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Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Only the Brave (2017) Only the Brave is not a hollow Hollywood action movie: it's a tribute to a group of men, and their supportive women, who made a difference. Watching the film is a humbling and intensely moving experience.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
90% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) I found this film absolutely mesmerizing. If you're any kind of film buff, 78/52 is a must-see.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) This is a muddled adaptation of Jo Nesbø's best-selling thriller. I'm hard pressed to remember another police procedural that was so dull, or so encumbered in trying to tell its story.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
69% Wonderstruck (2017) It's always discouraging when I don't care for a film that was clearly a labor of love for the talented people involved. I was anticipating an emotional and immersive experience and didn't get it.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) I don't need a thesaurus to describe my reaction to Faces Places. I can sum it up in two words: pure pleasure.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
88% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) There's no denying that this is fascinating material, the kind you couldn't and wouldn't make up--Writer-director Angela Robinson has taken on a formidable challenge in telling this story‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
82% Marshall (2017) I kept hoping that Marshall would take off and soar, which it never quite does... but it tells its story well. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
94% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) I loved this movie from the moment it started. Writer-director Noah Baumbach hits many resonant notes in this perceptive screenplay about a dysfunctional family. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
60% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) In the hands of these skillful filmmakers and a well-chosen cast, Goodbye, Christopher Robin tells a bittersweet story grounded in truth. Its handsome production may be genteel but it's far from bland. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
97% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is one of this year's best films, a remarkable slice of life. If ever there were a sleeper deserving of wide recognition, this is it.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) I admire the hard work that went into this film by a team of people who are devotees of the original and strove to do it justice. Fans and admirers will weigh in en masse, I'm sure...but I found Blade Runner 2049 long and boring.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
88% American Made (2017) American Made gives director Doug Liman and charismatic star Tom Cruise a superior vehicle and plays to their strengths. It's a solid piece of entertainment that takes a stranger-than-fiction story and brings it to life in convincing fashion. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) Lucky is a remarkable film, a living testament to the talent and formidable screen presence of the late Harry Dean Stanton. I think we are the lucky ones to have such a beautiful film to remember the actor by.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
91% Our Souls at Night (2017) The screenplay unfolds in unhurried fashion, allowing us to spend quality time with two highly watchable movie stars. This is the allure of Our Souls at Night and anyone who thinks of that as a pleasurable experience will not be disappointed‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
67% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Watching Dame Judi is a sheer delight, indeed a privilege, and is surrounded by a cast befitting her presence. Let the nay-sayers carp as they will: I thoroughly enjoyed Victoria & Abdul.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The movie also suffers the disappointment that comes with any sequel: the novelty is gone. For Matthew Vaughn, too much is never enough. Excess, hand-in-hand with bad taste, marks most of his films, even when they're entertaining. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
69% mother! (2017) I don't want to invest another minute of my time thinking about Mother! I respect Aronofsky's gutsiness, and Lawrence's as well, but I found the movie to be an ordeal. All I want is to move on.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
31% Home Again (2017) Home Again is comedy in the comfort zone. Rather than cite all the things this movie doesn't have-I'd rather compliment Meyers-Shyer old-fashioned Hollywood movie that chooses to swim against the tide of the moment‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
34% American Assassin (2017) The only thing this film kills is time. I didn't believe a single moment and that's a shame because it arrives in theaters with a solid pedigree. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
49% The Glass Castle (2017) A deeply-felt adaptation of journalist Jeannette Walls's best-selling memoir about growing up with impoverished and irresponsible parents. An emotional high-wire act like this is tough for any movie to take on, the results are less than perfect.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
87% Wind River (2017) Tense, violent, well-staged, and suspenseful, Wind River is that rare bird nowadays: a good story well told. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
82% Detroit (2017) America's history of racial violence and police abuse is shameful, but a great film on the subject should do more than merely reenact one notorious incident. I think we are owed something more. I wish Detroit provided that, but it doesn't‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk left me feeling vaguely dissatisfied, with too many unanswered questions. For me it missed the big picture. If that means I'm swimming against the tide, so be it.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
86% Okja (2017) This heavy-handed and unfunny film is a very strange movie for any audience, young or old. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick is bracingly funny, heartrending, and intelligent, a perfect alternative to the pirates, mummies, and other creatures inhabiting multiplexes this summer. No wonder it was the runaway hit of this year's Sundance Film Festival.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
92% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) I would recommend Score: A Film Music Documentary to any and every film buff.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
77% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Disarming in its simplicity while simultaneously being thoughtful and provocative--the skill of its execution make it compelling, even suspenseful at times. Whether or not you accept the conclusion is up to you.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) I was glued to the screen from start to finish and when it was over I wanted more. If you love film you can't afford to miss the experience of seeing Bertrand Tavernier's Journey Through French Cinema, especially on a theater screen‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
92% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) I was mesmerized by this film--it's an exceptional piece of work, not to be missed. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) This film tells two stories, both fascinating. Morrison's purposeful editing and story sense make Frozen Time a mesmerizing tale‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
68% Cars 3 (2017) Saying that Cars 3 is better than its predecessor isn't much of a compliment. What matters more is that it hearkens back to original 2006 Cars and winds up on a surprisingly thoughtful note.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
88% Maudie (2017) Maudie scores high for good intentions and solid work by its stars. Its story is one-of-a-kind but I wish I hadn't felt so conscious of the wheels turning as it unfolded.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) Visual effects alone can't draw in an audience when a film is fatally overlong and we don't really care about the characters. I would offer one word of advice to the filmmakers, based on this cluttered remake of The Mummy: simplify.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
49% Churchill (2017) Any good actor can wear makeup prosthetics and perform mimicry; Cox becomes Churchill, and he makes this film worth seeing. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) The only wonder regarding this movie is that it could be so incredibly dull. I keep hoping DC will find a key to unlock the magic inherent in its great cast of characters. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
19% Baywatch (2017) This movie ought to be brainless summer fun. I'm sorry it isn't. No one expects Shakespearean dialogue or plotting in a movie based on the jiggly TV series of the 1990s, but even the breeziest summer escapism shouldn't be this stupid.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Boring. That's how I'd describe the latest Pirates film. Apparently, live men tell leaden tales like this, overstuffed with subplots and uninteresting characters. I'd rather walk the plank than spend another two hours with Jack Sparrow and company.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
53% War Machine (2017) War Machine is certainly worth seeing, but it doesn't score the direct hit I was hoping for. It's too bad that a handful of flaws work against the film's complete success. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
74% Wakefield (2017) Wakefield is an odd but consistently intriguing film, I found the result to be fascinating and provocative. The real magic here is in the audacious concept and its deft execution.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
69% Alien: Covenant (2017) The alternate title for this latest space thriller might be Alien: Again. This B-movie trope seems unworthy of director Ridley Scott and company. While it's well-made and never dull, you can learn all the exposition you need from the trailer‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Not every film is intended for a wide audience, I don't expect everyone to be swept away by Eleanor Coppola's romantic travelogue. This film celebrates the beauty of France and the importance of stopping and smelling the roses ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
36% Snatched (2017) A film starring two A-list comediennes should, at the very least, be funny. Snatched fails on this count but also seems to have other ambitions. A talented cast and crew just can't make this film come together, and that's a real shame‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
100% BANG! The Bert Berns Story (2017) Bang! is brimming with anecdotes from the people who knew Berns best. Bert Berns may not be a household name, but once you see this documentary you won't listen to his songs without thinking of the man behind those chart-toppers.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
81% Risk (2017) This doc feels superficial and even redundant, especially if you've seen Alex Gibney's fascinating 2013 documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. It's a real disappointment ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Gunn has given us a rousing piece of entertainment with plenty of action, ingenious ideas, and visual effects to engage us at every level. That's as much as anyone could ask of a movie, let alone a sequel. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
No Score Yet 24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters (2016) Movie Posters is enjoyable and informative, especially if you have a yen for the subject as I do. Kevin Burke's entertaining film is primarily about the renaissance of posters and its artists who don't restrict themselves to standard sizes‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
88% One Week and a Day (Shavua ve Yom) (2017) Nothing is as individual or personal as the grieving process, which is why Polonsky's debut feature is so effective. The film was made in Israel but its emotional content is universal.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) You don't have to be a movie buff to fall in love with the story of Harold and Lillian Michelson. Their sixty-year marriage-with more than its share of ups and downs-would be compelling. Their long involvement with Hollywood is icing on the cake‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
71% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) This has been a rich year for jazz-related documentaries. That happy trend continues with Chasing Trane.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) After more than two hours of logic-defying sights and sounds and two-dimensional characters, I was happy to see the movie come to an end. I fear the series will just keep going and going. No one cares what any critic has to say about a movie like this‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017