Julia Cooper

Julia Cooper
Julia Cooper's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): National Post Globe and Mail
Publications: National Post, Globe and Mail

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 84% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) A film that cleverly navigates the contentions and tempers of women's rights. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
4/4 85% Beach Rats (2017) Dickinson is perfectly cast and the film's mix of skill gives it a gritty realism that heightens the emotional pitch. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3.5/4 89% Meditation Park (2017) A bit too hammy at moments, Meditation Park is otherwise a complex film that hews with tenderness to Asian stereotypes in order to reflect back their often-obscured depths. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 33% Home Again (2017) As the credits roll, it can be said that Home Again is a tight, witty script from a first-time director with a long list of hits ahead of her - and, of course, the golden age of Hollywood dynasties lighting her way. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3/4 86% Novitiate (2017) Novitiate doesn't tell a straightforward story of love and sacrifice, of faith and its crises. [Margaret] Betts's film is ritualistic and enthralling, with a complex feminism woven into its cloth, and it's something of a blessing. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2.5/4 10% Tulip Fever (2017) It is your run-of-the mill period drama that plays it safe - certainly not daring enough to offend or to truly captivate. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
1.5/4 70% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Sandberg does nothing to update his horror film from some of the genre's more damaging stereotypes. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
4/4 91% Girls Trip (2017) There is no raunchier, more raucous, filthy and truly crass movie out this summer than Girls Trip - and I loved every minute of it. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3.5/4 79% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled is Coppola's bloodiest, most visceral movie to date, and it is also one of her best. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
2.5/4 46% The Bad Batch (2017) It's a trippy, sun-scorched apocalyptic horror film with a rom-com finish that gets as bloody, visceral and cannibalistic as its U.S. R rating will allow. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3.5/4 44% Everything, Everything (2017) Engrossing and not too sugar-sweet, Meghie's movie is slightly paranoid, surprisingly fantastical and superb at translating the overwhelming stupor of first love with big, bold shots and a banging soundtrack. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
2/4 27% Unforgettable (2017) Here, the dizzying pairing of slice-and-splatter violence with the quiet horror of abusive relationships doesn't add up - it's used, unforgivably, as a gimmick. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3.5/4 92% Obit (2017) Documentarian Vanessa Gould leads her viewer by the hand through the day in a life of the darling weirdos at The New York Times obituary desk. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
1/4 39% The Last Word (2017) I hope that in the name of her decades-spanning career and six Academy Award nominations (plus one win), we might do MacLaine the small courtesy of forgetting that this pedestrian and dull comedy ever happened. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
2/4 46% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) All the one-line zingers in the world can't save Return of Xander Cage from its own moral confusion. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
2/4 43% Mostly Sunny (2016) Mehta takes his audience behind the curtain of Leone's strategic brand-building - from commercials, to private events, to film sets - yet rarely ever delves deeper than the veneer of her glossy celebrity. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
2.5/4 69% Antibirth (2016) Lovers of horror will likely be into this fertile homage and will appreciate Perez's new takes on horror's tried-and-true tropes and plot twists. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
3.5/4 75% Jean of the Joneses (2016) Takes its cues from both Woody Allen's self-indulgent worlds and the literary panache of Zadie Smith, but remains original in its darkly funny perspective ... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
1.5/4 18% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) This story of the spies next door is wooden and slow-paced with enough intrigue to lull a toddler to sleep. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/4 78% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) I'd like to raise a glass of Chardonnay and toast Bridget Jones's Baby on its (mostly) hilarious, and long-anticipated, homecoming. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/4 58% Bad Moms (2016) Although all these actors prove the shrewd casting choices of Bad Moms, it is Hahn who makes this unassuming summer blockbuster something close to stellar. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
1/4 56% Me Before You (2016) This film cost $20-million to make and, at its heart, is a glossy, live-action Beauty and the Beast, with a quadriplegic in the role of non-human animal. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
3.5/4 86% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) Even if your knowledge of Argentina's political history is wanting, The Clan is still worth seeing. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
1/4 11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) The movie desperately wants a sleek and goth-inspired aesthetic in the spirit of Rick Owens. What it ends up with is more of an unfortunate Anne Klein-meets-The Jetsons reality. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
3/4 82% Chi-Raq (2015) Lee's film is worth seeing for its bombastic excess and camo-clad dance scenes. But if you're looking for tactful visual responses to the Black Lives Matter movement and the effects of police brutality, this isn't it. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
4/4 96% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) An enchanting interpretation of where our sleeping and waking minds wander. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
3.5/4 92% James White (2015) With an intimacy caught in tight close-ups, Abbott and Nixon hold the pared-down script and each other gently. Like grief itself, this film might knock the wind right out of you. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2015
2.5/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) This revenge plot animates Mockingjay Part 2 with a satisfying rage. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
3/4 73% Suffragette (2015) Mulligan's performance, coupled with a solid script by Abi Morgan, shows us just how much is at stake when a woman decides to wage war. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2015
1.5/4 21% Jem and the Holograms (2015) There's hardly tension, barely any drama and the sugar high you might expect from an eighties redux is replaced by a dull aspartame buzz. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
1.5/4 16% The Transporter Refueled (2015) In these 96 minutes of stilted dialogue and a plot that needlessly loops back on itself, you will find The Transporter Refueled dutifully following the rules and predictabilities of the action genre and not much else. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
3/4 78% Z For Zachariah (2015) The drama brims with religious allusion and questions of how faith manifests in a world without hope. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2015
2/4 46% No Escape (2015) Whatever seeds of social justice and emotional nuance No Escape may be attempting to sow are undercut by the film's melodramatic valorization of family values. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2015
3.5/4 82% The Overnight (2015) In its best moments, The Overnight deviates from the conventions of a party movie (or "sex comedy," as it has been christened) and veers toward the experimental, the uncanny, the unsettling. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2015
2/4 51% San Andreas (2015) San Andreas lacks backbone. Between its steroidic CGI and emotionally vacant plot line, the movie is all flex, no muscle. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
2.5/4 93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) Endearing from start to finish is Blythe Danner in the role of Carol. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Wet Bum (2014) Lanky, wide-eyed, and impossibly fragile, [Julia Sarah Stone] doesn't much look like a hero, which is exactly why we need her. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
2.5/4 55% The Age of Adaline (2015) Adaline's secret is a dramatization of the vulnerability we all resist, and so her love story isn't so much cosmic in its significance as it is miraculous in its familiarity. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2015