Leah Pickett

Leah Pickett
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% The Proposal (2019) Magid, similar to the architect she reveres, knows the power of a good story and how to poetically construct one. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
91% Sauvage / Wild (2019) The central thrust of this graphic French drama may be a radical notion to some: that a sex worker can enjoy the wild, carnal freedom that his or her job can provide, while also being vulnerable to its dangers. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
91% The Feeling of Being Watched (2018) This should be required viewing for all Americans, but especially those who think they couldn't possibly be living in a surveillance state. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) The story reshuffles reality, especially time and facts, and the film is more enjoyable for it. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
78% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) This film offers a moving remembrance of the people, music, and extraordinary circumstances that aligned to produce a cultural touchstone. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
55% Ferrante Fever (2019) Mostly, the film inspires in the viewer an urge to read the books instead. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Move over, Superbad: There's a new teen-buddy comedy in town. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
34% Poms (2019) Director Zara Hayes, to her credit, mixes some dark humor and blistering social commentary into this otherwise frothy cocktail of pratfalls and platitudes. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
66% Wine Country (2019) A curious letdown. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
54% Charlie Says (2019) The movie's depiction of these lost flower children, and what rendered them susceptible to Manson's brainwashing, is frustratingly shapeless and shallow. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Westheimer provides an essential public service, which the film, an affectionate tribute to her life and work, continues. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is hit-and-miss. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A film that should feel overlong and overstuffed rings purposeful, weighted with existential truth even as it flashes before our eyes. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
100% Babylon (2019) A new restoration of this 1980 British cult classic makes plain that its themes of disaffection and racial discord in south London are still relevant nearly four decades later. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
72% Teen Spirit (2019) Vivid colors and shimmering light communicate the singer's frissons and invite her audience to feel them, too. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
44% The Chaperone (2019) The film has a sedate TV-movie quality, unbefitting of the roaring era and its It Girl. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) The refurbished story, both numbing in its predictability and painstakingly woke, is the clearest indicator that this reboot need not exist. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
54% Five Feet Apart (2019) While mawkishness should not be a prerequisite for the sick-teens-in-love genre, the popularity of the two in concert has likely convinced many filmmakers that the opposite is true. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
45% Captive State (2019) Overall it's a mess, compounded by murky CGI and some unrealistic performances. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, is a formidable force and a welcome addition to the MCU. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
100% The Ice King (2017) Erksine forgoes talking heads for interspersed audio of Curry's peers and admirers, keeping the film's visual and emotional focus on the man himself and the transporting power of his art. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Though the movie's tropes have been written about or spoofed before in funnier films like They Came Together, this breezy take has heart and a clever resolution. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
95% What Is Democracy? (2019) [Taylor] presents an inclusive and necessary debate, asking whether democracy today really is of, by, and for the people, and if it ever was. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) Green's openness to learning about himself and others by going out to notice and appreciate what most overlook-a crumbled landmark, an unexpected garden-is edifying. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) The movie becomes even more ridiculous after its big reveal, which is obvious from early on and suggested in the opening shot. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
No Score Yet Impulso (2018) The workings of internal organs might come to mind when watching experimental flamenco dancer Rocío Molina contort and pulse her body onstage; she exudes a feral abandon that most people hide beneath pleasantries and skin. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
66% Vice (2018) You cannot simply sit and absorb this movie. Love it or hate it, you are one of its characters. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
100% Charm City (2018) Filmmaker Marilyn Ness gains extraordinary access to her subjects and apparently their trust. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe fully commits to his performance, as does Schnabel to the painter's vision and humanity. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The Crimes of Grindelwald feels hollow and disconnected, like it could have been made by anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of Rowling's wizarding world. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) Kidman delivers a delicate and nuanced performance as usual, while Edgerton's take on the manipulative head therapist is disturbingly accurate. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
89% Love, Gilda (2018) It's Radner's voice-especially when describing her struggles with food, fame, and men-that shines brightest. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
36% Hunter Killer (2018) The film is largely uncontroversial, save for a climax that could double as an advertisement for the Navy and America itself. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
78% Black '47 (2018) The movie sits in a murky place between appropriately weary historical drama and a more nimble action-Western hybrid, spurred by an outlaw's revenge - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
97% Science Fair (2018) The milieu is intense, the stakes are high, and the science prodigies themselves are fascinating. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/4 97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) Nyoni presents one dazzling set piece after another. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
76% M.F.A. (2017) Francesca Eastwood takes after her father, Clint: she's magnetic and convincing as a vigilante, despite her character's implausibly quick switch from wallflower to assassin - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
64% Bitch (2017) The father is unsympathetic, the kids are uninteresting, and the sister-in-law is unnecessary, so the mother's absence from her own story becomes glaring. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
No Score Yet Ice Mother (2017) Director Bohdan Sláma refuses to infantilize or condescend to his elderly characters. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
90% The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) A stunning debut from South African filmmaker John Trengove, - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
96% Ava (2018) Foroughi's visual storytelling is impressive. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
50% Porto (2017) The actors lack chemistry; their romantic connection feels like lust amplified by loneliness. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
91% Tokyo Idols (2017) With this fascinating and troubling documentary, Kyoko Miyake investigates the Japanese phenomenon of very young female pop singers, known as idols, who cater to a passionate fan base of grown men. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
100% Mr. Roosevelt (2017) Wells limns an authentic portrait of a rapidly gentrifying city, down to the thirtysomething cohorts of loafers and tech yuppies who vie for the same turf. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
59% Bobbi Jene (2017) The access Smith grants Lind is remarkable. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
58% The Strange Ones (2018) This unnerving and frustratingly opaque drama focuses on a teenage boy who distrusts his own memories and present reality. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
89% Ginger Snaps (2001) The sharp feminist narrative makes up for the admirable but underwhelming werewolf makeup and other practical effects. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
96% Félicité (2017) The meandering narrative has a lyrical quality consistent with the many musical numbers. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
89% The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto) (2018) In this low-key Argentine drama, a live-in maid from Chile (the spellbinding Paulina García) faces a new chapter in life. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) López's fable has already drawn comparisons to Pan's Labyrinth, but has a phantasmagoric energy and modern urgency all its own. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018