Caroline Siede

Caroline Siede
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T-Meter Title | Year
89% 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 56% 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+ 48% 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 14% 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- 73% 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- 16% 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+ 55% 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+ 44% 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
73% 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+ 46% 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 74% 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- 59% 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+ 88% 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
B 94% Private Life (2018) Private Life mostly avoids doling out clunky exposition, but one gets the sense that Jenkins could answer even the most minute questions about her characters' backstories. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
D+ 14% Life Itself (2018) Though you wouldn't know it from its gauzy marketing, Life Itself is an R-rated film with several incredibly jarring moments of bloody violence. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
B- 86% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) In the well-trod territory of fiction about rich men in self-induced emotional crises, the film stands as a worthy, if not exactly groundbreaking, addition. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
B+ 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) In a long history of art about art that focuses on the forces of toxic masculinity, Madeline's Madeline is the rare film that examines toxic femininity with the same nuance. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
B+ 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians joyously embraces a heightened aesthetic while keeping its story grounded in real emotional truth. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
B- 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) To put it bluntly, The Spy Who Dumped Me is the sort of film you enjoy while watching it, and probably won't think about much again afterwards. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
B- 96% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) Rather than excise tangents that don't really go anywhere, Zenovich prefers to paint the tapestry of Williams' life with a broad brush. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
B 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp never forgets that it's a part of one of the comedic pillars of the MCU, and it keeps the jokes flying fast and free. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B 91% Set It Up (2018) Set It Up doesn't make any attempts to step outside its genre sandbox - it's content to build a perfectly nice sandcastle right in the middle of it. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
D+ 54% Book Club (2018) The film's humor ranges from unfunny to painfully unfunny - although the painfully unfunny stuff does at least make the unfunny jokes look better by comparison. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
B 95% RBG (2018) RBG convincingly argues that Ginsburg herself is a figure worth admiring, whether or not you agree with her politics and whether or not you like those memes. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
C+ 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) I Feel Pretty ultimately winds up feeling like a cosmetics company co-opting the language of self-love to sell its products: Empowering, but also a little hollow. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
B- 86% 6 Balloons (2018) As a mood piece and character portrait, 6 Balloons is a strong debut for Ryan. But though it doesn't overstay its welcome, by the time the credits roll, 6 Balloons feels like it still has more to say. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
A- 100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) Led by an ethereal John Legend, the show's talented cast breathed new life into Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 1970 rock opera. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
B 43% A Christmas Story Live! (2017) A Christmas Story isn't meant to challenge, it's meant to comfort. And as reheated holiday leftovers, A Christmas Story Live! just about hits the spot. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
B+ 76% Hairspray Live! (2016) In throwing back to the 1960s, Hairspray Live! offered a glimpse of a better future. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
B+ 92% Grease: Live! (2016) Unlike NBC's previous stage-bound live musicals, Fox's Grease: Live was a 360 degree event that blended theatricality and filmmaking in ways never seen onscreen before. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
A- 91% The Wiz Live! (2015) The Wiz Live! had courage, heart, brains, and one of the catchiest musical scores ever written. Really, what more could you ask for? - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
B+ 56% Peter Pan Live! (2014) Peter Pan -- in any version -- has never been greater than the sum of its parts. Yet even with a muddled narrative and some inherent cheesiness, those iconic moments prove strong enough to elevate Peter Pan Live! into something special. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
B- 44% The Sound Of Music Live! (2013) The Sound Of Music Live! proved that the format can work, even if the product still needs some polishing. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2013