Lisa Kennedy

Lisa Kennedy
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Stanfield nails the role of the betrayer whose actions are tinged with greed, fear and, yes, love. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
86% Homeroom (2021) With its vibrant if abbreviated portraits and final scenes of burgeoning activism, "Homeroom" suggest that kids may not be alright, but they are very much on the case. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
100% Strip Down, Rise Up (2021) The doc is poignant, surprising and deftly reawakens questions about "patriarchy" - not by being a pole-dancing polemic but by foregrounding its characters' experiences. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
100% My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021) The documentary unites Murray with a potent moment - ours to be sure, but also, finally, hers. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
67% Searchers (2021) While dating apps have been around for a spell - so many sites, so many kinds of users - "Searchers" delivers a sort of clear-eyed valentine to the endeavor. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
34% No Man's Land (2021) "No Man's Land" has a sturdy ensemble and moments of understated warmth, but what remains striking is how much narrative effort goes into teaching one character about empathy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
53% If Not Now, When? (2021) It's not groundbreaking but, written by Bass, the movie serves as a fine reminder of the pleasures of a female-focused story with the stuff of adulthood at its core. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
80% Safety (2020) Reginald Hudlin delivers laughs and a few tears in this reality-based sports melodrama about a brother's devotion. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
No Score Yet The Ride (2020) "The Ride" doesn't break new ground, but its likable cast delivers some nuanced, even touching twists. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020
44% Holidate (2020) "Holidate" won't change your mind about the tread-worn challenges of romantic comedies, but its leads leverage their charms nicely. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
98% Time (2020) Substantive and stunning, the documentary "Time" delivers on the title's promise of the monumental as well as the personal. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
72% A Call to Spy (2020) The title may fall flat but the movie, a sturdy directorial debut for producer Lydia Dean Pilcher, gets to the heart of the matter. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
5/5 94% The Mole Agent (2020) There's humor and intrigue, but it's Sergio's blossoming friendships with a number of the women in the nursing home that make this covert operation brim with grace. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
56% Love, Guaranteed (2020) If likability is a trait you value, "Love, Guaranteed" delivers the undemanding pleasure of watching two fundamentally decent people tumble into fondness and then love. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
85% Work It (2020) Will dance change Quinn's wardrobe and her still blossoming soul? "Work It" leaves little room to wonder but a few occasions to sit back and smile at the transformation. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
20% Fatal Affair (2020) You won't make a fatal - or even near-fatal - error if you stream it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
91% Father Soldier Son (2020) [A] finely cut gem of a documentary... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
55% Never Too Late (2020) While "Never Too Late" goes for a few too many old-folk chuckles, it also aims to probe the serious. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
No Score Yet (In)Visible Portraits (2020) The documentary's emotional generosity and mindful elegance impress. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
100% Shakedown (2018) Performance is at the heart of "Shakedown," one of the reasons it's rich fodder for brainy considerations of LGBTQ identity and gender. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
100% I Will Make You Mine (2020) A female-forward work with three generously drawn roles for Asian women actors. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2020
92% Spelling the Dream (2020) "Spelling the Dream" provides a great opening for talking to young people about the vital minuet of mindset and skill set. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
46% Body Cam (2020) "Body Cam" has a star and director who bring nuance to the work, injecting understated gravity into an entertaining, unsettling movie. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
64% Clementine (2019) Like an evocative short story, "Clementine" distills its themes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
67% Almost Love (2020) With "Almost Love," Doyle proves he has an eye, a sense of pacing and a thoughtful touch with actors. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
26% Hooking Up (2020) Director Nico Raineau and co-writer Lauren Schacher hug the familiar beats of the form while rubbing up against its conventions with some naughty, sometimes endearing tweaks. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
40% Only (2020) A dramatic quietude lifts this indie above the tumult of many exploitative, apocalyptic thrillers. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
36% The Night Clerk (2020) The police procedural aspects of "The Night Clerk" are as second-rate as the detective's investigation. But the movie's more emotional quandaries compel... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
86% José (2020) "José" brings to light the promise of a director as compassionate as he is observant. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
88% 37 Seconds (2019) "37 Seconds" is deceptively delicate and quietly tough. Not unlike its protagonist. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
No Score Yet John Henry (2020) Flashes of craft can't make up for the director's easy default to gore over story. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
16% Tyler Perry's A Fall from Grace (2020) The writer-director-actor's first made-for-Netflix feature hits trademark beats that might satisfy loyalists but are sure to make others wince or opt out. As is his intriguing way, however, Perry delivers some grace notes with the casting. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
89% Jezebel (2019) Tiffany's journey has its ascents and plunges. Perrier and her star keep us caring where it will end: peak or valley? - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
21% Like a Boss (2020) Haddish's well-honed brashness, Byrne's depiction of self-doubt, and Arteta's skill at getting the best from his cast conceal the blemishes and give "Like a Boss" a nice shine. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/5 68% Joker (2019) As well made as Joker is, there is little here to delight in beyond Phoenix's performance. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 52% The Lion King (2019) For grownups - as opposed to the happy cubs who will adore them for taking them to The Lion King - this remake doesn't feel like visionary storytelling so much as a proving ground for newer technologies: virtual reality and other immersive techniques. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 42% What Men Want (2019) Doesn't quite evade the by-the-numbers rhythms reboots so often have. Yet Henson and her castmates have the chemistry to make it, if not riotous, definitely amusing and more than a little heartfelt. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
98% Moonlight (2016) "Moonlight" arrives as a gift, one worth keeping - and regifting. - Denver Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
2/5 91% Girls Trip (2017) Haddish's energy leaves a lasting impression. She makes Dina's outrageousness infectious. Although in keeping with the movie's humor, we may have to add infectious like a bad rash. The pleasures of Girls Trip aren't quite worth it. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
96% Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) And Still I Rise is a portrait of an artist who was well aware of the spell she could cast with that voice, that towering height, that gaze. It is also a film mindful of the deep truths -- the desires and wounds -- buttressing that persona. - Essence EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 62% Dark Night (2017) Dark Night is an atmospheric, anxiety-tweaking outing. But cinematic elegance is not enough when the stakes are so very high. - Denver Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 67% Ha-Sodot (The Secrets) (2007) The Secrets belongs in a mini-tradition of involving films that limn the border where spiritual and sexual awakenings collide and entwine. - Denver Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/4 17% Pixels (2015) Nostalgia is a wonder and a cheat. The right touchstone can make the most discerning movie-goer forgive a film as lazy as Pixels. Almost. - Denver Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
60% Southpaw (2015) As for the in-the-ring bob, weave, clash, clutch? Well, those disappointed by May's impossibly hyped Mayweather-Pacquiao bout should enjoy the care director Fuqua takes in delivering the sweet science to the big screen. - Denver Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
3.5/4 82% Ant-Man (2015) The cast is better than solid. Directed by Peyton Reed, the action is a zippy pleasure. The more Scott shrinks, the bigger the fun. The visual effects are witty, especially when he begins making allies of various ant colonies. - Denver Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 82% Batkid Begins (2015) Batkid Begins has the feel of a barn-raising gone global. - Denver Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 95% Amy (2015) One thing is for certain: It will be much harder to hear that handful of powerful, lush, carnal songs on Back to Black without the wallop of melancholy. - Denver Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
3.5/4 98% Inside Out (2015) Not since Up, has the studio taken on the gnarliness of being human and made it so visually delightful and emotionally resonant. - Denver Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/4 70% Jurassic World (2015) Jurassic World is ersatz Spielberg. It's a knock-off that, even with the brand tag of the filmmaking titan as executive producer, makes the credit feel faux. - Denver Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
89% Love & Mercy (2015) Unnerving as it is thrilling, as visually and aurally vivid as it is emotionally harrowing. - Denver Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015