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Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% First Man (2018) First Manis one of this year's must-see movies: a quietly profound drama that pays tribute to one of America's all-time greatest achievements.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
65% Beautiful Boy (2018) The story is heartbreaking, especially for a parent, but even the most empathetic viewer may find this well-meaning picture tiring after a while. It won't be because of the stellar performances.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) The best compliment I can give the new version of A Star is Born is that I didn't mind it. The harshest word is "forgettable.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
89% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man & the Gun is a vehicle in the best sense of that term, a good story that showcases its leading man to best advantage.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
33% The Predator (2018) Genre fans may enjoy this as a weekend time-filler, or in the future on an airplane. I regret that I devoted nearly two hours to a promising picture that wound up being so mediocre.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
54% The Bookshop (2018) A film that makes itself so predictable can only overcome this obstacle through atmosphere, performance, and abundance of charm or style. The Bookshop has some of those qualities but not enough, sorry to say‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) There is nothing happy about The Happytime Murders, I regret to say, and that's a real shame. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
100% Restoring Tomorrow (2018) In a time of cynicism and divisiveness, I found Restoring Tomorrow to be genuinely inspiring. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
85% The Wife (2018) If you admire great acting, The Wife is worth a look. It does not bear scrutiny, but it's not a waste of time when you get to spend quality time with these superb actors.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
82% Juliet, Naked (2018) Although the comedic elements run the gamut from subtle to broad, the characters remain believable throughout. There is an unforced quality to the film that I find very appealing: it's fresh and original, and the cast simply couldn't' be better‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is a social breakthrough that might be compared to this year's Black Panther. It may not be a great film but it will serve as a flag-bearer for yet another underserved sector of our population. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee is an audacious filmmaker who crosses boundaries and deliberately blurs drama and reality. Never has this been more effective than in BlacKkKlansman, which defies a number of rules and offers a punch in the gut instead. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) The word "charm" doesn't apply to very many movies these days, but it's precisely that quality-and an avoidance of treacly sentiment-that makes the new Disney feature Christopher Robin so enjoyable‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
82% Puzzle (2018) I'm an unabashed Kelly Macdonald fan. If you share my admiration for her, Puzzle is a must-see.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Tom Cruise is really good at running. This is what people refer to as perfect summer entertainment: big, long, splashy, and (overall) fun.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
79% Love, Cecil (2018) Cecil Beaton is one of those names that rings out in any history of 20th century art and culture. This entertaining and candid film explains why.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) This is a visually appealing, thoroughly innocuous movie that you could safely take your grandmother to see. But I predict that it will have the staying power of Grease 2. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Joaquin Phoenix gives another incredible performance in this excellent new film from Gus Van Sant. The actor is a true chameleon and always believable.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Here's the surprising good news: lightning has struck twice. Everything I enjoyed about the first movie is repeated successfully. It's funny, imaginative, full of action-not violent action-and knockout visual effects that serve the story‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Debra Granik is an exceptional filmmaker. Her output is small but each film is resolute and genuine. Her latest, Leave No Trace, maintains the high standards she's set. Leave No Trace is one of the best films I've seen this year. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) I must admit, Del Toro is so good he almost makes the film worth seeing. Almost. A fair amount of effort went into this production, but the results are simply unsatisfying. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
59% Always at the Carlyle (2018) Writer-director Matthew Miele...is a provocateur who tries to get the ultra-discreet staff to spill some secrets with only middling results-but it's fun to see him try.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
80% Pressing On: The Letterpress Film (2016) The directors of Pressing On also appreciate the beauty of the moving parts as these majestic apparatuses...bring signs, posters, and other printed matter to life.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
91% Saving Brinton (2018) Iowa-based directors Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne celebrate their home state and provide us with a lovely slice of Americana in this entertaining feature.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) This is an entertaining, well-made movie that's a model of family entertainment. Writer-director Brad Bird, who made his Pixar debut with The Incredibles in 2004, has come up with a fresh take on his ground-breaking story of a superhero clan‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Neville takes us on a highly emotional journey through its subject's life and almost-accidental television career, which blossomed far beyond his expectations. Fred Rogers remains a beacon and role model for anyone who wants to help shape young lives‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Dinosaurs are dangerous and people are greedy. Got that? It's the foundation of Fallen Kingdom and if that mantra sounds way too familiar (and obvious), it's the answer to why this film isn't better. By the two-thirds mark I was bored‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
89% American Animals (2018) This clever, twisty, incredible-but-true story also explores the nature of friendship and the difficulty of pulling off a crime. It's smart entertainment, a nice piece of counter-programming in the midst of so many mass-audience blockbusters.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) If you're going to introduce a prequel to the Star Wars saga in a different way than anyone has tried before, you'd better deliver the goods. Solo does exactly that. I think the magic key can be summed up in one word: casting. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
82% Deadpool 2 (2018) Nearly everything about the original Deadpool was fresh and funny, from the opening credits to the parody of Marvel movie finales. Deadpool 2 suffers the fate of so many sequels: we've seen its best ideas before.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 19, 2018
93% Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story (2018) Love & Elephants has a message to impart but it's never preachy or pedantic. It accomplishes its goals with heartfelt enthusiasm. What more could one ask of a documentary?‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) All I know is that Marvel has lived up to its reputation for daring its filmmakers to break boundaries, and trusting its audience to go along for the ride. I don't think fans will be disappointed.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) Simplicity is not in vogue among today's filmmakers, but The Rider is so consistently good that it has wowed critics and audiences on the film festival circuit. Just don't approach it with outsized expectations.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Placeis a thoroughly relatable thriller laced with horror-movie tropes. Perhaps that's why it works so well even for a wimp like me. The movie runs 90 minutes and is thoroughly satisfying. Other filmmakers would do well to take note of this.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
81% Chappaquiddick (2018) This is yet another first-rate film from John Curran that should capture the attention of anyone who remembers the Ted Kennedy incident (as I do) as well as young people who want a credible slice of recent American history. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) Fans of Ernest Cline's book are already grumbling about the changes and omissions in this expansive, expensive adaptation. I enjoyed the film more than I expected to--but felt that it went on too long and squandered its potential in the process.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) There are few filmmakers as distinctive as Wes Anderson, and while this film is uneven it also offers moments of sheer wonder. One has to be willing to overlook his missteps in return for those rewards. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
41% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) I wouldn't presume to guess how a 12-year-old will respond to this film, especially if that girl or boy hasn't read Madeleine L'Engle's beloved book. I can only express my feelings, which are decidedly mixed.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The Death of Stalin is a breath of fresh air and a genuinely great screen comedy. Iannucci conducts the proceedings like the conductor of a great orchestra with an array of virtuosos at his command. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) I left Red Sparrow with no sense of satisfaction. I'm not sure what the takeaway is supposed to be. I'd prefer to get these messages in a movie that didn't make me feel as if I, too, had been victimized. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
82% Early Man (2018) Early Man may not have the punch or pizzazz of a mainstream Hollywood cartoon feature, but it has a tangible charm all its own. As a fan, I wouldn't have it any other way.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is, culturally and commercially, the right film at the right time. The significance of bringing a black superhero to the screen at this moment cannot be overstated. Any reservations I have will, and possibly should, fall by the wayside‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
75% Small Town Crime (2018) This is well-made entertainment, pure and simple, with enough surprises along the way to avoid being strictly formulaic. What's more, it accomplishes all this in just under an hour and a half.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) Chastain is always worth watching, and so is Elba, but I wanted more from this film, and Molly's Game left me dissatisfied.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
50% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing is one of my favorite films this year. I am an unabashed admirer of Alexander Payne and his writing partner Jim Taylor, because they deal in a commodity that's all too rare: social satire ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Depicting obsession is a trap for any filmmaker. He or she defies the audience to remain interested in someone whose behavior is abnormal. Having Daniel Day-Lewis portraying the character is an enormous asset, but it may not be enough. It wasn't for me.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
87% The Post (2018) There is never a bad time to be reminded of the importance of a free press, but Steven Spielberg has seized this moment and made it count. The result is mainstream moviemaking at its very best: intelligent and entertaining‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
90% I, Tonya (2018) If you're still not convinced that Margot Robbie is more than just a beauty,I, Tonyashould do the trick. I couldn't take my eyes from the screen. Cheers to everyone who collaborated on this first-rate film...and a deep bow to Margot Robbie.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) That's what's missing from the movie: pleasure. Allen is apparently trying to channel Eugene O'Neill in his portrayal of this forlorn family, but Wonder Wheel is no Long Day's Journey Into Night. It's not even long; it just feels that way‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water rekindles a sense of wide-eyed wonder that's all too rare in contemporary cinema. Computer imagery can create amazing sights, but only a master moviemaker (and movie lover) could have fashioned this dazzling, one-of-a-kind experience.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017