Cameron Meier

Cameron Meier
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Cameron Meier is a Florida-based critic whose reviews and articles appear regularly in The Orlando Weekly and on MeierMovies.com. His writing has also been featured in The San Antonio Current, The Detroit Metro Times and the Jacksonville Folio Weekly. Cameron also serves as vice president of Paul Meier Dialect Services and executive editor of the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA).
Critics' Group: Florida Film Critics Circle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 73% Tenet (2020) Tenet is all action all the time, sacrificing heart and clarity for spectacle. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
1.75/5 93% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Iannucci's adaptation is a tiresome exercise in style over substance, experimental casting over narrative maturity, and farcical indulgences over genuine emotion. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
1.5/5 48% Unhinged (2020) The movie mistakes inhumanity, anger and car chases (albeit good ones) for tension, and wastes most of the talents of its two leads, Russell Crowe and Caren Pistorius. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
2.75/5 60% Tesla (2020) Almereyda ... still has something interesting to say and, more often than not, a refreshingly strange way to say it. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
.5/5 77% Climate of the Hunter (2019) Climate resembles a community-theatre production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Or a cross between the original Dark Shadows and a Neil Breen film. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
3.75/5 93% Desert One (2020) As usual, master documentarian Barbara Kopple is up to the task. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2020
4/5 94% Boys State (2020) Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss ... craft not just one of the best recent documentaries but one of this year's most revelatory and relevant films of any genre. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3.25/5 76% Summerland (2020) Its period charm, tight screenplay and interesting story transcend its contrivances. It's especially buoyed by Gemma Arterton's great lead performance. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3.75/5 100% Some Kind of Heaven (2020) A tragicomic ... combination of The Stepford Wives and an Errol Morris movie, it's one of the best documentaries you'll see this year. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
1.25/5 89% Shithouse (2020) With a rambling structure and subpar craftsmanship, Shithouse smells too much like a low-budget debut film. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/5 93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) Not unlike her movie's lead character, director Haifaa Al-Mansour is a trailblazer, becoming in 2012 the first Saudi woman to direct a feature. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
2.75/5 No Score Yet Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles (2020) The desserts - and the stories behind them - are delectable. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Landfall (2020) Aldarondo's spotlight is often too dim, too oblique to function as anything more than an intriguing but vague tone poem for Puerto Rico's suffering. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
1.25/5 No Score Yet 18 to Party (2020) There's just too little joy, humor, originality and entertainment in this dimly lit, low-budget slice-of-lifer. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Born Into the Gig (2019) The simple premise slowly morphs into an enjoyable, honest and occasionally prophetic examination of what it takes to follow in the familial footsteps of giants. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3.5/5 92% Adam (2019) With methodical and muted, but tender, direction by first-timer Maryam Touzani, who penned the socially relevant screenplay, Adam is a reminder that the unlikeliest of relationships can change a life forever. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3.25/5 96% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Porter's doc doesn't exactly redefine the genre, but it does a decent job of reintroducing us to Lewis, who, at 80 years of age and ill from pancreatic cancer, is approaching the end of a long and mighty life. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
1.5/5 81% The Beach House (2020) The characters ... constantly remind us and each other, "Don't be scared." They needn't. For while the film does a decent job at creating vague dread, it never approaches anything resembling genuine fear. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.25/5 95% My Darling Vivian (2020) The film's honesty and integrity are palpable because the director has picked the perfect interviewees to tell this long-delayed tale. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
2.5/5 73% The King of Staten Island (2020) Though many of [the film's] fragments are funny and produce an emotional payoff, the hard truth is that Apatow's film, just like its title character, is unexpectedly lovable but a bit broken. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/5 77% Judy & Punch (2020) Even the music is anachronistic, featuring everything from Leonard Cohen to Johann Sebastian Bach. Yet this is one Baroque film that doesn't need fixing. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
1.75/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) Patterson's movie ... extends its stylish hand into the vastness of space and comes up empty. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
3/5 87% The Trip to Greece (2020) The oddest thing about the Trip movies is that they are food films, travelogues, personal essays, comedies and dramas. ... But [the formula] usually [works], thanks mostly to the two actors' chemistry. - Metro Times (Detroit, MI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
2.25/5 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) While Australian director Justin Dallas Kurzel's True History of the Kelly Gang is just the latest in this cinematic legacy, it's arguably the most visceral and brutal. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
1.5/5 88% The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2020) The movie has value for philosophers and scientists, [but it's] dry as cosmic dust. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
2/5 38% Wendy (2020) Wendy's ... ingredients never congeal, leaving us with a visually intriguing but tiresome tale that disappoints its fantastical premise. - Metro Times (Detroit, MI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
1.75/5 98% Extra Ordinary (2020) If only the film had confined its story to [Rose and Martin's] blossoming friendship and potential romance, with the paranormal activity presented as charmingly odd subtext. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
1.5/5 47% Greed (2020) To lampoon vulgar, selfish billionaires by simply showing us 104 minutes of vulgar, selfish billionaires is unimaginative, misguided and needlessly unpleasant. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2020
3.25/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) [Moss] is the heart of this story, which combines ... paranoia, mental illness, female empowerment and domestic abuse into a tale that - unlike Cecilia's abusive boyfriend - never overstays its welcome. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
4/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Sciamma's film is even better than Parasite. ... While the latter leans on an absurdist depiction of Tarantino-style orgiastic violence to achieve its climax, Portrait needs but a few deep breaths, a smile and a tear. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2/5 92% The Assistant (2020) Weinstein and his ilk deserve what Roger Ailes got in Bombshell, and then some. Regrettably, you won't find that in this film [which] is emotionally muted and stretched thin. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
4.25/5 98% 63 Up (2019) There can never be an unimportant chapter in the lives of real human beings. For that reason, the new 63 Up demands watching just as much as any of the previous eight. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
4/5 97% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Combining Sorry, Wrong Number's radio-drama appeal and Locke's claustrophobic tension, The Guilty might be the best film of [the 2018 Florida Film Festival]. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
3/5 84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) Like the sport itself, the film is dramatic and beautiful. Tennis has simply never looked better on the big screen thanks to sublime cinematography and a career performance by Shia LaBeouf as McEnroe. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
2.75/5 73% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) Like wine, [the movie] also requires time and space to breathe, and writer-director Cédric Klapisch certainly gives us more than enough time to indulge. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
1.75/5 39% The Song of Names (2019) Martin is passionate about finding his adopted brother, but that passion never translates to the screen, as the actors have little chemistry and the time-jumping structure robs the story of its emotional punch. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2.75/5 84% Just Mercy (2020) Just Mercy sometimes seems too pat, too familiar. Unfortunately, we've seen all this before. But that's not so much a fault of the film as a fault of the American justice system, which keeps killing mockingbirds. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
2.75/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) What makes The Biggest Little Farm unusual is it has one hand, or paw, in essay filmmaking, another (unfortunately) in self-promotion and still another in a category akin to Disneynature films. The mix isn't entirely successful, but its joy is infectious. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
3.5/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Even if you're one of the few stalwarts who still thinks the Iraq War was worth the agonizingly high toll ..., you will root for [Katharine] Gun because of [Keira] Knightley's astonishing ability to connect to her audience. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
0.5/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) Like a Boss is the worst thing to happen to the cosmetics industry since skin rashes. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
2.25/5 95% Little Women (2019) It's a noble but misguided effort, as the muddled story never congeals. Further, thanks to the frenetic and odd juxtaposition of vignettes, we're robbed of our chance to truly understand the lives of the March sisters. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.5/5 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary, Mary, quite contrary, what does your movie show? Historical inaccuracies, an overstuffed story and a director not in the know. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3.75/5 66% Peterloo (2019) From the thick dialects of northern England, to the period garb, to the poverty-strewn faces of the old women barking half a dozen eggs for a "penny farthing" in the market, Peterloo weaves a rich tapestry. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
4.75/5 89% 1917 (2020) The finished product is arguably the greatest single-take illusion in cinema history. And it's also the best movie about the Great War since Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
4.25/5 89% Hereditary (2018) The film successfully invokes true terror that lingers long after the projector flickers dark. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
1/5 82% High Life (2019) It's an interesting premise, but the structural flaws and unlikable screenplay put to waste the attractive production design. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
3.5/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Banderas ... is consistently good at conveying vulnerability, but he takes it to another level here, delivering a performance that captures the exhaustion and frustration of a full life. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
4.25/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Powerful entertainment on an enormous scale, it's the most emotionally resonant Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi in 1983. - MeierMovies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
2.5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) At its heart, it's a unique account of friendship, trust and betrayal between three men. But Scorsese, chasing his mob mania, can't resist involving more characters and vignettes than he can handle. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.25/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) Though cinema more often entertains, it can on rare occasions heal wounds both intellectual and spiritual. The Two Popes falls just short of that accomplishment, but it comes tantalizingly close. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020