Leigh Monson

Leigh Monson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Leigh Monson is technically a licensed attorney but somehow thinks movies are a lot more fun. Leigh loves both award darlings and hilariously bad films, does not believe in superhero movie fatigue, and calls it like they see it.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 27% Voyagers (2021) 'Voyagers' is imperfect, but it's interesting and nuanced, with skilled direction to prop up the weaknesses in the writing. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
3.5/5 87% The Courier (2020) 'The Courier' is an entertaining film for how it pulls together a compelling tale of camaraderie from the auspices of a spy thriller. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
1.5/5 4% Cosmic Sin (2021) 'Cosmic Sin' doesn't have a worthwhile story to tell, but even if it did, it just doesn't have the spectacle to back it up. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
3.5/5 22% Chaos Walking (2021) 'Chaos Walking' makes for a pleasant surprise in the wake of years of cynicism about its chances of success. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
2.5/5 67% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) The best parts have been held hostage by a confused amalgam of mediocrity and brand management. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/5 90% Keep an Eye Out (Au Poste!) (2018) 'Keep An Eye Out' is a curiosity that requires little time investment and has the potential to create new Quentin Dupieux fans. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
2/5 40% Dreamcatcher (2021) 'Dreamcatcher' is a solid attempt to introduce a new sound to the world of horror, but the track ends up coming out as overproduced noise. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
2/5 37% Cherry (2021) 'Cherry's disparate inspirations never congeal into a satisfying whole. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
4.5/5 98% The Father (2021) Anthony Hopkins gives an amazing performance in this delirious look at dementia. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
2.5/5 67% My Zoe (2021) 'My Zoe' is such a confused mess of pretension and anticlimax that it's hard to recommend as anything but a showcase of wasted potential. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
2.5/5 56% The Violent Heart (2020) 'The Violent Heart' is more theoretically interesting than romantic or thrilling. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
2.5/5 64% Body Brokers (2021) 'Body Brokers' is easy to intellectually decipher but too inept to provoke its desired emotional responses. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
3/5 62% French Exit (2021) 'French Exit' is strange, flabby, and hard to pin down, yet strangely rewarding. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/5 89% Sator (2019) 'Sator' feels right at home with the bleak familial meditations of 'Relic' and 'The Dark and the Wicked'. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
4/5 100% 4x4 (2019) '4x4' is a paradox, a stationary thrill ride that maintains momentum without leaving the confines of a space that cannot even accommodate standing up. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
1.5/5 38% Haymaker (2021) This isn't a movie. It's a vanity project. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
.5/5 25% Brothers By Blood (2021) 'Brothers By Blood' is an incomprehensible cinematic chore. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
4/5 88% Supernova (2021) Sometimes all you need are two great actors and a well-written screenplay. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
2.5/5 73% The Mauritanian (2021) Tahar Rahim's performance is sorely underserved by the production it's bound to. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
3.5/5 91% The White Tiger (2020) 'The White Tiger' may not be perfect, but its anger is potent and it's taking no prisoners in its condemnation of Indian caste society. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
3/5 93% Herself (2021) This story of finding self is very cathartic but maybe too universal for its own good. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
100% Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) Scream, Queen! wasn't quite the film I was expecting, but it's the film I ended up needing. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/5 95% Soul (2020) Pixar's latest is a jazz composition that finds purpose in the quiet moments. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/5 93% Sylvie's Love (2020) The fact that 'Sylvie's Love' sets the heart racing should be recommendation enough. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
3/5 75% Wander Darkly (2020) 'Wander Darkly' may have attempted to reinvent the wheel, but it didn't have to succeed to roll along just fine. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
4.5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) 'Nomadland' sits with you and leaves you to contemplate the fall of an empire. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
3/5 55% The Prom (2020) 'The Prom's emphatic excesses make up for its shallow faults. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
1/5 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) 'Hillbilly Elegy' does a solid impression of a good movie, but it never comes together. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
4.5/5 89% Black Bear (2020) You don't have to trust the narrator to acknowledge 'Black Bear' as one of the most fascinating films of the year. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
2.5/5 69% Ammonite (2020) It's a stony facsimile of other lesbian period dramas, possibly by design, that doesn't make enough of an interesting point to serve as more than an awards-baiting footnote. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 83% Happiest Season (2020) 'Happiest Season' is cute mix of holiday fluff and genuine pathos, delivered by a cast giving their all to material worthy of their talents. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 69% The Last Vermeer (2020) "Guy Pearce's eccentricities will be what is most remembered about a story that should be fascinating in its own right." - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
3.5/5 90% The Climb (2020) 'The Climb' is driven by compelling leads who are richly developed and comically engaging. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
4/5 83% Let Him Go (2020) 'Let Him Go' is such a compellingly performed and written story that it's difficult not to be enthralled. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
2/5 56% Mortal (Torden) (2020) There's so much about it that feels commonplace and ordinary about 'Mortal' that it fails to live up to its extraordinary director. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3.5/5 79% Synchronic (2020) The point of 'Synchronic' lies in its refutation of defeat in the face of nihilism and chaotic chance. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
2.5/5 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Aaron Sorkin's artistic strengths are here slotted into the most basic form of Oscar bait. - WhatToWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Blue World Order (2017) There are too many potentially interesting ideas woven into the narrative of Blue World Order to write this off as a lazy venture. - Substream Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3/5 38% Desolation (2018) Desolation sits in that uncomfortable territory of either being sunk by the bungling of its twist or saved by its execution aside from that twist, depending on where one's priorities for cinematic satisfaction reside. - Substream Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
1/5 40% Psychotic! (2016) The long stretches of actionless tedium that comprise the majority of Psychotic! drag the moments of inspiration down with them. - Substream Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Showdown in Manila (2018) [It] isn't entirely devoid of fun action or interesting ideas, but the execution is so scattershot that there's no way to recommend the movie. - Substream Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3.5/5 88% The Road Movie (2018) The Road Movie is a good time, particularly if you can share the experience with someone else or a theater full of people similarly inclined to laugh along. - Substream Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3.5/5 55% The Commuter (2018) You don't have to be a dad to enjoy the visceral thrills of a Liam Neeson action movie, but it certainly helps if you suffer from the same American middle class insecurities as The Commuter's Michael. - Substream Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3.5/5 33% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) ...a surprisingly enthralling capper to a series that was on the verge of running out of steam. - Substream Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
0.5/5 20% Crazy Famous (2018) There is nothing about Crazy Famous that works, and it appears that all its issues can be traced back to bad decisions at the conceptual phase. - Substream Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
2.5/5 58% Django (2018) We've been here. We've done this. And I'm sure the memory of Django Reinhardt deserved better than this. - Substream Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Stratton (2018) It may sound like I'm really laying into Stratton because I hated it, but hate would be much too strong a word for something so entirely devoid of passion. - Substream Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
2.5/5 29% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) If all you're here to see is some good a cappella performance and one last farewell from the characters you love, Pitch Perfect 3 is merely adequate. - Substream Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
2.5/5 70% Hostiles (2018) Hostiles isn't without its well-written dialogue or its engaging setpieces, but for the most part it is a slow, bleak exercise that isn't quite nearly so clever as it thinks it is. - Substream Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
91% There Will Be Blood (2007) There Will Be Blood needs no defense as a modern cinema classic. - Substream Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020