Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Refinery29

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% The Perfection (2019) Nothing about The Perfection is what you'd expect, which is what makes watching it such a weirdly thrilling experience. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
58% Aladdin (2019) Kids who are unfamiliar with the animated classic will most likely find it magical, and even adults will surely be charmed. It is a version of Aladdin, after all. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) It doesn't try to be the "female" version of anything, but nonetheless delivers a story that's feminine, raunchy, silly, sweet, inclusive, and incredibly specific, all at once. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
94% See You Yesterday (2019) Undeniable,... is the powerful impact of watching a cycle of violence that cannot be broken, no matter how many ways it plays out. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
95% The Souvenir (2019) It's that quiet specificity that makes the universe of The Souvenir feel like a small snapshot of real life. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
15% The Hustle (2019) They (Wilson and Hathaway) deserve better than a movie that feels like it's just checking boxes, and an ending that's completely off. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Once you get past that initial disappointment, however, Detective Pikachu is pretty fun. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
69% Wine Country (2019) It's fun, and lightly mineral, with just enough depth and real-life drama to firmly anchor these friendships in earthy life experience. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) What's disappointing about Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (other than its ridiculously long title), is that [it] feels like a missed opportunity. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Endgame is truly a masterful piece of storytelling, which both goes exactly where you expect it to, and not at all. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
83% Someone Great (2019) What makes Something Great, well, so great, is that it is both rom-com and female-buddy comedy. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) Just when you think you know where it's going, it subverts the genre, telling an old story from a new, unexpected perspective. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
72% Teen Spirit (2019) Max Minghella's debut feature is entirely surprising, even if its plot is a tried and tested classic. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
85% Her Smell (2019) We're getting a portrait - albeit flawed - of a woman, disintegrating before our very eyes. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
45% Little (2019) Being a teenager isn't easy. And though most of the scenes are played for laughs, the movie never downplays the plight of those who are marginalized by others for looking, sounding or feeling different. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
52% Pet Sematary (1989) Overall, the acting in Pet Sematary is hit or miss. But when it hits, it's a bullseye. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
63% Unicorn Store (2019) [It's] a movie filled with whimsy, an effective parable for the millennial experience. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
63% Native Son (2019) Despite that unevenness, there's no denying that Johnson's film, with a script by Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan Lori-Parks, is an ambitious and arrestingly compelling work that packs a mighty punch. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
13% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) The dialogue is clunky, the delivery stilted, and the low production value makes it all feel like a flashback sequence from a very low-budget History Channel documentary about the Manson Family. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
87% A Vigilante (2019) A Vigilante is a brutal film, as cold and bleak as its industrial upstate New York setting. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Does Dumbo feel vitally necessary? Not really. But like its protagonist, the film is capable of true magic, of reaching soaring heights of creativity and imagination. Maybe just go with it. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
94% Us (2019) Us feels like an appropriately ambitious follow-up for Peele. It's larger in scope, creative, and bold. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) A haunting, visceral and unsettling film that is hard to watch, even as it feels more and more important that we do. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
54% Five Feet Apart (2019) It's predictable, and over the top, but you kind of knew that going in. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
28% The Aftermath (2019) The romance with Stefan, steamy though it is, is unnecessary baggage, a sexy distraction from a quietly devastating story about a marriage gutted by loss and estrangement. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Larson carries a difficult role with a grin and a swagger that matches Tom Cruise's in Top Gun. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
51% Vanity Fair (2004) Olivia Cooke's interpretation is probably the best Becky Sharp yet: She's intensely charismatic, with a little more bite, and toes the line between being faithful to the book and teasing out more modern feminist themes a little more smoothly. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
31% Mapplethorpe (2019) Iconic subject, powerful leading performance, but weighed down by a Wikipedia-entry vehicle that seeks to show everything, and as a result, speeds past the moments that would give it real emotional depth. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
71% Climax (2019) [It's] substantial somehow, as well as thematically cohesive. It's an homage to cinematic greats that packs just as much of a punch, leaving you gutted, drained, and a little hungover. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
59% Greta (2019) The first half of the film is the strongest - but it promises a lot and fails to deliver. Still, there is something refreshing about a plot like this centering largely around three women, with no obvious love interest or sexual tension. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) None of this is exactly innovative... but the film is charming enough to pull it off. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) The real draw here is the cast, who deliver their lines with acerbic prowess and deadpan humor, all while never letting us forget that there's something very serious at the core of all this sports drama. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw is a captivating, silly, delicious, decadent mess. It's the cronut of movies, a pointless treat I never thought I'd need, or want, until it was put right in front of me. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Ultimately, this all feels like a step backwards. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) The plot unfolds less smoothly than it does in the original, but it's almost worth it to see more of Rodriguez's vibrant action scenes. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
40% She's All That (1999) She's All That is so rooted in our cultural understanding of teen movies that a world without it now seems unimaginable. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
39% Close (2019) Close can't quite decide where it wants to go, and rather than committing to one narrative strand, scatters many,hoping that one ending will stick. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
40% The Upside (2019) They focus on the singular positive story between a white man and his first Black friend. Hart and Cranston have great buddy chemistry, but it's not enough to hold up the film. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
48% The Holiday (2006) What makes The Holiday interesting - and worth reexamining more than a decade after its release - is that unlike most holiday-themed movies, it exhorts the viewer to take time for themselves, not just others. It's the ultimate self-care flick. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Unlike its protagonist, On The Basis of Sex won't change the world. But judging by the sobs coming from many of the women around me in the theater, it certainly hits the spot. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
73% Destroyer (2018) Her [Kidman] performance... is a beacon in a film that tends to gets lost in its own convoluted plot. It makes Destroyer not just worth seeing, but worth revisiting, over and over again. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
67% Vice (2018) To a certain extent, that lack of context effectively contributes to the feeling of nihilistic chaos that's so in line with politics post-2016 election. But it also doesn't provide insight on the person the movie claims to actually be about. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) It's rare to see a love story built on two such complex individuals, each with their own desires and flaws... They move in tandem, a choreographed dance that brings them together, and pulls them apart, only to jerk back, like magnets. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's hard to tear one's eyes away from Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns. From the second she descends from the sky, holding little Georgie Banks' (Joel Dawson) kite, she owns every second of her screen time as the magical nanny. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Beale Street is a work of quiet intensity, a literary adaptation that uses silence and music as powerfully as it does words. Jenkins has created a cinematic poem, one that alternatively soars with joy and love and guts you with pain. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) It's certainly fun to watch, and I spent most of it giggling with glee and/or dismay at how crazy it all was. But it also feels like wasted potential. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
61% Vox Lux (2018) Brady Corbet's film promises great things, and there are kernels of ambitious, fascinating ideas throughout, but they don't pay off. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Roma doesn't seek to present a rosy solution, nor does it pass judgement. It's concerned with the details, the small things that make up a life and make it meaningful. Everyone matters in Roma - but especially those who so often get overlooked. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) It's a sensorial delight, a delicious morsel of court decadence, rivalry, and intrigue, with enough wit and rage to pierce your gut and leave you writhing. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The historical accuracy of the action feels less important than the overall statement the film makes on women and power: Much has changed in the last 431 years, but not nearly enough. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018