Courtney Howard

Courtney Howard
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
12% The Turning (2020) Lacking spine-tingling dread, taut tension, and the deservingly provocative ending needed to make its modern sentiments land, this re-imagining is less than a classic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
16% Dolittle (2020) What should have been an awe-filled adventure quickly curdles into an awful one, thanks to a pedestrian formula and the filmmakers' fixation on fart jokes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
20% Like a Boss (2020) Despite its sweet sentiments about female friendship, its connect-the-dots formula, mixed messages and stale characters and conflicts overwhelm, making this a messterpiece. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
20% Cats (2019) Its wild, wacky spirit and crazy creative choices make it an equal parts awful and audacious spectacle to behold. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) With lazy conventions and convolution, puddle-deep platitudes and cheap nods to nostalgia, this saga concludes on a wildly unsatisfactory note. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
C 37% 6 Underground (2019) It delivers on its promise to be the most Michael Bay movie yet. Make of that what you will. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
A- 95% Little Women (2019) Greta Gerwig offers a perfect, passionate portrait of a timeless classic reinvented for a new generation. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/4 92% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2019) Kiyoshi Kurosawa's film absolutely nails the isolating feeling of being a traveler in a foreign land. This insular, introspective drama speaks in universal profundities. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
3/4 79% Proxima (2019) Director Alice Winocour delivers nuanced, profound commentary, co-mingling concepts on identity, motherhood and the pursuit of heroism. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
A 89% 1917 (2020) This immersive, visceral experience transcends the continuous-shot concept to augment the narrative's unrelenting nature and the propulsive character-driven scenarios. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
74% Richard Jewell (2019) This biopic delivers heartrending resonance and modern relevance. Most importantly, it exonerates a hero. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
C- 77% Frozen II (2019) With thoughtful ingredients in the mix, the filmmakers can't manage to coax out some semblance of a cogent, coherent, compelling fairy tale for the ages. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
A 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Flanagan's hallucinogenic horrorscape artfully channels Stephen King's waking nightmares and familial trauma. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
C- 46% Last Christmas (2019) The concept, weaving George Michael's music throughout, plays close cousin to a jukebox musical. Yet it would've fared better had it immersed itself in that innovative idea. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
C- 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It feels like a cheap grab at commodifying the property's nostalgia & its fans' fondness for feminist features. These iterations of "Strong Female Characters" prove weak. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It delivers a dull story that hinges on two women fighting and, worse, it fails to individually give very capable actresses anything resembling Memorable Movie Moments. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
B+ 81% Greener Grass (2019) With its kitschy saturated pop palette and wired, wacky surrealist bent, Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe's Greener Grass is like Lilly Pulitzer on MDMA. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
C 82% Judy (2019) This end-of-the-road portrait of the eponymous superstar doesn't stand out in a crowd, ironically unlike the heroine herself who assuredly did. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
D+ 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) In trying to understand what drove this woman to have a psychological breakdown, the filmmakers turn her into an embarrassing parody. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
C+ 84% Ad Astra (2019) James Gray's space odyssey through a protagonist's purgatory is aesthetically appealing, yet emotionally stunted. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
27% Can You Keep a Secret? (2019) Overall, Can You Keep A Secret forges its identity as a serviceable romp for those who enjoy films based on postfeminist fiction. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
C 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Crowley and company create compelling drama, commanding our attention. However, the filmmakers' delicately-detailed construction completely collapses in on itself. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
A- 87% Hustlers (2019) Scafaria's pastiche is an enticing mix of cinéma vérité and mob movie inspiration. Scorsese in stilettos, Goodfellas slathered in gloss and glitter, it's a must-see. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
No Score Yet Sing Me A Song (2019) Balmès has greater profundity in mind when disseminating astute observations about how modern necessities and communicative devices impact cultures and ecosystems. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
B 63% It Chapter Two (2019) A bacchanal of blood, brutal beauty, and bold vision, Muschietti brings King's wicked nightmare factory alive again with all its terrifying, unhinged madness and gory glory. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) This third chapter in the Fallen franchise has done just that: fallen in entertainment quality and satisfactory thrills. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
86% Low Low (2019) While the narrative occasionally falters, the visceral way in which Richey captures his subjects provides an unflinching portrait of modern teens on the fringes of society. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
B+ 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Gurinder Chadha brings the connection between music, the listener, and the artist to life masterfully. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
B 23% The Kitchen (2019) Its Scorsese-adjacent anti-heroes are placed in a Cassevetes-style playground, capturing feminine frustrations, fearlessness and ferocity. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
B 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Captures the Latinx character's plucky spirit and soulful heart with an adult sense of irreverence and humanity. We don't have to look hard to find the real treasure here. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
26% Otherhood (2019) The heartfelt dramedy about mothers mired in midlife crises admirably tackles a rarely-seen perspective but struggles to bring all its relationships to a satisfying conclusion - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) David Leitch's film combines silly and satisfying into a deliciously frothy cocktail. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
33% See You Soon (2019) David Mahmoudieh and Jenia Tanaeva have crafted quite possibly the best bad movie of 2019. It's "so bad, it's good" escapism at its finest. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
C 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino walks a fine line between sincere and self-indulgent. Fittingly, the characters and the titular town itself echo those same qualities. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
57% Above the Shadows (2019) The savvy smarts within don't quite sustain the running time and, much like its protagonist, the film becomes transparent in its motives and sentimentality. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
B 83% Crawl (2019) Aja and company teach us the skills to endure in the face of death, but also that living in Florida isn't for the faint of heart. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
B- 53% The Lion King (2019) Magic and majesty are recaptured to varying degrees of success, but, more importantly, this provides an awe-inducing showcase for visual effects and technology. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
B+ 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Gary Dauberman cleverly crafts a disarmingly fun fireworks festival of frights. Simply put, it's a kaleidoscope of nightmare fuel. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
D+ 63% Child's Play (2019) This splatterrific slasher can't figure out how to blend all its heady ideas into a cohesive, intelligent and terrifying narrative. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
22% Daughter of the Wolf (2019) The filmmakers adeptly blur the lines between the heroes and anti-heroes, constructing a dynamic, character-driven portrait of rage and redemption. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
D 31% Shaft (2019) What should be an irreverent send-up turns into a glorification of the good old days of toxic masculinity. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
89% Always Be My Maybe (2019) The positive influence of When Harry Met Sally is noticeable in the undercurrents, but this romantic comedy has its own unique identity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Despite taking a few cues from the 2014 regenerated jump-off, it delivers satisfying thrills & terrific spectacle when it comes to what fans expect from these kinds of films. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
C 57% Aladdin (2019) This live-action remake doesn't come close to equaling the splendor of the original, but it certainly offers a fun musical spectacular in the process. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Stronger sentiments and higher hijinks elevate this sequel above the original. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B- 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Director Ry Russo-Young gives audiences a sweet, swoon-worthy romance in which to escape. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
67% Just Say Goodbye (2019) This melodrama lacks the necessary polish to elevate not just its important message, but also the actors' performances. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A- 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) An eye-popping, jaw-dropping, show-stopping next chapter that extends the world-building beautifully, whilst assigning meaningful resonance to the character-driven action. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/4 90% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg's slow-burning, coming-of-age drama feels like a lived-in experience - one that's simultaneously heartbreaking and heartening. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
34% Poms (2019) The blueprint for a genuinely inspired, warm-hearted dramedy is indeed there, it's just that the filmmakers can't figure out how to properly utilize what they have. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019