Margot Harrison

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

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) While it may not be bold, it's still funny. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It's a solid construction with plenty of laughs and a surprisingly cogent message. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/5 23% Miss Bala (2019) in the process of making Miss Bala into a more upbeat, empowering survival tale, Hardwicke has lost almost all of what made the original riveting. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
2/5 21% Serenity (2019) Serenity would get more points for originality if its central conceit hadn't been done before and better, but it does earn itself a place in the annals of cinematic WTFs. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 37% Glass (2019) Here, even when his plot points shatter under cursory examination, [Shyamalan's] love of storytelling is transparent. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The result is an educational but superficial-feeling portrait. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4.5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) If [writer-director Hirokazu] Koreeda's film sometimes recalls a Victorian novel in its tactics - Victor Hugo would be proud - it earns every pull on the old heartstrings. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
2/5 60% Vox Lux (2018) This second film from writer-director Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader) is subtitled A Twenty-First Century Portrait, and it's exactly as pretentious as that sounds. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/5 53% Across the Universe (2007) Universe's generic storyline and literalist approach to the songs pull it down. Even a relatively simple love song like George Harrison's "Something" outclasses the relationship it illustrates here. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) Roma demonstrates that great filmmaking can work on us almost subliminally, narrowing the distance between us and the screen. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Farmer Of The Year (2018) Farmer of the Year suggests there's no right time in life to stop growing. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) But it finds time for the message that the bonds of friendship we hold in our hearts far outweigh the little red hearts we collect from strangers. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3.5/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Both actors do powerful, subtle work. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 98% Border (Gräns) (2018) The film raises questions about "borders" of many kinds - including racial and sexual - that it doesn't resolve, but it's a memorable, provocative watch. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2.5/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The movie never explains what turned these particular misfits into champions. As a result, it too often feels like a smug rhapsody on success. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3.5/5 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Withholding the basics we expect from a western - poetic violence, heroic or sinister tableaux of men on horseback - started to seem like the whole point. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It's a classic coming-of-age dilemma, but hardly one irrelevant to adults. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 87% First Man (2018) It doesn't matter that we know how Armstrong's missions ended; the filmmaker's immersive approach renders them as chilling and riveting as anything in the fictional Gravity. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) For its first hour-plus, A Star Is Born captures the exhilaration of new love and new creation better than any movie in years. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/5 39% Hell Fest (2018) Moments of actual horror are rare, however, because the director never does much to build cat-and-mouse tension. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3.5/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) It's an unusual recipe for a PG-rated kids' flick, but it works. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
1.5/5 26% The Nun (2018) It's a slapped-together, poorly written spin-off that in no way approaches the serviceable scares of its predecessors. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/5 86% A Simple Favor (2018) Once you adjust to the fact that A Simple Favor doesn't offer much in the way of psychological suspense, or even psychology, it's a fun ride. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
4/5 92% Searching (2018) A welcome oasis in the movie desert of early fall, Searching is Exhibit A. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) For the most part, though, The Happytime Murders trades on archetypes, banter and puns that would have felt shopworn even in the Muppets' heyday. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Judging by the talent on display here, Crazy Rich Asians could be a harbinger of more than the rom-com's rebirth. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
4.5/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman entertains, all right, but it holds the audience accountable, too. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
4.5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) A hit at January's Sundance Film Festival, this portrait of one shy girl weathering middle school is one of the funniest, most cringe-inducing and most poignant films of the year. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) If the head-trip films of the 1960s had a fling with Mike Judge's Idiocracy and spawned a progeny as anarchically scattershot as it is brilliantly sincere, the result might look like this. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
3/5 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) In short, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the Guardians of the Galaxy of musicals: at its best when it embraces the silliness. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) Johnson is more than capable of carrying a modern-day Die Hard, but great popcorn cinema isn't ever about one actor's likability. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
3/5 54% The First Purge (2018) If B movies once served as the nation's real collective catharsis, maybe it's time to revive them. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/5 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) While [director Morgan ] Neville has clearly set out to make another crowd-pleasing documentary like his Oscar-winning Stardom, Neighbor isn't straight hagiography. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2.5/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) But visuals can't obscure the lack of a compelling protagonist or the fact that the new dinosaur we're supposed to find scarier than any dinosaur ever is just another rehash. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3.5/5 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Stylized designs and outlandish powers aside, Bob, Helen and their progeny still feel oddly real. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
4.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) As a horror film, Hereditary delivers the goods, with crack pacing and a third act of sheer gothic madness. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
4/5 94% RBG (2018) The audience is riveted immediately. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The movie is at its best when it's just about the one-upping maneuvers of interstellar con men (and women, and various nonhumans). - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2.5/5 54% Book Club (2018) They don't all have to have the same happy ending; half the fun of a book club is finding out what different messages readers can take away from the same story. If only these women had been inspired by a better one. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2.5/5 27% Breaking In (2018) Breaking In feels like an entire movie constructed around a couple of lines of dialogue that someone fervently hoped would become memes. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/5 85% Tully (2018) Make no mistake: Tully is not a witty, wacky comedy about how tough it is to be a mom (though that is its subject). It's a tender, dark, intermittently funny film about the choices people make and the prices they pay. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
3.5/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) For a movie with a ridiculously unwieldy cast, Infinity War is surprisingly comprehensible and fun. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
2/5 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) It doesn't speak well for a movie when its most redeeming quality is how it ends. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) In every way, Isle of Dogs is a celebration of craftsmanship, the antithesis of the sleek, modern style of computer animation. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/5 83% Blockers (2018) The movie is funniest when it rambles far afield from those '80s-style archetypes of horndog teenagers. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3.5/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One captures the gee-whiz youthful triumphalism of the Reagan era, all right, but it never explores the deeper question of whether all that is worth rehashing - over and over. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
2.5/5 80% Unsane (2018) Visually, the results aren't pretty, but they're interesting. On the level of narrative and tone, the movie is a mess. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2.5/5 51% Tomb Raider (2018) [Alicia Vikander] was magnetic in Ex Machina, but all she really does well here is suffer, and none of that suffering adds up to much. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
4/5 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Like Amanda, Thoroughbreds has a disturbingly self-aware quality; it feigns normalcy, tricking us into thinking we know what to expect, only to withhold it. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
1.5/5 18% Death Wish (2018) ... [director Eli Roth] doesn't succeed in getting us invested in his hero's crusade or really in anything on-screen. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018