Gena Radcliffe

Gena Radcliffe
Gena Radcliffe's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Spool
Biography:
Associate Editor at The Spool.
Publications: The Spool

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
92% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Roadrunner isn't just a moving look at a remarkable life, but an important film in the ongoing battle to understand mental illness, and how it doesn't care about who you are, or how much money you make, or how famous you are. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
78% Son (2021) Andi Matichak is excellent. There's also a fierceness to her...even an undercurrent of something dangerous. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2021
86% Werewolves Within (2021) It's already been mentioned, but it's worth saying again: none of this would work as effectively without Sam Richardson and Milana Vayntrub at the center of it. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
98% My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To (2021) My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To is both unsettling, and sad...bolstered by excellent performances, particularly Fugit. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
64% Shapeless (2021) Horror fans might find it a bit of a slow burn, without any genuine scares. For viewers who have suffered from an eating disorder, however, it cuts deep. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
100% Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James (2021) Despite the involvement of James' daughter and brother in it, Bitchin' pulls no punches in depicting how James was the architect of his own destruction, fueled with a toxic mix of ambition and insecurity. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
89% Roaring 20's (2021) Roaring 20s may sound like a bit of a slog, but it's unexpectedly sweet and fascinating, a true slice of life film at a time when life has been irrevocably changed. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
47% False Positive (2021) That it has the guts to go the lengths it does is admirable, even if it may drive some viewers away. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
54% The Cable Guy (1996) Just on paper Chip is an unsettling character, but it's Carrey who really brings him to horrifying life. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) [It's] a by-the-numbers snooze that trades in haunted house horror for a supernatural police procedural. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) It's weird, and deeply silly, but mostly it's...nice. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
80% Fried Barry (2020) I'm not sure how one reviews a movie like Fried Barry. I didn't enjoy it, but I don't know if I was supposed to. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
74% Rumble Fish (1983) With its long shadows and smoke constantly escaping from trash cans or manholes...the only moments of beauty reserved for reflections of moving clouds in windows and chrome. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
61% The Banishing (2020) THE BANISHING has all the necessary components of a good haunted house movie, with luxurious set design and actors who are taking it all very seriously, but its dearth of any real scares keeps it from truly taking off. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
83% The Power (2021) It's...a stark indictment of the kind of patriarchal culture that works largely to silence the voices of abuse survivors. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
71% Lucas (1986) The kids in Lucas are remarkably normal, like people you'd have seen rooting around in the locker next to yours in high school. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
66% Sound of Violence (2021) A lot of the film didn't work for me, but what did I'll be thinking about for a while. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
82% The Spine of Night (2021) It's rare to find a movie that might be too short, but here an additional half hour might have helped. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
81% Offseason (2021) What saves it is Donahue's performance, bringing to it the same strength she brought to the lead role in Ti West's House of the Devil. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
86% The Feast (2021) Its leisurely pacing will not prepare you for the extreme violence of the last twenty minutes or so, when various characters are taken out by ax, shotgun, and a shard of glass applied to one's most delicate parts. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
49% Coming 2 America (2021) The plot is secondary to what feels like a reunion show highlight reel. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
97% Slaxx (2020) It might be the best movie about a possessed pair of pants that kills a bunch of people you'll ever see. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
74% Broadcast Signal Intrusion (2021) With its film noir influences and nods to Brian de Palma (specifically Blow Out), Broadcast Signal Intrusion has atmosphere to spare, but it's at the expense of a hollow core. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
80% Gaia (2021) For an indie film, Gaia's production values are astonishing. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
85% Jakob's Wife (2021) It's clear that [the director]'s a rising star in horror, with a special skill for putting a unique flair on well-worn tropes. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
100% Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021) A three hour-plus running time may be daunting, but not a minute is wasted on this scrupulously researched, endlessly fascinating movie. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
No Score Yet The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) In a series that plays fast and loose with logic Wicked Prayer is the most incoherent of all. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
20% The Crow - Salvation (2000) The best you can say about 2000's The Crow: Salvation is that it's not a shameless rehash of the first movie. Oh sure, it's still unwatchable in every possible way, but at least it's working with a new and original plot. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
11% The Crow: City of Angels (1996) The most important thing you need to know about City of Angels is that it's the exact same movie as The Crow. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
83% The Crow (1994) I will say that I rewatched it for this project, and was surprised to see how well it holds up. It might be perhaps the most early 90s movie ever made, but unlike, say, Reality Bites, it's in a way that's still cool and stylish. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
93% Saint Maud (2020) Saint Maud is something you won't likely forget for a long time. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
89% After Midnight (Something Else) (2020) After Midnight may confound and frustrate some, but deserves some praise just for trying something a little different. It doesn't always work, but it tries. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
49% A Nightmare Wakes (2020) A Nightmare Wakes is a dry and detached drama, broken up with the occasional nightmare or sex scene. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
95% CODA (2021) It's a wonderful thing to step into a world that may be unfamiliar to us, but ends up feeling like home. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
80% Knocking (2021) Stories with gaslighting themes are all too timely right now, and Knocking serves the theme well, particularly in Molly's interactions with her neighbors, some of whom act as if they know something she doesn't. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
100% Try Harder! (2021) It's surprisingly fascinating, and endlessly charming. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
68% The Blazing World (2021) It would be great to see her put her artistic focus on a straight, non-fantasy horror movie. She just needs to come up with the plot and the characters first. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
76% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) I didn't hate it. It just made me tired. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) Edgar Wright pays long overdue homage with The Sparks Brothers, a documentary that's light on dirt and heavy on fanboying, but if you don't come away from it downloading at least one or two tracks from Sparks' discography, you're beyond help. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
98% Anything for Jackson (2020) Despite its occasional comic elements, the actors play everything straight, and they're all excellent, particularly Richings as Henry. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
49% The Pale Door (2020) It's an inert, dreadfully dull mess that tries for some From Dusk Till Dawn-style "you thought it was this kind of movie, but it's really this kind of movie" shenanigans, and falls flat. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
89% Zodiac (2007) David Fincher isn't rubbing the horrors we inflict on each other in the audience's face. Here, it's something more subtle, the creeping fear of I know I'm right...but what do I do now? - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
96% The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) A surprisingly touching look at a wildly talented group whose primary fault might have been that they were too earnest. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) It means to leave the audience wiping away tears of inspiration, and all we can do is shrug. Been there, done that, not everyone gets a book deal from it. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
88% Run (2020) The real meat of the plot gets underway in less than ten minutes, and stays on track for a lean, perfectly edited ninety minutes. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
89% Black Bear (2020) Anchored by a stunning performance by Plaza, it's endlessly fascinating, and inevitably draws comparisons to such directors as Stanley Kubrick and... David O. Russell. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
94% Frank & Zed (2020) Come to Frank & Zed for the impressive puppetry, stay for the hilarious puppet gore. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
92% Rose Plays Julie (2021) It's a sobering, unsettling watch. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
25% The Doorman (2020) The Doorman is so deeply committed to not subverting audience expectations that it's almost impressive. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) It's...competently directed and buoyed by a handful of powerhouse performances, occasionally zippy dialogue, and some excellent wigs. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020