Beatrice Loayza

Beatrice Loayza
Beatrice Loayza's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Times AV Club The Playlist MUBI Remezcla Screen Slate

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% Riders of Justice (2021) A dynamic, unexpectedly touching ode to the difficulties of baring your vulnerabilities to genuinely overcome them. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
79% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) "The Columnist" doesn't seem to care about making a cogent statement about feminist revenge or online culture. Perhaps it just needed an excuse to carry out its bloody high jinks, which are decent fun in their own right. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
100% The Paper Tigers (2021) Bao's lighthearted, refreshing approach neither succumbs to whitewashing nor the model-minority myth. The film sticks to the action-comedy basics, which is just fine. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
79% The Boy from Medellín (2021) In "getting political," Balvin risks alienating some fans, but he stands to win some as well - the viewers of this documentary, for instance. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
81% Wet Season (2019) Chen patiently, if predictably, builds toward an abrupt and rather shocking consummation. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
60% Beate (2018) Finocchiaro's feisty performance is sabotaged by a script that scrambles her character's motivations, while an out-of-left-field personal dilemma dulls the climactic fallout (and the entire point of the movie, really). - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
65% The Tunnel (Tunnelen) (2019) [A] formulaic, but sufficiently diverting thriller... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
100% Malni - Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore (2020) It refreshingly centers the Native perspective, and beckons audiences onto its wavelength by tapping into something more intuitive, the stuff of dreams. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
86% Nina Wu (Zhuo ren mi mi) (2020) This startlingly evocative, complex and confrontational new film is not interested in justice or didacticism. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
83% Proxima (2019) Its desire to inscribe the astronaut experience with feminine traits is admirable, but underbaked, namely because Sarah remains uncritically beholden to a fantasy of maternal virtue even as she prepares to make history. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Hawley articulates Lucy's mental breakdown as if running through an uninspired checklist of bourgeois female suffering that he hopes will compensate for a lack of character building. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) "Disney princess" may eventually just become another word for "superhero," but at least she won't need saving. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
88% My Darling Supermarket (Meu Querido Supermercado) (2019) [A] slight but intriguingly strange documentary... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
B+ 98% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) Night Of The Kings captures the elusive recent past of Ivorian political turmoil. It's also, perhaps just as significantly, an entrancingly fun time at the movies. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) "Barb and Star" offers a mixed bag of laughs, often feeling like a Frankenstein assembly of various sketches. Still, I can't help but admire its commitment to the act, and its gloriously unhinged absurdity. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
C 70% Land (2021) Yet by the time we reach Edee's big, cathartic disclosure in the last act, any sense of mystery or expectation has been wiped out by the film's blandly obvious trajectory. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
97% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) "Two of Us" succeeds as a stealthy depiction of lesbian erotics, one that mirrors the inhibitions of a generation. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
C 55% Superior (2021) Our twin heroines may be reunited and more bonded than ever by the end, but Superior doesn't do a particularly effective job at making us care. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
88% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) "Preparations" manifests its protagonist's uncertainty through fluttering reflections and slinky shadows, and images that conceal and obscure the full picture. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
B 98% The Reason I Jump (2021) It's a blatantly didactic film, yet its focus on advocacy feels justified given the misconceptions that continue to dominate society's understanding of the autism community. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
C- 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) The film is uninterested in the inner world it claims to investigate; it also cheapens a woman's trauma by rendering her pain into a confused dramatic spectacle. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
B 98% Minari (2020) Chung orchestrates what feels like an endless supply of observations and insights into the Korean-American experience, which makes Minari's midsection at times feel like a series of vignettes. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
B- 89% Run (2020) A psychological thriller with frustratingly little to say about the trenches of the human mind, Run nevertheless satisfies as a taut and titillating get-out movie that lands somewhere between HBO's Sharp Objects and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
C+ 83% Proxima (2019) Somewhere behind the scaffolding of contrived feminist nods is a fully fleshed out protagonist, but ultimately Proxima only confirms and delivers what we already know. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
C+ 39% Rebecca (2020) Director Ben Wheatley plays it safe, and throws star power and sumptuous imagery our way as reason enough for his pale, uninventive iteration of the classic gothic horror. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
B+ 85% Martin Eden (2020) Yet without dumbing down its message, Marcello's sweeping Künstlerroman has all the pleasurable characteristics of a simmering romance and a poignant tragedy, too. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
C+ 72% Mulan (2020) The movie does frustratingly little with its noteworthy upgrades on the original, resulting in a version of the story that's only superficially more sophisticated. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
C- 29% Antebellum (2020) Antebellum reads like the corporate spawn of "Black horror," pieced together from Twitter anti-racist soundbites and crafted for maximum clout. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
B- 68% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2020) There's no denying the seductive powers of A Girl Missing, which gestures at the rot beneath the surface of politesse... Yet [director Kôji] Fukada loses sight of his own blind spots and his own intentions in the process. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
C 41% The Quarry (2020) It's clear that Teems envisioned a No Country For Old Men-style thriller updated with present-day political resonance. But The Quarry falls short of that ideal. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
B 99% Saint Frances (2020) Bridget's personal growth is understated, and so, for the most part, are the pleasures of Saint Frances. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
88% Joan the Maid 2: The Prisons (Jeanne la Pucelle II - Les prisons) (1994) A film that unites pain and pleasure in its demand for sustained attention. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
86% Joan the Maid 1: The Battles (Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les batailles) (1994) Rivette brings the miracle of Joan of Arc down to earth; he finds her ability to inspire devotion in her sheer magnetism and the lucid confidence of her speech. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
44% Quartet (1981) This unique Merchant-Ivory production is a forlorn reminder of the Kafkaesque entrapments that society fashions for women. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
85% Museum Town (2020) A deceptively breezy retrospective on Mass MoCA's unlikely success; it illuminates how and to what extent art and cultural institutions can help revive communities under duress. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
84/100 94% Transit (2019) Transit is a thrilling and unsettling film that tangibly recreates a nightmare of displacement and uncertainty, but in such a way that could appeal to a broader audience. - Brightest Young Things EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
C+ 38% Black Christmas (2019) It has plenty of ideas, but falls short in delivering the scares. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
C 50% The Wolf Hour (2019) The Wolf Hour begins to feel strangely like an allegory for the paranoid fears of white women in a world of scary Black men. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
100% The Projectionist (2020) Cabral bewitches and baffles with a dark story that has all the subliminal force of a recurring dream. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
94% Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles) (2019) Heroic Losers makes for an inoffensive, risk-averse heist film riding on the charisma of its performers and the satisfaction of its anti-upper-class escapades. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
100% The Projectionist (El proyeccionista) (2019) A gutsy tribute to the ways in which we psychologically invest ourselves in moving pictures. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
D+ 19% Jexi (2019) Surely, bland cultural insights can't defeat a film whose main attraction is the promise of stupid, raunchy fun? Reader, Jexi fails even at that... - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
100% The Australian Dream (2019) Nevertheless, it's hard not to be moved by The Australian Dream, though it's plainly obvious this is less a major feat of documentary filmmaking than a tremendous story passionately and empathetically told. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
No Score Yet Africa (2019) [E]ven some authentically touching moments and handsome static shots aren't enough to distinguish Africa from similar tributes at half mast. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) Shot in anemic greys, blues, and greens, the film creates a visual continuity between the insular village and its emotionally stunted inhabitants and the barbarism of a youth detention centre, singling out the yearning for community... - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
93% The Fever (A febre) (2019) The Fever is essential cinema, demanding empathy and understanding without pity or didacticism, and spotlighting indigenous people with the attention to cultural specifics that few films bother elaborating. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B+ 87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) Filming in sharp black-and-white that bridges the past with the present, Minervini eschews didacticism and activism, focusing instead on the raw, emotional textures of his subjects. The results are often beautifully immersive. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
B 97% The Farewell (2019) A crushingly bittersweet mood dominates the film, and Wang demonstrates a steady hand in her balancing of morbid material and warm, culturally insightful humor, threaded together by a minimal, sentimental score of dulcet vocals and a single violin. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
63% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) Jealousy and insecurity spill out into a canvass of rapturous imagery that hearkens to the spiritual breadth of [Reygadas's] past work. - Screen Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
87% The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) (2018) Márquez Abella proves a thoughtful and measured filmmaker, filling her beautifully shot melodrama with subtle, but effective characterizations. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019