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
2/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Despite it's stacked cast, relevant topics, and high-production value, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is too interested in portraying the facts and not enough in portraying the real-life characters at its center. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 81% Synchronic (2020) Synchronic has a fun enough concept to keep you hooked, but Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson-along with a stellar Anthony Mackie-add in their effortlessly charming direction to make it the exact kind of science fiction romp that I crave - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/5 93% Lapsis (2020) Noah Hutton's strong direction and the world he builds that explores the new gig economy that has taken ahold of our everyday lives are interesting enough for Lapsis to overcome its less-than-compelling narrative. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/5 92% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Possessor may be diabolically gruesome to the point of excess, however, it uses the gut-wrenching feelings it derives to great use in a story that is more than... skin deep. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
4.5/5 97% Nomadland (2020) Chloé Zhao makes Nomadland's melancholic but hopeful story of nomads traversing the American West a stunningly complex character study of life on the margins of society. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2020
4.5/5 92% Fright Night (1985) Fright Night benefits from being one of the purest versions of horror-comedy. Both genres are equally represented without manipulation. The tropes of both combine to present real laughs with the terror and real terror with the laughs. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3.5/5 78% Spiral (2019) Spiral is an unapologetically gay horror that is also a quietly impressive low-budget foray into social horror. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
4/5 80% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Few people have been able to communicate the non-linear way our minds work, but Kaufman has come damn close. And for that, it's worth a watch. Then, it begs you for another. Or are you begging for another? - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
2.5/5 100% Host (2020) At just 57 minutes, Host is far from overly long. Although it certainly stretches its interesting premise to the max. Still, it achieves an anxiety-inducing atmosphere coupled with genuinely chilling horror setpieces that keeps you online. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
1.5/5 60% Project Power (2020) Project Power loses steam almost as quickly as the drug at the center of it. Even Jamie Foxx can't muster up enough star power to save the day. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 99% Starred Up (2014) What I love about Starred Up is it's almost devoid of sentimentality. Any that there is doused in a heavy dose of realism. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
3/5 75% The Rental (2020) Airbnb: The horror movie - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
4/5 81% The Old Guard (2020) The Old Guard has some new tricks. Gina Prince-Bythewood uses strong, groundbreaking characters to deliver the best action movie of the year. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2020
5/5 93% Do the Right Thing (1989) Do the Right Thing is so much larger than its Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn setting. That small slice of street acts as a microcosm for the entire racial system in America-one that is still at work and even more prevalent today. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
4.5/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Lee's greatest talent as a filmmaker is finding a way to remit thematic heftiness and deep character explorations while delivering a genuinely entertaining story with striking characters. Da 5 Bloods may be his greatest success in that aspect. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
4.5/5 98% Short Term 12 (2013) There's a tendency for movies like Short Term 12 to be overwrought or contrived in their handling of such a sensitive story. However, Cretton avoids the pitfalls of the genre by balancing out the story with an intense and masterfully deployed empathy. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
2.5/5 65% The Lovebirds (2020) When The Lovebirds gives Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani room to exercise their mastery in comedic timing and delivery it is enormously enjoyable, but the simplistic plot and uninspired writing leaves this crime comedy grounded. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2020
4/5 87% Shirley (2020) Shirley's overwhelming and somewhat chaotic opening prepares you for its penchant for tension-sexual, suspenseful, and otherwise. On the other hand, the introduction to Shirley barely scratches the surface of the unpredictable rollercoaster that she is. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
4.5/5 85% The Descent (2006) The movie unfolds in a satisfying slow-burn that makes you feel uneasy until it takes that anxiety and turns it into pure nightmare fuel by making your worst fears real. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
4.5/5 97% The Half of It (2020) There's a chance The Half of It fades into the background of the multitudes of Netflix romantic comedies. But I hope that the right audience sees it. If I had seen this movie when I was a kid, I feel like the world would have been different for me. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
4/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) Robert Eggers throws you headfirst into the deep end of the late 19th century with every period detail (and fart) intact. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
3.5/5 92% From Here to Eternity (1953) From Here to Eternity is the kind of old-school Hollywood melodrama that you can't help but fall for. And while it only occasionally hits greatness, the performances by the cast are as iconic as they come. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3.5/5 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) True History of the Kelly Gang is a punky expressionistic blur of sound and light that makes the already chaotic story disorienting, and, most importantly, unrelenting. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3.5/5 98% Circus of Books (2020) Throughout the movie, Karen chides her daughter over the purpose of it. She doesn't understand what makes the store or their story special. What she doesn't realize is that it's her own journey that is the most interesting. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
5/5 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon called the movie "something for us." In that sense, The Cabin in the Woods is a gift to horror fans. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
5/5 94% Moonstruck (1987) Moonstruck is one of those movies you watch and say, "they don't make them like that anymore." However, it's more than just a few laughs and iconic line readings. Its tight story structure and Cher's magnetic performance is hard to not get swept up in. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
3/5 91% The Carnivores (2020) The Carnivores for better or worse is uncategorizable with elements of drama, psychological thriller, horror, and even comedy - and I was happy to be confused. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
4/5 92% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) With storybook-like cinematography to a score that has the longingness of memory and urgency to match the characters onscreen, Joe Talbot shows his appreciation for his home city while giving Jimmie Fails' story its just due. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3.5/5 85% Big Time Adolescence (2020) Pete Davidson gives a surprisingly dynamic and layered performance in this sweet dramedy about growing up and not growing up. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
3/5 90% Obvious Child (2014) Slate's Donna feels grounded in something incredibly relatable and real, as does the movie's handling of its hot button plot points. Slate and Lacy have so much effortless charm and chemistry that they're hard to resist. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
5/5 98% Paris Is Burning (1991) As en exercise in documentary filmmaking, it mines incredible honesty from its subjects and captures it with immense empathy and admiration. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
4/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) The Invisible Man deals with emotional manipulation. Whannell lets so much of the horror be motivated by it. He makes the audience feel like we are losing control too by letting us in on more than the characters are seeing. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
5/5 96% The Conversation (1974) A tense psychological thriller. But dig deeper and you'll find the tragedy of Hackman's Harry Caul. His burden and his loneliness add a melancholic tone to the entire film amidst the commentary on technology and privacy that is all too relevant today. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3.5/5 92% Premature (2020) Premature begins with electricity. The only kind of electricity you can find on a crowded New York City subway in the summer - and it never goes away thanks to Zora Howard's star-making performance. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
2/5 75% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) I fell in love with To All The Boys I've Loved Before, but the sequel P.S. I Still Love You makes me think I want to see other people. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
4/5 100% The Father (2020) Once The Father has you, it's hard to fall out of its momentum. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 88% 20th Century Women (2017) There are so many small tidbits about life, love, and happiness in 20th Century Women that it feels like therapy. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
3.5/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey has all of the chaotic energy that a movie about Harley Quinn should have packaged in a frenetic action-filled romp that's impossible to resist. The best DCEU movie yet. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 74% The Lodge (2020) As it slowly approaches the edge, you need to make the decision whether to hang on or jump off with it. Whether you love or hate it hangs on that decision. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
4/5 94% Herself (2020) Nothing is more empowering than watching a woman literally and figuratively rebuild her life from the ground up. And Herself does it with an irresistible charm. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/5 94% Palm Springs (2020) Andy Samberg, Christin Milioti, and director Max Barbakow make the time loop comedy new again (and again, and again). - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
4.5/5 100% Minari (2020) In the moment before the movie cuts to black I realized how much I'd miss seeing these characters on the screen. It is an irresistible movie. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 86% The Night House (2020) The scares in The Night House come hard and fast, aided by director David Bruckner's masterful grasp of a dread-filled atmosphere. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
4/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a matter-of-factly told abortion drama that pulls no punches as it takes on the failings of our healthcare system - especially for women. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
2.5/5 48% Underwater (2020) Underwater is like if you took all the character development, world-building, and plot out of the original Alien and just left the horror bits - somehow it works. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.5/5 92% Wild Rose (2019) Wild Rose isn't your typical small-town girl with big dreams movie. It has an edge to it thanks to Jessie Buckley's star-making performance and her character's steely indignance. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/5 50% The First Wives Club (1996) For better or worse - more better than worse, though -The First Wives Club is peak 1990s feminist cinema. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.5/5 20% The Grudge (2020) The Grudge is more horrifying than any horror movie - because it's boring. The cheap scares and thin plot do nothing but... well, make you hold a grudge against it. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.5/5 95% Little Women (2019) While Gerwig's narrative risks don't always payoff, Little Women thrives on a timeless story, great performances, and a strong beating heart. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
2/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) There's something very off about The Rise of Skywalker. It sort of all just happens. There was no build-up, no suspense. There's nothing to experience and I want a star war to be an experience. - Smash Cut Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019