Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
96% First Cow (2020) If only every film could achieve the sublime tenderness of First Cow. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
87% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) The Truth is an unassuming picture, but like Fabienne, it leaves a lasting impression. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
No Score Yet Original Cast Album: Company (1970) What makes the documentary so compelling is that it captures the process of re-creating a performance that's meant to be experienced live. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
93% Babyteeth (2020) A breath of fresh air for the subgenre. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
92% A Whisker Away (Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu) (2020) So while the cats may be the initial draw in this film... what really makes A Whisker Away worth watching is its dissection of growing up enough to face difficult feelings head-on and to think seriously about other people's emotions as well. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) There's a lot to take in, and the urgency and potency keeps Da 5 Bloods from inviting complacency. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
9% Artemis Fowl (2020) Disney's adaptation of Artemis Fowl feels like it has holes punched out of it. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
72% The King of Staten Island (2020) The King of Staten Island is built on a typically Apatovian blueprint - slacker learns to grow up and accept responsibility, as in Knocked Up - but Davidson's personal touch distinguishes it - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
69% Becky (2020) Becky is well-oiled, and mostly succeeds in making its mark as a thriller. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) The chemistry between stars Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae keeps the romantic comedy charming. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
88% The Trip to Greece (2020) The Trip to Greece is the most ponderous installment of the bunch. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
36% The Wrong Missy (2020) Lapkus is funny (her work on the podcast and TV versions of Comedy Bang! Bang! is wonderful), but the material she's given here is grotesque. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
41% Capone (2020) Hardy's outsized performance could easily have fit into a biopic of a hale, healthy, and active Capone. Instead, Trank matches that vigor with inventiveness, finding an unusual new way of addressing an iconic figure. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
26% Dangerous Lies (Windfall) (2020) The pleasure of Dangerous Lies isn't finding out whodunit, but simply yelling, "What?" at your screen as increasingly unbelievable twists play out. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) [Kitty] Green's approach to stories - finding larger truths rather than focusing on the most sensational aspects - vaults The Assistant into extraordinary territory. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
68% Extraction (2020) The one big weapon it has - Hemsworth's ability to juxtapose his brawn with approachable charm - is one it never pulls from its holster. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
44% Sergio (2020) As Craig Borten's script leans more and more on romance, the film flounders. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
81% Tigertail (2020) Tigertail's greatest asset... is Tzi Ma. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
70% Trolls World Tour (2020) The textures and sounds littered throughout the film plug up the plot holes effectively enough to keep the film sailing for its 91-minute duration, but there's no glue keeping that confetti in place. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
No Score Yet Animal Crossing: The Movie (Dôbutsu no mori) (Animal Forest: The Movie) (2008) Mostly, Animal Crossing: The Movie feels like a detached version of playing the games. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) The slow build-up - and Autumn and Skylar's stoicism through it all - makes it all the more affecting when the reasoning behind the film's title is revealed. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
21% Coffee & Kareem (2020) Its uneven start isn't enough to make it a total miss. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
73% The Other Lamb (2020) The constant focus on the suffering the film's women endure feels unwarranted in light of how thin the story ultimately is. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
93% Uncorked (2020) The film isn't without its flaws, but they're all forgivable in light of how well it hits the feel-good bullseye. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
71% Vivarium (2020) The surface chills don't stick that well without a deeper story. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) The message that inclusivity and community can spur real change is important, and no less urgent today than it was in the 1970s. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
80% VHYes (2020) VHYES succeeds by using comedy sketches the wrong way - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
71% Lost Girls (2020) Luckily, [Liz] Garbus' direction helps keep the visible parts of the film compelling. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
17% The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) It's big, silly, and entertaining, and even its most naked franchise ambitions feel fun rather than frustrating, because they're so blatant. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
37% Wendy (2020) Man cannot live on beauty alone, and the story underneath the film's beauty is ultimately thin. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
83% The Whistlers (2020) Deftly told, with a fascination with language and the way stories are told that keep it from being just one more story about a corrupt cop. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) [Director Autumn de Wilde's] eye for framing and for capturing the best performances from people (whether in still or moving form) is on full display here. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) What's most frustrating about the film's incoherence is that there are still good sequences amid the chaos. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
96% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) A novelty in the contemporary landscapes of children's movies. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
75% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) The film is the kind of gossip that doesn't have enough details about the people in it to get invested - it's fun, but ultimately not all that memorable. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
74% The Lodge (2020) The Lodge reveals its hand too early, and too clearly. The magic disappears, and the prestige falls flat. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
29% The Rhythm Section (2020) To describe The Rhythm Section in the musical parlance it employs: The action movie has no sense of tempo, and no melody. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch remain fun, but they're products of their time, and Ritchie doesn't seem to have grown as a director beyond having more money and bigger stars at his disposal. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
67% The Wave (2020) The artistry at work in The Wave isn't enough to keep the film from caving in under its middling story. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
14% Dolittle (2020) Dolittle is the result of the kind of taxidermy that gave us jackalopes. Huge chunks of the animal are missing, and other bits and pieces have been superimposed in a way that doesn't make sense. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
48% Underwater (2020) A diverting knockoff, but it isn't as deep or as cohesive as its apparent inspirations. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
96% John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch is a perfect special debuting at the perfect time. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) What do the two popes of Netflix's new film The Two Popes have in common with Sherlock Holmes and a murderous robot doll? Great stars, and unfortunately, an inability to break free of source material that doesn't matter all that much. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
20% Cats (2019) Three good things to be said about Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical Cats: It's an impressive showcase for dancers, the costumes are inventive, and the songs, while nonsense, are catchy. Tom Hooper's film adaptation neuters all three aspects. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
36% 6 Underground (2019) What kills me most, however, is that amid all the cacophony, there's one joke that hints at the kind of joyful mayhem Bay is capable of. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
38% Black Christmas (2019) [Director Sophia] Takal and co-writer April Wolfe have crafted a smart slasher that lays all its cards on the table, and it absolutely rules. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
72% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) The switcheroo helps keep The Next Level fresh, even though it isn't doing anything notably different from Welcome to the Jungle. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) McCraney's script is whip-smart and sharp as it digs into the sports industry, and Soderbergh remains at the top of his game as one of the most exciting directors working today. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) Stunning, capturing the migrant story and its effects in a new light. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
91% Togo (2019) [Willem Dafoe] loves the dogs, the dogs love him, and I love Togo. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019