Luke Parker

Luke Parker
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Luke Parker is an award-winning film critic and columnist based in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 91% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) While watching it, I admit I was in between this place of utter confusion and visual awe. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
3.5/5 100% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) If you're the kind of person who can handle this kind of movie - one that is incredibly violent and stimulating both in a visual and mental manner - than this one will have something for you. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
3/4 100% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) Why Don't You Just Die!, a red-soaked blood fest sometimes axed by its own relentless stamina, is a grim and smartly constructed mound of chaos - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
2.5/4 58% Phoenix, Oregon (2020) The movie never crisps out of its doughy form. And watching it try to rise is not too blazing a task. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
3/5 58% Phoenix, Oregon (2020) The drama and the conflict between the characters feel incredibly forced. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
1/5 16% The Fanatic (2019) This movie has no stance at all. It hates everyone - not the least of which are people with autism...it's a wretched, offensive pile of junk. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
0/5 No Score Yet Samurai Cop (1989) I have no plans on ever watching Samurai Cop again. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
4/5 98% King Kong (1933) A spectacle...what's impressive is that even though Kong looks a little wonky now, you're still able to latch onto the character. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
3.5/5 96% First Cow (2020) This is one of the gentlest Westerns I've seen in a long time. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
1.5/5 54% The Hunt (2020) This has to be the most nihilistic view of politics I've seen in a long time, maybe ever, on film. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
1/4 54% The Hunt (2020) A blistering sore of a production and a political party pooper. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
2/4 83% The Way Back (2020) While Affleck has gone on record of saying that working on the film was both a therapeutic and cathartic experience for him, watching it from the balcony is a far drier experience. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
93% Ordinary Love (2020) What elevates it...is its focus on how a married couple can be battered by the ordeal, and yet find a way to overcome it by blending humor, hostility and love. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
22% The Jesus Rolls (2020) The story is little more than a nihilistic road trip of petty crime and sex - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
1.5/5 22% The Jesus Rolls (2020) At any given time I was like, "there's a lot of talent in this room. Why can't I see any of it?" - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
2.5/5 83% The Way Back (2020) Unfortunately, while there's something to be said for a well-enough told story, when there's a lack of passion and subtlety driving it, the experience is unbearable. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
2/5 26% Impractical Jokers: The Movie (2020) There's no real justification for why this movie exists. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
3/5 54% Guns Akimbo (2020) Guns Akimbo manages to feel exhausting without ever really feeling exciting. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
38% Downhill (2020) Downhill managed to skew and scrap the richness of its predecessor and replace it with dragging drama and cringy comedy. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
2.5/5 61% The Call of the Wild (2020) Harrison Ford...has really stretched my imagination [across his career]. But he couldn't sell me on a dog. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
4/5 98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) A movie about responsibility...about the recognition of duty and following through on those responsibilities. Even if we need a little bit of help sometimes, this film reminds us that it's ultimately us who control our actions and our emotions. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
4/5 93% Ordinary Love (2020) Anybody who's had to deal with cancer on either side can see themselves in these characters - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
2.5/5 64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sonic having human teeth and white hands were the least of these film's problems. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
3.5/5 81% VFW (2020) I had a lot of fun with it because [the cast] had a lot of fun with it. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) A stirring romantic saga. It effortlessly blends the lives of a painter and her subject as if they were two colors on a palette. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
2.5/5 38% Downhill (2020) In the shadow of [Force Majeure], Downhill is simply uninspired. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
4/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Each directorial step feels distinguished, deeply coated with thematic purpose. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
2.5/5 38% Waiting for Anya (2020) It's defanged...there's a strange disconnect between the horrors of the situation and what the film is presenting. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
4/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) An impressive ensemble piece...a carnival of carnage. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) The film strikes oil over and over again, shaping a sharp narrative around a typically chained character and impressively grating a DCEU well that's felt tapped for years. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3.5/4 92% What Did Jack Do? (2020) It's simply an excursion of style, one which deserves as many logical rematches as your brain can handle. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
84% Les Misérables (2020) It makes a scrupulous and successful effort to repurpose a Lincoln-era novel for the modern times. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
9/10 100% White Lie (2019) As a timely testament to our willingness to validate and support rather than investigate, White Lie is both insightful and terrifying. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
5/10 81% Porno (2020) Porno is often genuinely funny whenever it decides to not be horrifically repulsive, which it is far too much of the time. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
2.5/4 47% Underwater (2020) Its current proudly flows in the same direction as Hollywood's greatest and quirkiest monster movies. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
1.5/4 15% Dolittle (2020) Dolittle impresses neither the kid (who may giggle), the adult (who will grunt), nor the kid inside the adult (who never shows up). - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2.5/4 83% Just Mercy (2020) While there's something to be said for a historical film that articulates its timely purpose and connection so coherently...Just Mercy's spoon-fed approach is not only unappreciated, uncreative, and unartistic, but degrading as well. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/4 89% 1917 (2020) 1917 is an atmospheric appendage of tragedy, horror, soul, and devastation, one whose...evident obsession with technique often overrides other important factors of the creative body. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
90% Togo (2019) There is something deeply spiritual and sentimental in witnessing two great partners...nearing the end of their journey together. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/4 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Its throbbing narrative basks, and basks, and basks in the nefarious interference of belief...and that sort of ambition, while well-fostered, runs the serious risk of driving audiences towards indifference of its reigning principles. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
2.5/4 70% Bombshell (2019) Fair and balanced. Ha! - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
3/4 98% The Garden Left Behind (2019) It's easy enough to make a film that elicits the target that comes with this seemingly and shamefully cursed set of demographics, but it's much harder to present that story as innately and gracefully as The Garden Left Behind - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/4 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Wading through a pool of snap-happy reporters and bloodthirsty gumshoes, it is a timely and polarized tale of trial-by-fire accusations. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
10/10 95% Marriage Story (2019) With a persistent and frankly remarkable sense of compassion...[Baumbach elects] the more mature stance that there are simply no winners in divorce. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
100% Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) Three quarters of a century later, the film still beckons the miracles of love and family; it's a fine-tuned, pastel romp, worthy of its place among the best of the big brass Hollywood musicals. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
2.5/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) A protruding lack of realism turns a great deal of the film's authenticity sour. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
4/10 27% A Million Little Pieces (2019) While its well-founded intentions and creative intuitions are palpable, not even a tortuously acrobatic performance from Aaron Taylor-Johnson saves A Million Little Pieces from consistently sober storytelling. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
9/10 96% The Irishman (2019) Handled cautiously and confidently by a pioneering troupe of filmmakers whose legacies were all bred from such mafiusu affairs, The Irishman greets the screen like an old, longed-for friend. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
7/10 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Regressive in both its structure and tone, Ford v Ferrari thrillingly finishes its race to the cinematic past, though it had to pump its brakes a few times to get there. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/4 99% For Sama (2019) It is here, in the youth's reactions to the turmoil surrounding them that Waad exposes the underlying, strikingly unexplored devastation at hand. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019