Michael Fairbanks

Michael Fairbanks
Michael Fairbanks's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Young Folks
Publications: The Young Folks

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T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 76% High School Musical 2 (2007) High School Musical 2 is more confident in its absurd premise and as such, is a much more entertaining film than the first. It's a goofy summer romp that knows exactly what it is and relishes in that. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
6/10 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Even when it's falling short of its potential, The Dead Don't Die is oddly adorable for a zombie film. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
6/10 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) [Pokémon: Detective Pikachu] is a love letter to those who spent years catching Pokemon on the school bus, on their couch, and outside a Starbucks. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/10 17% After (2019) It just...lingers, futilely praying that the leads can wring something out of this material. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/10 34% Wonder Park (2019) A group of characters so flat that 3-D can only give them one dimension. A film about creative inspiration that has absolutely none. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/10 60% Greta (2019) This is such a tragic waste of Huppert and Moretz, who both deserve a better vehicle. Perhaps the best person to bring this unique female driven take on the stalker subgenre was not a man. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
6/10 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) If you've been in love with these characters from day one, there's little doubt that watching them fly off into the sunset will light a fire in your heart. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
7/10 92% Bumblebee (2018) Against all odds, Bumblebee is a promising new beginning for the Transformers franchise. If they can continue with this more character driven approach and remove it completely from Bay's continuity, they definitely could have something here. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4/10 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) A frustrating failure built on an ambitious filmmaker with both a lack of support from a studio who clearly wanted to wash their hands of his work, and a misguided tonal sensibility that clashes with his material. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
7/10 84% Creed II (2018) Creed II is not nearly as rousing, heartbreaking, and life affirming as the original. However, on it's own terms, it's an enjoyable sequel that nimbly brings Adonis into the fold of the original films. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/10 60% The Front Runner (2018) The film isn't terrible, but it's hard to shake the feeling that we're being robbed of an important story for this moment. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
7/10 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) While it never quite finds enough of a voice to be considered a must see, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is often as compelling as the fake letters Isreal wrote for her victims. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/10 63% The Oath (2018) While The Oath does have occasional moments of intensity and wit, they are almost always undercut by Barinholtz's chronically weak storytelling. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
7/10 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Watching The House With A Clock In Its Walls feels like flipping through the cooky 150 page children's books a grade schooler buys at their library book fair. You can practically see the peanut butter and jelly stains at the edge of every frame. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/10 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) This is an anti comedy, the kind of film that will make an entire generation wonder why we ever bothered making hand puppets into full fledged creatures. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
6/10 46% The Meg (2018) This would've likely been best served as a ninety minute, blood spattering, joke cracking roller coaster. While it obviously has some awareness of this, it still has a fool hearted notion that it should be all things to all people. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
5/10 47% Skyscraper (2018) It's likable enough to make for an enjoyable watch as long as your brain is in deep sleep mode, but it never reaches for anything that might make it stand out. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
8/10 65% Ideal Home (2018) This is the kind of LGBTQ + film that could both exist and succeed in the mainstream. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
6/10 70% Adrift (2018) It never dares to be as dangerous as the story it depicts but does an admirable job of playing it safe. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
1/10 26% Breaking In (2018) What a waste of Union, who has been a good soldier in crap movies for a long time, obviously deserving a better opportunity than this to show us what she's made of. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/10 52% Rampage (2018) Rampage just might be the most blasé monster movie you could ever sit through. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/10 11% The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2018) Perhaps the greatest tragedy of The Vanishing of Sidney Hall is that nobody told writer/director Shawn Christensen that his gag-on-impact green smoothie of dated arthouse tropes was, in fact, a comedy. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
8/10 96% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is going to be a cornerstone of blockbuster cinema, giving a criminally undervalued community the chance to not just be on-screen but to thrive on-screen. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
4/10 51% 12 Strong (2018) 12 Strong is about as basic a film as one could make about something as complex as war. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3/10 27% Bright (2017) It doesn't even come close to tapping into the potential of its premise, instead opting for cheap shock value and a generic story. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
7/10 79% All the Money in the World (2017) All the Money in the World is never quite as powerful or intense as it's trying to be but the moments that shine (most of them involving Plummer) are almost as rich as Getty himself. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
6/10 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) It has admirable ambition and some impeccable craftsmanship but falls completely short as a story. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
4/10 21% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) I'll give Daddy's Home 2 this, it's not nearly as soul shockingly abysmal as Farrell's summer "comedy," The House. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
5/10 79% Brad's Status (2017) White is clearly a keen observer of human behavior but he chose the wrong subject. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
4/10 39% The Mountain Between Us (2017) If The Mountain Between Us had decided to embrace the gritty realism that a story like this demands, then they really could've had something here. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
5/10 65% The Foreigner (2017) The Foreigner ultimately plays like two half-baked thrillers sautéed into one. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
2/10 16% Geostorm (2017) I haven't had such an utterly empty experience watching a film in quite some time. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
2/10 38% Death Note (2017) Brave it if you dare, but by the time it's over, the only thing you'll want to write in your Death Note is your Netflix subscription. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
1/10 20% The House (2017) The most insulting comedies are the ones that feel like glorified cast retreats. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
9/10 87% It Comes At Night (2017) Within that loose framework, a powerful tragedy centered around human nature unfolds, and it's terrifying. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
7/10 99% Aliens (1986) Cameron's film is a lot of fun for what it is, a bonanza of brash action sequences and delicious camaraderie. It proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that while nobody can hear you scream in space, they can certainly hear you shoot. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
4/10 31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Guy Ritchie's take on the King Arthur legend plays like a 180 million dollar book report written by the worst student in the class. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
4/10 52% The Boss Baby (2017) The Boss Baby is a full-length version of a parody trailer straight out of Tropic Thunder. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
7/10 98% Get Out (2017) Jordan Peele's Get Out is essentially Dear White People for sadists; it's a therapeutic horror comedy with a shotgun barrel aimed at the racial tension that's echoing through America. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
8/10 78% The Hero (2017) The film itself is as understated as the western stars it so clearly idolizes. Always consistent but never quite breaking out into anything different. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
9/10 87% Wind River (2017) Wind River is a beautiful re-creation of the restrained and powerful thrillers of a bygone era. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
9/10 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Corey Finley's Thoroughbred is an espresso shot of the sort of the pitch-black comedy that Hollywood has become afraid to touch. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
6/10 91% A Ghost Story (2017) Lowery clearly has a great deal of passion for this material and he throws everything he has into each frame. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
7/10 92% Fences (2016) Fences is an actors' showcase above all else, and all of the talent on display is exemplary. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/10 43% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk ultimately commits the greatest crime a war film can. It tells you how to feel. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
3/10 40% Office Christmas Party (2016) Office Christmas Party is a one hundred minute cut of an SNL sketch that you'd fast forward through. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
7.5/10 37% Blair Witch (2016) It takes it's lean formula and creates as rich a story as possible, while creating some interesting new wrinkles - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
5/10 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) There is clearly a great deal of love and craftsmanship put into Ouija: Origin Of Evil, and that's what makes its flatness so frustrating. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
8.5/10 88% Don't Breathe (2016) While it is definitely time for Alvarez to stretch beyond his brand of housebound horror, he just may be the current master of it. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2016
5.5/10 37% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Without relatability, there is nothing memorable about this film to sustain it after its theatrical run. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016