Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Refinery29

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% 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
93% 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
65% 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
24% 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
38% 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
49% 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
72% 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
72% 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
66% 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
93% 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
78% 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
94% 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
59% 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
94% 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
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) That unwillingness to engage with the potential richness of its universe is what makes the sequel Fantastic Beasts directed by Harry Potter alum David Yates, such a slog. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
91% Widows (2018) These women aren't pining for the men they lost so much as they are just trying to get by, and in that vacuum, a powerful collaboration is born. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
49% Twilight (2008) Ten years after its release, Twilight stands as a powerful, darkly stylish depiction of teen female desire. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The studio system's hamfisted answer to the #MeToo movement turns Lisbeth Salander into a generic action hero with an unnecessarily convoluted and nonsensical backstory, smoothing the edges of everything that made her compelling in the first place. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
63% Outlaw King (2018) Outlaw King is the kind of movie that, were it not a Netflix release, I would wholeheartedly rewatch every single time it was on TV. It's not Braveheart. But it's also not not Braveheart. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Ultimately, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms seems destined to be one of those movies you chance upon Christmas day,... It's not terrible -- but it could have been so much more. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased deftly manages to unambiguously indict gay conversion programs, while lending a human face to those who turn to them in crisis. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
54% The Craft (1996) The great strength of The Craft is that it doesn't pass judgment on why the girls are doing what they do... The film's message of female empowerment felt cathartic, but so did its rage. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
64% Suspiria (2018) Things fall apart towards the end... Still, it's an astonishing creative effort, imbued with awe for the infinite possibilities of the feminine. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The songs are where the movie really gets its emotional core, and that alone is perhaps worth the ticket of admission. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) The fact that the film is all the more compelling for its lack of traditional action is down to Heller's skilfull directing, and the script, which crackles with Lee and Jack's combined wit. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) Actor Paul Dano's directorial debut... is a complex, deep dive into the psyche of a broken family in an era where the veneer of happiness is prized above all. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Sarah Colangelo directs this American adaptation of Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid's 2014 drama by the same name, and she masterfully creates an atmosphere of discomfort, if not outright horror. The buildup is slow and steady. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy crescendos when Nic and David interact. It's a story about addiction, yes, but also about learning to let go of your children, for better or for worse. It's not exactly an enjoyable film to watch, but perhaps it shouldn't be. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
87% First Man (2018) [It] is a love letter to the scope of human ambition, but is also conscious of its limits. Josh Singer's script doesn't gloss over the more controversial aspects of the space program, nor its detractors, whose concerns -- are given fair consideration. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
29% Venom (2018) As a superhero movie, Venom,... is a dismal failure... But as a buddy comedy? Well, that's where Venom really hits its stride. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) Stenberg gives a stunning and powerful portrayal of seething, bubbling rage at the injustice that she can endure no longer. But what keeps [it] from veering into the melodramatic... territory is that it commits to fleshing out its characters fully. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born is a resounding success. The concert scenes are particularly impressive... It's intimate, and sweaty, and loud. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Overall, it's a film that makes the most of its gorgeous set and talented cast to deliver a moody crime caper laced with humor and infectious enthusiasm. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
87% Colette (2018) [It's] a thoroughly enjoyable, thought-provoking film that will have you question what you know about the past, and how it bleeds into our present -- and possibly our future. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
38% But I'm a Cheerleader (2000) What makes But I'm A Cheerleader so emotionally affecting is that despite the cotton-candy exterior, the film never lets its audience forget that these are people undergoing a traumatic experience. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
48% Destination Wedding (2018) Ryder is a gifted actress, and Reeves, who has mostly been coasting on roles where he doesn't have to say more than 15 lines at a time, manages to turn his signature woodenness into comedy. And together? It's a powerful force to contend with. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
28% Now and Then (1995) It's a pleasure watching these four legendary women interact.Moore's quirky neuroticism and amazing all-black wardrobe are a treat to watch. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
93% Support the Girls (2018) [It's] a thought-provoking, incisive look at sexual politics in the workplace that's as dramatic and heartfelt as it is funny. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) [It's] a film that deftly melds wit and social commentary, compounded by a horrifying end crescendo that's impossible to look away from, and stays with you long after you've left the theater. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The entire film heavily leans into its specificity with a zest that's infectious. Crazy Rich Asians is here to celebrate in a big way. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) A moving, riveting movie that highlights the power of sisterhood, both on and off screen. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
16% B.A.P.S. (1997) The fact that the film has had such a lasting impact,... proves that the film spoke to its audience. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Why not sit back, and enjoy a summer blockbuster with jokes about vaginas that aren't geared towards men? - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Though, [it] packs an emotional punch that's hard to shake. Like a good '90s single, it's the kind of thing that lurks in the back of your brain, ready to resurface with new meaning when you least expect it. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018