K. Austin Collins

K. Austin Collins
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% Fighting with My Family (2019) The story, which is humbly well told and good-humored, if familiar, is enjoyable enough not to write the film off. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U wants to be the breath of fresh air the original was. Unfortunately, it probably only ever had the potential to be a handsome bit of déjà vu. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) The art world is fair game for satire; frankly, this is a world ripe for mean comedy. But Velvet Buzzsaw never lands the joke-instead, it falls prey to becoming one. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
100% Honey Boy (2019) Alma Har'els direction is familiar - for recent indie fare, anyway - but sensitive. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
93% Bumblebee (2018) There are big splashy battles, sure, and a little bit of political intrigue in the plotting. But this movie was unabashedly designed to be a kick in the feelings. Again: strange for a Transformers movie. Not in a bad way, necessarily. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) You lap up the images of these beautiful actors, whose textures and feelings are enhanced by the film's overall beauty. And then you wonder if there isn't something missing. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It easily ranks among the more enjoyable superhero releases in recent memory-and that's in large part thanks to the charming young man at its center. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
70% The Mule (2018) What defines this movie are not only Earl's regrets, but an essential rejection of authority - interventions that tilt the film in surprising, peculiar directions. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
80% Ben is Back (2018) It's all just right-even if "just right" is just O.K. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Rohrwacher has something nimbler, kinder, than pure miserabilism up her sleeve, which is right in line with the great, longstanding tradition of Italian neorealism. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) The Rocky franchise is nothing if not redundant, or rather, full of reverberations, past stories just waiting to be mined by some later sequel. Creed II doesn't quite make a meal of the opportunity. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) You'll be tempted to pick favorites. But the real pleasure here is in watching ideas unfold across and between these stories. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
63% Outlaw King (2018) In the scheme of things, it's an alert, well-made rendition - but the tune is a bit been there. You know the story. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film still doesn't quite know how to capture or contain that energy, so it all just sort of goes splat on-screen. It's haphazard, and it somehow just barely works. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) What works best about Mid90s is what's casual about it-but what makes it verge on being genuinely original is all the weirdo stuff at the margins, which is too pronounced to be subtext and too minimally handled to really mean something to the movie. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) You may want to watch it through your fingers at times-but that would require taking your eyes off of Gyllenhaal. Per usual, she makes that impossible. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
89% The Sentence (2018) The project is as painful as it is straightforward. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) Overall, 22 July sees the victims as a largely anonymous mass. Their personalities are vague; their individuation is near-absent. Shouldn't that trouble us? - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
93% Private Life (2018) [Director Tamara] Jenkins's talent for everyday doses of acid and irony is here. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
62% American Dharma (2018) What the director cannot seem to do... is get Bannon to reveal anything of himself that the man isn't already willing to tell us. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Fahrenheit 11/9 consolidates that rage so well that even as it's only occasionally effective, I'm hesitant to write off the film entirely. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
83% Her Smell (2019) What resounds is not merely the sense that Moss is great, but the sense that we've barely scratched the surface of what she can do. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
88% High Life (2019) Sure, it ventures much further beyond Earth's orbit than we ever expected Denis to go-but since when have her films felt grounded? - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The strength of KiKi Layne's performance is in how wonderfully it toes the line between youth and wisdom, helplessness and self-determination. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The movie turns out, in the end, to have an idealized sense of closure in mind, one you both can and cannot see coming. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
96% Bisbee '17 (2018) [Robert] Greene's film moves in a forward, circular motion, through swift, precise interviews and extraordinarily evocative images of the mines that continue to remind us where we are. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
93% Support the Girls (2018) As much as this is a film about work, it is also, quite frankly, a film about the ways men unknowingly, without even really trying, make women's lives harder. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) In a world full of images...Bing's movie stands out for the complexity of its integrity, and its ability to reveal his own experiences empathically. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) But the pervading problem of the movie is that it takes so much of this for granted-all the fraught, interpersonal weirdness between characters, or between the characters and the people who sent them here. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) What makes The Spy Who Dumped Me stand out, somewhat, is that director Susanna Fogel makes it genuinely funny-which shouldn't be that remarkable for a comedy, but here we are. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
43% Hot Summer Nights (2018) It's all just a setup, really, for a great group of young actors-Chalamet, in particular-to flex their relatability muscles, filling in archetypes with nuance and color. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) The film's methods are familiar, but accordingly satisfying. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) As the movie's scope gradually widens, the horrible conspiracy at its center grows so vast that it swallows all the characters up, and leaves discerning viewers as entertained and skeptical as they are shaken. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) The movie is a bog; Washington's merely wading through it. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Though the director and his sterling cast seem to get all the biographical details right, the soul is somehow missing. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) In other words, Sorry to Bother You is a surreal ride. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
54% The First Purge (2018) Despite their significant flaws, what the Purge movies have shown us-what many movies with humble budgets, made to thrill rather than to win prestige respect, show us-is that genre fare is a ready-made social mirror. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
53% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) Weldon and Sitting Bull deserve better. So do we. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) That's what's so disheartening: the movie dramatizes a peculiarly American, specifically 21st-century form of political violence-and flubs the politics. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
49% Superfly (2018) What's intriguing, and occasionally even thrilling, about Director X's movie is that it's also as unabashedly cheesy as the original. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) That amalgam of talents and curiosities was perfectly manifest by Mister Rogers, a show that treated its kid audience like fully formed human beings rather than television-addled consumers-to-be. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
70% Adrift (2018) An entertaining film. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) Schrader's film is a wise, shocking, intellectually prodigious masterpiece. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It gets off to a slow, muddy, grimly predictable start-but Solo is ultimately, thankfully, one of the good ones. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Unfortunately, two movies in, the Deadpool franchise has not only already run out of jokes-it's become everything it was supposed to hate. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
94% RBG (2018) The movie is never better than when it homes in on Ginsburg as a fierce legal mind, a rhetorical and logical force to be reckoned with. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) The movie is too smart to serve us a traditional happy ending-and too pure a romance to deny us the pleasure of one. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
55% Mrs. Hyde (Madame Hyde) (2018) Perhaps its greatest lesson isn't within the movie, but rather the fact of it: rather than revise a stale genre, burn it anew. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) I don't believe that the cure for our hashtag-flawless-obsessed culture is easy encouragement. But you don't have to save the world to make a good movie. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
96% Zama (2018) It's a tour de force, and Zama is the rare movie good enough to deserve it. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018