Mara Reinstein

Mara Reinstein
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Us Weekly, MaraMovies.com

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Fighting with My Family (2019) Both an offbeat comedy and classically rousing underdog tale, this indie film's heart somehow exceeds the size of Dwayne Johnson's bulging biceps. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2.5/4 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) In skewering all the genre's cliches, the rom-com still fails to include a relatable and well-earned journey to happily-ever-after. Big mistake. Huge. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Everything is not awesome, but it's still pretty good. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
21% Serenity (2019) The outlandish story doesn't add up - and, more appallingly, it's not even supposed to! - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
37% Glass (2019) I see disappointed people. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
40% The Upside (2019) All the hijinks and bonding go down like warm honey as long as you don't consider this film as any sort of authentic present-day statement on American racial dynamics. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/4 72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The formulaic film doesn't carry enough heft for consideration as a must-see Oscar contender. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Gooey dreck that attempts to be a quirky comedy, an earnest drama and a warm-hearted fantasy about the Nazis - and fails mightily at all the above. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
93% Bumblebee (2018) Bumblebee works because it dares to tap into a new dimension in this franchise: Legitimate emotional reactions. We humans like to refer to them as feelings! - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
66% Vice (2018) It's a blistering biographical portrait that, one way or another, will provoke a passionate audience reaction. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt proves herself a sparkling successor to Julie Andrews -with a lovely singing voice to match. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Take away Momoa's steady presence, and you're looking at an overstuffed mess that provides entertainment purely in an OMG-this-is-a-disaster kind of way. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
59% Vox Lux (2018) There is wildly brutal and graphic imagery corresponding with the rising fame of Portman's pop star character. What an insufferable allegory. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
80% Ben is Back (2018) It's been years, plural, since Julia Roberts showcased all her empathetic talents in the right big-screen material. That frustrating streak has come to an end. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) There's exactly one Great Scene . . and the journey to get there is long, sedate and rather unspectacular considering the tantalizing story. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) If you think the quickest way to a queen's heart is through her 17 pet bunny rabbits then have I got the delicious movie for you. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
79% Green Book (2018) Tony and "Doc" don't just learn from each other; this is heroic two-hander in which they both save each other too. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 84% Creed II (2018) It's a familiar sequel in which audiences will be able to anticipate every single narrative punch. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) In addressing the very real issue of kids and screen time, this is an anti-cautionary tale. Still, deep-diving into the Internet does yield a few treasures. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/4 81% Instant Family (2018) This is a pure feel-gooder that not only has its heart in the right place, but its brains as well. And it's funny. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
91% Widows (2018) It's a superbly crafted thriller that also happens to be as entertaining as any popcorn movie you'll see all year. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The sight of a person furiously pecking on a keyboard and gazing at a screen has never - and will never - raise anyone's heart rate. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) In 1988, Gary Hart's promising presidential candidacy fizzled out. Perhaps it's only fitting that his movie follows suit. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Frankly, if you are not cheering along with the crowd as Mercury belts out an ultra-satisfying rendition of "We are the Champions," then a doctor should check your pulse. Somewhere, an outrageous artist knows that his Queen movie rules. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
98% Free Solo (2018) Do you have vertigo? Get dizzy easily? No? Good. Then you're in for an amazing, exhilarating climb to the top. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
93% Private Life (2018) This lived-in and often-hilarious drama is a richly rewarding experience -and features a whopper of a closing shot. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) If this is truly Robert Redford's final performance, he's going out with an exclamation point. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) Writer-director Jonah Hill shows the joy and warmth that comes in finding true kindred spirits in a pre-social media era. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's a biting tale -but not necessarily a cautionary one. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) There's something appealing, even comforting, about an overtly low-rent horror flick. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
2.5/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) For all its cinematic artfulness, the drama never strays from a well-honed formula. Put it this way: When an addict swears to be clean only an hour in a movie, an ugly relapse is inevitable. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) The film is clearly aiming for a funky, hyper-violent, multi-layered Pulp Fiction vibe. But it's missing an adrenaline shot to the heart. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
29% Venom (2018) Mostly bad-bad, with a splash and dash of fun. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) Powerful and obviously topical, the adaptation of Angie Thomas' award-winning 2017 novel is one for all ages. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
2/4 28% Night School (2018) It took six male screenwriters to achieve the impossible: Make Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish seem like mere comedy mortals. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
13% Life Itself (2018) An overwrought tearjerker that shoves trite life lessons down your throat along with a vat of sugar. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
86% A Simple Favor (2018) Is extreme turbulence in a film an alluring selling point or a troubling sign that the director has lost control? For this subversive mystery, the answer is a hearty yes to both. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
87% First Man (2018) It's a special film that keeps you white-knuckled about the outcome of one of the most well-documented days in human history. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born tries very, very hard to be the most emotional movie of 2018. I'm not convinced it wins on that front, but I can say it gets the prize for most hysterical melodrama. Take it as a compliment. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) It doesn't take a private eye with a heart of felt to figure out that a witless comedy with poorly executed ideas and lazy use of gross-out humor will end up DOA. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The joyful confection is coated in a sparkly gloss, bright enough to gleam from the darkest, most cynical corners. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
45% The Meg (2018) Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater and enjoy old-fashioned summer entertainment. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee's new film empowers audiences to stand up for change. Talking isn't enough; you must do the right thing. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The talented Kunis and McKinnon are just funny, period. They elevate an espionage plot so generic that it might as well have been cribbed from Spy Movies for Dummies. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) This one made me LOL more times than I care to admit. Nice job, kiddos. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Tom Cruise is still at the top of his game - not to mention the top a Paris skyscraper and a snow-capped mountain in Kashmir. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) A joyful, blissed-out summer treat so sunny that audiences should apply SPF 30 before entering the theater. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Every moment drips with aching - and, at times, heart-swelling - authenticity. The heart swelling is where the ugly cry kicks in. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) How are we supposed to be genuinely thrilled when it's glaringly obvious this Hong Kong tower was digitally inserted in a Hollywood editing room? - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
88% Whitney (2018) An explosive and controversial documentary that sheds new light on her tragic and perhaps inevitable fall. - Us Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018