Mike Massie

Mike Massie
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Mike Massie is one-half of The Massie Twins, identical twin film critics who have been professionally reviewing movies full time for over 13 years, appearing on TV, radio, online, and in print. They are members of the Phoenix Critics Circle and the Internet Film Critic Society and their work can be seen at www.GoneWithTheTwins.com. Their latest book "The Movies That Time Forgot" is available now at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
Publications: Gone With The Twins
Critics' Group: Phoenix Critics Circle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 67% Wrath of Man (2021) Despite the sometimes overbearing trek to get to the finale, the climax is absolutely riveting - an appalling yet exciting dance of death and destruction. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
6/10 45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) The pacing is smartly handled, even though many of the situations have appeared before in modern war flicks. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
4/10 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Its greatest moments will inspire viewers to pick up their controllers to mash buttons and grind joysticks once again. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3/10 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Nonstop demolishment of familiar cityscapes can't sustain an entire film. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
6/10 98% A Star Is Born (1954) No matter how impactful the finale, it's difficult to appreciate the film as a whole; it's very clearly two distinct pictures. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
5/10 96% To Be or Not to Be (1942) Slapstick switcheroos and distractions abound, but the underlying suspense of Nazi oppression never lets up. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
9/10 89% Reds (1981) The wait is excruciating, but the final convergence of the leads' periodically disparate paths is emotionally overwhelming - in a good way. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
8/10 76% Moulin Rouge! (2001) The considerable quirkiness and inventiveness win out, as does the fairytale romance. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
9/10 91% Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) Directed by Stanley Kramer - no stranger to heavy-hitting, topical, timeless dramas - this epic courtroom showdown is historical, educational, and shocking. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
7/10 39% Kingdom of Heaven (2005) Storytelling is sacrificed for spectacle, resulting in something breathtakingly epic yet partially unsatisfying and unfortunately forgettable. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
8/10 95% This Is Spinal Tap (1984) The hilariousness here is unending. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
10/10 97% The Palm Beach Story (1942) One of the absolute greatest of all screwball comedies. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
7/10 93% Sabrina (1954) Very much a take on Cinderella, but updated with realistic relationships - and no wicked stepmother, save for the struggles of acceptance by the upper crust. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
10/10 88% Arthur (1981) Unexpectedly, the somewhat messy finale (one of those classic comedy conundrums that seems unthinkably inextricable) manages to be spectacularly fitting. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
6/10 56% Top Gun (1986) When the film isn't having characters stew over personal dramas, complicated histories, or contrived camaraderie, Cruise and McGillis do a pretty good job of flirting. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
9/10 77% Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) With a hint of fantasy and a touch of romance, this small but memorable comedy proves immensely satisfying. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
8/10 83% The Mask of Zorro (1998) A very competent actioner, even when it dwells on overly intricate (or convenient) setups for poignant encounters or showdowns. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
6/10 69% Babel (2006) The acting is exceptional, allowing the loosely connected storylines to garner greater gravity. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
6/10 87% The Seven Year Itch (1955) There are chuckles to be found, though they're not as memorable as Monroe's costume changes or the iconic sequence in which she stands over subway vents in a white gown. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
5/10 52% Alien Nation (1988) Were it not for the thinly-veiled social commentary, little of this would be original. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
3/10 63% Swamp Thing (1982) A failed twist on the creature from the Black Lagoon, merged with horror-fantasy elements and a touch of exploitation, like one of Roger Corman's low-budget peplum forays. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
7/10 93% Lady and the Tramp (1955) It might not be Disney's most impressive work, but it's still expertly designed, quite satisfying, and highly memorable for its key romantic sequences. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
9/10 69% Dirty Dancing (1987) Though the premise is simple and the bulk of the film is comprised of montages, there's an undeniable effort put into the abundance of romantic scenarios. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
5/10 82% Nobody (2021) It's difficult not to enjoy the mayhem, especially when it's directed toward generic villains, but its excessiveness borders on the same tedium of Hutch's 9-to-5 job. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
6/10 87% The Courier (2020) It's all a touch too commonplace for political thrillers, but it certainly helps that Cumberbatch gives a sensational performance. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
3/10 49% Coming 2 America (2021) For its entire duration, even with its pleasant nostalgia appeal, it struggles to justify its own existence, which is probably about three decades too late. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/10 23% Chaos Walking (2021) Despite all of its attempts at a unique sci-fi vision, the film still plays out in a rather generic fashion, full of conventional personas. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/10 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Though the animation is exceptional, the visuals alone aren't enough to save a project from such colossal storytelling mediocrity. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
8/10 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) More winning than the educational value - which is high - is the entertainment value, which gives this picture its enjoyable edge. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
3/10 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) When the actors don't appear as if they're making this movie solely as an excuse to be on vacation, the humor is inconsistent at best. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
7/10 98% Minari (2020) The roles all exhibit an astounding authenticity, made more compelling by their intimate environments and situations. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
8/10 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Along with the cleverly disguised, brief history lesson (wrapped up in a smart thriller), the film boasts extraordinary performances. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
4/10 78% Greenland (2020) Thrills - not worthwhile characters - are the priority. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
7/10 75% The Mauritanian (2021) The film presents some horrifyingly compelling imagery and a couple of extraordinary scenes, but its parts are clearly better than the whole. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
6/10 45% The Little Things (2021) One of the things that works best about the film is that it's arranged to be a mystery for the audience right alongside the detectives. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
4/10 94% Nomadland (2021) Exceptionally small and simple - and uncommonly un-cinematic. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
3/10 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) The progression of the plot is painfully, obviously fictional; it feels manufactured with intentional impasses to complicate a straightforward, unremarkable mission. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/10 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Perhaps the greatest letdown is the underuse of '80s stuff; the setting is so unimportant that, aside from a few costuming choices, this could have taken place in present day. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
4/10 88% News of the World (2020) It just doesn't leave much of an impression. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
6/10 48% Unhinged (2020) A quick, fun little nail-biter. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
6/10 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) The longer Cassie is onscreen, the more fascinating her character gets, even if her authenticity correspondingly wanes. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/10 83% Mank (2020) It isn't much of a history lesson or a film history lesson, plodding along with only the scattered bits of information that Fincher wishes to dramatize. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
3/10 20% The Patriot (1999) This particular hybrid story doesn't work well with Seagal's brand of action, even if it contains realistic notes on both right-wing terrorists and biochemical disasters. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
5/10 89% Monkey Business (1931) Few bits stand out, but the shenanigans are dependable and satisfying. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
6/10 97% Horse Feathers (1932) The overarching plot may be different, but the slapstick, the breaks for harp strumming or guitar plucking, and the competition over a pretty girl are entirely familiar. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
7/10 91% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) Observations about life and living, and hypocrisy and ulterior motives, are nicely punctuated by screwball comedy. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
7/10 89% Scent of a Woman (1992) Pacino's performance is that rare kind that captivates all on its own, stealing every scene away from everyone else in it. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
6/10 94% Young Frankenstein (1974) Though it's fueled by memorable moments of dippy lampooning, it also carries on a touch too long; it's quite funny but ultimately not as polished as it could be. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
4/10 65% Someone to Watch over Me (1987) While stylistic and nicely shot, it's nothing more than an average, dismissible thriller. - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
6/10 93% The Pride of the Yankees (1942) Cooper - at more than 40 years old - has a difficult time being convincing (the real Gehrig was actually a teenager, signing with the Yankees when he was only 19). - Gone With The Twins EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020