Megan Basham

Megan Basham
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
74% Cruella (2021) As sheer spectacle overlaying a sly rebuke to modern feminist values, it pays off. - The Daily Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
3.5/5 62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) 'Those Who Wish Me Dead' may be, thematically, a lesser work in the impressive canon writer/director Taylor Sheridan has been building, but it's no less entertaining for that. - The Daily Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American (2021) Whether it's dealing with the stress of life under COVID or marital strife, we laugh at what we recognize. Bargatze's new pandemic special is just what the doctor ordered. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
52% A Week Away (2021) Light as it may be, A Week Away is still a sweet confection. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) While Raya and the Last Dragon may not have the staying power of past Disney princess films, it does offer beautiful scenery and a chance to point out to children the truths of Proverbs. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
98% The Father (2021) The close set and small cast are the ideal building blocks to illustrate the narrowing that so often comes with the end of life, when the world available to us, both physically and socially, grows so small. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
73% Flora & Ulysses (2021) Overall, for all its pratfalls and fantasy, Flora & Ulysses tells kids some important truths. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
87% The Dig (2021) Without a fixed standard, the story crumbles like some of the items the Suffolk team digs up, seeming solid at first before turning to sand. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
68% Fisherman's Friends (2020) Warmhearted, with something of a Hallmark vibe, Fisherman's Friends is not a pick for cynics, but that doesn't mean it has nothing of substance to say. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
88% News of the World (2020) Hanks has already shown he's more than capable of carrying an action-heavy film, but News of the World proves he can successfully channel his inner Eastwood as well. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
95% Soul (2020) Docter does use his brightly colored, metaphysical version of It's a Wonderful Life to a good end. The movie doesn't just avoid the "pursue your dream at all costs" message we typically get from kids' entertainment. It positively rebukes it. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
82% Mank (2020) Unfortunately, director David Fincher turns his attention away from this compelling character study to push a political agenda that seems to have less to do with Mank than himself. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Unfortunately, Howard's version of Vance's story offers nothing deeper than a pastiche of white poverty. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Sorkin in Trial makes the most of big personalities and the conflicts between them. But those conflicts are manufactured debates that bear little resemblance to the real debates Americans were having then -- or are having now. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
No Score Yet What Killed Michael Brown? (2020) What it tells us about cultural myths -- how they develop and why -- goes far beyond a single flashpoint. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) Along with finding it genuinely entertaining, I believe parents of older children can use it as a launching point to start meaningful discussions, even if they're not the discussions the filmmakers intended. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
72% Mulan (2020) The stunning natural vistas and jaw-dropping PG-13 action sequences make this a film every member of the family is likely to enjoy. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
83% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) While it's kind of amusing to see Jimi Hendrix and Mozart jam out together, the new installment doesn't do nearly as good a job of playing off our familiarity with historical figures. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) The upside to a lighter, more candy-colored Copperfield is it's short, sweet, and PG enough to please all but the youngest ages. Even the villains are more amusing than threatening. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
No Score Yet Uncle Tom (2020) Uncle Tom suffers from an overreliance on pundits. Its most compelling insights come from people who've never been quoted in a Twitter or Facebook battle. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
93% The Outpost (2020) Even when we grip our seats at the taut action sequences or smile at the band-of-brothers camaraderie, there's something hollow and disconnected about the whole. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
85% Mr. Jones (2020) For all the horror, Mr. Jones is ultimately an uplifting film. The fact that producers made it at all, with such an impressive cast, is something of a minor miracle. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) While it may not meet the level of the best war films, Greyhound is a decent entry into the genre and a hopeful sign of the direction Apple TV may be taking its brand. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
76% Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (2020) The man poised to become comedy's first billionaire knows how to sell corny as classic better than just about anyone else standing up in front of a mic today. And occasionally, his swims through familiar waters end in some pretty deep pools. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
94% Bad Education (2019) HBO's new made-for-cable movie stands out not just for its A-list lead (Hugh Jackman), but because the reporter who breaks the story is a teenage girl. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
60% The Pilgrim's Progress (2019) Of all the at-home entertainment now available for cooped-up kids, Christian parents will welcome none as much as Revelation Media's The Pilgrim's Progress. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) Will give eyes starved for beauty and hearts starved for society something to savor. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
60% I am Patrick (2020) Rather than joining the culture in drinking or debauchery, believers each year could better honor Patrick's legacy by watching a nicely executed film about this hero of the faith. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
88% Onward (2020) Onward is a fun-enough romp, but you definitely won't be missing the next Incredibles or Toy Story. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
51% I Still Believe (2020) The Erwins are careful to show that God is faithful even when He says "no." In a prosperity gospel culture, that's a theme worthy of any filmmaker. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
62% The Call of the Wild (2020) While this Call of the Wild may not be the stuff classics are made of, it still makes for very fine, old-fashioned family entertainment. It's as earnest, upright, and lovable as an old hound. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
33% Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (2020) His is a uniquely American journey, and a glimpse into the mind and making of such a towering figure shouldn't be missed. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
14% Dolittle (2020) Every cheap, juvenile gag a lazy Hollywood screenwriter can be counted on to produce suddenly arrives to grate on parents' nerves. - National Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) It seems fairly clear that Mendes' aim isn't to give viewers another gritty, realistic experience of what it's like to actually take part in a battle. Strange as it is to say it, there's a fairy-tale quality amid 1917's carnage. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
72% The Aeronauts (2019) The film does a good job working within the stereotypes. For children ages 8 to 12 who are just beginning to appreciate thrilling tales that don't star animated characters, The Aeronauts is a winner. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) Gerwig injects something fresh into Little Women that allows us to experience the March sisters' story anew no matter how many times we've swooned over it in the past. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It has plenty of enjoyable moments, especially in the first half. The problem is that the pleasure arises almost solely from nostalgia for better scenes and characters in the original films and not from what's on screen before us. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
77% Richard Jewell (2019) How quickly we slide into corruption when we think our looks, intellect, or credentials entitle us to the submission of the slow-witted, overweight Richard Jewells of the world. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It's an exhilarating, roaring romp. And you don't think about what its glimpse of the past says about our present culture until long after it's already said it. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It takes us into the heart of what often causes anxiety, depression, and anger... Then, it inspires with a story that tells us it's possible to overcome even our oldest, most entrenched conflicts. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
78% Frozen II (2019) The good: The sequel is gorgeous and funnier than its predecessor and has enough positive messages to outweigh the negative. The bad: It's 20 minutes longer than it needs to be... and there's not a song in it that can hold a candle to "Let It Go." - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
46% Last Christmas (2019) Clarke plays a warrior princess on Game of Thrones, but as she proves here, she may be the most winsome comedic actress of her generation. Even when the story lags, she lights up the screen with her crinkle-eyed smile. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) Beautifully staged and tremendously acted, the PG-13 Harriet provides fascinating (though awful) legal details on slavery as an institution... The film does an equally fine job depicting the Christian faith that shaped Tubman's life. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
47% No Safe Spaces (2019) Despite a few digressions, No Safe Spaces succeeds because it does a solid job making its case journalistically. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
68% Joker (2019) It's impossible not to feel empathy for this excruciatingly sad clown... Ultimately though, Joker fails because of its genre. The character has to hit those DC marks. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) A bit of tea-and-crumpets comfort food? Of course. But, sometimes, isn't that exactly what you want from an evening at the movies? - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
45% After the Wedding (2019) Along with being brilliantly acted, well-paced, and intelligently crafted, After the Wedding is the rare film that explores tricky topics like class differences and femininity without feeling like it's pandering. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
100% Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time (2019) The new material might be a little racier than the old hot pocket bits, but it's all within the context of married fatherhood. And that is what really makes this special, like his previous ones, special. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
94% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon is a quiet film at times, yet thanks to gorgeous cinematography and incredible performances from the two lead actors, it's never boring. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
29% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) Purely from an entertainment standpoint, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more rip-roaring spy escapade. - WORLD EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019