Keith Watson

Keith Watson
Keith Watson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine
Publications: Slant Magazine

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 67% Lords of Chaos (2019) Jonas Åkerlund's breezy approach to this material not only cheapens the music, but also has the effect of downplaying the severity of the scene's truly unsavory politics. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
1/4 14% Outlaws (2019) This biker drama is little more than an endless stream of brooding, yelling, and "badass" posturing broken up by grisly violence and gratuitous sex scenes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Never Fear (The Young Lovers) (1949) If the film ultimately seems to question Carol's courage, there's at least no doubt about Ida Lupino's own. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
3/4 100% Shiraz (1928) Only in the bittersweet final passages does Franz Osten achieve a few moments of genuinely moving melodrama. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
.5/4 13% The Aspern Papers (2019) The words of Henry James have never sounded as leaden and preposterous as they do in Julien Landais's The Aspern Papers. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3/4 100% The Venerable W (Le Vénérable W.) (2017) There's an ever-present sense of rage and despair burbling beneath the placid surface of Barbet Schroeder's film. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
3/4 100% Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (2018) Kaku Arakawa's documentary is a candid snapshot of a great artist as an old man. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
2.5/4 14% Robin Hood (2018) Robin Hood's shameless silliness only takes it so far, as the film is frequently undermined by Otto Bathurst's wobbly direction. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2/4 83% Girl (2018) Lukas Dhont isn't really concerned with Lara's journey to find peace and balance, as he's interested only in her downward spiral of crisis. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
1/4 57% The Grinch (2018) The film's vision of Christmas is so insipid and lifeless, it's hard to see why the Grinch would even bother to steal it. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet 9 Fingers (9 doigts) (2017) Despite all its confoundments, 9 Fingers works as a unified whole thanks to F.J. Ossang's playful sense of humor. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
2.5/4 75% Dovlatov (2018) According to the film, truly courageous artists aren't necessarily the ones who tackle the state head-on, but rather the ones who stay true to themselves even when no one likes what they have to say. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/4 71% Galveston (2018) The film is a slow, directionless anti-thriller that never manages to build tension or establish any stakes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/4 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The Guilty is a taut chamber thriller dominated by the flinty yet highly emotive visage of actor Jakob Cedergren. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
2/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The film lays out the complexities of contemporary race relations with a deliberateness that frequently edges over into didacticism. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
1/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) There's an appealingly shaggy buddy comedy hidden somewhere inside of The Spy Who Dumped Me, but good luck finding it amid all the desperate poop jokes, lifeless action sequences, and lazy plot mechanics. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3/4 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath's Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is a spastic, Mad magazine-style parody of comic-book movies for the age of superhero overload. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
1.5/4 83% Path of Blood (2018) The film in effect positions young jihadis less as fervid, bloodthirsty psychopaths and more as dumb kids at summer camp. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
2.5/4 95% Dark Money (2018) Kimberly Reed's approach is too bloodless to make us feel the full weight of the injustices her film identifies. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
2.5/4 64% Uncle Drew (2018) Uncle Drew, the old-school streetballer played by NBA all-star Kyrie Irving, is a cheerfully scruffy creation, and so is the film that bears his name. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2.5/4 79% Dark River (2018) While Clio Barnard so masterfully limns her protagonist's tortured soul, the brother-sister drama at the center of the film remains frustratingly hazy. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
1.5/4 51% Boundaries (2018) Christopher Plummer brings a twinkly eyed insouciance to his character, but there's only so many times Jack can make a joke about, say, his adult diapers before it becomes thin and hollow. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2018
2.5/4 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Everything in Incredibles 2 is inexorably driven toward a big final blowout. That sequence is suitably grand and eye-popping, but haven't we seen all of this before? - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
1.5/4 49% Superfly (2018) SuperFly is a slicked-up, tricked-out revamp that dispenses with any pretense of verisimilitude in favor of rap-video extravagance and mob-movie bloodshed. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
2.5/4 69% The Quest of Alain Ducasse (La Quête d'Alain Ducasse) (2018) The documentary provides little sense of intimacy with its subject, but it gives an in-depth look at the master chef's uniquely obsessive work habits. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2018
3/4 70% Adrift (2018) A simple, acutely observed love story that also happens to be a rousingly stripped-down tale of survival. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
2.5/4 88% American Animals (2018) As he showed in The Imposter, writer-director Bart Layton knows how to spin a compelling yarn. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
2/4 44% In Darkness (2018) Anthony Bryne's high-flown style only serves to highlight the film's icky way of exploiting real-world tragedy for kicks. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
2/4 54% Book Club (2018) It's been said that casting is 90% of directing, and it seems to be 90% of the writing in Bill Holderman's Book Club. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
1/4 27% Breaking In (2018) James McTeigue's Breaking In is the sort of incompetently constructed thriller that gives B movies a bad name. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/4 94% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) The film captures the pictorial beauty of old-fashioned farm life, but director Xavier Beauvois is careful not to romanticize hard labor for its own sake. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
1.5/4 94% RBG (2018) The film rarely presents a clear analysis of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's victories, reducing her work to empty slogans. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
1.5/4 32% Super Troopers 2 (2018) Given the sheer amount of comic material here, some of the jokes are bound to fall flat, but the hit-to-miss ratio is depressingly low. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2.5/4 60% Nana (2018) The film flattens Maryla's personal story into hazy generalities about tolerance and the value of remembrance. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
1.5/4 38% An Ordinary Man (2018) Yes, deep down, even brutal war criminals like the one played by Ben Kingsley are people too. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
2/4 83% Blockers (2018) Viswanathan, Newton, and Adlon generate a bit of chemistry throughout, but it's undermined by the fundamentally mechanistic nature of Brian and Jim Kehoe's screenplay. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/4 78% Cocote (2018) Nelson Carlo de Los Santos's first fiction feature is a dazzling collage of styles and approaches in which every scene feels different from the one that came before. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
3/4 95% Outside In (2018) Lynn Shelton's film firmly resists supplying its main characters with easy, you-can-have-it-all answers. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
1/4 27% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary characters feel as if they've been air-dropped into a universe where they don't belong. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2.5/4 93% Journey's End (2018) Director Saul Dibb has infused his adaptation of R.C. Sherriff's play with a striking sense of urgency. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
2.5/4 40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) The film is content to deliver a few jumpy thrills before slinking away into the night like one of its murderous marauders. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2.5/4 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Cory Finley's screenplay is full of sharp, exactingly timed exchanges whose rat-a-tat rhythms exert a spellbinding pull, even if the dialogue at times comes off as artificial and mannered. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
3.5/4 95% Foxtrot (2018) Icy absurdism and sorrowful ironies abound throughout Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot, whose laughs stick in your throat like the silent screams of its Job-like protagonist. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
2.5/4 84% Game Night (2018) The film establishes coherent characters and drops them into a twisty mystery plot that's tightly crafted enough to generate some real narrative momentum while never getting too bogged down in its own plot that it forgets to be funny. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/4 81% Early Man (2018) Nick Park's talents often serve only to highlight the fundamental lack of inspiration at Early Man's core. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
1.5/4 64% The Boy Downstairs (2018) Endeavoring to give us a post-mumblecore spin on Annie Hall, writer-director Sophie Brooks seemingly fails to understand what made Woody Allen's film so appealing: its rich, multi-faceted characterizations. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
2.5/4 63% Peter Rabbit (2018) Peter Rabbit plays like a country cousin to Paul King's Paddington films, similarly balancing slapstick, absurdism, and a touch of gross-out humor, though without King's transcendently oddball sensibility. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
1.5/4 37% The Female Brain (2018) The Female Brain never seems quite sure whether it wants to probe the depths of its title subject or just make us laugh. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
1.5/4 53% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) The film's animation feels like the result of the cold calculus of an algorithm. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
1/4 25% The Clapper (2018) The Clapper hints at the psychological roots of Eddie's peculiar personality, but in the end it isn't at all interested in understanding the man. And that's because it's too busy making fun of him. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018