Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Daily Dot
Publications: The Daily Dot

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 22% Chaos Walking (2021) If you like the sound of some not-too-schlocky thrills featuring well-chosen roles for Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, it's worth checking out. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
4/5 69% Space Sweepers (2021) The main characters of Space Sweepers are relatably overworked, annoyed, and struggling with debt-and very aware of their place in a toxic capitalist hierarchy. Like Pacific Rim, this film's politics don't need to be subtle to be effective. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3.5/5 82% Mank (2020) I found myself watching Mank as if from a distance, failing to drum up an emotional connection to the characters at hand. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
2/5 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Ignoring the conservative political context of the book, it's a clumsy and simplified interpretation of the American Dream. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
1/5 39% Rebecca (2020) With stilted performances and a clumsy screenplay, it's a horribly misguided new interpretation of the novel. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
2/5 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) This sprawling mid-20th century drama is disappointingly dull and shallow, mistaking gritty violence for mature storytelling. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
4/5 83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) She Dies Tomorrow is a compellingly weird indie drama about a psychological contagian. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/5 61% Project Power (2020) Some of the film's ideas work but others are clumsy and ill-thought-out. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
2.5/5 80% The Old Guard (2020) This forgettable action-thriller features decent combat scenes but threadbare storytelling. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/5 62% Radioactive (2020) The only way Amazon Prime Video's Marie Curie biopic could be more by-the-book is if it starred Benedict Cumberbatch. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
3.5/5 70% Butt Boy (2020) The whole thing is just a gross-out joke stretched to absurd proportions, seemingly designed to attract epithets like "weirdest film of the year." But you know what? It works. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
3.5/5 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey serves perfectly well as a kind of cross between Deadpool and a Lady Gaga video, featuring flashy costumes and well-choreographed fight scenes. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2.5/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Backtracking on the bold narrative choices of The Last Jedi, J.J. Abrams ends the Skywalker Saga with clumsy appeals to nostalgia and the conservative side of Star Wars fandom. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 72% Vivarium (2020) It's gripping and often bitingly funny little sci-fi/horror thriller-and it's refreshingly weird compared to the more high-profile projects from the two leads. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) People who signed up for a grim historical drama may be shocked. But for many, it will hopefully be a welcome surprise. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
2.5/5 71% The King (2019) The King isn't bad enough to be a black mark on Chalamet's record, but it's disappointingly forgettable. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 68% Joker (2019) Starting as a powerfully unsettling character study, it builds to the kind of corny and obvious finale you'd expect from, yes, a studio superhero movie. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
4/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) With gorgeous NASA-inspired production design and a memorably unsettling role for Pitt, it's one of the best sci-fi films of 2019. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Following the carnage of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home resets the tone for a goofy teen comedy. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 91% I Am Mother (2019) It's a satisfying example of a familiar subgenre: self-contained sci-fi dramas that explore wider themes with a small cast. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/5 22% Dark Phoenix (2019) As a superhero blockbuster, Dark Phoenix is bland and dated, lacking the panache of First Class or the scope of Days of Future Past. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 95% See You Yesterday (2019) Significantly more thoughtful than your average Netflix original movie, See You Yesterday marks Bristol and Duncan-Smith as ones to watch. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4.5/5 88% Freaks (2019) Standing alongside films like Moon and Ex Machina, it's an original story with more sophisticated ideas and emotional intelligence than most big-budget sci-fi. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
2.5/5 19% Polar (2019) If Netflix's Polar wasn't so sexist, it would be amusing, trashy fun. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2.5/5 37% Close (2019) It's satisfying enough for rainy afternoon viewing, but it doesn't measure up to the fast-paced action of more mainstream thrillers. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
46% Constantine (2005) It's Keanu's offbeat humor and subtle sensitivity that prevent John Constantine from becoming an angsty, chain-smoking, grimly macho cliché. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
5/5 95% Roma (2018) It's undoubtedly one of the greatest movies of 2018, destined to live on as a highlight of Cuarón's career. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 65% Suspiria (2018) Best viewed while wearing a ballgown and a fur stole, preferably while drinking something expensive in a crystal goblet, and smiling faintly at the memory of your recently murdered husband. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
62% Outlaw King (2018) With picturesque scenery and an engaging underdog hero, it provides an antidote to the onslaught of relentlessly gritty historical action flicks. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4.5/5 90% Mirai (2018) Mirai is heartwarming without being cloyingly sentimental, a charming and often laugh-out-loud funny story about a young sibling rivalry. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/5 89% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) A Wild West movie all about white men, where Native Americans only appear onscreen to scalp people and get shot in the head? Groundbreaking. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
29% Venom (2018) For me, Venom succeeded at what Suicide Squad failed to do: deliver an enthusiastically weird superhero spinoff with an edgy-but-funny lead. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
96% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) Good Manners understands something that most films-Hollywood and otherwise-just can't manage. It observes how women's lives can intersect without the involvement of men, in a perfectly organic and realistic way. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
32% Extinction (2018) [It's] a competent if unoriginal thriller where the scary parts aren't too scary, and the sci-fi ideas don't go too deep. Another addition to the list of streaming movies that are Just OK. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Even for such a transparently commercial franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a flimsy, cynical retread of better material. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
69% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Could Solo, like Rogue One, become something deeper than an appeal to nostalgia? As it turns out, the answer's no. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Infinity War is entertaining and by no means a disappointment, but it's otherwise kind of empty. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
96% Black Panther (2018) Smart, accessible, and thoroughly fun, Black Panther is a new high for Marvel Studios. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Rian Johnson understands how to balance the strengths of the franchise, which is simultaneously a fun action-comedy for kids, and a decades-long epic with meaty philosophical themes. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) In a career of stubbornly idiosyncratic work, it's a masterpiece on par with Pan's Labyrinth, without a hint of creative interference from outside forces. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) A refreshing interlude that combines creativity with an understanding of why we loved these characters in the first place. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
No Score Yet We must accept that Inhumans is straightfowardly bad, and Marvel allowed it to happen. If you spend money to watch this at IMAX, you only have yourself to blame. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
33% Guardians (Zashchitniki) (2017) It takes the basic formula of Marvel movies, strips away all the characterization and wit, and delivers an entertaining but deeply stupid cheesefest. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
93% Wonder Woman (2017) The film's strengths far outweigh its flaws, combining moral and emotional authenticity with superhuman stunts and a lively sense of fun: everything you want from a PG-13 superhero movie. It also feels undeniably fresh. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
65% Alien: Covenant (2017) It's not as scary as Alien or as fun as Aliens, and despite some visually impressive moments, it looks more like a typical sci-fi blockbuster than the distinctive work of H.R. Giger. The only truly worthwhile scenes are with Fassbender's David. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) As well as being a wonderful visual and emotional experience, it's a reminder that "universal" stories don't need to be generic, but instead thrive on specificity. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Judged on its own terms, Ghost in the Shell is stylish but unoriginal; an acceptable sci-fi blockbuster. As a remake of an iconic film, it's startlingly unnecessary. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Beauty and the Beast is an obsessively loyal adaptation. Unfortunately, some things just don't work as well in live action. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
93% Logan (2017) Logan deserves praise for its action scenes, delivering R-rated violence with enough blood to feel weighty without being an egregious gore-fest. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The action scenes are as mesmerizing as ever, providing the same satisfaction as watching an expert chef or artist at work. - The Daily Dot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017