Monica Reid

Monica Reid
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Far Out Magazine

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 90% 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 66% 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 80% 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
27% 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 64% 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 91% 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
3.5/5 100% 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 81% 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 88% 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
4.7/5 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2018) 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 83% Gwen (2018) 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 (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 75% Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) 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 30% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2018) 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 88% 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 82% 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 66% 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
2.9/5 77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) There is not really enough material to sustain interest over the course of a full length film, but the director and team of scriptwriters make the most of an historic oddity, giving us something which is, at the very least, strange and original. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The look, sound, and overall story, along with Parker's moving portrayal of Nat Turner accompanied by an excellent supporting cast, make up for any flaws in the script, and hold the dark and dramatic story together. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 58% The Neon Demon (2016) The bland objectification of the modelling business, the self-loathing, self-mutilation, and desperation of the lovely young models, are cuttingly satirised, but in a way that not only normalises their attitude, but seems to revel in it. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4.2/5 94% Arrival (2016) The script, performances, and overall look combine to make for an engrossing, suspenseful drama that goes a little beyond the bounds of its science fiction genre. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.4/5 86% East of Eden (1955) James Dean is decidedly the highlight of the film. His Method acting techniques and uninhibited performing style cause him to stand out among the more conventional cast. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) The information [Michael Moore] wants to present is made available without lapsing too far into moralizing, and the approach keeps things lively and entertaining - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 35% Equals (2016) Taken for what it is - a poignant love story using a futuristic setting as a plot device - Equals is an enjoyable and moving film with a sometimes weak plot but a great look and excellent performances - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
83% Denial (2016) It is watchable enough; but given the choice, just read the book. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) An able, well-chosen cast take on the challenge of this delicate, character-driven story with highly individual performances which nevertheless mesh perfectly. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 89% Loving (2016) With Loving, writer/director Jeff Nichols takes on an historical court case, one which has been dealt with on film before, in documentaries and a previous dramatization, but never with such a deft touch - or with such accuracy: - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 98% Get Out (2017) Where the film fails is in the actual structure of the story, which is riddled with inconsistencies, gaping holes in the plot, and what seems to be a mid-point shift from one story to a completely different one. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 91% Elle (2016) In Elle, the humour is all Michelle's own. She doesn't lose her sarcasm or sense of irony when she is raped, any more than she loses her courage or sense of self, and that, at least, is a positive message. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 74% Wiener-Dog (2016) Wiener-Dog has charm, and it is genuinely funny at times, but its bitter honesty and bleak tone can also be uncomfortable. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.8/5 76% Miss Sloane (2016) With a brilliant ensemble cast, featuring solid performances by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mark Strong, a fast-paced but coherent structure, and direction that sustains interest from beginning to end, Miss Sloane is an unqualified success. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 83% Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) The intensity of the link between the two main characters, and the mixture of the harshly real and the magical, is what makes this film compelling. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Ove is developed as a true to life character, one with many flaws, ranging from hilarious to appalling, but with endearing human qualities as well. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.9/5 89% Maudie (2017) The two lead actors, and the careful direction by Aisling Walsh are what make this film work. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
96% Being There (1979) Bolstered by Peter Sellers' wonderfully understated performance and a solid supporting cast, Kosinski's cleverly rewritten satire is brought to life effectively and entertainingly. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 59% Alone in Berlin (2017) Director Vincent Perez manages to convey this aura of repression clearly, while the lead actors impart the growing dread of the Quangels, as the risk of detection slowly increases. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 75% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) With the help of exceptional performances from Hayek and Lithgow, and an exemplary supporting cast, the film builds tension with exquisite slowness. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
82% The American Side (2016) It is enjoyable throughout, particularly for movie buffs, and is a clever and offbeat first attempt from a promising director who will, hopefully, have the opportunity to do much more. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4.2/5 83% Detroit (2017) Not only a tense and shocking drama, but also a multi-dimensional view of a historic event which gives it the attention and the scrutiny it deserves. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.8/5 71% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) A strange and riveting exploration of larger-than-life ideas. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 75% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) While the musical score is often melodramatic and intrusive, the look of the film is distinctive and appealing. It's a good effort and an enjoyable movie. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.2/5 84% The Lovers (2017) A touching, insightful, acerbic yet romantic comedy-drama. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.9/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Among a good overall cast, Aubrey Plaza does well as the exasperating, painfully misguided Ingrid, bringing out both the humour and the pathos in her futile efforts at connection. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 76% Manifesto (2017) A movie that is entertaining in spite of its extreme eccentricity, and far more accessible than its unfamiliar format would normally allow. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.4/5 82% Brigsby Bear (2017) May have started life as a truly outlandish script, which had its sharp edges rubbed off for the sake of marketability. It makes me wonder what the film might have become in bolder hands. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 94% American Splendor (2003) Played to perfection by Paul Giamatti, Pekar defies the categories of hero, villain, or even anti-hero. He simply exists, an ordinary man trying to make the best of a largely disappointing life. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Frances McDormand's performance is a highlight of the film. She plays the dour, hostile Mildred in a way that displays her rage and impatience frankly but without dulling the edge of humour in her perpetual antagonism. - Far Out Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018