Jade Budowski

Jade Budowski
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Publications: Decider

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T-Meter Title | Year
78% Mosul (2020) Mosul is a well-made action film with an important message and a lot of heart, a combination seen all too rarely these days. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
No Score Yet Notes for My Son (2020) Deftly blends the painful reality of death and loss with what it means to laugh and celebrate life. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
62% The Informer (2020) There are so many other B-level crime thrillers that get the job done much better. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
36% Knock Knock (2015) Knock Knock begins with a sinister, sexy premise, but its tonal inconsistency and misguided direction never quite let the film find its feet. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
No Score Yet The Soul of America (2020) While it may have a tendency to preach, The Soul of America offers a compelling journey through history and often chilling examination of parallels in history and present day. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
46% The Craft: Legacy (2020) A pleasant series of scenes with some unearned bigger moments. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
No Score Yet Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb (2020) This special little film boasts all the qualities of a great documentary. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
40% Alone (2020) The effects are pretty mediocre, the zombies aren't as scary as they could be, and the love story leaves a lot to be desired. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
17% After We Collided (2020) After We Collided doesn't earn a place in the so-bad-it's-good category it aspires to. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
11% The Doorman (2020) It's watchable, yes, but if you really want to go in on this kind of thing, you're much better off diving into the Die Hard rip-offs of the '90s that are available. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
51% Hubie Halloween (2020) Hubie Halloween is pure, gross, goofy, extremely earnest harmless Halloween fun; a worthy addition to the mid-tier Sandman repertoire. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
100% Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story (2020) Thanks to stirring interviews, exciting set footage, and an intimate look at what it takes to get the job done, Stuntwomen kicks major ass. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
63% This Is Paris (2020) An eye-opening and intriguing portrait of an early-aughts pop culture icon turned contemporary businesswoman and activist. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
50% The Paramedic (El practicante) (2020) Boasts strong performances, a competent script, and a well-executed slow burn which can be hard to come by these days. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
88% #Alive (2020) Thanks to top-notch performances, genuinely gruesome special effects, and a tight script, #Alive manages to overcome genre pitfalls and predictable plot twists and deliver something truly memorable. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
No Score Yet So Much Love to Give (Corazón Loco) (2020) With a premise as played out as this one, the script needs to be relatively airtight, and unfortunately, it's not. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
96% Class Action Park (2020) It strikes a tone that few documentaries are able to, balancing light and dark in a way that is effective on a storytelling level and feels respectful to those hurt by the park. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
86% 1BR (2020) 1BR more than deserves its place amongst other (literal) cult classics. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
83% Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies (2020) Doesn't just showcase nakedness on screen, but compellingly explains its political, social, and artistic significance over decades. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
27% The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) Even beloved actors can't save this shallow attempt at inspiration. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
55% The Lost Husband (2020) Despite its indulgent length, its strong performances and gentle nature may be enough to win your heart. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
69% We Summon the Darkness (2020) A gruesomely good riff on a beloved genre that seamlessly manages to mesh the familiar with the refreshing. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
No Score Yet Rogue Warfare: The Hunt (2020) Weak script, poor performances, and antiquated, racist depictions of the Middle East. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
94% Yes, God, Yes (2020) This heartfelt, unabashedly horny tale of one girl's quest to understand her desire is more than worth your time. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
57% Duck Butter (2018) It is not a light movie (as the trailers might suggest), but it's a unique, refreshing one, driven by remarkable performances from Shawkat and Costa. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
92% Ali's Wedding (2017) Stream it. It's smart, funny, and poignant, a rare combination for romantic comedies these days. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
85% American Made (2017) Rather than serving as another vehicle for Cruise's charisma, American Made acts as a showcase for supporting player Domhnall Gleeson, who nearly walks away with the movie despite his limited screen time. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya may be touted for its dark sense of humor, but beneath its (frequently quite literal) punchlines lives an unsettling horror film. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
99% The Tale (2018) Jennifer Fox's dramatization of her own childhood sexual abuse is a searing, necessary watch. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018
79% SOMM (2013) Somm is the rare documentary that truly has you invested from the very beginning, takes you on an emotional roller coaster, and teaches you something about a topic you may otherwise never have learned. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2018
100% End Game (2018) With its lean runtime, stunning cinematography, and delicate and smart handling of nearly impossible subject matter, End Game manages to transcend its genre peers and deliver something truly special and unique. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
100% Mercury 13 (2018) They didn't get the chance to take a step on the moon, but they still made a giant leap for womankind - and it's about time their names were known. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
No Score Yet The Trader (Sovdagari) (2018) It's a reminder that we shouldn't take things for granted, and that happiness can be found in even the smallest of pleasures - like trying on a secondhand scarf or chasing after bubbles. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
76% Una (2017) The complicated nature of the lingering effects of abuse is one that rarely is explored on screen, but it remains a vital part of the conversation. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
No Score Yet Ram Dass, Going Home (2018) ... it's not a larger-than-life, drawn-out 30 minutes of praise, but rather a chance to see him as a down-to-earth, genuinely compassionate man, one who has spent his life trying to help others find peace in their souls. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
96% The Florida Project (2017) The Happiest Place on Earth can be wherever you want it to be. And I know now that should never be taken for granted. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
100% King In The Wilderness (2018) By allowing us to hear what happened from the people closest to King, King in the Wilderness breaks new ground and paints a revealing, empathetic portrait in the process. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
83% Happy Anniversary (2018) ...it is a rare rom-com about what happens after the meet-cute and ensuing honeymoon phase, and it sincerely captures the restlessness that comes when external forces are putting pressure on your relationship. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
100% Notes From The Field (2018) ... it's breathtaking, totally necessary viewing. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
93% Radius (2017) ... it maintains a sense of self-awareness and depth that sets it apart from many of its genre counterparts. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
91% Human Flow (2017) It's an ambitious, expansive project, and it's clear that Weiwei has poured his heart and soul into it so that we can see the hearts and souls of the millions affected by this devastation. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
43% When We First Met (2018) Watching a guy try to get out of the friend zone by any means possible for 90 minutes is not really my idea of a fun rom-com, but it does make for a pretty chilling thriller. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
91% Hot Fuzz (2007) Wright understands how to perfectly balance action, comedy, drama, and suspense, and it pays off. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
94% Newtown (2016) Newtown succeeds because of the powerful emotional story it tells; while it is incredibly gut-wrenching, it leaves viewers with a message of hope and unity, and a vital call to action. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
89% Waitress (2007) This little movie's got a lot of heart, and it's a heart that's unafraid to embrace life's littlest moments in all its forms. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
No Score Yet What the Health (2017) ... there's no doubt that you'll have a lot to think about by the time What the Health's credits roll. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
28% Elizabethtown (2005) ... it captures the imperfect, specific nature of the human experience in the face of life's saddest occasions. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
78% The Void (2017) ... one of best scare-fests of the last year ... - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
74% Signs (2002) Signs manages to be creepy, emotional, and thrilling all at once. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
36% Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) Buffy the Vampire Slayer evidently exists to show us what a rough, rough draft looks like... - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018