Marie Asner

Marie Asner
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
film critic for 21 years
Favorites:
The Godfather Trilogy
Publications: Phantom Tollbooth
Location: Kansas City
Official Websites: phantomtollbooth.org

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) I was pleasantly surprised at the choice of material for Adam Sandler and how well he does in the role of Howard. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) Each scene is like a Thomas Kinkade painting come to life. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet A Patient Man (2020) All of this adds up to a film that, when ending, leaves one with a gasp... - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
2.5/5 70% Bombshell (2019) I had hoped more of the stories could have been explored, but they were not. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out does go on a bit longer and there are one too many running down corridors and driving from one place to another, but as a whole the film pays off with humor, mayhem, and shows us families to whom "entitlement" is their middle name. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
3.5/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) This film is a satisfying conclusion. And so, faithful film fans, enjoy this last installment of the Star Wars films as we have known them. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
3.5/5 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Malick's film gets its point across and with a classical soundtrack by James Newton Howard. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.5/5 83% Waves (2019) The film is told as a television film, with breaks and you almost expect a commercial here. This can slow an audience from putting together the story of Tyler, and then the story of Emily. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) It takes a lifetime to manufacture a person's psyche and sometimes, a lifetime to disassemble and reassemble that same person. The work has begun for audiences to see. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
3/5 77% Frozen II (2019) [The] vocals are beautifully done. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) [A] disappointment. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) This film is a nail-biter. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/5 81% Abominable (2019) Family doesn't have to mean father, mother, children and in-laws, sometimes there are missing people, so friends take up the slack, and even animals can be family members, especially large, white, furry ones. Abominable is fun entertainment. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) I found the time length of the film adequate to convey the story line and time passes quickly when you become absorbed in the school of acting displayed before you. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) The Two Popes has two actors who play off each other so well. This is another film that is a school of acting. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 42% The Laundromat (2019) Through the story and actions of the cast, you can see actions that were thought to be rational and cost-effective were really irrational and costly. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 63% The Good Liar (2019) The plot keeps you guessing and though you may think you know what is going on, sit back and relax and let the story take you along. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/5 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) I liked the mood of this film, and though it goes on a bit, taking Norton's character from one place to another in the story, the ambiance of that time period is there. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) Emilia Clarke can do comedy as well as tame dragons, and does the role of Kate the loser, quite well. Her quips and pratfalls are numerous and carry the story along. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Country Christmas Album (2018) The film is family oriented and just in time for the Christmas season. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet A Champion Heart (2018) Will Musser's soundtrack is appropriate for the scenes, whether action or comedy, and yes, there is plenty of humor in this film. Cinematographer Ian Robertson catches just the right light... - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Two people from opposite ends of the spectrum and they find common ground for friendship. That's what it is all about. People need people. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet 3 Lives (2019) [It] certainly keeps the audience guessing as to what is happening and loyalties shift from one person to another. This is a film where you can't take your eyes off the screen because you might miss something. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 61% The Riot Act (2018) Murder, betrayal, revenge---"The Riot Act" has it all, and the why's and when's and where's come trickling in so the audience has to stay on its toes to catch it all. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The audience is there for entertainment and popcorn, and they get both. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet 8 Remains (2018) From the beginning of the film, with the setting of a country manor house and antique furnishings to drab rooms to pastoral settings to a kitchen, the audience is caught up with the where-or-when-or ever will there be an answer. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Himesh Patel does fine in the role of Jack, who literally falls into this predicament...and can sing, also. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 30% Holy Lands (Les terres saintes) (2018) There is humor in the banter between Harry and Moshe, and between Harry and just about everyone else. His caustic wit is always ready. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 100% Purdah (2018) The film is compelling in that the camera is part of the family and then part of the population. The face-on view conveys the emotion each person feels at the time, then filming from afar, you see how the problems within this family can be multiplied... - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3.5/5 85% Tater Tot & Patton (2019) Along with the two main actors, there is the cinematography by Peter "Per" Wigand that is a third actor in their scenes, and music by Garth Stevenson that is the fourth actor. This quartet makes the movie come alive. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 94% The Mustang (2019) The Mustang isn't just for horse-loving people, even if you have ridden a horse only once in your life, you know the power and strength that is there, and the stubbornness and defiance that can be there, too. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) The music score by the late Johann Johannsson has special music for each scene and that, in itself, becomes part of the cast. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
2.5/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) So goes the storyline, and with each bend in the road, there is violence, including beatings, drug overdoses, and death by whatever piece of wood or steel is handy. One can lose count. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Bring a handkerchief. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Brie Larson has the credits for the role and trained extensively for it, but she is hampered by her character having amnesia through part of the story. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3.5/5 96% Roma (2018) There is sadness and some humor in Roma. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 100% Chasing the Win (2018) Chasing The Win is a good documentary with heart and shows the life of a champion race horse and what happens after the glory days are past. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 94% RBG (2018) No matter what side of the fence you are on, politically, this documentary gives a view into the workings of the Supreme Court and what it takes to make it to the top. Perseverance and a sense of humor. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
3/5 46% Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) The film is atmospheric and don't expect rich togas, this is plain homespun here. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
2.5/5 26% Breaking In (2018) You began to wonder just how many times Shaun would think of an idea only to have a crook come up with another idea. Like playing tic-tac-toe. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
3/5 83% Beirut (2018) Beirut debuted well at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. will tell, but this one holds up well. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/5 71% Hostiles (2018) Hostiles is not your usual gunslinger/wagon train/outlaw Western. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3.5/5 92% Phantom Thread (2018) [Daniel Day-Lewisis on] another plane than everyone else. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2/5 88% The Post (2018) What you expect they will do... they do. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3.5/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) Director Craig Gillespie has put together quite a film. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3.5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Daisy Ridley is always in motion. Her role of a young warrior is intense, but her moments with Adam Driver, comparing good and evil, are good, indeed. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
3.5/5 90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The local diner, pick-up trucks everywhere, beautiful sunsets on a lonely countryside and you sense that if something wasn't done to stir things up, the town and its secrets would slide into nothingness. If only the billboards could speak. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
3/5 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) Bring hankie to this film. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/5 61% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) All in all, this cast does make a team, but I think Pfeiffer steals her scenes with an enigmatic look. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 79% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) This movie is a top-notch production and my guess is that it will appear in movie theaters as a special each year, or at least, on television as a favorite. - Phantom Tollbooth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017