Louisa Moore

Louisa Moore
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Ever since she was a child, Louisa has loved cinema. While other kids would sneak downstairs to watch cartoons on weekend mornings, she was the kid who would secretly watch "At the Movies with Siskel and Ebert." Subscriptions to film magazines were here favorite gifts, and movie posters her favorite decor. Louisa has continued her love affair with the movies by founding the review site Screen Zealots, where she reviews both wide releases, indies, and short films. She is President of the Online Association of Female Film Critics, member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, and serves on the Board of the Critics Groups for Equality in Media (CGEM).
Publications: Screen Zealots

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
74% The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021) When stripped of its manufactured (and sometimes distasteful) whimsy, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain is just another conventional biopic. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
91% The Gravedigger's Wife (2021) Watching struggles like the ones the characters experience here isn't an enjoyable exercise, but it certainly is eye opening. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2021
100% Aloners (2021) A wistful story about relationships: building new ones and repairing damaged ones. It's a meaningful film that's filled with hope and optimism, even if it takes a little while to get there. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2021
82% Good Madam (2021) The idea behind the film deserves respect and the memorable finale drives the point home, but the build-up is confusing and not well executed. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2021
97% Petite Maman (2021) A small scale, nostalgic tale of childhood time travel and fantasy that tells an intimate, sophisticated story with just the right amount of clever gimmicks. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
83% Mothering Sunday (2021) The character development isn't just slow going, it's never fully realized. That's a huge flaw in a period piece like this, and I can only conclude that the film assumes a familiarity with the source material that I didn't have. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
86% Dug Dug (2021) Smart, sarcastic, and over-the-top eccentric in a Wes Anderson-meets-Quentin Dupieux sort of way. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
94% The Hill Where the Lionesses Roar (La colline où rugissent les lionnes) (2021) Captures a raw and honest look at the feeling of being trapped in a life you never asked for, wanting so desperately to get yourself out of it, but realizing that you're probably stuck there for good. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
88% The Card Counter (2021) This intense drama has all the expected hallmarks of a Schrader film, but feels disappointing, pointless, and routine. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
96% Language Lessons (2021) If you're feeling a bit lost and alone in the world right now, this may be exactly the film you need. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
81% Small Engine Repair (2021) A provocative and profane study on brotherhood, masculinity, violence, class warfare, and the rage that stems from them all. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
97% The Lost Leonardo (2021) Part thriller and part art history lesson, this documentary exposes the power of the world's richest men, the calculated shrewdness of famed art institutions, and tells a story of greed that's unlike any other. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
37% Reminiscence (2021) Shoves myriad genres into a too-bloated film that flounders and goes nowhere. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
62% The Protégé (2021) This extraordinarily good looking, blood-soaked genre flick is stacked with a solid script, a talented and appealing cast, and complex fight sequences that are staged in the most unhurried and satisfying way. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) The thrilling stunts and elaborate martial arts and fight choreography create action sequences as elegant as they are exciting. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
90% The Suicide Squad (2021) DC may often play second fiddle to Marvel, but this movie is DCEU done right. It's bloody, funny, and has just enough heart to make the band of merry misfit anti-heroes endearing. Plus, it's just a really, really wicked awesome movie. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
88% Nine Days (2021) Here's one of those unforgettable films that will have you thinking, reflecting, and dissecting its intricacies for a long, long time. What an impressive and exciting debut feature from Edson Oda. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2021
91% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Serving up a complicated look at an equally complicated man, the film is a lot like having an intense cry. It's mentally exhausting and painful, but your soul will feel cleansed by the end. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2021
75% Stillwater (2021) Matt Damon is becoming this generation's "Old Reliable" when it comes to dependable leading men, and here's another solid performance. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2021
67% Playing God (2021) Worth checking out if you're in the mood for something original, thoughtful, and different. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2021
62% Jungle Cruise (2021) What could have been a fun, old-fashioned family adventure is nothing but a big summer bummer. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
89% The Green Knight (2021) A haunting, richly-layered retelling of the classic Arthurian legend with a unique creative vision that's true to writer / director David Lowery. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
96% Pig (2021) Pig kicked me in the gut with its haunting exploration of isolation and loss. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
17% The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 (2021) Somebody felt like we needed this sequel and now it's out there in the universe, fading away into obscurity. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
47% Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021) Do you really care if the cast and crew is turning in Oscar-worthy work, or do you just want to see somebody get sucked alive into a pit of quicksand? - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
53% Queen Bees (2021) Never mind that the film has choppy production values, plays like a paid advertisement for retirement communities, and is so sweet that you may get diabetes from the script. Most senior citizens are going to love it. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
50% Old (2021) This tame thriller follows the typical pattern of a Shyamalan project: a good idea with slightly better than average storytelling that culminates in a finale reveal that's an anticlimactic letdown. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
79% Food Club (2020) The cast has a wonderful rapport, and it feels good to see a film featuring women over 70 who are portrayed as living their best lives. It's inspiring, actually. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
53% Finding You (2021) This isn't a bad movie as far as teen romances go, but it's too vanilla to leave a lasting impression. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
79% Benny Loves You (2021) The story is one-note and gets old fast, but the film leans more on the comedy side than the horror, which should be popular during the midnight movie circuit at art house theaters. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
94% In the Heights (2021) Everything about this film is big, hopeful, and unrestrained, and it fits the material perfectly. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
79% Black Widow (2021) A solid film all around, Black Widow should appeal to anyone looking to spend a few hours enjoying some empowering, female-driven action, with a darker emotional slant. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
48% The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) Not only is this a subpar animated film, it isn't even fun to watch. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) This sequel continues the distressing viewing experience from the first film where anticipatory noise in itself is unsettling. It's still just as brilliant and clever, making for a satisfying thriller. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
27% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) There's no point to the vulgarity or the violence, both of which feel forced and excessive instead of fun and enjoyable. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
59% F9 (2021) The franchise is bordering on parody at this point, defying all laws of gravity, physics and logic. But the best part about F9 is that the film and characters openly acknowledge and fully embrace how preposterous all of it is. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
67% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) What a delightful surprise that this cute caper turns out to be such a hopping good time. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
49% Spirit Untamed (2021) It may not be one of DreamWorks Animation's finest achievements, but Spirit Untamed is a film that's unapologetically made for kids (to get even more specific, for little ones who love horses). - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) A solid film with a slightly sinister sensibility that's going to please Disney fans. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
82% What Lies West (2019) Seldom do films get the complexities of female relationships right, but this one nails it on every possible level. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
76% Percy vs Goliath (2020) Despite a solid performance from Christopher Walken, this is just another forgettable underdog story about a farmer taking on big agriculture. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
80% Fried Barry (2020) What in the holy hell is going on here? - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
78% Bad Trip (2020) This movie is as gross-out and low brow as they come. It's also really, really funny. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
93% Swan Song (2021) This enjoyable, uplifting little movie has the perfect ratio of heartwarming and bittersweet. It's a real charmer. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
100% When Claude Got Shot (2021) There is a lot of heavy material here, but the film is uplifting in that it inspires viewers to be a part of the solution by employing empathy and compassion when looking at those who have harmed us. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
89% Best Summer Ever (2020) This not-quite-unwatchable movie should be highly commended for its commitment to inclusivity, but that's where most of the positives stop. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
4.5 / 5 97% The Truffle Hunters (2020) A near-perfect documentary film for those who love Italian cuisine and dogs. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
3 / 5 65% Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break (2021) Erroneously billed as a comedy, because there's something so sad at the heart of its lead character that the film plays as more disturbing than laugh-out-loud funny. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
3.5 / 5 63% French Exit (2021) A strange, quirky movie that will likely divide audiences with its pacing and general weirdness. If you decide to throw logic and plausibility to the wind, you'll be rewarded with fun surprises and a top shelf performance from Michelle Pfeiffer. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
3 / 5 82% Here Before (2021) It's always a big disappointment when a movie does almost everything right, but then doesn't stick the landing. At least Riseborough's performance keeps Here Before afloat. - Screen Zealots EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021