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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/10 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) Five Feet Apart is not a great film, but it has greatness within its grasp thanks to Haley Lu Richardson. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
7/10 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) ...the film's ebullience and the sheer charm offensive courtesy of lead actress Rebel Wilson makes it a perfectly pleasant, and appropriate, Valentine's Day affair. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
6/10 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) An old-fashioned streak of adventure runs throughout The Kid Who Would Be King, a riff on the King Arthur legend gussied up for modern times. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
2/10 10% Replicas (2019) Replicas is, like the creations being made by its hero, a weird, ungainly, and wildly unsuccessful hodgepodge of faintly recognizable ingredients. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/10 41% The Upside (2019) The Upside is a shamelessly calculated affair meant to wring laughter and tears in equal order. For a film about the power of the human spirit, it's awfully robotic. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/10 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) The cinematic reunion of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, a decade removed from Step Brothers, should be triumphant and hilarious, as opposed to a desperate, sweaty mess. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
5/10 70% The Mule (2018) The Mule is notable for featuring the Man with No Name as the lead of this new project. But it's a passable effort at best. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/10 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The issue is less the cast, which is largely quite good, and more the slavish devotion Marshall and the co-writers have to the original film's structure without improving upon it. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/10 27% Mortal Engines (2018) Mortal Engines owes a debt it can't possibly repay to other films that it quotes without sufficient citation; even its best subplot has the distinct sense of being a melange of other stories. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
7/10 84% Creed II (2018) ...as a boxing movie, this is pretty solid, the equivalent of a song you've heard 100 times being covered by a new artist. But Creed felt like a new song; Creed II feels like a decent cover of that new song. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
6/10 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet [is] a perfectly decent animated film that, to its credit, critiques its title character, despite being unable to transcend a profound sense that we've seen this all before. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
5/10 85% A Simple Favor (2018) The strength of this movie is also its biggest weakness: A Simple Favor boasts a heaping helping of self-awareness. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/10 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) When you make a film with Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Elizabeth Banks, and there's maybe one mild chuckle spread out amongst the four of them, something is wrong. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2/10 22% Mile 22 (2018) It's an aggressive, arrogant, slapdash action film that believes it's profound. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
5/10 47% Skyscraper (2018) Johnson is charming as always, even if the film around him can't measure up. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
7.5/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The good news is, Ant-Man and the Wasp is better than the first film. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
4/10 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) ...It's a poor choice to keep making Jurassic Park movies that feel as soulless as this. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
8/10 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) While Incredibles 2 doesn't reach the same heights as the 2004 original, it's more intelligent than other recent sequels. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
6/10 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Though Ocean's 8 can't hope to meet the quality of those other films, Gary Ross has at least made a decent spin-off. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3/10 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Much like its predecessor, Deadpool 2 is less a movie than a smirky, feature-length meme generator. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
5/10 38% Life of the Party (2018) It's nice to see McCarthy leading another comedy, but Life of the Party continues the trend that she's far better in ensemble pieces. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
9/10 85% Tully (2018) Tully is the work of older, wiser artists, anchored by a lead performance that's among the very finest of Charlize Theron's career. It's one of the best films of the year. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
6/10 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Infinity War, by design, feels like one half of a completed puzzle, with the other pieces strewn about waiting to be put together. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
2/10 80% Unsane (2018) Steven Soderbergh likes to try a lot of new things as a filmmaker, and working with the iPhone is another innovative step. But his stylistic choices don't pay off when the script is utterly nonsensical tripe. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
7.5/10 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) The film is undeniably flawed and messy, but there is a strong, passionate sense of heartbreak at its core, and the underlying message of hope and love manages to be both corny and aspirational - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
4/10 47% Red Sparrow (2018) The end result is flaccid, more convinced of its intelligence than it should be, and painfully overlong. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
7/10 84% Game Night (2018) Game Night manages to be both surprising and well-executed in its comic and suspenseful moments. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3/10 23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Clint Eastwood, with his new film The 15:17 to Paris, has gone out of his way to recreate the foiling of a would-be terrorist attack carefully. Unfortunately, he's done so in aggressively dull fashion. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
9/10 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Phantom Thread is perhaps [Paul Thomas Anderson's] most compelling, maddening, entrancing story to date. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
4/10 51% 12 Strong (2018) 12 Strong suggests a fascinating true story, but one that did not have the potential for feature-film power. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
9/10 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Paddington 2, like its hero, manages to surprise in its winning tone, its fierce cleverness, its heart, and its humor. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
9/10 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi is the best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back, and is awful close to being its equal. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
7.5/10 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Though it stutters in its action-heavy climax, Thor: Ragnarok is perhaps the funniest Marvel movie yet, and suggests that the studio is beginning to understand the value of letting its stars cut loose. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
8/10 97% Coco (2017) At various moments, Coco is simply the most beautiful film Pixar has ever made, each shot a striking work of art. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
95% Moana (2016) Moana is proof of one of the slightly less-repeated axioms of storytelling: It's OK to use familiar tropes as long as you use them well. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
100% Pinocchio (1940) Pinocchio is the greatest, most terrifying film in the Walt Disney Animation Studios canon. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
78% The Revenant (2015) Every scene in The Revenant may be remarkably staged, but feels rigorously planned. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
97% Zootopia (2016) ...a genuinely charming and funny film. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) [The Jungle Book] stumbles because the people involved aren't willing to fully commit to either making a near-shot-for-shot remake or going in a completely different direction. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) A perfectly fine brand deposit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) A 3D nightmare. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) Finding Dory is a good movie, meaning that Pixar has a batting average of four for five when it comes to sequels. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) The BFG is the latest example of Spielberg using the long take to experiment with digital technology, pushing himself as a filmmaker as much he pushes his characters or the audience through emotional experience. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
75% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) It is, perhaps, a bit telling and awkward that the best parts of What Now? are less about Kevin Hart being funny and more about people reacting to Kevin Hart. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight takes the concept of the bildungsroman to its natural end point in ways that many coming-of-age stories don't. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) ...Laika's most impressive, miraculous work yet. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) This may not be Pixar's greatest creative success, but simply as a piece of animation, it is their most gorgeous to date. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
1.5/4 17% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) ...no matter how hard he's tried, Vin Diesel continues to struggle in movies where he's required to do more than drive a car as fast as he can. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
2/4 73% Everest (2015) ...the film loses its way as quickly as the climbers lose their footing. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/4 66% The Visit (2015) ... it's just nice to see a good M. Night Shyamalan movie again. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015