Genevieve Valentine

Genevieve Valentine

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Genevieve Valentine's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Philadelphia Weekly, AV Club

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Cold in July (2014)

"[Cold in July is] an absorbing take on the modern family noir, a movie that knows the devil's in the details." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jun 14, 2016

Dark Star: HR Giger's World (2015)

"Those hoping for insight from the man himself will be disappointed by Dark Star's polite reserve. But for those hungry for archival footage or a look inside the citadel of his mind, this is a film that's fond of being unsettled." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted May 28, 2015

Iris (2015)

"Iris Apfel champions the idea that fashion doesn't have to define you even if you live it, and she's a walking reminder of how much fun it can be just to have a little style." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted May 14, 2015

Kill Me Three Times (2015)

"Kriv Stenders has assembled a talented cast, all of whom make for engaging scenes, taken one at a time; sadly, screenwriter James McFarland has given them a plot so joylessly convoluted that they're left floundering." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Apr 10, 2015

Seymour: An Introduction (2015)

"A quiet but charming conversation with a man who's lived what he loves." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 26, 2015

An Honest Liar (2015)

"An Honest Liar is an infectiously engaging time capsule that gets a couple of great digs in before that curtain falls." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 20, 2015

'71 (2015)

"It's a stylish, intense vehicle for rising star O'Connell, whose disillusionment is the emotional center of a movie that knows nobody gets out clean." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 12, 2015

She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014)

"In quietly letting the parallels stack up between then and now, She's Beautiful When She's Angry paints a stirring portrait of activism that changed the social order and an era that, in some ways, still too closely mirrors our own." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 6, 2015

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

"A rare vampire movie that feels both familiar and fresh, A Girl Walks Home is a wild, sometimes messy, always beautiful horror story, just the thing for a long winter's night." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Feb 26, 2015

McFarland USA (2015)

"It never rises above the ordinary." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Feb 19, 2015

Red Army (2015)

"Though you don't have to be a sports fan to find the background interesting -- or the on-ice choreography beautiful, there's something particularly poignant in their shared love of the sport." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Feb 17, 2015

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

"Alas, it's a bit too earthbound." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Feb 12, 2015

Black Sea (2015)

"There's an immediacy to a submarine movie like nothing else." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 29, 2015

Mommy (2015)

"Even with its disconnects, Mommy is an ambitious film about the dark side of family, and it wants to connect. Perhaps it even might." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 29, 2015

Two Days, One Night (2014)

"Though there are moments of agony and frustration, the Dardennes have a delicate and sympathetic touch that keeps the simple from becoming simplistic." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 23, 2015

American Sniper (2015)

"It's a surprisingly timid turn from Eastwood, a riveting performance from Cooper, and a movie that never quite knows how to say what it wants to." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 23, 2015

Mr. Turner (2014)

"Mr. Turner provides a gorgeously detailed world for a flawed, magnetic leading man." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 23, 2015

Selma (2015)

"It's a movie concerned with the march, and its most nimble work is in illuminating scenes rather than trying to explicate them." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 23, 2015

Leviathan (2014)

"It's early in the year, but I suspect it's still not a stretch to say that the geography in Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan are some of the most quietly evocative landscapes of the year." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 22, 2015

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"With enough scope to examine its impact on a community forcibly dehumanized by organized and terrible helplessness, it's a remarkable achievement, brilliantly executed." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 13, 2015

Frank (2014)

"If you only see one movie this year that features an avant-garde band led by a man in a fiberglass head, please make it this one." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2015

Interstellar (2014)

"Though the family ties don't quite hold, Interstellar gives us an epic of space travel as desperate necessity, at a time when its science fiction hits perilously close to home." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2015

The Theory of Everything (2014)

"It's a suitably polished affair, and Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones deliver fantastic, award-ready performances. But somehow all that polish keeps those accomplished parts from connecting into an emotionally-engaging or unified whole." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2015

Big Hero 6 (2014)

"That visual exuberance underscores its heroes' enthusiasm, and even when Baymax steals the show, it's hard to deny he's a charmingly squishy center." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2015

Godzilla (2014)

"For those with a high tolerance for action-movie bingo and CGI carnage, Godzilla's reverence for the King of the Monsters oozes from every track mark, snapping cable and thundering footstep." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2015

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Overall, it benefits so much from the expert deployment of time-travel tropes that it earns a pass on a little alien acid blood." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2015

Wild (2014)

"Wild is a movie of living nature, with Witherspoon in the center, showing the most life of all." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2015

Gloria (2014)

"Heartbreaking, unvarnished and thoughtful, Gloria is the story of a woman looking for the best that life can bring her. You'll be rooting for her to find it." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2015

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"Jodorowsky's Dune ends up somewhere between the haunting imagery of missed opportunities and a long lunch with a chipper cult leader happy to explain what you missed." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2015

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Unfortunately, with so many internal commitments to the franchise, this isn't a Captain America movie as much as a slice of Marvel pie in which Steve appears." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2015

Whiplash (2014)

"Though Simmons gnaws through the screen with every glance, Teller's a suitably brutal canvas." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2015

Nightcrawler (2014)

"It's a modern-noir portrait of the way we eat our news, but amid the media, Nightcrawler slowly turns its unblinking eye on something darker. And much closer to home." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2015

Gone Girl (2014)

"It's a pitch-black satire of modern marriage and one of the most unsettling films of the year." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2015

Birdman (2014)

"With its cast as counterweight, Birdman moves from a clever ouroboros to a passion project, rendered with confident artistic flourish." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 2, 2015

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"The lingering impact of the movie is slighter than it hopes to be, a pastiche full of sound and whimsy, signifying nothing." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 2, 2015

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Snowpiercer is a compelling, unsettling thrill ride that's well worth the wait." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 2, 2015

Boyhood (2014)

"Boyhood is a quiet marvel that follows its characters with a fondness that builds and a necessary distance that aches in its verisimilitude." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jan 2, 2015

Frozen (2013)

"Amid exciting moments and gorgeous landscapes, Frozen is, at times, an uncertain whole. But hey, did you see that ice?" ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Dec 7, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"There's enough liveliness in the cast and director Gunn's brisk pacing that, at its best, the movie's energy emulates the go-for-it glee of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Sep 30, 2014
B 50%

Deliverance Creek (2014)

"If the series could commit to examining the necessary politics that surround it, Deliverance Creek loves its trappings enough to have a bank-robbing good time with them." ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 17, 2014

The Drop (2014)

"A parable of the wages of sin that trades handily on the long history of the genre's sentimentality about honor among thieves, The Drop is quiet -- and quietly gripping." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Sep 16, 2014

Innocence (2014)

"Innocence takes its time setting an intriguing scene, letting the uncanny gauntlet of adolescence echo the trepidation about women in power working together toward undoubtedly creepy ends and the ghosts that haunt the privileged." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Sep 5, 2014

Borgman (2014)

"It's a sidelong coming-of-age that feels as though it skims the bittersweetness of its ending, but Lucky Them cares more about the trip than the destination." ‐ Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B- No Score Yet

Petals on the Wind (2014)

"There's enough of the all-out V.C. Andrews flavor to make this installment worth a look for those who want to catch up with a family of soap people 30 years in the making." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 27, 2014
B- 52%

Flowers in the Attic (2014)

"Though the five-book Dollanganger series eventually descends into straight-faced plot-pretzels (the likes of which will probably show up on The Spoils Of Babylon) much of the Gothic drama in this installment is quaint by cable standards." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 16, 2014