Esther Zuckerman

Esther Zuckerman
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Almost all the other actors on screen are bound to be underrated next to Boseman. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
68% Ammonite (2020) Like Mary and the sea rocks she tends, Ammonite's hard exterior eventually gives way to something beautiful. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
88% Mank (2020) Both actor and director clearly love their hero, and it's easy to become as captivated with him as they are. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) The experience of roaming around New York's lovely little craggy corners with Felix and Laura is just so pleasant it's hard to be that perturbed that the actual marriage at stake is a little hollow. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) It's maybe a too little rosy, considering all that's going on, but The Trial of the Chicago 7 captures the messiness of this historical incident, all with that Sorkin panache. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) The world Seimetz creates is one that turns progressively more surreal. It's an echo of our own that slowly grows more foreign. It's also often absurdly funny, like a Tim & Eric sketch with an operatic bent. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
75% The Other Lamb (2020) Szumowska and cinematographer Michal Englert encase her story in strikingly beautiful landscapes, and Cassidy makes the case that she's one of the most adventurous young actors out there. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) This is a furious piece of art, but not one without optimism. Wrestling in the swampy decades of racism and crimes against humanity, Lee has emerged hopeful. It's not simple or naïve, but it is hope. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
70% The High Note (2020) The world of The High Note is a sun-soaked, music filled Los Angeles, where everyone gets what they want. It's a nice world to disappear into. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) A comedy -- be that buddy or romantic, and The Lovebirds is sort of both -- is only as good as its leads. The genre is a chemistry game, and luckily both Rae and Nanjiani have it in spades. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
32% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Love Wedding Repeat is not as confusing as it is purely lazy, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its small pleasures. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
72% Stargirl (2020) If the one thing Stargirl does is get teens into Big Star and The Cars, then it's done some good in the world. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
92% Promising Young Woman (2020) Mulligan turns in a performance that's near phenomenal as Cassie. You can read into the corner of her mouth her refusal to let her guard down, a cynicism seeping into her every expression. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
75% The Nowhere Inn (2020) The film... descends into surrealist territory and questions who is ever really in control when we're talking about celebrity. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
65% Worth (2020) Colangelo never veers into sentimentality even as she elicits heartbreaking moments from fabulous performers like Laura Benanti. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
88% Shirley (2020) Josephine Decker is the preeminent director of women who utilize their canny madness in ways that are utterly thrilling. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
97% The Painter and the Thief (2020) Norwegian documentary filmmaker Ree paints a remarkable portrait of two lives that become intertwined. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always is an unforgiving movie, and it's nevertheless stunning. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
97% La Llorona (2020) The scares in La Llorona comes from waiting to see just who will get his or her comeuppance, and when that finally does arrive, it's both thrilling and somehow doesn't cut as deep as one would have hoped. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) Through incredible archival footage, the documentary shows how campers at Jened were given the freedom they so often lacked in the outside world. There's smoking, sex, partying, and a sense of pure community. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) The Assistant is a tale of disillusionment, and Garner wears the exhaustion, stress, and pain of that on her face. Her performance is agonizing as is the movie that surrounds it. But that's the point. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Frequently, The 40-Year-Old Version feels like a rejoinder to the type of movies that sometimes become hits at this festival: Ones that engage in poverty porn or use an oddball storyline to offer some trite inspiration. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
91% Miss Americana (2020) The documentary is an analysis of Swift, provided by Swift, requiring any critical viewers to read between the lines. But there's plenty to chew on in Taylor's own assessment of herself and her insecurities. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The bones of what made the new era of the saga exciting -- the talented, appealing actors, the charming practical effects and creatures -- are still there, but it's all mired in a plot that's as sludgy as planet Dagobah. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) Thematically, The Farewell is about reconciliation with the past and wrestling with cultural traditions that now seem foreign in a country that once was home. But it's also simply about grappling with loss... - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) One of the most brilliantly staged adaptations of any literary work... It somehow acts as both a reappraisal and slight reinvention of Alcott's work while remaining a gorgeous tribute to it. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
50% Earthquake Bird (2019) Unfortunately, a turn that renders it more engaging than the stale psychological thriller it is for most of its running time never emerges, wasting good performances from Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough along the way. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) As a mystery and spy-thriller, the new Charlie's Angels is underwhelming. As a vehicle for Kristen Stewart to prove she can carry a blockbuster, it's positively angelic. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
53% Noelle (2019) Hader, one of the best comedic actors working today, does half-hearted, dull work as Nick. Even Billy Eichner seems muted as Gabriel Kringle, a tech nerd cousin who wants to digitize the naughty or nice list. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
71% The King (2019) All this is to say that, yes, Pattinson really is the only reason to watch The King. In a film that takes itself so SO seriously, he decided to have a little fun. His performance as the Dauphin is not necessarily what you'd call "good." - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Fully engrossing for all of its 209 minutes... The Irishman is also -- true to form for Scorsese's best mob sagas -- remarkably funny with nearly everyone landing punchlines through the poetry of tough-guy language. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
83% Ad Astra (2019) There's larger social commentary here, but the root of the drama is about a man learning to embrace the emotions he's kept buried for years. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) When all the pieces of Hustlers come together, you're left realizing just how full an experience this film is. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) [Marielle] Heller once again proves she is an incredible director of actors. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) The movie's power rests in the hands of Johansson and Driver. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
92% Uncut Gems (2019) In the end, it all comes back to Howard, who Sandler makes frustrating and captivating in equal measure. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) The oddest part of Chapter Two is that, despite its length, it fails to earn the "epic" status it so wishes to earn. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
43% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The cast is stacked with otherwise brilliant actors stuck in a borderline incomprehensible plot and forced to play second fiddle to monsters whose powers of wonder wear off fast. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) It's bizarre in a way that's sometimes funny-bad and sometimes just bad-bad. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It's gag-a-minute filmmaking with zany, Looney Tunes energy, that covers a lot of plot at a brisk pace. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It serves as a funny wrap-up to the events of the big superhero showdown, while also standing alone as an adventure for Tom Holland's endlessly appealing webslinger. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Hårga is such a rich tapestry of terror, designed to envelope you in its creepy embrace, that it's a perverse pleasure to spend time traipsing through its grass. You may even want to put on a flower crown. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Compared with most modern blockbusters, Detective Pikachu is contained, almost small, in its ambitions. But that's a relief, allowing viewers, among them nostalgic millennials and children, to bask in the charm of a Pokémon-filled environment. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Endgame reinforces that there's still a beating heart beneath all the machinery. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
64% Unicorn Store (2019) The movie practically begs you to indulge your inner child. But the adult in me prevailed, and I spent too much of the running time desperate to scream at the screen: Grow up already. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Given the relative obscurity of the hero, expectations for his solo picture were essentially non-existent, so the film easily ends up rocketing past whatever hopes there are and landing in a place of pure delight. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) For a movie that clearly operates on a heightened plane, it actually feels relatively realistic. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
93% Us (2019) Much of Us feels like an excavation, and maybe even an exorcism, of Peele's childhood influences, all in an effort to make a grand metaphor about the callousness of America and its class system. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) The raw material is all there, but filmmaking itself does not yield any truly thrilling, resonant moments. The action sequences are rote, at times almost muddled. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
91% High Flying Bird (2019) There aren't any action scenes in High Flying Bird -- there's barely even any basketball in it -- but it's nonetheless thrilling, nimble, and funny, even as it does the hard work of challenging the idea that professional basketball is just entertainment. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019