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Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
84% 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
92% 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
84% 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
79% 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
73% 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
89% 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
39% 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
81% 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
77% 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
51% 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
31% 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
94% The Breadwinner (2017) American families deserve to see this excellent film.The Breadwinneris a visually striking feature with a relatable young heroine; it is as fresh and relevant as any movie of 2017‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) If Bombshell inspires people to seek out her movies, it will have achieved two goals: giving her the belated credit she deserves for a critical invention, and laying the groundwork to rebuild her reputation as an actress. Her beauty speaks for itself. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2017
80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) This is heartwarming family fare for this holiday season: not a mindless piece of fluff but an intriguing story about a man whose work continues to resonate with readers (and filmgoers) around the world.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) This ambitious film takes what we know as history and captures the immediacy and uncertainty of that fateful period. But the real strength ofDarkest Hour-and the reason it must be seen-is Gary Oldman. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
97% Coco (2017) Pixar movies always look good, butCocois in a class by itself. Ablaze with eye-popping color, every widescreen frame is filled with richly detailed settings and appealing characters. This film is truly a celebration ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
85% Wonder (2017) The slogan "choose kind" is not just a tagline; it's a byword for our times and I wish more movies would preach that message. Wonderis a beautiful movie. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
96% Mudbound (2017) Mudboundis easy to admire but tough to watch at times. It tells a truthful tale from America's not-so-distant past. The highest compliment I can pay Rees is that her movie feels truthful. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) The filmisn't perfect, and with so many details and characters-bordering on the edge of clutter-is ripe for nit-picking. But on the whole I had a good time.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) You never know what to expect from Martin McDonough, and that's one reason this film is so striking. He offers a consistently off-kilter view of human behavior, brought to life by a first-rate ensemble cast‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Marvel is too smart to completely undermine the serious matters at stake for its stable of characters, but confident enough to play with them a bit. Thor Ragnarok has a personality all its own, and I suspect Marvel fans will love every minute.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) It isn't every day you see a film so attuned to the outsized drama of adolescent life. The film is bursting with life and rich in observations both large and small. Kudos to Gerwig and all of her collaborators‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
77% Last Flag Flying (2017) It's a pleasure to watch Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne. Richard Linklater may be known for his vivid portraits of youth, but here he tackles an equally daunting subject with considerable success: manhood. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
88% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) Griffin Dunne's exemplary film has made me want to dive into Joan Didion's work; that's the highest compliment I could pay any documentary‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
29% Suburbicon (2017) There's no use beating about the bush: I really didn't like this movie. It tries to embrace both social satire and black comedy but its tone is strangely somber and its approach heavy-handed.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
88% Novitiate (2017) Novitiate is a solid and nuanced drama that enables us to experience a world most of us know little or nothing about. ‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
84% The Square (2017) This is a sly social satire that demands patience from its audience, but like last year's Toni Erdmann, there are ample rewards for those who stay the course. I wish The Square was shorter, but its major set pieces are brilliant.‐ leonardmaltin.com
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
87% 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
89% 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
67% 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
99% 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
87% 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
83% 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
92% 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
64% 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
96% 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
87% 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
86% 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