Josh Spiegel

Josh Spiegel
Josh Spiegel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hollywood Reporter Slashfilm ScreenCrush Movie Mezzanine Consequence

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A- 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Though it's a real shame that Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar isn't going to play to sold-out crowds, it deserves to live on as a cult classic. - Consequence EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2021
A- 98% Hamilton (2020) Historical weightiness aside, Hamilton is simply fun. - Consequence EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
B+ 95% Soul (2020) The pitfalls of Soul are less reflective of the actual story than they are of the reality that 25 years into releasing feature films, Pixar has become - dare it be said - a mite formulaic. - Consequence EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
88% News of the World (2020) News of the World is a perfectly solid, decent entry into the burgeoning sub-genre of Tom Hanks Doing Dad Stuff movies. - Consequence EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
5/10 80% Safety (2020) Disney knows how to make blandly effective sports dramas. But some stories are less inspiring than they seem. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
4/10 70% Godmothered (2020) Godmothered tries to be modern...after serving as a reminder that you could be watching a much better version of the same kind of story. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
4/10 31% Superintelligence (2019) ...those who find Corden's shtick exhausting and moderately obnoxious will find Superintelligence...well, exhausting and moderately obnoxious. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
5/10 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) The Croods: A New Age is going through the motions, accomplishing the basic level of work required in pulling off a computer-animated feature. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
B+ 83% Happiest Season (2020) Though this film is more complicated than the now-standard holiday fare you could find on Hallmark or Netflix, Happiest Season is also charming, more intelligent than the average romantic comedy, and bolstered by an excellent lead performance. - Consequence EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
C+ 53% Hubie Halloween (2020) Hubie Halloween isn't really ... y'know, funny. It's not so much that the film's trying to be funny and failing, as much as it's just ... there. - Consequence EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
B- 72% Mulan (2020) Unlike other Disney remakes, the issue with Mulan isn't that it hews to the formula too closely; it's that when this movie veers away from that formula, it tries to be something approaching a Marvel movie, and that's one crossover we still don't need. - Consequence EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
C 70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) The One and Only Ivan is asking you to be more compelled by actors giving voice to CGI animals instead of just learning about the real thing. Why live in a fantasy when the real world, in this case, is more fascinating? - Consequence EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
5/10 79% Greyhound (2020) This new war drama aspires to be peak Dad Movie, yet winds up like a History Channel movie with a big-name lead. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
3/10 40% Irresistible (2020) Irresistible is one of the dullest, most toothless comedies in recent memory. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
D- 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Unlike the April and May releases of Trolls World Tour and Scoob!, you don't have to pay a single dime for Artemis Fowl. That may be the best news of this entire film. You'll only lose 90 minutes of your life to this misbegotten mess. - Consequence EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
4/10 47% Scoob! (2020) ...a weird, baffling animated feature that's all too willing to avoid being a Scooby-Doo movie, in favor of a superhero adventure no one asked for. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
4/10 71% Trolls World Tour (2020) To call this a good movie in the midst of a pandemic is to dub a drop of water in a desert an oasis. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
3/10 79% The Banker (2020) The Banker is like a shell of a movie, with a desperate lack of personality. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
5/10 88% Onward (2020) Onward is...OK. The problem with Onward is that Pixar's original films are incredible. OK is, simply, just not good enough. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/10 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sonic the Hedgehog references Olive Garden twice, and does so with nary a wink at the camera. I could start and end the review with that sentence. What more do you need to know? - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
6/10 96% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) It's a good thing this movie exists, even if it's not quite up to snuff. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
5/10 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) If there's a third sequel, they should figure out the story to start. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
6/10 92% Togo (2019) Willem Dafoe isn't delivering one of his all-time performances, but he's also not phoning it in. And these are, truly, good dogs. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/10 72% The Aeronauts (2019) As often as the film takes to the air, its earthbound scenes are dry and dull, giving off the vague whiff of dramatic leftovers. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
5/10 77% Richard Jewell (2019) A filmic depiction of [the] public record surrounding Richard Jewell only serves to emphasize that not every written story is inherently cinematic. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/10 54% Noelle (2019) There are some truly wonderful holiday movies, but this is not one of them. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
6/10 63% The Good Liar (2019) It's not without its flaws, but The Good Liar has enough charm and is fresh enough by dint of being so different from what the rest of the multiplex has to offer. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
6.5/10 78% Frozen II (2019) With its eye-popping animation, world-building, and character exploration, Frozen II is nominally a slight improvement on its predecessor. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
5/10 66% Lady and the Tramp (2019) This Lady and the Tramp could've been worse, true; it should've been better. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
6/10 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Terminator: Dark Fate is technically the best film of the franchise since T2: Judgment Day. But that comment is both true and a way to damn with faint praise. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
6/10 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Zombieland: Double Tap, like its 2009 predecessor, is a triumph of casting and style over substance. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
6/10 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) ...even with an unsurprisingly emotionally complex lead performance from Aaron Paul, El Camino can't help but feel unnecessary and overlong. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/10 45% The Addams Family (2019) No matter what the inspiration, this new Addams Family has the unmistakable, unavoidable whiff of cinematic leftovers. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
7.5/10 74% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) This movie won't land on everyone's wavelength, but for those who fit its style, it's a delight. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
9/10 83% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is an absorbing character study masquerading as a sci-fi adventure. It's one of the best films of 2019. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
5/10 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) It's a few steps above its more obnoxious predecessor, and the jokes feel more indebted to the work of Chuck Jones than you can find in most modern animated films. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
5/10 63% Brian Banks (2019) As a true story, it's remarkable. But the translation from truth to cinema leaves something wanting. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/10 24% The Kitchen (2019) This film has a killer cast, and wastes them in a baffling, atonal mess. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
6/10 85% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Dora and the Lost City of Gold has no right being as charming and fun as it is, but there's nothing wrong with a pleasant surprise in the dog days of summer. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/10 52% The Lion King (2019) Sure, it's all photo-real. That doesn't make this story livelier or more exciting. It simply serves as a reminder of how much trickery went into every shot of something that winds up so hollow. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
8/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The improbability of the Toy Story franchise, which inexplicably has not soured with age, comes to a sweet, emotionally apt conclusion with [this] fine capper on a generally perfect series. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/10 23% Men in Black International (2019) Men in Black International is a particularly rough film to watch, genuinely unable to tell a good, even moderately entertaining story. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/10 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Yes, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a sequel to the 2016 hit, but this new picture is three mostly separate stories that could easily function as episodes of a TV show as they do as pieces of an aggressively inconsequential feature film. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
5/10 56% Ma (2019) Ma isn't ever able to fully develop its characters, leaving them all a bit stranded. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/10 57% Aladdin (2019) This film is desperate to please, and trying very hard to do so. And it comes up short almost every chance it gets. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/10 52% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Educational value of its title aside, The Sun Is Also a Star is a fairly limp romantic drama that attempts (and fails) to tie its core relationship to The Way We Live Now. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
1/10 18% Hellboy (2019) In a word, Hellboy is unpleasant. Other appropriate adjectives to describe this reboot include dreadful, obnoxious, unnecessary, and interminable. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
8/10 88% Missing Link (2019) Missing Link is the studio's most visually accomplished and ambitious film to date. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/10 54% The Best of Enemies (2019) If nothing else, The Best of Enemies is hampered by the distinct sense that it arrived about 25 years too late. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/10 46% Dumbo (2019) Though not remotely as noxious and garish as his 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland, Burton has not solved the puzzle of figuring out a halfway decent creative reason for this film to exist. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019