Karl Delossantos

Karl Delossantos
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Even though I've loved film all my life, it wasn't until 2013 when I started the website Smash Cut Reviews that I was able to truly express my adoration. I believe that diversity and inclusion in film and film criticism is essential and I'm thrilled to lend my voice to the community. While I love any kind of film, I have a particular passion for high-concept science fiction and 70s and 80s horror. However, any film that is a powerful empathy machine, as Roger Ebert puts it, is one for me.
Publications: Smash Cut Reviews
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is a heist movie that also pulls off its own heist. While the movie is as glitzy and sleek as you'd expect with enough jokes and gags to keep you entertained, there's also a complex framework of themes working beneath the surface. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
1.5/5 65% Haunt (2019) The design of the haunted house is intriguing and disorienting with wood slat-lined halls leading to cramped tunnels and dark rooms littered with unseen dangers. If only the actual story was as inventive as the set design. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
1.5/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) Clearly, Muschietti had a long list of things he wanted to do and tackle in It Chapter Two - and he did all of it. Unfortunately, the movie didn't need most of it. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
5/5 89% The King of Comedy (1983) Cringy, awkward, painful to watch -a masterpiece. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 79% Good Boys (2019) Good Boys, like Booksmart this year, proves that a raunchy comedy can be smart and thoughtful while still making jokes about a hyperrealistic sex doll. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
2.5/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark gets so caught up in its plot that the scares end up feeling like an afterthought. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
2/5 72% The Perfection (2019) As the twists and turns get even more egregious, The Perfection just becomes a chore to watch. It's unfortunate because the final beat is actually chilling and portends what could have been. A lighter touch would have been welcome. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
3.5/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not is a skewering - literally - of the greediness of the 1% at the hands of a person that came from nothing - all the while dressed in a dirty and tattered wedding dress and worn down high tops. If that's not American, then I don't know what is. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) There's a lot to admire about Blinded by the Light - its ambition chief among them. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
76% Noah (2014) Bolstered by strong performances by the entire cast, strong visuals, and a filled out script, "Noah" may be one of the better biblical adaptations. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) The film itself is beautiful. Each shot is pure artwork. Each note of music is pure emotion. Every cut is perfectly pieced together. Steve McQueen has assembled something that is great. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
52% Jersey Boys (2014) Jersey Boys is almost frustrating in a way. The entire time we are aching for the film to wow us. Sadly, it never really does. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
9.4/10 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) It's charming, well-written, superbly acted. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
C+ 53% Maleficent (2014) The characters surrounding Maleficent became caricatures as if they were pulled directly from a cartoon. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
6.5/10 75% Oculus (2014) The final product is a beautifully shot and wonderful acted entry in the never-ending pool of niche horror movies looking to shock, scare, and unnerve. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
F 38% Odd Thomas (2014) Odd Thomas has one really good thing going for it, and that's Anton Yelchin. After that, there's not much there. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
72% Jurassic World (2015) Despite my view of the film as a satire, there are a few storylines that bogged down an otherwise quick fire film. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
62% Unfriended (2015) It's not going to go down as a horror classic, but it should be appreciated for what it is: a stupidly fun movie. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
90% A Most Violent Year (2015) J.C Chandor controls the screen with his gripping atmosphere that keeps you guessing. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
78% You're Next (2013) The mix of gore, humor and familiarity takes the film from being a passable "B" movie to a successful and well-executed homage that may change the way we view the genre. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
7.5/10 86% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) Small movements from the actors, their facial expressions, their delivery, coupled with [Joss] Whedon's slight visual humor made the entire film a joy to watch. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
97% Boyhood (2014) It's so epic in scope, but extraordinarily intimate in its storytelling. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
6/10 79% The Revenant (2015) Its grand visuals are sometimes bogged down by self-important emotional drives, its restraint sometimes wasted in repetitive indulgence, and its last third rushed. However, it's easy to get lost in story, mostly thanks to DiCaprio's performance. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
9/10 97% Spotlight (2015) The film treats the subject of the investigation with the utmost respect and gives it the weight that it deserves. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4.5/5 88% The Invitation (2016) It waits and makes you question what kind of movie it is until it finally reveals itself in a beautiful finale. That's what makes it truly one of the best movies of the year. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
6.5/10 92% Hush (2016) Hush isn't reinventing the wheel, but it is proving that the genre still has legs. If you're looking for an entertaining and knuckle-whitening thriller, then you won't be disappointed. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
8.5/10 97% Zootopia (2016) Like the best animated movies it mixes social subtext with genuinely hilarious moments and interesting characters. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
8.5/10 94% Wild Tales (2015) Damián Szifron tells each story with a specific visual flair that helps make "Wild Tales" the best anthology movie I've ever seen. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
8.5/10 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) John Goodman, the greatest supporting actor as some have called him, perhaps gives one of the best performances of his career. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
9/10 86% Steve Jobs (2015) From camera angles to staging, it's a film that speaks on so many levels. It proves that style and substance aren't mutually exclusive, they can live together in a film successfully. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
8/10 93% The Nice Guys (2016) It could certainly use a lot of trimming, especially towards the drawn-out third act. The laughs become a bit thinner and the plot a bit of a drag. However, the journey to get there is a delightful - wait for it - romp. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
8/10 96% Weiner (2016) If Weiner was a scripted film it wouldn't be nearly as impressive, but the fact that the filmmakers were able to perfectly translate Weiner's doomed campaign to film makes it impressive. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
9/10 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) The dialogue is fast and smart, and the characters are explored so deeply, despite spending little time with each. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
1/10 59% The Neon Demon (2016) Even in moments when we're supposed to be scared or thrilled, particularly in the tacky third act, you laugh at the absurdity. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) The scenario unfolds with so much real and raw emotion that it feels claustrophobic. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 83% Midnight Special (2016) While the entire movie is exciting with incredibly realized set pieces, the love that the principle characters show for each other is what makes it a great movie. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 76% Lights Out (2016) It uses some good old fashioned jump scares and a tense atmosphere to make a really effective scary movie. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
8.5/10 86% Star Trek Beyond (2016) As for the main plot and action, I think that it is visually one of the most interesting and impressive of the series so far. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 84% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) It doesn't have the charm or the heart of the first, but it gives enough fuel to the franchise to warrant its existence. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Deepwater Horizon is deeply entertaining, visually stunning, and emotional. Though it has its flaws, it also has moments of astonishment that show it for what it is: a technical achievement. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
5/5 72% Interstellar (2014) It's as grand as it is introspective and as grounded as it is existential. By the end of the nearly three-hour running time - it goes by in a flash - you feel as if you've experienced something that is so rarely captured on film. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
8.5/10 97% Hell or High Water (2016) Unlike earlier entries in the genre, the movie blurs the line between good and bad and right and wrong. While it's completely entertaining, it's that added layer that makes Hell or High Water completely satisfying. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) It has a reverence for its subjects that is so vital. Part of that is thanks to the incredible performances from the cast. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4.5/5 91% La La Land (2016) While La La Land is escapist entertainment for a good chunk, its greatest parts lie in the realities, while not harsh, that plague our dreams. But hey, here's to the fools who dream. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 84% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) While The Wave is an incredibly well-made movie, perhaps even the most well-made in the genre, it still falls into the cliches. That's what prevents it from being a great movie. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 82% The Impossible (2012) Sometimes it's sentimental to a fault, but the thrilling and innovative filmmaking that's being done makes it all worth it. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
8/10 89% Loving (2016) For such a quiet movie, Loving moves at a lightning pace. We cover nearly two decades of the Lovings lives. Thanks to the incredible craft, particularly the costumes and editing, we feel like we are dropped into those periods. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
10/10 98% Moonlight (2016) The only way to describe Moonlight is as art. It's pure, unadulterated art. It's storytelling at it's best. It's filmmaking at it's best. It's romantic, emotional, and, most importantly, a film that needs to be seen. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
8.5/10 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) The animators use gorgeous, bold colors to paint vivid landscapes and portraits throughout the journey with painstaking detail that is marvelous. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
9/10 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival will challenge us to think and to question. And while we come away with answers, we also experience the stunning power of great filmmaking, great writing, and a great story. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019