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Michael Arbeiter

Michael Arbeiter
Michael Arbeiter's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hollywood.com, The Playlist, Nerdist, We Got This Covered

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 91% I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017) What makes the film serve as more than just an exercise of Murphy's Law is the humanity at its heart-namely, Melanie Lynskey. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Jan 20, 2017
33% Monster Trucks (2017) It's damn near miraculous how close Monster Trucks gets to reproducing the '90s aesthetic, and how enjoyable the ride is as a result. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Even with Smith's ability to sell austere grief, Collateral Beauty never quite validates itself as a story that deserves this performance. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Dec 15, 2016
2.5/5 31% Passengers (2016) It isn't that Passengers is treading in delicate territory that ultimately undermines its premise -- on the contrary -- but the fact that it doesn't trust its central big thinker to keep its movie afloat from beginning to end. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/5 95% Moana (2016) No, these things don't all blend together well, but if you can follow Moana's island society's lead and just roll with it, you'll enjoy them one by one. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Spectacle is as important a character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as its caped crusaders, and never before has this proved such a significant truth. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Oct 28, 2016
4/5 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) The Lost City of Z does understand its so-called hero, and those who've paved the way for the heroism he'll forever be celebrated for. But it refuses to get caught up in that tradition. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3.5/5 64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) It's vile, it's intrusive, and it's annoying, but it's strikingly, creatively, and impressively so. And, to boot, really freakin' weird. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3.5/5 100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) There are worse ways to spend 95 minutes than in the company of two people you like, admire, and are enduringly charmed by. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4.5/5 90% Certain Women (2016) With so much on its mind, it's this devotion to mood that keeps Certain Women as satisfyingly visceral as it is excitingly cerebral, and as flavorfully classical as it is tastefully new. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Oct 11, 2016
4/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) The unparalleled honesty with which Lonergan tells his story lands it in a class all its own. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Oct 7, 2016
4.5/5 96% Paterson (2016) Paterson is a movie so indebted to the necessity, futility, synthesis, isolation, validation, subversion, entertainment, and art of watching the world, that I feel reluctant to tell you anything but to give it a look. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Sep 30, 2016
4.5/5 89% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016) Adorably minimalistic one minute and strikingly surreal another, the visual artistry of My Entire High School shoulders much of the weight of its storytelling. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Sep 30, 2016
2.5/5 61% Snowden (2016) The movie may inform you of plenty, but it really doesn't tell you much of a story. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Sep 16, 2016
2/5 79% Joshy (2016) Ultimately, Joshy claims to be a story in defense of its main character's right to a story all his own, even though the film never steps away from him long enough to make us consider that this was even a palpable threat. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) Maybe if the movie employed a bit more subtlety on all fronts, it'd be a far more successful outing. But subtlety seems like it was one of Sausage Party's chief adversaries from the ground shelf up. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Aug 10, 2016
2/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) It's the apparent lack of strategy in putting together these pieces that undermines the lot, resulting in a good deal less than the sum of the film's admittedly decent parts. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Aug 3, 2016
3.5/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Star Trek Beyond is instead happy to rest on the laurels of simple, sublime familiarity. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Jul 28, 2016
4/5 95% Tickled (2016) Investigation of the sport and its subculture leads Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve down a rabbit hole of fetishism, fraud, blackmail, bigotry, and some truly menacing behavior. (Tickled gets scary!) ‐ Nerdist
Posted Jun 23, 2016
4.5/5 91% Always Shine (2016) Always Shine proves itself the next great entry in a number of cinematic conversations. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Apr 29, 2016
3.5/5 76% Keanu (2016) Keanu is heartily, sweetly, and often riotously enjoyable. ‐ Nerdist
Posted Apr 29, 2016
3/10 3% Nina (2016) Nina is satisfied to show us Nina Simone - and a very distractingly made-up Nina Simone, at that - but not to tell us anything about her. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Apr 19, 2016
4/10 18% The Adderall Diaries (2016) Much like its main character, The Adderall Diaries is too distracted with crime and romance to understand what's really important. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Apr 13, 2016
7/10 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Miles Ahead spends a lot of time struggling with the responsibility of telling its subject's story. But when it commits its focus to one particularly odd adventure, it becomes a surprisingly fun movie. ‐ We Got This Covered
Posted Mar 31, 2016
D 45% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" will test your optimism. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 30, 2015
C+ 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) When will Henry Cavill star in a movie worthy of these newly unveiled charms? ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 11, 2015
2.5/5 31% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) A total failure of a movie? Hardly. But in its will to reinvent and experiment anew with everything we discovered in the original, we'd have to call Kick-Ass 2 effectively powerless. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Jul 7, 2015
5/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) Yes, we've all been enlightened unto the depletive hell that was the era of American slavery. But perhaps never, at least through cinema, have we been placed so vividly among the human beings who suffered through it. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3/5 87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) Ultimately, we are welcome to marvel at A Most Wanted Man, but it'd be nearly impossible to revel in it. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/5 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) It seems to know what we've all been forgetting since 1985: science fiction can be funny, blockbusters can be kooky, and Tom Cruise can, and should, be a jackass. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) In the absence of definitive work done in our heroing couple, a pair rich in fibers but relegated to broad strokes and easy quips in this turn, most of it amounts to a fairly good spy thriller, not an ace-in-the-whole neo-superhero masterpiece. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Jan 4, 2015
5/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Even more impressive than what Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has to say is how it goes about saying it. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) From scene one, The Lego Movie is maniacal in its comic delivery. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Jan 3, 2015
4/5 99% Starred Up (2014) The power of this movie is in its lack of interest in the dramatic and its preference, instead, of the humane. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Jan 2, 2015
5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) No matter who you are, this movie will charm your dandy pants off and then some. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3.5/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Although it might lack in the flare of some of its big screen comic book competitors, Days of Future Past does have plenty of "cool stuff" in its arsenal. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Jan 2, 2015
4.5/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) Snowpiercer's ultimate victory is how palatable it makes its unbelievably weird material. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Jan 2, 2015
5/5 98% Boyhood (2014) Its complete submission to those nothings, mediums, beautiful portraits of life's fabric is what makes Boyhood unprecedented. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Jan 2, 2015
4.5/5 94% Whiplash (2014) Andrew's story breathes and moves like a song -- a jazz number, naturally -- which renders every turn, reveal, and twist of perspective a tremendous showstopper. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) It's all very frightening, all too provocative, and all one mess of a good time. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Oct 2, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Throughout this technical haze, Guardians carries forth with more spirit than anything Marvel has put out to date. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 30, 2014
3.5/5 67% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) Founding itself on the values of seizing responsibility and setting sail out into the world, the saccharine, sleepy sequel could actually be a pretty valuable experience for young viewers. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Sep 11, 2014
91% To Be Takei (2014) There is a whole lot of Takei in between the early days of Sulu and the current era of hashtagged witticisms, and that is vast middle section is chronicled in the new documentary To Be Takei. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/5 80% The One I Love (2014) The One I Love fails to make the most of its interesting, dense concept. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/5 32% The Expendables 3 (2014) Off to the side of the top-heavy bulk, these elements make up the real victory of Expendables 3: the fun is in the weird. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 15, 2014
0.5/5 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) The single consistent throughline Grown Ups 2 seems to have, in fact, is its bigotry. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Jul 28, 2014
4/5 74% Godzilla (2014) Edwards' creature design is dazzling, his deus ex machina are riveting, and the ultimate payoff to which he treats his audience is the sort of gangbusters crowd-pleaser that your average contemporary monster movie is too afraid to consider. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted May 16, 2014
4.5/5 83% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) Hide Your Smiling Faces gives us something touching, tremendous, and new. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) Ender's Game works just fine for anyone looking to float free from the world for two hours. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Nov 19, 2013
5/5 99% Short Term 12 (2013) From the get-go, the movie has you, anchoring you down to its sad and beautiful world and demanding that you carry with you all of the incredible thoughts and feelings it has to offer. ‐ Hollywood.com
Posted Aug 23, 2013