Ciara Wardlow

Ciara Wardlow
Ciara Wardlow's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Pajiba Film School Rejects Nonfics

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
75% Bad Trip (2020) For lovers of hidden camera comedies, Bad Trip is a solid entry in the genre worth a watch. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
86% The Courier (2020) Mesmerizing shot choices keep the film afloat through sequences that would have been an utter chore to slog through with more generic visual storytelling. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Judas and the Black Messiah is somewhere between a baby step and a giant leap-shining a spotlight on a great American sin of the not-all-that-distant past in a way that's been desperately lacking from the conversation... - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
62% French Exit (2021) But perhaps the most frustrating thing about French Exit is that watching it leaves me wondering why it was made, and who it's supposed to be for. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
93% Saint Maud (2020) It's a horror of texture and details-the alien surface of bubbling soup, an insect crawling over a bleak expanse of ceiling-of the ordinary and unremarkable defamiliarized to the point of uncanniness. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
91% The White Tiger (2020) Overall a provocative, wonderfully energetic tale of class, corruption, and people being terrible in a deeply watchable way, White Tiger is well worth your time despite some unfortunate pacing issues. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
89% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Yes, that's right, it's exactly like a Christmas ornament; it's cheery and seasonal and will probably break into a bunch of pieces if you poke at it too hard, so I have no desire to do so because I'm not that much of a Grinch. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
62% Bad Hair (2020) Ultimately, Bad Hair is like Hollywood Shuffle if Hollywood Shuffle was entirely unfunny and had some gore in it. In other words, you needn't waste your time. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
94% Nomadland (2021) Nomadland paints a heartfelt portrait of a lifestyle and a fascinating community, but it's not a recruitment brochure. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
62% Nocturne (2020) [I]f you're in the mood for something new and spooky that's easy to watch and pairs well with chowing down on Halloween candy from the comfort and safety of your sofa, it's a solid option. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
99% MLK/FBI (2021) MLK/FBI provides a hugely important re-education. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
90% Kajillionaire (2020) Kajillionaire is a deeply weird film in ways that sometimes work, sometimes don't, and never quite congeal into a truly cohesive whole, but for its faults-and sometimes even because of them-it's a breath of fresh air that's still worth the journey. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
86% The Social Dilemma (2020) Good documentaries are still incredibly watchable even if you already know the information being presented, but The Social Dilemma is a creature of that far less esteemed breed that puts all its eggs in the educational value basket. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
90% Unpregnant (2020) All in all, Unpregnant is a charming one-finger salute to the shame and stigma surrounding abortion, and one of the rare times a film that can be accurately labeled "important viewing" won't leave you curled up on the couch in a ball of despair. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
28% Antebellum (2020) Telling repetitive and graphic tales of the horrors of slavery does not, in fact, actively satisfy any real moral imperative. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) She Dies Tomorrow has a banging concept and plenty of great ideas, but they never fully gel. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
86% I Used to Go Here (2020) It's the sort of movie where you settle in, realize nothing particularly explosive is going to happen, and are happily along for the ride anyway because you've befriended the characters and are now deeply invested in the minutia of their lives. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
82% The Painted Bird (2020) The Painted Bird is the cinematic equivalent of endurance running, only without any of the benefits of physical exercise. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
92% Showbiz Kids (2020) It's an engaging documentary, but when it ended, I wished it had been a docuseries. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
92% Relic (2020) At once genuinely unsettling and emotionally compelling, Relic plays like a terrifying, grown-up version of The Giving Tree in that it will leave you deeply unsettled-and feeling more than a bit guilty if you haven't called your mom in a while. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) At once a portrait of a woman, a relationship, and a community, Miss Juneteenth feels at once intimate and expansive. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
41% You Should Have Left (2020) The point is that You Should Have Left is precisely what you'll be telling yourself if you make the terrible mistake of watching this nothing-burger of a movie. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) Filmmaking is a team effort, and based on the result, everybody involved here brought their A-game. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) At the end of the day, Shirley is a well-made but disappointingly generic tale that doesn't have anything particularly interesting to say about Shirley Jackson or anyone else, for that matter, and it's a damn shame. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
58% Valley Girl (2020) With the chemistry and shameless nostalgia-grab of jazzercise, leg warmers, and 80s pop, there's enough to Valley Girl to entertain, although there's admittedly little there to impress. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
86% Selah and the Spades (2020) [I]f you want a fresh, aesthetically provocative experience and don't mind going on a bit of a meandering stroll, there is definitely something here worth checking out. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
57% The Hunt (2020) That said, I do feel fully qualified to say that The Hunt is a limping dumpster of a film that holds little appeal regardless of your political persuasion. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) The film might not have convinced me to try tackling the source novel again, but I enjoyed every minute of time spent with a story that in the past left me grinding my teeth in annoyance, which is no small feat. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
74% The Lodge (2020) The Lodge is fifteen minutes of interesting exposition followed by a stagnant hour and a half of waiting for everyone to just die already so that this slog of a movie can finally be over. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
21% Like a Boss (2020) [Y]ou're best off avoiding this depressingly standard January dump flick and letting it fade quietly into the obscurity to which it is destined. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) So much of the best film craftsmanship functions on an almost subliminal level, but in 1917 crafts are put front and center in a starring role, and the results are extraordinary. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) While The Next Level falls into the typical sequel trap of unsuccessfully putting on some shiny bells and whistles to distract from a fundamental lack of new story ideas, it strongly resembles its predecessor in both pitfalls and merits. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
23% Playing with Fire (2019) While it's a premise with decidedly limited potential, it could have been something watchable, but terrible writing, utterly bizarre pacing, and thoughtless, rote execution doom it to a far more dismal fate. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) It's well researched, well crafted, well-acted, and ultimately well worth your time. But its overall adherence to tired old biopic conventions ultimately keeps it from being truly great, and that's a damn shame. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
95% First Cow (2020) First Cow's unexpected wholesomeness is as refreshing as a sea breeze, cozy like old slippers, and exactly the sort of content I want tattooed right on my eyeballs in these trying times. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
98% Varda by Agnès (2019) Varda by Agnès is both a heartfelt farewell and an excellent Varda primer. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) At once fresh and pleasantly familiar, innovative and nostalgic, watching The Irishman feels like meeting an old friend for the first time - the sort of delightful impossibility that can only be crafted by a true magician. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
93% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) It's two hours of thought-provoking entertainment that are well worth your time, even if it is tragically easy to imagine an alternate universe where a more polished version of this film exists, something truly great instead of just remarkably good. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
98% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) Rodents of Unusual Size is informative and entertaining and, in light of the subject matter, shockingly pleasant to watch. - Nonfics EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) A wonderful reminder that documentaries can be both joyous and deep at the same time. - Nonfics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
83% Our Blood Is Wine (2018) A documentary with far more on its mind than fermented grape juice, though it sometimes seems at a loss for what to say and when to say it." - Nonfics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
100% Boston (2017) It's a commendable tribute, and as someone who has watched the race and enjoyed it before, I feel all the more ready to shout myself hoarse on the sidelines now. - Nonfics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017