John Serba

John Serba
John Serba's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): MLive.com Decider
Publications: MLive.com, Decider

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
33% Elisa & Marcela (2019) The real Elisa and Marcela deserve a better fictionalization of their unbelievable story than this flimsy, poorly plotted and dramatically clumsy quasi-art film. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
No Score Yet The Wolf's Call (Le chant du loup) (2019) Nobody's reinventing the propeller here, but The Wolf's Call is damn good at keeping us entertained. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
100% Beats (2019) Beats is a classic case of extraordinary acting saving a movie from its script issues and boilerplate story beats. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
No Score Yet The 3rd Eye 2 (2019) Director Rocky Soraya starts well, but can't sustain our enthusiasm, and the third act is a histrionic mess. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
56% Yardie (2019) Although the story won't stick with you, Yardie is inspired visually, and worth watching for Elba's vivid direction. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
No Score Yet DJ Cinderella (2019) There's a flimsy, saccharine chirpiness to DJ Cinderella that manifests when a movie is trying too hard to be funny and colorful. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
No Score Yet Rock My Heart (2019) Fire up Rock My Heart, and you won't be at all surprised by the onslaught of montages and clunky metaphors about using the whip and being afraid to step into the starting gate. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
100% All Is Well (Alles ist gut) (2018) It's not easy to watch, but Alles ist gut is a vital, important film. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
20% Chopsticks (2019) Chopsticks' myriad problems illuminate a desperate need for another draft or three of the screenplay. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
91% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Wong and Park kindle some great comic alchemy together: the script is witty, their characters are substantive and the tone is airy without being airheaded. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
No Score Yet After Maria (2019) The film is stronger for avoiding what we likely already know, and detailing the daily struggles of these people. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
73% The Perfection (2019) The Perfection is ridiculous, grotesque, funny, timely, suspenseful, unpredictable, sometimes visually inspired, sometimes scary and sometimes amusingly stupid - but always entertaining. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
No Score Yet Dying to Tell (Morir para contar) (2018) ...never shies away from deeply troubling subjects, but also is hopeful in the face of great despair. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
No Score Yet Good Sam (2019) Good Sam is ultimately flimsy, driven by plot and light on character details. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
No Score Yet In Family I Trust (Gente que viene y bah) (2019) If vanilla pudding was a movie, it would be In Family I Trust. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
100% Shéhérezade (2018) Gritty realism. Superb cinematography. Terrific performances. Don't let it slip by. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
74% The Wandering Earth (2019) Only the most hardcore gluttons for Roland Emmerich- and Dean Devlin-style mayhem will enjoy this thing, which pegs the Nonsense-O-Meter into the red until it pops. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
No Score Yet The Ruthless (Lo spietato) (2019) Sturdy comedio-dramatic performances and clever, sumptuous visuals render The Ruthless worth a look. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
80% A Fortunate Man (Lykke-Per) (2018) A Fortunate Man tends to overstate its themes a little, and can be a touch repetitive, but it's ultimately a story worth telling. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
No Score Yet Super Monsters Furever Friends (2019) These 58 minutes felt like 508, and Super Monsters has nothing to offer anyone old enough to wipe their own butt. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
73% A Land Imagined (2018) The photography in A Land Imagined is extraordinary, its artful suggestion working in lockstep with Yeo's conjuring of an uneasy reality. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
83% Who Would You Take to a Deserted Island? (A quién te llevarías a una isla desierta?) (2019) You'll like the talented cast. I'm not sure you'll care enough about what happens to their characters. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
26% The Silence (2019) The Silence is occasionally entertaining, more frequently laughable, but always derivative. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
No Score Yet 15 August (2019) You'll wish the movie was less hole-y-er than thou. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
39% The Dirt (2019) Lower your expectations, throw caution, decorum and good taste to the wind, and file it under "guilty pleasure." - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
67% River's Edge (Ribazu ejji) (2019) The movie is dour, and poignant, and dour, and poetic, and dour. But the positives outweigh the negatives, and it does end with a glimmer of hope among the gloom. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
No Score Yet Budapest (2018) Sure, Budapest is essentially a pastiche of better movies in a genre that's getting played out. But the bottom line is, it's funny, and it delivers laughs just consistently enough to warrant a recommendation. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
100% Your Son (Tu Hijo) (2019) It's not an easy watch, but it's always gripping, and occasionally extraordinary. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
83% Lady J (Mademoiselle de Joncquières) (2019) It's a period drama, no doubt, but you'd never describe it as musty. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/4 51% Rampage (2018) To its credit, it doesn't take itself seriously, and when you need a movie to not take itself seriously, you cast Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as your lead. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/4 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Maybe when dogs become less doglike, especially through an esoteric lens like Anderson's, it compromises the unconditional loyalty we sense from the real thing. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) Even though these heroes are simplistic... Spielberg makes sure their motives and goals are transparent, the force driving us breathlessly to the movie's climax. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) a ruthless livewire comedy... It tempts and teases the rigidly ideological portions of our minds to step into the light and laugh. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/4 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) It aims for maximum impact, but is vaguely dissatisfying on both dramatic and spectacular levels. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/4 92% Love, Simon (2018) It's a funny movie, but not an uproarious one. It's not overstated or understated, but clearly and honestly stated, and anchored by strong performances from its young cast. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2.5/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) There's a sense of deeper meaning in the movie that never crystallizes beyond its base emotional hooks. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/4 46% Red Sparrow (2018) It's quite the emotional journey, going from peering through our fingers to derisive chuckles. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
1.5/4 18% Death Wish (2018) (The orignal 'Death Wish') at least illustrated the ugly internal and external consequences of such brutality. Eli Roth's remake... shows no such focus. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2.5/4 19% Mute (2018) "Mute" is by no means unwatchable, but ultimately inspires us to re-watch the movies that inspired it. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 88% Annihilation (2018) A potent and suspenseful trek into heady sci-fi. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) It's truly elevating to watch "Black Panther" reveal itself as Marvel's most ambitious movie to date. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/4 71% Hostiles (2018) Scott Cooper uses the Native American genocide as a springboard to show that aggression begets aggression, and only unity can transcend it. It's an obvious statement, but a noble one. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
2/4 20% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) The movie's solid first and second acts fail to yield dividends, and the film crumbles into a confusing, poorly edited mess in the third. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
1.5/4 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) We're officially witnessing the cultural denouement of a trilogy that, if my math is correct, adds up to roughly 150 shades of embarrassment. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3/4 81% Molly's Game (2018) Chastain is one of the day's heavyweight screen presences, capable of counterbalancing Sorkin's bulldozer storytelling methods with her charisma. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
3.5/4 84% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman's superlative work prohibits the movie from fading into the hedges like dozens of other dehydrated period pieces. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
4/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It is at the same time many things that came before it, and something altogether new. To experience it is to love it. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
2.5/4 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) Do not expect deep insight into (Barnum)... he surely deserves the statues built in his honor, and, even more surely, a better movie someday. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
2/4 48% Downsizing (2017) The movie is a scattershot collection of large-scale ideas framed by the irony of its premise, but never reaches its potential for satire or commentary. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
2/4 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) There are moments where Winslet's depth and charisma cuts through Ginny's jittery mannerisms and neuro-psycho-bric-a-brac, and we sense something real, but they're fleeting. - MLive.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018