Margot Harrison

Margot Harrison
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Seven Days
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 93% Saint Maud (2020) Clark gives a stunning performance, reminiscent of Sissy Spacek in Carrie. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
3.5/5 80% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Its plot has the benign bizarreness of something a shut-in might dream after downing a few mild edibles... The movie works, though, because its beating heart is Barb and Star's friendship chemistry. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
88% Zola (2021) The anarchic power and novelty of Zola's story survive the transition from tweet to screen, proving that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
4/5 98% Disclosure (2020) For me, seeing these familiar shows and movies through new eyes was deeply educational. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
4/5 90% Les nôtres (2021) [Director-cowriter Jeanne Leblanc's] treatment of Magalie, meanwhile, is empathetic, anchored by Bierre's stunningly physical performance. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
4.5/5 98% There Is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad) (2020) There Is No Evil keeps surprising the viewer. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
3/5 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) It's worth a look for its aesthetics, but this Window has nothing new to reveal. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
4/5 97% Spontaneous (2020) As someone who's seen nearly every dark or quirky American high school comedy made since the 1980s, I didn't expect anything fresh from Spontaneous. I was pleasantly surprised. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
2/5 39% Things Heard & Seen (2021) The Shining this is not. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
4/5 94% Best Summer Ever (2020) Dripping with golden light and bursting with candy colors, it's a love letter to the feel-good teen musicals of the 1980s and beyond. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
2.5/5 50% What Lies Below (2020) The awkward storytelling and dialogue don't feel meaningful or deliberate, and the ending isn't tantalizing so much as mishandled. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
4/5 100% This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2021) This Is Not a Burial is a story of repeated loss, of "the dead bury[ing] their dead," but also of endurance and sometimes of beauty. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
4.5/5 97% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) Even as the ground shifts under us, Night of the Kings remains compelling. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
3.5/5 94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) While Possessor is a must-watch for fans of horror and dark science fiction, it never quite takes possession of us. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
4.5/5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) Sound of Metal is a unique and powerful film, not just because its message of resilience resonates but because it makes hearing viewers more aware of an element of cinema that they tend to take for granted. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
4/5 98% The Dissident (2020) It leaves the viewer with a dismaying sense that world leaders may find the geopolitical price of justice for this particular dissident simply too high. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
4/5 91% The White Tiger (2020) The White Tiger is a sleek and exhilarating production, but what makes it work is Balram's grubby, conflicted humanity. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
5/5 95% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2020) A mesmerizing movie about isolation, real or perceived, and how it can warp our perceptions. When it finally connects with the audience, it does so in a big way. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
4.5/5 98% Minari (2020) This story sinks into viewers and takes hold. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
4/5 97% Farewell Amor (2020) Farewell Amor offers a graceful reminder that there are two sides to every story - or, in this case, three sides. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
4/5 87% The Dig (2021) In a world where everybody constantly jockeys for attention, it's hard not to respect a movie that chooses substance over showmanship at every turn. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
4.5/5 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) A comedy with a dark Scandinavian core. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/5 89% Silence & Darkness (2020) While Silence & Darkness doesn't quite click as a story, it's a unique and powerful experience because of [director Barak] Barkan's commitment to the formal minimalism implied by the title. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
3.5/5 100% Breaking Surface (2020) Writer-director Joachim Hedén has created a pared-down, efficient thriller that evokes all the frustration of those days when not one damn thing goes right for us - only with life-or-death stakes. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
4.5/5 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) For younger viewers, this could be one of the early animation experiences they never forget. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
4.5/5 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) The Forty-Year-Old Version is like a semi-inebriated brunch with your funniest, least inhibited friend. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/5 82% Mank (2020) for the most part, it's entertaining. But the elder Fincher's screenplay runs into trouble when it attempts to turn Mankiewicz into a sympathetic - nay, heroic - figure who stood up against fascism and the Man. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
4.5/5 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) For an illustration of how private grifting eats away at public institutions and trust, you couldn't do much better than Collective. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
2/5 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) The rest of the film serves as a tasteful frame for these over-the-top performances - including the whole character of J.D. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
86% The Social Dilemma (2020) For all its topicality, The Social Dilemma doesn't break any big news... But it's still powerful and persuasive to see all the arguments summed up in one place. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
4/5 100% His House (2020) When it comes to horror cinema, I'm a sucker for deep-focus shots where a monster appears subtly in the background, visible only to the audience, and the first half of His House offers some masterful examples of this tactic. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
2.5/5 62% The Oath (2018) Writer-director Barinholtz does a good job of spinning a disturbingly plausible premise into a nightmare, but he somehow manages to map our national divisions without shedding useful light on them. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
3.5/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) While Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is no earth-shaking satire, it features some inspired comedy. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
4.5/5 100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) [Ramona S.] Diaz's doc offers a sobering reminder that a free and independent press can never be taken for granted. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4.5/5 74% The Lodge (2020) The most bone-chilling developments come not from the supernatural but from the human psyche, and the bleak ironies may stick with you long after watching. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
4.5/5 88% Major Arcana (2020) Tokarski, an actual carpenter who had never acted before Major Arcana, has a natural, unforced presence. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3.5/5 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) What makes The Devil All the Time worthwhile anyway, besides the parade of star turns, is Campos' grubby evocation of midcentury small-town life, aided by Lol Crawley's cinematography. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
4/5 91% Sun Don't Shine (2013) This is a movie that resolutely limits its focus to one small, grubby, all-too-mundane tragedy, but it sticks with you. And it certainly makes me excited to see [Amy] Seimetz's sophomore effort. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
2.5/5 70% Tenet (2020) Watching Tenet is like watching somebody else play a video game whose maddeningly complex rules you haven't had a chance to learn. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
5/5 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) The movie takes its place among the best things that Kaufman has done. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
4/5 95% The Mustang (2019) The film's ending is more bittersweet than feel-good. But Roland is left with a germ of hope that feels earned. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
3/5 70% Horse Girl (2020) By the end, viewers have whiplash and a distinct sensation that the script needed several more drafts, but they aren't bored. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
4.5/5 87% Emma. (2020) Music-video director Autumn de Wilde has made the perfect version of Jane Austen's Emma for the Instagram era. If that sounds like a slam, it's not. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
4/5 92% The Assistant (2020) No, movies like this aren't fun, but they might just be worth our careful attention. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Sciamma's film is the very definition of slow burn, but when it catches, it sets the audience on fire, too. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3.5/5 75% The Photograph (2020) A movie that embraces the old model of romance while giving it a modern arty sheen. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
4/5 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) It's kind of a blast, and its themes of solidarity feel surprisingly genuine. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3.5/5 64% Gretel & Hansel (2020) Gretel & Hansel is a trippy twist on Grimm that might have been more effective as a short than a feature, given its relative paucity of plot and world building. But it's bracing to see such an odd film on the big screen. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2/5 13% The Turning (2020) James showed that the uncertainties of well-crafted psychological horror can be the stuff of a classic. The Turning, by contrast, has no screws to turn. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
1.5/5 14% Dolittle (2020) Was the surreal cockroach chorus line in Cats the highlight of your holiday moviegoing? Are you unafraid of walking through the Uncanny Valley where disturbingly realistic CG critters reside? You're in luck. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020