Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
93% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) To Dickens purists this contemporary view ofDavid Copperfieldmay be a bit too radical, but I was certainly entertained. It suffers only in comparison to a beloved movie that swept me off my feet when I was an adolescent - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) I don't wish to seem ungrateful, as Brydon and Coogan have given me great pleasure and many laughs in the past--but was this half-hearted film (edited down, like the other features, from a six-part British TV series) really necessary? - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
76% Military Wives (2020) At a time when our world is drowning in uncertainty, Military Wives offers hope. It's the very definition of a feel-good movie. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
98% Blow the Man Down (2020) Blow the Man Down hasn't great ambitions but fulfills its modest goals nicely. It's well worth streaming, especially if you have a cup of chowder handy. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
88% Onward (2020) Onwardmanages to find a balance between comedy and adventure that's eminently satisfying. The "magic" ingredient that drives this movie is sincerity. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) Reichardt has a way of drawing you into her world, where traditional movie tropes have no place and you're not always sure where she's headed. I put my faith in her and more often than not I am rewarded. First Cow is one-of-a-kind. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
87% Sorry We Missed You (2020) The genius of Loach and Laverty's work is that it's heartbreakingly real but never preachy or pedantic. If I had to sum the film up I would choose another adjective instead: devastating. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Does the positive energy of a female-centric comic book movie-made by women-compensate for the nihilistic, super-violent nature of its content? Is this really a step forward for women, behind the camera and in the audience? That's the conundrum presented - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
37% Downhill (2020) This talented team found commonality with the source material & put their imprint on it with the help of a perfect cast. Knowing the story left me free to admire the way the filmmakers handled this offbeat material, which embraces dry humor & drama - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
92% Uncut Gems (2019) My only criticism is that the film takes a long time to play out. Even so, it's a movie that commands your attention & lingers afterwards, as does Sandler's intensely focused performance. This tops everything he's done before & is worthy of an Oscar. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) Many films claim to be immersive but this one genuinely is. It was inspired by the stories Mendes heard from his grandfather, a combat veteran. The younger man has done his family proud, and given us one of the finest films of 2019. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
88% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) Rob Garver's valuable documentary will serve as a primer for those who don't know about Kael and an evocative reminder of what she meant to those of us who grew up reading her. What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kaelis stimulating and informative - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) A true Christmas gift: a rich and rewarding slice of Americana that defies the odds of doomsayers who believe that major-studio movies are on their way out. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) I didn't approach this film with a checklist of do's and don'ts. I just wanted to enjoy myself, and I did, albeit with reservations. I think the assets far outweigh the liabilities and fully expectitto be a giant crowd-pleaser. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
20% Cats (2019) Some things shouldn't be tampered with. I enjoyed Cats onstage, where the theatrical experience worked its magic to great effect. The new film never swept me up as I hoped it might; for all its rich ingredients it felt like a soufflé that wouldn't rise - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
69% Bombshell (2019) The film as a whole suffers from tunnel vision. Charles Randolph's screenplay is so tightly focused on happenings at Fox News that if you didn't follow the players in this real-life drama-and I didn't-you may find it difficult to care. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Outis never, ever dull and offers the kind of classy entertainment we could use more of on the big screen. And I have a feeling we'll see more of Daniel Craig's colorful character down the road. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
82% Queen & Slim (2019) I didn't think I would grow attached to this disparate couple, but both Kaluuya & Turner-Smith are charismatic and the film serves them well. The end may be inevitable to anyone familiar with lovers-on-the-lam stories but it still packs a punch - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen 2is forced to contrive new conflicts for royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the kingdom of Arundel. The resulting narrative is dizzying in its complexity. I'm sure it will be popular, I just wish I'd liked it more. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Wouldn't we all like to have a Fred Rogers in our life? This lovely film allows us to indulge in wish-fulfillment, which is something movies do so well. We could use a little more of it these days. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) This film has no ambition except to entertain, and it does so exceedingly well. That's not something I take for granted. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
82% The Report (2019) 'The Report'is solid and straightforward, with Driver serving as an everyman character encountering issues and roadblocks he's never dealt with before. The film doesn't whitewash or simplify its narrative but I found it thoroughly absorbing - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
95% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2020) As Medak talks to fellow survivors of this disaster we bear witness to what might have been if the stars hadn't so completely misaligned. For dyed-in-the-wool film buffs this is a valuable document. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) WatchingMarriage Storyis a transcendent experience. I don't know how someone puts such an intensely personal story on the screen, but Noah Baumbach has done it in a way that pierces your heart. This film is a must see. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) "The Irishman" is a quiet epic that revisits a milieu Martin Scorsese has famously explored before--but never feels redundant or overly familiar. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
100% Making Montgomery Clift (2018) Making Montgomery Cliftis a highly personal endeavor that should be of interest to any film buff. It leaves some questions unanswered but paints an admiring portrait of a singular talent. It's available on VOD right now and well worth seeing - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbitcovers the expanse of emotions one would expect to find in a dramatic film about Germany in the waning days of World War II. It's a dazzling achievement from a supremely talented artist who wrote, directed and costars in the film. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Director Ang Lee is trailblazing new territory with a highly enjoyable, action-packed story and a perfect star in Will Smith. The entertainment value is high and cutting-edge technology organically suits the content. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) This is the best movie I've seen this year. What begins as a clever social satire about the haves and have-nots in our world morphs into an ingenious (and violent) thriller with endless story twists. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) The gifted writer-director strikes a Fellini-esque pose as he takes us on this journey through his life, intermingling memories both happy and poignant. Ultimately I must throw off any misgivings that remain and bow to a true master - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Eddie Murphy is back and on top of his game in 'Dolemite Is My Name.' It's a role he was born to play and, to use the vernacular, he kills it. The cast couldn't be better and the film left me with a smile on my face - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) I'd call Lucy a missed opportunity, given the juiciness of the source material. Too bad. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) This much I can promise: after seeing this documentary you'll never look at Alien the same way again. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
82% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger is now considered an Oscar front-runner for her performance as Judy Garland in Judy. She is excellent, and it's nice to see her back onscreen. I only wish the film was nearly as good as she is. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
92% Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) Getting to know Jim Allison and some of his colleagues made me feel very small and humble. This worthy film chronicles a remarkable odyssey. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) This is a first-rate piece of investigative journalism, a cautionary tale, and a fascinating piece of entertainment, especially if you lived through the period it depicts so well. I was glued to the screen from start to finish. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
83% Ad Astra (2019) This filmis further proof that James Gray is one of our foremost & most original filmmakers. We already knew that Brad Pitt is an exceptional leading man but this performance burnishes that reputation. The film is among this year's very best - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) I don't know why critics in Toronto attacked this film the way they did. It's not perfect, to be sure, but it's not a bad movie by any means. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) In a time of rampant cynicism The Peanut Butter Falcon dares to offer a sweet, sincere story with a happy ending. No wonder audiences are responding to it. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Semple's novel is told in epistolary fashion, so perhaps it was never meant to be a movie. A good many talented people tried to make this adaptation work, but sad to say, it falls short of the mark. Like its main characteris hard to embrace. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) When the first words out of young Jacob Tremblay's mouth are "F-, yeah!" as he's about to ogle pictures on his laptop, you know what you're in for withGood Boys. The film has some funny set-pieces as it proceeds along a fairly predictable path - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
95% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Having watched Wallace since childhood I was riveted to the screen from start to finish. As a character portrait and reflection on an era, Mike Wallace is Here is as vibrant and timely as its subject - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino is an omnivore of popular culture; he has no need to prove this again. This movie reveals ambition but drowns in excess. Once upon a Time...in Hollywoodis just an elaborate time-filler - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) Sword of Trust is light and satisfying. It left me while a smile on my face, and that's more than I can say for other, far more ambitious endeavors. Shelton and her co-writer Mike O'Brien earn my thanks. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
41% Stuber (2019) A good comedy has to have structure, just like a dramatic film, and should possess some degree of logic. Stuberflaunts its implausibility so many times I lost count. I also lost the ability to invest in its characters and situations. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) For her second feature, up-and-coming writer-director Lulu Wang has drawn on her own experiences to craft a touching story of a Chinese family. The Farewelltakes its time unfolding but pays off in a deeply moving conclusion. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-man: Far From Homeis entertaining and perfectly attuned to an adolescent audience, as well as the young-at-heart. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) This seemingly sure-fire movie misses the mark. I felt like I was watching a balloon as the air inside it leaked out. I can only rate it as a disappointment. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) I was dubious about the first sequel to Pixar's wonderfulToy Story,which turned out to be terrific. This is a highly enjoyable film with laugh-out-loud gags, ingenious plotting, and endearing new characters. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) I am grateful to Sophie Huber for opening my eyes-and ears. She has made a memorable film that jazz buffs shouldn't miss. - leonardmaltin.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019