Marisa Carpico

Marisa Carpico
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Pop Break

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
64% Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square (2020) ...those hoping Dolly Parton will save this weird Christmas season will likely be disappointed. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2020
71% The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) ...if this sequel proves anything, it's that we should learn to appreciate the Vanessa Hudgens we already have. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
No Score Yet Sisters with Transistors (2020) Rovner's film is stimulating on musical, visual and intellectual levels as well as being a necessary corrective to an art form that wrote women out of its history. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Still, regardless of how aware Kaufman is of his film's failings, it doesn't make them any less disappointing for a viewer. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
78% Akilla's Escape (2020) Its relaxed, contemplative take on noir may not excite every viewer, but it certainly captivates. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
29% The War with Grandpa (2020) Sure, it's not going to blow anyone's mind, but it's fun family entertainment and, really, in 2020, isn't it enough to just have some meaningless fun? - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
92% Fire Will Come (A Sun That Never Sets) (O Que Arde) (2020) It's a fairly simple plot and one that goes exactly where you expect given the title, but Fire Will Come creates meaning through its mood and sense of place rather than its plot. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
93% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) It may not have been made for a theater experience, but it's big and bright enough that it almost manages to recreate the magic of seeing big screen spectacle. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
93% Residue (2020) ...Residue is fiction, but the truth driving it is captivating. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
67% DTF (2020) ...like watching a slow-motion train wreck: horrible to look at, but impossible to tear your eyes away. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
92% Epicentro (2020) ...regardless of [Sauper's] self-awareness, Epicentro is a really thought-provoking study of modern day Cuba and its history. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
73% The Prey (2020) By trying to walk the line between serious and silly, Henderson's film fundamentally fails on both accounts. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
60% Project Power (2020) ...Project Power feels like the best CW superhero show ever produced. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
100% River City Drumbeat (2020) ...it's precisely the sincerity of River City Drumbeat and the people in it that make it so profoundly moving. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
66% The Secret Garden (2020) Though The Secret Garden is filled with literal magic, it lacks the figurative magic needed to make it great. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Seimetz certainly presents a complex existential quandary in her latest feature, but she unfortunately chooses the wrong people to explore it. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
30% Dirt Music (2019) ...despite everything going for it, Dirt Music just doesn't deliver. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
91% Relic (2020) But what James gains by deflating the film's terror in [its] final scenes is to make its central metaphor about the characters' primal terrors even more potent. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
98% Disclosure (2020) ...though Disclosure is extremely complex and occasionally didactic, it is also a comprehensive and necessary history of trans representation in film. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
80% Scare Package (2020) Scare Package is meant for horror fans, but even the most tolerant among them won't find much to enjoy here. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) ...a profound and deeply satisfying act of catharsis. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
90% P.S. Burn This Letter Please (2020) P.S. Burn This Letter Please's strength lies in allowing its subjects to use their personal experiences to give the audience a deeper understanding of the time. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
55% Valley Girl (2020) ...an '80s pastiche that not only goes full musical, but adds surprising depth to the story. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
97% The Half of It (2020) Wu's script grapples with race, gender, sexuality, even family obligation with such gentle honesty that the small notes that ring false just don't matter in the long run. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
88% Selah and the Spades (2020) If the CW's Riverdale were good, it might look a little something like writer-director Tayarisha Poe's début film, Selah and the Spades. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
87% Sorry We Missed You (2020) The Turners may be inordinately unlucky, but what happens to them only serves to emphasizes how tenuous the gig economy leaves its workers' finances. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
90% The Booksellers (2020) The world The Booksellers explores is niche, but it seems vibrant, fascinating and maybe even vital here. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
66% All the Bright Places (2020) Though the plot could easily feel overwrought, Fanning and Smith keep the material grounded even when their...characters can feel too sophisticated for real teenagers. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
100% Softness of Bodies (2018) And while it would be easy to read the film as an indictment of image-obsessed, selfish millennials, it's also equally possible that in this case, a cigar really is just a cigar. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) In the end, all of Emma.'s flaws feel somehow summed up by the extraneous punctuation at the title's end. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
86% Film About a Father Who (2020) Both Lynne and we are perhaps no closer to understanding Ira Sr. by film's end, but we at least know him as his children do and...that's nothing short of miraculous. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
45% Quezon's Game (2020) ...by examining World War II through the lens of a country that America colonized, the film reframes and questions America's self-mythologizing. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) ...perhaps Ritchie's most cogent display yet that for him, style is substance. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
88% Les Misérables (2020) ...so much of what happens feels so predictable and cliché that its ideas can ultimately feel a bit shallow. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) ...a barely coherent series of nostalgia-inducing but ultimately meaningless references that even a bad fan fiction writer would find indulgent. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
88% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) ...offers an informative and compelling view of Kael's career that nonetheless feels like it's missing something. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
68% Little Joe (2019) ...whether Hausner's thought experiment works depends on how willing viewers are theoretically open to the idea that sacrificing free will is worth easier contentment. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
99% For Sama (2019) ...an unbelievably powerful record of history as it happened that feels like an entirely new type of documentary filmmaking. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
33% A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019) More than any previous Netflix Christmas film, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby is pure escapism. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
74% Shooting the Mafia (2019) ...while the film gives a decent overview of her career and the way it's intertwined with Italy's history of organized crime, it doesn't dig deep enough. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
70% The Knight Before Christmas (2019) Indeed, those looking to dismiss Knight as just another corny holiday movie likely won't be converted, but for connoisseurs of the genre, it's far better than most. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
97% Queen of Hearts (2019) While some could view [its] refusal to condemn or defend Anne outright as a weakness, the way it explores her moral relativism is what actually makes the film so hard to shake. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
84% Waves (2019) Its character arcs are often over-the-top and occasionally border on misery porn, but its heady depiction of love in all forms is equally potent. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
100% Philophobia: Or the Fear of Falling in Love (2019) ...Philophobia is a strange mix of comedy and horror that's, unfortunately, only intermittently effective. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
75% Sunday Girl (2019) Still, while elements of Sunday Girl don't always mesh, it's hard to fault Ambrosio when his film is largely so surprising and sharp. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
94% Honey Boy (2019) [LaBeouf's]...commitment to the awful truth of his upbringing is part of what makes Honey Boy so impressive. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
74% Harriet (2019) ...the picture it paints about the shameful truth of America's deep-seated racism is a rebuke to any glorification of the south on film or otherwise. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Mitnick's script is as focused on moving the plot forward as the inevitable march of progress Edison and Westinghouse's competition represents. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
97% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) A Tough but Cathartic Documentary about Childhood Trauma - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
80% Little Monsters (2019) As strong as Little Monsters' final scenes may be, they still can't make up for how weak the rest of the movie is. - The Pop Break EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019