Glen Weldon

Glen Weldon
Glen Weldon's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): NPR
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T-Meter Title | Year
78% Uncle Frank (2020) Uncle Frank's intentions are to be admired, and its acting is outstanding - but if it's so frustratingly unwilling to truly invest in its characters, why should we? - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
41% Rebecca (2020) What the filmmakers have produced is not a fresh reimagining, but a dully dutiful remake. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
82% The Boys in the Band (2020) The Netflix film is content to let Crowley's play remain a perfectly preserved artifact from a bad time, without struggling to impose contemporary parallels or meta-meanings atop it. And that's the right impulse. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) The world of this film is a pleasure to disappear into, and in Enola, Brown has found a role to which she seems perfectly - even uncannily - matched. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) I'm Thinking of Ending Things may be downbeat - and hoo boy, is it - yet it avoids the dour misanthropy of much of Kaufman's work - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) The Most 2020 Movie of 2020. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
97% The Go-Go's (2020) In her contemporary interviews with the band members, Ellwood has captured them all at a time of life when they are prepared to look back at their youthful selves with a mixture of generosity and clear-eyed candor. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) Like a sailing vessel, Greyhound benefits from the sleekness of its design and its characters' lack of baggage, both literal and emotional. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
88% Onward (2020) A testament to the remarkable degree of emotional expressiveness that Pixar's character-animators can imbue into a story. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey may be a manic circus, but it proves to be the best kind of circus - one without a clown. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It's an accretion - a buildup of plotlines and characters that rolls toward its conclusion by dint of momentum lent to it by all that's come before. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) There's... enough jokes, set-pieces and songs to enable this film to justify its existence, above and beyond the needs of the Disney corporation's accounting ledgers. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
90% The Lighthouse (2019) Has abject misery ever been such fun to watch? Has soul-sick dread ever looked so gorgeous? - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
68% Joker (2019) It devotes so much of its energy into not being about a comic book villain that it neglects being about ... much of anything, really. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
74% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) It's fascinating, and very funny, but it completely punctures the entire conceit. Be warned. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) Everything about the film has been finely tailored to deliver precisely what the series did, albeit in a form both more condensed and more diffuse. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) It's fast and fun, Weaving's pretty spectacular, and the finale is as cheerfully hokey as one can hope for. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) Marvel has been churning out million-dollar superhero blockbusters for over a decade now. They know how to do them - and you know how to watch them. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
84% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The film's final section features a clever-but-earned and entirely character-based pivot that serves to deepen and complicate its themes, adding a welcome layer of nuance to the proceedings. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
62% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Pleasantly bananapants... - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Glass stretches itself out over the course of more than 2 hours, and it makes us feel every leaden minute in our brittle bones. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
98% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) A delightful, delicate, delicious crustless-finger-sandwich of a film... - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Stone's never been better than she is here, as the character of Abigail threads a perilous needle. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
36% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) No, it doesn't work. No, it's not, not even a little bit, good. But it's familiar. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) What could be a strutting, fabulous testament to the glamour of Queen's arena-rock showboating is instead hamstrung with the need to explain, and then underline that explanation, and then circle it... - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning takes its pulpy mid-point turn without surrendering the sense of ambiguity and ambivalence it evinced in its opening scenes. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
97% Border (Gräns) (2018) One of the biggest risks Border takes is in the deliberateness with with it slow-walks Tina's journey to self-realization. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) You've never seen romantic love depicted on screen with such lyrical and gorgeous intensity, or systemic injustice brought to such vivid and enraging life. Film classes will be taught about Jenkins' use of color. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
73% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) Lorenzo Ferro plays the young sociopath, whose beatific appearance caused the press to dub him "The Angel of Death," with a vacant remorselessness that unsettles those around him - and us, too. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) As swan songs go, it's got a nice beat, and it's easy to dance to. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
87% Colette (2018) There's much to admire about Colette; the problem is how desperately it wants you to know that. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
82% What Keeps You Alive (2018) As it's unfolding, What Keeps You Alive delivers on its promise and serves as yet another reminder that cabins in the woods are to hapless movie characters what sausage grinders are to livestock. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) If this silly, silly movie accomplishes nothing else, it has rendered it utterly impossible for anyone to depict Batman's origin onscreen, ever again, with a straight face. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
79% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) The scenery's gorgeous, as is the cast, and it's got Cher. Why do you need it to be anything more than that? - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) What came naturally, and perhaps accidentally, the first time out feels practiced and artificial here. The rhythm is, slightly but persistently, off. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Once again, the action is fittingly spectacular, the music is great, and the whole thing looks fantastic. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
33% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) The characters' tendency to speak in aphorisms is likely meant to convey this fallen world's reliance on propaganda as cultural currency, but its blunt polemicism effectively flattens the characters in ways they can't recover from. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
69% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Because it sets its sights lower, its aim is truer. It may not look like much - but it's got it where it counts. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
84% Deadpool 2 (2018) It's Family Guy: The Movie. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) Again and again, the movie's setting - and Spielberg's practiced craftsmanship - help turn some of its manifold potential bugs into features. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) It knows its mission parameters, and it ticks them off with alacrity. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
91% Love, Simon (2018) While the romance elements of Love, Simon will earn it headlines and, perhaps more importantly, butts-in-seats, it's the film's quieter, deeper coming-out storyline that forms its true emotional center. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
18% Death Wish (2018) It asks nothing, and offers only the blanket assertion that feelings of masculine inadequacy - "The most important thing a man can do is protect his family, and I failed," Willis declaims - can be obviated ballistically. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
85% Game Night (2018) Screenwriter Mark Perez knows the difference between simply making a reference and actually writing a joke - and while the jokes come ceaselessly, they are knowingly and (this turns out to be key) lightly offered. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is a story we haven't seen told before in popular cinema - a story about black people completely untouched by colonialism, who exist entirely outside the global systems of institutionalized racism. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It supplies us with all the things we expect - nay, demand - in a Star Wars movie, and manages to surprise us by revealing that this fictional universe, in which we've already clocked so many hours, can still surprise us. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Raw, and real, and profoundly, indelibly moving. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
84% Tom of Finland (2017) A decorous restraint pervades Tom of Finland - which, given its subject matter, can't help but seem puzzling; Karukoski never manages to capture the hedonistic excess of Laaksonen's art. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
56% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Just three movies in, the Lord/Miller LEGO genre is showing signs of exhaustion. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
56% Man of Steel (2013) Man of Steel's violence doesn't escalate; it simply, tediously, iterates. We keep waiting to thrill, to exult, to cheer our hero on. When the lights come up, we're still waiting. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2013