Carl Kozlowski

Carl Kozlowski
Carl Kozlowski's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Pasadena Weekly
Publications: Pasadena Weekly

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 64% Breakthrough (2019) Franklin has succeeded by placing quality actors in the service of stories that manage to include some levels of nuance that make them appealing to audiences beyond the proverbial choir. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
F 45% Little (2019) "Little" is one of the most creatively clueless, utterly bankrupt ideas to come out of Tinseltown yet. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
A 56% The Highwaymen (2019) Serves as a bracing reminder that Americans were losing their collective minds over notorious figures in the news decades before the infamous football player captured the nation's attention. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B 91% Gloria Bell (2019) "Bell" is the kind of film that rests squarely on the shoulders of its star, and Moore delivers a superb portrait of the kind of person who exists anonymously throughout the LA singles scene. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
C+ 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Since it's known that many innocents died in the assault, any sense of fun is gone, and the film's unrelentingly evil portrait of the young Muslims with no redeeming characters from that faith makes it feel irresponsible. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
A 47% Dumbo (2019) Such an enchanting wonder that there's not much to say about it without spoiling the magic of director Tim Burton's most engaging film in many years. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
C 94% Us (2019) This is a stunning fall for Peele, who's trying to make a commentary about our light and dark sides, as well as class warfare, but it has none of the punch and effectiveness of "Get Out." - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) This is a film that hinges almost completely on the strengths of the two leads, and they deliver by showing a love that is selfless, true and profound. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
A 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) A surprisingly vibrant and extremely entertaining film, far better than one would have any right to expect when hearing that it's about the life of a pro wrestler. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
A 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) "Romantic" tears apart seemingly hundreds of ridiculous rom com tropes while constantly creating fresh takes on the timeworn genre, and Strauss-Schulson keeps everything moving with high energy. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
B 46% What Men Want (2019) "Men" succeeds greatly by handling its standard-level core material extremely well. Led by Henson and Morgan, the cast is uniformly excellent, providing a constant stream of laughs while also handling the more heartfelt moments solidly as well. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
A 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Coming after a January that served up relatively gentle fare, "Cold Pursuit" kicks February off with an impressive bang. Here's hoping it's a hit, so that similarly smart shoot-em-ups keep having their shot at the cinema. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
A 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan's shot compositions are impressive to behold throughout, making "Glass" often appear like a living, breathing artwork and inducing grins in this reviewer throughout over his audacious shot and color choices. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
A 41% The Upside (2019) As we launch into a new year, filled with hopes and a short-lived determination to make our lives better, a film like this can serve as an extra level of inspiration. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
F 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) But even beyond wasting the talents of Ferrell and Reilly, writer-director Ethan Coen piles on one stupid anachronistic joke after another throughout the movie and then doesn't even bother to take them to their logical climaxes. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
C 43% Second Act (2018) Lopez knocks her well-rounded role out of the park, but "Second Act" unfortunately has a number of gaping plot holes and logical lapses that render it a bit second-rate. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
B 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman actually breaks the dour DC mold and delivers a gonzo, highly inventive piece of entertainment that has a surprisingly fresh vision overseen by director James Wan. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
C 66% Vice (2018) Much of the film plays like a "greatest hits" (or rather, worst moments) version of Cheney's career. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
A 81% Ben is Back (2018) For those seeking great acting, unpredictable twists and some unexpected heart, it fills the bill. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
A 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) This movie is unabashed pure joy that anyone who's human and alive will come out of feeling great. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
B 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) John McPhail ensures that an anything-goes sense of fun saves the day, even if these plucky kids can't always save their town and their loved ones. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
B 100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) The film and Matt's quest serve as valuable reminders of some of life's most precious lessons: that we don't need a ton of possessions and electronic gadgetry to be happy, and to appreciate the incidental beauty that is around us constantly. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
A 81% Boy Erased (2018) Amid an era in which Americans are too often divided by rigid beliefs on either side of the sociopolitical spectrum, "Boy Erased" sets an example of the power of film to create understanding and increase acceptance of those with whom we differ. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
A 81% Instant Family (2018) The film has depth in casting that goes well beyond most such films. Put it all together and this is a family film that adults can enjoy as well, a film that can not only produce solid laughs but possibly even save lives. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
D 59% The Front Runner (2018) At a time when the public is burned out on political divisiveness and media oversaturation, the last thing moviegoers are likely going to want is two hours of film showing them how we got to such a national low point. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
A 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) If you love great rock music presented with dynamic flair, this is one movie that will make you want to wax rhapsodically. Well worth the money for anyone who loves great rock and roll, it's like having a concert and a movie rolled into one. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) If anything, this film seems to be showing the ennui that can set in when one just lets existence pass by. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
80% Halloween (2018) Seeing her punch, kick and wield all manner of weapons in the epic battle against her tormentor provides a cathartic kick for the audience. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
A 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) The characters at the El Royale may be enduring bad times, but moviegoers seeking original filmmaking will find plenty of good times at the theater watching this film. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
A 89% A Star Is Born (2018) It's well worth seeing and marks Gaga and Cooper as two people who have the talent to overcome fame and endure for the long haul. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
B 27% Night School (2018) Somehow its underlying goofy energy and positive message about the importance of education and second chances should leave viewers feeling entertained if they're not expecting high art. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
A 13% Life Itself (2018) This movie made me feel the full range of human emotions, all in the space of two hours, and left me contemplating who and what people and circumstances affect me personally in my own life. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
A 58% White Boy Rick (2018) Crafty yet with a surface innocence that keeps winning people over, Ricky is forced to make adult decisions while trapped in a 15-year-old's mind and body. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
F 13% Peppermint (2018) Surely a White House gala screening awaits this ugly film, which will leave a sour taste in the mouth of any viewer with a conscience. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
C 61% Operation Finale (2018) Considering how utterly slow and anticlimactic the film becomes in its final hour, it's impossible for me to justify saying the film is worth paying today's ticket prices. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
A 92% Searching (2018) Following fast on the heels of the massive success of "Crazy Rich Asians," this is proof positive that a long-overdue Asian invasion is finally hitting American movie theatres, and will hopefully never stop. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
A 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) A film that engages the mind and enrages the spirit while often provoking gales of laughter, "BlacKkKlansman" is can't-miss viewing for adults looking for both fun and substance in the dog days of summer. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
A 94% Blindspotting (2018) The duo's way with words in those endeavors lend "Blindspotting" a vibrant sense of language that gives voice to what it is like to be young and a minority in a rapidly changing society. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
A 99% Eighth Grade (2018) An extremely intimate look into the mind of an average girl in an era when social media and cellphones have destroyed much of human interaction. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
B 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Equalizer 2 is an entertaining time at the movies, but if they had only insisted on closing the plot holes and making a vivid villain, it could have been an outright classic. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
A 77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) "Foot" gets very far in making a mark as one of the year's best films and a movie that will stand the test of time. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
B 47% Skyscraper (2018) Skyscraper takes elements from zillions of action blockbusters and disaster movies and mixes them together in a combination that feels familiar in all the right ways yet preposterously original on its own terms overall. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
B 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp proves to be a fun romp, but not one that's completely compelling to blockbuster fans at the level of the "Avengers" movies. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
B 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Overall, "Fallen Kingdom" is a fun ride but not a truly resonant or memorable one. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) To its even greater credit, things do not go where you might expect them to by the end, making this a fresh delight in a summer of pre-packaged predictability. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
56% Tag (2018) I was shocked to find that "Tag" was tone-deaf on every level, amped up to an obnoxious frenzy that made me want to throw each one of its characters off rooftops and out windows myself, game or no game. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
A 88% American Animals (2018) It makes viewers care so much about what drove them to be as feckless as they were reckless. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
B+ 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) A fine film both for families looking for something cool to see together and a smartly inviting date film for teens and adults. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
A 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The best thing about "Solo" is its tight script, filled with interesting twists and double-crosses all the way to the end. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
C 38% Life of the Party (2018) "Party" ultimately fails because of the fact that no rational human being would act like any of the characters in the film. - Pasadena Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018