Michael Ward

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 89% The Green Knight (2021) You can't touch it. You can't feel it, or really even get near it. But it sure does look pretty from afar. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2021
3/5 63% Jungle Cruise (2021) Jungle Cruise is escapism through and through. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2021
3/5 67% The Blazing World (2021) (Carlson) Young is a talented storyteller, with a limitless vision that should hopefully fall more into focus as her career behind the camera evolves. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
2/5 70% Cryptozoo (2021) ...never lands with a consistency deserving of the effort to piece all of this pandemonium together. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
4/5 86% We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) (Anna) Cobb, making her feature film debut, is a tremendous find... - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
1.5/5 49% Old (2021) Old is shot so poorly, the acting so rudderless, that the inane writing only enhances the film's bizarre choices and egregious missteps. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
4/5 97% Swan Song (2021) Udo Kier gives perhaps the performance of his career...And it's a joyous celebration for an actor who has deserved this moment for a very long time. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
3.5/5 85% Tailgate (Bumperkleef) (2021) Just don't think about it. Accept it for what it is. And enjoy the perilous, dangerous ride. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
3/5 57% Superior (2021) Vassilopoulos' talent for eye-catching storytelling and clever conceptual design comes through loud and clear. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
3/5 100% Ayar (2021) ...a concept that packs great potential for a lasting impression. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
3.5/5 81% Black Widow (2021) The character-focused direction and storytelling grounded in...reality sets this apart from the super-serious, fantastical stories told by Iron Men, Captain Americas, and all the rest. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2021
3/5 88% Zola (2021) The reckless nature of what we see leaves an impact, but imagine if (director Janicza) Bravo found a way to connect us more deeply to the stakes involved... - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2021
2/5 53% The Tomorrow War (2021) Millions had to die so one family could hug it out. Cool. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2021
1.5/5 59% F9 (2021) ...as soulless and disingenuous a movie as you will find in this or any year. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
3.5/5 96% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Moreno's words have a searing, lasting impact and it remains thrilling to see what she will do next. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
3.5/5 90% Luca (2021) ...the film's kindness, enthusiasm, and big heart will win over most audiences and stand up to plenty of repeated viewings on the Disney+ platform. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
5/5 95% In the Heights (2021) Exhilarating, moving, and unforgettable, it is hard not to imagine that this is a movie we will be talking about for years and years to come. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
2/5 49% Spirit Untamed (2021) ...visually amateurish in the final presentation and inexplicably retells much of what the show has already covered in several seasons of existing television. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2021
4/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) (Writer/director John) Krasinski's sense of control over the tempo and atmosphere of his film is masterful. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2021
3/5 74% Cruella (2021) (Emma) Stone and (Emma) Thompson are such gifted performers, (director Craig) Gillespie is content to let the two Oscar winners go after one another and eat each other alive. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2021
3.5/5 90% The Dry (2021) ...could have been more balanced...but leaves a lasting impression and keeps us guessing right up until the end. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2021
3.5/5 88% Dream Horse (2021) A movie like this is just good for the soul. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2021
1.5/5 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) ...never finds a voice with which to call its own and somehow has the temerity to leave an opportunity on the table for yet another Saw film. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3.5/5 87% The Djinn (2021) Small, but mighty. Efficient, but effective. The Djinn works its black magic in thrilling and captivating ways. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3/5 61% Profile (2021) Profile is a fun little movie - just don't think too deeply about it. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3/5 66% Wrath of Man (2021) ...in the end we still have Jason Statham spit-barking his way through a meandering story, bringing this thing across the finish line. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
2/5 47% Here Today (2021) A movie trying so hard to please, it actually reaches the point of obnoxiousness. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
4/5 94% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) ...comprised of 31 individual, largely disconnected vignettes...it becomes a rather engrossing, unpredictable, and hypnotic movie experience. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3/5 80% Cliff Walkers (2021) The craftsmanship is unmistakable, the basic framework of the plot is fascinating. The writing lacks cohesion. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
2.5/5 45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) ...once we move past the setup, the film becomes frustratingly mundane. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
4/5 92% Limbo (2021) Adventurous moviegoers will likely, hopefully be pleasantly surprised. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3.5/5 91% Together Together (2021) ...a warm and endearing modern-day love story. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
4/5 100% Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America (2021) ...(Jeffery) Robinson underscores the fact that many of the most revered figures of American history relied on, defended, and outright benefitted from the ownership of enslaved people. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
4/5 95% In the Same Breath (2021) Powerful, personal, important must-see filmmaking. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
3.5/5 100% Downstream to Kinshasa (En Route pour le Milliard) (2021) Seldom do we see those victimized given such a unique platform to tell their stories. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
3/5 85% 2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2021) My personal choice might be Burrow, but I anticipate Netflix winning its first Oscar in Animated Short Film with the impact If Anything Happens I Love You leaves on viewers... - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
4.5/5 100% 2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2021) This year's nomination slate for Live Action Short Film is the strongest this category has seen in years. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
4/5 100% 2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2021) A strong collection of documentaries, predicting a winner here is a bit difficult. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
2.5/5 26% Voyagers (2021) Neil Burger's new film might have been better served as an episodic series on a network like the CW or Freeform. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
4.5/5 97% Shiva Baby (2021) Emma Seligman has made one of the best films of the year. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2021
2/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) ...this is such an underwhelming affair... - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2021
3.5/5 84% Nobody (2021) (Bob) Odenkirk becomes the action movie star I never knew I needed. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2021
4/5 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Moments into the film we are reminded of Disney's consistent ability to produce stellar animation... - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
2.5/5 42% Boogie (2021) ...the film's message proves aimless, with an emotional core almost impossible to connect with. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
4.5/5 96% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) ...captures a young girl, whether she's ready or not, becoming the voice of her generation. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2021
1.5/5 31% Tom & Jerry (2020) Tom & Jerry has succeeded at one thing: Earning distinction as one of the worst films of the year. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2021
4/5 80% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) I have not had a movie make me consistently chuckle and laugh out loud as much as this in a long, long time. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2021
3.5/5 77% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) ...earns its dramatic moments appropriately with good writing, a clever twist of sorts, and nice restraint. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2021
4.5/5 95% Test Pattern (2021) Test Pattern is illuminating, eye-opening, and one of 2021's first great films. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2021
4.5/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) (Writer/director Shaka) King deploys a powerhouse cast and (Daniel) Kaluuya is commanding and award-worthy in his performance. - Should I See It EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2021