Glenn Sumi

Glenn Sumi
Glenn Sumi's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): NOW Toronto
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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) ...Hanging over much of the film is the singer's illness, which is dealt with tastefully and without exploitation. The final 10 minutes are poignant. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) The film's merely high-toned soap opera, but veteran TV director Michael Engler successfully blends humour, pomp and pathos. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 97% Ordinary Love (2020) Owen McCafferty's script is moving because the dialogue and situations seem so ordinary. But the two actors bring depth and compassion to their characters. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/5 73% Radioactive (2019) This bold biopic about scientist Marie Curie has lots of energy and features an awards-worthy performance by Rosamund Pike, but the film's hobbled by a couple of choices that don't work. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Directory Crowley and screenwriter Peter Straughan have sapped all the life out of Tartt's Dickensian novel, leaving a narrative that, in its jumbled chronology and messy way of introducing secondary characters, will confuse many. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 95% The Climb (2020) Covino has great control over his material, delivering narrative surprises and impressive long takes and getting subtle, lived-in performances from his cast, which includes Mad Men's Talia Balsam as Kyle's mom. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 80% The Audition (Das vorspiel) (2019) Art, sex and creative competitiveness combine in compelling ways in Weisse's absorbing psychological drama set in the Berlin music world. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
2/5 48% American Son (2019) While the appearance of a fourth character adds much-needed momentum and another layer in the discussion about race, it comes too late. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 67% 37 Seconds (2019) [A]n insightful and moving look at a young disabled artist's coming of age. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/5 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) The film has an appeal. Besides the preternaturally gifted dogs playing Enzo (there are no credits for the animals), the great, underrated Kathy Baker delivers a nuanced supporting performance. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) As an examination of her literary techniques, her use of centuries of Black American lives and her unmistakable voice, the film is an essential document. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
5/5 71% Gringo Trails (2014) Despite the trend toward what one clever subject calls backpackaging, the cleverly edited and beautifully shot film ends on a hopeful note with the emergence of sustainable models in places like Bhutan. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Gary Dauberman cleverly mixes suspense and laughs, setting the series up for more sequels. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
8% Isabelle (2019) There are some intriguing, understated ideas floating around under the surface - but the movie keeps shouting its objectives at us. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 86% Pavarotti (2019) Besides demonstrating Pavarotti's talent, the film also shows how powerful his various handlers were... it's the voice that will live on, and this film includes some remarkable footage... - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 71% All Is True (2019) All Is True could be called Shakespeare In Grief. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 70% Knives and Skin (2019) While the cinematography and costumes are impeccable - and the performances are decent - the film's dream-like tone creates a lulling effect. It doesn't help that no one really attempts to solve the mystery. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 34% Poms (2019) ... the script and direction are only haphazardly entertaining. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 92% Last Breath (2018) ...you can't argue with the doc's nail-biting tension, which comes through despite the film's overwrought score. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
5/5 97% American Factory (2019) The film is balanced, giving equal sides to Americans and Chinese... the camera is there for key moments. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 72% Teen Spirit (2019) Max Minghella's assured directorial debut lets Elle Fanning play an aspiring singer with soulful commitment. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 49% The Holiday (2006) Nancy Meyers pulls off a classic comedy tribute...the cast pull it off, selling their characters' singlehood, nailing their occasional sight gags and earning our laughs and tears, which often occur in the same scene. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
2/5 36% Burlesque (2010) Burlesque cribs from any number of trashy pictures about showbiz, but it's not nearly as much fun as Showgirls. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
63% Bird Box (2018) Bullock delivers a convincing portrait of a woman in danger of losing her humanity... - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Presents a fascinating picture of optimism and corporate loyalty in mid-20th-century America. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/5 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) A project like this lives or dies on its acting, and Cedergren's bravura performance - cocky one moment, despairing the next - will make you ignore the plot's contrivances. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 72% The Happy Prince (2018) What's most refreshing about this adaptation is that it's clearly the work of a queer man. Everett doesn't sanitize or de-sex his Wilde. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 86% All About Nina (2018) It's when Nina's defences break down that Winstead gets to show her real range, finding a depth, pain and vulnerability in her character that are difficult but cathartic to watch. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 97% Free Solo (2018) From Free Solo's vertigo-inducing opening shot, to practice runs and the nail-biting climb itself, the film, produced by National Geographic, is suitably awe-inspiring. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/5 85% The Weekend (2019) SNL alum Zamata is a natural, bringing a sarcastic spontaneity and danger to her performance. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 94% In Fabric (2019) The narrative swerve after the first hour takes some getting used to, but the scenes with Fatma Mohamed as a sinister sales matron who spouts bizarre maxims and has an intriguing nightly ritual make you forgive any shortcomings. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 80% Boy Erased (2018) What's most impressive about the film is its restraint. There are no villains. Everyone thinks they're doing the right thing. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) [Tillman, Jr.] gets solid work from the cast, especially the charismatic Smith, Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby as Starr's supportive parents and Stenberg, whose transition from conflicted girl to angry and empowered activist is thrilling to watch. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 92% Maria By Callas (2018) A must-see for opera lovers. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 87% Float Like a Butterfly (2018) The stone-faced, determined Doupe and the charismatic, self-destructive Devaney are fascinating to watch as they symbolically - and then literally - spar. And the landscape has a rugged, unsentimental beauty. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Dano's directorial debut is deceptively low-key yet compelling. And just like his most memorable screen performances, there's lots of rage roiling beneath the surface. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 87% Mouthpiece (2019) Rozema's version of the award-winning stage play does more than just open the work up; it fills in key bits of information, shows us Cassandra out and about in Toronto and gives everything an affecting emotional resonance. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/5 93% Giant Little Ones (2019) Behrman delivers a first act that's positively writhing with hormonal energy, and Wiggins exudes star quality as a kid who's trying to figure things out. But the film's tone lurches between earnest after-school special and dark, knowing comedy. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 56% The Bookshop (2018) Isabel Coixet doesn't add much to this veddy, veddy English film, but it's watchable, and bibliophiles will love ogling the first editions and old Penguin classics. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 69% The Quest of Alain Ducasse (La Quête d'Alain Ducasse) (2018) There's still time for beautifully contemplative scenes in the Gobi desert, praising a young chef in Kyoto or comparing notes about produce with a humble French gardener. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 67% On Chesil Beach (2018) What Cook and McEwan have, er, cooked up here doesn't completely work, but it will definitely have you reaching for the kleenex. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 95% 1985 (2018) it's a story that's been told before, of course, and not everything works - but there are nice surprises in the script, - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
4/5 100% Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018) Wong is a unique, subversive voice. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/5 100% Roll Red Roll (2019) Nancy Schwartzman's account of the Steubenville, Ohio high school rape case is an urgent and necessary film in the #MeToo movement. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
4/5 94% The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man (2018) While the structure of the film grows slightly tedious-the doc provides a fascinating look at celebrity, spontaneity and how technology often prevents us from being present. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
4/5 91% Lean on Pete (2018) Like Haigh's other absorbing dramas, this is a movie that will take root in your imagination and stay there for a while. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/5 90% Itzhak (2018) What makes the doc watchable, of course, are the musical sequences, whether he's playing Tchaikovsky, Bach or Williams. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Wizard Mode (2016) The film doesn't have much of an ending, but Gagno's engaging personality shines through, and it's clear he's getting ready to play the next ball life gives him. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
2/5 27% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) No one was crying out for this sequel; let's hope the creators don't cannibalize any other literary properties. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One should make fans of 80s movies, music and video games geek out, but it - and the convoluted way the story's unveiled - might alienate others. - NOW Toronto EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018