Catherine Springer

Catherine Springer
Catherine Springer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): AwardsWatch
Biography:
Catherine Springer is based in Los Angeles and is a contributing writer and critic for AwardsWatch.com. She is a member of GALECA and OAFFC and is proud to be part of an increasingly diverse film criticism community. @crspringer9
Publications: AwardsWatch

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 28% The Woman in the Window (2021) It's a glorious disaster that takes its audience on a trippy, darkly comic and indulgently campy homage to Hitchcock, a thoroughly modern throwback that works in every worst possible way. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3/4 91% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) The Killing of Two Lovers is a slow burn built on tension and character that will draw you in, climaxing in the least expected way. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
0/4 29% Above Suspicion (2021) Truth may be stranger than fiction, but that doesn't mean it's always a story worth telling. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
74% The World to Come (2020) The World to Come is a film that wants to be defined more by its mood and worldview than by its narrative and character development, and the end result is a disappointing, unmemorable experience that shortchanges the impressive efforts of its cast. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
34% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) Maybe there is a great story somewhere in the Nazi-girls-in-England bit of history, but Six Minutes to Midnight is not it. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
77% Stowaway (2021) It's not often you can find genuine human drama wrapped inside a shiny, slickly-produced, special-effects-laden sci-fi thriller, but you have it in Stowaway - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
3/4 100% Golden Arm (2020) What gives Golden Arm its luster is the chemistry between Holland and Sodaro, and the deliciously appealing performances each one delivers. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
0/4 19% The Virtuoso (2021) Ironically, the only thing The Virtuoso successfully kills is his own movie. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
2/4 50% Four Good Days (2021) Unfortunately, [Four Good Days is] also filled with every well-trodden addiction/recovery cliché that we've seen in every single drug abuse story ever made. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
4/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) It is a soaring and searing dramatic reenactment of a place and time in our country's troubled history that must be remembered if it is ever to be properly addressed and healed. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
2/4 71% Land (2021) It's important that the setting be so beautiful and the performances be strong, because this film really doesn't have much else to sell it. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
2/4 85% Passing (2021) There are too many questions that are never answered, as Passing ends as a beautiful, stylish attempt at commentary on racial politics, but ends up just a beautiful picture that is empty of any convincing meaning. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
4/5 100% The Sparks Brothers (2021) Wright confesses to being a fanboy himself, and creates a film that is a loving and entertaining tribute to a band that can conservatively be called alternative, and he generously devotes most of the time in the film to concert and archival footage. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
3/5 85% On the Count of Three (2021) Abbott and Carmichael are both savagely appealing, creating massively flawed characters with dimension, texture, and self-effacing charm. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
4/5 100% Flee (2020) The fact that Amin struggles with being gay almost as much as he does with being a refugee is both a gut punch and a reality check, but effective in constructing Amin's world far beyond the single dimension of child escapee. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/5 95% CODA (2021) 19-year-old [Emilia]Jones is a revelation, carrying CODA on her shoulders, having learned American Sign Language for the part and finding every nuance in her performance, in both ASL and English. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
1/4 45% The Little Things (2021) The Little Things is a disappointing example of talent gone awry, and a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks making a genre film is easy or that talented actors can't get lost once in a while. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
2/4 85% Our Friend (2020) Segel is cast perfectly as the lovable and funny semi-loser with a heart of gold, expanding on characters we've seen him play before in films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and I Love You, Man. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
2/4 26% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Despite the unbelievably saccharine and earnest charm that oozes out of every out-of-a-storybook corner of this lush Irish delight of a film, Shanley's lyrical dialogue arrives to make Wild Mountain Thyme a sweet if silly film. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
2/5 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Close and Adams make this otherwise bland and unimaginative movie interesting and worthwhile, even if it is the most egregious example of Oscar bait I've seen since Ali. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
3/4 90% Belushi (2020) ...the film's emotional heft comes from never-before-heard recordings of Belushi's friends and family, collected from interviews that were done just after Belushi's untimely death in 1982. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
3/4 97% Sound of Metal (2020) Marder's screenplay and direction are both tender and textured, asking the question of what it would take to force you to change your life. And when that change is offered, would you even accept it? - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
3/4 93% Whirlybird (2020) The film is a fascinating study-and a surprisingly honest one-in personality, abuse and self-loathing. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
2/4 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) Hart and Horowitz infuse this story with depth and an actual story, which, for the most part, is engrossing and unpredictable. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/4 91% Enola Holmes (2020) The progressive and feminist message in Enola Holmes doesn't try to hide at all and, surprisingly, makes it all the more charming. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
2/4 83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Writer/director Amy Seimetz's chillingly timely new film, She Dies Tomorrow, unknowingly taps into that shared existential dread with precision. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
2/4 79% Greyhound (2020) Greyhound is a good shot across the bow, but Apple had better have much more powerful torpedoes than this if it hopes to sink the competition. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
4/4 95% Palm Springs (2020) For those looking for a silly and somewhat sappy romantic comedy, it's here. If you want something a bit deeper, you can embrace the themes of destiny, fate and control that are grounded in its Carpe Diem worldview. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
2/4 63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) If this film doesn't make you ever want to pay to see Will Ferrell spoof anything anymore, at least it might inspire you to book a trip to Edinburgh. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
2/4 67% Extraction (2020) Hemsworth plays a hardened and haunted mercenary (is there another kind?) who is hired to "extract" the son of a Bangladeshi drug lord who has been kidnapped by his rival. That's the entire narrative of the story. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
2/4 100% A Secret Love (2020) A Secret Love still manages to tug at every single heartstring. Pat and Terry had a legitimate love story, one for the ages, and it's one we all should experience, in all its tenderness and fortitude. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
1/4 83% The Whistlers (2020) The film feels like episode 5 of a series on Netflix, only you missed episodes 1 through 4. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
2.5/5 38% Wendy (2020) The film does work best when immersed in its own fantastical filmmaking, when the visual storytelling, combined with the simmering and evocative score by Dan Romer, take you back to the wonder of childhood imagination... - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
2.5/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey is no joke, it's a kick-ass manifesto to an unspoken feminism - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
1/4 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) ...what begins as a commentary on the depths grief can plunge you and what lengths you would go to dig yourself out turns into a seen-it-a-million-times action movie with a logic-deprived plot and a hero who is a stranger. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/4 82% This is not Berlin (2019) I really wanted it to break my heart open, but it just left me wistful for what could have been. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
3/4 83% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) The story is chock full of colorful characters (other than Brügger) and suspense, as Brügger builds the tale to a climax that turns out to be quite shattering. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 65% The Sound of Silence (2019) In an age where so many things are overdone, overblown and overwrought, it's nice to have such a simple, quiet movie about a totally relatable and universal human experience. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 69% Knives and Skin (2019) Knives and Skin is also a deeply feminist film, which embraces all parts of the female experience, and features a woman-driven story. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 98% Blow the Man Down (2020) Cole and Kurdy's tight script and character development makes Blow the Man Down an entertaining thriller with a feminist appeal that embraces tropes as it shatters convention. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 95% Anne at 13,000 ft (2020) Campbell's delicately nuanced and textured performance is the centerpiece of Anne at 13,000 ft, a film that may not have the greatest style, but certainly has a resonance that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
3/4 95% Citizen K (2019) Citizen K is a truly fascinating examination of the politics and power plays that have shaped Russia into what it is today... - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 86% Love Me Tender (2019) Seconda's journey and Giordano's indelible and hilariously heartbreaking performance are more than enough to overcome the film's uncomfortable moments. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
4/4 88% Desert One (2020) Kopple covers every angle of the story and the history in this gripping documentary that combines incredible archival footage and recordings with interviews of some surviving hostages and members of Delta Force, the unit that attempted the rescue. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
3/4 82% The Report (2019) The Report is a somewhat conflicted movie about a somewhat conflicted piece of American history, but, despite is dryness and occasional roaring off track, the essence is compelling. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 48% Greed (2020) ...despite the targets being so low and so big, Greed somehow still misses the mark, as it tries to do-and say-a bit too much. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
3/4 94% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) LeBeouf's casting was inspired, because his chemistry with Gottsagen lights up the screen and LeBeouf, who has always been a good actor who made bad choices, gets the chance to really show what he can do. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2.5/4 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is an enjoyable escapist movie that happens to check all the boxes for a modern progressive audience and delivers humor and action in an easy to watch, slickly-made package that maybe even the fanboys might like. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2/4 71% Triple Frontier (2019) For some reason, Triple Frontier's militarized masculinity works-in the way old Westerns worked. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2/5 81% Long Shot (2019) ...despite the clunky, unimaginative script and the by-the-numbers direction, Long Shot is saved by the exact gimmick that probably green-lit it in the first place: Theron and Rogen. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020