Michael Frank

Michael Frank
Michael Frank's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): RogerEbert.com The Playlist The Film Stage Film Inquiry AwardsWatch The Spool
Biography:
Michael Frank is a film critic and journalist based in Brooklyn. He thinks the Before trilogy should be in the Louvre and once bumped into John Oliver at brunch. He has bylines in RogerEbert, Film Inquiry, The Playlist, and AwardsWatch.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% Brighton 4th (2021) The film is filled with a simplicity and an instinct that Kakhi possesses to protect his son. This innate desire propels the film forward and almost gives Brighton 4th a primal quality - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
100% Last Film Show (2021) A love letter to the power of the cinema, Last Film Show echoes Cinema Paradiso and other classics. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
B 86% All These Sons (2021) [The film] bursts with empathy, built-in trauma, and forgiveness. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
87% Poser (2021) Unfortunately, its mix of drama and thriller is ungainly. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
C+ No Score Yet The Beta Test (2021) If one can get past the exaggerated nature of The Beta Test, there's much to glean from its mixture of laughs and critiques. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
A- 95% Sweet Thing (2021) Overflowing with nostalgia and sentimentality, Sweet Thing shines because the relationships are real. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
B- 55% Mark, Mary & Some Other People (2021) Mark, Mary & Some Other People finds comfort and empathy in the story of two people still attempting to figure it out. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
C+ 45% Italian Studies (2021) Despite the inherent confusion of his story, Leon's vision doesn't waver, and there's something to be said about a filmmaker who isn't even trying to tie up loose ends. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) A bloated budget can't save the film from faulty writing and an unentertaining narrative structure. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
100% United States vs. Reality Winner (2021) It leaves a sour taste in your mouth and anger that doesn't quickly subside. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
100% Subjects of Desire (2021) Subjects of Desire offers real perspectives from women that have lived with these presupposed roles since they were kids, chatting candidly about the lightness or darkness of their skin, and how Blackness cannot be put into neat, little boxes. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
100% Not Going Quietly (2021) Barkan's story, along with his continued battle for life, makes for an affecting piece of filmmaking championing a specific cause and a single person. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
78% Kid Candidate (2021) The more time that passed in Kid Candidate, a new documentary from Jasmine Stodel, the more you root for Pedigo's longshot bid, mostly due to his clear sincerity for enacting change. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
100% The Return: Life After ISIS (2021) Clua's documentary, a powerful and fascinating portrait of a group that was never the focus during ISIS's height of terror, sees these women with overwhelming empathy. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
2/4 68% Women is Losers (2021) Despite its assured style and confident direction, the narrative itself lacks the depth needed to examine these broader societal problems. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
95% I'M FINE (Thanks for Asking) (2021) ... the film limps towards 90-minutes, only losing steam as the day wears on and hope (almost) becomes lost. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
2/4 86% Recovery (2021) The film remains breezy, containing enough laughs to sustain your attention but not enough drama to keep you away from checking your phone. It's another entry in the rapidly increasing ledger of pandemic-fueled comedies. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2021
2.5/4 92% The Fallout (2021) The Fallout deserves recognition for its ability to handle the trickiness of high school loss and the anxiety that follows an event that would be cataclysmic in anyone's life. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
3/4 95% Language Lessons (2021) It scoops up the pieces of your heart, telling you that someone is willing to put everything back together. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
85% As Tears Go By (1989) Stylish as ever, Wong's melodramatic crime story serves as a singular debut. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
93% Lily Topples The World (2021) After the tenth big build, though, you have an itch to keep scrolling, to watch something else, and to move onto another creator that's making short, sweet, dopamine-hits that fill up our social media feeds. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
86% The Oxy Kingpins (2021) Despite the importance of the issue, The Oxy Kingpins lacks a central hero, an identifiable face, and a finishing touch. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
100% Introducing, Selma Blair (2021) It doesn't need any flashy filmmaking to make an impact. Blair is doing that all by herself. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
B- 100% Sophie Jones (2021) Sophie Jones is rarely romantic, chipping away at the constant lovey-dovey nature of high school relationships in the majority of media. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
C- 53% First Date (2021) Moments of joy and excitement exist within this debut, but they're just too few and far between to make an impact. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B 93% Jockey (2021) Led by a career-best Clifton Collins Jr. and supported by more-than-solid performances from Molly Parker and Moisés Arias, the film leans on these three actors to tell a tried-and-true story. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B 80% Knocking (2021) The intensity never lets up, delving deeper into the pangs of isolation, and the consequences of the inability to control a worsening situation. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
C- 54% John and the Hole (2021) Without substance or motivation to be invested in the story, the film falls flat, existing as a dark comedy that somehow lacks the comedy needed to make it work. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B 100% Try Harder! (2021) Peppered with joy and desperation, Try Harder! finds realness in an absurd, machine-like process. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B- 100% Luzzu (2021) A simple, yet beautiful film due to this sense of place, Luzzu highlights a story that's rooted in tradition and particularity. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B- 95% CODA (2021) Coda, even with all of its imperfections, drives home a truckload of emotions in its final act, filled with more silence than noise. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B 71% Erēmīta (Anthologies) (2021) Erēmīta's greatest strengths lie in its time capsule-esque value in capturing something personal for both the filmmakers and for showcasing windows into the rest of the world during our current crisis. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
85% On the Count of Three (2021) In the scope of this 84-minute dark yet hopeful joyride, there's more to this story that Carmichael and the writers decide not to examine. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Summer of Soul is a celebration of Black music and culture, becoming a documentary that brings you to your feet, slipping on your dancing shoes in the process. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
65% How It Ends (2021) Seeped in classic Southern California sunshine, How It Ends doesn't require too much thought or even attention to be a comfortable watch. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
C 42% Locked Down (2021) It skirts the line between being genuinely entertaining and a film to throw on in the background while you're cooking dinner--which, in that case, may result in the ideal pandemic movie. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
95% The Disciple (2020) It's about acceptance of the direction of your life, and questioning of the years you worked to achieve the now-impossible. For Sharad, it's heart-shattering. For us, it's memory-inducing. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
4/5 84% You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) The film deserves praise for its attachment and warmth to Arquette. As an executive producer of the doc, Arquette isn't afraid to show himself slipping up, falling into old, bad habits. And it lives up to the title. You almost see Arquette actually die. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
4.5/5 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) A piece of me felt like I was losing my mind. Another piece of me felt like I was being somewhat enlightened, reaching a state of heightened learning, listening, and growing. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
81% Oldboy (2005) A powerful and smart ode to tragedy, Park's film manages to provoke you, dishearten you, and thrill you. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/4 87% Swallow (2020) Beginning with a calligraphic, gorgeous title sequence, Mirabella-Davis's slight-horror, heavy-drama features a collection of incredible visuals and striking production and costume design. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
89% The Two Popes (2019) It gives Catholics and non-Catholics alike some of the feelings that faith should provide. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
98% Blow the Man Down (2020) Blow the Man Down warrants a watch for Martindale and Squibb alone. The odd seamen singing, the up-and-coming script, and the specific telling of a clear yet wide-eyed story becoming icing on the cake. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
No Score Yet D. Wade: Life Unexpected (2020) Linear as can be, D. Wade: Life Unexpected will satisfy fans of the superstar and fans of the NBA, acting more as a gloss-over and less as an in-detail retrospective. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) Shirley isn't your regular biopic. It's much, much more than that. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
86% The Courier (2020) Though Ironbark won't ruffle any feathers, it serves as an enjoyable and entertaining spectacle. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
98% The Father (2021) Playing out over an unspecified amount of time yet staying in only a couple of apartments, the film corners you, becoming smaller and more intimate as time goes on. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
No Score Yet Mob Town (2019) Mobtown lives in a space of mediocrity, never too horrible or uninteresting to turn off and never good enough for you to be happy to be watching. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
97% Midnight Family (2019) Powerful both in message and in content, the documentary warrants more than just a watch. Give it your full attention. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
No Score Yet Radioflash (2019) You just want to be immersed in any aspect of the film. Instead, we're given a boatload of lackluster moments with superfluous dialogue and trace amounts of danger. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019