Mike D'Angelo

Mike D'Angelo
Mike D'Angelo's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice AV Club Esquire Magazine The Dissolve
Biography:
staff film critic, Time Out New York member, New York Film Critics Circle
Location: in the ghetto
Official Websites: timeoutny.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C- 28% Awake (2021) You've seen better UGHs. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2021
B- 88% Undine (2020) There's a human (or at least a piscine) heart beating beneath all of that scaffolding, but it's muffled. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2021
A- 92% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) Ultimately, a movie like this succeeds or fails largely on the strength of its lead actors, and Machoian cast his well. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
D+ 46% Here Today (2021) A deadly combination of enfeebled comedy and maudlin melodrama... - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
B- 85% The County (Héradid) (2019) At a brisk 92 minutes, The County takes less time to watch than the average Monopoly game takes to play, while offering much the same grim lesson. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
B 76% Stowaway (2021) In the end, Stowaway becomes a full-fledged weepie, acknowledging the vast emptiness into which its characters have either willingly or accidentally thrust themselves. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
C 83% The Power (2021) The movie's period spookiness and its #MeToo outrage have virtually nothing to do each with other, diminishing the efficacy of both and making it feel like a tract. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
B- 86% The Courier (2020) Still, there's only so much The Courier can do with events that are at best theoretically exciting. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B- 90% Keep an Eye Out (Au Poste!) (2018) This filmmaker's madness could use just a little more method. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
A- 63% French Exit (2021) It's a restless portrait of a bizarrely aimless woman. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
C+ 91% Rams (2021) Same fundamental idea, weaker execution. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
C 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) The movie won't stop treating you like an idiot. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
C+ 88% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Sadly, the reveal here is quite banal, which retroactively makes the film as a whole play like a prolonged, unsatisfying tease. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
C 36% Outside the Wire (2021) Like many Netflix productions, Outside The Wire assumes you're barely paying attention. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
B- 88% Let Them All Talk (2020) Everyone's having a splendid time, though, and while their loose-limbed, quasi-directional energy doesn't always transfer to the viewer, there's something to be said right now for just vicariously enjoying lazy travel and a finely attuned ensemble. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
B+ 100% 76 Days (2020) Still, the overall impression 76 Days delivers is that of dedicated professionals coping with an unprecedented onslaught of emergencies to the best of their ability, grimly waiting for the curve to flatten. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
C+ 69% The Last Vermeer (2020) Sadly, The Last Vermeer doesn't have time to tackle this question with the depth it demands. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
B 98% Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) The film's true focus, however, is those who love meteorites and are excited to share that passion, their ardor burning as brightly as those streaks through the sky. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
D+ 56% Mortal (Torden) (2020) Wolff, given virtually nothing to work with, never figures out what to do with Eric, resorting to an all-purpose glower that makes him look like a very constipated Shia LaBoeuf. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
C- 93% Love and Monsters (2020) It's not as if anyone had been clamoring for it, except maybe those for whom the concept of a young Christian Slater with all of the edge sanded off somehow proves irresistible. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
C 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) [An] aggressively boisterous but rarely funny comedy, which keeps pushing its gags one step too far. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
C- 81% Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) What matters most is whether one finds Valerie's seemingly random episodes of lyrical grotesquerie mesmerizing or enervating. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
B+ 89% Save Yourselves! (2020) Save Yourselves! didn't have the budget to pull off its ambitiously bizarre and essentially unresolved ending, but it gets the small things just right, and that's far more important. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
A- 89% The Nest (2020) Even if you're not entirely sold by the idea of an Antonioni-esque alienation drama shot as if it were I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House (and why the hell wouldn't you be?!), The Nest is well worth seeing just for its two central performances. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
B- 95% Princess Cyd (2017) So many movies are all sizzle and no steak; it's kind of refreshing, in a way, to be frustrated by all steak and no sizzle. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
C 42% Guest of Honour (2020) Guest Of Honour, [Egoyan's] latest effort, is decidedly that sort of low-wattage Egoyan classic, serving up familiar preoccupations and structural curlicues-minus any inspiration. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
C+ 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) It's good to see Kore-eda try to stretch himself a little, and The Truth demonstrates that his talent can survive on foreign soil. But there's not as much powerful emotional veracity to it as one might hope. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
B- 94% Yourself and Yours (2020) Longtime fans of the filmmaker may enjoy the change of pace. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
B- 96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) Twists and turns shape the narrative, but not always to Ree's benefit; he responds by scrambling his film's chronology in ways that threaten to rupture any sense of trust between director and viewer. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
B 96% Ghost Town Anthology (Répertoire des Villes Disparues) (2019) The gradual, matter-of-fact way that Côté transforms Ghost Town Anthology into an actual ghost story is quite impressive. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
A- 100% The Grand Bizarre (2018) There's always an element of awe when it comes to stop-motion animation, but usually one imagines a large team at work. This is just one remarkable woman. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
B- 73% Lost Girls (2020) What's both intriguing and frustrating about the screen version, however, is the way that it flirts with a much thornier and potentially richer possibility, only to ultimately back away from that idea in favor of a straightforward plea for justice. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
B+ 66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) In short, this is fundamentally a movie of surface pleasures, placing gorgeous actors in an equally stunning location and letting them parry with sharp words and lithe, angular bodies. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
A- 94% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) What's striking about A White, White Day is the way that Pálmason juxtaposes symbolic abstraction like that with acute psychological detail. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
B 98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) [I]t deviates enough from formula-especially in its arresting ending, which takes full advantage of Bielenia's haunted visage-to be worth seeing. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
C 70% Olympic Dreams (2020) It's almost painfully obvious that the film's dialogue was improvised during shooting; everyone constantly looks and sounds just a bit anxious, as if they're under significant pressure to come up with something interesting to say. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
B- 85% The Traitor (2020) More than anything else, and despite its focus on a small fry rather than a don, The Traitor suggests what Gotti might have looked like in assured-or maybe even just competent-hands. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
C 59% The Last Full Measure (2020) Ultimately, we're just meant to recognize bravery and salute. The movie's not strictly necessary for that. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
C+ 68% Troop Zero (2020) Janney can't do much with her garden-variety stick in the mud, though, and Davis' character is saddled with way more lifelong discontent than this otherwise flimsy role can bear. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
C 39% The Song of Names (2019) Is a mediocre film worth seeing for a single magnificent sequence that only works properly in context? Here's the test case. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
B- 84% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) Ip Man 4: The Finale wraps up the parent series with a movie that's comparatively weak in the kung fu department but atypically solid at killing time between set pieces. The highs are lower than usual, the lows higher. It all goes down smooth. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
C- 20% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2019) In any case, what remains of John F. Donovan is a barely coherent mess, and so eager for your approval that it's hard to feel anything but sorry for it. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
C+ 27% A Million Little Pieces (2019) Ironically, Frey's much-derided poetic license only serves, in this context, to make his story play just like everyone else's. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
C+ 89% The Two Popes (2019) Apart from its impressive (though partially digital) recreation of the Sistine Chapel, The Two Popes offers little in the way of purely cinematic pleasures, relying almost exclusively on the expert parrying of Hopkins and Pryce. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
C 89% Dark Waters (2019) Dark Waters would likely have been a forgettable mediocrity in anybody's hands, given its fact-based, muckraking limitations. Coming from the visionary who gave us Safe, Far From Heaven, I'm Not There, and Carol, it's a crushing disappointment. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B 96% I Lost My Body (2019) Had Clapin and Laurant succeeded in fusing those two wildly disparate storylines... I Lost My Body might have been more than a mildly intriguing, visually dynamic curiosity. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
C- 37% Primal (2019) It's the sort of humdrum thriller you half-watch on TV while folding laundry; any hope that Cage might do something memorable enough to momentarily pull your attention entirely away from your socks is in vain. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
B 62% American Dharma (2019) It's the journalistic equivalent of Muhammad Ali's rope-a-dope strategy, and while Bannon is far too media-savvy to be one of Morris' best subjects, he doesn't clamp down tight, the way Rumsfeld did. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
C+ 56% Frankie (2019) Sachs doesn't supply the neurotic wit that would make Frankie distinctive rather than just... nice. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
B- 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) It's an approach that yields additional pathos, but at the expense of dramatic momentum; dispensing with all the shoe-leather sleuthing results in two-plus hours of demands for justice and accountability being politely stonewalled, over and over again. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019