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
3.5/4 100% Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce (2021) It is a brisk and useful narrative with a heartening spirit that demonstrates how your dollar can be used to make our beautiful world a better place. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2021
4.0/4 100% This Is Not a War Story (2021) It is essential viewing for civilians to understand and help make some tangible changes for ex-soldiers' recovery. Lugacy is a courageous filmmaker who has made a devastating and intimate study of veterans' strife. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2021
100% Scarborough (2021) Scarborough is an unmissable drama with open-hearted energy and an incredible amount of empathy. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2021
3.5/4 71% Camp Wedding (2019) Camp Wedding is a splashy throwback to 1980s slashers with a contemporary twist that features an inclusive cast. It has a frothy spirit and theatrical aesthetic that makes it a truly enjoyable watch. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2021
72% Caged (2021) Held together by a bravura lead performance, Caged is a hard-hitting thriller about the fragility of the human condition within such a monstrous method of punishment. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
4/4 82% Kringle Time (2021) Kringle Time is a quirky treasure that marries broad, side-splitting comedy with hard-hitting cultural relevance - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
3.0/4 63% 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) 12 Mighty Orphans is a lovely homespun drama that wears its heart on its sleeve and motivates audiences to chase their dreams. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
3.5/4 95% Marathon (2021) Marathon deserves a gold medal for its cutting sense of humor and lively spirit. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
3.5/4 95% Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury (2019) Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury is an absorbing retrospective told with bracing honesty. It has a closeness to its subjects that tenderly honors their work and avoids hagiography. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
3/4 100% The Penny Black (2021) The Penny Black is an odd little gem of a story that feels like an old-fashioned detective noir in the emotional intensity of its absorbing mystery. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
3/4 67% Tango Shalom (2021) Tango Shalom is a truly unique and sprightly comedy that offers a positive portrayal of an often criticized brand of faith. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
3.5/4 71% Trust (2021) Trust has a melodramatic salaciousness that is truly delectable. It will take you on a wild ride of sensual intrigue and high-stakes dramatics. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
4/4 97% Shiva Baby (2021) Seligman and Sennott are a dream team, capturing female insecurity and the clumsy transition into adulthood with a fresh and contemporary shrewdness. Their intelligence and creativity make Shiva Baby destined to become a comedy classic. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
100% before/during/after (2020) Wielding a poignant time structure that moves like a carousel between joy and sorrow, Steeves's triumphant comedic drama is a pure delight. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
3.5/4 80% P.E.N.S. (Poetic Energy Needed in Society) (2021) P.E.N.S. is an inspiring work that radiates with the artists' deep love for their creative passion and, most importantly, amplifies Black voices. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
75% Bad Cupid (2021) Bad Cupid explores the irrational instability of romance with supreme intelligence and cutting humor. It should not be missed. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
63% My True Fairytale (2021) The majority of the My True Fairytale's emotional weight comes from [D. Mitry's] real-life tragedy, but overall it is a poetic and personal meditation on mourning with a tear-jerking finale. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
83% Before I'm Dead (2021) Despite its wild, futuristic exterior, at its core Before I'm Dead is an intelligent and piercing exploration of unstable mental health in the wake of gun violence. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
3/4 80% Hot Water (2021) Hot Water has a dash of obnoxious silliness, but Rippenkroeger elevates his vivacious film with a greater emotional weight that makes it more than just a delightful and breezy summer romp. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
64% The Mimic (2020) The Mimic is verbally florid yet has little to really say about sociopathy, but there's no denying the uniqueness of Mazziotti's vision. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
46% Wander (2020) Wander has an idiosyncratic roughness, anchored by a powerful central performance and overall political relevance that truly draws you in. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
4.0 100% Somewhere with No Bridges (2021) Frank's heartfelt and painterly direction dexterously captures the imperceptible singularity of his subject and the island he treasured. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
67% 79 Parts (2019) A zany, Quentin Tarantino-lite crime comedy. Its knotty premise and hodgepodge of supporting characters work well with the film's mischievous and scrappy style. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2021
69% Tulsa (2020) Tulsa is a feel everything movie, one that will touch your heartno matter what faith (or lack thereof) you subscribe to. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
100% Crossroads of America (2020) In lesser hands, the film would feel too soggy and esoteric, but Hemingway and Muller suffuse Crossroads of America with an authentic urgency that enthralls the viewer. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
95% The Ringmaster (2020) Miraculously, The Ringmaster ends up being a unique documentary with quick-paced humor and vigor-a truly memorable cinematic experience. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2021
91% Minor Premise (2020) Anchored by a superb lead performance from Sridharan, Minor Premise is a trippy, white-knuckle sci-fi that touches on grief and memory with a poignant melancholy. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2021
100% Ice Cream in the Cupboard (2020) Ice Cream in the Cupboard is a raw and realistic depiction of Alzheimer's that is sorrowful without being cloying. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
3/4 43% Blind (2020) Blind is a surreal and unique take on the home invasion and blind protagonist thriller. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
80% Cut and Chop (2020) Hale has a singularly creative directorial vision that makes his surreal horror and dark comedy an intelligent dissection of the murky lines between reality and fiction. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
3.0 90% Effigy, Poison and The City (2020) Effigy - Poison and the City is an engrossing slow-burn tethered by powerful female lead performances - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
100% IRL (2019) IRL is a penetrating depiction of yearning for connection in a hyper-connected world. It has a poignant resonance that lingers with you long after watching. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
93% Give or Take (2020) Backed by a bright, picturesque Cape Cod setting, Give or Take is a well-acted family dramedy with an authentic spirit. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
95% Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You (2020) Letter to You is a touching time capsule of a band with a deep, unique kinship that can only be forged over time. - Backstreets EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
89% Love & Debt (2019) Love & Debt is a timely dramedy with an admirable frankness that champions the importance of cherishing our loved ones in difficult times. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
100% Unprescribed (2020) Ellmore's well-rounded documentary is both emotional and informative, giving a wide range of perspectives. Unprescribed has a tenacious vision that inspires us to take action. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
71% Amulet (2020) The boldly ambitious and psychedelic Amulet is ultimately too cryptic for its own good; you are unsure of the characters' motivations or what exactly Garai is trying to say. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
71% Toss It (2019) The grandiose verbiage can be a bit much, but Remsen is an intelligent filmmaker with a lot to say, and she creates an introspective family portrait. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
88% Fame-ish (2020) Fame-ish is both a delightful romantic comedy and poignant reflection on fame and self-actualization. You'll love every minute of this quirky gem. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
92% Relic (2020) There is a mournful, sentimental core beneath the chilling scares that elevates Relic to something deeply profound-a work of art that will cut you to the bone. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
63% My Stretch of Texas Ground (2019) Kemp and Cinque use their film's conservative setting and characters to have a hard and thoughtful conversation about racism and the consequences of war, even if the execution is middling. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
100% Burning Dog (2020) The visual mania, along with Batchelor's snappy and humorous script, makes Burning Dog relentlessly thrilling. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) The film plays like a roller coaster, going through twists and turns that will leave you breathless. - Video Librarian Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
75% CRSHD (2019) With an adorable and joyous bubblegum aesthetic that really pops, Emily Cohn portrays young adult life in the digital age with honesty and sharp, observant humor. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
85% Soundwave (2018) Soundwave has a fun, creative premise that immediately starts with a bang and pulsates with an electrifying energy that never wanes. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
89% The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2020) The Dalai Lama: Scientist's focus on highly intellectual discussion may go over the heads of many viewers, making the documentary a particularly niche film that mainly appeals to scientists and academics. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
64% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Edward Norton's sincere, hyper-stylised approach is both lovingly old-fashioned and refreshingly modern, crafting an impressive and thoroughly riveting mystery. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
82% The Sharks (Los tiburones) (2019) What could have been an engrossing narrative about a young woman's uncertain navigation of her newfound sexuality ends up being tiresome and vague. The Sharks is dull, seeming to move in circles like the creatures of its title, endlessly going nowhere. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
61% Tape (2020) The lo-fi filming style makes for an unpleasant viewing experience, one that should have felt more authentic and gracefully handled considering the filmmaker's own experiences that the film is based on... - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
95% 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