John Fink

John Fink
John Fink's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Film Stage
Publications: The Film Stage

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Unfortunately, a one-note romantic comedy with all the tropes isn't exactly the best way to parody the genre, even if it's wrapped in an empowering story that tackles the gender problems at the core of heteronormative rom-coms. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
B 100% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) The Disappearance of My Mother emerges as a tender and moving portrait in passages as we jump between various modes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 100% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Often hilarious and always a delight, Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins is the conversational, down-home story of the Smith College-educated Texan who found herself bouncing around the country to find her voice. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 85% Stieg Larsson - The Man Who Played With Fire (2019) Stieg Larsson's story may be best served through the lens of a filmmaker who is granted some artistic license to explore the legacy of this remarkably brave and passionate journalist. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C 48% Escape Room (2019) Students of the genre will know what's coming and if you're craving a few thrills, you can do far worse. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2019
D+ 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) Holmes & Watson fails precisely because its filmmaker has no desire to take control of the material. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
A 96% Amazing Grace (2018) Amazing Grace is a rousing performance lensed with simple, raw, intimate filmmaking that's unforgettable and nourishing for the soul. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
B 100% United We Fan (2018) An energetic and interesting look at the culture of fandom from the grassroots efforts to save shows like Star Trek in the late 60s to modern activism taking place on Twitter and crowdfunding platforms that gave a second life to shows like Veronica Mars. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
C 25% Nobody's Fool (2018) I still think Perry, who has made 18 feature films, will eventually make his masterpiece of American cinema. This is far from it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C- No Score Yet London Fields (2018) London Fields knows what notes to play but not how they ought to come together. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C 37% Hunter Killer (2018) An action movie your uncle would have liked after receiving on VHS from Columbia House. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B+ 100% Screwball (2018) Covers the doping scandal without fear or favor, interested in the kinds of bit players behind the headlines whose stories are often way more interesting than the athletes that have fallen from grace. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
B+ 100% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) A captivating personal journey with a concern for harmony and a gentle sense of humor. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
A- 89% The Sentence (2018) The Sentence is a powerful film full of rich, raw emotions as all parties explore their vulnerabilities. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
C 30% The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (2018) Still, Hill's choices are mostly smart, and the film works well when throwing the three men - Brolin, McBride, and Jordan - together into set pieces recycled from better comedies. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
B+ 93% Weirdos (2016) Landing somewhere between his brilliant character study Trigger and the frustrating, if not beautiful and heartbreaking This Movie is Broken, Weirdos is an endearing throwback to the moment where good kids engage in this kind of behavior. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
B- 56% Duck Butter (2018) The real stars of the show are Shawkat and Costa, who sustain what might be in the wrong hands-for the sake of argument, let's just call them Joe Swanberg's hands-an insufferable relationship drama. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
D 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Not every Blumhouse outing will be another Get Out, but Truth or Dare is the lowest common denominator of PG-13 teen horror. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
C+ 19% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) Ambitious and deeply flawed, Acrimony may appeal to hardcore fans of The Room-it's not every day a melodrama comes along that's this fun precisely because it never takes itself seriously. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
B 100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) Workman's film is a gentle city symphony that provides a love letter to the five boroughs without much drama or tension. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
B- 87% Alt-Right: Age of Rage (2018) The foundation for a terrific, informative and bone-chilling documentary about where we currently are is here, but the problem is that we're still very much in the middle of this story. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
C+ 60% Perfect (2018) A trippy take on genetic engineering, Perfect is a mind-altering film that, depending on the viewer's sensibilities, will either be an expressionist gem or a hollow exercise in style over substance. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
C+ 89% Fast Color (2018) Perhaps a more nuanced and understated picture that wasn't so quick to broaden its scope might have made for a more compelling experience. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
C 71% Galveston (2018) Galveston looks and feels like a retread of moments borrowed from far better pictures. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
A- 93% Support the Girls (2018) It's a biting commentary on American labor and capitalism in the form of a mainstream crowd pleaser. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
A- 83% Relaxer (2018) A borderline masterpiece of "what the fuck" insanity, films that are simultaneously this absurd and this watchable are a feat. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
C+ 62% Most Likely to Murder (2018) Most Likely To Murder with its lame brain situations and surface-level comedy is mostly just an R-rated sitcom. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
C+ 83% Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018) It leaves too many unanswered threads, attempting to at once demystify the creator and preserve the mystery around the creations that dominated his public persona. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
B+ 81% Sadie (2018) Sadie is a grim and moving character study grounded by exceptional performances. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
C 94% Social Animals (2018) The film celebrates youth culture without offering much in the way of critique. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
100% Pet Names (2018) A minor triumph of self-discovery even if it falls prey to a few of the usual tropes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
B 80% More Human Than Human (2018) Like the scientists, practitioners, and artists featured here, More Human Than Human is just scratching the surface, and that's exciting enough. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
B 62% The New Romantic (2018) The New Romantic is the rare film presents these relationships without judgment offering up the good, bad, painful, and confusing as a matter of fact. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
B 100% Operation Odessa (2018) The fact these guys are willing to talk on the record is of tremendous interest; if only the storytelling was a bit tighter. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
B 97% Thunder Road (2018) Uncompromisingly challenging at times, Jim Cummings' feature-length adaptation of his award-winning 2016 short film Thunder Road offers a unique portrait of a tightly wound lawman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
B+ 83% Blockers (2018) The sex pact comedy subgenre has grown up and the future is female. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
B 98% On Her Shoulders (2018) On Her Shoulders is an essential documentary about an inspiring young woman and allies that still have a lot more work to accomplish. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
B 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The Guilty is an exhilarating, minimalist thriller that effectively sinks its hooks in, despite its bland, melodramatic title. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
B 94% RBG (2018) Intimate without being obtrusive, RBG doesn't exactly demystify the Supreme Court so much as it brings us closer to one of its greats. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
A- 100% Minding the Gap (2018) This is modern day John Cassavetes with tattoos and punk music. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
B 93% Bugs (2016) While Bugs is a brief yet fascinating culinary adventure in the vein of some of the more extreme shows you'll find on cable TV, it never overstays its welcome nor does the filmmaking dive into full-fledged manipulative activism. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
B 85% Big Time (2017) Big Time is a slight yet intimate portrait of a modern genius. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
B+ 96% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) Hidden away for twenty years to protect Carrey, the footage is a fascinating master class in performance, the kind of thing that might not fly today in light of revelations of harassment. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
C 35% Jigsaw (2017) Jigsaw is hollow genre exercise from a series that once dared to dip its toe into the health care debate. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
D 14% Geostorm (2017) The gleefully absurd ingenuity of Geostorm stops at its title. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
B 71% American Satan (2017) A maddening hyper-nightmare of smoke, hypodermic needles, and hard rock that somehow is far more endearing than it ought to be. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
B No Score Yet Chemical Cut (2016) Conrad proves to a new voice in independent cinema that's worth watching. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
C- 20% The House (2017) All the best gags are assembled (by more skillful editors) in the trailers and seem to fall relatively flat in their proper context. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
B+ 95% Night School (2017) Night School is a triumphant and affecting film that explores the issue of inequality beyond the usual political, paternal talking points. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
B 86% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) With its brisk running time, this is more or less a film you might want to see between dinner and a crepe. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017