Carla Hay

Carla Hay
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Carla Hay is editor-in-chief of Culture Mix. She has also been a writer or editor for ViacomCBS Media Networks, Women's Media Center, AXS.com, Examiner.com, Lifetime, People, and Billboard. Hay is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Southern California.
Critics' Group: TimesUpCritical
Location: New York, NY, USA

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
53% Four Good Days (2021) Four Good Days was inspired by a true story, but the shrill melodramatics in too many badly written scenes just make the movie look like overly staged phoniness ... Instead of 'Four Good Days,' the movie is better-described as '100 Irritating Minutes.' - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
92% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) About Endlessness isn't for everyone, but if people are interested in watching an artsy, plot-less meditation on timeless human qualities, then the movie takes viewers on an unpredictable ride. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
84% Cliff Walkers (2021) Captivating and thrilling ... Much more than the usual 'cloak and dagger' story about spies, Cliff Walkers has plenty of emotional resonance by realistically showing the heart-wrenching toll on the family lives of spies. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
97% Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train (2021) The story is an immersive experience that should please fans who like animated stories that blend fantasy adventures with some horror elements. Where the movie falls a little short is in how it introduces the characters. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
No Score Yet Uprooting Addiction: Healing From The Ground Up (2021) It's a very superficial documentary that barely scratches the surface of the real problems of treating drug addiction ... Viewers will learn more about addiction and recovery by watching any episode of Intervention. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
No Score Yet Hero Dog: The Journey Home (2021) The only heroic thing that the dog does is show some common sense when the humans make very dumb decisions ... There isn't much to like about this movie except the dog. And it's too bad this innocent dog was forced to be in this embarrassing mess. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
39% Held (2021) The filmmakers of Held must think that viewers are as simple-minded as this movie's mystery plot. The acting is often stiff, the pacing is frequently lackluster, and it's not that hard to figure out who's behind the terror that's being inflicted. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
94% Limbo (2021) Writer/director Ben Sharrock's Limbo looks a lot like what Miranda July would do if she made a movie about a Syrian refugee in Scotland. It's a movie that is best enjoyed by people who have tolerance for non-stop quirkiness with some angsty undertones. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
No Score Yet Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over (2019) This in-your-face documentary, which was made with [Lydia] Lunch's participation, shows how she's been able to survive on her wits and attitude, while being an underrated influence on her peers and subsequent generations of punk-influenced music artists. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
No Score Yet Wine Crush (Vas-y Coupe!) (2019) The movie suffers from editing that shows too much repetition of mundane tasks ... And unfortunately, the movie gets bogged down in so much 'slice of life' footage that the end result is a documentary that is duller than it should be. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
100% Subjects of Desire (2021) The insightful documentary Subjects of Desire shows how Black women feel about the still-prevalent and damaging racism in how Black females are treated and perceived by beauty standards in American society. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
71% Adverse (2021) [A] rage-filled, mindless vendetta movie that's so bad, it verges on parody ... And just like the body count that generically piles up in the movie, Adverse will be relegated to the disposable pile of deadweight movies with no soul and nothing to say. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
8% Separation (2021) Yes, it's a stupid haunted house movie ... Separation sinks further into a quagmire of idiocy until there's nothing left but the stench of fried brain cells that had to endure the 107 minutes it takes to watch this time-wasting trash until the bitter end. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
76% In The Earth (2021) The movie has an over-reliance on strobe lights. It's not terrifying. It's annoying. Maybe the filmmakers thought the strobe lights would trick people into thinking that In the Earth was a good horror movie. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
68% We Broke Up (2021) We Broke Up is not as cliché-ridden as it could have been, but it's not a particularly imaginative movie either. What makes the film worth watching are the lead actors' mostly believable and relatable performances. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
25% Long Live Rock... Celebrate the Chaos (2021) Long Live Rock is like a rambling ad campaign for hard rock/heavy metal's die-hard fandom. The documentary doesn't reveal anything new, the editing is horribly unfocused, and the movie often comes across as a long infomercial for rock concert festivals. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
92% Together Together (2021) Together Together pokes fun at and exposes a lot of preconceptions that people might have of gender roles, when it comes to people who choose to start a family without a partner and what it means to be a pregnancy surrogate in this situation. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
100% Sugar Daddy (2021) Sugar Daddy isn't Hollywood's Pretty Woman fantasy of escort work. If people want to take a realistic trip inside the world of an unusual Canadian woman who becomes an escort, then get ready for Kelly McCormack's tour-de-force performance in Sugar Daddy. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Compared to the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie, what hasn't changed is the train wreck of stiff acting, embarrassingly bad dialogue, and a stale plot ... Everything is very hollow and predictable. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
49% Monday (2021) If you're in the mood to watch two American lovers in their mid-30s act like immature, self-absorbed partiers while living in Greece, in a shallow story that mostly goes nowhere, then feel free to waste about 115 minutes of your time watching this movie. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
100% My Octopus Teacher (2020) A distinctive and memorable tale of how a filmmaker formed an unusual friendship with an octopus that taught him more about life than he expected. It's a movie that's unabashedly sentimental but also thoroughly entertaining and educational. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
95% The Mole Agent (2020) The Mole Agent offers an entertaining and emotionally moving portrait of humanity in a Chilean retirement home. However, the 'spy' aspect of the story seems as contrived and cutesy as some of the documentary's scenes. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Another Round is more than just another mid-life crisis story ... Anchored by exemplary performances from the primary actors, Another Round stands out as a highly unique film about the causes and effects of alcohol abuse. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
91% Moffie (2019) Moffie unflinchingly but sometimes unevenly tells a story that's rarely been told in a movie: What it was like to be a closeted gay white male teenage soldier in 1980s South Africa, where homosexuality was illegal at the time. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2021
94% The Man Who Sold His Skin (2021) The Man Who Sold His Skin is a fascinating mashup of a love story, social commentary on refugee issues, and a scornful indictment of the elitist world of high-priced and trendy art collecting ... [But] some plot twists are rushed [and] a little awkward. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2021
86% Jakob's Wife (2021) Jakob's Wife is a memorable vampire flick that serves up a hilariously enjoyable blend of campy horror and gruesome chills, with a dash of female empowerment ... The cast members of Jakob's Wife lean into their roles with gusto. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
34% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) Eddie Izzard and Judi Dench star in a movie about a spy who infiltrates a boarding school for Nazi teenage girls. What could possibly go wrong? In the case of the woefully misguided Six Minutes to Midnight -- everything. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
27% Voyagers (2021) Voyagers is a disappointing space travel movie that's the equivalent of being stuck on a pointless road trip with bickering 20-somethings from a bad soap opera. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
97% Gunda (2020) For people who want an intimate look at the common ground between the emotions in animals and humans, Gunda offers an immersive experience that requires patience ... The movie was filmed in black and white, so it looks artsier than it really is. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
25% Enhanced (2020) The filmmakers of Enhanced should have titled this movie Flimsy X-Men Ripoff if they wanted more truth in advertising. It's a formulaic and mindless flick about mutants being hunted by humans. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
100% Mallory (2021) The documentary film Mallory should be essential viewing for anyone who cares about helping prevent bullying that can lead to suicides ... [It's] a raw and very personal look at how one family is educating people on what to do before it's too late. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet Dark Web: Cicada 3301 (2021) It tries desperately to be a wacky caper film, but the movie's convoluted plot is filled with cheesy comedy that includes a homophobic fixation on depicting gay male sexuality as something to shamefully ridicule. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
100% Stealing School (2019) Stealing School is a clever and somewhat snarky indictment of academic institutions and how 'political correctness' can be used as a weapon to cut both ways. And the movie sends a message that first impressions aren't always the correct impressions. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2021
10% The Seventh Day (2021) An exorcism patient who's strapped to a bed probably has more fun than anyone who watches this tedious train wreck of a horror film until the movie's very ludicrous end. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2021
72% Enforcement (Shorta) (2021) The movie mostly succeeds because of realistic portrayals of racism's damage and because of the actors' impressive performances. What isn't so realistic is the plot: Two white cops in Copenhagen are stuck in a racial riot for hours without any backup. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2021
97% Wojnarowicz (2021) The illuminating documentary Wojnarowicz tells his life story in a way that would have gotten [David] Wojnarowicz's approval: by crafting the movie like a cinematic version of an art installation retrospective. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
67% Dolphin Island (2021) If you're going to visit Dolphin Island, just know you'll be stuck neck-deep in silly schmaltz that will leave you cringing. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
67% Falling (2020) If not for the commendable acting from the stars of the movie, Falling would be a very unpleasant chore to watch. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
No Score Yet The Devil Below (2021) There's a certain hell that viewers will experience if they watch The Devil Below to the very end. And that's the hell of knowing that they wasted time watching this idiotic and boring movie. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
98% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) Night of the Kings is set in a prison, but the film is more about the freedom of imagination under oppressive conditions ... Much like a stylistic fever dream, not all of the storyline will be easy to follow. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
75% My Salinger Year (2020) [It's] based on [a] memoir, but the movie comes across as a fantasy ... The female protagonist is an aspiring writer but does almost no work on her writing and instead spends most of the story obsessing over J.D. Salinger and his fan mail. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
67% The Arbors (2020) If viewers can get through watching this whole movie without falling asleep, they'll find the ending to be so disappointing that sleeping through it would be a much better option ... The story is a sluggishly paced, dimwitted mess, and it ruins the movie. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
51% City of Lies (2018) City of Lies (directed by Brad Furman) focuses on the Biggie Smalls murder case in such a lukewarm and unremarkable way that people will be better off watching any of the several documentaries about the same subject. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2021
100% Quo Vadis, Aida? (2021) [Jasmila] Zbanic's writing and direction succeed in balancing this very intimate story about a specific family with an overview of the suffering of thousands of people who were affected by the Bosnian War. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2021
86% Come True (2021) With its aqua-tinted scenes and dreamlike stylings, Come True has an otherworldly feel, but the story takes place on Earth ... [It's] best enjoyed if people don't mind if the story doesn't really explain what's going until the last third of the film. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2021
90% The Vigil (2021) The Vigil (written and directed by Keith Thomas) takes an effective 'less is more' approach by keeping the story simple while still delivering on some genuinely creepy scares. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2021
No Score Yet Burn It All (2021) If someone put together a list of movies that are an unintentionally bad parody of feminism, then Burn It All should be on that list ... The Burn It All title is an apt description of what should've happened to this abysmal screenplay. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2021
88% Hysterical (2021) It's a film that's worth watching by anyone who enjoys talented stand-up comedians and people who speak their own truths unapologetically. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
29% Blithe Spirit (2021) There are some movies that are so bad that they're entertaining, and there are some movies that are so bad that they're boring. Unfortunately, this Blithe Spirit remake falls into the latter category. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
38% Haymaker (2021) Haymaker is a globe-trotting film that had the potential to be a compelling adventure/love story. However, the movie's incoherent storyline, badly written dialogue, and dull acting make it very forgettable. - Culture Mix EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021