Michael Ward

Michael Ward
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Should I See It

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 88% Go Back to China (2019) Ting's film has a rhythm to it which makes it as infectious as a Top 40 pop song. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2.5/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) All the right stuff is there, you can pretty much find everything you're looking for, but the presentation just kind of seems like it's thrown together to make a profit. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2.5/5 69% Joker (2019) There's a cowardice about all of this which is really hard to ignore. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) ...effectively works through its steps and scenes with extreme precision and familiarity. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
2.5/5 83% Judy (2019) Zellweger...can only carry this film so far. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 80% Abominable (2019) ...cute, endearing, and a nice-enough escape for approximately 100 minutes. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
3/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) With all of the incredible visuals, an exceptional Max Richter original score, and Pitt's haunted, fragile, work in the leading role, Ad Astra seems to really be about nothing more than a father and a son. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
3/5 84% Villains (2019) ...if you allow it to be, Villains can be a lot of fun. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Lorene Scafaria's new film is better than advertised, with Jennifer Lopez delivering the finest performance of her storied career. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
3.5/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) ...a necessary and topical film. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) I am confounded how "It" built so brilliantly on anticipation and fear, but the sequel opts to rely on so many cheap jump scares and telegraphed moments. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4.5/5 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) ...a stunning work of drama and horror, breathtaking in its presentation, and deeply moving in its overall emotional devastation. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 83% Before You Know It (2019) The performances are all top notch. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2/5 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) ...audiences will have likely solved everything well before Jack (David Oyelowo) determines what's actually happening. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 98% One Child Nation (2019) Stays objective, which feels like a triumph of filmmaking, in and of itself, based on the subject matter. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) This movie blew my mind. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon is a heartwarming movie that soars in so many ways. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 89% Ready or Not (2019) ...a treasure trove of quotable lines, unforgettable moments, and a star-making turn from Samara Weaving. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 100% Extra Ordinary (2019) Overall, you just grow to appreciate the absurdity. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
3.5/5 83% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Weird and eccentric might be words that best describe Koko-di Koko-da, but Nyholm's exploring some very real emotional entanglements here. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
4/5 73% The Incredible Shrinking Wknd (El increíble finde menguante) (2019) A confident debut feature, (this is) a movie that will sneak up and surprise a lot of viewers. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
3/5 80% Good Boys (2019) Later scenes, where the trio realize they are growing up and may eventually grow apart, prove surprisingly effective and emotional. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
3.5/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) (Gurinder) Chadha's film is almost impossible to dislike. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) ...never lacks for a sense of excitement and enthusiasm. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
3.5/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) ...builds up so much goodwill, makes us laugh a lot...and gives us a star-making performance from (Isabela) Moner. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
3.5/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) ...pure, summer escapism. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
2.5/5 60% Brian Banks (2019) Perhaps a documentary would have suited Brian Banks' story more appropriately. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
2.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) ...goes from being great fun to passive entertainment to a ludicrous spectacle to sloppy, haphazardly arranged trash. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
2.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) ...1969 Hollywood should have been a slam-dunk for Quentin Tarantino. Instead, he clangs the rim and appears overwhelmed by his own ambition for the first time in his storied career. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) (Writer/director Lulu) Wang creates a place we never want to leave. The Farewell is one of the best films of 2019. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
4/5 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Lynn Shelton has quietly dropped a wonderful little movie into the world for all of us to see and I truly hope you find it. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
2.5/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Broomfield seems just more fascinated with the 'Leonard' of this particular equation. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The Visual Effects Oscar race should be over for 2019. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3.5/5 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) ...anecdotally, this might be one of the funniest movies of the year. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 42% Stuber (2019) ...there's just enough chemistry and humor between Nanjiani and Bautista to salvage a film that desperately needed a spark... - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 69% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) There is very little, if anything, to object to here. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3.5/5 75% Halston (2019) ...a meticulously crafted look at a trailblazer in his industry who burned out way to soon. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) I was smiling ear-to-ear from start to finish. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
3/5 79% Pasolini (2019) Willem Dafoe again reminds us just how talented and diverse an actor he truly is. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
3/5 83% Midsommar (2019) (Aster's) confidence in his cleverness can overwhelm Midsommar, but his fearlessness is also captivating to watch explored on screen. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
3/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) ...a patient, rather simple screenplay, which provides some moments of great tension and surprise... - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
4.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) ...we find a new opportunity to connect with these characters all over again. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 100% 5B (2019) ...we find a new slate of heroes properly recognized for the very first time. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Better movies will come along, but for something light and entertaining, this does the trick. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Taron Egerton...gives a dynamic, dazzling tour-de-force performance as Elton John. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
1.5/5 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) What a joyless, boring slog this thing is. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Overall, A Star is Born soars on the chemistry of its lead performances, as we genuinely believe and appreciate Jackson and Ally's love for one another. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4.5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart may be a breakneck comedy, but it also has a huge heart... - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
4/5 95% Running with Beto (2019) ...we cannot help but become emotionally invested, even if we know how this all will end. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
2.5/5 64% The Sound of Silence (2019) ...can't sustain the right tone, literally or figuratively. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019