Michael Snydel

Michael Snydel
Michael Snydel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Paste Magazine The Film Stage The Spool

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T-Meter Title | Year
62% Hunted (2020) Throughout, [Lucie] Debay tries her hardest to imbue her character with the semblance of an arc...but it can't cloak that the film turns curiously sluggish whenever the camera is in her presence. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
97% Gunda (2020) Combined with alternately elliptical and sparingly continuous editing, it all mounts into something far larger than its minute-to-minute rewards. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
98% Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) Fireball is unlikely to stand as a radical highlight in Herzog's future career. Consider it a victory lap...the documentary about the destructive beauty of meteors is equal parts perplexing and engaging. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
73% Blood Vessel (2020) A smart but oddly timid single-location creature feature. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
57% May the Devil Take You: Chapter Two (2020) Tjahjanto overcomplicates the sequel's perverse genre thrills with too many frills. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2020
57% Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (2020) Mythology-happy Disney has never missed an opportunity for the future brand, but it still squanders the assets they have here. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2020
89% Sputnik (2020) There's still plenty of room for gooey Cronenbergian shapeshifting, but there's rarely a chance for the catharsis of death. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
82% The Painted Bird (2020) God might be dead, but the film is unable to commit to its own aspirations of spiritual chaos beyond the action on screen. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
92% The Outpost (2020) Nearly every character other than those three leads is defined less by personalities than a single attribute that can be insulted. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
100% Driveways (2020) Chau is a vibrant presence, expanding a series of scattered notes into a character who's not haunted by regret but who hasn't come by resolution easily. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
20% Coffee & Kareem (2020) A cobbled-together hodgepodge of cutting room floor jokes from early 2000s Judd Apatow rip-offs .... and the racial and sexual politics of a Cops rerun. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
83% The Way Back (2020) A familiar but satisfying take on the redemption story strengthened by the palpable pain of its onscreen protagonist. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
28% The Rhythm Section (2020) The film is exhilaratingly out of step with the autopilot assassin stylings of the John Wicks of the world. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
83% Queen & Slim (2019) Over and over, the dialogue moves from sinuous to hammer-headed as the characters restate their frame of mind and align themselves with a fatalist spirituality. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) [It's] rarely subversive, but is sincere and thoughtful even in its most pandering, commodified moments. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
45% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) [E]ven as [Roberts] still needs to work on creating more engaging victims, he knows exactly what to do once all hell breaks loose. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Representation for people with genetic disorders still has a long way to go, but this is the rare film that seems to be moving the needle instead of placating the masses. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
77% Richard Jewell (2019) Unafraid of broad strokes, the film traffics in the kind of binary moral coloring that on the surface feels dramatically simplistic. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
60% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) [Its issues feel] a small complaint for a crime film that's thankfully more interested in humans than mythmaking. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
96% What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) The first half of the documentary moves with an engaging efficiency, bulldozing through the arc of Ali being unbeatable only to slowly reveal the cracks in his composure. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
B+ 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) This is a portrayal of Dylan at his most unadulterated and prickly-a desolate genius who's still almost always full of it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
C 71% The Perfection (2019) The more that Shepard's film reveals its fastidious intentions, the more it unveils its simultaneous hollowness and ugliness. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
D 65% Vice (2018) A film so lethargically glib that it may finally be the Holy Grail to unite both sides of the political aisle. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
C 57% 1:54 (2018) ... 1:54 is so convinced of its own convictions that it fails to recognize that it's running towards the wrong goal. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
C 80% Early Man (2018) Coming from a studio and director who've repeatedly found new ways to reinvent the wheel, it's extra disappointing to see them release something so primitive. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
A- 91% Phantom Thread (2018) This feels like the beginning of a different version of this filmmaker: one who's more mature, more confident, more open, and a director who will continue to keep surprising all of us. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
B- 82% Detroit (2017) A film that is constantly at war with itself, moving from gratuitous violence to toothless editorialization at a moment's notice. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2017
B- 98% Quest (2017) There's a great documentary in Quest, but this is a case of a film that's trying to cover too many things, and thus only muddles its own intentions. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
B 92% Fences (2016) A film that bursts with a conversational energy and burning intensity that only comes with familiarity with the source material. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
4.4/10 78% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) A puerile film laden with gruesome imagery but lacking in tension, character or a connecting purpose. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
A- 99% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) The evidence here is more intrinsically spiritual than fact-based, and, in the process, Peck has made one of this year's finest documentaries. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
B 98% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) A worthwhile showcase for excellent performances, assured direction, and a twist on the sports story that prioritizes character before history. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
5.6/10 28% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) Do the Time Warp Again is hopelessly caught in the middle between the glossiness of high-budget stage musicals and the demented, anything-goes camp of the film. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
6.3/10 94% Newtown (2016) Newtown is a stirring reminder that life goes on, even when the foundation of one's life is shaken by an event, but when it tries to cover too much, the film invites more questions than it explores. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
B 81% My Blind Brother (2016) Sophie Goodhart's charming, low-key debut My Blind Brother is a deceptively emotional experience. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
6.8/10 91% Miss Stevens (2016) Hart imbues the film with both a natural visual harmony, as well as the simplicity of a lasting message: There are no easy answers when dealing with the complexities of other human beings. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
B 87% Kicks (2016) Tipping is a fresh voice who has established a great sense of atmosphere, and more importantly, he's shown that he can tell stories about a more stereotypically black experience with nuance. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
6.9/10 85% Sully (2016) This is exactly the type of historical dramatization that Hollywood loves to churn out, but Sully doesn't feel like merely a paycheck. Like much of latter-day Eastwood's work, this is another flawed but thoughtful effort. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
5.8/10 59% Klown Forever (Klovn Forever) (2016) Never quite [justifies] its own existence. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
C- 37% Morgan (2016) Films like Her and Ex Machina already asked whether humans could love artificial intelligence. Morgan just wants us to feel guilty about it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
7.8/10 94% Nuts! (2016) Nuts! is, on the whole, an incredibly entertaining and clever film that understands and constantly sidesteps the easy tropes of the genre. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
B 84% Fatima (2016) While Faucon's film treads over many of the same thematic conversations of films ranging from The Namesake to La Promesse, it nonetheless offers an impressively empathetic understanding of three very different generations. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
C+ 72% My King (Mon roi) (2016) The film's structure is so rooted in its future that it's nearly robbed of any feeling other than inevitability. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
5.1/10 61% War Dogs (2016) Phillips lacks the vision to make War Dogs work as either an effective piece of blackened satire, or as the raunchy, slighter comedy to which the original source material already lent itself so well. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
6.5/10 93% The Little Prince (2016) The film is admirable for its gentle hand when it comes to difficult subjects like the ephemeral nature of life, and its bold visual style, but it's also a film whose final reel seems unwilling to recognize the realities of its own story. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
5.6/10 27% Five Nights in Maine (2016) Maris Curran's Five Nights in Maine has very little new to offer. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
5.8/10 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Suicide Squad is another case where story elements are continuously piled on in the hopes that a coherent narrative arc will emerge. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
6.3/10 58% Bad Moms (2016) Bad Moms is both very funny, and deep enough to transcend stock movie mom archetypes to tell a story about personal dignity, and how it's okay to let yourself down. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
D+ 54% Jason Bourne (2016) Simultaneously pretentious, mind-numbingly tedious, and dizzyingly incoherent from scene to scene, Jason Bourne is the definition of diminishing returns. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
B- 94% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) For seasoned fans of George Romero, let alone The Walking Dead, Train to Busan offers very few wrinkles in its elimination of zombies, but it remains mostly engrossing. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2016