Marisa Carpico

Marisa Carpico
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Pop Break

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T-Meter Title | Year
80% Funny Story (2019) Unfortunately, despite an appealing cast, Gallagher's film falls into old stereotypes because the script simply doesn't dig into the characters or dynamics that he should. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
95% Walking on Water (2019) ...those who come to Paounov's film looking for a better understanding of how The Floating Piers came to life will still be left wanting more. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
83% Lil' Buck: Real Swan (2019) ...what makes it so effective is that Wallecan also explores the forces both internal and external that allowed [Lil' Buck] to succeed. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
63% ANIARA (2019) It's a brutalizing watch, but a rewarding one. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
22% Perfect (2019) Rather, watching it feels like an 80-minute commercial for an opulent, minimalist lifestyle told through a kink for sexual violence against women. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
79% Photograph (2019) ...quietly romantic and beautifully made in a way that recalls Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood Love. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
No Score Yet The Dog Doc (2019) It is gratifying to see a group of hardworking professionals like the employees of Smith Ridge doing everything they can to keep innocent animals from suffering. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
No Score Yet Wig (2019) However, while it initially seems that revival and the history behind it will be the film's focus, Moukarbel quickly abandons that thread... - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
82% Tater Tot & Patton (2019) Still, despite a labored moment or two in the writing, Tater Tot & Patton is a thoughtful, melancholy movie about grief. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
34% Poms (2019) Keaton and the entire cast are having so much fun, only a stick in the mud could resist getting swept up in their joy. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
50% Tolkien (2019) ...despite strong performances and production, for most, it won't even serve as a satisfying companion piece [to Peter Jackson's trilogy]. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) ...the more we see of the Chesters and the ways they solve each problem they face, the harder it becomes to ignore the sickening sense of privilege that hangs over the whole affair. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
75% A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem (2019) Still, while the way Yu Gu seemingly explores every aspect of the cheerleaders' struggle is compelling, it's the way she widens that lens that makes [the film] truly exquisite. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
100% For They Know Not What They Do (2019) Despite any flaws in presentation, For They Know Not What They Do is necessary filmmaking and necessary viewing. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
No Score Yet Devil's Pie - D'Angelo (2019) It's unclear by film's end if we'll ever really get to hear more from D'Angelo, but at least it also reminds us to be grateful for what he's given us. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
57% The Quiet One (2019) Though the film is filled with interviews with Wyman and other famous musicians...what makes it so compelling is the way it uses Wyman's archive to tell the story of his life. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
88% Wild Rose (2019) ...a melancholy ballad about country music that's set to make lead Jessie Buckley a star. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
29% UglyDolls (2019) Sure, it's technically for kids, but a movie this good is for everyone. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
88% Framing John DeLorean (2019) It's a fascinating story, but the new documentary Framing John DeLorean...totally bungles the delivery. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) ...t's incredible to see the way the tour allows the choir members to reconnect to the religious past that once alienated them. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
100% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) And while her film may be most interesting for film nerds, it will leave even those who've never studied film in awe of what soundwork can do. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
87% Halston (2019) ...regardless of your knowledge of fashion history, the interviews and archival footage that make up the film's bulk will impress any viewer. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
80% Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts (2019) ...will probably work best for viewers who are already fans of Drag Race or at least have a passing familiarity with the world. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
86% Picture Character (2019) ...what keeps it from being great is that its directors simply don't provide the viewer enough information to understand emojis in a meaningful way. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
93% What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) ...it's still stunning to see Fuqua, in a little under 3 hours, create a beautiful tribute to one of modern sports' greatest athletes. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
100% Our Time Machine (2019) ...a thought-provoking, melancholy portrait of creativity and growing up that's hard to shake. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
89% You Don't Nomi (2019) ...You Don't Nomi is at turns silly, raunchy and serious and whatever your opinion on Showgirls, there has to be something to it if it inspires a film this good. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
100% Leftover Women (2019) ...Leftover Women begins to feel less like a documentary and more like a heart-breaking character study... - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) ...manages to reintroduce us to a figure we thought we already knew. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
100% Flesh Out (2019) Occhipinti's film may not be the most fun film at this year's [Tribeca] festival, but it's one of its most though-provoking and certainly one of its best. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
No Score Yet Clementine (2019) Because the film never makes us believe in the connection between its central couple, none of the story beats work either. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
75% Aamis (Ravening) (2019) ...Hazarika's film is truly unique and while the product will not sit well with everyone, you have to admire the courage to put it out there. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
100% At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) ...[it's] impossible not to feel a degree of shame to see what was justified for some gold medals. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
No Score Yet Watson (2019) ...a lot of the footage is frankly disturbing and after so much of it, it can be easy to forget that much of what Watson has done throughout his career is illegal. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
No Score Yet Noah Land (Nuh Tepesi) (2019) Unfortunately, while Ertürk is obviously exploring a lot of big ideas, he doesn't manage to do so in a narratively satisfying way. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
91% Come to Daddy (2019) Not everyone may connect with the tone, but those who do will have a grand time. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
92% If the Dancer Dances (2019) Despite all of its strengths, If the Dancer Dances may simply be too esoteric for viewers who aren't already interested in dance. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) Though Deb and Ollie's story is compelling, what really allows Little Woods to embed itself deep is that it's about something much larger: American collapse. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
92% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) ...nobody can leave Be Natural without wanting to see more of Guy-Blaché's work. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
97% Hail Satan? (2019) Despite its seemingly controversial subject, Hail Satan? is a film about a group of satanists driven not by dark magic, but by patriotism. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
81% Dogman (2019) [The writers] clearly want to...explore the limits of human kindness, but they do so in the worst way by not justifying the film's inciting incident. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
72% Teen Spirit (2019) Though Max Minghella's Teen Spirit is ostensibly about becoming a star, its true goal is to explore the liberation of creative expression. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
65% Peterloo (2019) It's a great looking film and the actors perform for the cheap seats, but all that production just distracts from the vital, violent event that gives it all meaning. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) As an exhausted Franklin and the choir launch into..."Never Grow Old," it's impossible not to be struck by what a beautiful time capsule Amazing Grace really is. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
92% Depraved (2019) Fessenden maybe hasn't made a perfect film, but it's genuinely great horror. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
5.5/10 94% The Mustang (2019) Despite being based on a real program and-as the credits suggest-real experiences, Cleremont-Tonnerre's film can work too hard to make its points. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
7/10 52% The Hummingbird Project (2019) ...while the trailers make it seem like the same coke-fueled con thriller we've seen before, the film is far more melancholy, smart and subversive than it first appears. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
7/10 65% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Nancy Drew has always been a role model for young girls and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase only reinforces that wholesome image. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
8/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) She's cool and she knows it and one of the film's greatest joys is watching Larson swagger around and verbally out-spar Jackson. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
7.5/10 98% 3 Faces (2019) 3 Faces may be made up of long, beautiful pans and one strange side adventure after another, but its real subject is the misogyny the titular actresses face. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019