Karen Gordon

Karen Gordon
Karen Gordon's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Original Cin
Publications: Original Cin

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 70% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) One of Farhadi's great strengths is his ability to write clear characters with complex inner lives that inform their reactions. He put his characters through an emotional wringer, without melodrama. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
C-plus 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Great fight scenes abound. But there are way too many superficial or uninteresting scenes that slow down an already long movie. And the film is frustratingly shallow emotionally. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns is a rare treat: an old fashioned movie musical with an old-fashioned message that works perfectly in the modern world. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
B-plus 80% Ben is Back (2018) Love within families is sometimes about taking one breath at a time and seeing what comes next. And in that sense, Ben is Back strikes the right notes. An intense drama buoyed by exceptional performances - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
C-minus 35% Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) (2018) Edmunds seems to be trying for a Guy Ritchie movie, where everyone is negotiating at gunpoint, and a gangster's death is cartoonish, so we're not bothered. It falls flat early. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
B-plus 98% Border (Gräns) (2018) There are lots of things going on in this film, from the normal to the creepy to the very strange. But director Ali Abbasi succeeds in keeping the film feeling like more like a drama, than an oddity or an arty creature feature. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
B 91% Widows (2018) The success of a heist movie lies in whether you buy the twists and turns. In this case, it's an enjoyable ride, but some of the story's weaknesses make it less than it might have been. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
B 81% Boy Erased (2018) One wishes Edgerton had upped the drama a few notches. There are times when awful things are happening to someone. We get it intellectually, but the movie often soft-pedals the visceral impact and that's a shame. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
B-minus 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The once socially awkward hacker Salander seems to have acquired the field and fighting skills of a trained government operative. There's no peril she can't elude, which gets less interesting as the film goes on. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
B-plus 100% Transformer (2018) Transformer has the kind of hook that practically invites an exploitative approach -- "Alpha-male, girly-girl" to quote Kroc. But Del Monte's straightforward observational doc takes its cue from Janae's level-headed honesty. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B-plus 71% Beautiful Boy (2011) Chalamet conveys all of the necessary contradictory emotions to portray an addict, paradoxically both in love with, and repulsed by, his own tendencies and actions. It's bravura work. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
A-minus 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The movie, in its way, pays homage to Redford's career, and all the times he's played a charming rebel or an outlaw. Perhaps it's because he's making so few movies these days, it's easier to appreciate just how good he is. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
C-plus 85% The Wife (2018) The performances in this family drama are all top notch. But the script is another story. If Close does win an Oscar, it will be in spite of the movie, not because of it. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
A 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) A French writer/director, co-adapting a great Canadian novel about the American West, what could go wrong? In the case of The Sisters Brothers, nothing as it turns out. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Bradley Cooper makes an impressive directing debut with A Star Is Born, turning one of Hollywood's most re-made movies into something fresh and soulful, even though it's hampered by some of the story's clichés. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
A-minus 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Yes, it's a formula and we've been here before. But the characters are engaging, the performances elevate the material, and the various dilemmas of each gives this more layers than you might expect. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
C 83% Puzzle (2018) As her independence grows, Agnes becomes peevish and even turns mean. Both Khan and Kelly are wonderful actors, but there's so little chemistry they might as well be in different movies. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
A 99% Eighth Grade (2018) A small, lovely, touching movie that sums up all that's wrong and all that's right with being a teen and feeling unmoored. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
A 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace speaks, not just to the trauma and the damage of soldiers who have seen too much in war, but wider questions of endurance and the soul that can touch all of us. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
C-plus 58% Always at the Carlyle (2018) Unless you're absolutely charmed by everything celebrity, the steady stream of rich and famous talking about things they can do that you can't, and the way they're specially treated that you aren't, starts to deflate the film. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
A 89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary works as a family drama and as a genre film. Almost everyone is dealing with some sort of inner demon, even before we get to the possibility of real demons at work. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
B-plus 85% The Gospel According to André (2018) Talley's accomplishments are many, but like the man himself, the movie doesn't veer into hyperbole and aggrandizement. In keeping with its subject, it keeps things quietly honest. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
B 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Howard knows how to make the film move. But for all the characters, chases, card games, twists and turns, the story itself is surprisingly ordinary, and even a little dull at times. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
B 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) Lenz shows you Kusama's shows, and the mimicking exhibitions of her male contemporaries. It's a perfect film for the #metoo era: A glimpse into the life of a visionary born when even "progressive culture" ignored women's voices. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Avengers: Infinity War does the impossible. It tops all previous 19 Marvel movies while continuing to redefine the action genre. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Ava DuVernay's visually imaginative female empowerment movie says love triumphs evil, light trumps darkness and teenage girls who believe they're not good enough can find their strength and beauty. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B-minus 37% Nostalgia (2018) Not exactly a roller coaster ride of a movie, quiet and slow in fact. But a thoughtful story about the power of the possessions we leave behind. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
C-minus 46% Red Sparrow (2018) The Russian characters all speak to each other in English with Russian accents that seem to come and go from scene to scene, and the final product bounces from gratuitously nasty to just plain dull. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
79% Sweet Virginia (2017) What happens when men of few words are the lead characters in a thriller? In Sweet Virginia, some great actors are left high and dry by a script that doesn't mesh. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
79% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) It uses the historical facts as a framework for a clever, fantastical story that works on multiple levels. It dives into Dickens' darkest fears and yet stays lively, joyful and family-friendly. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
85% The Square (2017) As in his previous film Force Majeure, Ostlund has identified malaises in modern life. And he has layered questions about them, by the way ordinary situations turn absurd - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
67% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck feels like an old-fashioned movie with story values from another time. It talks to the audience straight up and treats viewers, young and old, as if they were intelligent beings. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
7% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman ruined both snow and Michael Fassbender for me. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) These people aren't living the American dream. They're barely making do. But still, The Florida Project suggests that our most precious relationships are held together with some undefinable, beautiful glue. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Abdul's views on British colonialism are practically a blank and that enigma is a flaw in the movie... But it's a beautiful looking costume drama with a dream cast, marked unsurprisingly by another lovely Dame Judi Dench performance. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
53% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) I wasn't expecting a comedy when I went to see Kingsman: The Circle of Gold but a comedy is what I got. And that didn't turn out to be such a bad thing. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
92% Logan Lucky (2017) Jimmy's team is like a blue-collar mirror image of the Ocean's crew. But there's more going on here than a story about a bunch of amateurs attempting a complicated robbery. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
87% Wind River (2017) Sheridan's characters, aren't by nature transgressive. But, this is the world in which they've found themseves. They're in circumstances that force them to hover over the cracks in the moral universe. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
90% A Ghost Story (2017) A Ghost Story doesn't provide answers, but its simplicity and dignity is affecting and quite beautiful. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick has a true and beating heart, and it adds up to a sweet and wonderful romance - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
71% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) Through it all, Rami Malek turns in a fine performance, full of nuance and subtlety. But even that's not enough to fix a movie that doesn't have a clear point. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
91% Certain Women (2016) As quiet as Certain Women is, these characters continued to live for me, long, long after the lights came up. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) [Thomas] Vinterberg sets up a scenario that begs for subtle depth and then walks away. And so do the characters. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
69% The Journey (2017) The message is clear. If these two bitter foes can achieve some kind of common ground, maybe there is hope for the other trouble spots in the world. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017