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T-Meter Title | Year
66% Friends: The Reunion (2021) As reunions go, the whole thing is warm, funny, entertaining, and a little too treacly at times - but that's how Friends was, too, so it feels right. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
92% Tina (2021) A beautiful, moving film that feels like a summation of who Tina Turner is, yet also still leaves viewers wanting just a little bit more. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
69% Moxie (2021) Moxie is a story of teen feminist rebellion with a screenplay that plays every moment just a little too safe. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
96% The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) This is a rock documentary that doesn't just recount a band's rise, breakup, and successful reunion, though it does do that. It invites its audience to see the band's success from a deeper, more contextualized point of view. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
72% LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) Ultimately, The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special doesn't so much tell a story as spit out callbacks that seem to have come from a random Star Wars reference generator. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
67% The Glorias (2020) With a runtime of two and a half hours, it lasts too long and doesn't go deeply enough to register the way it should. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
100% Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe (2020) While the movie follows the usual Phineas and Ferb formula, it also builds on those formulas and allows certain relationships to evolve. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
98% The Go-Go's (2020) A testament to sisterhood and how age, wisdom, and an understanding of how rare and special certain relationships are can bust through even the most hardest grudges. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
No Score Yet Let's Go Crazy: The GRAMMY Salute to Prince (2020) The Prince tribute is just fun, celebratory in a way that things used to be when people were allowed to stand much closer than six feet from each other and dance their hearts out to "Baby I'm a Star." - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
84% Downton Abbey (2019) Downton Abbey, the series, has only been gone for a little more than three years. But that's just enough time to make its return very welcome, and to make this feel like the right moment to usher it back into the zeitgeist again. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
91% Running with Beto (2019) Running With Beto captures how much enthusiasm has been generated by those frustrated by both President Trump and Republican decision-making at various levels of government. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
88% Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' (2019) Even if it is a blatant nostalgia play, bringing some old TV history into the present seems like a smart move for ABC - and a reason for the rest of us to actually watch live network television for a change. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
100% Drew Michael (2018) The HBO show makes me think. It's inventive and cerebral, and insists that you ponder the mechanics of comedy, which is a valuable exercise. But it also leaves me asking... "Where's the funny in this?" - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
92% John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls (2018) First and foremost, this documentary is as a moving farewell to a flawed, but still admirable, man. But it also comes across as another type of good-bye, one to the basic civility Americans once were able to take for granted in the political realm. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) Clocking in at two hours and twenty minutes made the production crisper and more powerful than other TV musicals that drag on for three or more hours. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
98% Broadcast News (1987) Jane Craig is a feminist heroine in a way that few female romantic-comedy protagonists since have been, even the ones we consider strong and independent. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
100% Too Funny To Fail (2017) What Too Funny to Fail does do is make it clear, more broadly, that groundbreaking comedy is hard even when you've got a dream team creating it. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
92% Spielberg (2017) This is a documentary that could and should be shown in film schools. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) As is often the case in documentaries like this, absorbing all those details as part of one, tightly edited story gives them an impact they lack when digested in individual pieces over time. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
92% Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy (2017) Barriers and boundaries are established and only partially torn down in this laudatory but nevertheless moving film about one of the most famous and overanalyzed women to ever breathe oxygen. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
19% Dirty Dancing (2017) In summary, the new Dirty Dancing is disappointing and a bit all over the place. But its biggest sin is that it's bloated and boring. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
69% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) Winfrey delivers a performance that's on another level. It can be challenging, even when she's convincing in a film or on a series, to forget that we're watching Oprah. But as Deborah Lacks... Oprah Winfrey completely disappears. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) A significant, necessary piece of work, one that stays with you long after you rise out of your theater seat. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) No matter how unsinkable you are, no matter how hard you try to use The Force, it's impossible to look at that image of mother and daughter, fiercely by each other's sides, and do anything other than cry. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
58% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, while amusing in spots, too often plays like a moderately decent TV-reunion show that's diminished by its attempt to be a theatrical feature. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
94% The Jungle Book (2016) Even though it contains a few scary moments, I think this is a movie that parents should take their elementary school-aged children to see. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
27% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Vardalos, who once again wrote the screenplay and also stars, has built this sequel on the premise that everything that happened in the previous film should be recreated in the second, but in a way that feels even less organic. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) After Allegiant, some moviegoers may decide their work with this franchise is done here. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) Practically every moment of its seven-and-a-half-hour running time is thought-provoking, astonishing, sobering, hilarious, tragic, and sometimes all of those at once. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
59% Money Monster (2016) Even professionals sometimes take a loss, and that's what Money Monster ultimately feels like: an investment that doesn't quite pay off. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
0.5/4 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) After paying good money to take your family to see this film, you may be dealing with some anger-management issues of your own. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
1/4 8% Mother's Day (2016) When Aniston's character casually mentions Groundhog Day and Flag Day in conversation, I immediately thought to myself, "Be quiet, you, or Garry Marshall will get even more bad ideas." - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
2% Nina (2016) It's difficult to watch Nina and not compare it to What Happened, Miss Simone?... because the non-fiction version paints a more complete, nuanced portrait of a complicated woman. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
3.5/4 98% Zootopia (2016) The best animated film of the year, as well as one that conveys a message rarely heard in movies for children: Getting exactly what you hoped for isn't the end of the journey. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Kung Fu Panda 3 follows that same template almost to the letter and punctuation mark. But it's so engaging and entertaining that its reliance on that well-worn hero's journey narrative doesn't feel stale. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
47% How To Be Single (2016) When a modern love story elicits a few laughs while also showing off a New York that, under the direction of Christian Ditter, looks like a glimmering fairy land... you probably, honestly, won't really care that it doesn't reflect reality. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
1/4 7% Norm of the North (2016) Think of every trope associated with animated family movies and you'll find them all in Norm of the North, a thoroughly uninspired story of a polar bear attempting to save his habitat from a hypocritical hippie seeking to develop condos in the Arctic. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2016
68% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) A Very Murray Christmas, which deserves to exist for the sake of its title alone, is very Murray, but it's more understated, Wes Anderson-era Murray than, say, madcap, Caddyshack Murray. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
1.5/4 27% Victor Frankenstein (2015) As Radcliffe says from the beginning, we know this story. Since we already do, the longer this particular version of it continues, the more we wonder why we're bothering to sit through it. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
34% By The Sea (2015) It's a movie where every pause is long and every line of dialogue is supposed to carry great meaning, but ultimately sounds weighed down by excess pretension. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
28% Burnt (2015) Burnt is plated beautifully but lacks the complexity of flavor it so desperately wants to achieve. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
72% Crimson Peak (2015) When Guillermo del Toro set out to co-write and direct Crimson Peak, a work of Gothic horror as gorgeous as it is preposterous, the word "restraint" must have been missing from his movie-making mission statement. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
0/4 18% Love the Coopers (2015) "Love the Coopers" is one of the most jumbled, tonally misguided holiday movies in recent memory. It is an insult to tidings of comfort as well as joy, and a complete waste of the time and talents of its ensemble cast. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 95% East Side Sushi (2015) Lucero compensates for ... missteps with subtly persuasive visual choices and narrative restraint. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) Maybe the best thing about The Peanuts Movie, with detail so perfect that it brings tears to my eyes, is the way that Charlie Brown daydreams. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 36% Big Stone Gap (2015) The warmth of spirit behind this project allows its missteps to be mostly forgiven. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/4 87% Meet The Patels (2015) It's impossible not to care about the people on screen. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 62% Sneakerheadz (2015) Perhaps "Sneakerheadz" needs a sequel, one that more directly interrogates the shoe manufacturers themselves about the hazards of pumping up so much hype about their product. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 96% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) It's a thoroughly subjective and effective attempt to capture how it must have felt to be Marlon Brando. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) Who needs words when every frame is worth a thousand of them? - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015