Kim Hughes

Kim Hughes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Original Cin

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% 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
46% 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
23% 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
21% 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
40% 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
73% 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
45% 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
60% 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
62% 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
63% 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
99% 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
28% 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
76% 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
89% 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
58% 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
72% 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
86% 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
70% Kursk (2018) 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
72% 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
21% 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
91% 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
81% 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
88% 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
76% 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
93% First Reformed (2018) Ethan Hawke soars in writer/director Schrader's masterful (if very bleak) drama about trampled faith. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
B 70% Adrift (2018) There are committed performances from the leads and some truly white-knuckle action sequences. In the minus column: a treacly romance and a plot device that begs credulity. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
B 60% Another Kind of Wedding (2018) This is a likable bunch with palpable chemistry and that goes a long way. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
A 38% A Swingers Weekend (2018) It would have been easy for filmmaker Jon E. Cohen to reduce his characters to caricatures and play them for broad laughs. But he doesn't, instead focusing on the squirm-inducing inevitability of the scenario while spotlighting deeper truths. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) McCarthy is crazily watchable, as always, but this lame and predictable comedy is irredeemable on multiple fronts. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
85% Tully (2018) Reuniting director Jason Reitman with writer Diablo Cody, Tully is perhaps the crowning achievement of the "motherhood sucks" movement started a decade ago by French author Corinne Maier. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
32% Super Troopers 2 (2018) Juvenile, puerile and exactly what you'd expect a super-low-budget B-movie sequel to a super-low-budget B-movie to be. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) An interesting concept but one that feels rote while playing to the stereotypes it intends to subvert. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) The parental leads are seriously watchable and there's some great (if queasy) gags but the film delivers less than the sum of its considerable parts. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
50% The Miracle Season (2018) This winning YA drama tells its true story with lots of heart, committed performances, and dynamite footage of girls' volleyball in action. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
B 46% Allure (2018) While it's impossible to recommend this blisteringly dark film across the board (I think you can tell if it fits your mood or taste), it does haunt, rendering it a psychological thriller that more than lives up to its billing. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
88% Mary Goes Round (2017) An absolute gem of a movie that hits the sweet spot between awkward and affecting without ever feeling contrived. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) Soderbergh's thriller may be going for something allegorical, but the absurdity of the plot stands in the way of a persuasive narrative. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
89% Meditation Park (2017) A tender, achingly tangible story about a woman's latent self-discovery, Meditation Park is a gem propelled by Cheng Pei Pei whose wildly expressive face fires emotion straight to the heart. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
81% The Party (2018) Films this trenchant (and mercifully short) don't come along every day. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
88% Annihilation (2018) Beautiful, intensely (and unabashedly) weird and, unusual for sci-fi, propelled by a female cast. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
B- 63% Every Day (2018) An earnest Freaky Friday... conveys its message of tolerance and inclusion with conviction, though it could benefit from a bit more teen drama - something that can rarely be said in the real world. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Annette Bening is reliably great opposite Jamie Bell who gives knocked knees genuine poise and gravitas thanks to the source material. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018