Caroline Siede

Caroline Siede
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 86% Happiest Season (2020) If Happiest Season often feels like it's trying to be several movies at once, there's something to be said for the value of having too many ideas rather than too few-particularly in a genre known for its well-worn formulas. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
B- 45% Holidate (2020) Like so much of Netflix's quantity over quality output, Holidate is broad, unsubtle, and seemingly designed to be half-watched, phone in hand. Yet within that framework, it finds a unique comedic spark that keeps it zipping along. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
C 17% After We Collided (2020) American "Afternators" will no doubt be similarly pleased with this slightly campier continuation of the series. For everyone else, however, there's not enough innovation to make the second installment a worthwhile jumping-on point. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
C+ 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) For a film about heartbreak, The Broken Hearts Gallery is a bit too glossy for its own good. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
B 93% Howard (2020) If Hahn's filmmaking struggles to replicate the whimsical creativity of his subject, Ashman's genius shines through anyway. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
C 29% The Kissing Booth 2 (2020) Perez is marginally more charismatic than Elordi... But neither are as compelling as the question of why Elle's high school is full of teenage boys who look like adult Marvel superheroes. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
B- 90% We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) We Are Freestyle Love Supreme has an exuberant theater-kid earnestness that will either prove endearing or grating depending on how you feel about backstage warm-up games and spontaneous sidewalk performances. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
B- 97% The Half of It (2020) There's an earnest emotional maturity that carries the film along as it builds to an ending that's cathartic without being simplistic. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
C 32% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) The film is correct in thinking that a picturesque Italian setting and operatic score would make for a sharp contrast with wry jokes about roofies and vomit. Unfortunately, that juxtaposition never adds up to anything more. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
B- 85% Big Time Adolescence (2020) Big Time Adolescence is a debauched but heartfelt coming-of-age story about impressionable teenage boys and the imperfect male role models who influence them. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
B 87% Emma. (2020) De Wilde's stylish, stylized Emma. doesn't rewrite the Austen playbook, but it shakes it up a bit-emphasizing the stakes of Emma's careless meddling and adding a spiky 21st-century sensibility to Austen's 19th-century ode to checking your privilege. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
B- 74% The Photograph (2020) There's an appreciable poise to The Photograph, which is reflected in the gorgeous lighting by cinematographer Mark Schwartzbard and a moody jazz score from pianist Robert Glasper. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
B- 75% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Though it's once again welcome to see a rom-com dig into the specificity of the Korean-American experience... for the most part P.S. I Still Love You is a pleasant distraction without a lot of payoff. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
65% Falling Inn Love (2019) Falling Inn Love is the kind of film that derives pleasure from being laughed at as much as laughed with. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
45% After the Wedding (2019) [It] doesn't fully trust its own story and tries to dress it up with an air of ominous mystery that winds up undercutting the drama rather than adding to it. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) [I]n a cinematic landscape where stories of women finding themselves are too few and far between, Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a welcome gift, even if it's an imperfect one. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) As funny as it is about sending up romantic comedy conventions, Isn't It Romantic also embraces what makes them so compelling. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
84% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) All in all, The LEGO Movie 2 feels like more movie than the first one, which somehow winds up making it feel like less. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
C+ 66% Lady and the Tramp (2019) Watching the remake over-explain every joke and dramatic beat only increases one's appreciation for how the original trusted its young audience to understand subtext, satire, and emotional nuance. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
B- 36% The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) This is a love letter to Disney fans, not an intro for new viewers. And, as such, it mostly works as a messy but charming hybrid event. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) It's a solid period piece that strives to be something more, and occasionally achieves it. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a much needed swing-for-the-fences dose of originality. It doesn't always hit it out of the park, but it's wickedly fun to watch it try. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
44% The Addams Family (2019) The Addams Family isn't a scream, it's a painfully generic kids' film. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
80% Auggie (2019) Though Felix ultimately learns that virtual perfection isn't all it's cracked up to be, Auggie raises chilling, perpetually timely questions about what men really want from women. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
83% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra will work best for viewers who either don't care whether its visual wonders contain a compelling story, or those who are willing to project their own emotional profundity onto the material. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
B- 84% Downton Abbey (2019) The big-screen version of Downton Abbey is still engaging, well-dressed comfort food. It just doesn't quite feel like a full meal. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
C+ 44% Tall Girl (2019) From a one-note mean girl stereotype to a complete disinterest in how social media shapes the lives of teens, Sam Wolfson's lackluster script fails to bring anything new or timely to the teen rom-com table. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) [Writer-Director Issa] López gets remarkable performances from her ensemble of young actors. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
C+ 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Brittany Runs A Marathon winds up feeling like a story told by an outsider who's empathetic toward, but not fully immersed in, a specific lived experience. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
B 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Blinded By The Light is such a joyful ride that it's hard to quibble with its flaws. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
C 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) The Art Of Racing In The Rain will play well for those who consider their pets to be full-fledged family members, but otherwise this dog's journey lacks a purpose or any sense of artistry. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
88% Plus One (2019) This isn't a romantic comedy where one kiss sends the couple off into happily ever after. It's one that's genuinely interested in the meaty, messy, high-stakes experience of falling for someone and starting a relationship with them. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
C 57% Aladdin (2019) The cast do what they can to find some heart within the stiff material. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
C+ 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Although the big-screen adaptation of Nicola Yoon's best-selling young adult novel finds welcome specificity in its world and character building, it never rises above the most generic of platitudes in its central teen love story. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C 13% The Hustle (2019) Yet while The Hustle is more overt when it comes to discussing gender... it doesn't really have all that much to say. Not about gender, not about con artistry, and definitely not about how to craft a satisfying studio comedy. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
B- 82% Someone Great (2019) Someone Great is a solid debut for a promising young filmmaker, and a welcome addition to the ever-growing Netflix rom-com canon. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
B- 71% Teen Spirit (2019) Yet in a film seemingly aimed more at teens than adults, Minghella effectively updates that familiar star-is-born template for an arthouse-minded Instagram generation. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
C- 19% After (2019) The real problem with After is that it's a lifeless slog of thinly written clichés, one that's missing the charismatic spark of the actual One Direction boys. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
B- 46% Dumbo (2019) This is Tim Burton's most open-hearted film since Big Fish, and that fundamental sweetness allows Dumbo to occasionally coalesce into something greater than the sum of its parts. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
C+ 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) In the end... even Richardson and Sprouse can't fully overcome the clumsy mawkishness around them. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
C+ 42% What Men Want (2019) What Men Want might not be a slam-dunk, but it's a great calling card for Henson's movie star future. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
B+ 27% Rent Live (2019) Rent: Live isn't the definitive version of Rent, but I don't think it set out to be either. Fox's version of Rent is-to quote David S. Pumpkins-it's own thing. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
75% Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Sleepless In Seattle balances romance and realism by giving its central characters two different but equally pragmatic philosophies on love. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
C+ 80% Brexit (2019) For as engaging as the film is in its best moments, its breadth-over-depth approach leaves the whole thing feeling glossy but a little hollow. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
C+ 44% Second Act (2018) To its credit, it remains fairly watchable even as it veers around wildly in tone. Yet Second Act also proves that all-in-one products have their downsides. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
B 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Though it goes down easy, On The Basis Of Sex is smarter and subtler than it looks-or, anyway, how its first act makes it look. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
B- 81% Instant Family (2018) Instant Family balances its sitcom tone with some real, unexpected heart. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B- 60% The Grinch (2018) While it doesn't hold a candle to the original 1966 Chuck Jones TV special, The Grinch is in every way superior to the truly ghastly version from 2000. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
C 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The film prioritizes quest mechanics over character development to the point where it's hard to tell why any of its characters do the things they do. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
C+ 86% What They Had (2018) In the overcrowded field of indie dramas about intergenerational family struggles, What They Had feels inessential; it rarely rises to the level of its performances. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018