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
B- 76% 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 94% 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- 55% 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 68% 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 70% 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- 85% 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+ 48% 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 62% 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+ 59% 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+ 33% 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+ 96% 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 95% In Fabric (2018) 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+ 79% 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+ 73% 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 88% 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 71% 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- 63% 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- 79% Apostle (2018) Evans' signature intensity translates seamlessly in Apostle... - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B 92% 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 73% 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
B+ 66% Suspiria (2018) A two and-a-half-hour wallow in the primal recesses of the human psyche that's alternately calculatedly subdued and completely... crazy. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
B 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) A high-end version of one of those direct-to-video kids' movies that play on the Disney Channel all throughout October, all cobwebbed tombstones behind iron cemetery gates and dead leaves crunching underfoot. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
C+ 64% Lizzie (2018) Putting Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny on screen together was a wonderful choice-one that doesn't deserve to be drowned in a torrent of confusing, implausible, and just downright dull ones. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
B 85% A Simple Favor (2018) If your tastes in crime fiction lean more toward whiskey-soaked detectives, A Simple Favor might be bubbly enough to give you a headache despite the darkness of its themes. But that's okay. More prosecco for the rest of us. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
C+ 56% Slice (2018) With so many elements in play, the effect is like putting a dozen toppings onto a pizza. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
C- No Score Yet The Bad Seed (2018) ...this cardboard-cutout quality extends to the dialogue scenes between the adult actors, where Lowe's inexperience as a director really shows. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
A- 97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) Nyoni is clearly confident in her vision and the story she wants to tell, and in her capable hands, the result is spellbinding. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
C+ 26% The Nun (2018) Its script utilizes the kitchen-sink approach common to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters-and the film is worse off for it. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
B 75% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) If Cattet and Forzani's earlier work was the whispering touch of a blade across a supple throat, this film is a dead animal rotting in the sun. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
D 27% A.X.L. (2018) It's utterly forgettable. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2018
B 73% The Ranger (2018) Wexler has interpreted her influences thoughtfully and inverted them cleverly. It's the smart kind of dumb fun. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B- 85% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
C 70% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
B 89% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
B- 79% Buffalo Boys (2019) On a sheer popcorn-entertainment level, the film is great fun to watch. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
B+ 76% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
B 84% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) The Captain is a bleak film, but then again, these are bleak times. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018