Lauren Bradshaw

Lauren Bradshaw
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A- 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) A Quiet Place Part II is the perfect cinematic experience to welcome us back to movie theaters. See it on the biggest, loudest screen you can find! - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
B- 74% Cruella (2021) Though not exactly the most original film, Cruella is a fun and fashionable watch. The Emmas are splendid, dahling, and I would gladly spend hours watching them duke it out. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
B 90% Dream Horse (2021) Dream Horse is a heartwarming crowdpleaser, perfect for the whole family, that is going to leave you smiling ear-to-ear when the credits start to roll. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
C- 61% Profile (2021) Though admittedly engrossing, Profile would have benefitted from being released as scheduled in 2018. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
B 92% Limbo (2021) With an offbeat, and at times whimsical tone, Limbo is not your typical fish-out-of-water story, but more a love letter, showing who we are is not determined by territorial borders. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
B+ 95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon is a magnificent feast for the eyes, with a heartwarming message that is much needed for these trying times. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
B 74% The World to Come (2020) A melancholy romance between two women who, in the quest to find happiness, find it in each other. Waterston and Kirby are spectacular. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
B 70% Land (2021) Land is a beautifully shot and acted film that delves into the most extreme elements of the human experience, overcoming tragedy, personal rediscovery, and healing. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
B+ 88% News of the World (2020) Tom Hanks gives one of the best performances of his career in this beautifully shot Western that harkens back to Hollywood's classics. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
C+ 26% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) An unexpectedly weird little movie, Wild Mountain Thyme is not only a love story between the always-amazing Dornan and Blunt, but a love letter to Ireland itself. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
A+ 69% Ammonite (2020) A masterclass in filmmaking and acting, Ammonite beautifully explores the effects of isolation and delicate complexities of love; Winslet and Ronan give the best performances of the year. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020
A- 84% Let Him Go (2020) What starts as a seemingly slow-burn Western drama about grief and family, quickly transitions into a suspense-thriller that left me on the edge of my seat from scene to scene. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
C- 57% Come Play (2020) Despite a great cast, Come Play is a disappointing horror film that leans more on jump scares than it does real scares. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
B 93% Sylvie's Love (2020) A will they/won't they romance for the ages, Sylvie's Love builds the perfect 1950s/1960s atmosphere, with dazzling costumes and set design, a killer soundtrack, and a beautiful performance from Thompson. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
A 92% Herself (2021) With an emotional, heart-wrenching script and devastating lead performance by Clare Dunne, Herself may be a heavy watch, but it is an important one. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
B- 67% The Glorias (2020) There is no better time than now for The Glorias to be released as it champions equal rights and the women who risked everything to stand for justice. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
B 89% Save Yourselves! (2020) Save Yourselves expertly combines all of my favorite genres: rom-com, drama, thriller, science fiction, and a touch of horror. I hope it finds the audience it deserves! - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
B+ 78% I Care a Lot (2021) I Care A Lot is one of the year's most entertaining films, wickedly shifting between a jet black comedy and intoxicating thriller. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
A 72% Mulan (2020) Mulan cracks the code of being an excellent remake, while still honoring fan favorite moments of the original film. Although not a musical, the score still packs a punch. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
A- 94% Boys State (2020) As sobering as it is charming, Boys State shows a microcosm of our current political climate that will quickly get you invested in the outcome of a fictional election. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
B+ 74% The Rental (2020) Jaws did to swimming in the ocean what The Rental does to staying in Airbnbs... - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
B 80% The Old Guard (2020) The Old Guard is a bloody good time with incredible heart and character development that is rare in action movies. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
A 97% Hamilton (2020) A perfect translation from stage to screen, Hamilton has never been as timely. What a gift that we get to enjoy this beautiful show together, socially distanced or not. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
C- 40% Irresistible (2020) Unfortunately, Irresistible is a victim of the perhaps built-in high expectations from Stewart's intelligent voice we have missed hearing since he left The Daily Show. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
A 100% A Secret Love (2020) A Secret Love beautifully shows that despite society's homophobia that made Pat and Terry feel they had to hide their 70+ year relationship, love ultimately prevailed. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
B 70% The High Note (2020) The High Note is the perfect escapist movie for your quarantine woes, complete with a catchy soundtrack and fantastic performances from Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
B+ 73% Angel of Mine (2019) With a multi-layered script of surprising twists and turns, as well as amazing performances from Noomi Rapace and Yvonne Strahovski, Angel of Mine is a surprise hit. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
A 57% The Hunt (2020) The Hunt is an entertaining, sign-of-the-times satire that pokes fun at both parties. Maybe the movie should instead be called Betty Gilpin because she makes it her own. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
A 91% The Invisible Man (2020) The Invisible Man is an incredibly suspenseful (and scary) psychological thriller. Its timely message about believing women and surviving trauma makes it a Me Too-era classic. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
B+ 37% Downhill (2020) Incredible performances from Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell, combined with a smart and intimate script make Downhill a worthy successor to Force Majeure. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
A 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey celebrates female empowerment, but it's so much more than the filmmakers' gender; it's a breath of fresh air in a dark and serious superhero space. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
C- 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) The Rhythm Section is a film you more or less have seen before-though lacking original and exciting action sequences that make you want to see it again. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
B- 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) When Pfeiffer and Jolie are together in a scene, it is absolute fire. The icy glares, the shade, THE CHEEKBONES... this is what I came to see. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
A 81% Judy (2019) Judy is a love letter to Judy Garland's incredible legacy, anchored by an extraordinary performance from the always-incredible Renee Zellweger. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
A 85% Our Friend (2020) The Friend, based on a true story, is a tear-jerker that will likely make you cause a scene in the theater. Dakota Johnson gives the performance of her career. - Fangirl Freakout EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B+ 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) This sweet, endearing movie is less about Rogers as a man, and more about his positive influence in the lives of so many, despite generational and socio-economic divides. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
A 87% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is one of the year's most entertaining films. It celebrates friendship, diversity, awesome music, and Lopez gives one of the best performances of her career. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
A- 64% Blackbird (2020) A powerful family drama that despite its bleak subject matter, seemed like a really bonding movie to make. Exceptional cast with an incredible performance from Kate Winslet. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
B- 67% I Am Woman (2020) I Am Woman is a timely, yet familiar biopic that will re-introduce younger generations to the legendary Helen Reddy and leave "I Am Woman" stuck in your head for days. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
A 52% The Lion King (2019) The Lion King is Disney's best animated adaptation yet, featuring a phenomenal vocal cast, iconic score, and all of the scenes you know and love from the original. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
C- 23% Men in Black International (2019) Men In Black: International put the "meh" in the Men in Black franchise. Not awful, but not entertaining, and missing screen time from Emma Thompson & Rebecca Ferguson. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
A 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is a crowd-pleaser at the highest level, striking the perfect balance of paying homage to its predecessors and giving each character his/her moment to shine. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
A- 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam may get his power from a wizard, but it is Zachary Levi's performance that really is the magic behind this fun and heartwarming film. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 36% Burlesque (2010) If Burlesque was just an Aguilera stage show, it would be completely satisfying. Unfortunately, movies require actual plot and dialogue and when it comes to both, the film leaves much to be desired. - PopSugar EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
B 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is a retro-tastic origin story worthy of its namesake, capturing the strength and heart of the comics. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
C- 21% Miss Bala (2019) Miss Bala was at times so ridiculous, it was fun... until it wasn't. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
B- 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Joe Cornish's The Kid Who Would Be King is an imaginative adventure, harkening back to the live-action fantasy from my childhood that Hollywood seems to have forgotten. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
C- 56% Tag (2018) After almost two hours, the repetitive Tag overstays its welcome. Despite some funny moments, it also underuses a great cast and has poor character development. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
B 79% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is one word: delightful - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
A 81% Ben is Back (2018) Julia Roberts gives a career best performance in one of the year's most important films, highlighting how a mother's love can withstand even the most dire of circumstances. - Cloture Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018