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Michael Heaton

Michael Heaton
Michael Heaton's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 72% Christopher Robin (2018) Christopher Robin is beautifully shot and well-acted. I found the narrative drive of the script less than compelling, but it will certainly entertain parents and kids who already have a love of these time-tested characters.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B+ 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Shines a radiant light on the man who was a children's television host for more than three decades on public television.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
A 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Even though it is as predictable as the rising sun, it is still fun to watch. The action never lets up for a second, and the whole movie is a terrific, exciting summer action romp.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
A 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) This is a summer movie that's fun, funny and fit for the whole family. Even if you're not a family of superheroes, you will still have a super time.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
B+ 68% The Seagull (2018) It's a busy domestic drama that gives an audience plenty to think and feel about while enjoying Chekhov's gift for engaging dramatic dialogue.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
B+ 94% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed is Schrader's best film in a long time. It provides an unflinching look at many of life's big questions.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
B 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) Hotel Artemis is first and foremost a B-movie action-thriller perfect for a summer audience looking for a great escape. Lower your expectations before checking in, and you'll have a great stay.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
B+ 89% Hereditary (2018) Fans of this genre will find a lot to be creeped out by in this gory spook fest. My mom, however, would not approve.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
B+ 97% The Rider (2018) The movie is technically rough and its narrative is a bit wobbly. But because the story is so close to the lives of the actors, it has a unique emotional power that few films do.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
A 89% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) An uplifting look at the 266th pope and his progressive views on global challenges such as social justice and environmental issues.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
B+ 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) The Deadpool writers, and that team includes Reynolds, get to have their cake and eat it, too, with a movie they can dismiss and cherish all at the same time.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
A No Score Yet The Assassin's Code (2018) Edward Lee Cornett and Valerie Grant wrote a terrific script, both smart, funny and full of explosive action.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
C+ 83% Blockers (2018) This movie has been described as "sex-positive" because it champions the girls' rights when it comes to determining their own sex lives. But all it does is prove that girls can have crude and lewd sex comedies just as much as the boys do.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
B+ 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) [Helen] Mirren and [Donald] Sutherland imbue their characters with a fragile humanity that makes them hard not to love and appreciate. They make the most of the material they've been given. All in all, it was a trip worth taking.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
A+ 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) The dog dialogue is often droll and hilarious. [Wes] Anderson has a real gift for the oddball turn of phrase and the stand-alone comment that always gets a laugh.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
A 73% Ready Player One (2018) I'm now convinced there isn't any kind of movie Steven Spielberg can't master.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
A+ No Score Yet America's Musical Journey (2018) America's Musical Journey is a trip the whole family will enjoy -- and the kids might accidentally learn something about history, geography and musical culture while they are having a good time.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
B 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Good writers borrow. Great writers steal. The writers of this action sequel are magnificently larcenous.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
A 80% The Party (2018) "The Party" is a bit like an abbreviated "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf." The dialogue is sharp, the acting is top notch and the plots twists and turns like a Rube Goldberg machine.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
D 40% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) "Wrinkle" could be unfavorably compared to the "Wizard of Oz" - lacking its charm, humor and clever characters. ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
A 87% Thoroughbreds (2018) Bet the farm on "Thoroughbreds."‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) "Bombshell" would be a rather ordinary Hollywood bio if not for the fact that besides being a ravishing beauty, the Austrian-born actress Hedy Lamarr was also a scientific genius.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
B 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) "The Disaster Artist," despite all its Hollywood cynicism, has quite a big heart.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
B- 88% Novitiate (2017) "Novitiate" is a thoughtful and sincere rendering of the devout religious caught up in the changing times of modern society.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
C+ 77% Last Flag Flying (2017) The trio ultimately becomes tiresome long before the emotional big finish. Talk about no country for old men.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
A 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) [Martin McDonagh] brings that same keen eye and razor-fine writing to his American cousins in Ebbing, Missouri. He treats them with a similar cruel but deep affection.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B+ 97% Coco (2017) Luckily for the audience, the animation is Pixar perfect and stunning to behold. And there are enough visual skeleton gags to distract children in the audience from the fact that story is somewhat hard to follow.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
C- 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) The movie has a good heart when it isn't constantly trying to outgross, say, the Billy Bob Thornton "Bad Santa" franchise.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
D 29% All I See Is You (2017) You'd have to be blind not to see what is missing from this script; i.e, a plausible story.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
B+ 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Thank You for Your Service is an important call to arms on behalf of our men and women in military service. They deserve better. Much better.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
A 29% Suburbicon (2017) This is quite clearly an odd duck of a movie whose gifts will undoubtedly elude some moviegoers. It's not for everyone. But I enjoyed every minute. ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
B- 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) [2049] is long, laborious (in a good way) and lovingly detailed. It's also visually and aurally spectacular.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
B- 86% American Made (2017) Unfortunately, Gary Spinelli's script becomes too unwieldy for even a superstar like Cruise to carry the load all by himself.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
D 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The entire movie is at cross-purposes with itself. It is all at once juvenile and simplistic, but also overly violent and crude.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
A 82% Brad's Status (2017) Brad's Status is that rarest of offerings: a brave, smart and occasionally laugh-out-loud film that hits grown-ups right where they live. It provides food for thought and supplication for the soul.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
F 69% mother! (2017) It would be difficult to find a filmmaker who has more contempt for his audience. He shouldn't be trusted with either a keyboard or camera, much less the budget to make a movie.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
B+ 34% American Assassin (2017) The action is relentless; the story provides mostly believable thrills. ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
B 85% It (2017) The movie will undoubtedly successfully engage and entertain fans of the horror genre. ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
A 82% Patti Cake$ (2017) Patti Cake$ is the "Rocky" of rap movies.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
C- 81% Brigsby Bear (2017) The film is by turns absurd, sarcastic, cute, sentimental and finally just a little stupid. It's easy to see what the filmmakers had in mind here. It's too bad they missed that mark by a mile.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
B 97% Menashe (2017) I don't want to give anything away, but eventually audience members who are paying attention might conclude that Menashe isn't simply having a run of bad luck.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
B+ 87% My Friend Dahmer (2017) Ross Lynch, an actor formerly known for roles in fluffy Disney teen movies, plays the Dahmer role with a studied and intriguing subtlety. It's a tricky role, and he gets it right.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
C+ 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Didn't I read somewhere that Soderbergh had retired from filmmaking? This would be a perfect time for him to keep that promise.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
B- 87% Wind River (2017) "Wind River" is a visually spectacular, contemporary Indian reservation whodunit set in Wyoming.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
C+ 80% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Unfortunately, his new documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, just seems like more preaching to the choir.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
B+ 74% Landline (2017) Landline is a pleasant dramatic excursion about family, love and loss.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
C+ 91% A Ghost Story (2017) Some credit is due for artistic courage and craftiness on Lowery's part for this low-budget wonder, but ultimately A Ghost Story doesn't hang together in any substantive way.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
A+ 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) It's an atomic triumph of spy thriller action and storytelling.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
B+ 92% Dunkirk (2017) World War II history buffs won't want to miss this large, sprawling colossus of a film.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
C+ 20% Misfortune (2016) Misfortune is a crime thriller with a plot we've seen many times before.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017