Michael Ward

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 57% 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 40% 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 89% 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 56% 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
4/5 95% Monos (2019) ...a standout film, not to be missed. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) Whenever a Jafar Panahi film arrives, it feels like something of a minor miracle. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 60% Sprinter (2019) ...the obvious passion poured into the film makes not liking it feel mean-spirited in some way. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 100% The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018) An easy recommendation. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 100% Banana Split (2018) Hannah Marks gives a tremendous breakout performance. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 100% Human Nature (2019) ...goes from being a well-made, but dry college lecture-style documentary, and turns into something more probing, inquisitive, and questioning. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 100% Who Let The Dogs Out (2019) Behold the cinematic TEDtalk you never knew you needed. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 90% Q Ball (2019) ...a unique topic for an emotional, moving documentary. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) ...there is an emptiness with all of this that feels inescapable and yet somehow avoidable. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
2/5 15% The Hustle (2019) (Anne) Hathaway and (Rebel) Wilson deserve better. We deserve better. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
4.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) ...a brilliant close to a chapter of filmmaking we will likely never see again in our lifetime. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 76% Family (2019) What makes Family so entertaining is the instant chemistry generated by (Taylor) Schilling and (Bryn) Vale... - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 100% The Russian Five (2019) Timely, insightful, well-structured and thoughtful... - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) The resilient Laika Studios delivers another wonderful stop-motion animated adventure. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/5 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) The glacial pace and almost inert action makes it a challenge to get through at times. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) ...a rather bleak and gloomy story with many characters who seem miserable from the moment they walk on screen. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) ...pulls no punches in terms of violence and intensity. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4.5/5 94% Us (2019) Us is brave, bold, crazy, and compelling, featuring an astonishing performance by Lupita Nyong'o. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) ...the end result is a rather disappointing, exhausting journey that leaves us largely disconnected observers to a journey we never truly feel a part of in the first place. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 36% Out of Blue (2019) ...might be one of the only metaphysical, existential, murder mysteries you'll ever see. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 31% Mapplethorpe (2019) ...the film feels almost cowardly by the end... - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) ...Richardson is a star-on-the-rise but Five Feet Apart feels a bit disingenuous and a missed opportunity. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) ...mishandled and inauthentic in its delivery. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 90% Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) ...clever, innovative filmmaking from a director worth paying attention to. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) ...a solid, important entry in the MCU. Brie Larson and Carol Danvers are here now. We shouldn't want it any other way. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4.5/5 98% Apollo 11 (2019) Minute-by-minute, we are transported back to an experience defined by innocence and youthful curiosity. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/5 88% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) ...feels made for an audience of one; a fact that Godard and his dedicated legion of fans will surely see as of little to no concern... - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 100% This Magnificent Cake! (Ce magnifique gâteau!) (2019) ...one of the most innovative and groundbreaking films of 2019, delivering a style uniquely and profoundly its own. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2/5 60% Greta (2019) Manages to waste both Moretz and Huppert's talents - something I didn't think would be even possible. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) ...delivers a lot of humor, heart, terrific performances and an admirable grit that makes it well worth the time spent from the opening bell to the very last. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A fitting conclusion to a beautiful trilogy, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World does not disappoint. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/5 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Wilson's first opportunity to lead a major studio film is a delight. I left the theater smiling ear-to-ear. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 92% High Flying Bird (2019) At times it is incendiary, in other moments coy and playful. However, when it explores the player as commodity, those moments hit pretty hard. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 45% What Men Want (2019) "...proves to be about as inconsequential as most of the thoughts Ali hears throughout the film." - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Slickly animated, frenzied in its delivery - if you loved The LEGO Movie, you are likely going to be enamored with much of what transpires here. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 22% Miss Bala (2019) ...looks and feels like a boring, run-of-the-mill action film from 10-15 years ago. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) ...a nice, harmless way to spend a couple of hours in a theater. No more and no less. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/5 19% Serenity (2019) The year? Nah. Serenity ranks as one of the worst films of the decade. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
100% The Most Dangerous Year (2019) The Most Dangerous Year excels in doing what great politically-charged pieces of art often do. (Director Vlada) Knowlton centers us, grabs our focus, and makes us listen. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
1.5/5 37% Glass (2019) Shattered. Broken. Cracked. Insert whichever pun you choose. Personally, this is one piece of glass I won't want to be looking at ever again. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Slightly cold to the touch...Cold War is a visually striking black-and-white musical drama, beautifully shot by cinematographer Łukasz Żal. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4.5/5 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) A fascinating visual scrapbook...meticulously pieced together and painstakingly produced. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 100% Over the Limit (2018) Prus' ability to capture the essential elements of Mamun's training regimen is the linchpin which makes Over the Limit such an intriguing film to experience. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019