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T-Meter Title | Year
75% The Wandering Earth (2019) The characters remain archetypes, but the film eventually earns its syrupy sentimentality. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
46% What Men Want (2019) What Men Want won't let viewers have it all, but what we get is more than satisfying. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
64% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Its ideas are silly, but Jake Gyllenhaal delivers them with such goofy passion that who cares? - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
41% The Upside (2019) Compared with the streamlined Intouchables, the remake feels ungainly, inexpertly suturing together the French source material with Hollywood formula. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters achieves that ultimate goal of art as expressed by the artist Robert Filliou: It's art that makes life more interesting than art. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
89% Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018) While the material in 100% Fresh may technically be new, it's hardly original. Most of it is just a litany of petty complaints that arrive practically cobwebbed. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
85% Dumplin' (2018) A movie so lifeless you'd have more fun guessing the Netflix niche group that the production is supposed to satisfy. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) While it pays lip service to how bad it is to pit women against each other, that's exactly what the movie is structured to do, cross-cutting between the two queens in similar poses and compositions and thus asking us to compare and contrast them. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) In the movies, love is cheap. It's everywhere and nowhere, too often reduced to a formula or a reward. Beale Street knows better. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
94% CAM (2018) If the first half of Cam is pleasantly episodic and purringly tense, the latter half-in which Alice searches for her hacker-is clever, inventive, and wonderfully evocative. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) It's unsettlingly tense for much of its runtime, but its greatest accomplishment is its portrait of youthful alienation, and what can happen when individuals are unable to ever connect. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) A confident and compassionate first film. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
68% Beautiful Boy (2018) We begin to understand David's feelings of constant frustration at these dreary cycles of addiction, and while that might be exactly what the film (admirably) intends, there's no denying it makes for a vexing viewing experience. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) A near-masterpiece-a simmering chase movie that gradually heats up to a searing family drama that wonders how to care for a loved one that's impossible to live with. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
13% Life Itself (2018) Life, it seems, can be summarized as Terrible Things Keep Happening to Nice, Attractive People, Especially the Women. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) A Simple Favor reintroduces Lively as a character actress-a sexy, funny, award-worthy revelation. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) This premise holds some promise, but The Happytime Murders is a joyless, soulless slog, wasting the efforts of co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks. (Only Maya Rudolph, playing Phil's ditzy but puppet-tolerant secretary Bubbles, escapes pity.) - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
92% Searching (2018) Co-writers Chaganty and Sev Ohanian carefully construct a twisty whodunit that flirts with the lurid but ultimately remains grounded in suburban reality. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
97% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Stilted and scattered and strangely cold in its cinematography, it's a handsomely shot whole lotta nothin'. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman uses history to illustrate how we're repeating it. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The film's arrival is undeniably momentous. But it's nearly as vital that Crazy Rich is a romantic comedy -- a genre that relies on charisma above all else. The film's stereotype-busting approach is multifarious. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) It doesn't help that Kunis and McKinnon share zero chemistry, thus sucking the air out of each scene in which they're supposed to be bonding. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) An important corrective to many contemporary and historical accounts of Hollywood, reinstating the queerness that has too often been straight-washed out of them, as well as a fascinating chronicle of an apparently nonexploitative model of sex work. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) The intricacy of the pieces and stagings... makes McQueen the relatively rare documentary that demands to be seen on the big screen. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The film's uncanny images build in wit and discomfort until they reach nightmarish proportions-an artful metaphor for unrestrained capitalism's natural endpoint. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2018
54% The First Purge (2018) The First Purge largely succeeds in capturing the bewilderment many of us are feeling about America these days... I'd be hard-pressed to think of another movie this year that better conveys the disbelief that this what America has come to. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) It sneaks up on you, then leaves you in paralyzed shock. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
90% Eating Animals (2018) An annoyingly blinkered piece of agitprop-but an effective one, too. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
56% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) There's a very good probability that the story of how first-time writer-director Christian Papierniak finagled the (rather impressive) cast for his feature debut is vastly more interesting than the (rather unimpressive) film itself. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
49% Superfly (2018) A delightful surprise: funny, brutal, stylish, and thoughtful. It updates the blaxploitation genre with wit and resonance. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 is in many ways a mirror image of its predecessor, but it's most delightful when it follows its own path toward girly transcendence. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary is so refreshing in part because it invents its own scare vocabulary. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
92% John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls (2018) It's certainly an inspirational portrait; it's also a blatant exercise in legacy management... Still, For Whom is entirely convincing, even moving, in its intimation that McCain's passing will mark the alarming disappearance of the GOP's old guard. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
73% The Misandrists (2018) The result feels haphazard, rendering the 85-minute running time a slog, and is stuffed with bad-on-purpose lines like, "Wake up and smell the estrogen." - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) The cast is just as game for the broad humor as it is for the emotional beats; the latter's familiarity doesn't detract from its poignancy. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
100% Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018) Hard Knock Wife makes for some filthily maternal (and wonderfully progressive) counterprogramming. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
21% Terminal (2018) Like a teen's journal, writer-director Vaughn Stein's debut feature is a scrapbook stuffed with allusions. The fondness is clear. But the resulting compilation is self-indulgent twaddle. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
27% Breaking In (2018) The twists and turns are plentiful and effective, but mostly humdrum movie material. Only an early scene, in which Shaun stabs one of the intruders with a broken piece of wineglass, stands out as an ingenious bit of genre play. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
24% Overboard (2018) The new paint job is nice, but the insides may be too creaky to salvage. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
94% RBG (2018) A proficient but prosaic overview of Ginsburg's (exceptional) life and (world-improving) accomplishments. If you know enough to be impressed, you've probably heard at least a few of the oft-told statistics and anecdotes that burnish the RBG myth here. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
85% Tully (2018) You can see in Theron's overly caffeinated eyes and slumped back the layers of loneliness and self-loathing that finally burst through, demanding change. Their truth, if taken seriously, could reorganize millions of lives. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) With Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams starring as its furtive, inflamed lovers, Disobedience has pedigree to spare. But the result feels wonky and lopsided, as if several crucial scenes were left behind on the cutting-room floor. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) An honest-to-God fiasco. Virtually every single aspect of this rigidly unfunny comedy is botched, from the characters to the plot, the themes to the core message. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
87% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) At 75 minutes, the resulting feature is the definition of slight, but just winsome and optimistic enough to justify itself. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) A vista-worshipping, socially observant, and altogether moving exploration of how difficult it is to be wise even when the alternative is statistically guaranteed death. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
81% Chappaquiddick (2018) Serves as a timely reminder that voters on either side of the aisle are susceptible to influence, especially when it's wrapped up in male entitlement and oligarchical polish. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) Blockers is about as funny and heartfelt as studio comedies get (which isn't meant as a backhanded compliment), while smart and insightful enough to double as a guide to raising teenage girls. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
84% First Match (2018) Newman doesn't give the film much room to breathe, or to develop Monique as a person beyond her dysfunctions and the solutions thereof. The film's connect-the-dots approach to storytelling leaves it gasping for slice-of-life details. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One has no obligation to be a rigorous intellectual exercise, even if it amounts to a wasted doesn't have to be so facile, either. Maybe next time the screenwriters shouldn't set the difficulty mode to easy. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
46% Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) Fails to fully develop the stakes at hand, but it features more thoughtful world-building than most faith-based films, as well as a bracing honesty about the difficulty of reconciling idealistic credos with a harsh and unforgiving world. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018