Courtney Howard

Courtney Howard
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
29% 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 34% 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
91% 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
40% 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
57% 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- 47% 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
63% 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- 89% 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 89% 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
B- 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Like staring into a neon-lit vortex of cuteness, the film delivers a blissful sense of spirit with a hero who captivates with his charm, outrageous wit, and squishy body. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
C+ 31% The Intruder (2019) Deon Taylor leans into hairpin turns with bravura and swagger, all whilst delivering genre-certified winks and nods to its unabashed insanity. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
60% Sprinter (2019) This jogs along a predictable path, but makes a mad dash straight for the audience's gut right before the finish line. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
1.5/5 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) A big pile of non-interactive, non-engaging nonsense. - SassyMamaInLA EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) This induces gasps, giggles and goosebumps a' plenty. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
82% Someone Great (2019) Someone Great services the head and heart in equal measure, hitting home the poignant profundity of Robinson's portrait of female friendship and fortitude. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
No Score Yet Pilgrim's Progress (2019) This animated adaptation of John Bunyan's timeless allegory doesn't so much surprise as it does reaffirm faith during gloomy times. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
88% Mia and the White Lion (2019) Despite a heartfelt sentiment, and the filmmakers' desire to raise awareness about an abhorrent practice, packaging it in a family-friendly narrative proves to be problematic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
C+ 89% Missing Link (2019) While the film is a tad slight when it comes to narrative gravitas and character pathos, it's ultimately entertaining, humorous, light-hearted revelry. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
C- 46% Little (2019) With all this talent assembled in one spot, and good anti-bullying messages and sentiments on female empowerment, it's a shame Little doesn't have a bigger impact. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
C 47% Dumbo (2019) Some may show up because of the promise of Dumbo's tug on their heartstrings. Others may avoid it, unwilling to have their heartstrings snapped. Both will be surprised. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! marks a sea change for the DCEU. Superb, sweet and smart, this is a BIG feel-good superhero movie you'll want to see over and over again. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
88% Made In Abyss: Journey's Dawn (2019) Despite its flaws and foibles, when this uneven first half comes to its inevitable cliffhanger close, we're still curious to see what creative craziness awaits us in part two. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) Instead of bombarding the audience with heavy scientific terminology, it lets a poignant narrative unspool - one with a hugely entertaining underdog hero's journey. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
No Score Yet Superpower Dogs (2019) Not all heroes wear capes - some of them wear collars. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
34% Wonder Park (2019) Though it's not all bad, what's lousy has a stranglehold on what's good. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) This story sheds light on its necessary subjects, drawing delicate, nuanced visual and thematic parallels between human and horse. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
65% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) It remains true to the character's fearless, vivacious spirit while spinning a solid, engaging mystery with a palpable sense of youthful energy. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Engaging, entertaining and empowering, this new and terrific iteration spotlights a strong, complex, fearless woman finding her voice, power and place in the universe. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
B- 71% Climax (2019) Noé's commentary on the human condition is heartbreaking. While he doesn't always state his commentary cogently, the questions he wants us to reflect on are understandable. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
No Score Yet Great Bear Rainforest (2019) With a cute vanilla-colored bear as guide into this perfectly preserved place, this riveting, revelatory short educates on the conservation efforts of an indigenous community. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
80% Metal Heart (2018) This coming-of-age film delivers plenty of sweet sentiments about sisterhood, kinship, and honesty, though the package that surrounds it isn't as unique as one would hope. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
36% Patrick (2019) Though the narrative tends to be a touch too simplistic for most grown-ups, and lacks enough riotous dog action for the little ones, there's enough bite to make things worthwhile for those who just want to enjoy a sweet, wholesome dog movie. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It upends the table when it comes to tackling romcoms' more negative notions. The poppy picture painted is absurdly hilarious, genuinely effervescent and revolutionary. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
No Score Yet Babysplitters (2019) The trials and travails of impending parenthood are captured through Friedlander's highly comedic filter, giving birth to enough dazzling wit to sustain the gimmick. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
45% What Men Want (2019) Whatever empowerment it admirably hopes to inspire is completely buried under a heavy swath of rote qualities. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
44% The Prodigy (2019) While it lacks gripping, nail-biting tension, the unnerving horror that underscores the family drama brings it to life. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
B 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) It's a wickedly delicious, satirical take-down that's about as deep as a puddle, but a wonderfully wild ride nonetheless. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
58% Then Came You (2019) Though it has many of the qualities that made teen terminal-illness weepies work, Hutchings' dramedy eschews much of those films' sincerity and intimacy in favor of sap. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
69% Cold Pursuit (2019) By pumping up the darkly comedic undertones, augmenting the frigid chill of the original, Moland's terrific, riveting picture distinguishes itself from other rote remakes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
B+ 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Everything clicks in this well-constructed, snappy sequel. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
21% Polar (2019) This abhorrent actioner is vulgar auteurism at its most depraved. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
80% All These Small Moments (2019) Though this sweet, subtle, and sentimental work is a smidge too simplistic in narrative design, it wins over any resistance with its quiet refinement and heartrending insight. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
B+ 80% Perfectos Desconocidos (2019) This deliciously wildly provocative chamber piece is not only universal in its audience appeal, it has clever twists that make for thoroughly engaging entertainment. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) This family-friendly adventure, reminiscent of 'The Incredible Journey,' follows a tried-and-true but heartwarming path. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B 49% Escape Room (2019) Its layers of shrewd smarts, pulse-pounding thrills and unrelenting action make for a terrific cult classic. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
100% Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (2018) It's fascinating to glean wisdom and insight into the legendary filmmaker's thoughtful, at times torturous, creative process. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Welcome To Marwen turns everything progressive into something problematic, not doing right by any of its heroes, especially its diverse female characters. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
C- 70% The Mule (2018) This ripped-from-the-headlines story is practically retrofitted to Clint Eastwood's cinematic sensibilities, yet the delivery feels nothing short of muted and manufactured. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018