Julie Washington

Julie Washington
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Cleveland Plain Dealer

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Wilson's sense of fun rubs off on Hemsworth and Chopra, who rise to the occasion admirably. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
B 94% Big Sonia (2017) The story of Sonia's life, lovingly told in this deeply emotional film, proves the resilience of the human spirit, and that love always wins over hate. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
B- 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The trick, which Crimes of Grindelwald doesn't completely pull off, is to make us care about yet another dark wizard... Depp's amazing performance as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald anchors the film. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
A 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) A slam-bang action movie that never quits moving, but more than that, it creates an authentic universe. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
B- 84% Game Night (2018) "Game Night" is one of those movies that has a good premise and solid cast, but isn't as funny as it could have been. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
A- 78% All the Money in the World (2017) Actually, this is a terrific film that deserves to be seen and enjoyed on its many merits. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
A 84% Darkest Hour (2017) [Gary] Oldman also does justice to Churchill's famous inspirational speeches, delivered in the dark, tradition-bound chamber of the House of Commons. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
B- 72% Ferdinand (2017) "Ferdinand's" message of peace and friendship makes it a perfect holiday movie, even though there's not a snowman or Santa in sight. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
B- 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) I really enjoyed spunky, relatable Rose, and I held my breath every time she raced into danger. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
B- 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) While Victoria and Abdul lacks a big punch, it does carry a hopeful message about tolerance and love across cultures. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
C+ 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) No matter how well Stone and Carell play their roles, "The Battle of the Sexes" feels overstuffed and slow. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
90% Stronger (2017) [Jake] Gyllenhaal and [Tatiana] Maslany deliver nuanced, understated performances that are heartbreaking and true. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
C 65% How She Move (2008) How She Move is fun to watch while it's on its feet and moving. But when the music stops, so does our consideration. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
D 16% Untraceable (2008) We, the real-life audience, are as sick as the movie's fictional viral audience if we reward the studio behind Untraceable with our dollars. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 38% Southland Tales (2007) Southland Tales won't fill everyone's tank with Fluid Karma, but its edgy, slightly demented flavor is entertaining. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 73% Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) There's good fun to be had at Monsters vs. Aliens, and it carries a worthwhile message about how everyone is a person of worth, no matter how tall, furry, bug-eyed or tentacled. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C 46% Run Fatboy Run (2007) Disappointingly, Run, Fat Boy, Run is an unsatisfying hybrid not funny enough to be a true comedy, and not serious enough for a drama. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C 19% Fly Me to the Moon (2008) Fly Me to the Moon represents a leap forward in 3-D moviemaking. Let's hope the next completely 3-D animated movie picks a more exciting tale to tell. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C 13% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) Tomb of the Dragon Emperor isn't nearly up to the mark set by the previous modern mummy movies - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 23% Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008) Although Roscoe Jenkins doesn't pretend to break new ground, it makes its "honor your past" tale fresh and funny. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B No Score Yet Leo's Room (El cuarto de Leo) (2010) Despite an ambiguous ending, Leo's Room succeeds in telling a genial and universal story. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B 92% Caramel (2008) Caramel doesn't have any geopolitical pretensions. It just wants to show that beauty and friendship are universal. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
A 95% WALL-E (2008) Wall*E is poised to take its place alongside other Pixar instant classics. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 13% The Women (2008) The best fun in watching "The Women" is rating who still looks good and whose rose has faded (Carrie Fisher is almost unrecognizable), and ogling the frocks and heels. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 87% Hubble 3D (2010) The high-spirited shuttle crew demonstrates how much fun it is to work in space. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B 65% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) While Pants 2 isn't quite the comfy fit that the original Pants was, its charming cast and sunny spirit are still magical. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B 42% The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) This well-crafted historical drama is a treat for Tudor history fans and everyone else who appreciates a lusty tale. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C- 15% Made of Honor (2008) This sluggish clunker feels much longer than its running time. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 46% Hotel for Dogs (2009) Hotel for Dogs delivers warm messages about generosity and sticking with seemingly impossible goals. There are worse ways to spend a winter afternoon than with this amusing comedy. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C 46% My Blueberry Nights (2007) An unexciting script leaves a sour taste. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B 26% Drillbit Taylor (2008) Unexpectedly funny is the best way to sum up Drillbit Taylor. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C- 31% The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008) I Want to Believe will be tossed on the heap with the rest of the unnecessary remakes, adaptations and sequels. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B 55% Body of Lies (2008) Director Ridley Scott makes Body of Lies a visually stylish film that also has scenes of incredible carnage and wince-inducing torture. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 31% Fanboys (2008) Fanboys laughs with Eric and the gang, not at them. It celebrates how pop culture can bring people together, and that a dream is important even if it only matters to you. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 98% Let the Right One In (2008) Let the Right One In will please horror fans who revel in the gritty, messy aspects of vampire love inside a solid screenplay. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C 51% Chéri (2009) Despite its promising pedigree, Cheri doesn't ever find its way. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B+ 65% Traitor (2008) Traitor succeeds in painting a multihued, nuanced picture that is much more satisfying than paint-by-numbers conclusions. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
A- 67% The Incredible Hulk (2008) The Incredible Hulk is the best kind of summer popcorn movie. Just let loose your inner green geek and Hulk out. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
A- 40% Speed Racer (2008) An excellent cast, story and visuals combine for an adrenaline-fueled experience. Go, Speed Racer! - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
65% Who Does She Think She Is? (2009) Who Does She Think She Is? is a must-see for anyone of any gender who is trying to mute the naysaying voices and listen to their inner artist. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
A- 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) Those who have read the book know how the story ends, but Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is so thrilling that it whets our appetite for Part 2. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 80% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) Kit Kittredge makes a wonderful summer outing for grandmothers, moms and daughters -- and the boys they invite along. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C 85% 500 Days of Summer (2009) By the 501st day, it's hard to muster much sympathy for either Tom or Summer. Thank goodness it's not called 1,000 Days of Summer. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
A 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) Certainly Hollywood will circle back to this beloved fantasy series, but it's hard to imagine that any future film adaptations could be more lovingly crafted, or more beloved by fans. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
A- 55% Mamma Mia! (2008) In the (slightly altered) words of ABBA, you can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life at Mamma Mia! - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) Tiana is a wonderful Disney princess; let's hope she gets to come back in a livelier vehicle. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B+ 90% Coraline (2009) Coraline is an interesting film that leaves its audience with two thoughts. Normal life is perfect, even when it isn't, and beware of dreams with fangs. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
A- 60% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2008) When the Wild West show ends in Chicago, neither the comedians, nor the movie audience is ready to get off the tour bus. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
50% Bee Movie (2007) Here's the final buzz: Bee Movie deserves to be queen bee at the box office. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
D+ 27% Clash of the Titans (2010) Clash of the Titans in 3-D is an Olympus-size failure. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017