Gregory Ellwood

Gregory Ellwood
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Collider, The Playlist, HitFix, Vox

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 85% I Am Mother (2019) Hilary Swank is so compelling the moment she shows up onscreen you begin to think the movie might begin to surprise you until it doesn't. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
C+ 100% The Mustang (2019) Echoes too much of "The Rider" to really stand on its own. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
B- 90% Big Time Adolescence (2019) Pete Davidson is all you'll really remember when you leave the theater. And for many, that'll be enough. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
C 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) The film lacks any of the cinematic sophistication of Gilroy's last two films. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
C+ 100% Clemency (2019) Alfre Woodard may have graced us with the performance of her career. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
B 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) At the center of it all, however, is Florence Pugh and you simply cannot praise her enough. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
B 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) It doesn't break the mold, but with Jillian Bell in the spotlight, that's more than enough for a great finish. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
B 93% The Report (2019) There is drama in the source material for sure, but maybe a little more style could have helped. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
B 75% Late Night (2019) "Late Night" has a lot of parallels to "The Devil Wears Prada," but that's never a bad thing. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
A 88% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) As much as the filmmakers hate what's happened to their hometown the love is still there in abundance. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
C+ 86% Sonja - The White Swan (2019) Director Anne Sewitsky creates minor cinematic wonders, but they leave you wondering what a more nuanced depiction of the White Swan's life story could be. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
B+ 100% Honey Boy (2019) A spectacular narrative debut for noted documentary filmmaker Alma Har'el. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
B- 66% Native Son (2019) For every scene that doesn't work there is another that's spellbinding. It's gutsy and provocative and, frankly, that's a compliment you can't give many independent films these days. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
A- 82% Wild (Sauvage) (2019) Sauvage captures the multitude of emotion or lack of, that come with Leo's tricks. There's jealousy, pain, excitement, cruelty and even monotonous apathy where you'd least expect it. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
C- 38% Angel Face (Gueule d'ange) (2018) Despite youngster Aksoy-Etaix's commendable performance, not only will you not believe, you also won't care. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
B 100% Crystal Swan (2018) Throw in some smart choices among the rocky road from Zhuk and as the credits roll you'll find yourself wondering just what these talented ladies will do next. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
C+ No Score Yet Jumpman (2018) Obviously, Tverdovsky wants the audience to be appalled by the rampant corruption, but the tone in which he stages these trials starts to become comedic which only hurts his cause. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B+ 100% Miriam Lies (Miriam Miente) (2018) There is something about this girl's story that will linger with you longer than you'd expect. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
C+ 80% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Instead of eliciting a moving or joyous response it feels somewhat off-putting. And that certainly could not be what Maras or Collee had in mind. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
C- 88% Driven (2018) Someday there might be an entertaining and insightful movie about the life of Jon DeLorean. This isn't it. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
C+ 33% A Million Little Pieces (2018) If you're wondering if this is material we've seen many times before, well, you probably know the answer to that already. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
C 13% Life Itself (2018) Actually less realistic and more manipulative than the director's monster NBC TV hit, "This Is Us." - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
A- 87% Non-Fiction (2019) A comedy with sophisticated thoughts on media, relationships and the current state of the world. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
B 74% Greta (2019) Isabelle Huppert keeps the audience hooked, enjoying every campy moment of it. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
B 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Despite the melodramatic ending, you leave the theater wanting to root for the film and its characters. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
B+ 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A little gem of a movie. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
C+ 58% White Boy Rick (2018) Even Matthew McConaughey and Bel Powley strong performances can't overcome the film's obvious flaws. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
B+ 72% Destroyer (2018) There have been few films in recent memory that flip a switch like Karyn Kusama's "Destroyer" does. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
C+ 81% Boy Erased (2018) Despite Kidman and Hedges' best efforts, the picture is pockets of different narratives trying to mesh together into a complete whole. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
C+ 63% Peterloo (2019) Despite some contemporary political parallels, it won't go down as one of Mike Leigh's most accomplished efforts. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
B 59% The Front Runner (2018) Jason Reitman chronicles this sprawling opera by taking a layered and ensemble-heavy page from legendary director Robert Altman. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
B+ 83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Stylistically, what resonates with Welles' final work is how remarkable his cinematic focus stayed even with the arduous production schedule. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
B+ 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) You want him to have fun robbing banks forever, just to see that trademark Redford smile one more time. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
B+ 98% The Cakemaker (2018) In The Cakemaker, Grazier shows a masterful touch in handling material that could have easily ventured into pure melodrama in the wrong hands. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
C+ 70% The Happy Prince (2018) It's well crafted and compelling at times thanks mostly to the casts' efforts, but there is an emptiness that permeates through the film as if a significant piece of Wilde's demise is missing. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3.5/5 54% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Throw in the fact you'll likely still be thinking about it six months from now? Well, that might make Silver Lake just remarkable enough. - Collider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/5 93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Cold War will only increase Pawlikowski's reputation as one of the next great auteurs, but, more importantly, it will have everyone who sees it asking, "What's that girl's name?" Ladies and gentlemen, her name is Joanna Kulig has she has arrived. - Collider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3.5/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) A crusading Spike Lee is often the best Spike Lee. He's a powerful artist and when he has a lot to say, as in the case with BlacKkKlansman, he simply won't let you forget it. - Collider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
B+ 85% Tully (2018) Diablo Cody knows her screenplay had to be innovative enough to make that familiar subject matter compelling. The result will feel slight to some and fresh to others, but, most importantly, it never overstays its welcome. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
A- 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) "Madeline's Madeline" is certainly not for everyone, and while that might not sound like a ringing endorsement, it's solicited in the context that the film is an experience that will test some viewer's patience, as all good art often does. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
C+ 69% Damsel (2018) The funny bits simply aren't as funny as they should be. If this is a question of acquired taste, it's one for a very small audience. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
B- 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Cameron starts humming "What's Going On" and within minutes is standing on the table singing it loud and proud. There's an inherent energy in that scene that often feels missing from the rest of the picture. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
B 88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) [Sara] Collangelo's adaptation continually feels like it's missing something...Luckily though, Collangelo has [Maggie] Gyllenhaal, who is exceptional at times here, to carry it through. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
B 63% I Think We're Alone Now (2018) "I Think We're Alone Now" is mostly an ambitious portrait of a man who meets another survivor that slowly beguiles feelings of hope and affection from someone who never thought he'd see another living person again. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
B+ 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) "You're so captivated by the bizarre plot twists that recognizing the humor becomes secondary." - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
B 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Joaquin Phoenix delivers a profoundly impressive turn as famed cartoonist John Callahan. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
B+ 99% The Tale (2018) The director's willingness to tell her own story in such graphic detail is a startlingly brave act. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
B+ 94% Blindspotting (2018) Yes, you'll likely leave the theater blown away by Casal and Diggs' considerable talent, but its Estrada's vision that will haunt you. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
C+ 93% Private Life (2018) Jenkins has a vision and something interesting to say in Private Life, but it needs some serious editing to convey it succinctly. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
B- 67% Breathe (2017) When the tearjerker moments come, Serkis is smart enough to let the movie pause and play those emotional heartstrings. That's when Garfield and Foy's impressive talents take over and, for many viewers, that's all they'll need. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017