Jude Dry

Jude Dry
Jude Dry's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): indieWire
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T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 74% Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021) Hill seems so averse to calling attention to the struggles of polyamory that the characters shy away from any real conflict. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
A 96% Alien on Stage (2020) By the triumphant curtain call, as young Scott trots onstage for a very professional bow in full Xenomorph garb, it's clear "Alien on Stage" has completely captured the hearts of the audience - film, theater, and Christopher Guest lovers alike. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
B+ 91% Tina (2021) Each iteration delivers something closer to the unvarnished truth, but truth may not be Tina's ultimate goal. For now, she's ready to lay her story to rest. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
B 86% Son of Monarchs (2020) It's an inspired blend of science and narrative, and an affecting allegory emerges from the unique imagery. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
A- 100% Quo Vadis, Aida? (2021) In "Quo Vaids, Aida?", banic lays bare the deeply human toll of violence and war. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
B 93% Cowboys (2021) The film takes a broader lens than the intimate story prescribes, but the final view is still a stunner. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
B 100% My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021) An accessible and proper tribute to Murray's astounding life and work. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
C 89% Together Together (2021) "Together Together" is too far up in the clouds of gimmicky plot to say anything meaningful. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
B+ 88% Ailey (2021) Though his dances may take your breath away, Jamison claims Ailey's final breath was a deep inhale, and the company glides on his exhale to this day. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
A- 100% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Director Mariem Pérez Riera wisely resists the urge to romanticize Moreno's struggles and thus flatten her life story into an unequivocal triumph, though she certainly came out on top. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
A- 81% Funny Boy (2020) "Funny Boy" is a luminous coming-of-age tale seen through the eyes of a relatable yet entirely unique experience. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
B 55% The Prom (2020) With a star-studded cast, dazzling design, and thrilling dance numbers, "The Prom" is the best of what Murphy can offer Hollywood - a taste of the past with its eyes on the future. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
C- 83% Happiest Season (2020) All of these orbiting characters can't dress up the wooden chemistry between Stewart and Davis, which stands in stark contrast to the actual chemistry between Stewart and Aubrey Plaza. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
B 86% Transhood (2020) For all of its positives, "Transhood" spends a lot of time on the minutiae of medical transition, a narrative many trans people would like to move on from - yesterday. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
A- No Score Yet Bloodsisters (1995) In a world that would rather erase all alternative lifestyles, "Bloodsisters" is a vital archive of queer history. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
B- 96% I Carry You with Me (2021) We've all heard the horror stories, but these small cruelties become just as heartbreaking - especially when rendered so viscerally and elegantly on film. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B- 100% Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation (2020) Working with better documented subjects, she had to find a creative way into the ubiquitous figures. The resulting film, while engaging enough, doesn't amount to more than an amusing bit of fun. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
D+ 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) "The War With Grandpa" may be over, but Hollywood's war on taste slogs tirelessly on. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
B+ 93% Beans (2020) If rendering their stories artfully through a camera lens opens just one mind, then "Beans" is already an unmitigated triumph. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
B- 87% Violation (2021) Only Miriam emerges as a character to latch onto, but she's too emotionally elusive to moor the audience in even her basest motivations. All the pieces of a delectable genre piece are here, but nobody's home. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
B 100% Inconvenient Indian (2020) An evocative and visually ripe love poem to Canadian Indigenous culture. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
B 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) The dismaying ebb and flow of justice is a major point in the film, with multiple pundits noting that periods of swift progress are often followed by equally if not more stringent rollbacks. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B+ 86% Lingua Franca (2020) Sandoval's inspired editing draws the film's relevant themes together with unexpected precision. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
A- 95% Black Is King (2020) Overflowing with stunning visuals, "Black Is King" blends imagery from the Pan-African movement, African art and Western portraiture of African bodies, as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z's shared vision of Black excellence within Western culture. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
B+ 100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) The film is a wild ride and a loving portrait, providing a vital record of this outsized figure who was so ahead of his time it seemed as though he transcended the laws of the universe. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
B 90% Denise Ho: Becoming the Song (2020) Even for those just learning about Ho, her rise to fame is a fun and unusual one to observe. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
C+ 84% Aviva (2020) It's an ambitious piece, but in the dance between experimental ideas and grounded storytelling, "Aviva" should have listened to her body. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
A- 95% For They Know Not What They Do (2019) The casting is pitch perfect, allowing for a wide range of perspectives and identities without sacrificing intimacy or specificity. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
A- 92% Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) Once again, Gadbsy has humanized and dignified a universal human experience that is too often misunderstood, misrepresented, or made invisible. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
B+ 95% Lucky Grandma (2020) "Lucky Grandma" is a wickedly entertaining dark comedy, steeped in the colors and characters of New York City's Chinatown. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
B 100% Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy (2020) The pleasures of the film outweigh its careful reservations, mostly because Kennedy is simply too much fun to observe in her natural habitat. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
B+ 100% Dykes, Camera, Action! (2018) Short but thorough, "Dykes, Camera, Action!" feels like a peak inside the last video store, where you could sidle on up to the cool dyke artists, trading hair tips and on-screen crushes. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
C+ 75% Socks on Fire (2020) The result is an admirable first effort that contains flashes of cinematic beauty, but ultimately collapses under the weight of its lofty ambitions. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
B 100% A Secret Love (2020) "A Secret Love" is full of the kind of gentle ribbing and loving chuckles one would expect from any adorable old couple, but it's made all the more poignant by the fact of Pat and Terry's trailblazing personal histories. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
B 97% The Half of It (2020) It's no wonder the film so effortlessly folds highbrow aims into an accessible coming of age story - writer/director Alice Wu knows her stuff. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
C+ 70% Abe (2020) With a more streamlined script, or even fewer characters and more developed relationships, "Abe" could have made a real impact. As it stands, there are too many cooks in the kitchen. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
B- 79% There's Something in the Water (2019) "There's Something in the Water" doesn't break any molds in terms of documentary form, and it's less impressive as cinema than activism. But it's easily digestible and well researched, with the aid of Waldron's book. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
B 97% Shiva Baby (2021) "Shiva Baby" is strongest when viewed as an ensemble film, and the whirling energy surrounding Danielle in her hour of panic is what makes the film so engaging. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
B 70% Stargirl (2020) The performances are grounded in naturalism and charisma, and VanderWaal is an especially exciting discovery. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
B+ 91% Minyan (2020) There are a few too many older men in David's life. While it's all ripe territory, a more focused narrative would have prompted the cathartic finale the film lacks. Still, Steel deserves praise for tackling as much as he does. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
D+ 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Though Adrian's methods grow increasingly menacing (or is it all in her head?), "The Invisible Man" lacks for truly terrifying moments. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
B 98% Disclosure (2020) In making the film, Feder and Cox are rewriting the very history they set out to tell, adding one more title to "positive representation" list. That alone is worth coming out for. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
B+ 93% Whirlybird (2020) "Whirlybird" is a complicated, engaging, one-of-a-kind, portrait of a deeply flawed human. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
B 13% The Turning (2020) "The Turning" announces Sigismondi as a bold and adept genre filmmaker, with an eye for detail and impeccable casting choices. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B+ 100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) "Welcome to Chechnya" is a vital and urgent portrait of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and the world needs to hear about it. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B- 38% Black Christmas (2019) Takal and her co-writer April Wolfe skewer toxic masculinity, the white male literary canon, rape culture, patriarchy, and white male rage - all wrapped up with a bow in the stylishly entertaining package of a studio-backed holiday horror. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
A- 93% And Then We Danced (2020) [A] luminous tour de force... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
B- 100% Man Made (2018) Man Made...won't tip the scales heavily in the other direction, but it's a poignant and worthy addition to the growing trans film canon. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
A- 100% Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) Scream, Queen! reaches into the fabulous recesses of queer horror fans, filmmakers, and academics to offer a well-rounded and humorous accounting of the queer cult classic. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
A- 100% Sid & Judy (2019) A finely-crafted documentary. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019