Joe Lipsett

Joe Lipsett
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 58% Brightburn (2019) WhileBrightburn gives its characters short shrift, the filmdeserves praise for its willingness to go dark and gory. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) ...it's easy to fall in love with both girls, and the film's refusal to stoop to simplistic moral messages in favour of celebrating the bonds of (female) friendship is refreshing and genuinely applause-worthy. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2/5 15% The Hustle (2019) If you've seen the original film, there's no reason to watch this new one; aside from a few modern updates, it's the exact same movie. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/5 62% Knives and Skin (2019) Audacious in its experimental nature, when Knives and Skin works, it's wildly entertaining. Unfortunately the highs are too few...and the film's emphasis on style over narrative and character makes for a viewing experience that drags - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
45% Captive State (2019) The action saves Rupert Wyatt's sci-fi allegory from its one-dimensional characters - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Fans of other teen tearjerkers like The Fault In Our Stars and anything in the Nicholas Sparks oeuvre will find plenty to enjoy here - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's a shame that Larson isn't given more opportunities to lend the character some heft, especially since Captain Marvel works best when it's focusing on its characters, not its intergalactic war. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
8% Jawbreaker (1999) ...there are two other reasons why the film has developed such a devoted fan base since its release two decades ago: the iconic costumes and Stein's gleefully acerbic script. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) The sequel is an admirable attempt to offer a new spin on a familiar tale that frequently works in the small moments, but horror audiences anticipating a second round of Baby Face will undoubtedly walk away disappointed. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4.5/5 100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Horror Noire is always entertaining, but more importantly, it is an opportunity to acknowledge and advance the narrative about the contributions of Black talent in front and behind the camera. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
71% SuperGrid (2018) SuperGrid fails to offer anything new to the dystopian road movie subgenre, but it handles the expected tropes in a confident and enjoyable fashion - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 44% The Prodigy (2019) It's a little too obvious and straightforward, but for fans of the subgenre or rubberneckers intrigued about the ending, it'll do the trick. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
87% My Friend Dahmer (2017) My Friend Dahmer excels by going beyond a simple examination of Jeff Dahmer. Meyers' script doesn't excuse or condone Jeff's behaviour, but it doesn't shy away from the broader social circumstances that contributed to his isolation and despair - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/5 56% You Might Be the Killer (2018) Ultimately You Might Be The Killers overstays its welcome and sputters to a (foregone) conclusion that relies too much on unearned audience investment in secondary characters who are little more than types. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet Attack of the Tattie-Bogle (2017) Attack of the Tattie-Bogle is a lean and mean slasher film that's light on character development and glossy production values. If audiences...go along for the ride, they'll discover that this microbudget labour of love is a quick, fun thrill ride - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet The Moose Head Over the Mantel (2017) ...the vast majority of the film is shot from higher vantage points..., there's a pervasive sense of objective voyeurism whereby the audience is both implicated in the horrendous events and simultaneously kept dispassionately at arm's length... - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
2/4 29% Inside (2018) If you haven't seen the original, Inside (2016) is fine, albeit slightly predictable and a little ridiculous in its last act. If you've seen the original, the only reason to watch this is to satisfy your curiosity - Nightmare on Film Street EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
50% Darken (2018) Darken is a compelling new entry in the sci-fi genre and it marks Cummings as a director to keep an eye on. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) The fantastic elements bring levity to the film's upsetting themes and plot developments, helping writer/director Issa Lopez and her young protagonists soar. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
95% Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo (Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau) (2017) Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo is a naturalistic real-time romance that rewards audiences with intimacy and a sweet character-driven romance so long as squeamish moviegoers can enjoy/endure the opening hardcore sex sequence. Definitely worth a look. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
96% Little Men (2016) Little Men is an unhurried, very human film that bemoans the adult circumstances that intrude on childhood, all the while acknowledging that these events contribute to the adults we eventually become. It is a great, lovely, enjoyable film. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
81% Kiki (2017) Kiki features a cast of eloquent, engaging characters struggling against a broad range of socio, economic, and political obstacles, but the way that filmmaker Jordenö engages with the context and history of these issues lacks depth. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
20% Hooked (2018) It is clear after watching Hooked that Emerson needed a firm, guiding hand... While he may have begun the project with noble intentions, the finished product is a disjointed mess of clichés that do not have much new or insightful to say... - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet Body Electric (Corpo Elétrico) (2017) ... it's nice to spend time with these characters, share their exuberance for life and laugh at their antics. They may be the same as when we met them, but we're better off for spending time with them. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
82% Handsome Devil (2017) Writer/director John Butler has crafted a feel good film that overcomes a fairly predictable plot with winning performances. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet M/M (2018) Despite the lack of dialogue and narrative thrust, M/M is...easy to get lost in... Unfortunately the film loses focus in its final act, by which time the themes have been hammered home and the mysteries of the relationship mostly extinguished. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet Henchmen (2016) There's an interesting story to be told about the men and women working behind the scenes in the superhero genre, but this isn't that film. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
45% Second Act (2018) For fans of Jennifer Lopez fans and/or those looking for an "okay" tear jerker, Second Act is perfectly respectable entertainment. Alas the inherent messiness makes this one skippable for everyone else. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) The ending, with its soaring crescendo score and supposed emotional pay-off, is clearly meant to provoke cathartic waterworks. The best my theatre could manage was a polite cough and a guffaw. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
3.5/5 38% Glass (2019) Glass is a polarizing film that combines the strengths and the weaknesses of its two predecessors in a not-altogether-successful hybrid. And yet...there's something fascinating and complex about it nonetheless. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3.5/5 75% Pledge (2019) At its core, Pledge is an uncomfortable examination of the conflicts that can arise when desire and power intersect in bro-social situations. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 100% A Moment in the Reeds (2017) Considering how memorable and impassioned Mikko Makela's film is, audiences may find themselves devouring A Moment In The Reeds with similar enthusiasm. It's a strong contender for queer film of the year. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) In a world that frequently feels constructed on doom and gloom narratives, an endearing story about the value and importance of friendship feels both timely and welcome. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/5 79% The Forest of the Lost Souls (A Floresta das Almas Perdidas) (2018) What the film lacks in substance, however, it more than makes up for in ruthless efficiency. It is a surprisingly cruel film, which is an inherent part of its charm. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 77% The Clovehitch Killer (2018) Skiles' direction and Plummer's performance, plus the focus on darkness permeating a small town suburbia, lends the film a My Friend Dahmer-esque vibe that will undoubtedly attract a sizeable following - Anatomy of a Scream EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
2.5/5 97% Starfish (2019) It doesn't entirely work, but the film's dreamy visuals, catchy indie rock playlist and dedicated lead performance by Virginia Gardner (Marvel's The Runaways) should net the film a passionate audience and a dedicated cult following. - Anatomy of a Scream EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 67% The Witch in the Window (2018) The Witch In The Window is a deliberately slow-paced, quietly sorrowful film about a man trying to reconnect with his family. By prioritizing character development, Mitton has crafted an emotionally rich film that...has the capacity to chill. - Anatomy of a Scream EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
2.5/5 82% Await Further Instructions (2018) Await Further Instructions deliberately resists pitting the characters' beliefs against each other in favour of keeping the conflict shallow and straightforward...This is particularly true once the body count begins to rise - Anatomy of a Scream EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Housewife (2017) Housewife is implicitly interested in how roles and destiny are imposed on women -- often against their will and, in this case, by men. - Anatomy of a Scream EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
82% Ruin Me (2018) DeFrancis and Bissett's script never quite recovers its footing, resulting in a climactic chase that feels too drawn out... Despite the polarizing scene, there's a lot to recommend about Ruin Me. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
88% The Invitation (2016) The Invitation is a great potboiler of a film, rich with character and atmosphere. You know you're onto something special when a slap, a twist of a key or an after dinner toast can instil fear and dread. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
100% The Unseen (2016) Geoff Redknap has crafted a solid family drama with a dash of science-fiction. While the film does have plot and pacing issues, The Unseen excels in its use of atmosphere and its seamless blend of practical and CGI special effects. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
86% Embers (2015) Embers is interested in exploring what happens when we lose our memory - of ourselves, of our loved ones, essentially of our lives. The result is a deeply contemplative and breathtakingly human film. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
83% Phantom Detective (Tamjung Hong Gil-dong: Sarajin Ma-eul) (2016) All in all, this modern take on Korea's famed Hong Gil-dong character is both hilarious and heartfelt, with great performance by lead Lee Je-hoon and youngsters Roh Jeong-eui and Kim Ha-na. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
14% Tank 432 (Belly of the Bulldog) (2016) Tank 432 is an interesting exercise of a film, but features too little characterization and little dramatic payoff to satisfy - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
79% Realive (2017) Realive is a solid entry in Mateo Gil's wheelhouse of deeply resonant emotional dramas(...) This "wrong time" love story works because of the chemistry between the leads, even if the present day/future conflicts pale slightly in comparison. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
83% Animals (Tiere) (2017) As the film progresses and the head injuries accumulate, the narrative(...)become increasingly convoluted and nothing is certain. Animals delights in spending time in this nebulous area, refusing simple answers about what we're seeing. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
88% Better Watch Out (2017) Better Watch Out goes to completely unexpected and(...)gruesome places. The nasty shocks are off-set by treading the always tricky horror/comedy line with wit aplomb, thanks to a cocky, confident script by Kahn and director Chris Peckover. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
50% Game of Death (2017) There is a lot to like about Game of Death - the gore, the premise, the opening scenes - but Landry and Morais-Lagace's project is undermined by poor pacing, bland narrative arcs and a lack of conflict. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
67% Fabricated City (2017) What Fabricated City loses in aping the plot of successful action films, it more than makes up for with its killer balance of action, comedy and style. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018