Danette Chavez

Danette Chavez
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: AV Club, Remezcla

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 67% Rent-A-Pal (2020) Rent-A-Pal goes full-tilt mayhem in its final act, shattering its carefully calibrated dread in a race to make an already belabored point: that technological advancements are to be questioned, and there is no substitute for human connection. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
B 83% Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (2019) Lassie Come Home goes a step further, opening up a poignant new chapter for these characters and performers. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
B+ 100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) But that reality couldn't dampen Mercado's love-or lust, as he put it-for life, nor does it prevent Mucho Mucho Amor from radiating with it. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
B 92% Be Water (2020) Be Water never forgets Lee's heritage, or stops celebrating it. Even as Lee is described as "East meets West," the documentary never stops pondering the ocean between. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
B+ 100% Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (2019) More than anything, Joke Show reminds us that the personal is political... so Wolf doesn't need to recount the week's events from behind a desk to deliver a message. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
B- 86% Adventures in Babysitting (2015) It's not the raucous fun of the original, but the message more closely reflects the morals of Disney... But it's not quite "Disney-ified," either. Marriage isn't the end goal, nor is romance, really. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
B 84% Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Ansari's doing his job of holding up a mirror to society, and he's doing it well.. [and] although he's clearly grateful for the opportunity to continue with his career, for now, Ansari seems content to hold up a mirror to everyone but himself. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
B+ 100% Ramy Youssef: Feelings (2019) Feelings is quite complementary to Ramy's exploration of identity and dating, but it's also its own vital discussion. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
B+ 88% 16 Shots (2019) Thoughtful yet stylish, 16 Shots maintains a firm grasp of these narratives while introducing a few more over the course of its runtime. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
C- 28% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) While trying to ensure that Curse Of La Llorona looks and feels like its predecessors, Chaves misses an opportunity to say much of anything through the shrieking figure at the center of his reworked folk tale. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
82% W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018) If you're looking for a progressive echo chamber, you won't find it in this thoughtful special. Private School Negro is full of rightful criticism, but it's also compassionate. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
100% Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018) Hard Knock Wife's most inspired moments come from Wong's ability to make the natural sound almost alien, and sometimes even downright terrifying. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
100% Cameron Esposito: Rape Jokes (2018) Rape Jokes is ultimately a great work of humor and empathy at a time when we're sorely in need of both. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
B+ 96% Roma (2018) The result is a little too rose-tinted an homage, but Roma is still an exceptionally moving story, as well as another technical feat from Cuarón. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
A- 100% Tig Notaro: Happy to Be Here (2018) The result is not quite misdirection, but it is magical and even bold. Although her past tribulations continue to inform her comedy, Notaro commits to the present-and the future-in Happy To Be Here. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
C 33% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) As the film unfolds, it's hard to escape the feeling that it's been tailor-made to tap into our fears and indignation. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
B 100% Psych: The Movie (2017) Psych: The Movie is lively and lightweight, buoyed by Roday and Hill's bond, which hasn't diminished at all in the last three years. Its structure is classic Psych. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
B+ 90% The Problem with Apu (2017) Like Kondabolu's problem with Apu, the question of punching up or down remains up in the air, but that doesn't signify any failing on the part of the documentary. It just suggests there's another stage in this investigation. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
C- 19% Dirty Dancing (2017) Getting the sociopolitical context so wrong might approach being forgivable if the central romance between Baby and Johnny weren't also botched. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
D+ No Score Yet Britney Ever After (2017) The film should either introduce something new or at least retell familiar events in a compelling way to be worthwhile, but Britney Ever After does neither. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
C+ No Score Yet Center Stage: On Pointe (2016) On Pointe gets too ambitious, and tries to promote a message of teamwork to go with its attempt at iconoclasm. Here, the partnership becomes more important than the players, which throws the whole thing off balance. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016