Emily Sears

Emily Sears
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Birth.Movies.Death.

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946) Adults and children alike will still easily be swept up in the bizarre and extravagant spectacle of this gothic romantic fantasy. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
59% The House That Jack Built (2018) It may be the blackest pitch of pitch-black comedies, but to take it too seriously would be an oversight. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
80% Ben is Back (2018) Julia Roberts is a powerhouse mom in this family drama about addiction. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) The path The Kindergarten Teacher takes is surprising, and greatly enhanced by Maggie Gyllenhaal's careful yet confident stride in the shoes of Lisa Spinelli. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet are the backbone of a broken narrative. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
67% Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore (1998) Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore is a striking example of a bold and empowering female narrative. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
No Score Yet Ladyworld (2018) Pondering the savage nature of teenage girls, Ladyworld maintains that it's always more beneficial for them to band together than to tear each other apart. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
92% I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) I Used To Be Normal is a rousing and heartwarming account of the universal need to connect with something larger than ourselves. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) Hill has captured an experience that transcends time. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
100% Starfish (2018) In his debut feature Starfish, first-time filmmaker A.T. White (frontman of the UK band Ghostlight) mixes science fiction, Lovecraftian monsters, and a stirring indie soundtrack to convey a deeply personal story about grief and loss. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
54% The Wind (2019) While intriguing in its take on the dynamics between women and how the forces of nature influence their psyche in such an isolated setting, the narrative moves too slowly and is too abstract in regard to the terror it attempts to portray. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
72% The Children Act (2018) The narrative is very posh and restrained, never quite reaching for anything more nuanced than the courtroom logic of right versus wrong. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
85% The Wife (2018) A stunning bit of character drama that depends entirely on its performers. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Unfortunately, it sacrifices too many elements that made the genre appealing in the first place -- a mature and swoon-worthy leading man, for instance. But more importantly, it lacks an element essential to making any rom-com tick: the romance. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
91% Little Women (1994) Armstrong and her team so impeccably transported these characters from page to screen that the film, like the book, has become a familiar haven of warmth to be visited again and again. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
72% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Fortunately, we have artists like Maurice Sendak, who remain unabashedly young at heart and wondrously capable of connecting with the child inside us all. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
12% The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2018) The ambitious sophomore effort from Shawn Christensen and team is more about the journey than the big reveal. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
No Score Yet Satisfaction (1988) I realize that having first seen Satisfaction as an impressionable girl is the reason I'm still talking about it thirty years later. It's one of my biggest nostalgia movies, but I do still genuinely enjoy it. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
89% Pin Cushion (2018) Pin Cushion is a whimsical and achingly sad story. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
63% Home for the Holidays (1995) Home for the Holidays is a perfect representation of why they say you can't go home again. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
91% La La Land (2016) La La Land endeavors to show us that while it may take hard work and bitter sacrifice to reach our destination, every choice along the way, including whether or not to keep going, is up to the dreamer. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
38% Before I Disappear (2014) For all its dark humor and dire situations, Before I Disappear conveys that a little forgiveness and a little time with someone who cares can bring a little hope before it's too late. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
81% Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) That was what John Hughes did best. He used his characters to shatter every preconception teenagers have about those faces they see in the hall. He made icons out of outcasts. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
74% The Lost Boys (1987) The Lost Boys a perfect conglomeration of scary and fun. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
56% Punchline (1988) As someone who prefers her comedy with a side of melancholy, I'd say that the performance from Tom Hanks alone makes this a worthwhile watch. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
72% Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) It's a fun, feel good movie about being true to yourself that celebrates how friendship can be the most powerful love a person can hope to find. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
89% Cold Hell (Die Hölle) (2017) The brutal violence, intense action, and mystery killer are sure to attract and please fans of Giallo as well as '80s action films. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
85% Rabbit (2017) With its dreamy visuals and themes of good versus evil, Rabbit has the makings of a contemporary fairytale. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017