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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Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The LEGO Movie 2 builds a pretty shaky tower... But it keeps the laughs in place, and really, that's more than likely what we're all coming back for. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/5 80% The Magic Life of V (2019) Another remarkable feature of The Magic Life of V is that it isn't hellbent on solving its main character's problems. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
92% Thelma (2017) Thelma's central love story doles out plenty of instances of relief. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
95% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) The treat of young, pre-stammers Jeff Goldblum should be enough to comfort you through the movie's darkest chapters. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
96% Solaris (1976) A cerebral and unsettling milestone that you should no doubt mark off your cinematic bucket list sometime. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
29% High Spirits (1988) High Spirits is cheesy, slapdash, and not exactly up to snuff to today's standards of gender politics, but Halloween-appropriate nonetheless. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
69% mother! (2017) It may well test your patience, but it never quite leaves your mind after viewing. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
53% The 'Burbs (1989) Sure, Carrie Fisher deserved a better role, but let's be honest-Carrie Fisher deserved a better planet. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
80% Personal Shopper (2017) It'll raise the hairs on your arm for sure, but its strong tethers to familiar reality will help to keep from sending you into an all-out-panic. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
91% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon takes this mission to a new neighborhood, aiming to occupy a space so long understood, from both sides of the equation, to have no room for queer stories. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 reminds its viewers Helen Parr is cool, brilliant, unflappable-not just super, but exceptional. As such, it's a shame the story surrounding her is anything but. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3.5/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 is less an overarching story than a collection of small but satisfying sensory explosions. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/5 83% Blockers (2018) [Blockers] feels like a surprising roll of the dice in the present year, but its regular inclinations toward something far sweeter and sharper is what makes the film worth sitting through. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3.5/5 80% Unsane (2018) Unsane may not be as vibrant or formally impressive as Logan Lucky, but it's all the more invigorated by the passions that put this filmmaker on our radar in the first place. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3.5/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Unable to find the magic line between beauty and temperament or irony and earnestness, the scale tips away from humanity-and dogmanity-and ends up lacking the Wes Anderson heart that we're likewise puzzled by and endlessly yearning for. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) I don't know exactly what I saw in Paddington 2, or why it struck me with such wonder when the little bear slapped a glob of vermilion jam on the glistening noggin of an ill-tempered patron. All I know is that it took me somewhere. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3/5 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) The horrors we get from 47 Meters Down are admirably raw. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3.5/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Thus, we're left with a film that claims greatness, but has nothing great to show for itself. And yet, mathematics be damned, I'm hesitant to submit to the fact that The Greatest Showman isn't, in fact, great. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4.5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Anderson's inclination to stupefy and stir before inevitably satisfying makes Phantom Thread such an immaculate piece of emotional warfare, both for its leading players and its entranced viewers. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3.5/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Imbued with his own divisive but wholly vivid personal mythology, James Franco is just as important character to The Disaster Artist as Tommy is. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
4/5 97% Coco (2017) It's consistently sweet, often funny, occasionally startling, and armed with some tremendously catchy tunes. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
2/5 59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Murder on the Orient Express seems just as hurried to get to the final act as is its spotlighted detective, the world-renowned Hercule Poirot (played by Branagh himself). - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3.5/5 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) Last Flag Flying is at its strongest when it sheds the shackles of its admittedly worthy central themes. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/5 92% Logan Lucky (2017) Just as impressive as Logan Lucky's technical proficiency is its winning embrace of fun. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
2/5 7% The Emoji Movie (2017) Far be it from me to insist that a sincere Emoji Movie couldn't work, but just as inconsistent as the sci-fi is the emotionality. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) In absence of his usual brand of intellectual complexity, Nolan instead packs each of his uncharacteristically minimalistic tales with a career-best effort in emotional fortuity. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2.5/5 70% Cars 3 (2017) While Pixar is hardly averse to treating its audience surrogates to the pangs of growing up, Lightning's isn't a reflection of the new worlds that young viewers might themselves be taking on. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) So hollow are Henry Turner, Carina, and at this point Jack Sparrow that there's not nearly as much joy as there should be in watching them run amok across the land and sea. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
3/5 36% Snatched (2017) As a showcase of the screen presences of Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer, it has much of what you expect it offer. And as a story about a mother and a daughter reconnecting, it has more. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/5 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) Covenant doesn't look to offer much of the same experience first undertaken in Scott's '79 science fiction-horror, but what we get instead is hardly lacking in brains or guts... and I mean that both figuratively and otherwise. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/5 86% My Friend Dahmer (2017) As an examination of a notorious American killer, it may be in over its head. But as one of something just as notorious-American high school life-it's fun, sinister, and remarkably thoughtful. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
2/5 15% The Circle (2017) What we're treated to instead of furtive examinations of these larger philosophical problems are vague and ominous diatribes and a few isolated episodes of tech-adjacent misfortune. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
4/5 82% The Trip to Spain (2017) Behind the gags, the barbs, the wordplay, and the many, many impressions lurks a sadness...By definition, the pervasion of this theme may make The Trip to Spain the least funny of its brethren so far. But it also makes it the most interesting. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3.5/5 49% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) These new Power Rangers may not be the team of superhero friends you remember, but they'll for sure feel like a team, and like friends. And occasionally like superheroes-when they get around to it. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3.5/5 80% T2 Trainspotting (2017) If you're one of this breed of Trainspotting diehards, I implore you to hold out hope at least long enough to see the surprising gloss of the movie's lens as not a betrayal, but a natural complement to the original's grit and grain. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
4/5 98% The Last Laugh (2017) The Last Laugh could conceivably stand to get even deeper... in its analysis, perhaps casting too wide a net to really dig to the core of any of its discussions. Still, comedy scholars and novices alike should delight in the exhumation of topics. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Perhaps most of the energy derives not from showmanship, but from our own anticipation of how these old favorites will play out in flesh, blood, and digitized ones and zeroes. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/5 87% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) With a brilliant costarring dynamic, some delightfully catchy musical numbers, and a world so deeply steeped in the most magnetic, macabre aura, The Lure becomes something wholly worth watching, listening to, and living in. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3.5/5 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Even though it may disappoint on its original promise, Ingrid packs an impressive helping of emotional resonance, not to mention no shortage of delightfully sinister humor about social media, youth culture, and loneliness. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Committed with the utmost beauty, humanity, and sexuality. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
4/5 97% Columbus (2017) The compassion with which Columbus films its building-laden titular town is nothing short of invigorating. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/5 65% The Polka King (2017) The Polka King doesn't have the stylistic originality nor the inherent intrigue to keep it alive from start to finish. But it does have Jack Black, who, if you're like me, goes a very, very long way. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3/5 64% Bitch (2017) Though I'm still hard pressed to define the film's themes or direction, I can't say that the experience of watching it roll around in the dirt didn't come with ample intrigue. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3.5/5 74% Landline (2017) Rushing to the happy ending may have cost Landline too large a chunk of its emotional impact, but time spent with the family on screen-sisters Dana and Ali especially-isn't likely to leave you without a warmer heart and a few good laughs. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
4/5 97% Mudbound (2017) She may hit a few slip-ups en route, but eventually, Rees finds success in most everything she aims to accomplish. And these are no paltry deeds, either. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3.5/5 82% Brigsby Bear (2017) I couldn't think of a more appropriate feature screenplay or leading role debut for Mooney than Brigsby Bear-an earnest salute to the weirdo in all of us. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
4/5 52% Person to Person (2017) Person to Person is a lot like the New York character it celebrates: indefinable but unmistakable. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3/5 88% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) Jessica Williams is not just the star of Jim Strouse's latest picture, she's its very life force. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
4.5/5 98% Get Out (2017) I won't be surprised if Get Out helps to spell out a few important lessons for those who deign to give it a watch. The best part: Any who do will have a hell of a fun and frightful time learning. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3/5 45% The Yellow Birds (2018) Unburdened by any apparent ideological agenda-a rarity for films about contemporaneous warfare-The Yellow Birds freely pumps up and tears apart. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017