Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: NPR

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
83% Someone Great (2019) This character is, for the moment, a mess, and Rodriguez really digs in, especially when Jenny's drunk. Who knew Jane was a fun filthy-mouthed drunk? - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
71% The Perfect Date (2019) This isn't quite going to scratch your romcom itch in a satisfying way... But by the end, I was essentially on board. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
45% Little (2019) With a story this rote, the comedy is everything. And the comedy isn't quite there, even if the central performance is really something to look at. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
63% Unicorn Store (2019) Unicorn Store is weird and funny, sweet and fearless, and it's another opportunity to see a fine young actress at work. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) It's the kind of film you can have a long conversation about at the end, trying to figure out who is right, who is going to prevail, and what would have to change to bring about the future that Ray is trying to create. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
78% Fyre Fraud (2019) If you love a story of absolute, no-holds-barred, extravagant disaster, you'll probably want to watch both. But if you just want a better idea of what the heck happened here, the truth is that either film will serve. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
90% Fyre (2019) If you love a story of absolute, no-holds-barred, extravagant disaster, you'll probably want to watch both. But if you just want a better idea of what the heck happened here, the truth is that either film will serve. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
100% Cameron Esposito: Rape Jokes (2018) It's very thoughtful, but it's also very funny. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt, so often the best thing in everything she touches, is a wonder in this role. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
82% The Princess Switch (2018) Everyone in A Princess Switch does just fine: Hudgens has a lot of fun, particularly as Stacy (fake accent aside), Sagar and Palladio are charming in different ways, and they manage to bring the whole thing in for an appropriately silly ending. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) For the most part, this is a nicely sharp character comedy that openly admires Israel's intelligence and resourcefulness and relishes the ingenuity of her multiple vintage typewriters and her hunts for the perfect paper. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
73% Destroyer (2018) Rarely are women cast in these roles of screwed-up, hard-boiled antiheroes with a lifetime of regrets to make up for, and even if this is your basic LA noir, it's well-executed and satisfying in all the ways it should be. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Stunning in black and white, the film contemplates the ways in which Cleo's bond with her employers can seem almost familial and the ways in which it emphatically isn't. She is both never alone and always alone. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
82% Ben is Back (2018) The second half becomes more of a crime drama and is far less interesting, but on balance, Roberts and Hedges make it worth seeing. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
91% Widows (2018) The film is taut, emotional, exciting and surprising and led by a performance from Davis so fierce and specific that you will want to see her make 20 more action movies. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) It's beautifully designed and well-acted, and Mulligan's tense work as a mother who sometimes seems to be the stronger parent and sometimes the more dangerous one is exquisite. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) While the ending seems a bit too neat, there's value in this earnest examination, directed by George Tillman Jr., about how kids learn to be activists. Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby are very good as Starr's parents. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Chalamet's charismatic, maddening Nic is spectacular, and the film's stubbornly unresolved view of loving an addict - its perception of the experience as a grueling, endless walk beside someone - is brutal but feels honest. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
87% First Man (2018) Damien Chazelle directed Whiplash and La La Land, but this is his most mature meditation about men and emotions. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Melodrama gets a bad rap sometimes. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
14% Life Itself (2018) If you are up for a good cry - in fact, if you crave one - you will probably get it. But it may be more of a reflex than anything. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
29% 70th Emmy Awards (2018) Devoid of charisma and struggling to get the audience on their side, they plodded on, looking like two dads forced to emcee a school assembly where they didn't particularly want to be there, but someone had prevailed upon them to help out. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
97% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) The film is precisely what it should be: pleasing and clever, comforting and fun and romantic. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) One of the things Gadsby is doing is exploring tools for telling stories, particularly stories of trauma. - NPR.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
96% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) I was struck, at the end of the film, by the clarity of the impression it left, not as to Williams' work, but as to his struggles. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
47% Skyscraper (2018) It's extremely stupid, but a lot of fun. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) This is different. Not a little different, but totally different. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The charisma of the cast is tremendous, it's still a breezy and adventurous heist movie, and particularly in the performance from Hathaway, it's timely, in its way, just as its predecessor was. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
100% Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018) It is aggressively affable and very broad, and sometimes that's just what you need. - NPR.org EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) It's a diverting vehicle for a solid comedy star, and if you feel like it might be for you, you probably won't be disappointed. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
100% John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018) The first half of the special seems a little slow in general... But somewhere around the middle - somewhere around a Mick Jagger impression, which sounds terrible but isn't - it takes flight. After that, it's very good. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) It's trying to be about something that very few films are about, which is internalizing the mystical power of beauty so much that just your belief in it can change your behavior positively or negatively. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) This seemed like a very successful experiment, in the end. The strength of the performances, the smartly controlled staging, the quality of the music and the mix of Broadway and album-cutting talent worked well. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A profoundly satisfying, imaginative and beautiful film. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
89% May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers (2017) It's a fine film, both as a music documentary and as a family story. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) King's ambivalence and reluctance, and her understanding that the position she found herself in as an advocate had the capacity to paint her into a corner, are the best parts of the new film. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
87% Jackie (2016) [Portman is] at her best here in the moments when Jackie is quiet, when the grief, anger and doubt are in her face more than in her words. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
91% La La Land (2016) It's just gorgeous, like a flipbook made of dreamy vintage postcards that are somehow about contemporary life in Los Angeles. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
50% The Promise (2017) It's a brutal war film, but it returns over and over to its ultimately unsatisfying romantic plot. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
79% The Phenom (2016) Not everything here works... But it's an interesting, great-looking film, and Simmons is just dynamite in it. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
73% Adult Life Skills (2019) I can't imagine a person experienced with offbeat English-language films of the last ten years not seeing much that's familiar in Adult Life Skills, but it's a lovely movie with some very good performances and it makes some very good choices. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) Edelman's eye for detail is so sharp that the film contains, along with its revelations, a contextualizing wisdom that gives it the feel of sociological exploratory surgery: painful and awful, but fascinating ... - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
85% Trainwreck (2015) Trainwreck ... has some very traditional romantic comedy elements, including a big, implausible finish. But even if you know where you're going to wind up, it takes interesting side trips along the way. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) The movie ... is so infectiously, brazenly pleased about literally everything that happens in it that it's hard not to leave in the same frame of mind. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2015
81% Nightingale (2015) The careful layering of the experiences and emotions that influence Peter's choices, along with expert massaging of the tension that exists from the start, make Nightingale a sad but satisfying film. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) For Muppet enthusiasts or just folks who like to hear about unusual jobs, it's worth seeking out. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
47% Whitney (2015) In the end, you really are better off with the YouTube videos. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2015
28% Annie (2014) Despite any reservations about the music, it is a charming, lovely little movie. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2014
86% Top Five (2014) It's fun to watch Chris Rock; it's just fun. And there are parts of this film where it's fun to watch him in exactly the ways he wants it to be. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2014
87% Gone Girl (2014) If the production is slightly too atmospheric, the performances are bracingly specific, led by Affleck, whose task is complex. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2014