Lena Wilson

Lena Wilson
Lena Wilson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Times Slate The Playlist

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T-Meter Title | Year
76% Stowaway (2021) For all the empathy it expects of its viewers... the film is troublingly removed from human reality. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
87% Violation (2021) This female-centered story manages to be gutsy while resisting exploitation - a welcome and nuanced addition to a genre often hobbled by didacticism. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
89% Hereditary (2018) The film's chilling lesson is timely. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
A- 100% Sophie Jones (2021) "Sophie Jones" is exactly what it needs to be: A quiet, brilliant film, elegant in its smallness. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
B- 93% Minor Premise (2020) With gripping visuals, a capable lead performer, and an ambitious script, "Minor Premise" is as artful as it is occasionally clumsy. But in this film, much like in the average human psyche, the good just barely edges out bad. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
B 83% Happiest Season (2020) Self-proclaimed Grinches might even feel their hearts grow back to normal size. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
C 87% Yellow Rose (2020) As the script flattens Rose out through a series of bizarre, feel-good narrative choices, she becomes less and less comprehensible. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
95% Princess Cyd (2017) The cinematic equivalent of a bath bomb, this fizzy feature is sure to delight - at least until the charm fades. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
C+ 91% The Invisible Man (2020) [A] film whose smarter points, like its antagonist, ultimately blink in and out of existence before standing, dark and disappointing, and clocking you over the head. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
B 87% Emma. (2020) But much like a good macaron, a well-done period romance - interesting, well-paced, relatively pro-woman - is a deceptively hard thing to make. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
D 79% Buffaloed (2020) Mostly, "Buffaloed" taketh away 95 minutes of your life. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
F 19% Cats (2019) Once Tom Hooper's 110 minutes of Cats are over, theater is dead. One lucky Jellicle cat is dead. And we unchosen ones are left, tragically, to continue living. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
C- 78% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep is a mediocre, soulless film that attempts to pay homage to Kubrick's The Shining while weaving in King's most bizarre monster lore. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
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 72% 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 87% Swallow (2020) 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- 83% 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+ 78% 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+ 83% 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+ 64% Blush (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 47% Allure (2018) A well-made, gutsy film. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
B- 63% 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+ 97% 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 49% 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 54% 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+ 92% 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- 84% 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
33% 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
57% 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+ 85% 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