Katie Rife

Katie Rife
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: AV Club

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 84% The Mad Women's Ball (Le bal des folles) (2021) It might not be the most nuanced portrayal of this particular chapter in history. But it is passionate, fathers and doctors be damned. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2021
C- 22% The Starling (2021) McCarthy is loyal to her collaborators, which is an admirable trait in a person but sometimes lands her in stinkers like this one. Now they're even, and she can move on. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
B 64% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) While Showalter relishes the camp value of the film's costumes, makeup, and set design, make no mistake: This is a sympathetic portrait. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
B 96% Language Lessons (2021) If a digitally mediated future is inevitable, we can only hope that it will produce more thoughtful, open-hearted stories like this one. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
C- 38% Yakuza Princess (2021) There's no real momentum or pacing to Yakuza Princess, merely a shaggy assemblage of scenes jumping between characters and continents with little distinction between meat and filler. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
B- 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) The first half of the movie is funnier and more down-to-earth than its second, which transitions from modern action to mythical fantasy with an emphasis on Chinese folklore-some actual, some imagined. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
C+ 86% The Night House (2021) All the elements are there, but there's an unresolved quality to The Night House that drains the life from the film and leaves the viewer frustrated. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2021
82% Giving Birth to a Butterfly (2021) Flimsy as it is, Giving Birth To A Butterfly shows promise. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2021
100% Hellbender (2021) One of the more unique takes on both occult horror and coming-of-age tales we've seen in a while. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2021
80% Agnes (2021) If... you're tired of seeing the same old beats hit again and again in these kind of movies, this will feel provides idiosyncratic salvation. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2021
95% What Josiah Saw (2021) The writer-director piles deviancy on top of taboo until your trauma receptors go numb. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2021
B 88% Ema (2021) This is an onion with a lot of layers. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
B 93% Swan Song (2021) Swan Song can be clumsy and sentimental at times, but that's sometimes the cost of earnestness. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
B+ 90% The Suicide Squad (2021) In many ways, the gleefully profane, anything-goes mayhem of The Suicide Squad feels like a mega-budget version of the Troma Studios productions that gave Gunn his start. And thank goodness for that. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
C+ 77% Kandisha (2020) The issue is, this evocative villain and vicious point of view are placed in a generic teen-horror context. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
C 66% How It Ends (2021) The comedy is pitched at such a low volume that it's difficult to hear. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
B- 91% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) ... viewers should take one more note from the man himself and not fall for easy scapegoats and trite narratives, whether they concern countries or a person who devoted his life to exploring them. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
B- 79% Summertime (2021) Likewise, the collaborative spirit of the project is inspiring, enough to recommend the film to creative teenagers and theater kids of all ages. The poetry can be pretty engaging, too, once you get over yourself. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
C+ 48% The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) Compared to the first film, Family Business moves along at a swift and stimulating clip, with fewer diversions into world-building and hallucinatory internal logic. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
A- 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) [W]e're immersed in celebration: of a moment, of music, of a people. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
B 97% I Carry You with Me (2021) With its ability to evoke common feelings while dramatizing a unique point of view, film is an excellent vehicle for empathy-especially when a filmmaker makes that their guiding artistic principle... - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
B- 48% False Positive (2021) The apparent desire by the core creative team to break from their wilder, messier material by giving False Positive A24 gloss and a steely Dead Ringers spine is understandable. But for a movie with this much blood, it doesn't leave much of a stain. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
C+ 74% Cruella (2021) The film takes the idea of a Cruella de Vil origin story so deathly seriously that it ends up being funny when it's not trying to be. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
C+ 46% Seance (2021) When it comes to shock and delight, Seance doesn't quite live up to Barrett's work with other directors. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
C+ 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) It's not a waste of a concept, exactly, but it's not the reinvention that the franchise needs, either - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
B- 88% Oxygen (2021) As one might expect, much of the responsibility for keeping Oxygen compelling rests on Laurent, who runs through all the stages of grief, from denial to acceptance, as she thrashes against her high-tech prison. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
C- 33% Mainstream (2021) A more incisive film would have something to say about using empty spectacle to comment on empty spectacle. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2021
C 39% Things Heard & Seen (2021) Like many Netflix originals, Things Heard And Seen is the cinematic equivalent of a mass-market paperback, neither good enough to haunt the viewer nor bad enough to haunt the résumés of its cast and crew. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
C- 21% Thunder Force (2021) Overall, the comedy in Thunder Force is apathetic and airless, no matter how hard McCarthy tries. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
B 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) As it turns out, King Kong choke-slamming Godzilla into a skyscraper is more than enough to keep an audience entertained. It just helps if you're able to see what's going on. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
100% Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021) This film doesn't have an autobiographical angle, but as a piece of scholarship it's equally brilliant, creating a unified theory of how national trauma is reflected in folk horror movies from around the world. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
82% The Spine of Night (2021) The Spine Of Night takes paying tribute to formative influences to some pretty impressive heights. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
82% Offseason (2021) But while the filmmaker excels at flashy camera tricks and isolated moments of terror, this film-like all of his others-never quite takes off. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
C+ 86% Jakob's Wife (2021) Stevens mostly compensates for weaknesses in the dialogue by shifting among the film's wildly divergent tones, but this is Crampton's movie through and through. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
B+ 97% The Truffle Hunters (2020) This is a portrait of a subculture, not an advocacy documentary. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
C+ 69% Moxie (2021) There are worse fates than dorky earnestness, of course. But Moxie just isn't all that funny either. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
C+ 64% Wrong Turn (2021) Just because the film takes itself too seriously doesn't mean a viewer has to. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
B 97% Dead Pigs (2018) Some directors look on the loneliness and soullessness of modern life and despair. Cathy Yan giggles. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
B 90% Kajillionaire (2020) The chemistry between Rodriguez and Wood is undeniable, and Rodriguez's more naturalistic performance balances out her costar's affected shuffling and deep, gravely monotone. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
C+ 75% The World to Come (2021) The World To Come is in love with language, constructing palaces of beautiful words that contrast with the muddy, rocky environment surrounding its characters. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
B+ 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) If anything, the fact that this film feels enervating and relevant 50 years later speaks to just how right Hampton was. You can kill a person, but you can't kill an idea. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
B- 90% Beginning (Dasatskisi) (2020) Amid moments of extreme stillness, violence crouches just out of sight, waiting for the characters-and the audience-to let down their guard. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
B- 88% The Dig (2021) For all the film's sweeping, romantic ideas, the actual experience of watching The Dig is a lot like sitting at a bus stop. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
C+ 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) It's hard to get past what seems like a lack of consideration-or perhaps concern- for what motivates Diana Prince, or what fans like about her. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
B- 100% The Art of Political Murder (2020) At times, it seems as if there's a larger, more interesting story around the edges of director Paul Taylor's rather dry, procedural approach-which might have its benefits, if it motivates viewers to learn more... - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
B 79% Baby God (2020) Stories like these are why 23andMe has you sign a waiver when you send in that tube of saliva, and after watching it, you'll never think about those tests-or a trip to the gynecologist's office-the same way again. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
B 91% The Mystery Of DB Cooper (2020) A wild tale, full of eccentric characters... - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
B- 94% Crazy, Not Insane (2020) It's a fascinating idea, enhanced by some hair-raising interview footage that could make the most skeptical mind question whether there might be something to Lewis' theories. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
B 64% Alabama Snake (2020) Takes the concept of dramatic re-enactments and applies a level of stylistic showmanship rarely seen in documentaries. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
B 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman has the bright, alluring sheen of a pop confection. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020