Kelly Lawler

Kelly Lawler
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: USA Today

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
63% Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine (2020) It's clear that she understands the fear and anxiety we've all been living with for seven months. She's not so much fiddling as Rome burns but running around the streets cracking as many jokes as she can before the flames engulf her, too. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
83% Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (2019) Thankfully, the return of Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Burton "Gus" Guster (Dulé Hill) doesn't stretch the story too far (it feels like a typical mid-series episode, just longer than usual). - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
36% The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) It was a solid, full-throated effort by the actors and chorus members, but a spectacular failure of a live TV event that couldn't get past its own awkwardness. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
27% Rent Live (2019) Worse, it failed to create the deep, affecting emotion the musical is known for. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
40% Life-Size 2 (2018) If Freeform is looking for more late 90s/early 2000s millennial fare to revive, may I suggest Disney Channel classics "Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century" or "Smart House"? Just no more dolls. I shudder to think what "Life-Size 3" might bring. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
90% Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018) Most importantly, Sandler is clearly having fun. His spirit flows out of the special, and it reminds you of the Sandler we all used to love. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
100% Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018) Wong uses her body and her subject matter to challenge you, but Wolf pushes the limits in every joke with a distinctive, high-pitched voice that is easy to hate. It's a cloying screech that she acknowledges sure, but it never goes away. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) Storytelling is important to Gadsby, and the biggest point she makes in the special is that we've been telling ourselves stories the wrong way. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
99% The Tale (2018) Fox and Dern hope The Tale will empower more people to not only share their own experiences with sexual abuse, but speak up when they witness it happening to others. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
100% Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018) Tamborine is rife with political humor and pointed observations on race in Rock's usual style, but the special is mostly about Rock himself, a self-reflective piece in which he owns up to his mistakes. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
1.5/4 43% A Christmas Story Live! (2017) Although the cast is quite appealing and the show well staged (with hardly a hiccup or blooper), it couldn't liven up the flat material. A three-hour runtime made it a slog, and the musical was overstuffed with songs. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
3/4 100% Psych: The Movie (2017) ... like visiting an old friend, it's a little awkward at times, but overall it's an absolute joy and quintessentially the Psych we know and love. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/4 93% Wonder Woman (2017) The film's action is explosive and engaging, and a sequence where Diana ventures into no man's land in the middle of a trench battle is stunning to behold. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017