Keith Watson

Keith Watson
Keith Watson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine
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T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 83% Lamb (2021) Though eerie and quietly deadpan, the film circles its grab bag of themes for so long that it also becomes tedious. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2021
3/4 88% Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de fuego) (2021) There's a haunting beauty to Tatiana Huezo's depiction of the gradual cross-contamination of childhood innocence and criminal aggression. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2021
2.5/4 97% Flee (2021) The film effectively immerses us in the wrenching details of Amin's story, but it keeps us just a bit too far removed from the man himself. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
2.5/4 82% Il buco (2021) The film meticulously evokes a 1961 speleological expedition, but its search for thematic resonance is frustratingly general. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2021
1/4 35% Yakuza Princess (2021) This grimly self-serious tale of violent destiny is consistently drowned out by Vicente Amorim's overreaching visual style. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2021
84% Candyman (2021) Candyman doesn't merely note the connection between fear and remembrance, it also interrogates it from every possible angle. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
2.5/4 67% Respect (2021) When Jennifer Hudson is singing her heart out, not so much approximating Aretha's voice as channeling her soul, the effect is transportive. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
2.5/4 88% The Green Knight (2021) A methodical, if largely allegorical, exploration of its main character's psyche, the film smooths out the enduring mysteries, opaque psychology, and narrative idiosyncrasies of its source material. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
2.5/4 50% Old (2021) In the moments when Old works, it's because M. Night Shyamalan embraces the inherent weirdness of his material. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
2.5/4 91% Luca (2021) Pixar's most intimate and laidback effort since Ratatouille feels like a throwback to one of Mark Twain's rollicking picaresque sagas. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
2/4 55% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) The film apes the style that James Wan established with the original Conjuring without establishing any real identity of its own. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2021
2.5/4 92% Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) After a while, it's hard not to feel like Radu Jude is simply shooting fish in a barrel. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
3/4 100% Azor (2021) With its elegantly restrained cinematography, exquisitely understated performances, and quietly sumptuous production design, Azor embodies the same well-mannered urbanity as its protagonist. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2021
2/4 98% Apples (Mila) (2020) The film's rendering of the interplay of memory, identity, and grief is disappointingly vague. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
3.5/4 93% El Planeta (2021) Amalia Ulman's film is a bittersweet comedy of human behavior observed with a relaxed yet intently focused eye. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
1.5/4 86% The Courier (2020) Dominic Cooke's film is content to regurgitate some of the more tired artistic tropes about the Cold War. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
3/4 90% The Vigil (2021) Keith Thomas's film hums with uncanny dread, milking the close juxtaposition of living and dead for all its worth. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
2.5/4 91% Little Fish (2021) The film gets at the profound truth that our relationship with another person is, at its core, a collection of shared memories. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
2.5/4 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) The screenplay manages to strike a relatively deft balance between its character moments and the comedy-adventure set pieces that are the film's real raison d'être. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
1/4 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) The film minimizes the tragedy of the human race's near-complete annihilation by positioning it as the backdrop for the world's most grandiose deadbeat-dad redemption arc. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
2.5/4 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Too often, the film teases big, wild comedic set pieces that end up deflating almost instantly. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2.5/4 99% Totally Under Control (2020) The film is a quietly enraged, and enraging, assault on Donald Trump's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/4 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Dick Johnson Is Dead is very much a film about its own making, one which repeatedly exposes its artifice. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
2.5/4 97% Gunda (2020) By the time the credits roll on the film, we realize we've been watching not so much a sketch of the lives of farm animals as a threnody for their deaths. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
3/4 100% Ghost Tropic (2020) Bas Devos's film is a street-lit trek through the eerily empty avenues and byways of a city at sleep. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
1.5/4 71% The High Note (2020) Everything here wraps up as tidily as it does in your average Hallmark Channel movie. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
2.5/4 84% The Way Back (2020) The film makes the path to basketball glory and the road to personal redemption seem oddly effortless. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
2/4 80% The Times of Bill Cunningham (2020) The film undermines Cunningham's egalitarianism by linking him directly with the kind of elite snobbery and wealth fixation he abhorred. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
2/4 42% Midway (2019) In the film, the Battle of Midway suggests something out of a photorealistic animated film. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/4 97% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) By focusing so narrowly on the Lewis brothers' relationship with their mother, the film inadvertently minimizes the scope of their abuse. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/4 74% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Daniel Scheinert's film finds a very human vulnerability lurking beneath the strange and oafish behaviors of its male characters. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
1.5/4 85% Villains (2019) Maika Monroe's engaging performance serves only to highlight how feeble and unconvincing the rest of the film is. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
2.5/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) Only in its giddily gory finale does the outrageousness of the film's violence come close to matching that of its plot. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/4 86% Aquarela (2019) At heart, Aquarela is a war film: a cacophonous survey of the global battle between man and water. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/4 100% Los Reyes (2019) The film is a quietly radical attempt to view the world from a non-human perspective. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/4 96% I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari) (2019) Radu Jude's film is a bitterly comic essay on nationalist mythologies and historical amnesia. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
1/4 34% Shaft (2019) Ultimately, the only truly retro thing about this weirdly reactionary potboiler is its politics. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 93% Funan (2019) There are hints that the film will scale itself to the broader historical context of this era, but the screenplay never elaborates on the ethnic strife the undergirds the Cambodian genocide. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
No Score Yet Introduzione all'oscuro (2018) a procession of taut, piquant compositions whose relationship to one another isn't precisely clear but which, when taken together, create an indelible impression of a highly specific milieu. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
93% Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Coincoin et les Z'inhumains) (2018) The film evokes a deep-rooted spirit of reactionary malaise, of people whose lives are hopelessly circumscribed by their own fears and prejudices. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
1.5/4 33% The Intruder (2019) The film is ostensibly about the war for the soul of a house, but it couldn't feel less lived in. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1/4 66% The Public (2019) The film is a clunky, overwritten attempt to pack as many tortured subplots and pre-chewed sociological insights as can possibly fit into a two-hour runtime. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
3.5/4 100% Honeyland (2019) It reminds us that there's indeed a better way to interact with our planet—one rooted in patience, tradition, and a true respect for our surroundings. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
1.5/4 46% Dumbo (2019) Tim Burton manages to put his stamp on this clunky behemoth of a film, but in the end, the Mouse always wins. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
1.5/4 37% Out of Blue (2019) Carol Morley's film wants to blow our minds, but it succeeds only at rousing our boredom. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 53% Five Feet Apart (2019) In the film, hardly any fact about cystic fibrosis is raised without being doubly, even triply, underlined for viewers. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
1.5/4 43% The Kid (2019) Its scenes wildly escalate to a fever pitch at the drop of a hat, before then ending, more often than not, with abrupt violence. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 93% Styx (2019) The film is a penetrating an indictment of the bureaucratic obstacles placed in front of refugees. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
2.5/4 70% The Changeover (2019) If, in the end, the film's narrative fails to cohere, the journey getting there is at least enjoyably swift-paced. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
1.5/4 72% 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