Monica Reid

Monica Reid
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Far Out Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 93% The Power of the Dog (2021) Jane Campion's script is brilliant and absorbing, at once a stinging character study and a mystery that maintains its suspense until the final second. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2021
2.5/5 80% Agnes (2021) For all its rambling strangeness and lack of clarity, Agnes is oddly engrossing, its characters always watchable, its cast very good, and its unpredictability certainly arresting. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
3.5/5 56% Broken Diamonds (2021) Its honesty is accompanied by a genuinely entertaining story that makes its message not only palatable but enjoyable. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
4/5 71% My Salinger Year (2021) My Salinger Year is a film that can be enjoyed as much for the sea of affectionate literary allusions in which it swims, as for its humour, its quirky cast of characters, or its success as a heartfelt character study. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
3/5 75% The Mauritanian (2021) An excellent ensemble cast, and the undeniably fascinating facts of the case, keep the film engrossing throughout. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 88% Death of a Ladies' Man (2020) Regardless of any flaws, for any Leonard Cohen fan, the film is a must. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet The Milkmaid (2020) Along with being a remarkable reality-based drama, the film is an intriguing psychological study, as well as an understated tribute to the value and endurance of women under the worst of circumstances. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 100% Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself (2020) The filming techniques add impact to the performance and give the film audience a bit of a behind the scenes view of the audience's experience and reaction. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4.5/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) As art or as exhortation, it's a huge success. But it's absolutely not a good date movie. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3.5/5 84% The Kid Detective (2020) The film had a well-constructed storyline, a nice mixture of humour and drama, enough suspense and plot twists to make it as a mystery, and entertainment value throughout. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/5 90% Beginning (Dasatskisi) (2020) It is a distinctive production that deals with issues of faith and justice, through a simple, personal story, using a unique, very visual approach that gives the film a strange and memorable look. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3.5/5 64% 180 Degree Rule (Khate Farzi) (2020) ...an interesting mix of brilliant film techniques and expert directing, used to tell a challenging story with many layers. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
5/5 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) The resulting combination of Byrne's music, a unique stage show, and Lee's cinematic skill adds up to something very unusual but completely brilliant. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3.5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) It layers implied commentary on top of spoken, irony upon irony, and allows the audience to see the background experiences that went into forming the attitudes and opinions the central figures now hold. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 78% The Water Man (2021) As a dramatic story of family tragedy and reconciliation, and an inventive tale of a fantastical adventure, peril, and rescue, all beautifully presented, The Water Man has something for every audience. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4.5/5 96% First Cow (2020) The latest release from ingenious director Kelly Reichardt is a brilliant and moving drama, but also an unusual one. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/5 72% Vivarium (2020) Vivarium is a horror story with many layers, indirect social commentary buried deep in a grim, kinky fantasy. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
3/5 67% Little Joe (2019) Yet another unconventional horror story with a deeply buried message, Little Joe is distinctly unusual in style, narrative, theme, and prevailing mood. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
3.5/5 82% Phoenix, Oregon (2020) The film finds both insight and low-key comedy in random personal conflicts and unexpected mishaps, as well as intense, hyperbolic bowling rivalries straight out of The Big Lebowski... - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
5/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) With Parasite, Bong Joon-Ho has produced a brilliant social commentary, and what might well be the best film of 2019. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4.5/5 71% The King (2019) It is a grand, thoroughly gripping historical drama. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) Like The Witch, it is bleakly realistic with mythical or supernatural overtones, but both aspects are heightened, the real elements darker, and the mystical or imaginary aspects expanded and laid out in shocking and unexpected ways. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 63% Radioactive (2020) It is this distinctive approach by [Marjane Satrapi] that not only provides effortless context but also elevates Radioative from a straightforward biography to something more exciting. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 87% Sea Fever (2019) The growing desperation of the crew comes across vividly, as escape becomes less and less likely, causing understated panic and adding to the unrelieved tension. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 42% Guest of Honour (2020) Most of the credit, though, goes to Atom Egoyan's subtle, carefully written, mystery-riddled script, and his proficiency at bringing it to life... - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.8/5 100% The Father (Bashtata) (2019) Comically subtle and strange. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) It is this kind of universal experience - including, rather atypically for film, the power of family not to suppress but to support needed change - along with an easy sense of humour, that holds the film together. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 36% Seberg (2020) The film shows the reactions, the shock and humiliation, and the ultimate destruction, of sensitive people who had not yet become acquiescent to that kind of invasion. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) It is Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker that really makes the film. Phoenix is weirdly brilliant from beginning to end, giving a performance which is by turns heartbreaking and frightening. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
4.8/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) There is not a predictable moment in the entire film, and the background facts necessary to the story's later development are provided without giving anything away. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3.5/5 88% A Private War (2018) The film is an inspiring tribute to a significant figure in journalism. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 87% Colette (2018) Most of all, the script works as an engaging study of a strong and talented woman finding her own path. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.8/5 65% Vice (2018) Vice's downfall may be the scriptwriter's fascination with the subject matter and his resulting indignation, leading him to neglect the promised humour, and even overlook the film's structure, making the plotline hard to follow at times. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 77% Green Book (2018) Above all, the film is a surprising glimpse of the previously hidden talents of director Peter Farrelly, and hopefully a sign of more to come. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
30% Red Joan (2019) The film combines the personal with the political in a gripping story of one woman's life- and world-altering decision. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 66% Lizzie (2018) It's another unfortunate case of a good concept and great acting, badly managed, resulting in a promising but, in the end, mediocre movie. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 90% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A satirical but affectionate view of Asian culture from the inside, a genuinely serious look at the place of cultural values in marriage, and most certainly far, far more fabulous set designs than any recent film. Entertaining and fun. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.3/5 No Score Yet Helmet Heads (Cascos indomables) (2018) Finds the humour in the completely ordinary, the foolish, and even the ineffectual. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.5/5 86% The Black Book of Father Dinis (O Caderno Negro) (2018) Its earnest storytelling, interesting characters, and attention to detail overcome the dated and overemotional material and make for an entertaining drama. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
2.4/5 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) It is an expression of anger, disappointment, and fear, understandably scattered and lacking in focus and direction, but certainly heartfelt. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4.5/5 82% High Life (2019) Something strange, intense, frightening, moving, and entirely new. Sci-fi may never be the same. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4.7/5 99% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) It's hard to imagine subject matter more mundane than we see in virtually every scene in The Chambermaid, yet somehow the story grabs our attention from the first moment... It is a beautifully managed character study. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.8/5 72% Gwen (2019) A horror story, one which might be described as choosing horror over story, or style over substance, but whose style is so striking and effective it hardly matters. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.5/5 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Sustains interest by keeping the characters, their concerns and their personal struggles, in the forefront, and by giving the viewer the interesting task of a judge at an informal debate, on a subject almost everyone has an opinion about. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.5/5 55% J.T. LeRoy (2019) This is a surprisingly insightful, well-handled telling of an incredibly messy, sometimes repulsive, but strangely fascinating bit of popular history. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.2/5 46% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) A sometimes meandering but generally forceful and perceptive script, and a strong ensemble cast bring these women's experience effectively to life. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3.8/5 87% The Lobster (2016) This is a peculiar film which logically should not work, but somehow, through the uninhibited and confident ingenuity of the filmmakers, produces a remarkable impact. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 87% Sleeping Giant (2015) Sleeping Giant draws the viewer in despite the bland subject matter, making every character intriguing and maintaining suspense and the feeling of impeding trouble perfectly. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) A unique, entertaining drama with a sharp sense of humour, which deftly challenges the audience's assumptions and open-mindedness. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 61% Zoom (2016) This is one of the liveliest and most original films of its kind. It serves as a multi-layered mystery as well as a straightforward drama, is based on an intriguing idea, and is overall an excellent first effort. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018