Joey Magidson

Joey Magidson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
For the past decade, I've been writing for The Awards Circuit, writing all manner of reviews, covering the awards race, and injecting my own unique spin into the world of online journalism. When not seeing 300+ films a year, I'm obsessing over my dog, the Jets, or the Mets. There's nothing better than a great movie that whisks you away from reality, if only for two hours or so.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 97% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon would have made a bundle if it had opened traditionally last year. Now, it'll be on Disney+ and will bring in its own huge numbers there. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
1.5/4 25% Tom & Jerry (2020) Tom and Jerry should fire their agents. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/4 38% Cherry (2021) Tom Holland is great, the Russo Brothers add style to an old story, and it's all very well done. If you're a fan of Holland or the Russos, you'll be engaged. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
2.5/4 26% Crisis (2021) Crisis tells three stories, but doesn't especially tell any of them well. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
2/4 55% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) The United States vs Billie Holiday falls well short of its intended mark. Aside from Andra Day, there's nothing to latch on to. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
3/4 99% The Father (2021) The Father mainly is a vehicle for a performance from Anthony Hopkins for the ages. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
2.5/4 54% Silk Road (2021) Silk Road probably should have been a miniseries, not a movie. That way, the rise and fall could have been done deliberately. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
1.5/4 80% I Care a Lot (2021) I Care a Lot is a mean-spirited and unfunny black comedy. What a vile film. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
2/4 72% Jumbo (2021) Jumbo just can't go anywhere beyond its initial premise. It's a shame too, since there's so much promise within it. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
3/4 78% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) The casting of Kyle Allen and especially Kathryn Newton goes a long way here. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3.5/4 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Judas and the Black Messiah is a riveting and expertly crafted examination of personal, political, and social injustice. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
3/4 69% Land (2021) Land marks a solid welcome to feature filmmaking for Robin Wright. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
3/4 66% Falling (2020) Falling is a look at dementia, but done in a way that's unlike how almost any other movie has gone about it. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3.5/4 95% CODA (2021) CODA is phenomenal. Writer/director Sian Heder is able to mix comedy and drama with aplomb, never once tripping over the cliches of the genre. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
3/4 90% Together Together (2021) Together Together doesn't reinvent the wheel, that's for sure. Instead, it finds all the honesty it can in its premise and presents a lovely comedy with charm to spare. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/4 91% Pleasure (2021) It's sexually explicit, sure, but it's honest, raw, real, and even a little sweet. Somehow, it manages to find a balance - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
2.5/4 86% We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) We're All Going to the World's Fair is the first draft of a great film. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/4 96% Jockey (2021) Jockey has a great performance from Clifton Collins Jr. at its core. He gives the film its heart and its soul. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
2.5/4 55% Mayday (2021) Mayday has elements of a good film, but they never come together, leading to one of Sundance's more frustrating experiences this year. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
3/4 65% First Date (2021) First Date is a lot of fun. It may not be much more than that, but what it sets out to do, it does well. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
2.5/4 84% Passing (2021) Passing is a slight misfire, but it gives ample reason to be curious what Rebecca Hall does next behind the camera. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
3.5/4 93% Mass (2021) Mass will devastate you, yes, but it will also move you. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
2/4 67% Searchers (2021) Searchers may be more appealing to your grandparent, but to anyone with any bit of familiarity with modern dating, it offers up absolutely nothing new. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
3/4 84% On the Count of Three (2021) On the Count of Three takes a disturbing premise and does an impressive amount with it. Carmichael's filmmaking debut shows a ton of potential and makes him a talent to watch. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
3/4 97% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street is going to strike a chord for Sesame Street fans. What the doc showcases so well is why someone would love the show. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
3/4 69% How It Ends (2021) How It Ends may be too quirky for some, but it hit me just right. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
3/4 87% Censor (2021) Censor is an occasionally nasty piece of business, but it's as much about how someone reacts to gore, as it is a showcase for gore. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
3/4 88% Supernova (2021) Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci are at their best here. The chemistry shared between the two men is always in evidence, and there isn't a single bit of artifice to be found. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
2/4 47% The Little Things (2021) What Jared Leto, Rami Malek, and especially Denzel Washington saw in this film is beyond me. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
3.5/4 58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Malcolm & Marie burns with the fire of great acting. Zendaya and John David Washington are at their best here, without question. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
2/4 33% American Skin (2021) American Skin wants to say something important, and that's admirable. It's simply done in too scattershot of a way to be even close to effective. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
3.5/4 71% The Mauritanian (2021) The Mauritanian is going to make you angry. It's also likely to lead you to want to make a difference. That's what sets this one apart from so many 9/11 adjacent films. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
2.5/4 92% The White Tiger (2020) The White Tiger doesn't have sharp enough teeth to be the satire it's hoping for. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
3/4 76% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Pieces of a Woman has, first and foremost, some of the year's best acting, bar none. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
3.5/4 95% Soul (2020) Soul is about the things that make life worth living. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
2/4 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Wonder Woman 1984 isn't bad, it just falls well below the heights reached by the prior installment, losing some of its heart along the way, in service oof a very silly story. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
3.5/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) One Night in Miami... manages to depict four larger than life figures in an incredibly human manner. Entertaining and interesting, it's truly thought-provoking at its core. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/4 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman is a masterpiece. It should be required viewing for every male in high school, college, and beyond. Emerald Fennell is a genius and a mad scientist. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
2.5/4 79% Greenland (2020) Greenland does what it does reasonably well. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
2/4 29% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Wild Mountain Thyme certainly has a sweetness to it that prevents it from being a total misfire. It's just so bizarre and off kilter that you can never get on its wavelength. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
3/4 70% Tenet (2020) Tenet will go down as middle of the road Christopher Nolan. It's not a masterpiece and it's not a misfire. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
3/4 88% News of the World (2020) News of the World isn't trying to change cinema. Instead, it's just a classical movie that breathes life into the Western without being a revisionist tale. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/4 76% Wander Darkly (2020) Wander Darkly has one of Sienna Miller's very best performances to date. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/4 51% The Midnight Sky (2020) The Midnight Sky has a unique flavor to it. It's big, but also fairly intimate. There's scope, but it's also restrained. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
1.5/4 31% The Stand In (2020) Drew Barrymore makes a big effort here, but the material is not worth her troubles. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
3/4 89% Let Them All Talk (2020) What saves this film is the charm of the cast. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
3/4 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) As much as it sounds like tricky material, it's not. The film winds up being as funny as it is serious, with Mads Mikkelsen delivering a top notch performance at its core. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
2.5/4 90% Luxor (2020) Luxor is a mixed bag of an experience that ultimately leaves you wanting just a little bit more out of it. - Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3.5/4 96% Sound of Metal (2020) Sound of Metal will leave you stunned. There hasn't been anything quite like it, and considering its independent nature, that's even more of an achievement. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/4 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) Rachel Brosnahan is quite good here. Julia Hart, along with her co-writer and husband Jordan Horowitz, have crafted a screenplay that oozes intelligence. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020