Meredith Borders

Meredith Borders
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
94% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Like FIGHT CLUB, THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE is about the draw and the downfall of prizing masculinity above all else, but it's both far less self-serious and less self-congratulatory than Fincher's film. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Everything's just so half-baked and lazy here, the direction and especially the storytelling. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
40% Open 24 Hours (2018) This is not a subtle movie, which works when we're talking gore, but works less when the film's trying to build suspense. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
89% Possum (2018) An ambitiously unpleasant and gorgeously stark film shot on 35mm. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
95% MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) What makes MEMORY an absolutely crucial entry in the about-ALIEN canon is the way it lovingly demonstrates the alchemical creative process among O'Bannon, Scott and artist H.R. Giger. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
81% The Lodge (2019) Every choice in this film - every frame, every performance, every sound and edit - is crafted for utmost discomfort, making for a relentless onslaught of unease. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
89% The Nightingale (2019) It's a breathtaking success by a director who could have made anything after the success of her first horror feature, and who decided to make a bloody but contemplative period piece with no easy answers. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Its distance from the woman whose story inspired the film keeps it from becoming something more substantial. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) This movie is so preposterous, so profoundly weird, just hilarious and merciless and black-hearted from beginning to end. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
47% Relive (2019) Relive is a high-concept thriller that wisely places its characters above its concept, and it works all the better for it. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
94% Sweetheart (2019) It's a beautiful and exhilarating film with an extraordinary leading performance and one hell of a big bad. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
57% Stuber (2019) Depending on how you feel about action comedies of the '80s and '90s (I'm for 'em), STUBER might hit just the right nostalgia chord for you, though the jokes are freshened up for 2019. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/5 92% Little Monsters (2019) Amid all the gore and the silliness, the characters - not the gags - drive this story, and that's why it'll stay with audiences longer than the typical fun but forgettable zombie romp. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
9/10 66% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Body at Brighton Rock shifts from being a fun and colorful throwback to something a little darker and deeper. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/5 86% I Am Mother (2019) I Am Mother is the first feature film from director Grant Sputore, and it's quite an achievement, visually assured and compellingly paced. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 78% The Wolf Hour (2019) The Wolf Hour tells us that our art can lay us bare, leave us vulnerable, even hurt those around us - but it can also save us, cleanse us, give us the courage to leave the cages we've built for ourselves. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
70% Still/Born (2018) It's a bummer that this simple, effective premise is so quickly burdened with silly mythology and overwrought melodrama. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
8/10 69% Wildling (2018) It's a really smart approach to an ageless tale, and putting aside all deeper meaning, Wildling works on its surface as a cool and spooky monster movie with great performances and some extremely effective gore. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
81% Unlovable (2018) It's a beautiful, hilarious, heart-wrenching film that comes from a place of deep honesty and vulnerability, and [Charlene] deGuzman's performance - inspired, as it is, by the truth of her own recovery - is both courageous and compelling. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
90% The Breaker Upperers (2018) The Breaker Upperers makes no bones about the fact that the only romance that truly matters here is the friendship that Mel and Jen share, because the only love you can trust is the love you have for your ride-or-die bestie. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
64% The New Romantic (2018) The New Romantic is charming and funny, a very overt nod to Nora Ephron. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) These girls are cool and kind and sensible, and their friendship offers the sort of honest, supportive connection that helps girls survive the treacherous territory of sex in high school. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
4/5 83% Ghost Stories (2018) It's fresh and wicked and extremely fun, and you should give yourself the chance to be surprised by it. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 87% Upgrade (2018) Even in its most self-serious moments, Upgrade is more fun to watch than a lot of low-budget sci-fi movies we see in festival or VOD settings. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
4/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) [Spielberg] loves pop culture, loves film, loves video games and misfit kids and the 1980s, and Ready Player One is his good-natured tribute to all of those things and, yes, even to himself. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
8/10 95% A Quiet Place (2018) It's technically polished and visually elegant, and it's the rare modern creature feature where we get a really, really good look at the bad guys. And damn, do they look good. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
83% Mohawk (2018) Viewers looking for a straight horror movie should look elsewhere, but Mohawk does a fine job of reminding us that sometimes the truest horror is that of our own history. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
14% Winchester (2018) With more time and money, this low-budg little horror flick could have been something special. As is, it's still worth your time and money to see it. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) A gorgeous, lavish adaptation (shot on 65mm!) of a beloved novel, featuring an ensemble cast of some of our best actors doing wonderful work. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
84% Mayhem (2017) A gleeful, no-holds-barred riot that somehow never loses its humanity as skulls are sawed and faces pummeled. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
100% Creep 2 (2017) A blackly hilarious, increasingly intense showdown between two very engaging and unusual characters. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
60% Jungle (2017) A true story of horror and trauma, the most extreme battle between man and nature that we can imagine. But it's also an inspiring story of faith, and loyalty, and the ineffable resilience of the human spirit. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
93% The Endless (2018) THE ENDLESS is the purest vision we could ever hope to see from two filmmakers who are as comfortable examining the mysteries of the universe as they are the intimacies of our own hearts. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
65% Downrange (2017) DOWNRANGE is dumb and mean, but it's also fun and fearless. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
82% Tragedy Girls (2017) In horror-years, the slasher's an ancient genre, but with TRAGEDY GIRLS, McIntyre has found a fresh and terribly relevant approach. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
85% It (2017) Derry is the true monster of IT, and Muschietti gets Derry very, very right. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
92% Replace (2017) Keil directs with maximum impact, offering saturated colors, unusual angles and breathtaking lines in every frame. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
83% Animals (Tiere) (2017) The film offers several mysteries in one, each more engaging than the last. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
100% Haruko Azumi Is Missing (Japanese Girls Never Die)(Azumi Haruko wa yukue fumei) (2016) Gorgeous and thoughtful, at first impressionistic in its series of vignettes until the pieces join together to form a very compelling whole. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
50% Game of Death (2017) There's something to be said for the unabashed joy Morais and Landry take in their subject matter, a free-wheeling approach that yanks us along for the ride. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
75% Killing Ground (2017) A harrowing examination of humanity's capacity for cruelty. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
64% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992) Not a goddamn thing happens in this movie. I actively hated it. It made me yearn for the absolute worst episode of Twin Peaks. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
78% The Hero (2017) A beautiful love letter to one of our most cherished actors. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
87% Hounds of Love (2017) Ben Young's abduction horror says more by showing less. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
36% Snatched (2017) SNATCHED is caught in a grey area between comedy and action, leaving us with a movie that is neither very funny nor terribly exciting. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
87% It Comes At Night (2017) Devastating. A nightmare of paranoia and mistrust. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) It's bizarre, breathtaking filmmaking, sexy and profound, perfectly entertaining at surface value but with plenty more going on beneath. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
No Score Yet Stephanie (2017) A witless attempt to take a small story and make it big, with no understanding of the potential power of that small story. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) It's the best kind of romantic comedy, small in scope but vast in impact, and a reminder of just how great the genre can be when we give it the chance. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) It delivers the charm and whimsy of the original while managing to also feel new, an adaptation that is respectful but never slavish. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017