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Leigh Monson

Leigh Monson
Leigh Monson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Birth.Movies.Death.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
69% Never Goin' Back (2018) Never Goin' Back is a breezy eighty-six minutes of absurd hijinks, but it is failed by a lackluster script that doesn't quite have the jokes on the page.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
44% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Even though you'll end up remembering the joyous feelings much more than any particular gag by the time you get home, The Spy Who Dumped Me succeeds at being a bloody good time.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
89% Werewolf (2018) Emotionally disturbing and authentic, this is a film that exemplifies the potential of the woman behind the camera by showing the potential of a woman in a harrowing circumstance taking the first steps toward recovery.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
83% Puzzle (2018) It examines the underlying emotions of its story without the flippancy one expects from so many stories of domestic drama.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
18% The Darkest Minds (2018) So far as this particular brand of genre fare is concerned, The Darkest Minds is a middling but almost worthy example.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is first and foremost concerned with making DC superheroes fun again.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
90% Far From the Tree (2018) An emotionally gripping examination of the diversity of human life, particularly in how even families are not homogenized in their life experiences.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Here We Go Again ends up being a film more competently constructed than its forebear but is largely missing the key elements that would have made it as beloved.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
6% Siberia (2018) Siberia is as flat and featureless as its setting, a wasteland of potential and poor decisions that fails less for the plateaus it aims for than for the heights it doesn't. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
65% Uncle Drew (2018) A film based on one joke, but it's a good one.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
70% Animal World (2018) This makes for a pretty fun little film about an absurd underground competition, and Yan Han invests his narrative with some pretty harsh criticism of those who value personal wealth more than human compassion. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
73% Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh (2018) The comedy largely works, though you shouldn't be surprised to find yourself exhausted by the experience once the credits roll.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
51% Boundaries (2018) Boundaries is something of a lesser joy, not exactly funny enough to be a full-blown comedy, not exactly compelling enough to be gripping in its drama. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom is bad. It's really bad. And some of you are going to love it.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
90% Eating Animals (2018) The best of intentions are buried in blatantly manipulative appeals to tradition.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
55% Tag (2018) Tag isn't going to win anyone's recommendation as the best of the year, but as far as studio comedies go, you can do a hell of a lot worse.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) This is a horror film for the ages, a slowly unraveling puzzle of psychological torment that promises an amazing career from freshman feature writer-director Ari Aster.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
67% Ocean's 8 (2018) There's not a lot here, but what we get is pleasant enough. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
No Score Yet Best F(r)iends, Part 2 (2018) From a storytelling perspective the justification for Volume Two to take up its own feature runtime is misguided at best and purposely milking the audience at worst.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2018
86% American Animals (2018) Bart Layton's tentative foray into fictional narrative is a success in melding the best personal aspects of documentary journalism with the emotional impact of cinematic performance. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
No Score Yet Fags in the Fast Lane (2017) This is little more than a lewd excuse to make displays of queer vulgarity at the expense of anyone who isn't in on the joke. But that's why it works.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
7% I Know Who Killed Me (2007) If you haven't seen it and like things that are terrible, what you have here is a gold mine of bad creative decisions that culminate in one of the most baffling cinematic experiences of the 2000s. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) Nothing really sticks out as notable except the magnetic personalities of the stars.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Juliette Binoche is wasted on this shallow midlife crisis drama.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
17% Show Dogs (2018) Woof‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
No Score Yet Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story (2018) Get a couple of robot friends and board the Satellite of Love, because this is a film you'll need to riff your own MST3K-esque commentary track to get through it.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) One hundred minutes of self-indulgence and tedium, even if it's well-meaning in its intentions.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
86% Tully (2018) Diablo Cody's latest wades in empathetic depths before drowning in the shallow end of the pool.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
85% Disobedience (2018) This isn't Lelio's most cogent or engaging work, but he is still a master at provoking enthralling performances from his muses.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
96% Ran (1985) Ran isn't the first film many think of when they consider Kurosawa's extensive filmography, but I would posit that it is among his best.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
54% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) The film wants to celebrate Godard's revolutionary cinema by using those very tools to betray the man who founded them, so the result is necessarily abrasive, but it's worth it for fans of Godard's New Wave influence.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
52% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) Ismael's Ghosts is a film defined by its excesses, and the most frustrating thing about it is that the leaner, better film is staring you in the face the entire time.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The silly sounding premise gets a better execution than you might expect. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) Blockers is good, but just not as funny as one would hope.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
57% Best F(r)iends, Part 1 (2018) As for the film itself, director Justin MacGregor certainly plays into the absurdity of the script's strange premise and twisted plotting. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
No Score Yet Best F(r)iends (2017) Greg Sestero's allegorical take on his and Wiseau's friendship makes for a richer experience than one might expect.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
89% Isle of Dogs (2018) There's a lot here to potentially enjoy but only if the culture clash is something you can put in the back of your mind.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) It seems that the strain of being a loyal sequel and trying to be its own thing was too much for Uprising, as it tears itself apart in the attempt and leaves bare the skeleton of the decent actioner that could have been.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Veep creator Armando Iannucci directs this bumbling display with consistently biting wit that doesn't venture too far into farce to be taken credibly.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
49% Flower (2018) Not knowing where a story is going is one thing, but it's entirely another to have characters so devoid of ethos and drive that there seems to be no point to anything you're witnessing.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
87% Thoroughbreds (2018) A very well-performed film with fiercely funny moments, well worth the time on the big screen.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
91% Love, Simon (2018) An unapologetically joyous experience, rich with dramatic stakes, but also wickedly funny and intently designed to leave the audience with great feelings leaving the theater.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
54% Fuck For Forest (2014) If nothing else, Fuck For Forest is a celebration of community and the idea that love can save the world.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
63% Every Day (2018) To cursorily glance at Every Day is to assume that it is one of a million similarly glossy teen weepies, but there's a lot more going on under the surface than one would expect.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) A powerful, heartbreaking, empowering experience.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
58% Half Magic (2018) Half Magic feels like a breath of fresh air. It's a bit clunky and more than a little self-congratulatory, but the notion of a comedy aimed at women taking such a vicious swipe at male self-absorption feels novel.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
17% Looking Glass (2018) Looking Glass isn't a great movie, but it's a very entertaining one, leaning into the wild gesticulations of its lead without exploiting or overusing them. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
100% Diverge (2016) The resulting film feels almost entirely divorced from notions of entertainment or thematic exploration, instead relying on final moments of emotional investment that the film never expends the effort to develop or earn.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
33% Inoperable (2017) There is some shock value in Inoperable's plethora of bloody effects sequences, but this is quickly lost in repetition, and the incoherent narrative is neither rewarding in the moment nor rewarded by the climax.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2018
20% Kill Order (2018) So long as you ignore the plot, this one is filled with mindless action fun. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018