Kevin L. Lee

Kevin L. Lee
Kevin L. Lee's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): That Shelf Film Inquiry
Publications: That Shelf, Film Inquiry

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Introducing, Selma Blair (2021) Introducing, Selma Blair not only shows us the unfiltered reality of dealing with a disease like MS, but it constantly reminds us of Selma Blair's own willingness to let us see everything. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
91% The Fallout (2021) From its terrifying opening all the way to its devastating ending, which is the only possible ending this film could have, The Fallout deserves immediate attention. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
72% Broadcast Signal Intrusion (2021) Broadcast Signal Intrusion is at its strongest when dialogue is minimal, and the combination of direction, cinematography, and score can come together to work its unsettling effect on the audience. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
82% The Spine of Night (2021) Not only is The Spine of Night worth a look just by how it bends its genre, but this is also worth watching as a live-action epic. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
91% Here Before (2021) The film takes a while to get going, but the tension eventually picks up and it's might just be enough to hold your attention from start to finish. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
52% R#J (2021) The problem here is twofold: there is very little thematic payoff that justifies the visual approach and the approach itself is inconsistent in its execution. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon might be conventional in its storytelling, but the stunning animation, lovely characters, beautiful music, and heartfelt messages won me over in the end. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
32% Tom & Jerry (2020) Tom & Jerry is a gross miscalculation. Full of unfunny human characters and a plot that doesn't even involve its iconic animal characters, this movie is as aggressively dull as a bowl of unflavored gelatin. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
78% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) Despite its conventional, problematic, and at-times tedious first half, the story eventually finds its footing halfway through and delivers something new and emotionally rewarding. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
87% Supernova (2021) It's a film that cherishes fleeting moments of warmth and coziness at a time when the world is growing colder. It will break your heart but hold your hand in opening it back up. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
69% Ammonite (2020) Despite my issues with the film's structure and pacing, I still want to love it. I want to love it because I know Lee, Winslet, Ronan, and all the cast and crew poured their hearts and souls out into this. Every scene shows. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
97% Sound of Metal (2020) Sound of Metal is an innovative piece of work; it starts off intense and visceral until it takes a turn and becomes a tender, compassionate exploration of acceptance. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
77% Uncle Frank (2020) I loved spending every second with Frank, Wally, and Beth. It may not take too many surprising turns, but you enjoy the journey because of the people you're with. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
99% Totally Under Control (2020) If you have been an avid follower of the news ever since January, then a lot of this might not be new to you. But if you're looking for a summary of the government's incompetence at handling the pandemic, this is a relentless assault of facts. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
8/10 89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) It's got plenty of dark comedy and sweet genuine drama ... while serving up delicious horror tropes for the bloodhounds to sink their teeth into. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
4/10 45% LX 2048 (2020) Instead of guiding us through a story that features thought-provoking ideas, LX 2048 wants to sit us down and talk them into our heads. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
72% Mulan (2020) This 2020 Mulan is a brave attempt at retelling the original folktale. Essentially, it removes everything the Western audience has known and loved about Mulan and dares them to find something new to appreciate, and it works. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
5/10 58% Tesla (2020) Tesla feels like a grad student's thesis film for their history class. It's an interesting little experiment with moments of spark, even if it lacks a current, a driving story, to keep me compelled. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
72% An American Pickle (2020) The funny thing about pickles is I don't like them alone, but I think they go really well with other things. An American Pickle works because it's many things - it's preposterous, funny, and sweet. Its heart is in the right place. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
93% A Sun (2019) Chung takes heavy, economic, social, and intimate struggles of one middle-class family and trusts the audience to find something relatable and universal in their story. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
8/10 87% Swallow (2020) Swallow is a confident, uncomfortable, and nasty little film that will make you think twice about what it truly means to have agency. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
68% White Snake (2019) White Snake is a romance at heart that was stretched and mixed into an action epic. The film's ideas don't work all the time, but it is fun to see the filmmakers try. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
21% The Grudge (2020) This Grudge is not good. I've seen it done worse, but I've also seen it done a lot better. It perfectly demonstrates that these spirits are terrifying enough to be kept alive on screen, but the writers are too afraid to write any new material. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Jumanji: The Next Level is a sequel that respects the success of its predecessor; the replay value is high with this game. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
No Score Yet The Gallows Act II (2019) The Gallows Act II is aggressively awful. The filmmaking quality barely meets direct-to-video standard, and despite a lead actress who really tries, the movie does not respect her character or any other character in the story. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
26% Countdown (2019) Countdown is not aggressively terrible, but it's life-threateningly dull. A lot of moments don't make sense, and the writing is both amateurish and too self-serious to be clever or entertaining. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
36% In the Tall Grass (2019) The more it went on, the more it lost me, and I started to see this as a short story being stretched to feature length. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) How Bong gets me to gasp, shriek, and laugh within the span of seconds is beyond me. It's a film that you would want to rewatch the second it's over. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Not only is this easily one of the best films I've seen this year, this decade even, but it's one of the few essential works that demonstrates what cinema as an art form - as a language - is capable of. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
54% Saturday Fiction (Lan xin da ju yuan) (2019) Saturday Fiction could have worked as a straightforward but layered espionage story in the same vein as Bridge of Spies. Instead, the filmmakers tried to be clever, and as a result, they lost the plot - literally. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
92% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) The subject matter can be so heavy at times that you would want to look away, but it's all filmed with raw hypnotic power and beauty that you will find yourself under Balagov's chokehold. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
56% Sibyl (2020) Sibyl is a film made for that devil on your shoulder. It is an exercise in toying with that naughty side of us, that scandalous voice that needs a space to break free and be heard for a couple hours. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
95% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2020) At first, To the Ends of the Earth feels like it meanders too much, but in hindsight, I think Kurosawa has delivered an incredible story of one woman's transformation from loneliness to emotional freedom. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
83% The Whistlers (2020) Plot-wise, this is too convoluted and emotionally lacking for my taste, but Porumboiu's distinct quirkiness and tongue-in-cheek humor keeps The Whistlers entertaining enough to be worth a look. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
87% I Was at Home, But... (Ich war zuhause, aber...) (2020) Despite the sluggish pace and severely cryptic approach, I greatly appreciated Schanelec's calm and patient hand at guiding I Was at Home, But to a place of mood and mystifying depth. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
89% Cunningham (2019) Sometimes you don't need a narrative in your documentary. Sometimes your silver bullet is so powerful that it speaks for itself. In the case of Cunningham, that silver bullet is the dance choreography. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
59% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) The problem with Young Ahmed is the Dardennes kept a distance from Ahmed, as if afraid to mislabel him or suggest the wrong idea of his religion, thereby ending up with very little to say. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
88% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Synonyms is a baffling film, full of humor, anger, moments that hit hard, and moments that didn't work for me at all. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
88% Ne Zha (2019) Ne Zha has some shaky storytelling to begin with, but by the second half, it escalates into a full-fledged emotional animated blockbuster. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
85% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) I defended this film since it released its first trailer back in March. Here I am happily pointing at you through the screen and saying, 'I told you so.' - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
84% Crawl (2019) It's the quintessential man vs. nature thriller condensed into a tight 87 minutes, and I ate it all up. Sometimes simple is all you need to make a fun movie. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Even though it's definitely better than La Llorona, this is still miles away from the bar that James Wan has set in his Conjuring films. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
50% Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) It's clear that director Ryuhei Kitamura approached the material with the sole intention of creating the mother of all monster rumbles. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
63% Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) Though short on humor or deep substance, both political and emotional, it has consistently stirring action sequences, tight pacing, and a likable female lead. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
75% Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (Gojira vs. Mosura) (1992) This film is basically a retread of the 1964 original, but with improved special effects and an expansion on Mothra's abilities. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
56% Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (Gojira tai Kingu Gidorâ) (1991) Probably the best litmus test to take to see if you're into Toho's style of rubber suit monsters duking it out. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
75% Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen) (1964) This is arguably one of the earliest moments of crossover hype, the kind that Marvel Studios excels in today. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
92% Mothra vs. Godzilla (Mosura tai Gojira) (1964) If you're a newcomer to Godzilla movies, Mothra vs. Godzilla is a great place to start. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) What I got was something admirable, beautiful, bombastic, but in the way of itself too many times. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
90% Alice (2019) Alice is a brave, morally complicated tale that rests on Emilie Piponnier's organic performance and Josephine Mackerras' brave writing and direction. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019