Kim Hughes

Kim Hughes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Original Cin

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
83% Queen & Slim (2019) With its torn-from-the-headlines theme and excellent leads, Queen & Slim should be a taut and engaging drama, but it falters from the start on an improbable premise. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
98% The Cave (2019) Fayyad's masterful doc may be the saddest, most infuriating chronicle of the ghastly ravages of war on children ever made. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
51% Black and Blue (2019) Race relations, police brutality, and the still-forsaken state of post-Katrina New Orleans is a lot of thematic heft for one movie but Black and Blue tackles it all and is buoyed by highly committed performances. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Portman is enormously watchable as the sassy Southern astronaut who slowly comes unglued but her spiral strains credulity, and posits some uncomfortably sexist ideas. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Jillian Bell soars in American playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo's mordant yet inspiring comedy about one woman's goal to change her body (and her life) by completing the New York City Marathon. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The preposterously stupid third installment in the Gerard Butler-led franchise about an indestructible U.S. Secret Service agent sticks with the formula, blowing stuff up and killing everyone. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) A dramedy of incredible heart and humour, buoyed by a fantastic performance by Jessie Buckley as the mercurial, flawed but irresistible title character. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) As debauched and kaleidoscopic as the life it portrays, Rocketman is truly thrilling experience. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
B-minus 34% Poms (2019) A dynamite ensemble cast and a truckload of heart keep the sentimental comedy from crumbling beneath multiple well-thumbed clichés. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Seriously funny and very much of-the-moment, Long Shot showcases strong on-screen chemistry between Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron while raising the bar on the romantic comedy. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
66% The Public (2019) Though noble in spirit and with a terrific ensemble cast, The Public isn't nearly as impactful as it should be and rarely rises above middling. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
45% Mary Magdalene (2019) A resolutely female perspective and understated performances from Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, and Chiwetel Ejiofor elevate director Garth Davis's bible story above movie-of-the-week trappings. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
88% Mia and the White Lion (2019) A kind of cross between Richard Linklater's Boyhood and Wild Kingdom, Mia and the White Lion offers a unique spin on the coming-of-age tale with stunning visuals if questionable ethics of "employing" real lions to "act." - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Though visually beautiful, the movie is sappy and burdened by relentlessly overstated themes. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) A beautiful, very touching film exploring resonant themes of redemption and hope, buoyed by a superb Matthias Schoenaerts. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Strong performances from leads Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård are absorbing but unable to overcome the gaping logic gaps in director Kim Nguyen's very quirky latest. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
54% Five Feet Apart (2019) While it's tempting to regard the film as the Cystic Fibrosis version of The Fault in Our Stars, the comparison undermines many winning aspects, not least committed performances by its gifted leads and an absolute conviction in itself. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) As with his Oscar-winning film A Fantastic Woman, director Leilo brilliantly explores someone living outside the lines of a conventional narrative with empathy, verve and humour. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) There is something appealingly meta about Isn't It Romantic which skewers the rom-com genre while winkingly adhering to it. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
43% What Men Want (2019) This gender-bending sort-of reboot of Nancy Meyers' 2000 film is derivative, unfunny, and unworthy of Taraji P. Henson's towering talents. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) There is absolutely room for female action stars in the contemporary film canon but Miss Bala fails to make the case. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
20% Serenity (2019) What must have seem high-minded on the page ends up flat and rather silly on the screen despite committed performances and writer/director Knight's commendable ambitions. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
41% The Upside (2019) Entertaining but a clear reminder that remakes - especially of great films - are really hard to do. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
66% Vice (2018) It's a screed, sure, but a fun one. And Christian Bale is astonishing. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Not brilliant but definitely entertaining and an apt counter to the breathless documentary RBG. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
46% Second Act (2018) Not the best film you'll see this year, but not the worst either, Second Act is very much in line with what we've come to expect from a Jennifer Lopez rom-rom. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
61% Vox Lux (2018) Corbet's blisteringly bleak social commentary on fame-obsessed society, though buoyed by committed performances, feels pointless with characters few would want to spend time with. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Despite offering convincing and committed performances from its leads and an impressive attention to historical detail, Mary Queen of Scots is, well, kind of boring. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
15% Robin Hood (2018) Dopey but entertaining, this reboot of the classic period tale has its sights firmly set on 21st century set who will delight in the frenzied action and eye-popping CGI. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It's flawed but Bohemian Rhapsody still manages to be gripping, mostly because of Rami Malek, whose performance as Freddie Mercury is towering. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
48% Bel Canto (2018) It has star power but Bel Canto can't figure out what it wants to be (hostage drama? Romance? Social critique?) and its constituent parts never really coalesce. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy and Grant give awards-worthy performances under Marielle Heller in this superbly entertaining rumination on what constitutes art... and how to make a buck in desperate times. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Möller's innovative and claustrophobic thriller is an eerie treat that makes its audience feel complicit in the narrative. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Unwanted and unnecessary as few other sequels have been, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween betrays any goodwill fostered by the surprisingly delightful 2015 film, simply crashing and burning. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
A 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) An absolute blast and utterly original... even as it takes its sweet time to reveal itself. Rich in dramatic and visual weirdness. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
27% Night School (2018) This lame comedy from the director of Girls Trip wastes the promise of its leads on a painfully stupid and predictable story. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
78% Bad Reputation (2018) This terrific film, with its archival footage, marquee interviews and context from the subject herself is a rock and roll must-see and a persuasive reminder of Jett's status in the canon. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
88% Love, Gilda (2018) A moving documentary for the ages and a reminder of Gilda Radner's greatness both as a comic and as a human being. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
59% White Boy Rick (2018) With nary a sympathetic character in sight, the Hollywood biopic of the real-life story falters. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
73% The Children Act (2018) Ian McEwan's compelling novel flatlines on screen despite solid performances from Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) A super-fun serpentine comedy/noir buoyed by Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, both great. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
69% The Command (Kursk) (2019) Vinterberg makes this docudrama about the real-life sinking of Russian nuclear submarine Kursk agonizing and enthralling in equal measure. A brutal (yet brilliant) and heart-breaking movie. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
74% Destroyer (2018) Less a movie than a capital-P performance by a haggard Nicole Kidman framed by underdeveloped supporting characters, director Karyn Kusama's bleak drama scans like something intended to reap awards. Which is fine. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
18% Little Italy (2018) Although awful in some novel ways, Little Italy makes a mockery of its solid cast and director. Dreadful is too kind a word. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
92% Searching (2018) Despite its unconventional set-up, where every scene is contained within a digital screen, Searching has plenty of momentum and asks troubling but timely questions about the price we pay for 24/7 online access. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) A fizzy musical based on a fizzy stage production based on the songs of ABBA may not be crying out for an origin story but this sun-drenched sequel with all its original cast (plus some notable additions) sure is fun. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
89% Whitney (2018) Though not quite as affecting as other films in the canon, Macdonald's doc paints a coherent and far-reaching portrait of a superstar gone completely sideways. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
51% Boundaries (2018) For a road-trip movie, Boundaries doesn't have much momentum, and while its many stars offer committed performances, it never rises much above meh. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
77% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) Tucker's film offer few revelations about the iconoclastic designer but winningly showcases Westwood's alternately gorgeous and head-scratching designs from across the decades. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The heist film may be a tough sell in the 21st century but what Ocean's 8 lacks in probability, it compensates for with crackle among the marquee cast. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018