Melissa Leon

Melissa Leon
Melissa Leon's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Daily Beast
Publications: The Daily Beast

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
79% Captain Marvel (2019) Its adherence to the tried-and-true conventions of a Phase One Marvel origin story, 10 years into an increasingly complex cinematic universe, might leave you neither overjoyed nor underwhelmed, but satisfied and wondering what's for dinner. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan wants us to know that he got to this genre early; characters repeat the phrase "19 years" too many times to forget. So it's strange that in Glass, he seems to forget what makes superhero stories endure. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) There are so many unnecessary CGI blowups cluttering the movie that Mera's chemistry with Arthur doesn't get the oxygen it needs to ignite the love affair Aquaman wants us to believe in. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) They Shall Not Grow Old is minimal-frills moviemaking-it does not moralize or politicize or even leave these soldiers' side in the mud. It simply lets them speak for themselves. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) "Anyone can wear the mask," Peter tells us early in the film. "You can wear the mask." By the end of Miles' journey, that kid's driven the point home more effectively than any onscreen hero to date. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) Even with two-dimensional villains, a rote plot, and little in the way of invention, it's an original R-rated horror movie that tries something weird. That's got to count for something. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
No Score Yet Howard (2018) The film is riddled with gems from the production of now-iconic films. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
51% Tomb Raider (2018) Though it lacks the creative spark or daring or silliness or even just the pulse it would need to transcend action-flick cliché oblivion, Tomb Raider the reboot does boast one asset: Alicia Vikander. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
97% Coco (2017) Some of the darkest ideas ever to manifest in a Disney-Pixar film take center stage in Coco, a movie that magically doubles as the studio's most colorful, vibrant adventure yet. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) Perhaps there was no way for Justice League to purge the mistakes of movies past without sacrificing itself in the process. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) What could have been another exercise in nostalgia instead took on a surprisingly defiant, idiosyncratic life of its own. It isn't perfect, but it's well worth your time. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
78% Atomic Blonde (2017) [Atomic Blonde] cements [Charlize] Theron as one of our greatest modern action stars. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Vol. 2 is no less idiosyncratic, but it doesn't feel as fresh. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Homecoming is as much about a superhero as it is about a good, smart kid who makes mistakes, and whose best efforts sometimes just aren't enough. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
93% Logan (2017) Logan, Hugh Jackman's ninth and final outing as the Wolverine, is really a profoundly hopeful film. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
93% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman does something special: It gets real. In a genre sometimes overly fond of black-and-white heroes and villains, this film forces its heroine to confront moral grays. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
90% Frozen (2013) Frozen is a transitional step from movies like the nightmarishly retrograde Little Mermaid, to films that won't need to explicitly tell little girls that true love doesn't have to involve marrying a prince or being rescued. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016