Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Laura Clifford's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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The Monster (2016)

"The upcoming "A Monster Calls" may have a higher pedigree, but the rougher and rawer "The Monster" mines similar emotional ground." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 23, 2016
C 16%

American Pastoral (2016)

" 'American Pastoral' the novel is a primal scream. "American Pastoral" the movie is a whimper." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 20, 2016
A- 94%

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

"Lush, kinky, twisty and erotic, writer/director Park Chan-wook springs back from his gorgeous but emotionally anemic "Stoker," returning to the warped mind games, three act structure and cephalopod mollusc of "Oldboy"...a delirious cinematic experience" ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 20, 2016
C- 19%

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

"Michael LeSieur's run of the mill screenplay has about as many laughs as a second tier sitcom." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 20, 2016
C+ 39%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"The first "Jack Reacher" was a pretty good franchise starter for Cruise, so what's gone so wrong with its sequel? The film feels like a cheap knockoff rather than a successor." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 20, 2016
B 57%

King Cobra (2016)

"a stylish presentation of a sleazy story of the exploitation of a willingly corrupted youth and desperate hustlers." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2016
B+ 95%

Aquarius (2016)

"Mendonça Filho's biggest achievement here is his constant connection of the past to the present. Much like Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Our Little Sister," places and things are haunted by memories." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 14, 2016
B+ 96%

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016)

"Hara's use of exaggerated sound compensating for O'Nao's lack of sight [is] even more compelling than his visuals...easily one of the best animations of the year" ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 14, 2016
A- 92%

Certain Women (2016)

"features the kind of beautiful writing, direction and acting that say more in what is left unsaid..."Certain Women" has a strong emotional undertow beneath its placid surface." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 14, 2016
B- 50%

The Accountant (2016)

"an adult popcorn thriller that gets more mileage out of its hero's affliction that its last twist, but that's not a bad thing. Here character trumps plot." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 14, 2016
C- 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"It's a wallow in bad male behavior and the women broken by it, capped with a ludicrous climax...Star Emily Blunt gives it her all, hurt, woozy and hysterical, but it's not enough to keep this train on the tracks." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 6, 2016
C+ 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

" It starts strong then takes too long to build to an abbreviated, muddled climax...Parker appears to have lost his nerve as a director at the pivotal moment, the full horror of Turner's rebellion too muted" ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 6, 2016
B+ 93%

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016)

"a minor miracle. We've all seen plenty of films where an older crank is sparked into new life by crossing paths with another, but this one feels fresh because of its layered structure, Scandinavian sense of humor and first rate performance from Lassgård" ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 4, 2016
A- 98%

13th (2016)

"Eugene Jarecki's 2012 "The House I Live In," although more limited in focus, arrived at the same conclusion. DuVernay has expanded on the concept, going a big step further by pointing at the very document which defines our country." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 4, 2016
B+ 98%

Under The Shadow (2016)

"Horror is the toughest genre to get right, so it's always a thrill when one comes along that not only serves up chills, but has something on its mind as well." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 4, 2016
B 78%

Denial (2016)

"The film operates on three levels as it studies the Holocaust through a legal lens, views an American struggling within the British court system and develops character to counter snap judgements." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 3, 2016
A- 81%

American Honey (2016)

"something magical...a slipstream of a movie, one which you hitch up to and get carried along in its glorious wake." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Oct 2, 2016
B- 83%

Girl Asleep (2016)

" ...despite [Myers'] film's stage origins, it's obvious she's been cinematically inspired, most notably by Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman" ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 30, 2016
C+ 83%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"...a by the numbers account of the incident which highlights fiery, explosive destruction over the eleven crew members lost that day...The film's best asset is its villain, Malkovich relishing his Cajun chicanery." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 29, 2016
C- 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"It's easy to see why Burton was drawn to material developed from freaky pictures, but this is simply the worst thing he's ever committed to celluloid (or hard drive)...Burton only excels here at what he's always done best, making the weird cool looking." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 26, 2016
A 93%

Under The Sun (2016)

" It's extraordinary how revealing Manskiy's film is even before he begins to include behind the scenes 'outtakes'...we come away with a portrait of a brainwashed people told what to do every waking moment since their births." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 24, 2016
B- 93%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"You've seen this movie so many times before...But with Nyong'o on board, director Mira Nair and screenwriter William Wheeler have found this story's true heart, that of a mother's faith." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 22, 2016
B- 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"This edition isn't as hokey as the original but has trade-offs in its action packed finale where gunslingers defy credibility sharpshooting from horseback and firing Colt .45s with both hands." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 22, 2016
B- 77%

The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

"[Adam and Cannan's] film often bogs down filling in meaningless details while its more intriguing aspects receive little exploration." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 22, 2016
C- 64%

Storks (2016)

"...a noisy, manic adventure bereft of wit. Cute babies in every color of the rainbow and a couple of funny wolves (voiced by Key and Peele) whose primal instincts are overcome by maternal ones are about all "Storks" has going for it." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 21, 2016
A- 75%

London Road (2016)

" Looking for a different cinematic experience? How about a musical crafted verbatim from interviews with residents panicked by a serial killer on the loose...? "London Road" takes a dismal subject and turns it into magical art." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 19, 2016
B+ 63%

Snowden (2016)

"[Stone's] film works on two levels - as a look at the man behind the headlines and as a technological procedural." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 17, 2016
B- 77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"With its romcom cliches and obvious pratfalls, it may not have the sparkle of the original film, but it is an endearing return, the aging of its main cast bathing it in sentimental nostalgia." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 15, 2016
C+ 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"The film's well crafted but bereft of any new ideas, moving the series' mythology forward by perhaps all of a millimeter." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 15, 2016
B+ 95%

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"Think you've seen all there is to see on the Beatles from that endearingly irreverent press conference after their U.S. arrival to the Ed Sullivan Show to the fans screaming so loudly during concerts one couldn't hear the music? Think again." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 14, 2016
B 81%

Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

"...a stylish and fascinating breakdown of one very strange story, but while we may come away convinced that Albert never set out to hoodwink anyone, Feuerzeig hasn't entirely cleared the smokescreen." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 8, 2016
A- 100%

Cameraperson (2016)

"This is one of the most innovative documentaries out there, an existential collage of memories astutely edited to reveal several themes." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 8, 2016
B+ 94%

Demon (2016)

"Wrona's film isn't about demonic possession so much as it a ghost story, a piece of shameful history that refuses to be buried (it is telling that the film opens with a tracking shot of a front loader making its way from an excavation site..." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 8, 2016
B 87%

Other People (2016)

"Kelly's drama punches us right in the gut from the onset, an inconvenient interruption of a powerful moment awkward to the point of absurdity..." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 8, 2016
B 83%

Sully (2016)

"Screenwriter Todd Komarnicki ("Perfect Stranger") has taken a simple approach in adapting Sullenberger's book, perhaps too simple...See it for Eastwood's classical direction and Hanks' thoughtful reconstruction of an American hero." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 8, 2016
B 40%

The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)

"This medical mystery kissed by the fantastical and supernatural is a hybrid high wire act but Aja maintains balance." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Sep 1, 2016
C 58%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"is beautiful to look at, but this feels like a Lifetime movie given the A-list failing to steep us in Isabel's pain and mental state in act two, Cianfrance leaves us with an overly indulgent husband and self-centered wife in act three." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 29, 2016
C- 43%

The Hollars (2016)

"There is little to commend in James C. Strouse's screenplay outside the mother-son relationship at its core and indeed, Krasinski's best decision here was in hiring Margo Martindale whose performance is the only real reason to see this movie." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 29, 2016
B+ 98%

Little Men (2016)

"Ira Sachs' latest, like his last, looks at how New York real estate affects a male couple...cinematographer Óscar Durán's overhead shot of the Jardines' neighborhood with Manhattan rising in the distance makes magical use of that elusive hour" ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 26, 2016
B+ 92%

Southside With You (2016)

"...a delight from start to finish. As they begin to fall in love, so do we." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 25, 2016
B 44%

Hands of Stone (2016)

"The film itself is dazzlingly shot and edited, the fast-paced linear story complemented by a whirlwind of artfully constructed flashbacks and montages that all add up for a heady mix." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 25, 2016
B- 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"Alvarez knows how to build tension, but unfortunately he leans on narrative laziness to accomplish it, threats appearing with no explanation of how they've worked themselves out of their last predicament. " ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 25, 2016
C 48%

Complete Unknown (2016)

"Weisz and Shannon are two fine actors, so it is a pleasure to watch them, but Marston works too hard to make his marginal point." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 25, 2016
B+ 89%

Morris from America (2016)

"Newcomer Markees Christmas ably shoulders the film with a charismatic performance embellished with hilariously unique reactions to the cultural differences he encounters." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 22, 2016
B+ 79%

The Other Side (Louisiana) (2016)

"Cowriter (with Denise Ping Lee)/director Roberto Minervini has found a forgotten pocket of America that exemplifies the rage evident in the 2016 presidential race and, at least in the section devoted to Mark, it is a surprisingly complex picture." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 22, 2016
B+ 93%

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"It's far from all encompassing, but delightful in its playfulness. And 'The corridors here look repulsive' may be my favorite movie line of 2016." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 18, 2016
B- 60%

War Dogs (2016)

"[Hill] almost succeeds in making this "The Wolf of Wall Street" of arms dealing, his chummy come-ons masking the greedy control freak at his core." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 18, 2016
C+ 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"Laika President, CEO and lead animator Travis Knight makes his directorial debut leaning on his visual talent with a lumpy original Japanese folk lore-inspired story from Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes that lacks emotional resonance." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 17, 2016
B 89%

Blood Father (2016)

"This feisty little B movie...isn't anything new, but Mel Gibson, carrying his cross of onscreen suffering, gives a powerful performance, all aging machismo leavened with witty comebacks." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 16, 2016
B 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Bryce Dallas Howard, last seen ridiculously mishandling children around huge fantastical animals in "Jurassic World," sheds her heels for sneakers and enjoys a complete reversal in believability, her familial warmth shining through." ‐ Reeling Reviews
Posted Aug 12, 2016
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