Ashlie D. Stevens

Ashlie D. Stevens
Ashlie D. Stevens's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Salon.com
Publications: Salon.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% Saint Maud (2020) Maud's transformation throughout the film plays with many familiar genre elements -- religion, sexuality, and physical trauma -- in unexpected ways that elevates the film. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
92% Elizabeth is Missing (2019) With equal parts sensitivity and suspense, Elizabeth is Missing displays an emotional range that is sometimes uncommon in crime by interweaving it with an intensely personal drama. The result is mesmerizing. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
79% Baby God (2020) Baby God treats its subjects with dignity and empathy and, unlike Almost Family, doesn't shy away from the wreckage his legacy left behind. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
70% A Recipe for Seduction (2020) It's simply another example of how corporate advertising continues to overtly commandeer everyday spaces like film and social media. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
70% Alabama Snake (2020) Unfortunately, the film is so tightly coiled around atmospheric re-enactments -- which are undeniably evocative, but stagnating -- and an undulating "he said, she said" narrative, that it fails to deliver much of a bite. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
49% The Witches (2020) While Dahl's books and Zemeckis' adaptation may feel a touch too dark for some, consider that it's actually shining a light into the shadows. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
100% 537 Votes (2020) While imperfect, 537 Votes succeeds in making the tumult and social upheaval of 2000 feel fresh again, while also delivering additional nuance to the story that may have been lost over the last two decades. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
No Score Yet Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne (2020) That willingness to be vulnerable displayed in "Nine Lives" makes it an essential watch for fans of the musician, also serves to illuminate Ozzy and Sharon's shift in the early 2000s to television. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
72% An American Pickle (2020) Rogen's acting alongside himself is the film's most potent ingredient. In Herschel and Ben, he creates two very distinct characters with two sets of unique mannerisms. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
83% Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning (2020) She possesses a certain rawness in her presentation that simultaneously elevates jokes that fall onto well-trodden ground and imbues even most contentious political content with the familiarity of a discussion with a friend at a bar. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
94% The Weight of Gold (2020) Some insight into the specific struggles and biases faced by athletes of color would have added to the documentary's timeliness. However, especially in the absence of the 2020 Olympics, Weight of Gold remains essential viewing. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) Mucho Mucho Amor works for many reasons -- the insightful interviews, the tight editing, revealing archival footage, and some stunning tarot-inspired animations -- but also in its recognition that not all that glitters is gold. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
98% Circus of Books (2020) Both Circus of Books locations have since closed, but this documentary is a necessary, if incomplete, homage to their influence. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
91% Uncorked (2020) It's sweet, medium-bodied, and unchallenging. It's the kind of movie anyone can easily curl up with, without too much thought. Just don't forget the wine. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) Using a treasure trove of archived footage and colorful contemporary interviews, Lebrecht and Newnham weave together a punchy, straightforward and inspiring documentary that is greater than the sum of its parts. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
84% Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) [I]n watching "Right Now," Ansari appears to be recognizing the need for growth - not just his own, but the culture at large's as well. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
91% Miss Americana (2020) Sometimes it's hard to watch, but more often it is endearing, giving viewers a better understanding of just how lonely it truly is at the top. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
96% John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) "John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch" will be remembered, not just for its goodness, but for the peculiarity of its goodness, too. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) While at times the film does reach great heights, a certain indecisiveness about what exactly it is, The Aeronauts often finds itself adrift in the moments it gets off the ground at all. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
96% I Lost My Body (2019) Until I watched I Lost My Body, I never thought I'd sit with bated breath, rooting for a severed hand o defy the laws of physics and hurl itself up a ladder rung by rung. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
96% Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Over the course of 90 minutes, Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator successfully separates the man from the myth and reveals a monster. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
94% Klaus (2019) Though there are some narrative blips in Klaus born out of a premise that is maybe just a little too complex for a 97-minute film, the movie is absolutely beautiful. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
66% Lady and the Tramp (2019) Watching Disney's live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp bears the familiar feeling of settling -- sinking into a spot that is uncomfortably comfortable with the full, conscious knowledge that you could be spending your time better. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
No Score Yet Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (2019) It's a charming side of the comedian that we don't often get to see on late-night, though the delivery of these jokes are just as tight and well-paced as the opening monologues on his show. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
100% Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019) What Stage Fright lacks in polish, it makes up for in effervescence and deeply confessional moments. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
100% Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh (2019) The Great Depresh crackles with certain energy -- a series of slow builds to these lightning strike moments. This skillful pacing and delivery, in combination with [Gary] Gulman's fresh, crushing, and contemporary material makes this special a must-watch. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
100% My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres (2019) It's definitely bizarre and a little abstract, to the point where there are moments you may wonder if you're the intended audience. To be honest, you might not be. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
52% The Lion King (2019) Despite the superstar talent of the cast and the stunning presentation, it misses some of the heart that placed the original securely in the pop culture canon. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019