Caroline Madden

Caroline Madden
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Caroline Madden was born and raised on the Jersey shore. An alumni of the New York Film Festival Critics Academy and SCAD Cinema Studies grad, she is a staff writer for Screen Queens. Other writing appears on Reverse Shot, IndieWire, Fandor, and more. Caroline is also the author of Springsteen as Soundtrack: The Sound of the Boss in Film and Television.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% System Crasher (Systemsprenger) (2019) Anchored by a stellar child performance, Fingscheidt's sensitively nuanced dramatisation of children's lives in the system takes a bleak subject and transforms it into something hopeful. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
85% Inside the Rain (2020) Fisher's feature debut has a big, goofy heart that you can't help but enjoy. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
80% Greener Grass (2019) DeBoer and Luebbe's pitch-perfect script hammers these messages with striking, original vision, creating a film that is truly exceptional. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
94% Premature (2020) Premature carefully maintains its admirable authenticity. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
100% To Kid or Not to Kid (2019) To Kid or Not to Kid may have a tattered presentation, but it gives a sympathetic voice to the kind of thorny questions every woman faces. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
94% Western Stars (2019) It defies the parameters of cinema to create a transfixing work of exceptional elegance. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
100% Yes God Yes (2019) Yes, God, Yes is one of those films that shines because of the author's particular autobiographical influence. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
76% Pink Wall (2019) The pair have scintillating chemistry, and this is made apparent in their easygoing improvisational dialogue. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
100% #LIKE (2019) #Like is a searing rallying cry against the manipulation, abuse, and objectification that women face on a daily basis. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
98% Working Woman (2019) Working Woman approaches the complex subject of sexual harassment and the power imbalance of men and women in the workplace with a bold sensitivity, quiet introspection, and subtle realism. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
20% Serenity (2019) The farcical twist completely collapses what was an enthralling noir into a mawkish, ridiculous melodrama. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
95% Communion (Komunia) (2019) Zamecka follows her destitute subjects with a patient and intimate observational style, imbuing the narrative with a palpable tension and touching upon her film's many emotional notes with a quiet grace. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
No Score Yet Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Story (2018) The nature of drama and the creative process is visceral and difficult to explain, but this documentary particularly flourishes in the careful observation of the young actors learning from Yakim. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The mosaic arrangement of the shorts, varying in greatness and mediocrity, causes The Ballad of Buster Scruggs to miss the mark as a cohesive whole. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
94% Private Life (2018) Private Life tackles worthy feminist issues about raising a family and sacrificing your career, but it is also too overlong and meandering to have any true resonance. - Fandor EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is a baroque masterpiece of savage delights with a trio of masterful female performances. - Fandor EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
98% 3 Faces (2019) With its leisurely long takes and sharply drawn script, 3 Faces is a meditative road movie and humanistic critique on gender and celebrity in Iranian culture. - Fandor EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
83% Her Smell (2019) A remarkable rock-drama helmed by Moss's transcendent performance. - Fandor EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Like the rest of Kore-eda's canon, Shoplifters is a gently humorous and poignant work of art. - Fandor EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
95% Roma (2018) With virtuoso visual and sonic expression, Roma is a symphonic masterpiece that is sure to marvel for decades to come. - Fandor EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
87% Gone Girl (2014) Whether or not you knew the twist beforehand, there's no denying that the film is a scary, suspenseful and seductive ride that will leave you stunned. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
71% The Harvest (2015) The Harvest is a chilling domestic horror with no frills, just a small town terror that dissects the coldness of human relationships. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
92% Ex Machina (2015) Ex Machina is one of the most daring, original and creative films of the year and one of the finest sci-fi films ever made. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
79% Angel Heart (1987) A sexy and loopy nightmare drenched in blood. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
74% The Voices (2015) The Voices is a horrifying and hilarious mind trip, both morbid and heartfelt. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
91% The Sessions (2012) Led by two talented stars, The Sessions is funny, tender, and touching. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
72% The Final Girls (2015) Combining the meta-horror of Scream and the jumping-through-the-screen plot of Pleasantville, The Final Girls offers an inventive and playful send-up of 1980s slashers. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
91% La La Land (2016) La La Land is a melancholic ode to the 'fools who dream' and an overall majestic cinematic experience. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
58% I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) Osgood Perkins certainly gives an odd cinematic flair to his images and uses his unique and impressive prose to shape interesting themes, but he ultimately fails his promising female leads. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
45% Just One of the Guys (1985) Just One of the Guys is a charming and wild 1980s teen comedy anchored by Joyce Hyser's charismatic and unexpectedly committed performance. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
60% Operation Finale (2018) The sparring between Kingsley and Isaac is remarkable and the film's structural flaws never blunt the the touching impact of its themes. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Schnabel's unconventional sensorial approach is utterly sublime and he crafts a romantic cinematic experience worthy of van Gogh's artistry. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
93% Wildlife (2018) It speaks to Dano's own experience as an actor that he so generously endows his performers with the time and space to chart their characters' emotionally intense arcs. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) There's an eccentric individualism to [Greta] Gerwig's nimble approach to form and flow of dialogue. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017