Katie Walsh

Katie Walsh
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 78% The French Dispatch (2021) If he is trying to say something (and it's unclear what he might be trying to say), all of the stylistic fuss and muss obfuscates any message, and even worse, any emotional connection to the film. This latest dispatch is indeed a profound disappointment. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2021
3.5/4 88% Dune (2021) "Villeneuve approaches Herbert's text with a sense of almost religious reverence, carefully creating an intoxicatingly mysterious and undeniably immersive world." - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2021
No Score Yet Carving a Life (2017) LeGear is an empathetic screen presence, but like her long-suffering character, who should have run far, far away from Mitch when she had the chance, she deserves better than this. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2021
3.5/4 86% The Last Duel (2021) Perhaps the first big budget prestige period piece to take its broad sword to rape culture from a female perspective, and it's a startlingly sharp assessment. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
1.5/4 39% Halloween Kills (2021) In trying to do too much, "Halloween Kills" ends up doing nothing at all. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
3.5/4 95% Mass (2021) "Mass" doesn't impose any meaning, it simply observes the searching for it, and the infinitesimally small salvations we can hope to find in the process. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
84% No Time To Die (2021) Fukunaga gives Craig a stunning send-off as Bond, in this beautifully shot and epic adventure. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
84% Lamb (2021) Ominous mountains look down upon the pastoral arena where this fantastical yet meditative rural drama plays out; it's a modern folk tale about the strange realities of life and death that such a closeness to nature affords. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
30% The Addams Family 2 (2021) The whole endeavor, unfortunately, delivers diminishing returns. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
2.5/4 60% Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) Doesn't have that sense of joyful discovery and gleeful mischief that the first film did, because it's obviously now a comedy on purpose. But the Venom/Eddie dynamic remains the best buddy action comedy going these days. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
96% I'm Your Man (2021) The ending is ambiguous enough to be refreshingly un-clichéd. While "I'm Your Man" is very romantic in its own way, the movie is elevated by pondering not just love but life and our impending relationship to advanced artificial intelligence. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2021
2.5/4 61% Birds of Paradise (2021) This tale is familiar, and a bit formulaic, though singed with scandal, but the appeal of "Birds of Paradise" is its ultra-cool style. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
1.5/4 30% Dear Evan Hansen (2021) The leap to the "movie realistic" world on screen removes the veneer of artifice afforded by a theatrical setting, and the film simply cannot sustain that level of cognitive dissonance. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2021
69% The Nowhere Inn (2021) For a film that gestures at revelation, "The Nowhere Inn" remains a bit arch and removed, an evasive maneuver of sorts. It doesn't reveal much, but that was never the point. It seems to be an exercise in non-attachment. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
3/4 75% Blue Bayou (2021) A tale of intergenerational traumas and personal redemptions that is an emotionally complicated yet ultimately cathartic viewing experience - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
1.5/4 47% Queenpins (2021) Relies on lowest-common-denominator humor and the overly optimistic assumption that Kristen Bell in an unflattering wig equals "comedy." - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
4/4 86% The Card Counter (2021) It is a muffled primal scream about war, torture, trauma, grappling with who to blame and how to cope. However, the film ultimately proves that Schrader is a hopeless romantic at heart. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
1.5/4 42% Cinderella (2021) Tropes and archetypes are the engine of this film, thinly sketched characters whose development seems to have been jettisoned for endless belting - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
3/4 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) "..doesn't feel like just another MCU installment, which is a compliment. The characters are fresh and Cretton constantly emphasizes the emotional connections between them, crafting a modern, wuxia-informed martial arts movie with heart. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
3.5/4 84% Candyman (2021) A genuinely terrifying and artful horror film that speaks with a bell-clear voice to the current moment... DaCosta crafts an eerie cinematic world that is anchored by a deeply harrowing and sorrowful performance by Abdul-Mateen - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
2.5/4 37% Reminiscence (2021) A daring and futuristic sci-fi story based in a familiar genre and driven by familiar human emotions: love, loss, betrayal, regret. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
3.5/4 87% The Night House (2021) Absolute bravura work from Hall, encased in the thoughtful and perfectly executed craftsmanship that Bruckner brings to the horror genre. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2021
88% Ema (2021) A darkly sensual fable of motherhood and the modern family..."Ema" isn't so much a character study as it is an exercise in keeping up with an abstruse yet undeniably fascinating figure. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2021
2/4 80% Free Guy (2021) A bit too glib and smug - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
2/4 68% Respect (2021) A rather inert and confounding biopic, which is plagued by tired tropes and clunky storytelling that are an anchor on the otherwise soaring musical moments. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2021
3/4 90% The Suicide Squad (2021) It's not often a comic book flick will have you critiquing Reagan-era politics while also enjoying the lizard-brain pleasures of a creature feature smash-em-up, but that's just the special sauce that James Gunn brings. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2021
3.5/4 88% Nine Days (2021) By withholding easy resolutions or platitudes, Oda allows "Nine Days" to be a vessel through which viewers can fundamentally wrestle with themselves about what it means to live life, and what it means to witness life on screen, and in the moment. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2021
3/4 41% Jolt (2021) "Jolt" isn't prestige cinema, but it is far smarter than its exploitation trappings. Wexler and Beckinsale truly make a meal of the gender flip that is sending a woman to wreak bloody havoc in revenge for the murder of a sweet, nerdy hunk. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
2.5/4 39% Joe Bell (2021) Though it sometimes feels treacly and hackneyed, or even predictable,"Joe Bell" resists expectation, and where this true story ends up is far more poignant and devastating than any work of fiction could be. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
2/4 75% Stillwater (2021) If we're to empathize with Bill and Allison's plight, it's even more challenging if we question the filmmakers' empathy for these characters, and begs the question of why we're experiencing this story of a young woman's murder through Bill's perspective - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
2/4 62% Jungle Cruise (2021) While "Jungle Cruise" wants to remind you of those classic adventure romance films, unfortunately, that's all it is, a reminder that those other films have vastly more emotional weight. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
2.5/4 49% Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021) the sequel, even leaner and meaner than the first, proves the staying power of this budding series. There's no other way to say it: this movie rips. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
1.5/4 26% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) An upcycled Frankenstein's monster of intellectual property spraying a stew of Easter eggs and Halloween costumes at the viewer, praying that something sticks. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
3/4 86% The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 (2021) Zeman's voyage into the heart of the sea, a modern day "Moby Dick" with a conservationist bent, surprises, delights and will keep you on the edge of your seat, because the search for anything mysterious and elusive will always deliver the unexpected. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
3/4 79% Black Widow (2021) "Black Widow" has the look and feel of a globe-trotting spy thriller, and it isn't afraid to puncture some of the "Avengers" mythology, including grappling with what it means to be a "hero." - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
2.5/4 50% The Forever Purge (2021) Watching these violent events unfold feels just a bit too plausible, but DeMonaco and Gout cook up such delicious comeuppance that you can't help but indulge in the pleasure of revenge, even if the terrors and pleasures are incredibly fraught. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
4/4 88% Zola (2021) A delightfully dark and funny cinematic imagining of Zola's epic. And most importantly, it preserves and maintains the most crucial element of King's story: her perspective and voice. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
93% Asia (2021) Pribar's humane and heartbreaking drama is beautifully photographed and performed; a loving, warm, and even sexy film about death and dying that is teeming with life. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
2.5/4 48% False Positive (2021) "Perhaps the point of "False Positive" is that we cannot become inured to those all too-plausible villains who walk and work among us - and are applauded. They deserve our full-throated rage and bloodlust too." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
3/4 59% F9 (2021) In "F9: The Fast Saga," bonkers on top of bonkers results in a truly delightful and vividly sensorial time at the movies. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
3/4 91% Luca (2021) Another one of Pixar's wondrous and warm creations; a fantastical tale that's deeply rooted in human emotion and quandary. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
27% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Some may enjoy the cacophonous, raunchy, lowest-common-denominator dreck that "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" has to offer. To those I say, Godspeed. But it's undeniable that the actors, the audiences, and the filmmakers all deserve better. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
91% Holler (2021) An unflinching autobiographical work about what it takes to lift oneself out of this marginalized life. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
3.5/4 89% Censor (2021) As an experience of mood, tone, performance and dazzlingly macabre style, it's a striking and wholly original piece, a cinematic experience that has no obligation to offer the audience pat conclusions wrapped up in a tidy bow. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
94% In the Heights (2021) A brash, culturally specific and celebratory film that is a whole lotta musical.. It's sincere, deeply felt and completely, refreshingly unabashed about it. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
2.5/4 49% Spirit Untamed (2021) Feels more suited for repeat living room watches, rather than a big-screen movie theater event. However, "Spirit Untamed" is a sweet film with a moving message about embracing family, heritage and most importantly, yourself, just the way you are. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/4 55% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) For the many reasons that this franchise works, Farmiga and Wilson are chief among them, as they take what could otherwise be hokey 1970s ghost-hunter characters and infuse them with a deep sense of faith, humanity, and above all, love. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
2.5/4 74% Cruella (2021) Despite the character's limitations, Gillespie's dizzyingly manic aesthetic makes for a head-rush of a ride, as we trip the light fantastic through a grungy glam-goth take on '70s London. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
93% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2021) Such a confident and self-assured debut would be remarkable for a filmmaker of any age, as "Spring Blossom" is a finely wrought, sensitively felt and artistically bold work. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
1.5/4 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Again and again he falls back on more of the same old tricks from "A Quiet Place," which was a bore to begin with. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021