Katie Rife

Katie Rife
Katie Rife's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): AV Club
Publications: AV Club

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C 63% Darlin' (2019) Taking a harrowing Jack Ketchum adaptation and injecting humor into it is a challenge, one that McIntosh isn't quite equipped to handle in this wildly uneven film. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
B- 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) True, the haunted objects are silly at times, but unlike The Nun, Annabelle Comes Home is only funny when it's supposed to be. And it's enjoyable because of its clockwork efficiency, not in spite of it. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
B+ 94% Wild Rose (2019) Buckley's voice is like a sugar cube dissolving in a glass of whiskey, sweet enough to bring tears to your eyes with a throaty aftertaste that lingers after she's belted out the last note. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
C 22% Men in Black International (2019) Like a UFO hovering in the night sky, one moment it's there, and the next it's gone. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
C+ 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Of course the monsters should be the stars of a Godzilla movie. But until blockbuster filmmaking goes entirely non-narrative, some attention should be paid to the rest of it as well. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
B- 73% The Perfection (2019) The Perfection takes deep, fetishistic satisfaction in pushing the envelope, then pushing it some more, building in seductive fits and shocking starts to an orgiastic frenzy of cinematic excess. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
A- 97% Booksmart (2019) It's a high school movie that doesn't have sadistic bullies shoving helpless nerds into lockers, just a bunch of kids that, for all their flaws, are kind, funny, worldly, whip-smart and unapologetically themselves. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
C 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) Director Gail Mancuso, a TV comedy veteran, gets the desired effect-as manipulative as it may be-out of both the funny scenes and the sad ones, leading up to a finale that can only be described as weapons-grade tearjerker material. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B- 67% Wine Country (2019) But while this isn't the most original project that any of these women have ever done, it is as warm and comfortable as a cashmere blanket draped around one's shoulders by a considerate friend. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B- 56% Charlie Says (2019) Harron does a good job of conveying both the late-'60s period and the surreal surroundings of the Spahn Ranch where Manson and his followers made their home. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
C+ 30% The Intruder (2019) The film is so full of jump scare fake-outs and shout-at-the-screen moments, it neglects to build sustained suspense-a far worse sin than its lack of logic, which can actually be kind of fun. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B 67% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Wild animals. Dead bodies. Rustling noises in the dark. With these minimalist elements, Benjamin casts a nerve-fraying spell, playing tricks on the audience. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
B+ 96% Little Woods (2019) If this is [DaCosta's] starting line, imagine what she'll be able to do once she hits her stride. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
B 93% Rafiki (2019) From its opening frames, Rafiki is bursting with life. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B 97% Hail Satan? (2019) Lane's lighthearted approach will probably convert more than a few viewers to the TST cause-it's a short walk from pissed-off atheist to smirking satanist. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
C- 18% Hellboy (2019) The sentimental father-son subplot is Hellboy at its most laughably absurd, highlighting the chasm between its script and its direction. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
C+ 64% Unicorn Store (2019) Unicorn Store is so myopically intent on creating a whimsical bubble for its protagonist to live in that it ends up trapping itself inside. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
B- 46% Dumbo (2019) While familiar, the film's core theme of embracing the things that make you different carries an extra crumb of emotional weight, coming as it does from the director of Edward Scissorhands. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
B- 85% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) But if you can tolerate a little saccharine piano music and ethereal backlighting with your food porn, Ramen Shop is an appetizing little bite of multicultural foodie edutainment. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Extraordinary in its ordinariness, it's an empathetic portrait of a life that women around the world are living every day but rarely get to see on screen. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
B- 60% Greta (2019) This is a slight film, unlikely to be remembered in the long-term by anyone but completists who discover it during deep dives into its leads' respective filmographies. But, oh, what a giddy ride awaits them. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
B 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It's as noncommittal as its lead, Natalie (Wilson)... and that's one of the best things about it. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
B 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit knows that killing a man with a snow plow is a ridiculous macho fantasy, and it's going to give it to you anyway-but not without a sense of humor. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
D 34% King of Thieves (2019) Calling King Of Thieves the British answer to Gotti is harsh, obviously. But honestly? It's not much of a stretch. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
C 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) Director Charles Martin Smith plows through the darker material at a relentlessly cheerful kids'-movie clip, for an incongruous marriage of tone and subject matter that's honestly a bit unsettling. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B- 86% Rust Creek (2019) Screenwriter Julie Lipson's well-written, naturalistic dialogue helps pass the time, as does Michelle Lawler's lovely scenic cinematography. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
C+ 49% Escape Room (2019) Clumsily scripted and extremely predictable, Escape Room absolutely deserves to be unloaded into the cinematic landfill that is early January. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
C 27% Mortal Engines (2018) This is a headache-inducing spectacle that raises more questions than it answers, and does little to inspire viewers to go find the answers themselves. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
C 63% Bird Box (2018) In the end, Bird Box's most significant shortcoming is that it's just too inert and unfocused to work as sci-fi horror. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
C+ 62% Vox Lux (2018) A jumbled provocation whose only guiding principle seems to be the belief that if you make a point loud enough, it somehow becomes more cogent. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
A- 93% The Favourite (2018) Is this the first Yorgos Lanthimos film that can be called genuinely fun? - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
B 95% Jinn (2018) Mu'min shows great sensitivity as a director, drawing a remarkably carefree and naturalistic performance from her young star that makes her sympathetic, even when her character is behaving in selfish and hurtful ways. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
75% The Devils (1971) The truly provocative -- some might even say blasphemous -- part of the film is its assertion that, even while preaching their rhetoric of sin and salvation, nuns and priests and cardinals are only human, and humans are nothing but animals. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
B- 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) While Alvarez acquits himself with thrilling action sequences and breakneck pacing, the overall impression left by this "New Dragon Tattoo Story" is one of a razor-sharp blade dulled by the demands of franchise filmmaking. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
C+ 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Watching Copeland pirouette across the screen, you rather wish you were just watching her perform a filmed version of the ballet. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
B+ 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes Border. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
B 96% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric is a very strange movie... Submit to the exquisite mystery of retail, and enjoy. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B+ 82% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) I was similarly charmed by the film's embrace of both the genre's strengths and weaknesses, down to the voice-over in the last five minutes of the movie explaining what the hell you just saw. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
A- 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning actually justifies its running time by slowly building paranoid atmosphere before an explosive, hauntingly ambiguous finale. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B+ 77% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) The chief pleasure of this small, self-contained film is in its dialogue, which is leaner and less garrulous than in Zahler's films and will be throwback heaven for David Mamet fans. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
A- 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) [It's] a refreshingly earnest film, with memorable characters and an unexpectedly sweet subplot that sees a father reconnecting with his teenage daughter over their shared love of horror movies. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B 100% The Blood of Wolves (Korou no chi) (2018) [It's] an appealingly hard-boiled tribute to Kinji Fukasaku's seminal Battles Without Honor And Humanity series from Toei, the same studio that released Fukasaku's yakuza films back in the '70s. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B 89% The Night Comes For Us (2018) It uses a thin plot touching on the classic Hong Kong action themes of brotherhood and loyalty as an excuse to string together a series of gonzo action set-pieces so ingeniously bloody that one could conceivably classify the film as horror. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
C 74% Lords of Chaos (2019) Two hours is a long time to point out how foolish and sexist teenage boys can be over and over again. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B- 62% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) A thoroughly middle-of-the-road effort, it may have been inevitable that actually watching director Terry Gilliam's cinematic great white whale would be a bit of a letdown after 30 years of myth-making. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
A- 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Maintaining an audience's sympathy for a character through their most fumbling, frustrating lows requires compassion and clarity of purpose, both of which McCarthy amply demonstrates here. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B- 80% Apostle (2018) Evans' signature intensity translates seamlessly in Apostle... - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B 93% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) While the film's attempts at slapstick can be painful-in a cringing way, not in a brutal way-Heavy Trip does succeed in creating perhaps the most charming ensemble of morbid dorks since What We Do In The Shadows. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
B 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) As Bad Times At The El Royale proves, even the most razor-sharp writer needs some humanity mixed in with the wit if they want to endure very long. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
B 74% Destroyer (2018) At the center of it all is Kidman, the indisputable heart of the film, whose all-in performance elevates Destroyer above a well-made cop drama and into something special. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018