Katie Walsh

Katie Walsh
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
87% Riot Girls (2019) A splashy, bloody take on "Lord of the Flies" with a rock 'n' roll spirit. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% Desolation Center (2019) Swezey's film is a historical record of this short-lived time and this singularly L.A. scene. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
83% Before You Know It (2019) A charming and quirky New York tale, if a bit disorganized, finding its voice when it quiets down to just listen to the three women at the center of the story. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/4 87% Hustlers (2019) This is girlie "Goodfellas," and it's an energizing instant crime classic, a shot of adrenaline cloaked in cocoa butter. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 26% The Goldfinch (2019) Simpering and dull, devoid of tension, an overwrought and uninvolving film that is both a personal drama and a crime mystery, but also neither of those things, and nearly, nothing at all. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 90% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The highest mountain Brittany has to climb is getting over herself, a struggle Bell makes poignantly, piercingly real in her performance and that takes the film into its darkest yet most relatable moments. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/4 92% Monos (2019) A wild, anarchic film, which rips civilization apart at the seams to examine the messy darkness inside. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
40% Vita & Virginia (2019) This peek into a famous love story makes the audience a participant in the affair, inspiring questions of perspective and truth in love and art, where the only truth worth anything is one deeply felt. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
38% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) The time-traveling investigation is indeed optimistic, but in reality and execution, it's just magical thinking wrapped up in a fussy, overly convoluted plot. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
50% Strange But True (2019) There remains some truth in advertising, especially when it comes to Rowan Athale's bizarre family thriller. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
87% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) A beautiful, deeply moving and well-deserved tribute to this utterly singular woman and her talent. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2.5/4 92% Ms. Purple (2019) Chon creates a layered aural and visual landscape for the characters, who are simultaneously grieving the past and the future, their present an almost uncanny hallucinatory state. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
2.5/4 62% It Chapter Two (2019) It's all incredibly Jungian, dredging up their shadows in order to face them. But in the process, it becomes clear the horrors of the real world are so much more horrifying than any giant murderous statues, puking ghouls or elderly wraiths. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
2.5/4 38% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Surprisingly, the tough guy is willing to grow and change, along with the franchise itself, even if it is as goofy and violent as it always has been. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2.5/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) "The Most Dangerous Game" with notes of "Rosemary's Baby" and the sassy, snarky 'tude of "Heathers." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2.5/4 72% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) The "Angry Birds" movies are the textbook definition of "chaotic energy." - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) A joke-dense and highly original coming-of-age tale that's sweet and sour in all the best ways. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
1.5/4 44% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Feel free to stay out of the water with this one. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Moner's layered comedic performance, which at once nods at the "Dora" formula while acknowledging the conceit, is deceptively difficult and nuanced... delightfully dorky, a rare commodity in this day and age of sarcastic, wise-beyond-their-years teens. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
4/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Impressively gruesome and thematically rich, drawing on political allegory that goes far beyond the simple spooks and scares of the stories themselves. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
3/4 21% The Kitchen (2019) "The Kitchen" is chock-full of rousing girl-power lines with a trio of actresses that can deliver them with panache, but one wishes the story could back up the characters with more than just firepower. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) LaBeouf brings the soul to "The Peanut Butter Falcon," while Gottsagen brings the spirit. He has an undeniably charming screen presence, and the actor takes to this starring role with gusto. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
2/4 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) One would hope that perhaps a film filled with such melodrama and pathos would unearth an observation about the existential nature of life and death beyond "racing cars is fun." But after all that philosophizing, that's all Enzo leaves us with. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) While director David Leitch, a former stuntman who helmed "John Wick" and "Atomic Blonde," cooks up some truly breathtaking action sequences and stunts, some moments lose their crisp clarity. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) Despite all the bleak brutality enacted on screen, Kent can't help but offer a sliver of freedom for Billy and Clare. When they lift their voices, in songs, in screams, in sobs, there's an undeniable glimpse of resistance and hope. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
4/4 93% Luce (2019) Onah crafts a film where we never know who or what to believe. And though we crave the truth, much like the real world, it's never freely given. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
4/4 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) One is left with the impression of Wallace as a defining and singular voice who brought something to his dogged questioning that so many copycats are missing these days - elegance, gentlemanliness and a sense of staunch morality. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's Tarantino coping with a changing world, pretending he can preserve something in amber, where pretty girls are just pretty girls and heroes stay heroes forever. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/4 87% The Great Hack (2019) A thrilling yarn of political espionage and fascinating characters... However, this isn't hollow entertainment. The film insists upon the gravity of the situation, toggling effortlessly between the micro and the macro lens on this tale. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) It's this crystal-edged, often cutting honesty that makes legendary music man Crosby as fascinating, prickly, bracingly entertaining as he is, for better or for worse. But he's always willing to direct that honesty right at himself, too. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2/4 53% The Lion King (2019) A bunch of big cats just aren't cut out to carry "Hamlet," as insane as it is to have to state that. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) Stu shrieks every story point, so even watching this grating and pointless film, filled with bone-headed plot twists, is utterly unrewarding. Save the Uber fare and stay far, far away. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/4 99% The Farewell (2019) With impeccable craft, Wang has created a funny, heartfelt and bittersweet film that will ring riotously true for anyone who knows the joys and agonies of a large, complicated family, regardless of culture, ethnicity or nationality. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
2/4 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) For a privileged few, "The Art of Self-Defense" might be a brilliantly dry dark comedy. For the rest, it's a tragedy, a nightmarish horror flick about the ruthless panopticon prison of gender. We don't all get to choose how we take it in. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
1/4 42% Stuber (2019) There is absolutely no reason to catch a ride with the nasty, brutish and shrill "Stuber," a horror movie about our current American nightmare of late capitalist economics and unchecked law enforcement masquerading as an "action comedy." - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
3/4 80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) An impossibly heartfelt portrait of this woman, and her impossible relationship with a brilliant man. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/4 98% Maiden (2019) With stunning archival footage and interviews with the amazing Maiden crew, Holmes captures that high in this stirring documentary that recounts not just the feminist achievement, but triumph of the human spirit. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) If "Into the Spider-Verse" explored all the different ways to be Spider-Man, "Far from Home" dives into the heart of what it means to be hero, a responsibility that isn't always easy. Good thing Spidey is one of the best. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/4 83% Midsommar (2019) The dreamy, color-drenched aesthetic combined with body horror and humor makes for a tonal roller coaster that leaves audiences with a kind of dissonant stomach-churning disturbance that's not easy to shake. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
2.5/4 63% Yesterday (2019) Even if this modern fairy tale doesn't hold up on close inspection, Boyle does his best to make sure the ride is enjoyable. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
2.5/4 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Dauberman's control over the camera and mastery of suspense is impressive, especially for a first-time director. But the film is strung too tightly, rarely breaking bad, denying the cathartic chaos one craves in this kind of film. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
2.5/4 64% Child's Play (2019) Who would have guessed that a "Child's Play" film would leave us with less popcorn-rattling jump scares and more existential questions about the role of Alexa in our lives? - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
4/4 93% Wild Rose (2019) It's a tailor-made role for the electrifying Buckley, an actor who communicates pure primal instinct with a startling immediacy. As Rose-Lynn, she communicates every emotion physically, on her face, in her body and her voice. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Forky's plight is utterly relatable in these trying times, as he plaintively queries the universe, "trash?" before hurtling his frame into the void of space. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
100% Pause (2019) Fryogeni, who bears a striking resemblance to Frances McDormand, appears in almost every shot, and she carries the film with a bravura performance of a woman at her wit's end. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) A bit too arch and remote to fully enjoy as a transportative or emotional piece of entertainment, but for Jarmusch fans and zombie fans, it's a fun little exercise in witnessing the auteur graft his unique sensibility onto the beloved genre. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
71% This One's for the Ladies (2019) A detailed and affable exploration of this world, "This One's for the Ladies" is so unabashedly sex-positive you just might want to find the closest all-male revue. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/4 32% Shaft (2019) Remember "Shaft"? How about more "Shaft," but with more hacky jokes about millennials and an incredibly ugly homophobic streak? - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) Has the energy of one of those breezy big summer movies of the late 20th century that went down easy like an ice-cold soda on a hot summer day. Some laughs, some action, very little thinking. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
86% Mouthpiece (2019) There's no denying the bracing, honest nature of "Mouthpiece," a truly revolutionary piece of filmmaking. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019