Ashley Menzel

Ashley Menzel
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: We Live Entertainment

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
77% The Death of Dick Long (2019) The storyline all hinges on a twist to surprise or shock you, and if it doesn't the film ends up feeling like a tedious mess of redneck stereotypes. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
94% Fighting with My Family (2019) An inspiring film full of laughs and yes, a few tears, Fighting with My Family is a wrestling film for everyone. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
71% The Tomorrow Man (2019) The Tomorrow Man is a delightful story of finding love, acceptance, and happiness in your life, even if it is in preparation for the apocalypse. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
100% The Farewell (2019) Lulu Wang's script is overflowing with authenticity, honesty, and humor. It portrays a family in a very trying time but never loses itself in being overly sentimental or trite. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
100% Love, Antosha (2019) Love, Antosha cannot be missed as it will reignite your love for a pure genius who tragically left us far too soon. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
92% Little Monsters (2019) Little Monsters is non-stop laughs featuring Taylor Swift songs, nursery rhymes and oh yeah, bloodthirsty zombies. The most insanely horrifying and hilarious film of Sundance. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Relatable and realistic characters combined with a fantastically hilarious script, make the film a crowd-pleaser, and easily, one of the funniest films at Sundance this year. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Gilroy has once again created a truly unique and engaging film that will stay with you long after you've left the theater. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
92% Blinded by the Light (2019) What Gurinder Chadha has created is something that serves as an escape from the world to a place where Bruce really is The Boss. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
63% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) A mesmerizing tale of a charismatic man and the enchanting nature of his charm despite the monster that lived inside of him. Efron gives a performance that could change the rest of his career and leaves the audience stunned. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
84% I Am Mother (2019) Director Grant Sputore has a wonderful vision for this film and could really make something incredible with a few minor tweaks to the film. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
75% Late Night (2019) Late Night's sharp and unapologetic writing combined with stellar performances from Kaling and Thompson make it a must-see this year at Sundance. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
100% Honey Boy (2019) Shia gives us a heart-wrenching tale ripe with comedy, passion, and vulnerability. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
66% Native Son (2019) Native Son is breathtaking with a standout performance by Ashton Sanders. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) The Kid Who Would be King has heart, great lessons for kids and adults alike, and is reminiscent of the magic of movies we had as kids in the 80s and 90s. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Likely to be a big disappointment for many fans of the two other films, Glass falls flat and leaves so much more to be desired. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) James Wan has created something that feels fresh and new in a genre that is beginning to feel very tired and formulaic. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Stan & Ollie works so well to capture the beautiful and complex friendship between two iconic comedians of the golden age of Hollywood. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
81% Instant Family (2018) Instant Family is much more heartfelt and heartwarming than the trailers would lead you to believe. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet is full of laughs for both adults and children making it the ultimate family movie. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) On the Basis of Sex brings the story of one woman to the forefront, reminding us of the work that still needs to be done. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald takes the first installment and improves upon it tenfold. This film is darker, more magical, and more thrilling than the first. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
58% The Grinch (2018) The Grinch is the perfect film to kick off the holiday season right, spreading joy, happiness, and magic to everyone, even those with a heart two sizes too small. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Let Victoria & Abdul in, and it will warm your heart and reignite your faith in humanity. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor Ragnarok is entertaining and a lot of fun while watching. If it didn't have so many other superhero films to compete with, it would probably be much more memorable as a film. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
31% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) A Bad Moms Christmas is a lot edgier than the original, so if you had a lot of fun with Bad Moms, then this holiday-themed sequel is sure to make you laugh from beginning to end. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
88% The Post (2018) Spielberg has assembled the best cast that gives us a spectacular film that reminds us to fight for the rights we've been given, particularly the freedom of the press. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
77% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) All in all, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a harmless and fun comedy to kick back, relax and enjoy. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
100% A Vigilante (2019) A Vigilante is a gritty and emotionally raw film with a career-high performance by Olivia Wilde. The combination of Olivia Wilde and Sarah Daggar-Nickson is pure magic leaving us with a message of strength, survival, and the resilience of women. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
88% Family (2018) Writer/ director Laura Steinel gives a powerful and hilariously heartfelt first feature. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
90% The Unicorn (2019) The Unicorn is a quirky off the wall comedy that will make you laugh, cringe, and maybe even cry while making you reflect on your relationship with your significant other. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Won't You Be My Neighbor? manages to rekindle the love that we had for Mr. Rogers and present him in a way that is both familiar and entirely new to the audience. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) Skyscraper is a throwback to adrenaline-fueled action blockbusters - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) While the story is entertaining enough to watch unfold, the film misses the mark. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) With forgettable performances and ordinary visuals, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is tolerable, but I wouldn't say that it is enjoyable. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury gives a transformative performance. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Filled with fun, fantasy, ghosts, and ghouls, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween will bring smiles to your face and delight audiences from the youngest R.L. Stine fan to the oldest. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
8.5 61% Summer '03 (2018) Becca Gleason has created something wonderful and extremely relatable that reaches to the core of the memories of adolescence for many women and for that, I thank you. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
91% The Weekend (2018) What works so well in The Weekend is the hilarious and authentic script written by Stella Meghie. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
76% Smallfoot (2018) All in all, audiences will enjoy the beautiful animation, slapstick comedy, and heartwarming moments. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
8/10 13% Life Itself (2018) Life Itself will devastate and delight audiences the world over bringing universal messages of hope amongst tragedy. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Despite outstanding actors and a seemingly interesting premise, The Sisters Brothers fails to deliver. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
79% Green Book (2018) Green Book is full of humor, heart, and irresistible charm. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
80% Ben is Back (2018) Ben is Back will certainly strike a chord for those of us who love or have ever loved an addict, but mostly it will remind you of the love that has no match: a mother's love. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) It is gore and action-packed fun and the perfect October release. See it with an audience that will appreciate the chills and thrills of Halloween. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) George Tillman Jr. has created something unforgettable. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
72% Greta (2019) It is certainly not the film you expect from Huppert and company, but I'll be damned if I wasn't thoroughly entertained by it. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Despite the slight pacing issues and bloated run-time, it is the best kind of film: the one that has you questioning the state of the world. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Lady Gaga comes in hard with her big-screen debut and knocks it out of the park. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Cuarón's masterful artistry is what makes Roma personal, unique, and more visually striking than any film you've seen in quite some time. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018