Gabriella Geisinger

Gabriella Geisinger
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Gabriella is a London-based film critic, specialising in a cultural-critique perspective, with a passion for interviewing. A born and raised New Yorker, she loves coffee and the colour black, obviously.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 40% Capone (2020) Capone simply ends, much like waking up from a bizarre but ultimately meaningless dream, the kind your partner gets bored of when you tell it to them. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
5/5 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) To call it a trip is an understatement. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is a tumble down a piña-colada-fuelled rabbit hole. Once through the looking glass, it's an uncanny but thoroughly enjoyable time. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
4/5 78% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) Always and Forever may not live up to the bar that the first movie set. But that's okay - it was a sweet cherry on top of the cake, and that's all it ever needed to be. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2/5 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) Penguin Bloom is a window into Sam Bloom's life. Unfortunately, it makes Peeping Toms of us. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) A superbly acted and beautifully written story whose full emotional resonance settles in and stays, long after the credits roll. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
3/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) There is the usual trumpeting of good vs evil, and plenty of well-choreographed stunts to make it a solid DC adaptation. But beyond the standard we've come to expect from films in these expansive genres, it leaves a little more to be desired. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
5/5 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) The 'why' Cal, Jean, and Teri all wound up together is almost the bigger question than the 'how' did Jean wind up in this position. I'm Your Woman answers both with crackling intensity, sharp dialogue, & stellar acting. You'll want to watch it again. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4 58% The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) Hudgens' acting may leave some scratching their heads, but one can't deny she throws herself into these roles and has fun doing them. As a result, so does the viewer; and not in an 'it's so bad it's good' way, but in a genuinely enjoyable way. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
4 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Every performer is at their peak and creates a flawless backdrop against which Boseman and Davis shine. It proves Boseman was an actor of deep and devastating talent, and Davis' multifacetedness brings untold layers to every role she takes. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
5 83% Happiest Season (2020) Happiest Season is not a melodramatic pantomime of the whole coming-out-meeting-the-family at Christmas experience, but a grounded, realistic one, still sprinkled with holiday magic. It is the best of everything Christmas romcoms have to offer, and more. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
72% LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) It does everything right and should set to rights those grinches who think of these types of shorts as simply money-making and marketing fodder. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
4 89% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Jingle Jangle is a buoyant, stuffed-to-the-brim story of wonder, forgiveness, and love. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
5 90% Kajillionaire (2020) Kajillionaire is, in some ways, a coming-of-age movie, but it eschews the typical glow-up for an internal reckoning that's years overdue. The result is a grown-up growing-up movie, and a deep and moving catharsis for viewers. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
1 53% Hubie Halloween (2020) Despite the cast's formidable efforts (you can feel them straining), there's nothing beneath the high-budget veneer of thoroughly stupid farce that makes Hubie Halloween worth watching. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
4 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) The Devil All The Time may not be full of high-speed twists and turns the way you'd expect, but if you stick with the lax pace, the slow-burn reveals are worth the wait. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
5/5 72% Mulan (2020) Mulan is not only the best Disney remake yet but perhaps better than the original. A bold statement, but one we stand by. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3 72% An American Pickle (2020) The first and last thirds of the film are by far the best. These are the moments where slapstick humour is abandoned in favour of genuine sentiment laced through with awkwardness that makes it relatable and real and, most importantly, funny. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
2 79% Greyhound (2020) Greyhound isn't bad exactly, it just isn't very moving. It takes something special to make a straightforward movie about World War Two that resonates with you long after the credits roll, and unfortunately this isn't one of them. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
4 97% The Half of It (2020) The dialogue is sharp and pointed, laced with quotes from Greek poets and French cinema. But none of this obscures the vein of emotion that holds the whole thing together, striking a balance between deft cleverness and heartfelt sincerity. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
72% Vivarium (2020) Vivarium is life slightly off-kilter, everything slightly out of synch with what you know, expect and desire. As such, it is both a bleak and exciting watch. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
64% All the Bright Places (2020) If it were just boring that would be enough, but All The Bright Places is boring trauma-porn. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
1 5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) Any fan of Didion's work will be frustrated, any fan of political thrillers will be bored, and any fan of Rees will be disappointed. She is a talented filmmaker, but she just couldn't make this work beyond a few beautiful, era-accurate shots. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
75% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You is exactly the kind of teenage rom-com escapism that we are all in need of - something that makes you feel good, but not to the detriment of a well-executed story. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Some pacing issues aside, Birds of Prey is a neon-blood-soaked, funny, violent, anti-hero caper. It manages to be authentic without being heavy-handed, and happily obliterates the male gaze in a technicolour firework display. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
92% Burning Cane (2019) An hour and 17 minutes of glorious, troubling, beautiful movie watching. The scenes are stitched together like patches on a quilt, the seams made up of as beautiful thread as the thing itself. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3 65% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) We've always known that Smith makes his movies mostly so he and his friends can hang out, work together, get paid and have fun. This doesn't always culminate in an enjoyable movie. But in the case of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, it mostly does. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
4/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) The story isn't overcomplicated, comes to a neat bow, and after you've watched Stewart and Balinska beat up that many people you're undeniably entertained. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4 82% The Report (2019) The Report is certainly worth your time: for its remarkable performances, particularly from Driver, but also for the accuracy and unflinching honesty with which it looks at the past. Because without understanding the past, we're liable to repeat it. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3 81% Let It Snow (2019) Let It Snow is an average teen ensemble rom-com made better when it forgets what it's trying to say and just says it - in all its teenage romantic glory. Luckily, there's enough spunk from its cast to lift it out of day-old-slush. Just. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit is effective at doing what Waititi presumably set out to do: make people think critically about what it is that informs our beliefs. And, you know, laugh while we do it. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
59% Fractured (2019) Unlike a good whodunnit, where everything could be a clue and you delight in hunting for them, Fractured makes it hard, tedious work. This makes the film's 100 minutes feel like the longest 100 minutes of your life. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Terminator: Dark Fate does exactly what it was supposed to do and has a lot of fun in the process. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
48% Eli (2019) There's only so many times you can listen to a ten-year-old boy scream "No, let go of me!" before you want to hit the mute button. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Each character is a note, their feelings a chord, and together A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood plays the scales of emotion from the sorrowful, lowest notes to the most joyful highs with ease. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man further proves what Jurassic Park's Dr Ian Malcolm taught us: just because you can, doesn't mean you should. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4 36% In the Tall Grass (2019) It's hard to explain how wholly frightening, atmospheric and enticing In The Tall Grass is without spoiling it, so we'll leave you with this: watch In The Tall Grass because it is so worth it. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
5 97% Knives Out (2019) See Knives Out! You'll laugh, you'll gasp, you'll make your guess and when the two hours and ten minutes is up you'll want to watch it all over again. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
2.5 58% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) It's a movie built on mystery. As such, the eventual epiphanies should ring out like a clear bell, not plop with a thud like a stone in the mud. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3 41% The Laundromat (2019) The thing that keeps The Laundromat from feeling like a university economics class is undoubtedly its cast. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
29% Secret Obsession (2019) The movie glosses over pernickety logistical details like time and phone battery life. But despite this, the movie gives you the right emotional rewards for sticking with it as you follow Detective Page uncovering the truth. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
38% Point Blank (2019) For movie lovers, Big D's running commentary will at least induce a few chuckles (but even his lines suffer from the same amnesia that plagues the plot). - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
29% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) The Red Sea Diving Resort didn't need hamfisted, overly explanatory and preachy dialogue, to tell its tale. But that's what it has, which does a disservice to the very real people who lived and died this story. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs and Shaw is, if nothing else, worth watching with a big tub of popcorn. Or should that be a big block of cheese? - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 80% Mid90s (2018) Hill strikes the difficult balance between nostalgia and authenticity in Mid90s, informing but not dictating the dialogue and style. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
1/5 83% Someone Great (2019) Lacks all the self-aware irony it needs to be a satirical commentary, but neither does it have the lightheartedness of a rom-com or a feel-good friendship film. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 90% Shazam! (2019) At its heart, Shazam is a movie about making your own family, bridging the gap differences seem to make, and having a good laugh while you do. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 71% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier is a movie unsure of what it wants to do or say, and as such does nothing and says nothing. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel offers its audiences a chance for escapism, and to imagine a world in which one woman can change the course of the future. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 83% Detainment (2018) Detainment is worth watching. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me may not be the movie everyone expects Melissa McCarthy to make, but it is the one in which she shines. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019