Lena Wilson

Lena Wilson
Lena Wilson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slate The Playlist
Publications: Slate, The Playlist

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 95% See You Yesterday (2019) Kick back on a night when you're looking for both gravity and glee (emphasis on the gravity), and enjoy. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
F 73% The Perfection (2019) Today, serial sexual abuse and women's bodily autonomy are dire topics for most. Apparently, for the team behind "The Perfection," those real-life horrors are just more fun genre fare. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
A 67% Swallow (2019) This unpredictable film is a staggering accomplishment in its storytelling, visuals, and performance - especially due to Haley Bennett, whose performative vapidity engenders laugh as often as it does gasps. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
A- 82% Someone Great (2019) "Someone Great" is a heartfelt and hilarious first feature with ample female talent. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
B+ 77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) In our newfound cultural fascination with scammers, Elizabeth Holmes is this spring's belle of the ball. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
D 67% Two Plains & a Fancy (2019) Two Plains is 90 minutes of mismatched blathering from agonizingly droll characters without a meaningful plot to back it up. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
B+ 92% Before You Know It (2019) If there's any justice in the world of festivals, this will open a lot of doors for its creators, who have eccentric chops worthy of a place among indie comedy greats like Noël Wells, Jenny Slate, and Natasha Lyonne. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
C+ 75% Imaginary Order (2019) Sometimes it really works; sometimes it doesn't. Either way, it's a fantastic vehicle for Wendi McLendon-Covey, who's something of a revelation here. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
100% Tig Notaro: Happy to Be Here (2018) This is some of her most gleeful work yet, and that glee is inextricable from the pleasure of simply seeing her live her life. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
B 45% Allure (2018) A well-made, gutsy film. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
B- 60% Our House (2018) While Our House occasionally loses sight of itself and could stand to take more risks, it offers a wholly original perspective on female friendship bolstered by precocious directorial acumen and a self-assured visuals. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
B+ 96% Ava (2018) All in all, Ava is an accomplished work that marks bright futures for all its cast and crew, particularly writer-director Sadaf Foroughi and star Mahour Jabbari. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
B 53% A Kid Like Jake (2018) A Kid Like Jake is not a revolutionary film by any means, but one of the best things about it is that it's not trying to be. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
A 67% Ibiza (2018) An expertly crafted narrative, plus the unavoidably crush-worthy Gillian Jacobs and Richard Madden, will keep everyone coming back to this movie for years. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
D 44% Jessica Forever (2018) ...just here to waste your time. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
D 64% The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017) "The Tribes of Palos Verdes" privileges melodrama over nuance, pitting skilled actors against a humdrum script and sketchy roles. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
D+ 91% Set It Up (2018) Not only does "Set It Up" deny straight female viewers a fantasy in which men genuinely respect women, the film tells straight women that a douchebag is the best they deserve. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
A- 85% Nancy (2018) Nancy is an assured and genius debut from first-time feature director Christina Choe. Much like its protagonist, the film is an enigmatic and wholly original take. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
93% Revenge (2018) Though the film makes a valiant effort to subvert a sexist formula by shrouding itself in French art film trappings and pseudo-empowering femininity, it ultimately falls prey to its exploitative roots. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
C+ 38% Life of the Party (2018) Physical comedy and accidental drug-taking are all well and good, but at this point, they're modern staples of the genre that Life of the Party does little to reinvent. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
D+ 32% Zoe (2018) You'd be better served just watching the most sexist bits from The Island and calling it a day. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
B+ 69% Song of Back and Neck (2018) Song of Back and Neck is worth a watch-even if you'll scratch your head more often than you'll laugh. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
31% Mapplethorpe (2019) This zoetrope-esque blurring ultimately lends Mapplethorpe its edge, as audiences will feel unable to tear themselves away from its protagonist's lavish self-destruction. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
C 21% Terminal (2018) In the alternate universe where I don't care about misogyny and I decided to watch this movie on mute, it's probably one of the best things I've seen all year. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
100% Roll Red Roll (2019) Documentaries don't usually horrify the oxygen out of me, but I found myself gulping for air more than once during Roll Red Roll. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
56% Duck Butter (2018) If you can step outside of your comfort zone, like Shawkat and Costa demonstrate with their brazen performances, this is worth a watch. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
B 70% Wobble Palace (2018) When all's said and done, "Wobble Palace" is trying so hard you can't help but like it. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
C+ 84% First Match (2018) "First Match" is a culturally significant, capably-crafted film, but it leans on safe familiarities when it should seek risky rewards. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
D+ 43% When We First Met (2018) Though the 2017-set protagonist of "When We First Met" jumps to and from 2014, this regressive rom-com would be better set in 1985. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
B- 93% Saturday Church (2018) In many ways, this Tribeca competitor is a must-watch, but too many missteps keep it from realizing its iconic potential. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
B 100% Mr. Roosevelt (2017) This film might not blow you away, but it is unique, and it will make you laugh. And ultimately, that's all you really need from an indie comedy. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017