Cynthia Fuchs

Cynthia Fuchs

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Cynthia Fuchs's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/10 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"Such focus on Nat Turner's experience at the expense of others creates a set of common representational problems, not least being the use of women's bodies to drive yet another man's plot." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 11, 2016
7/10 93%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"If that story here sometimes lapses into formula, the dazzling color (oranges and yellows and magentas) and thrilling energy and sheer art of each scene help to make that formula less burdensome, to make these places vibrant and marvelous." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/10 63%

Snowden (2016)

"As much as Snowden is overstated and underwhelming, it can't undercut the crucial importance of Snowden's ongoing story." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 16, 2016
9/10 93%

Under The Sun (2016)

"These layers are visible especially because the film is so intently focused on Zin-mi, her fascinating face, her restrained gestures, her openness and also her caution, her obvious effort to please and her occasional and barely discernible frustration." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 2, 2016
4/10 64%

Nerve (2016)

"The movie never makes your choices difficult or challenges your role as a consumer, indicting consumers of violence in a way that's simultaneously obvious and pleasurable, and not at all your problem." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 28, 2016
5/10 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"This is the Bourne repetition." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 28, 2016
4/10 54%

The Neon Demon (2016)

"Predictable and sensationalistic, the story in The Neon Demon is delivered with exclamation points." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 30, 2016
4/10 47%

Free State of Jones (2016)

"Whatever principles Newton Knight once pursued, and however noble Gary Ross' revisionist history might be, Free State of Jones leaves unresolved-and worse, unasked-a series of vital questions." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 30, 2016
8/10 89%

Zero Days (2016)

"[Gibney] takes up the strategies he's used so skillfully in Taxi to the Dark Side... These back-and-forths are fun and energetic, the stories they reveal at once transfixing, preposterous, and melodramatic." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 30, 2016
8/10 95%

Tickled (2016)

"On its surface, Tickled is about Farrier and Reeve's search for a truth about who's behind these tickle cells... But it's also, at another level, about how such a search becomes a truth of its own, documented and disseminated." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/10 69%

Central Intelligence (2016)

"The relentlessness here is daunting, its returns diminishing." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 23, 2016
9/10 100%

O.J.: Made in America (2016)

"Juxtaposing images and interviews, revelations and old news, the film makes clear repeatedly that people base their beliefs on what they see, but what they see is inevitably framed by experiences and expectations." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 23, 2016
5/10 80%

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"Then the movie kicks back into gear, a series of regular horror movie mechanics, with people walking into rooms they shouldn't and doors banging and figures slamming into walls." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 15, 2016
6/10 89%

The World's End (2013)

"[The World's End] soon turns from this not-quite-nostalgic focus to one more like Pegg and Edgar Wright's first two Cornetto movies, which is to say, a melding of well-known genres in order to spoof them." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 14, 2016
9/10 97%

The Fits (2016)

"In Toni, a girl who comes of age, who comes into herself, the movie offers a brilliant, new, and sensory experience." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 10, 2016
4/10 58%

Me Before You (2016)

"This question of who comes "before" is likely unanswerable. In another movie, that might be a grand, provocative notion... But this movie does answer it, makes clear whose before matters." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 10, 2016
9/10 100%

Of Men And War (2015)

"For all the individual horrors it documents, Of Men and War... is organized as a collective experience, following multiple, mostly unnamed veterans as they share in group or in pairs, expressing rage and fear, frustration, and small pleasures." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 1, 2016
8/10 94%

Presenting Princess Shaw (2016)

"[Documentaries] impose order on chaotic experience, structure narratives, conjure viewing pleasures. Presenting Princess Shaw simultaneously exposes and obscures this process." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 1, 2016
4/10 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"Watching the same origins, the same conflicts, the same struggles, you could describe it as more, but you also call it the same." ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 26, 2016
9/10 96%

Weiner (2016)

"You can't look away." ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 25, 2016
8/10 98%

The Babadook (2014)

"This isn't to say it's only about how disturbing it can be to be a mom; it's also not only about how difficult it can be to be a mom to a child who reminds you each day of your most dire trauma... The film is also about institutions that fail to serve." ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 23, 2016
5/10 75%

Last Days In The Desert (2016)

"Yet another meditation on the Jesus story." ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 18, 2016
4/10 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"The movie is stuck between indictments, making cases against the makers and the consumers, the cheaters and the cheated." ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 13, 2016
4/10 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"That Elvis or Nixon might believe his own mythology, the stories told him by his yes men, can't be surprising. Neither is the movie's underlining of their hypocrisies." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 27, 2016
4/10 30%

Criminal (2016)

"In any other universe, Jerico's story would be ludicrous. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 21, 2016
8/10 91%

Green Room (2016)

"It's a genre picture and also a sly dissection of a genre picture." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 14, 2016
10/10 75%

Counting (2015)

"In Counting, observation is transformed into a set of questions, ethical and aesthetic, political and practical. What's at stake for whom in recording and reproducing, in accumulating data, in making art?" ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 13, 2016
4/10 53%

Demolition (2016)

"If you want to build your movie on a metaphor, you don't have to explain everything. Demolition bulldozes ahead." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 13, 2016
7/10 73%

Miles Ahead (2016)

"As glad as fans might have been to have access to another decade's worth of innovations, still many people wonder to this day, what was [Davis] doing?... Don Cheadle's movie, the not-a-biopic Miles Ahead, imagines answers to these questions." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/10 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"Alas, these boys like to over-share. You might take solace in Wonder Woman's enigma, amid all the boys' clunking assertions of need and self." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Mar 23, 2016
6/10 95%

Eye In The Sky (2016)

"Gavin Hood's movie provides you with more information than any of the participants might have, including glimpses of just who that collateral damage will be." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Mar 18, 2016
3/10 13%

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

"A painfully mechanical exercise." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Mar 18, 2016
8/10 84%

Midnight Special (2016)

"Seeing Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst's faces here, shaped and reshaped by loss, longing, and overwhelming gentleness, is a revelation." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Mar 18, 2016
8/10 90%

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"Like Michelle, you're evaluating what Howard has to say, with little evidence one way or the other." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Mar 18, 2016
3/10 26%

London Has Fallen (2016)

"Mike's appeal -- if you can call it that -- is precisely his brutality, specifically, brutality wrapped up in the US flag." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Mar 9, 2016
6/10 80%

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

"The film does a couple of things right. One, it knows it's exactly that movie and never pretends to be otherwise. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/10 61%

Race (2016)

"It's not a biopic's job to be accurate, no matter this one's promotional effort to claim that it is. It's possible, however, for a film about history to represent the complications of doing so, to raise questions about what's visible and what's left out." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 24, 2016
8/10 79%

The Other Side (Louisiana) (2016)

"The film resists naming, reading, and judging. It asks you to imagine an other, other side, a world that is abject, unmoored and frightening, one where your view is turned inside out, not fitted to what you see." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 19, 2016
3/10 49%

How To Be Single (2016)

"Romantic comedies don't tend to embrace emotional or moral complexities. This one offers its own kinds of complexities, asserting that it's different even when it's not." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 19, 2016
4/10 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"As predictable as its plotting may be, as much as it rehearses comic book movie conventions while acting like it's above that fray, too smart by half, Deadpool benefits from Ryan Reynolds' snarky comic performance." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 19, 2016
4/10 42%

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

"As Darcy and Lizzy find themselves and each other in the escalating war between humans and zombies, you might end up feeling a little lost." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 12, 2016
6/10 90%

Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)

"That personal stories become entangled in these others, so much louder and more violent and overbearing than any individual's can be, you're struck by the need for more: more storytelling and more visibility, more doors opened and more lessons shared." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 9, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet

No Más Bebés (2015)

"As the struggle for reproductive rights continues in the 21st century, we might look back on such history in order to understand the consequences of denying women sovereignty over their own bodies." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 5, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet

Chuck Norris vs Communism (2015)

"The film shows protestors in the street, news footage of the effects of watching "those video tapes". The archival footage is inspiring, now, much as the fiction movies were inspiring, then." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 5, 2016
3/10 16%

The 5th Wave (2016)

"The kids are cutouts, their plots are schematic, and their dialogue is unconvincing." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 3, 2016
7/10 75%

Dreams Rewired (2015)

"Dreams Rewired isn't in the business of recovery or even analysis. Instead, it gestures, it implies, it signifies." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 3, 2016
5/10 63%

The Finest Hours (2016)

"It's not long before you realize that Ray's eyes tell their own story, more hauntingly and more urgently, than any of the plot's clunky machinations." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 3, 2016
4/10 51%

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"The movie celebrates soldiers' survival, their ingenuity and heroism, their efforts to save one another and to do what's right in the world they know. But it stops short of challenging that world." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 3, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet

Heroin: Cape Cod, USA (2015)

"This one straddles lines, formal and aesthetic, moral and diagnostic. That straddling makes judgment difficult. Still, of course, you're inclined to judge." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 8, 2016
8/10 86%

Heaven Knows What (2015)

"It might invite you to think again about how you think about what's real and what's fiction." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 2, 2016
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