Margot Harrison

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) It Chapter Two is still entertaining - though, at nearly three hours, it sometimes wears out its welcome. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4.5/5 97% American Factory (2019) To see it is to ask ourselves tough questions about what we expect from work and life, and about where the quest for "efficiency" ends. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon is at its best when it simply lets the unlikely, touching friendship at its center unfold. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/5 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Except as a showcase for Cate Blanchett's turn as the title character, the film version of Bernadette is a lost cause. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) While the elements never quite gel, Scary Stories does its darnedest to tie the hoary old trope of a forbidden tome to a message about questioning the official narrative. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) The second feature from writer-director Lulu Wang is a quiet, gracefully made examination of the Chinese diaspora, cross-cultural differences, and life and death in an extended family. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Visually enthralling, it shamelessly embraces the tinselly dazzle of its setting. Yet it's no empty creation, achieving unlikely moments of poignancy when the absurdity somehow seems to make all the sense in the world. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3.5/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) If Rose-Lynn alienates us with her recklessness, she wins us back with her transparency, never quite hiding the self-doubts behind the bravado. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
2.5/5 82% Crawl (2019) It's generous in the misfortunes it heaps on its protagonists but minimal in scope. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) This is a film that lives or dies on its artistry and atmosphere - and for me, it lived. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
5/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) It's a classic underdog story that is also a tender, raging elegy for a whole way of life. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Bright and shiny, with much of the third act set in and around a carnival, Toy Story 4 boasts impressive animation. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Wetware (2017) Ultimately, the many compelling plot strands in Wetware don't quite cohere. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Here, a few sharply written scenes might have sufficed to clarify Jean's character, but she remains an icon in search of a personality. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4.5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) It's easy for a movie to spout platitudes about female solidarity, but these two feel like the real deal. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's absurd, but so is everything about John Wick movies, and knowingly so. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2/5 14% The Hustle (2019) You know a remake is bad when it tempts you to doubt the merits of the original. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 83% High Life (2019) Denis may have pulled off a bait-and-switch: High Life promises a Moon-like showcase for Pattinson. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) To see Endgame with a crowd is to remember what moviegoing once was and still can be: a group experience of grief and joy. It's a reason to assemble. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
1.5/5 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The Conjuring movies turned these formulas into a science, at their best milking them for genuine shudders. But the tricks are growing tired. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/5 89% Missing Link (2019) To the extent that Missing Link is really, stealthily, about generational insecurities, it should appeal to the same adult viewers who loved Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/5 58% Pet Sematary (2019) The filmmakers tone down the silliness - at least for a while - and alter the midpoint twist in a way that, whatever King loyalists may think of it, generates a few genuinely disturbing scenes. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) This Dumbo is less likely to induce existential despair in young viewers, yet it's unclear whose story it is now and why we should care. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4.5/5 93% Us (2019) When it comes to delivering visceral scares, horror fans may find it wanting. Yet it's the kind of movie that could just haunt your dreams. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 71% Climax (2019) Dancing with the devil never looked quite so good. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Larson's comedy chemistry with Jackson makes for good '90s-style buddy action. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2/5 60% Greta (2019) Building suspense takes patience that [director Neil] Jordan doesn't display here. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Writer-director Stephen Merchant (cocreator of The Office) gives the potentially shopworn material a heartfelt zest by making the story as gritty and funny as it is inspirational. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
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 85% 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 20% 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 74% 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 61% 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 97% 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 87% 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 42% 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 66% 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