Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: NPR

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
63% Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine (2020) Cooper and Lyonne have succeeded in making a curiously dark bit of fiction that hangs a lot of smaller comedy ideas from a larger, sturdier tonal experiment. It's really good. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) I don't know that I needed a third Bill & Ted movie, but I've got to say, I was happy to see it. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
96% Class Action Park (2020) What emerges is both a solid history of the park and a surprisingly thoughtful piece about how we contextualize our own childhoods. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
73% An American Pickle (2020) It's a clever idea, it has some good jokes, and it approaches the idea of immigration to the United States in a way I haven't seen. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
96% Showbiz Kids (2020) What [Alex Winter has] made here is a perceptive, sensitive film in which actors tell their own stories - some sad, many simply complicated. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
94% Palm Springs (2020) Watch it; it's fun. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2020
81% The Old Guard (2020) If you miss the blockbuster and the star vehicle and the big action sequence, and if you want something that can be all those things while still having humanity and thought and a point of view, this is your film. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) Use stupid things to give a beautiful message of love and peace? I've heard worse philosophies of life. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
98% Hamilton (2020) [T]he film adaptation is a marvelous and welcome addition to the show's legacy in spite of a few imperfections. Even for those who know the celebrated cast album backwards and forwards. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) There's nothing in it that challenges anyone's ideas about anything. Who is going to find this provocative? The people who love Beltway insiders? SuperPAC stans? - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
75% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) It doesn't have the same effortlessness or the clean throughline that To All The Boys did, but that's partly because it's a more complicated story emotionally. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
69% Bombshell (2019) It has a few strong moments, mostly courtesy of Robbie, but it's both underwhelming and overworked, inelegantly structured and missing something fundamental at the core. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) It's one of the best movies of the year, and one of the most purely enjoyable, as well. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) One of the most compelling things about Breaking Bad is that it's always tried to be a very moral show, and this is in many ways a very moral movie. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Brittany Runs a Marathon is reaching for a freshness it doesn't really have and for an interest in unexplored lead characters it doesn't quite demonstrate. But if you don't expect too much, you likely won't leave disappointed. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
29% Secret Obsession (2019) This is a pretty bad movie, but it seems to be bad in the way it's meant to be bad. It's cheerfully trashy, and if that's up your alley, have at it. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) I'm not sure the film gets all of this right, but it's an intriguing, enjoyable, well-cast effort. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
89% Always Be My Maybe (2019) It's a film that delivers on all its promises, gives a lot of funny people a chance to shine and - yes indeed - provides some much-needed representation... - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
96% Booksmart (2019) Feldstein and Dever are just sublime at giving these girls the depths of feeling as well as the comic flair that they need. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
82% 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
65% 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
46% 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
64% 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
91% 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
80% 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
92% 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
75% 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
93% 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
67% 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
13% 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
96% 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
94% 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
48% 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
36% 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