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Katie Rife

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 69% The Ranger (2018) Wexler has interpreted her influences thoughtfully and inverted them cleverly. It's the smart kind of dumb fun.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B- 94% The Wife (2018) It's Close's wonderfully subtle characterization of Joan that lifts The Wife above its cliché setups and neat role reversals, which is really rather ironic. Once again, it's the wife doing all the hard work. At least this time, she gets top billing.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
C 62% Summer of '84 (2018) Summer Of '84 never really gives us a reason why these kids should be friends, and although we spent most of the film watching them hang out, the direction is too stiff to call it a proper hangout movie.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
B 88% Skate Kitchen (2018) If you have a teenage girl in your life who's into skate culture, it just might be her new favorite movie.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
B 86% Champion (2018) If you've been missing the goofy earnestness of '80s action movies, then we've got good news-they haven't gone away, they simply changed location.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
B- No Score Yet Buffalo Boys (2018) On a sheer popcorn-entertainment level, the film is great fun to watch.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
B+ 100% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2017) At times, the film is so mythic that it strains credulity, but if you're a fan of spaghetti Westerns, you know that's part of the deal.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
B 77% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) The Captain is a bleak film, but then again, these are bleak times.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
B- 100% Chained for Life (2018) The script's showbiz satire shows occasional flashes of savage brilliance, and the meta aspects are thoughtfully composed, if occasionally self-indulgent.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
B 100% Luz (2018) Unapologetically strange and utterly fearless.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
B 87% Cam (2018) Cam is a rather brilliant contemporary take on the Hitchcockian identity thriller, a feminist update on David Lynch and Brian De Palma by way of Unfriended.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
B 90% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2018) An unusual-and mostly successful-hybrid of a pulpy adventure tale straight out of a midcentury men's magazine and a meditative reflection on loneliness and aging...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
B+ 100% People's Republic of Desire (2018) A microcosm of the bizarre fantasy economy and complex, parasitic interdependencies of late capitalism as a whole.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
B 100% Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana (2018) It's a fascinating case study of government overreach far grosser than the comics it claimed it was protecting people from, and one that should be more widely known.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
C No Score Yet Tales from the Hood 2 (2018) It won't win any awards for subtlety, but if you're a fan of the original, you already know that.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
B- 90% Nightmare Cinema (2018) Although "Mirari" is nothing groundbreaking, it's nice to see Dante having fun behind the camera again.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
B+ 100% McQueen (2018) Manages to both emphasize McQueen's groundbreaking work and give moving insight into his personality.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
B- 75% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) To Rocher's credit, this is not nearly as tedious as it sounds.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
C 35% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Somehow, The Catcher Was A Spy is flavorless and unexciting, thanks to an execution as formulaic as a well-worn copy of The Joy Of Cooking.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
C+ 51% Superfly (2018) Jackson's uninspiring performance only serves to highlight the film's other weaknesses, like the corny aphorisms that pepper its dialogue and the much-hyped soundtrack...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
B+ 82% Nancy (2018) Nancy sets its title character up as a lost, lonely woman in an alienating world, then pushes the audience's sympathy for her as far as it can go.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
B 85% Upgrade (2018) A genre-bending summer treat for those who don't mind a little (okay, a lot) of blood with their popcorn.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
C 26% Overboard (2018) Without Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and their effervescent chemistry, all you've got is a screwball comedy about kidnapping, made even more complicated by adding racial dynamics into the mix.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
C+ 53% Duck Butter (2018) Duck Butter is clever without being all that hilarious, and personal without being all that revealing.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
C- 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Sloppily assembled teen genre fare that produces more giggles than gasps.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
B+ 97% The Endless (2018) What puts The Endless ahead of many indie genre films of its type is not only Moorhead's skill as a cinematographer, but also the judicious way in which he and Benson apply their presumably limited budget.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
C- 21% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) What was Tyler Perry going for here?‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2018
B- 79% I Kill Giants (2018) It all, well, works, thanks largely to [Madinson] Wolfe and her portrayal of a difficult, terrified, brave, lovable girl.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
C+ 54% The Lodgers (2018) The film's obsession with the concepts of family and fate cause it to leave unexplored some other interesting themes, like the encroachment of the 20th century on the European aristocratic class.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
B- 80% The Party (2018) Potter's screenplay keeps throwing new twists at her characters throughout the film, each more pointed and darkly comedic than the last.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
D+ 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Ana can now stand up to Christian's emotionally manipulative, controlling tendencies (remember, kink ain't the same as abuse, kids). She even shows agency once or twice. But what replaces it is just as risible.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
B 74% Small Town Crime (2018) It combines familiar character actors and familiar story elements to produce a sufficiently satisfying, if not especially memorable, film perfect for whiling away a rainy afternoon.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
C- 29% Proud Mary (2018) Henson's both-feet-on-the-ground performance tries to rein in the chaos, but the simple fact is that she-and the moviegoers, many of them people of color, who will come out to see this film-deserve much better support behind the camera.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
C- 26% Bright (2017) Finally, high fantasy for the sunglasses-on-the-back-of-the-head set.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
C+ 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) In everything from the score to the costumes and hairstyling, McGuigan seems to think that there's no such thing as too much, a lavishness that just isn't supported by the film's obviously modest budget.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
B- 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) If you're going to coast on charm, you could do a lot worse than Dwayne Johnson.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
C+ 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) If only the film had something to say about America-or about memory, or about families.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
80% Boys in the Trees (2016) ... its hallucinatory imagery anchored by realistically profane teen dialogue and a tragic LGTBQ subtext.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
B 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Marvel Studios probably won't be hiring Takashi Miike to direct his take on any of its properties any time soon. But Blade Of The Immortal makes that seem like an exciting idea.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
92% Super Dark Times (2017) I wasn't as impressed with the film as some of my fellow audience members, but Kevin Phillips, transitioning from music videos to feature films and from cinematography to directing, has an undeniable eye.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
83% Tilt (2017) [A] deathly dull character study. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
88% Lowlife (2018) Being a debut feature, the film at times struggles to stay on track tonally-a graphic autopsy scene at the beginning seems to portend a much different kind of story-but once it rights itself, it's off like a bullet from the chamber of a gun.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
57% Game of Death (2017) Game Of Death's playful tone does land some absurdist laughs, but attempts to reconcile the film's ironic distance from its pervasive bloodshed and the serious moral conflict produced by the game's rules land with a splat.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
82% Mohawk (2018) Mohawk has crescendoed to a powerful symbolic reckoning between oppressor and oppressed, well worth sticking it out through the opening scenes of characters chasing each other through the woods.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
83% Vampire Cleanup Department (Gao geung jing dou fu) (2017) Watching the film, you get the feeling that you're watching another culture's equivalent of last year's Ghostbusters remake, an impression that's only enhanced when the plot starts borrowing elements from Ghostbusters.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
B 87% My Friend Dahmer (2017) Jeffrey Dahmer was a real person, with a family and at least a couple of casual friends. The people he killed were, too. The discomfort of reconciling those two facts is where this film lives, and what ultimately makes it work.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
92% Replace (2017) It's too bad that the plot devolves into predictable sci-fi fare fairly early on, seemingly sealing its fate as a direct-to-VOD release.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
No Score Yet Animals (Tiere) (2017) The film looks absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful lighting, composition, and imagery, but it's a bit too preoccupied with mind-bending atmospherics to draw any real impact.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
100% Haruko Azumi Is Missing (Japanese Girls Never Die)(Azumi Haruko wa yukue fumei) (2016) Japanese Girls Never Die is an impressionistic, kaleidoscopic portrait of life as a woman in modern-day Japan, with a little bit of art-world satire to boot.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
C- 28% Amityville: The Awakening (2017) The script is just as lazy as the acting, leaning on a fitfully applied, Scream-esque meta subplot to justify why the hell we're all here in the first place.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017