Emily Asher-Perrin

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
66% 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
16% 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
60% 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
38% 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
32% 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
56% 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
50% 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
79% 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
64% 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
65% 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
52% 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
76% 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
95% 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
44% 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
84% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) [Only Lovers Left Alive] provid[es] us with considered ruminations on time, comfort in connecting, and the progress of humanity in art and science. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) There's no driving style behind it, just a lot of white noise and cues for comics fans to slurp up. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Springboarding off of 2011's First Class and the aftershocks of the contemporary movies, DoFP brings together a decade and a half of X-films without breaking a sweat. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
54% Maleficent (2014) [Angelina Jolie is] funny, powerful, treacherous, and anything but a cardboard cut-out of cackling evil. Maleficent shines in her hands. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
95% Snowpiercer (2014) By the time the end is upon you, and the twists are revealing themselves like falling dominos, it is hard to catch a breath. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
51% Earth to Echo (2014) [I]f you want a moving account of kids coming-of-age with an SFF twist, you'd be better off just screening The Goonies or E.T. at home. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
91% Birdman (2014) The magic the audience witnesses is a window to clarity; it makes the world sharper, not more obtuse, which is very fitting indeed. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) [Baymax is] funny and squishy and over-concerned and allows for the same sort of secretive wonder kids got out of E.T. a few decades back. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
68% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) These films are at their best when they're working with small touches, and yet again, this is where they shine. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) [W]hile the film has its (...) dazzling moments, it does prove what many fans had bemoaned from the very start of this enterprise: it should have been two films, not three. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
71% Into the Woods (2014) [T]he movie spends such a wonderfully long time on the first act material, only to skimp on the second act. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) For a film that clearly sets out to make Indiana Jones his own legend, it does so in every sense of the word. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
58% The Mummy (1999) [Evelyn's] curiosity is what eggs the plot on, and while Rick is certainly the hero, he's also technically just her muscle. - Tor.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019