Dominic Griffin

Dominic Griffin
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Dominic Griffin is a pop culture polymath who lives on the internet. He is the host and producer of The Armchair Auteur, a YouTube series of film criticism, and a staff writer at Spectrum Culture. He writes about film, music, television, comics, and professional wrestling at any publication that will support his unhealthy obsessions with Drake, Michael Mann and the X-Men. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd (@allnewdom) probably talking about Carly Rae Jepsen or maybe Mamet.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/10 8% Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) An incredible cast, the makings of a decent dark comedy and the inkling of some social commentary about the unhealthy obsession with media attention. But, uh, this one is a real mess. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
4.5/10 80% I Care a Lot (2021) A premise with a lot of potential and a lead performance from an actress we all love can't save this film from a muddled screenplay and its starring role feeling like a pale imitation of Pike's last great part. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
6.5/10 63% PVT CHAT (2021) Further proof that Julia Fox is an absolute star, even if writer/director Ben Hozie's genuinely fascinating exploration of the transactional nature of modern interpersonal relationships winds up undone by a messy third act. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
5/10 20% Me You Madness (2021) One of the stranger vanity projects in quite awhile, but is excessive enough in its indulgence to push it out of the red into "so bad it's almost really good" territory. It's NOT good, but you should probably watch it anyway. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2021
7/10 77% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) The gold standard trilogy for YA novel adaptations and sweet rom-coms for Gen-Z and jaded millenials with a penchant for wholesome content comes to a close. It's about a good a send-off as one can ask for. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2021
8.5/10 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) A brutal, incendiary and devastating pop snapshot of a film. Sure, it's not an exhaustive biopic, nor a lengthy dissertation on the intricacies of Hampton's politics, but it's an incredible and focused look at the systems that took him from us. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
8/10 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) A sharp, honest, moving debut that heralds the arrival of a welcome new voice. More importantly than all of that, though, is that it's a smart comedy actually has the nerve to be funny. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
7/10 59% Malcolm & Marie (2020) While it's metatextual trolling detracts from the core of the film, it's still a blast to see writer/director Sam Levinson wriggle away some from his try hard tendencies and go for something a little more formal. Zendaya shines. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
7/10 75% Palmer (2021) A broad, sentimental drama that seems too straightforward to be genuinely affecting, but succeeds in exceeding expectations thanks to a strong cast, a great child actor and some smart direction. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
5/10 47% The Little Things (2021) Kept afloat by sterling, reliable work from Denzel Washington and some solid direction from John Lee Hancock, The Little Things is nevertheless marred by a crummy score, some lackluster screenwriting. The lightest possible recommendation. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/10 33% Run Hide Fight (2020) While I found this film considerably less distasteful than I imagined I might going in, it's still being released by some despicable people, and the film's underlying themes are gross. That said, more entertaining than one might assume. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
8/10 81% The Wanting Mare (2020) ...in Nicholas Ashe Bateman's directorial debut The Wanting Mare, we see just how much more nuance and realism is possible with the advances in technology, so long as those tools are in the hands of patient and resourceful artists. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
1/10 33% American Skin (2021) Nate Parker's directorial debut was mired by controversy surrounding a crime he was acquitted of in his youth, but his latest film will require no such consternation in deliberating its success. It's awful enough on its own merits. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2021
5/10 98% One Night in Miami (2020) A charming enough effort with an occasionally inspired ensemble, but can't shake its TV movie vibe. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
6.5/10 73% We Can Be Heroes (2021) To call this low hanging fruit would sound like an insult, but really, Robert Rodriguez making a goofy superhero movie for kids feels like a welcome respite in this hellish year. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
8/10 95% Soul (2020) One of the best Pixar flicks in years, but still marred by positioning as yet another black animated movie where the protagonist spends a significant amount of the film's running time as something other than a black human being. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
5.5/10 88% News of the World (2020) One of the least interesting or engrossing of this awards season's offerings, but Tom Hanks and his chemistry with newcomer Helena Zengel are worth the price of admission alone. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
6/10 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) A fun and entertaining ride that builds upon the original film, but is unfortunately bogged down by a lengthy runtime and muddled themes in its inconsistent script. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
6/10 92% Sylvie's Love (2020) Charming and largely fun to watch, but it could have been more special than it really is. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
4.5/10 79% Greenland (2020) For Gerard Butler completists, this movie is far from a slog, but for anyone who doesn't harbor an unhealthy obsession with the scruffy star, there's little else here to chew on. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
7/10 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) Easily the best film Julia Hart has made thus far. A smart and moving twist on the crime genre told from the perspective of a character who would otherwise be relegated to background status. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
6.5/10 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) A sharp, shrewd look at rape culture and toxic masculinity, wrapped in an appropriately stylized, exploitation package. Unfortunately, undone by a questionable and problematic final act. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/10 10% Songbird (2020) An awful movie that unfortunately contains just enough traces of earnest ambition to make its failure a tragedy. The Covid movie no one asked for. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
7.5/10 89% Let Them All Talk (2020) Soderbergh returns with a low-key affair, as breezy as the best of his more understated work, from a smart script annd fine work from it's trio of leads. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
7.5/10 98% Minari (2020) One of the most beautifully acted and most gorgeously photographed films of the year to be sure, but above all else, it truly feels like a real coming out party for Steven Yeun, an actor who's been underrated for far too long. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
7/10 88% THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (2020) Coppola's new editing decisions fail to materially change the film in drastic ways, but the repositioning of the title alone allows for this to feel more like an actual epilogue, which it works as, rather than a Part III, which it doesn't. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
9/10 83% Mank (2020) Rather than a thesis on auteur theory and the contentious authorship of Citizen Kane, Fincher turns this biopic into a film that both skewers and uplifts the golden age of Hollywood while warning about the power of weaponized imagination. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
7.5/10 94% Nomadland (2021) A patient and touching portrait of life lived on the fringes, of luxuriating in fleeting moments of connection in the face of enduring struggle, all from a woman about to waste her time making a Marvel movie. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
4/10 32% Superintelligence (2019) As talented and welcome a screen presence as Melissa McCarthy is, it continues to confound why she keeps making these aggressively mediocre anti-comedies. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
7/10 68% The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020) You really cannot go wrong with a movie that stars Kurt Russell as Santa Claus... - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
4/10 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) While Ron Howard should certainly be ashamed of the finished product, the core rot at the heart of this project traces all the way to the source material. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
5/10 45% Fatman (2020) This ridiculous premise works, when it works at all, off the unique presence that is Walton Goggins, but it's a genuine surprise that Mel Gibson is still able to transcend how tarnished his screen persons has been by his real life antics. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
6/10 89% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Impossible to overstate how much more enjoyable this movie would be if it wasn't conceived of as a musical. Some fine songcraft to be sure, but it doesn't enhance the narrative. Instead, it holds the film back. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
5/10 35% The New Mutants (2020) Neither a particularly exciting outing to close the Fox X-Men franchise on, nor an egregious and offensive failure. It's just sort of...there. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
4/10 49% The Craft: Legacy (2020) Clearly pales in comparison to the original film, but its deviations are admirable and come from a genuine place. Unfortunately, the poor characterization of the leads handicaps this from being something special. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
6.2/10 80% Synchronic (2020) Benson & Moorhead seem equally excited by the domestic elements of the story as they are by the genre, but it gives the impression of watching two separate movies, each needing a little of the other to function but not striking the necessary balance. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
7/10 63% Bad Hair (2020) The first black horror film in the wake of 'Get Out' to match that film's ambition with style. A worthy effort from 'Dear White People' helmer Justin Simien, even if it doesn't quite stick the landing. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
4/10 49% The Witches (2020) As laborious and uninspired a remake of a beloved classic as one can expect from late period Robert Zemeckis, a director who ought to retire before he further degrades his own legacy. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
8/10 89% Kajillionaire (2020) A quirky and peculiar film whose aesthetic surface masks a deeply moving emotional core. Anxiety ridden, but a ride worth the ensuing catharsis. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
7/10 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) One of the year's most watchable and well acted releases, tragically marred by Aaron Sorkin's failings as a director, not to mention his frustratingly middle of the road politics. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
3.75/10 No Score Yet Tales From The Hood 3 (2020) A marked improvement over the second film in the series, but remains too boring and too repetitive to come close to the original. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
6/10 90% Vampires vs. The Bronx (2020) In pro wrestling match rating terms, this is the "gentleman's three stars," the kind of rating you give to something that is serviceable but could have been something really special. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
3/10 28% Antebellum (2020) A movie that wants so desperately to be as good as 'Get Out' but offers nothing more than gesturing broadly at Black pain to illicit a trauma response. A truly embarrassing film to release in 2020. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
2.5/5.0 93% Residue (2020) For every lyrical sequence that mixes nostalgia and trauma with ease, there are countless moments that feel thrown together, underwritten and poorly produced. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
5.5/10 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) A Faulknerian pastiche of a noir [that is too] tragic and depressing, so much so it becomes almost comedic. A movie that should be full of unique looking character actors but instead features a bevy of really pretty people plagued by horrific events. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
5.1/10 56% Sibyl (2020) Lively performances almost make up for a perfunctory script. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
7.75/10 70% Tenet (2020) It's not the cinematic savior some have made it out to be, but that doesn't mean it's not a total blast. Once you accept how dumb its central concept is, the real fun can begin. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2.3/5.0 68% Cut Throat City (2020) Maybe RZA could have done more with a bigger budget, as this local story feels too unmoored from its surroundings, failing to capture the essence or vibe of New Orleans. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
6.5/10 60% Project Power (2020) ...looks more like an actual $80 million movie than The Old Guard did a $70 million one. - The Armchair Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
7.4/10 83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Seimetz has, above all else, made a thrilling, pseudo-horror film about the inescapability of anxiety, finding within the unfortunate condition a kind of unsettling spectacle. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020