Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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The Phenom (2016)

"Not everything here works... But it's an interesting, great-looking film, and Simmons is just dynamite in it." ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 24, 2016

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
Posted Jun 14, 2016

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
Posted Jun 9, 2016

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
Posted Jul 17, 2015

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
Posted Jul 1, 2015

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
Posted Jun 4, 2015

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
Posted May 7, 2015

Whitney (2015)

"In the end, you really are better off with the YouTube videos." ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 20, 2015

Annie (2014)

"Despite any reservations about the music, it is a charming, lovely little movie." ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 18, 2014

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
Posted Dec 12, 2014

Gone Girl (2014)

"If the production is slightly too atmospheric, the performances are bracingly specific, led by Affleck, whose task is complex." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 30, 2014

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"A very ordinary film, particularly for one adapted from such a thoughtful and tonally tricky book." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 19, 2014

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
Posted Jul 31, 2014

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
Posted Jul 31, 2014

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
Posted Jun 27, 2014

The Other Woman (2014)

"A conceptually odious, stupid-to-the-bone enterprise ..." ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 24, 2014

Brick Mansions (2014)

"It is a hoot to watch, even if, to be honest, there's little reason for it to exist." ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 24, 2014

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
Posted Dec 12, 2013

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
Posted Oct 23, 2013

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." ‐
Posted Sep 13, 2013

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." ‐
Posted Sep 13, 2013

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
Posted May 23, 2013

Paul Williams Still Alive (2012)

"What makes Paul Williams Still Alive successful is the relationship between Kessler and Williams." ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 23, 2012

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
Posted Oct 15, 2012

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
Posted Oct 15, 2012

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
Posted Oct 3, 2012

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
Posted Sep 11, 2012

Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013)

"The whole is oddly unsatisfying and the film feels slow." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 11, 2012

Mr. Pip (2014)

"Know what you're in for, because what you're in for is difficult." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 11, 2012

The Master (2012)

"Gorgeous to look at and an absolute feast of strong and interesting acting." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 10, 2012

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"I was pleasantly surprised." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 10, 2012

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
Posted Sep 10, 2012

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
Posted Sep 10, 2012

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"A project this simple would be nowhere without the actors, and Whedon gets fine work out of just about everybody." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 10, 2012

Love, Marilyn (2012)

"I wanted to like this project more than I did; it's such an interesting idea and such a fine lineup of actresses." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 9, 2012

A Late Quartet (2012)

"Ultimately, while the performances are very good, the script could have stood a little more restraint." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 9, 2012

How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013)

"An ambitious, creative attempt to talk in a single film about everything from the disparate treatment of black and white dealers to the influence of asset forfeiture on law enforcement strategies to the devastation of Mexico's drug war." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 9, 2012

What Maisie Knew (2013)

"Whether or not there is story plausibility here, there is an emotional integrity to every reaction Maisie has to every development." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 9, 2012

The Sapphires (2013)

"At certain moments, the film feels pretty manipulative, but you know why manipulation is popular? Because it is effective." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 9, 2012

The Sessions (2012)

"The Sessions is probably the most lighthearted movie about sex and polio you'll see this year." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 9, 2012

The Central Park Five (2012)

"It's a troubling film, but it's well done and thought-provoking." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 9, 2012
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Children of Sarajevo (2012)

"The technique works well here to create the tension and worry that comes from seeing a lead character constantly moving away from the camera." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 7, 2012

On the Road (2012)

"What's ultimately wrong with On The Road is that the film envisions everyone Sal meets as nothing but fodder." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 7, 2012

West of Memphis (2012)

"While West Of Memphis won't surprise anyone who's followed the case, it does play its own role, particularly in illuminating how unsatisfying the end of the story really was." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 6, 2012

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"It's a marvelous movie, gorgeous and thoughtful and deeply felt." ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 6, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"What dooms Snow White and the Huntsman is ultimately not how over the top it is, but how dull it is." ‐ NPR
Posted May 31, 2012

First Position (2012)

"It's a great introduction to the intriguing mix of parents - neurotic, loving, pressuring, calming - who raise great kids who do great things." ‐ NPR
Posted May 3, 2012

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"It's a clever, luscious-looking fairy tale you really can take kids to - no allegedly family-friendly snot-and-fart humor here - and a bundle of high style and sharp wit and terrific performances for yourself." ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 29, 2012

New Year's Eve (2011)

"The only entertaining way to watch New Year's Eve is as a cruel experiment in which performers stranded with absolutely no script support are forced to subsist on pure presence, which quickly becomes a blood sport in which only a few survive." ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 9, 2011

The Muppets (2011)

"Segel and his team are not Jim Henson -- but they've done justice to the lovers and the dreamers." ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 22, 2011
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