Emily Wheeler

Emily Wheeler
Emily Wheeler's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Inquiry
Publications: Film Inquiry

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
36% Corporate Animals (2019) This movie founders in rambling, sporadically funny asides, seemingly stuck in limbo along with its characters. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
93% Sweetheart (2019) Thankfully, Sweetheart has the self-awareness to keep it short, so those in for a down and dirty creature battle should be satiated. Those wanting anything more, though, will likely leave disappointed. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
86% Adam (2019) Director Rhys Ernst took a bold step in adapting this difficult material for the big screen, and what he delivered was a surprisingly hilarious, complicated look at a pivotal moment in queer culture. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
93% Luce (2019) These taut scenes are what Luce is all about, leaving you dangling with your own questions as the film swiftly moves on to new ones. This makes its few implausible moments easy to forget and allows Luce to be both challenging and crowd-pleasing. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
92% Hail Satan? (2019) Hail Satan? delivers everything you want from a movie with such a cheeky title; it's knockout funny, wickedly smart, and a grand time at the cinema. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
No Score Yet Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) There's more than enough affable scenes to make Moonlight Sonata worth flipping on some lazy afternoon, but don't expect any revolutionary change in the way deaf people are portrayed on screen. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
57% Them That Follow (2019) This is a poorly executed mess, and one can't help but feel let down by the blandness of it all. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
100% Pahokee (2019) The kids of Pahokee are so winning and the eye of directors Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan are so attune to the consequential aspects of teen life that it leaves you with several takeaways worthy of your time. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
100% Bedlam (2019) Bedlam isn't shy about how many errors we've made or how much work it will take to correct our course, but thanks to Rosenberg's care in crafting this documentary, you'll leave feeling more resolved for change than bogged down by defeat. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
92% Monos (2019) Watching it is about letting its obtuseness wash over you; it'll likely be after the credits role that you decide whether this brutal film was worth it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
100% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) All of this and several other swirling ideas make The Disappearance of My Mother a captivating watch for most of its runtime, but unfortunately the bottom gives way as the film tries to wrap up. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
86% Always In Season (2019) Always in Season asks enough sobering questions to be worthwhile and makes a compelling case for keeping them open for discussion. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
100% Ms. Purple (2018) What saves Ms. Purple are the bits where Chon and his team manage to hit the same subdued note, capturing the character-driven essence of this story. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
100% Apollo 11 (2019) Apollo 11 makes you feel the sense of awe at seeing our world expanded, and it does it again and again. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
72% Destroyer (2018) Kidman and Kusama work impeccably together to create an anti-heroine who can shoulder the weight of a familiar genre while rarely giving in to easy tropes. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
80% Ben is Back (2018) The film is a much more obvious misfire, one that seemingly couldn't decide if it wanted to be a sincere family drama or a crime thriller. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
80% Green Book (2018) The comic timing and openheartedness that Farrelly imbues the film with goes a long way towards getting you on its side, and if nothing else, at least Mortensen and Ali get to revel in showy roles. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) This Lisbeth is drab and uninspiring, altered to fit into a generic and not very smart movie. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
29% Venom (2018) So much of it is amusingly off-kilter that the joy of watching it is equivalent to the pleasure of eating junk food. It's utter garbage; you won't think about it once it's gone, but it'll hit a lot of instant pleasure centers. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
58% White Boy Rick (2018) The saying goes that the story writes itself, but White Boy Rick shows that even the best tales can be crafted into a boring, listless film. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
86% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) It's only in minute moments that the film does anything very remarkable, and even then it's only the kind of pleasures that flit by - tiny things that perk up viewers just enough to make them feel like they're seeing something worthwhile. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) It will not spoon feed you scares, and it's all the better for it. Instead, it wheedles into your mind, unearths your paranoias, and forces you to sit with them for a couple hours. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Even when Fallout is examining its characters in more depth than is necessary, it never lets up the pace. Consistent action with real stunts are the series' bread and butter, and McQuarrie is among the best at delivering this in a steady stream - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
54% The First Purge (2018) The First Purge pukes out a mess of cultural critiques and over-the-top violence that's hard to shake. It's not very smart, it's not even very good, but boy is it entertaining. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) It potentially needed to brake more often to let its observations settle, but you won't realize that until after the credits roll. It's too easy to get swept up by this documentary to worry about its minor failings. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
70% Adrift (2018) It sets out to entertain, and in its modest way, it does. Adrift may not be everything you want it to be, but it's just enough to be satisfying. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
77% The Escape (2018) The audience is launched into an unsettling character study, one that takes its time getting its claws into you but ultimately delivers an intense ride. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
27% Breaking In (2018) It is not the story of a strong, triumphant mom. It's not even a subversion of home invasion thrillers. It's a dull, tiresome series of inexplicable events and familiar clichés. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) The film gives off such a vivacious energy that it never feels of the past; it is a moment preserved exactly as it should be. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon does ultimately succeed at making a gay coming-of-age film broadly accessible, but hopefully we'll get more nuanced takes going forward. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
75% Bomb City (2018) An excellent central performance from Dave Davis and the promise of director Jameson Brooks makes this a noteworthy film for anyone hoping to discover fresh talent, but even those just looking for a good individual film will find this satisfying - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
89% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) Ildikó Enyedi has made a film worthy of its widespread praise, and she did it with an assured, distinctive hand. It may not be for everyone, but for the adventurous viewer, it's a must-see. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
92% Thelma (2017) Thelma is likely to stick with you, and it makes for an exciting change-up from some of international cinema's best. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
80% American Folk (2018) Overall, Heinz managed to craft a feel-good film that breaks through even crusty hearts like mine, and that's no small feat. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
100% Liyana (2018) The approach certainly makes Liyana unique, but be aware that it gives you a glimpse and not the full picture of these kids. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
98% Dolores (2017) Dolores is only interested in getting the activist recognition, and it serves as an entertaining overview of the staggering things Huerta has accomplished. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
52% The Glass Castle (2017) A best-selling book, a promising director, and a great cast made The Glass Castle seem like a tantalizing project, but the pitfalls proved too numerous for this tricky adaptation. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) Kogonada put his deep film knowledge to good use in this stunning debut, delivering a movie with a perspective and message that stands out from the crowd. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
82% Lovesong (2017) So Yong Kim's Lovesong is a minimalist, strikingly formed small-scale drama about two female friends slowly falling in love. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
46% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Paris Can Wait's lack of style and subtlety lures the audience into boredom only to sucker punch them with saccharine, half-hearted plot points. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
86% The Lost City of Z (2017) Even when The Lost City of Z's minor flaws do crop up, they are quickly washed over by moments that get your mind fluttering or simply leave you in a state of awe. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
49% The Promise (2017) Its lofty ambitions and good intentions make it tempting to give The Promise a pass, but a story about genocide shouldn't be this forgettable. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kong: Skull Island is fleeting entertainment, but given its massive budget and the audience's predisposition to Kong, that's not a terribly impressive feat. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
35% A Dog's Purpose (2017) A Dog's Purpose has got cute dogs, but you're better off spending two hours cuddling your own pets. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
97% 13th (2016) With 13th, Ava DuVernay provides a comprehensive and wide-eyed look at the complications of the 13th amendment we aren't discussing. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
No Score Yet Reach for the SKY (2015) Reach for the Sky These represents the arguments for and against South Korea's punishing education system, thoughtfully delivered at the end of a compelling documentary. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
57% The God Cells (2016) The God Cells synthesizes the medical field's promising results into a powerful argument, even if it doesn't provide a clear blueprint on how to improve the situation. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
96% Nuts! (2016) Nuts! is downright fun, and the larger ideas underlying Nuts! are certainly thought-provoking enough to sustain multiple viewings. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
60% The Mask You Live In (2015) While not fully achieving its goals, The Mask You Live In presents enough thought-provoking material in a digestible manner to get people interested. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
79% Naz & Maalik (2016) Naz and Maalik themselves are unique, but the story they're put in doesn't delve deep enough into the issues that it naturally brings up to be truly satisfying. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016