the "Suicide Squad" concept wasn't wrong; it was just badly done. The new film finds a bit more joy amid the cracking limbs, and a lot more family. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
91% Miss Americana (2020) Her (Taylor Swift) willingness to document the intimate process of discovering her voice makes "Miss Americana" a worthwhile portrait to check out, even if you don't download the single it's selling. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
18% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Playmobil manages the live-action part, but without any clever twists. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out not only brings back this breed of manor house murder mystery - last a cult hit with the 1980s-era "Clue" - but proves that the current climate may be ripe for a full-scale modern revival. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
78% Frozen II (2019) A complete stunner, worth seeing on the big screen. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
47% The Chaperone (2019) An unfortunate blip. - WETA EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) The good news is that the film is just as hilariously bad as the original and has a whole lot of fun in the process. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It's a visually gorgeous movie...Unfortunately, the rest of the film is a muddled mess. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) For fans of the series, this is the closure for Jesse they always wanted. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
68% Joker (2019) It turns out the piece of art that has caused such an uproar is nothing more than an incoherent, misbegotten and embarrassingly dull two hours. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
81% Judy (2019) While the writing may be schmaltzy, star Renée Zellweger is brilliant in the titular role. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) Between the happily ever afters, the heading towards happily ever afters, and the willingness to try for happily ever afters, there's not much left to do by the end of the film but have a ball. It is, after all, what we came for. - WETA EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) It's utterly meta and absolutely on point. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Not trusting the audience to follow the novel's non-linear timeline, Linklater unwound all the mysteries and strangest of all, never once lets Bernadette disappear. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The Jason Statham-Dwayne Johnson film is still the most entertaining the franchise has been in years. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) "Once Upon A Time" takes this opportunity and mostly squanders it, reframing the murders as a story about white male heroism that does a disservice both to Tate and to the story Tarantino was ostensibly trying to explore. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
52% The Lion King (2019) One wrong move, an awkward flick of the ear - or worse, when they start talking, because animals' mouths aren't designed to form human language - and the illusion is shattered. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
44% Murder Mystery (2019) Critics are right - the film isn't great. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Everyone gets time to tell their story, whether it's Duke Caboom or Buzz Lightyear. Everyone has their moment in the spotlight. - NBC News THINK EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
22% 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
67% 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
27% 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
46% 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
79% 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
61% 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
84% 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
88% 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
39% 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
69% 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
60% 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
45% 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
90% 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