Lauren Veneziani

Lauren Veneziani
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Lauren Veneziani is a film critic in the Washington, DC metro area and Baltimore, MD. She's been reviewing films and interviewing talent for WBAL-TV for the past two years and her reviews can currently be seen on WBAL TV every Saturday morning. Lauren first found her passion for film after seeing Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" at a young age. Ever since, she's been an avid movie watcher, reviews on a weekly basis and interviews actors and directors. Lauren loves movies so much she even tolerates and sometimes enjoys the bad ones. Lauren is a voting member in both the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. She lives in the DC Metro area with her husband Kevin and their dog, Oscar.
Publications: WBAL-TV, DC Film Girl

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 42% Capone (2020) A haunting and eerie portrait of the last year of Al Capone's life with a memorable performance from Tom Hardy. The original title Fonzo should have been kept. - DC Film Girl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
3.5/5 50% Scoob! (2020) Gorgeously animated and funny enough to entertain everyone while they're stuck at home. - DC Film Girl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
3.5/5 96% The Half of It (2020) A fresh and sweet coming-of-age story about a Chinese-American teen and the unexpected friendship she forms. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
4/5 42% Endings, Beginnings (2020) The chemistry between the three leads is undeniable and the use of improv dialogue throughout the movie made this love story original. - DC Film Girl EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3/5 8% Fantasy Island (2020) There's a good movie in here somewhere, and the unrated cut amped it up a bit, but the overall payoff is kinda laughable. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3.5/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish's friendship chemistry is what makes this film genuine, loving and funny. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3.5/5 48% Underwater (2020) Kristen Stewart is a fantastic lead in this sci-fi thriller that's intense and claustrophobic. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3.5/5 31% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Sam Claflin's comedic turn is welcoming and hilarious in this modern wedding romance story. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
3.5/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) Director Guy Ritchie's newest film is funny, clever, and features a commanding performance from Charlie Hunnam. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
1.5/5 31% Bloodshot (2020) Overly convoluted, long and confusing, fans of the comics may find some entertainment in this film, but others may not. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
4/5 86% Emma. (2020) Gorgeous production and costume design make this Jane Austen adaption lovely to watch. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
4/5 56% The Hunt (2020) Betty Gilpin is a strong lead in this film filled with political satire, horror and comedy. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
3.5/5 38% Spenser Confidential (2020) Mark Wahlberg and Winston Duke are a fun, exciting duo in this film directed by Peter Berg. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
3/5 88% Onward (2020) Though the emotional core of the story works in the end, Onward isn't as memorable as other Pixar films in recent years. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
4/5 84% The Way Back (2020) Ben Affleck's performance is both devastating and remarkable to watch in this realistic depiction of addiction. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
4.5/5 92% The Invisible Man (2020) Director Leigh Whannell's remake is scary, timely, unsettling and gripping, and features one hell of a performance from Elisabeth Moss. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
4.5/5 37% Downhill (2020) Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell give excellent performances in this family drama set in the Alps. - DC Film Girl EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
4/5 74% The Photograph (2020) LaKeith Stanfield and Issa Rae's chemistry is total fire in this romance directed by Stella Meghie. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
4.5/5 75% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Lana Condor leads this To All the Boys sequel beautifully and Noah Centineo and Jordan Fisher are both as charming as ever in Jenny Han's novel adaptation. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
5/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Harley Quinn finally gets her own fun, R-rated, girl power movie and Margot Robbie is exceptionally fierce in the role. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
3/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Despite Blake Lively, who is exceptional, and Reed Morano's best efforts, the film suffers from a weaker screenplay and overall tone. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprise their buddy cop roles perfectly in this fun, action-filled and surprisingly emotional third installment. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
4.5/5 68% Joker (2019) Joaquin Phoenix gives one of the most memorable performances of the year and of his career in Todd Phillips' Joker. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) 1917 is a visceral experience that should be watched in the theatre on the biggest IMAX screen you can find. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
4.5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) The Safdie Brothers prove once again they are directors to watch. Adam Sandler is exceptional and Julia Fox gives the breakout performance of the year. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
4.5/5 95% Little Women (2019) Greta Gerwig's non-linear storytelling of Little Women is my favorite version to date. Saoirse Ronan was born to play to role of Jo March. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
2.5/5 21% Cats (2019) Tom Hooper's Cats has potential but isn't quite there with the CGI and visuals to make this into a good movie just yet. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4.5/5 70% Bombshell (2019) Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie are fiercely exceptional in this story that everyone should see. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) With director J.J. Abrams back and strong performances from Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, the final installment in this trilogy is emotional, fun and memorable for Star Wars fans. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
5/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) One of the most realistic and genuinely told love stories I have ever seen. Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson & Laura Dern are perfect. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 83% Waves (2019) Waves is one hell of an emotional roller coaster of a ride featuring stunning cinematography and emotional performances. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Only Martin Scorsese can make a 3.5-hour long mob film gripping, memorable, intense and features one of the best Robert De Niro performances ever. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4.5/5 82% Queen & Slim (2019) Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith are exceptional in this story that happens to be one of the best romances of the year. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
5/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Rian Johnson's Knives Out is one of the best theatrical experiences to see with an audience this year. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Matthew Rhys and Tom Hanks lead an inspiring and sweet story about Fred Rogers and how he touched the lives of everyone around him. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 77% Frozen II (2019) The songs in Frozen 2 are memorable, welcoming and fresh and its fun to see the Arendelle gang all back together. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 53% Noelle (2019) Noelle is a movie I can see myself watching every holiday season, like Elf and The Santa Clause, Anna Kendrick is instantly likable and charming. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
4.5/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) In a film full of classic cars and racing, its Matt Damon and Christian Bale that you can't take your eyes off of in this story about friendships, feuds and American history. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 51% Charlie's Angels (2019) Elizabeth Banks' Charlie's Angels is fresh, fun, empowering and delivers one of my favorite Kristen Stewart performances to date. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
2/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) Despite Emilia Clarke's best efforts, Last Christmas is manipulative, questionable and honestly just plain wacko. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4.5/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Director Mike Flanagan's Doctor Sleep is a horror hit with memorable performances by Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson especially. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.5/5 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Edward Norton's performance is memorable, but the two-and-a-half-hour long film is not. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 71% The King (2019) Timothée Chalamet and Robert Pattinson are the clear highlights in this Shakespearean rendition of King Henry V. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) There are some fun moments in this Terminator sequel, but we needed more Linda Hamilton and a better sequel to her personal story. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
4.5/5 66% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) This is the ENDGAME of all of Kevin Smith's movies and it's magnificent, hilarious and heartfelt. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer make this Maleficent sequel worthwhile and fun. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 82% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger's performance as Judy Garland will go down as a career highlight. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4.5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) 2019 Brad Pitt might be my favorite Brad Pitt. A compelling, emotional and memorable story with stunning visuals. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Downton Abbey is made for the fans while also delighting audiences with a passionate and rich story. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch succeeds with Roger Deakins' always incredible cinematography and strong performances from Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman and Finn Wolfhard. - WBAL-TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019