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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
C+ 82% 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+ 33% 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+ 91% 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 81% 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 39% 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 86% 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+ 76% 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 28% 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 28% 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+ 83% 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
B 78% The Beguiled (2017) The Civil War is a perfect setting for this battle between the sexes, and Coppola does a deft and surgical job of conveying the emotional nuances laid bare by her great visual storytelling.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
D 86% Okja (2017) While the eco-parable Okja has some good and some not-so-good qualities, it suffers from a fatal flaw that goes to its very core.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
C+ 93% Baby Driver (2017) The music helps distract viewers from the fact that they have no emotional investment in any of these characters or the story itself.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
B- 74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Beatriz at Dinner is a timely, socially apt movie that begins with great promise.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
B- 20% The Book of Henry (2017) The Book of Henry, for all its minor missteps, is probably worth more than a glance.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
B+ 88% It Comes At Night (2017) It Comes at Night is a masterful work of spooky suspense. Writer-director Trey Edward Shults has created a claustrophobic gem of a movie.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
C+ 84% Megan Leavey (2017) There's surely a great story in Megan Leavey, but it never gets sufficiently sussed out.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
B- 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) The underlying messages here are all uplifting. Boring school can be made fun. Making art is good. Creativity rules. So do true friendship and love. The occasional butt joke harms no one. And if it bothers an uptight adult, all the better.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
A- 49% War Machine (2017) It functions in dual roles as both a great piece of entertainment as well as a message movie with perceptive and powerful political insights.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
C 85% The Lovers (2017) If only writer/director Jacobs had let his leading man, prizewinning playwright Letts (see "Killer Joe"), take a pass at this flavorless ham sandwich of a script.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
C+ 20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) The poop and barf jokes are there of course, but it's all basically harmless fun, if not very original.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
B+ 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Norman sneaks up on you. And Richard Gere, playing against type in the title role, will pleasantly surprise you.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017