Kurt Loder

Kurt Loder
Tomatometer-approved critic
Official Websites: mtv.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
58% Aladdin (2019) It's fun. Bring a kid. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Wick 3 is a half hour longer than Wick 1, and the stuffing sticks out. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
73% All Is True (2019) A moving, minor-key account of the last three years of Shakespeare's life. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Rounding the bend into hour three, I heard a snurfling sound to my right. A discreet peek revealed that the guy next to me was semi-weeping, blotting away the odd tear with his shirt sleeve. Jeez, I thought. And then I realized...never mind. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
97% Hail Satan? (2019) We've always known God had a sense of humor-how else explain pineapple pizza, Jean-Claude Juncker, or the needle-nosed narwhal? Satan, however, is not often thought to be much of a joker. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
83% High Life (2019) The picture is hobbled by its shuffling pace, and by the ship's dim soundstage corridors and hazy colors (brick reds, teals and tans, a cold mortuary blue). - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
94% Us (2019) Very scary. And Peele's uber-nerd cinephilia is non-stop fun ("Isn't that the Lost Boys boardwalk?"). But as a writer, he has more ideas than he can fit into one picture, and even his great gifts as a director can't stanch the conceptual overflow. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) She had a presence so alien that you expected to see a lizardy tongue flick out from between her lips at any moment. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) This is a terrific little picture, one that checks all the traditional rom-com boxes. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Although they appear separately for most of the movie, Rona and Robbie are both compelling on their own. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
31% Mapplethorpe (2019) The movie has the virtue of not fudging anything. Gay sex and affection are casually presented, and Mapplethorpe's hardest-core photographs receive unflinching screen time. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
88% The Hole in the Ground (2019) The world would be a less-stressful place, or at least a less silly one, if clueless people would stop checking into creaky old houses on the edge of dark forbidding forests. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Acres of action, quite a bit of it brilliant. How f ans will feel about the movie's rather weak pulse (did it really need to be made?) and its overall willingness to be a little bit boring remains to be seen. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) The movie numbers among its producers Mr. Dwayne Johnson, himself a wrestler of some renown before falling on hard times and being forced to take a day job (which includes a recurring cameo role here). - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
73% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) If you're going to make a movie called The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot - which, as you're about to see, someone has-you'd be well-advised to make it as much unlike this movie as possible. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
74% Lords of Chaos (2019) It's like a teen-delinquent b-movie from the 1950s, only with more death, more blood, and more church-burnings. Also crazed black-metal concert-goers chewing on a raw pig's head that's been tossed into their midst. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) A blend of familiar (but still funny) mockery of the art scene with a really creepy supernatural horror story. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) Serenity is actually two different movies, pressed together like a grilled roach and cheese sandwich. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
38% Glass (2019) The real plot twist in Glass comes not at the end of the movie but about halfway through, when you realize it won't be getting any better. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
40% The Upside (2019) Tells a feel-good story with no real surprises, but that's okay. The movie's pleasures lie in its details and its top-drawer performances. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) In recounting the story of Laurel and Hardy, whose Hollywood career spanned 24 years and more than a hundred films, a good place to begin turns out to be the end. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) The underwater world is CGI at its most smothering-your eyes cry out for air, for tangibility. Everything is weightless and yet oppressive, like a sheet tangled around a drowning human body. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
27% Mortal Engines (2018) The movie has some energy and some memorable images. If only it had more of those things, and less of all the clutter and noise that otherwise distinguish it. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
57% The House That Jack Built (2018) Blithely vile... - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Gorgeous in its production design and filled to the brim with heartless people spouting wonderfully wounding dialogue. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Dark by design, and grim and miserable-looking from end to end. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) Russell so strongly recalls his badass dad, Kurt Russell, that you hope he'll start making many more genre movies right away. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Everybody in this movie seems to live in some sort of grim, gray warehouse. It's like a lifestyle disease. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Embrace the vintage silliness. It's worth it. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
66% Suspiria (2018) The picture ends in a really demented blood orgy that's almost worth waiting for. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) When McCarthy is onscreen with costar Richard E. Grant, who plays moth-eaten boulevardier Jack Hock, the movie becomes a study in big-screen comic chemistry. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Effective beyond the call of tribute. It's scary, but in a fun, retro way. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
87% First Man (2018) Gosling is a virtuoso of the empty gaze - the ability to become lost in the middle distance as the camera settles in for an extended closeup of his sighing eyes. - Creators Syndicate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
29% Venom (2018) Whatever you might have expected this movie to be-not all that bad...not very good...frickin' awful-chances are you'd never have guessed it would be a comedy. But it is! - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) Lady Gaga is a radiant, natural actor, and she knocks her first lead movie performance way-far out of the park. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Production designer JonHutman should come out and take a bow after the end credits. Everybody else should stay seated. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) Available on demand, but you definitely want to see it on a big screen, and loud. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) The machine-gun muzzle flashes might have been imported from 1987, Year Zero in the Predator universe. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) Blake Lively gives a classic Old Hollywood performance, swanning through her scenes in bow ties, faux tuxedos, and slouchy men's fedoras, exuding an air of ambiguous sexuality throughout. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
13% Peppermint (2018) I can't think what kind of movie would merit the dumb-bunny title of this one, but it's not this one. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) Autopilot horror... - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
31% Kin (2018) The picture is trying to do something a little different -- a rare thing, as you've probably noticed. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) The movie is not without amusing moments, but there are unconquerable problems. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Topher Grace plays David Duke as an upwardly mobile nincompoop in a cheap three-piece suit, pathetic in his lunatic convictions but -- as we saw in Charlottesville last year -- still a force for social chaos. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Melissa McCarthy's 2015 movie Spy raised the spy-comedy bar way high, but apparently not everyone got the memo. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) There's nothing to think about. You just set your mouth to AGAPE and lean back. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Does this movie signal the onset of Too Much ABBA? Of course not. There's no such thing as too much ABBA. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Beyond Jonah Hill and Jack Black (who has one terrific scene toward the end), the movie is mostly about Joaquin Phoenix, who carries the bulk of it while maintaining an illusion of effortlessness. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) A welcome respite from the endless gush of showier Marvel super-product. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) "No rules this time," says Brolin's character. Just the words we want to hear. - Reason Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018