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Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes
Linda Holmes's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): NPR

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) One of the things Gadsby is doing is exploring tools for telling stories, particularly stories of trauma.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
97% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
48% Skyscraper (2018) It's extremely stupid, but a lot of fun.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) This is different. Not a little different, but totally different.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
67% 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
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.‐
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
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
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
34% 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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
40% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A profoundly satisfying, imaginative and beautiful film.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
45% 90th Academy Awards (2018) There are probably a lot of people adjacent to the Oscars who just didn't want any surprises Sunday night. And the biggest takeaway from the evening -- the good news and the bad news -- is that there weren't any.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 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
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
85% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
88% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
92% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
49% The Promise (2017) It's a brutal war film, but it returns over and over to its ultimately unsatisfying romantic plot.‐ NPR
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
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
81% Adult Life Skills (2016) 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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
86% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
53% Whitney (2015) In the end, you really are better off with the YouTube videos.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2015
28% Annie (2014) Despite any reservations about the music, it is a charming, lovely little movie.‐ NPR
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2014
41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) A very ordinary film, particularly for one adapted from such a thoughtful and tonally tricky book.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2014
59% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) Because they put the pedal to the metal and go full, screaming, bedazzled monkeypants crazy from beginning to end, it sort of works.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) There's plenty of heart in Guardians, but it gets its emotional heft largely from the warmth that this kind of comedy inherently contains.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
70% They Came Together (2014) The problem with They Came Together is that what it settles on as the parody-able thing about romantic comedy is how generic it can feel.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014
25% The Other Woman (2014) A conceptually odious, stupid-to-the-bone enterprise ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2014
26% Brick Mansions (2014) It is a hoot to watch, even if, to be honest, there's little reason for it to exist.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2014
44% The Sound Of Music Live! (2013) It was something I hope they try again. Because in truth, it wasn't good, but I enjoyed it.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2013
100% Burton And Taylor (2013) Bonham Carter has a firm hand on a fundamental conflict within Taylor, which is that she seems like such an impossibly elegant, self-possessed woman at some moments and like such an infuriating flake at others. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2013
82% Begin Again (2014) For a movie that could have come off like a Hollywood version of something beautiful and tiny, it's actually quite successful.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2013
83% The Double (2014) It's a very odd, genuinely offbeat film (there were a noteworthy number of walkouts, though that can have as much to do with the timing of other screenings as the reaction to the film), but it burbles and crackles with imagination.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) Now that we know what was coming, nine years later and then nine years later, Sunrise is like a six-sided die turning into a 20-sided die.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 23, 2013
97% Paul Williams Still Alive (2012) What makes Paul Williams Still Alive successful is the relationship between Kessler and Williams.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2012
90% Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012) It remains a story at all times - there's a moment at a book signing that will give you a big smile and goosebumps - and it keeps throwing great things to look at up on the screen.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2012
96% Brooklyn Castle (2012) It would be easy for this film to be a very obvious, very shallow story in which the moral is that even kids from the worst possible circumstances can succeed. That's not what it's about.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2012
100% The Waiting Room (2012) The Waiting Room is often dryly funny; it's very tense at times; it's emotional, and it's not didactic, which it easily could have been. It is frustrating, to be sure, but that's sort of the point.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2012
46% To The Wonder (2013) There's nothing to "get." There really isn't. It's a story about a troubled relationship that, for me, ultimately chokes on its own self-conscious flourishes.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2012
34% Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013) The whole is oddly unsatisfying and the film feels slow.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2012
44% Mr. Pip (2014) Know what you're in for, because what you're in for is difficult.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2012
85% The Master (2012) Gorgeous to look at and an absolute feast of strong and interesting acting.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2012
50% Thanks For Sharing (2013) I was pleasantly surprised.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2012
37% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) It appears that something magical is going to happen. But then it doesn't. It's all setting and no story, all beauty and no humanity ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2012
54% The Company You Keep (2013) By the end, it all seems to have been a lot of noise and running for nothing except the ultimate lesson that if journalists like the people they're reporting on, they owe them the favor of not doing journalism. Ta-da!‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2012