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T-Meter Title | Year
2.57/10 33% Quezon's Game (2020) Monotonous, clunky and anemic with wooden performances and dull, dry screenplay lacking humanism. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
6.00822/10 91% José (2020) A slow-burning and mildly engaging coming-of-age drama that's not quite as powerful nor moving as it could have been. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3.222423/10 No Score Yet John Henry (2020) A vapid, clunky and dull revenge thriller that offers no palpable thrills nor suspense. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
5/10 84% Color Out of Space (2020) Initially campy, hilariously offbeat and creepy before getting drowned in CGI and running out of steam. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
5.284849/10 13% Intrigo: Death of an Author (2020) An overwrought, dull and undercooked thriller stuffed with too many characters and not enough suspense and intrigue. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
4/10 78% Bad Boys for Life (2020) An overlong, dumb and shallow action thriller with not enough suspense, thrills and laughs nor any chemistry between the leads. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
4.293382/10 53% The Sonata (2020) An underwhelming gothic horror film that's too low on palpable scares and suspense. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
1.85/10 21% Like a Boss (2020) A witless, tedious, sophomoric and painfully unfunny attempt at comedy. Why wasn't it released straight-to-VOD? - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
5.25/10 42% Inherit the Viper (2020) Gritty, intense and atmospheric, but also shallow, pedestrian and monotonous. It's a dull, forgettable B-movie. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
8.5/10 100% The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2020) An illuminating, well-edited and inspirational documentary about an important pioneer in the field of zoology. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
9/10 100% Advocate (2020) A provocative and empowering documentary about Lea Tsemel, a brave human rights lawyer fighting for justice, empathy, fairness and, above all, democracy. She's a gift to humanity. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.25/10 19% The Grudge (2020) Overstuffed, uncooked and underwhelming. It's high on atmosphere, but too low on scares, suspense and intrigue. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
9.5/10 95% Little Women (2019) An engrossing romantic drama brimming with wit, warmth and marvelous performances. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
6.000003231/10 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) A mildly entertaining diversion not as fun and surprising as the original, but the lively performances come to the rescue to invigorate the film. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
6.001/10 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It isn't among the best of the Star Wars franchise, but it has just enough exhilarating thrills, strong performances, impressive visual effects, and a coherent plot to be a mildly entertaining, harmless Spectacle. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
1.9/10 20% Cats (2019) A total misfire. Nauseating, anemic and cringe-inducing. The only way to experience it while clean and sober without any suffering is to wear eye shades and ear plugs. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
9/10 100% Midnight Family (2019) A gripping, thrilling and eye-opening fly-on-the-wall documentary. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
5.6/10 64% Little Joe (2019) Stylish and provocative, but emotionally inert and ultimately underwhelming with no way for the audience to feel connected to any of the characters. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
9.9/10 89% 1917 (2020) One of the most exhilarating, audacious and powerful war films in years. It ranks up there with All Quiet on the Western Front, Apocalypse Now and Saving Private Ryan. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
2.5/10 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Slick, but ultimately a shallow, dumb and overlong action comedy that's neither thrilling nor funny. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
5.5/10 73% Shooting the Mafia (2019) Stylishly edited and never dull, but ultimately a shallow and intellectually underwhelming portrait of a provocative subject. If only it were as brave, candid and illuminating as Battaglia's iconic photographs. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
9.99/10 83% Waves (2019) A mesmerizing, emotionally engrossing and thoroughly immersive experience. It's one of the most profound, poetic and haunting films of the year. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
9.25/10 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A triumph! Warm, wise and wonderful. It's a perfect treat for the holidays that will nourish your heart, mind and soul. Tom Hanks deserves an Oscar! - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
6.85/10 77% Frozen II (2019) Heartwarming and breathtaking, but just mildly entertaining while lacking the freshness and catchy songs of the original. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
9/10 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Genuinely poignant, understated and captivating with raw, performances by Camila Morrone and James Badge Dale. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
9.188/10 95% Queen of Hearts (2019) A dark, engrossing and unflinching portrait of a dysfunctional family that makes Ordinary People and Murmur of the Heart look like a fairy tale. Trine Dyrholm gives a raw, brave performance. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
8.127899/10 47% No Safe Spaces (2019) Vital, timely and alarming. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
9/10 91% The Lighthouse (2019) A Bergmanesque trip down the rabbit hole of psychological horror with mesmerizing cinematography. It's bold, bizarre and brilliant. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
9/10 96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) A powerful, brave and heartbreaking documentary. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
7.9434/10 79% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) A whimsical, charming and amusing antidote for all of the heavy, downbeat awards films. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
8.5/10 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) A captivating, provocative and unflinching procedural in the vein of All the President's Men. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4.423886 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) An overproduced, shallow and often dull experience that fails to be funny, thrilling nor heartfelt despite its talented cast. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
9.73889/10 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A triumph of directing, writing, cinematography and acting. It's destined to become an all-time classic that will be discussed and analyzed for many years to come. Believe the hype. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
5.623433899/10 19% Semper Fi (2019) Contrived, undercooked and increasingly implausible despite solid performances by Jai Courtney and Nat Wolff. It's not nearly as gripping, powerful nor genuinely heartfelt as Conviction and Trial By Fire . - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
9/10 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Warm, tender and profound. It's one of the best films of Almodóvar's career. Antonio Banderas gives an Oscar-worthy performance. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
5.45/10 75% Sink or Swim (Le grand bain) (2019) Contrived, heavy-handed and underwhelming in spite of its charismatic cast. The filmmakers try too hard to please the audience without trusting their intelligence nor their emotions enough. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
9/10 82% Judy (2019) Exhilarating, tender and genuinely heartfelt. Renée Zellweger gives the performance of a lifetime. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
6.5/10 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Searing, enraging and electrifying documentary, although not surprising. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
5.8/10 83% Always in Season (2019) A heartbreaking and horrifying exposé of modern racism, but unfocused and poorly edited. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
1.5242228/10 26% Corporate Animals (2019) Sophomoric, asinine, and painfully unfunny. You would have to be a dumb and shallow masochist to enjoy it. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
7.96/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) Mesmerizing visuals and a convincingly moving performance by Brad Pitt compensate for the screenplay's shortcomings. It's not as powerful as Contact and Interstellar, though. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
9.1/10 77% The Friend (2020) A wise, honest and tender story about the importance and meaning of friendship, compassion and empathy. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
8.75/10 57% Strange But True (2019) A taut, provocative and moving psychological thriller. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4.93823/10 64% Promise at Dawn (La promesse de l'aube) (2019) Overwrought, undercooked and underwhelming with too much narration and over-explaining. Could Charlotte Gainsbourg use some cheese to go with all that ham? - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
9.2/10 57% Tod@s Caen (2019) A delightful, smart and funny screwball comedy. It's the best romantic comedy since Love Actually. Omar Chaparro and Martha Higareda have as much chemistry together as Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant do in Bringing Up Baby. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
5.5542/10 71% Gwen (2019) A monotonous and underwhelming psychological thriller with stylish cinematography and a foreboding atmosphere, but it never rises above mediocrity. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
7.5/10 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) A rousing white-knuckle thriller that's a rush of pure adrenaline. It's a funny, action-packed and ultimately satisfying slice of mindless entertainment. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
6.35832/10 83% Before You Know It (2019) Well-acted and sporadically witty with refreshingly complex roles for women, but it ultimately bites off more than it could chew and doesn't explore its many tragic elements deeply enough. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
9/10 100% Los Reyes (2019) Dog lovers, rejoice! Los Reyes>/i> is an unflinching, beautifully shot and engrossing documentary about man's best friend. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
8.5/10 74% Adam (2019) Tender, funny and refreshingly un-Hollywood. Nicholas Alexander gives a breakthrough performance. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019