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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
4/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Just as impressive as Logan Lucky's technical proficiency is its winning embrace of fun. ‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
2/5 8% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/5 93% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2.5/5 68% 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
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
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
3/5 35% 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
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/5 71% 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
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/5 88% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
2/5 17% 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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3.5/5 44% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3.5/5 78% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
4/5 100% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/5 70% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/5 84% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
100% Call Me by Your Name (2017) Committed with the utmost beauty, humanity, and sexuality.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
4/5 98% Columbus (2017) The compassion with which Columbus films its building-laden titular town is nothing short of invigorating.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/5 64% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3.5/5 73% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
4/5 96% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3.5/5 78% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
4/5 45% Person to Person (2017) Person to Person is a lot like the New York character it celebrates: indefinable but unmistakable.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3/5 86% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
4.5/5 99% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
3/5 39% The Yellow Birds (2017) Unburdened by any apparent ideological agenda-a rarity for films about contemporaneous warfare-The Yellow Birds freely pumps up and tears apart.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
3.5/5 88% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
32% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 13% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/5 96% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3.5/5 63% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
4.5/5 92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
4.5/5 85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 82% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
2/5 25% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
4/5 93% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
4.5/5 89% Always Shine (2016) Always Shine proves itself the next great entry in a number of cinematic conversations.‐ Nerdist
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
3.5/5 77% Keanu (2016) Keanu is heartily, sweetly, and often riotously enjoyable.‐ Nerdist
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016