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
C 79% See For Me (2021) A home invasion thriller with a few predictable twists and turns, See For Me has an intriguing concept that could have transcended the boundaries of a well-worn genre. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
B 100% as of yet (2021) The charm of Garron's comedy, which is one of the better narrative films to explicitly deal with the COVID era, is that gently evokes some of the anxieties and isolation we felt without inducing them once again. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
B 98% My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To (2021) Each densely packed and claustrophobic frame feels like voyeurism as we witness intimate, private family movements sometimes at a distance and from around the corner. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
B 96% The Human Factor (2020) Moreh's approach creates a surprisingly comprehensive, if (by design) one-sided, American-centric view of the peace process. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
B 92% The Fallout (2021) Covering the same ground as many fiction and non-fiction works about grieving and action in the wake of tragedy, Park's picture feels somewhat more nuanced. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
C+ 44% Our Father (2021) Our Father is ultimately a mixed bag of a film, with moving moments often punctuated with frustrating ones. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
B- 95% Language Lessons (2021) In terms of its cinematic value, it never quite transcends, feeling like a film that's necessary in the moment without exploring the impact of the pandemic head-on. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
B 100% Dear Mr. Brody (2021) With Dear Mr. Brody, Maitland again has brought history vividly to life, here with all the gusto of good reality TV, chronicling the rise and fall of a subject that might have just been another footnote in the history of counterculture. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
B 100% United States vs. Reality Winner (2021) Kennebeck's picture is both deep-sourced and somewhat muted in its criticism of the NSA and prosecutors, who are seeking a win by any means necessary, including one-sided character assassinations. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
B 75% WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021) Yet another fascinating example of the overhyping of so-called wiz-kids who are able to achieve growth thanks to dumb money, but can't manage through a downturn. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
C 96% Alone Together (2021) It's a shame pop musician Charli XCX wasn't quarantined with anyone with formal film training during the pandemic. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
B+ 97% Swan Song (2021) The film is built on a wonderfully nuanced performance by Kier, who behind his sadness and longing can still lob a sassy witticism at rival Dee Dee Dale. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
B+ 100% The Last Cruise (2021) A vital and horrifying record of a crisis that we should have quickly learned from. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
C+ 86% Recovery (2021) Mileage in the jokes to laugh ratio may vary as it takes some time to eventually land a few big laughs amongst its many road movie tropes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
B 96% See You Then (2021) What is most fascinating about Walker's feature is the intoxicating rhythm it concocts while taking certain narrative liberties. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
B 80% Ludi (2021) Arriving on the festival circuit just as a group of Ivy League-educated millionaires in Congress punted on raising the minimum wage, Edson Jean's Ludi is an often riveting work of social realism. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
B 71% Violet (2020) Violet, Justine Bateman's often sharp commentary on a certain side of the movie business, suggests what might have happened if the protagonist of Kitty Green's The Assistant decided to stay in her toxic work environment for the rest of her career. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
B 93% Lily Topples The World (2021) An often exciting exploration of the world through the eyes of Lily Hevesh, who has put her ten thousand hours in prior to graduating high school and is now living the dream. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
B- 88% The Hunt for Planet B (2021) The Hunt for Planet B is an evocative documentary about something everyone has pondered at one time or another: is there another evolved planet beyond our galaxy? - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
B 88% Clerk (2021) With a conversational tone framed by extensive archival footage and access to Smith and his family, Clerk is an intimate overview of Smith's universe, inner circle, and influence over the course of his 25-plus year career. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
B 95% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) At its most illuminating, Street Gang is a fascinating look at the TV show through the lens of childhood psychology and media literacy. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B 83% Bring Your Own Brigade (2021) A civics lesson that never loses sight of the human cost, Bring Your Own Brigade is sprawling and perhaps Walker's most ambitious undertaking to date. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B+ 78% Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021) [An] impressive, nuanced feature film debut. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B 68% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) The film attempts to insulate itself from questions regarding its very existence, offering a philosophical quandary that is normally reserved for the press kit or a social issues documentary's accompanying impact campaign. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B+ 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) A film that is both timely and timeless, Judas the Black Messiah resists intertwining current events with historical figures. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
A- 89% President (2021) A stunning work of deep journalism that proves just how fragile and messy democracy can be, especially in the hands of a ruler who lacks respect for his nation's newly written constitution. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
B+ 100% Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself (2020) The film is a transcendent experience that largely lets the one-man show speak for itself without veering into the detachment of a concert film that simply documents the night of. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
B+ 100% Personhood (2019) An essential documentary... - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
D+ 56% All My Life (2020) The script feels like it was written by a mall focus group recruited exclusively from customers of Williams Sonoma and Pink by Victoria's Secret. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
C+ 70% The Empty Man (2020) A meticulously-crafted feature film debut. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
B 77% 12 Hour Shift (2020) It takes a certain kind of psychopath to keep everyone else in check and 12 Hour Shift gleefully and unapologetically lets her run wild. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
A- 93% Yes, God, Yes (2020) Similar to Obvious Child, the film avoids over the top tropes and shock value with refreshing sincerity. This is the kind of sex-positive coming of age comedy that smart, curious teens truly deserve. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
B- No Score Yet Avenues (2019) A spirited, micro-budget indie that recalls the New York City-based work of early Woody Allen with notes of John Cassavetes, Whit Stillman, and the Safdie brothers thrown in for good measure. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
C+ 54% Dreamland (2020) The playful intersection of ideas does not, however, make a film effective and Dreamland loses its way once it starts repeating itself. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
B- 94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) Billed as a "live documentary," Spike Jonze's picture is very much a service to the fans and in true Beasties style, his humorous approach is polished yet scrappy. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
B 97% The Donut King (2020) A moving and lively portrait of multiple family businesses and the man that envisioned and executed a delectable kingdom of confections. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
B 98% Drunk Bus (2021) Drunk Bus is far from an original film but it's the kind of cinematic comfort food that you might invite a few friends over to watch in your cramped dorm room. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
B 84% Us Kids (2021) A broad and sweeping look at the movement, what the film lacks in focus it makes up for in passion. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
B+ 98% The Go-Go's (2020) The combination of the music, personalities, and a straightforward narrative brings order to the chaos, and the film becomes a rapturous crowd-pleaser. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
B 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Playing familiar melodramatic chords in a new and interesting way, the film contains engaging and heartbreaking performances. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
B 77% The Misogynists (2020) No one will accuse the title of false advertising; this is Neil LaBute's In the Company of Men set amongst the backdrop of MAGA. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
B 92% Softie (2020) Softie is a compelling act of defiance, made more alarming by the violent events documented throughout the film, including the torture and murder of an official charged with keeping the elections fair and safe. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
B+ 97% The Reason I Jump (2021) While The Reason I Jump is a profound and moving experience, one that isn't easy to forget, it's most effective when operating as an experimental work. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
B+ 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) An often hilarious and heartfelt autobiographical tale of reinvention. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
D 43% Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia (2020) Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia falls flat trying to throw so many things into the blender in an attempt to resist criticism with an IDGAF attitude. I'm not falling for it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
B- 93% Sylvie's Love (2020) Lush and elegant with beautiful performances, the jazzy period melodrama Sylvie's Love plays many notes exceptionally well. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B+ 93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) An evocative character study with notes of vintage Terrence Malick. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
B- 39% Black Christmas (2019) Being woke, funny, and scary all at once is indeed a difficult feat to achieve, but at least Takal's new take is more admirable than the standard slasher film as it has a different kind of sex and violence on the brain. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
B+ 98% 63 Up (2019) The stories are ordinary and extraordinary, providing a global overview of life's milestones without the kind of granular detail that a daily diary entry might offer up. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
B 95% Come As You Are (2020) Imperfect, but delightful for much of its journey, Come As You Are packages an important human rights message in a comedy for the bros. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019