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Esther Zuckerman

Esther Zuckerman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Widows (2018) Despite the widows' common goal, they are not chummy. They are bound solely by need, so there's a grimness to their mission.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
66% Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) Though the script's characterization of Sierra is at times uneven, Purser figures out her mix of confidence and insecurity.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
11% Life Itself (2018) The movie wants so desperately to be clever, and just comes off looking lame. All this adds up to a film that thinks it's being charming and inspiring, but is instead merely a cruel joke on its audience.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
33% The Predator (2018) Black's new movie is less the goofy, garish sequel we were hoping for and more an act of universe-building. But, hey, at least there's a bigger, badder Predator on the scene, one that looks like he's been doing CrossFit.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) The Happytime Murders is as limp as a puppet without a puppeteer.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
96% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Like any teen story, To All the Boys has some growing pains... Still, we'll forgive it. Sure, it hits at core truths about new love. But it's still a fantasy, just not the bodice-ripping one of Lara Jean's teen daydreams.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
49% Like Father (2018) These flaws might be more banal, if not more forgivable, had the film not seemingly had its own ulterior motive for entering your living room. Unfortunately, branding plays a far more significant role than any of the human supporting characters.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Brilliantly elicits gulps of horrified recognition as it recreates the experience of that first teenage year... Eighth Grade is also a genuinely lovely story about a young woman not quite finding herself. ‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) I'm happy to report that Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is utterly delightful, a little deranged, and an actual improvement on its predecessor.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
55% Tag (2018) Mostly Tag is a series of tag-related set pieces that range from mildly amusing to tiring. ‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
89% Set It Up (2018) It's not perfect, certainly, but it's an emotional support blanket of a film, an old-fashioned rom-com led by stars with palpitating chemistry.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) In some ways, Red Sparrow feels like it was ripped from another era and not just because of its bend towards exploitation.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
56% The Greatest Showman (2017) [This] kind of insanity is really fun to watch. The Greatest Showman is a lot of things, but it's not boring.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It's a constantly churning engine of wonder and excitement that grapples with elemental questions of good and evil that have always been the driving force of this universe.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) But in [Daniela Vega's] eyes you can see the buried trauma of losing a loved one and the repressed pain caused by the aggressions she's facing. ‐ Mashable
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
41% Justice League (2017) Honestly, Justice League's main problem is that it's boring, and fails to convince me why I should care... beyond the fact that they are all famous cultural properties.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) Doris may be a bit clueless, but the movie doesn't deny [Sally] Field her sexuality. ‐ Refinery29
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) I left Ragnarok completely happy. But I also wanted more from Hela and especially from Valkyrie.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
69% mother! (2017) If this is Aronofsky's acknowledgement of those he's hurt in his life, then it is grossly remorseless.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) despite being aware of the outcome-I caught myself quite literally cheering when Emma Stone's King got a point off Steve Carell's Riggs during the big showdown.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
90% I, Tonya (2018) This is The Tonya Harding Show, and Robbie portrays her with an appropriately DGAF attitude.‐ Marie Claire
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Inhabiting Wiseau's skin gives [James Franco] liberty to be as weird as he wants to be and it completely works. Even when Tommy's actions seem cruel, Franco's interpretation brims with sympathy. ‐ Mashable
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
82% Molly's Game (2018) It's often a zippy, fun time, however-that is, if you can convince yourself to overlook its self-congratulation and mildly regressive gender politics.‐ Mashable
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Just when you think you know what is driving them, [Martin McDonagh] drops in a detail that alters your perspective and toys with your loyalties. These are probably the most complicated, compelling characters you will see on screen all year. ‐ Mashable
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
26% Colonia (2016) The problem with the film is its lack of details.‐ Refinery29
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
C+ 75% Wakefield (2017) It's ultimately hamstrung by its overwrought sensibilities.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
B 76% Manifesto (2017) Manifesto works best as a thought experiment; fitting it into cinematic convention makes it a little more boring and confounding.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
B- 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) The Zookeeper's Wife is handsomely made, well-acted, and lacking in much nuance.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
B+ 100% Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special (2017) It's ideal Valentine's Day programming for people who hate the nonsensical commercialism of Valentine's Day and for anyone who can't resist unfettered silliness.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
A 100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) Even without the sadness that now floods Bright Lights, it would still be a classic of its kind.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
B- 85% Lion (2016) By splitting up the story into different eras of the hero's life, Davis seems to be striving to avoid some of the conventions of melodrama. But coloring within the lines might have done a couple of favors to his actors and the flow of his film.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
B 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) It wants to make your heart swell, and it does a fine job of it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
B- 100% Hamilton's America (2016) Hamilton's America is ultimately a celebration of drive, ingenuity, creativity -- both on stage and off.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
C- 30% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) The Rocky Horror purists will (and should) certainly turn their noses up at this sanitized Hot Topic version.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
C+ 54% The Dressmaker (2016) The film is most successful when it's playing dress-up, less so when the comedy goes black, and worst off when it attempts melodrama.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
B 82% Indignation (2016) Handing the movie over to the protagonist does have its benefits. Notably, it allows Lerman to deliver an exciting, detailed performance.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
C 9% The Cobbler (2015) What starts off as a potentially charming fantasy never finds its footing.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2015