Emily Asher-Perrin

Emily Asher-Perrin
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Tor.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Imperfect as it is, The Rise of Skywalker often feels like being wrapped up in a warm blanket. It's not a risky venture, but it has enough heart to power a galaxy. And that makes for a fitting ending in my book. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) But once you've defined what a "Men In Black alien" looks like, you've lost that oddball little spark that made it great to begin with. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) No new ground is broken in Double Tap, but if you enjoyed the first Zombieland, you're likely to enjoy your second helping. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Truth is, if Disney had a little more guts, they would have made this a trilogy, and given it the care that other major fantasy epics receive. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
100% The Terminator (1984) Sarah Connor's origin feels real and grounded in a way that most (super)hero stories never manage. She doesn't have wealth or fame. She doesn't get dosed with super juice. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) The premise is simple enough, but it cannot effectively communicate what it means to see the Terminator film series own up to its true power and amplify it tenfold. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) But it's the relationship between Elsa and Anna that gets the main focus, as it should, offering the sisters another chance to forge their own paths. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
69% Joker (2019) It's unclear if the movie thinks that the Joker doesn't know that his statement is political, or the film itself doesn't understand it's own political nature[...] - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) In effect, watching The Lion King now feels more like watching a nature documentary. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) [Toy Story 4] is, for all intents and purposes, Toy Story's version of The Velveteen Rabbit. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) There are two glaring issues with the movie, the first being that it has no real interest in making Jean Grey the central character of her own film. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) If anything, having more monster fights would have distracted the audience from the larger problem in the film-all of the characters in this movie are missing their brains. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) If you need a laugh, or you need to be dazzled, or you just need to recapture some childlike joy and wonder, Aladdin might turn out to be just what you need. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
69% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Even if you don't know a thing about Pokémon, there's something captivating about the world of Detective Pikachu. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
17% Hellboy (2019) Darkness isn't inherently joyless, but that's just what the current Hellboy seems to posit. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Teenage Billy and superhero'd Billy often barely register as the same character, a flaw in the central conceit needed to make Shazam! really work. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) "But there's a surprise to Captain Marvel that only her dearest fans likely saw coming-coming into your own is fun." - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) (...) Alita is a muddled film that packs in action at the expense of substance and relies on Cameron's worst storytelling impulses. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
37% Glass (2019) (...) [E]verything that made Unbreakable one of the better ruminations on superhero archetypes on film is missing from Glass. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
77% Thor (2011) [H]umanity is what Thor has in spades. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Getting a closer look at Geoffrey Rush's Captain Barbossa provides us with one of the most interesting turns in the series to date. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
90% District 9 (2009) If someone asked me what I could offer them to convey the "mission statement" of science fiction, I would hand over a copy of District 9 without thought. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
72% Fright Night (2011) All in all it's a wild ride, and while the risks are few, the rewards are plenty. If you're looking for a fun time at the movies, don't wait. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
83% The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) [Y]ou know it's only a matter of time before [the Muppets are] lighting up 42nd street. All that remains is the journey that will take us there. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
73% Muppet Treasure Island (1996) The changes made to source material feel so natural here; Gonzo and Rizzo are an integral part of the plot (...) it's hard to imagine how the story would function without them - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Where the action is concerned, Guy Ritchie was clearly looking to top the sequences of the first film, and he succeeded in scale, at least. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
83% The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) It is a film that manages to be its own entity while honoring the book it came from entirely. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
57% Velvet Goldmine (1998) There is a deep sense of ennui embedded in Velvet Goldmine, an acknowledgement that something singular from those years of glam can never be recaptured. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
84% The Hunger Games (2012) What the film offers that the book does not are elements of the outside world that readers were not privy to when confined to Katniss' head. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
51% Mirror Mirror (2012) Does it fail? Yes. But what's impressive is how spectacularly it manages to do so... and how badly you might find yourself wanting to enjoy it in spite of all that. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
49% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Is this tale a commentary on how women often feel used for nothing more than their beauty and therefore chose to think of it as power? Good try. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
96% Ratatouille (2007) That is the (...) imperative message of Ratatouille. Everyone is not an artist, but anyone could be an artist. Because, as living creatures, it is simply what we do. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
78% Brave (2012) [A] whole film of one awesome princess and her big mother bear telling the world what's what becomes a quick educational outing before it's back to the palace, stat! - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
65% Independence Day (1996) But what if that's just masking everything that we're afraid to admit? What if we were manipulated into liking this movie, and we've been blind to it all this time? - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
35% Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) [O]ne of the film's biggest blunders is that most of the actors are unsure about how seriously they should be taking the whole project, their leading lady included. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
81% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Perhaps if we were all able to view life more like those games that challenged us as children, we wouldn't be so afraid to leap after what we want. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) It makes sense for Peter Jackson to want to fill out his canvas. Film can show certain things that prose cannot (and vice versa, obviously). - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Which doesn't mean it's bad... well, yes it is. It is really bad. But there are odd bits of redemption lingering in its depths that are truly baffling to behold. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
53% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) Jack the Giant Slayer managed to succeed on a number of fronts where these fairy tale rewrites have been failing. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
47% Star Trek Generations (1994) A perfect microcosm on the film's problems can be found in Data's emotion chip snafu, a B-plot that runs the course of the whole film. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
79% Iron Man 3 (2013) [IM3 features] the psychological damage that most superheroes are denied on film, the type of damage they are more likely to receive than any grave physical injury. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
86% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) It offers a fresh take on material that is commonly only delivered one way, and that is always worth a look. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
56% Man of Steel (2013) This is an origin story that is rooted outside the actions of one-Clark Kent is not really even the central figure molding it. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
13% R.I.P.D. (2013) The actual conceit of hunting down the dead might have played better if the film weren't clearly trying to rip-off Men in Black in the most unambiguous way possible. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
77% Stardust (2007) Stardust is a movie for people who like comedy, sword fights, unlikely friends, transformations, personal discovery and above all, love. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
61% Ender's Game (2013) For those eager to see those Battle School fights, Ender's time there might be the strongest point of the film. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) It is truly enjoyable to cut between the grandeur of Asgard and the mundanity of our own planet, seeing Jane try to date, watching Darcy continually butt in on her life. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) It has far too many denouements for your average action-heavy film, but every one of them is important in laying ground for what's to come. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) Basically, they got you to pay money to watch a one hundred minute commercial. They got you to do it, and like it. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
45% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) [I]t retroactively makes 300 less interesting (if it was ever truly interesting to begin with). - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019