Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis
Tomatometer-approved critic
Editor-in-Chief and Owner of, one of the leading entertainment and awards sites. Clayton has been covering film, television, and the awards season landscape for over a decade. He is an active and voting member of the BFCA, NYFCO, AAFCA, IPA, Black Reel, and is the founding president of the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association.

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 66% Vice (2018) Christian Bale may have delivered the performance of his career as the divisive former Vice President Dick Cheney, hammering home the inclinations and sentiments of a man whose own judgments and motivations are called into question. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The directing team of Bob Persichette, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman's singular vision is a collaboration of geniuses, searching not only for perfect optics but a respectful interpretation for all engage. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3.5/4 84% Creed II (2018) Where Caple's direction is truly mastered is in his active command of his actors, most notably Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson. Strap in, because "Creed II" is a wild, great time at the movies. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) In a wicked display of tension and percolating drama, Josie Rourke's smartly effective and intoxicating "Mary Queen of Scots" showcases two grandiose performances from Academy Award nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Impressively crafted, "Ralph Breaks the Internet" is full of riches, monetizing the experiences of our fateful duo and their persistent fascination with the world. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) While the Pixar emotional drainage is missing (as we've come to expect with almost every effort), the striking animation and constant chuckles will deliver a picture that is something to enjoy for the whole family. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
2.5/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Rami Malek's all-encompassing performance vibrantly steals every scene he inhabits. It's an excellent portrayal of an excellent musician. A flawed movie surrounds him but his captivating acting and bustling persona smooth out the rough spots. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/4 90% A Private War (2018) The spirit of Marie Colvin is felt within the film, and Pike's embodiment of this hero is something we should all be proud to stand with in a climate where the soul of our humanity is deeply troubled. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
3/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy and Grant are two peas in a pod, sensationally committed and ruthlessly dedicated, and should be the full worth of an admission ticket. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
3/4 88% What They Had (2018) Headlined by a strong cast, with the likes of Robert Forster and Blythe Danner standing out, a portrait of affection and family is at times, very moving in this impressive debut. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
3.5/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Reilly falls into Ollie with impeccable precision and genuine sensitivity. More than just a makeup trick, Reilly delivers a searing, realistic depiction of an emotional and delicately damaged soul. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Never genuinely getting to the root of their love, what the viewer is left with is a yearning for more but wrapped in a riveting performance from Joanna Kulig. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/4 93% Private Life (2018) In the midst of a cleverly executed tale, is a career-best turn from the brilliant Kathryn Hahn. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" finds the enthusiasm in its provocative personas. Each person, grossly unique yet commonly familiar, the movie stimulates the viewer for its boisterous moments and subdued notes. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/4 96% Roma (2018) Yalitza Aparicio is the prophecy that the cinematic Gods spoke of, and the one we've waited for decades. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Bombastic drama with subtle yet playful commentary on family and love, "If Beale Street Could Talk" is the turning point in our cinematic culture and what it dares to become. The future is bright, and it is good with Barry Jenkins in tow. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 100% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Zhao's performance echoes every last ounce of her abilities as an actress. We have a better world because of it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
3/4 87% Non-Fiction (2019) In a comic blitz, Assayas spins the inspired subject while examining family dysfunction, the insecurities of men, and female empowerment. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
2.5/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Far from perfect, the film is worth the time, and something we can learn from. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 94% The Favourite (2018) Swallowing her role whole, Olivia Colman's Queen Anne is a marvelous portrait of a frail, broken woman, with insecurities wearing on every beat and movement of her life. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3.5/4 76% Smallfoot (2018) "Smallfoot" surprises. Co-directors Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig create a movie with a ton heart, blanketed with confidence and honesty that stands out in a year of seemingly sub-standard animation. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
2.5/4 83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) There are specs of brilliance, imagination, and penetrating moments from John Huston and Peter Bogdanovich that make the film all the more exhilarating. Needless to say, the film is a conundrum. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
3/4 87% Colette (2018) With gorgeous sets and costumes in tow, "Colette" is a pleasant though familiar work of cinema that makes the most of its moments. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
3/4 100% Liyana (2018) In spots, the film might be too light and bountiful for some, but given how radiant the children's' smiles are, audiences shouldn't have it any other way. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/4 94% Wildlife (2018) Dano magnifies the source material by pulling out extraordinary performances from his cast, most particularly Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan and newcomer Ed Oxenbould. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3.5/4 91% Widows (2018) Best-in-show honors follow the magnificent Daniel Kaluuya, who emits fear and panic in its physical form. Downright frightening in every frame, the Oscar-nominated actor of "Get Out" radiates, stealing every nook and cranny of the film in which he owns. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 79% Halloween (2018) Grabbing the Scream Queen herself Jamie Lee Curtis, who shows what owning a franchise means, Gordon Green pays homage to 1978 original while still taking risks to reinvent the franchise for a new generation of admirers. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/4 80% Ben is Back (2018) Though featuring terrific performances from Hedges and Roberts, the film doesn't have enough juice to pull it over the finish line without sacrificing its intended audience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 58% White Boy Rick (2018) Merritt's natural talent and charisma bleed through his words, curly hair, and little beats, whether it's fixing his blue bowtie or walking through a skating rink. He's an impeccable find this year. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A turn that has a semblance of Nicolas Cage in "Leaving Las Vegas" and Joaquin Phoenix in "Walk the Line," Cooper constructs his own creation, echoing and respecting the role that has been crafted by March, Mason, and Kristofferson. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) "Boy Erased" flashes its strength in a smaller, informal portrait of love and determination. You don't expect something seemingly so simple, to harness so much energy and passion, and yet, here it is. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2.5/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) With standout performances from Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet and Maura Tierney, there's plenty to take away. However, an overly directed melodrama envelops a film that comes off as a manipulative infomercial about how to say "No" to drugs. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Headlined by a rapturous performance by John David Washington, and a crackling script full of laughs and deeply moving moments, "BlackKklansman" sizzles every moment on the screen. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
2/4 18% The Darkest Minds (2018) From the producers of "Stranger Things" and "Arrival," this ain't any of those. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/4 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Director Marc Forster makes the film much more cinematic than anticipated which results in an artistic interpretation of our childhood memories. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/4 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The film's rewards are many, but not more than the unforgettable performance of Chloë Grace Moretz. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2.5/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) "Solo: A Star Wars Story" has the makings of a rewatchable and enjoyable flick for a popcorn night. Unsure if this expands the base or isolates it all together. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/4 85% Tully (2018) Partnered with another powerhouse performance by Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, who worked once before on Reitman and Cody's "Young Adult," the mojo and groove seem to be back in this touching tale that will garner both laughs and tears. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3.5/4 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The symbiosis of good versus evil is the pillar of its existence and measures up to a deeply felt extravaganza for the superhero senses. In many aspects, this is a remarkable film and the best that the MCU has offered yet. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
4/4 84% Disobedience (2018) "Disobedience" packs a punch and not one that you are fully expecting. Lelio's smooth directing palette is a welcomed addition to our cinematic year and one that should be admired by anyone who comes into contact. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
3/4 78% All the Money in the World (2017) Plummer magnetizes as J. Paul Getty, leaning into his cheap demeanor but not shying away from the sinful pride regarding his family dynasty. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
3.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" could very well be the definite evolution of the series yet. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
2.5/4 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Proud to report that Jake Kasdan's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" presents itself as a fun and entertaining piece that introduces the mysterious game to new generations while still having a respect for its origins. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
3.5/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Its witty script and eye-candy garments are smoulderingly sinister in the way it packs an emotional punch throughout. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 88% The Post (2018) Helmed by the immaculate talents of Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, in partnership with one of the year's slickest casts, "The Post" is an embarrassment of riches when it's on but can be torpid when its off. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) "Coco" is ravishing and almost seductive in the way it entices you. Not sure we've done enough good in our world to deserve such a gem. Open your heart to its excellence. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2.5/4 40% Justice League (2017) While the film is wildly uneven, it's entertainment value can't be ignored, featuring some very cool moments for the fanboys to enjoy. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/4 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) With a fine cast mostly wasted, the story is choked out and suffocated by its false attempts to bring mystery and suspense to a story that was already born with it. Agatha Christie deserves better. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Tessa Thompson's badassery has jumped to new heights as her Valkyrie seems to be Marvel's answer to DC's "Wonder Woman," showing (ONCE AGAIN) that women should be given their own vehicle in the MCU. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/4 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDonagh encompasses equal parts of engagement, humor, and enlightenment. It's the gold standard of a terrific script paired with even better storytelling. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017