Kristy Strouse

Kristy Strouse
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
90% I Am Lisa (2020) I am Lisa tears into its premise with ample flair, energy, and resourcefulness. It mostly delivers on the thrills and kills, providing a jolt of energy guaranteed to satisfy genre fans. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
26% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) In theory, maybe, this had a roadmap for success, in execution, however, it stumbles into meandering nonsense; hurried and ineffective. - Wonderfully Weird and Horrifying EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
66% Wrath of Man (2021) If you can disconnect from the need for excess and from the overly masculine intent, you'll find Wrath of Man to be a entertaining, thrilling, ride. - Wonderfully Weird and Horrifying EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
No Score Yet Mare (2020) While it uses a familiar mid-life crisis narrative, in Andrea Staka's poignant picture it's a gentle examination, one that is executed by a talented cast and crew, especially the powerful portrayal by Marija Skaricic. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
76% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) I didn't dislike the film, it was an exciting jaunt, mostly, but I also, didn't love it. I believe it is possible to have a film of this caliber and visual lushness, that can still have characters conducive to quality and depth. This just isn't it. - Wonderfully Weird and Horrifying EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
76% Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror) (2007) It's the ideal amalgamation of horror, comedy, and outright randomness that makes Planet Terror iconic. - Wonderfully Weird and Horrifying EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) An intellectually inviting, endearing, and wonderful movie. And yes, there are vampires too. - Wonderfully Weird and Horrifying EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
92% The Stylist (2020) The Stylist has everything one can want from a horror film; a talented female lead, lots of chills and bloody enticements, and a wickedly impressive style. Jill Gevargizian is a director to look out for. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
95% It Follows (2015) For any fan of this particular genre: this is a must-see. One of the best, stylish, more recent horrors you'll discover. It will creep up on you, and won't let go. - Wonderfully Weird and Horrifying EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
50% Freaked (1993) There's a lot within the story that is nonsense, but it is entertaining and zany for a reason. If you can get past the intense tonal injection, and just let it roll over you- you might just have a good time. - Wonderfully Weird and Horrifying EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
86% The Thing (1982) It's what all horror connoisseurs crave; a mysterious and evocative beginning, a steady burgeoning of tension, and enough left unexplained leveled with the right amount of terror shown. It is a masterpiece of filmmaking. - Wonderfully Weird and Horrifying EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
74% The World to Come (2020) While it doesn't break new ground here, it is still quite beautiful, primarily because of the striking performances. I can't deny, it still had me at the end. I was still blotting my eyes, still internally screaming, and still reflecting for days. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
67% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) A mix of science-fiction with reality, this is a movie that's fueled by pure curiosity. It's a documentary for anyone interested in contemplating deeper meaning, even if it is presented by ideas that may seem wild. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
91% Together Together (2021) This is truly a warm hug of a movie; funny, comforting, and ultimately a reminder of the importance of human connection. A real gem of a film. Discover it, you won't be disappointed. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
93% Mass (2021) It's tragic, it's unforgettable, Mass is a must-see. Flourishing under its intimate telling; very rarely will something affect you as much as this film does. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
91% Little Fish (2021) While it is still early in the year, I can't deny this is one of the best films I've seen so far. Profound, gorgeously shot and performed, Little Fish is a film that is unforgettable. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
74% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) There's no other way to say it, except: if you're a fan of the bold and outrageous, get on board with Prisoners of the Ghostland, and hold the F on. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
54% Mayday (2021) A visionary and impressive directorial debut from Karen Cinorre. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
76% Eight for Silver (2021) Eight for Silver is truly unique, it excels in its eerie spin, breathing new- brilliantly deranged life into the subgenre. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
69% How It Ends (2021) How it Ends is wonderfully random, genuinely funny, and yet beautifully poignant. A cathartic rumination on just what we want from ourselves when the end finally comes. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
79% Knocking (2021) Grounded by a stellar performance, guided by a keen technical prowess, Knocking will undoubtedly garner an emotional response. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
54% John and the Hole (2021) John and the Hole is a film with a great premise, a mix-matched execution, but one that should still be discovered. The impressive talent of Charlie Shotwell is reason enough. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
71% Cryptozoo (2021) The animation is truly delightful, and it was clearly a labor of love. Imaginative and wonderfully designed, even if it isn't perfect, Cryptozoo is most definitely an experience. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
94% Carol (2015) The fragility of the characters and their courtship makes for a compelling tale. There are several layers to the film, and it softly transfixes you, making it a must-watch. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
91% End of Sentence (2020) The powerful performances make it a feature that's bound to entertain and be thought-provoking. A truly wonderful film; one of the best I've seen this year. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
87% Brokeback Mountain (2005) It is challenging to find a movie that grabs you as hard as this does. The story lingers long after its woeful end, ultimately showing the power of such an amazing film, while also keeping and transferring the theme of longing to its audience. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
76% Benny & Joon (1993) If you're searching for something a little unconventional, Benny and Joon is sure to be a joy. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
69% American Psycho (2000) There are times where this film is satire at its best. It's also horrific, violent and stomach-turning. Christian Bale is incredible in this movie and he commits to making Bateman completely deplorable. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
77% 12 Hour Shift (2020) 12 Hour Shift is dark humor at its best, with plenty of violence and unexpected moments of levity to tie into a quirky, entertaining knot. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) The Princess and the Frog is a real feel-good movie, with that magical mix of realism and Disney charm, characters that resonate, and gorgeous animation. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
69% The Runaways (2010) There are some wonderful emotional developments between these young women, forming bonds off stage, before kicking ass on. They are thrust into unknown territory while navigating their own sexuality and identities, and that's the real heart of the film. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
73% Lost Girls (2020) There's a rockiness to the storytelling that makes you wonder how much more this film could have been. Still, it's a grim picture that delivers a story that should be known, and for the performances alone, there is reason to check it out. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2020
No Score Yet 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up (2020) For all of its faults, 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up will woo you into enduring this snapshot of a relationship set to fail, and keep you with its unexpected poignancy. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
80% The Carnivores (2021) The Carnivores is an effective psychological foray that may be divisive among some but is worth biting into, to really appreciate the talent within. It is successful in being both discomforting and inviting, you won't know how to look away. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
64% All the Bright Places (2020) Go into this with a clear idea of what you are getting into and you'll be able to see through the veil of heavy-handedness to find warmth in the performances, the writing and a variety of other beautiful variables that assimilate life and loss. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
100% Tahara (2020) Tahara delivers some characters and situations that don't always get an opportunity to be explored, but deservedly should. It's an impressive feature on all fronts, and its staying power, at least for me, speaks bounds. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
100% Big Fur (2019) With moments of deep insight and interesting theories, by the end, Big Fur has crafted something rather unique. It is a story of man as much as it is myth, and it's a fascinating one. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
71% Horse Girl (2020) An incongruous, engaging ride, Horse Girl doesn't hit all the marks, and some audiences will become deterred, but Brie's tour de force performance is truly the base and it's one worth jumping off from. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
92% Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a whirlwind of emotions, and it is the kind of romance that is just grounded enough, in reality, to inspire and incite, but whimsical enough to deserve its own special place in the genre's history. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
79% Buffaloed (2020) Buffaloed, Tanya Wexler's newest, is full of drama and plenty of cons, but it's also fundamentally funny. This is in big part to a stand-out performance by Zoey Deutch. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
89% The Invitation (2016) Old wounds, new wounds, paranoia and terror are all split open and laid bare, making The Invitation a feat in filmmaking. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
85% Gremlins (1984) As a black comedy, a satirical look at consumerism, and a movie bursting with Christmas cheer, no matter the descriptor- Joe Dante's Gremlins is a classic. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
79% Take This Waltz (2012) It's the humanistic and harsh reality that settles into the bones of Take This Waltz that makes it memorable. When I first saw it I wasn't sure how to feel, I just knew that I did. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
92% Little Women (1994) The film has a star-studded cast that each bring their own sense of humanity and take on femininity to the role. Watching Little Women is sort of like coming home. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
82% High Life (2019) High Life is just the right kind of gradual sci-fi film we need, interweaving reality and the truth of our fragility with the fragmented solitude of space. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace will undoubtedly leave many impressions, as it is a beautiful and expertly made film that shouldn't be overlooked. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
76% Honeymoon (2014) Leigh Janiak creates a film that's quite visually disturbing at times, ensuring you'll squirm by the end, but it is also heavy with despair and desperation. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
88% 15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (Number 1 Will Blow Your Mind!) (2021) Funny, but occasionally devoid of direction, The VICE Guide to Bigfoot isn't completely certain of its own execution. When VICE is being more irreverent, while still finding some heart, it's at its best. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
77% Uncle Frank (2020) Even if it partly feels constructed for our emotional response, it still gets one, because the performances warrant it so. To say that Bettany steals the show would be an understatement. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) Spirited, and at times intoxicating, Shirley is certainly striking, with Moss pushing herself to give a knockout, magnetic portrayal. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020