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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- 93% Wildlife (2018) A small, poignant story that indicates Dano and Kazan may have a big future in movies.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
A 91% Widows (2018) Widows fires on all cylinders and there isn't a false step in the whole movie, which is pretty amazing considering it has more moving parts than a Swiss watch.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
B+ 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) The movie does a good job of explaining how Nic's addiction affects everyone around him. The film avoids becoming too repetitive, thanks the good acting jobs of Carell and Chalamet.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
C 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Unfortunately, if the story and script aren't compelling, all you're left with are baubles, bangles and pretty sets and costumes with nowhere to go.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
B+ 68% The Happy Prince (2018) The Happy Prince is a tragic masterpiece. Here Everett has given himself the role of a lifetime, and in it he succeeds magnificently.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
A+ 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The story is strong, that acting is fantastic and, well, you can't beat the hit songs... Bohemian Rhapsody is a must-see classic-rock movie masterpiece.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
C+ 33% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Johnny English soldiers on to keep the world safe from evil villains. Even if he does so quite by accident.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
B- 71% Galveston (2018) Galveston, for all its crime tropes and cliches, is really more of a mood piece about relationships and the ephemeral nature of random love and loss in a harsh, modern dog-eat-dog world.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
B+ 61% The Oath (2018) At times, The Oath is a disturbing and unnerving political cruise. Thankfully, Barinholtz knows just when and how to right his cinematic ship.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
B- 79% Halloween (2018) [Laurie] has become a rural Illinois version of Captain Ahab, and Michael Myers is her great white whale. He seems to feel the same way about her. The two have a dance with destiny. It's a dance worth watching if the slasher/horror genre is your thing.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
C 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man & the Gun meanders along at a sluggish pace, at times poorly lit and at other times throwing out dialogue that's hard to decipher. It lacks the sense of urgency and purpose you would expect from a crime-caper movie.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B+ 87% Colette (2018) Colette is a lush, absorbing and sweeping literary epic.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B+ 88% First Man (2018) First Man is both a piece of human space exploration history and the personal story of a great, if taciturn, American hero. Well worth the time.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
A 96% The Hate U Give (2018) Provides the perfect platform to discuss issues of race, class, police brutality and social justice. The movie examines these dilemmas dramatically and intelligently, rarely crossing the line into cliched stereotypes and preachy platitudes.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
C+ 90% A Star Is Born (2018) This oft-told tale (this is the fourth telling of the story) falls into an all-too-predictable rhythm in the middle of the movie, which becomes a slog in the third and final act.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B- 47% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) You really have to care about these characters and their hopes and dreams. I had a hard time with that. Everyone in the cast is attractive and the rural scenery is very easy on the eyes, setting the mood for an emotionally rich drama.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
C+ 13% Life Itself (2018) Unfortunately, Fogelman seems to have bitten off more than the audience can chew here. By the time the third act rolls around, the first act is all but forgotten, as if it was another movie. ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
B 84% The Wife (2018) The Wife is a barn-burner of a domestic drama. Teeth are gnashed, and scenery gets chewed... But it could have been a lot stronger movie with a more focused script. Nonetheless, Close's painfully nuanced performance is one for the books.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B- 58% White Boy Rick (2018) The problem with this movie from start to finish is that it's difficult to find a character to identify with or root for. Not to say that the acting isn't good. Merritt is terrific in the lead role and proves himself to be a genuine, natural talent.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B 59% Operation Finale (2018) Isaac is the heartthrob leading man, and Kingsley is a villain of satanic proportions. It's a true-to-life thriller that needs to be a little more thrilling. But it works.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
C+ 88% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) There are two ways to take this movie and Bowers' past. The way he tells it, he was just making oppressed people happy in a sexually hypocritical era. The other way is that Bowers is outing and profiting off dead people who can't tell their own stories.‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B- 71% 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 48% 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 94% 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+ 69% 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+ 93% 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 57% 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 84% 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 72% 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 44% 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 42% 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
95% 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- 87% 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+ 78% 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 91% 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- 30% 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