Gwen Ihnat

Gwen Ihnat
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: AV Club

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A- 96% The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) It's a fascinating, unprecedented story in the history of pop music, which makes it rather surprising that it's taken this long to be documented. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
B 90% Belushi (2020) Cutler wisely lets those voices tell the story, with no overarching narrator; the closest is SNL alum Bill Hader doing a spookily spot-on job of mimicking Belushi's voice to read his letters, often aided by effective, starkly drawn animation. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
B 100% Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe (2020) Best of all, Candace Against The Universe plays up the heart of the relationship among Candace, Phineas, and Ferb: For all her schemes, the show often revealed that Candace really does love her brothers. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
B+ 98% The Go-Go's (2020) The indescribable chemistry between Carlisle, Wiedlin, Schock, Caffey, and Valentine is fully on display throughout the doc. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
B- 75% The Wizard of Lies (2017) At the end of the film, we might have a better understanding of how this giant Ponzi scheme unfolded, but we still have no idea why it happened-a significant shortcoming for an HBO movie with this kind of pedigree. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
C+ 57% Valley Girl (2020) By the end, even a fan of the original may feel dread instead of glee at the rise of synth on the soundtrack, announcing yet another interminable musical number. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
C+ 54% Noelle (2019) All of this doesn't add up to the warm alchemy of a Christmas classic, or a holiday movie you'd go out of your way to watch more than once, even if it is streaming. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
C+ 71% The College Admissions Scandal (2019) There's unfortunately much too little about the real victims here-the hundreds of kids those spots belonged to in the first place, which they were robbed of due to a heartless mercenary conspiracy rooted in class privilege. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
91% One, Two, Three (1961) Past the manic frenzy of the screwball comedy are many sly nods to the frosty Cold War relations between the East and the West. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
B+ 89% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Ultimately, Wong and Park and their mutual affection carry the movie, assisted by a gut-busting cameo by Keanu Reeves, of all people, portraying a do-gooder rival for Sasha's affections. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
36% Grease 2 (1982) Unlike Grease's "cool" Rizzo (Stockard Channing), Stephanie doesn't have to be mean to anyone who doesn't fit into her Pink Lady standard. She's just cool, period. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
100% Desk Set (1957) Drunken Christmas office parties and antiquated technology notwithstanding, the real fun in Desk Set is watching these two pros and longtime loves play off of each other for one of their final cinematic turns together. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
A 97% Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) Fonda is so solid throughout the documentary that an enthusiastic reference to a prophetic psychic reading sticks out as a flighty departure. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
A- 77% The King (2018) The overall merging of the two stories offers deeper insight into the fall of both the King and the country as a whole. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
C 46% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) The animation is certainly richer than the traditional flatness of the regular series, but you have to wonder to what use it's being put. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
B+ 75% Trolls (2016) Trolls winds up transforming from a prospective toy commercial to a spiritual lesson about being content with what you already have. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
B No Score Yet The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story (2015) The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story does a good job of continuing that give-the-audience-what they want promise, with enough backstory inside info to make it a glee-filled watch, just like the show that spawned it. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2015
B+ 81% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) There's no heartfelt, overarching message here-even teamwork, as much as it's mentioned, doesn't seem to stick with anyone-but that doesn't detract from the fun. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2015
B- No Score Yet My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (2013) My Little Pony: Equestria Girls continues the appeal of Friendship Is Magic, as the heartening lessons of Ponyville-on friendship, leadership, morality, etc.-transcend its equine-dominated world. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2013