Josh Martin

Josh Martin
Josh Martin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Inquiry
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T-Meter Title | Year
90% The Climb (2020) The Climb is an intelligent and uncomfortable comedy, alive with palpable cinematic energy and written with an awkward prickliness that's almost impossible to pin down. Put more succinctly, it's one of the better comedic debuts I've seen in a long time. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
87% Deerskin (2020) While Dujardin and Haenel give it their all, the bonkers charm of Dupieux's creepy adventure simply fades into indifference over time. The final product is a memorable film that still amounts to very little. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) True History of the Kelly Gang has plenty of potential, but for a myriad of reasons, it just never coheres into what it could have been. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
73% Nina Wu (Zhuo ren mi mi) (2020) Small surface-level problems aside, this is a gripping tale, aided by a skillful filmmaker and an incredible performance. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
37% Spenser Confidential (2020) This basic buddy comedy feels generic, tonally confused, and most importantly, the product of a workmanlike filmmaker clearly out of his element. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
83% The Whistlers (2020) Pivoting from steely resolve to emotional profundity, the brilliant evolution in its final moments cements The Whistlers as an unconventionally thoughtful experience. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
65% Gretel & Hansel (2020) Gretel & Hansel is thematically muddled and sluggish, often relying on the splendid production design and score to push things along. It's easy to see what it's trying to accomplish, but the end result feels both disappointing and a tad derivative. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
36% 6 Underground (2019) This is indeed a Michael Bay movie, and it has no shame about that. It's utterly insane-and an absolute blast. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
68% Little Joe (2019) Little Joe ends up feeling like a severe missed opportunity. And with a roster of characters that feels about as flat as humanly possible, Little Joe's ambiguity and dread never carry the proper weight. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) Mendes and Deakins present a vision of uninterrupted chaos, equipped with a unique blend of personal pathos and visual bravado. Its cumulative impact is undeniable. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) For all its faults, Knives Out is still a moderately enjoyable ride; it's brisk and often engaging, even with a substantial running time of 130 minutes. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) An intimate tale of a relationship's collapse that also contains tear-jerking flashes of grandeur and sentimentality, Marriage Story runs the emotional gamut with ease and dramatic clarity. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
81% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) It's not revolutionary, but Cyrano, My Love's well-executed array of simple pleasures satisfies from start to finish. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
83% Collisions (2019) Even if the conclusion feels a bit preordained, Garcia and Alvarez ensure that Levien's emotional punches land with force and gravitas. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) Considering the unfocused narrative and squandered potential, it's safe to call The Laundromat one of the year's worst. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
82% The Report (2019) In its current state, The Report runs through its story too quickly-and in such an obvious, leaden manner - to ever make much of an impact. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Norton's film possesses a melancholic sensibility, and it uses that to reach some interesting ends. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) If the content of a film expressly about Nazi Germany can't fully reckon with its grave sins, maybe it was a bad idea from the start. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) By charting a path from mutual opposition to forgiveness and a brighter future for the faith, The Two Popes earns its humorous and good-natured vibes. This is a crowd-pleaser I can really get behind. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) Even with a handful of awe-inspiring moments, The Aeronauts is an inconsequential adventure, a journey too familiar, routine, and misguided to ever make much of an impact. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
92% Clemency (2019) It's a film that doesn't quite know how to move from its harrowing opening to its tragic destination, but for those two moments alone, Clemency proves to be a painful, yet breathtaking experience. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
87% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Despite working with a handful of potentially fascinating strands, Kore-eda's latest never follows through on its plethora of potential in any meaningful way. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
94% Honey Boy (2019) Though Honey Boy's ultimate destination is a touch less overwhelming than one would expect, Har'el's expressive, gorgeous filmmaking frequently elevates the experience. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Coupled with its love of old-fashioned American style, Ford v Ferrari fully embraces its status as a throwback blockbuster. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
87% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Loach's film more than earns your attention as a viewer, providing a moving, detailed, and tragic portrait of a family suffering under the weight of an economy stacked against them. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
84% Waves (2019) It is also a rewarding and harrowing experience that I haven't been able to shake in the days since I first saw it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) After a while, the film's steely, hyper-stylized trappings begin to feel thin and unsatisfying as well. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
64% The Day Shall Come (2019) The Day Shall Come really comes close to approaching greatness, so it's even more of a shame that it sputters as it reaches the home stretch. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
81% Abominable (2019) Abominable isn't a transcendent animated journey, but it effectively hits a series of sweet notes, chugging right along and coasting off the beauty of its designs and the sheer cuteness of its main fantastical creation. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
75% I Trapped The Devil (2019) I Trapped the Devil ultimately has just enough meat on its bones to stick with viewers willing to plunge into its grim, nightmarish world. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
72% The Perfection (2019) It's intense and it's got style to spare, but within the confines of a truncated narrative, The Perfection is a film where nothing clicks. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) For lack of a better word, this movie simply rules, and DC would be smart to hand Sandberg the keys to the future of their kingdom. He's earned it after this one. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
52% Five Feet Apart (2019) Five Feet Apart feels like a movie that's somewhat out of place, searching for an audience that won't quite be found. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
71% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U is like watching a million ideas hit the screen at the same time, progressively moving itself to shakier ground before losing any sense of tonal comprehension or narrative necessity. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It's a surprisingly epic and spirited film, driven by an adventurous spirit and enough clever fun to keep things fresh during a sometimes long-winded ride. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
80% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) By the time the credits rolled, I felt that I'd seen something I wouldn't soon forget. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
78% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) With a brisk running time and a sufficient degree of unpredictability, the film unspools like an engaging mystery, one predicated on the viewer's ability to read each character's poker face with a certain degree of skill. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is not really a bad movie by DC's standards, but it is the weirdest thing they've made in recent years by a country mile - and not always in a good way. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Anna and the Apocalypse is a roller-coaster of inspired madness, great music, and surprising emotional weight. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) In addition to its remarkable aesthetic, Spider-Verse channels a spirit of unpredictability in its own comic construction, eliciting laughs with its self-referential playfulness and chaotic power. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
67% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) With its easy messaging and forced dialogue, The Christmas Chronicles is, without question, an exceptionally lame movie. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
81% Instant Family (2018) Problems aside, if you're a sucker for a very blatant tear-jerker, you'll get what you came for. And if you're a bit of a Grinch like me, you might be pleasantly surprised. Set your expectations accordingly. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
93% CAM (2018) If Cam falls just shy of total perfection, the depth and volume of ambitious ideas on display more than warrants an intimate, active viewing experience. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
61% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux is a weighty experience guaranteed to take a toll on viewers, both from its philosophical musings and its uncompromising look at 21st century violence. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
78% Apostle (2018) If it's undeniably riddled with imperfections, Apostle is still a worthy new venture from an abundantly talented filmmaker. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) 22 July begins as an urgent and devastating film, before suddenly turning into a never-ending slog, destined to leave viewers wondering where things went wrong. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
91% The Night Comes For Us (2018) It's insanity. And I loved every second of it. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
80% Boy Erased (2018) Another interesting outing from Edgerton, who takes his directorial talents in a new direction for a necessary, often moving story, showing that he can be successful beyond the world of twisty thrillers. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) The Kindergarten Teacher is expertly magnetic as a vessel for a cringe-worthy effect of its own making. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
86% What They Had (2018) What They Had is genuine and moving in its depictions of hard moments near the end of life, but I just wish that raw, unadulterated emotion operated on a more consistent current throughout. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018