Joanna Langfield

Joanna Langfield
Tomatometer-approved critic
Location: New York

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
64% Jungle Cruise (2021) Blub, blub.Even with this relatively benign ambition and an admittedly top-flight cast, the jungle's a bungle. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
69% Stillwater (2021) This Stillwater does, indeed, run deep. What initially appears to be a dramatic love story inspired by recent history is far more ambitious and complex. And revealing in ways we may not expect or even feel particularly good about. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
97% Pig (2021) This is not a movie for everybody. But it sure is a movie for me. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
92% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Has anyone ever been as charismatic as Anthony Bourdain? The working chef erudite, seemingly lover of life brought us along on his cultural and culinary travels with what we thought was a special intimacy. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
81% Black Widow (2021) Out Bonding Bond, this solo superhero flick is no Wonder Woman. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
48% The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) Don't complain if someone in your family wants to watch this. Because this sequel truly is aimed for family business, bright and kid-friendly, but with enough meta jokes and classic rock songs to make it work for all ages. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
62% 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) There's no fancy footwork here, unless you count the plays on the field, but, like the underdog football players it portrays, this little movie wins us over with old fashioned grit and heart. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
95% In the Heights (2021) Surprisingly, Jon M. Chu's adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony award winning musical hits even deeper, debuting as it is, after this past year. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
53% Queen Bees (2021) This is a movie that's far more effective than its buzz. Because if this picture does anything (and yes, it does), it proves good, experienced actors can elevate even the most ordinary of scripts. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) This is not your kid's Cruella. And that is a very good thing. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
66% Wrath of Man (2021) If you've been hankering for a big blaster, tossed with a big body count and some not so big twists, this one should hit your target. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
92% Limbo (2021) A slim movie with a big heart, this immigrant coming of age story hits some very right notes. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
49% Monday (2021) Anyone catching this dramatic love story for the sizzle should be prepared for the oncoming singe. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
21% Thunder Force (2021) Well, it's forced alright. What this one doesn't do is bring the thunder. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) For a movie made by the special effects team, this one isn't half bad. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2021
86% The Courier (2020) Several films acknowledging the efforts of ordinary citizens surreptitiously aiding in a war effort have gone under the radar lately. I hope that does not happen to this one. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
49% Coming 2 America (2021) Brimming with good laughs and an even better heart, this sweet reunion couldn't have come along at a better time. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) This beautiful blend of traditional Disney adventure and almost shockingly timely themes makes this animated adventure terrific and vital entertainment. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) I rarely dream about movies right after screening them, but this fact based drama slammed into my sleep. That's how impactful it is. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
62% French Exit (2021) Imperfectly perfect, this gem-like film can drive you crazy and make you love it all at the same time. Kind of like it's anti-heroic heroine. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
No Score Yet M (2017) Zendaya is what elevates this talky, ambitious piece into something worth seeing. Because Zendaya is transcendent, handling a difficult role with ease and the camera with absolute star power. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
45% The Little Things (2021) It should have been so much more fun to watch three terrific actors, Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto, combine forces. But too many holes and too little intensity makes the promised bonuses here just not add up. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) Inspired and inspiring, this is a beautifully made, entertaining drama. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
50% The Midnight Sky (2020) George Clooney's ambitious misfire is well intended, but curiously cold and uninvolving. There's an inherent problem here, one which could have offered up an artistic challenge, but somehow, Clooney just doesn't meet it. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
88% News of the World (2020) Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass reteam to tell us news of a tumultuous American post Civil War world that echoes in today's. While their efforts are visibly impressive, this historical warning may fall on deaf ears. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) This adaptation of the August Wilson drama is revelatory, beautifully staged as well as acted and almost perfect. Yes, I said almost. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
55% The Prom (2020) Look. We're all a bunch of frayed nerves and so, if you find a little merriment in this Ryan Murphy (Trademark) overstuffing, go. Have a good time. Or at least as good a time as you can with this insistently cheerful musical adaptation. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
88% Let Them All Talk (2020) How delicious is this? - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
80% I'm Your Woman (2020) As compelling as this crime drama is, there's a much appreciated bonus. And that's watching Rachel Brosnahan stretch just about as far from Miriam Maisel as she can. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
94% Nomadland (2021) Chloe Zhao's astonishing film about American nomads is remarkable for what it is as well as for where it takes us. Zhao brings us vividly into the world of men and women who live on and, in some cases, for, the road. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
69% The Last Vermeer (2020) Guy Pierce. That's it. That's the story. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
89% The Nest (2020) There's quite a bit to admire in this film about the intimacies of excess. I just wish I had actually liked it more. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Yes, I was miserable watching this. But not for the reasons I should have been. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat follow-up is as almost as astonishing as his first, with not just how'd-he-get-away-with-that fearlessness but now with the extra added bonus of political as well as societal urgency. Oh. And Rudy Guliani. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) Sweet and frothy, this likeable re-meet of Bill Murray and Sophia Coppola goes down easy. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Of course it's delightful to get to watch a snappy courtroom drama, offering some terrific actors, all getting a chance to shine, but, as he often does, Aaron Sorkin has a lot more on his mind. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) A gift that keeps on giving, this filmed version of the Broadway smash couldn't hit home screens at a better time. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
29% The War with Grandpa (2020) Among the so many other things I don't understand lately is why they're opening this one "in theaters only". - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
48% A Rainy Day in New York (2020) In his new autobiography, Woody Allen insists, several times, he is an ordinary guy who makes ordinary movies. This, his latest, proves him right. At least for the movie part. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
67% The Glorias (2020) Why can't we have a movie about our female icons that's even half as exhilarating as they are? - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
63% The Artist's Wife (2020) What could have been just another one of those "wife" stories gets a bit more interesting than we might have expected. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
90% Kajillionaire (2020) Miranda July's newest is deft, but disappointing. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
52% Coastal Elites (2020) I owe Paul Rudnick an apology. While I was complaining he wasn't posting his gloriously acerbic tweets enough, he was shaping this series of monologues about life as it is now, reminding us with a poignant hilarity, we are not alone. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
73% Mulan (2020) Now, this is my kind of Superhero movie. Disney's live action remake is more than Marvel-ous, it's a sweeping, inspirational and beautifully made film, one any family can and should enjoy. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
94% Critical Thinking (2020) John Leguizamo's salute to the high school chess team that could (and did) is the kind of compact, inspirational and entertaining film that used to find an audience. I hope it still can. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
72% An American Pickle (2020) If you are surprised at how good Seth Rogen is in his duel role here, you simply haven't been paying attention. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
28% The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) Perhaps there was a time when this very old fashioned romance could have been viewed as, I don't know, sweet? - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) Tom Hanks' newest aches to be on the big screen. But, the world being what it is, this more condensed wanna-be World War II naval epic still stirs. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
94% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) If you're looking for a hero, look no further than John Lewis, the non-violent activist who walked the walk with Martin Luther King, Jr. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
97% Hamilton (2020) Lin Manuel Miranda's brilliant musical, with this intimate and often thrilling film presentation, bows again as the gift that keeps on giving. - The Movie Minute EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020