Eleanor Ringel Cater

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% Never Look Away (2019) If the emotional pay-off is slightly less than expected, it's more than out-balanced by the film's rich cornucopia of characters and events. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Rarely has a heartfelt film seemed so chilly. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
92% Stan & Ollie (2019) It reminds us why so many loved them for so long in the first place. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) It can't touch "Moonlight." But in its quietly poetic way, it's a hugely courageous one. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
72% Destroyer (2018) It's one of those see-it-twice movies that's more satisfying the second time around. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) On The Basis of Sex is well-acted and thoughtful. Dutiful, you might say. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Much like its title character, "Mary Queen of Scots" is full of noble intentions and grand gestures. And, alas, like her, it somehow loses its head along the way. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Scattershot and smug. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
60% Vox Lux (2018) Interesting idea, but nihilism has rarely been this boring. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) You have to be some kind of an actor to steal a movie from both Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. Well, Olivia Colman is some kind of an actor. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
80% Green Book (2018) Initially, the film seems doomed to be an annoying Driving Miss Daisy spin on The Odd Couple. But the stars are far too good for that... - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Wildly uneven, ultimately brilliant. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Sometimes, you fall for a certain sort of film, even when you know better. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
88% What They Had (2018) Forster, who we first saw on-screen in Chicago 50 years ago in "Medium Cool," may have delivered a career best here. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A superb tragicomic performance, cannily nuanced and vanity free. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Chalomet walks off with the movie. He's like James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause... - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
88% To Die For (1995) In this wickedly funny look at TV-spawned celebrity-obsession, Nicole Kidman gives a breakthrough performance as a psychopathic Jane Pauley wannabe. - Film Scouts EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
87% First Man (2018) More interested in knobs and dials than human emotion. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Redford and Spacek are wonderful together which is a good thing because this old-coot Jean Valjean lacks a proper Javert. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) It's like settling into the cinematic equivalent of a Lexus 450. The picture is big and lush and smooth. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The movie is never boring and everyone works hard.But the overall effect is repetitive, i.e., quirkiness followed by more quirkiness. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) Like her work, the film sneaks up on you. The pieces move from interesting to mesmerizing. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
85% The Wife (2018) The Wife is at its best when it's at its spikey-est... Plus, the performances are pure pleasure - especially Pryce, preening and puffed-up. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
60% Operation Finale (2018) Sadly, Operation Finale ultimately feels like one of those good-for-you, eat-your-veggies pictures. It tells an important story well enough, but fails to move from conscionable to compelling. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) As for the cast, though she doesn't make a false step, Wu is nonetheless totally wasted. So is Yeoh. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is as entertaining as it is provocative. It's not a polemic. It's a fully-realized film. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) As funny as it is heartfelt. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
73% Christopher Robin (2018) The, um, Heffalump in the room is, how seriously are we are to take these stuffed-animals-come-to-life? For some (ok, me...), this is no problem whatsoever. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
80% Love, Cecil (2018) Beaton dismissed a flattering TV documentary about him as "inconclusive and superficial." The same, I'm afraid, could be said about Love, Cecil. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Like a drink with an umbrella, it goes down rather easily. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Frankly, the less you know about Three Identical Strangers, the better. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) We're handed sadly generic drug-war clichés with lot of guns and car chases. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
92% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Haley understands how to be earnest without being overly earnest. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) But something in [Brad Bird] (or me) goes brain-dead when it comes to the "Incredibles" movies. They have no inner spark. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Plain and simple and simply wonderful, Won't You Be My Neighbor? is a beautiful example of palliative cinema. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) A disturbing horror movie with the sort of burned-in-your-brain sequences that will jolt you awake in the middle of the night. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed is that rare movie that questions faith from the standpoint of faith. Schrader is a believer, one brave enough to question why - or even what - he believes. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Everything about Solo seems just plain tired, from Ron Howard's rudimentary direction to the more-of-the-same/ incessant score to the murky cinematography. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
54% Book Club (2018) It's hard to say which is more nauseating, the movie itself or the cloying reviews that suggest your mom will just love it, especially with a nice glass of chardonnay. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) Life of the Party isn't a slog, but given how talented McCarthy is, it's a waste of time. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
94% RBG (2018) More valentine than documentary, the film is a spritely and affectionate tribute to the 84-year-old judge and unlikely pop-culture phenom. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The movie deserves to be full of itself. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) The good news is, unlike most self-help tomes, this is one is sweet and rather clever and even charming. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) Wow, what a massive cluster...um...you know... the film is. This would-be player tried her best to be ready, but sometimes - sorry, Hamlet - the readiness isn't all. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place is a movie built around a gimmick, but it's been jerry-rigged awfully well. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Nobody does mordant political vaudeville like Armando Iannucci. His touch is swift, sure and utterly poisonous. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Not surprisingly, the movie looks amazing; that's where Anderson always excels. Narratively, however, it chases its own tail, somehow managing to be both molasses-slow and annoyingly over-busy. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
46% Red Sparrow (2018) I still like Lawrence (even with bangs). She's such a good actor that her cheekbones seem to change nationalities as effectively as her accent does. But she can't keep wasting her time on sub-par material like this. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) The general rule of thumb when it comes to adapting beloved books is that it's much easier to get it wrong than right. DuVernay doesn't get it wrong - not entirely - but she really hasn't gotten it right either. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
81% The Party (2018) The Party does Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? one better. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018