Nate Adams

Nate Adams
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Nate Adams is a Michigan based online and print critic for film, theatre and television. A 2017 graduate of Siena Heights University, in which he received his degree for Theatre-Speech Communications, and proud member of the Detroit Film Critics Society - Nate?s reviews have been widely publicized and seen across national platforms (including Movietickets.com). In addition to his reviews, Nate also served as a Juror (and soon film selector) for the inaugural Adrian International Film Festival, and a local Detroit area event called Horror Film Roulette. Along with those merits, Nate?s done red carpet interviews with many prominent figures in the entertainment biz including: Bo Burnham, Will Poulter, Flo Rida, John Boyega and Bruce Campbell. Nate?s background also includes stints as an Editor in Chief for Odyssey Online based in New York City, and the Entertainment Editor for Siena Heights newspaper: Spectra. Currently, he?s the Film Critic for The Clinton Local, and does freelance work for various independent outlets. Recently, he was nominated for Rookie Writer of the Year by the Michigan Press Association.
Publications: The Only Critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
D 43% Murder Mystery (2019) If you find yourself liquored up in your living room over a long weekend, perhaps it's worth throwing on "Murder Mystery" as subtle background noise while you're napping the hangover away or doing the dishes. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
C+ 24% Men in Black International (2019) Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth multi-million dollar charm elevate a mediocre and by-the-numbers installment in a franchise that should've stayed ended years ago. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
C 80% Late Night (2019) Thompson is given a rewarding and meaty role playing a late night talk show host, except "Late Night" gets boggled down by its relentless need to hammer its message down our throats over and over. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
B- 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) "The Secret Life of Pets 2" boasts colorful and engaging animation, but that cute mentality only gets you so far when it feels like you're seeing the same tricks and tactics that - like a gross hairball - is chewed up and spit back out again. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
C- 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) "Dark Phoenix" has no finality to it. All the performers look bored in their poses, and give no weight other than their contract demands they be invested. Even a re-shot third act only musters a fraction of the excitement this series used to embody. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
B+ 89% Rocketman (2019) "Rocketman" wears its confidence in full sequin glory, and isn't afraid to take risks and reach for the stars. Taron Egerton is a perfect fit for this massive, corny, and grand biopic. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
C+ 56% Ma (2019) Octavia Spencer gives more than this campy Blumhouse thriller deserves and she makes the uneven and bumpy ride somewhat worth the gamble. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
D+ 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) If the next installment in this MonsterVerse ("Kong vs Godzilla" due out in 2020) is as narratively incomprehensible as "King of Monsters" - God help us all. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
B+ 97% Booksmart (2019) Smart, savvy, and outrageous - Olivia Wilde's 'Booksmart' makes the grade - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
C+ 57% Brightburn (2019) There's enough flicker in "Brightburn" to resonant, but not enough fresh and organic ideas to outshine the films it's using for inspiration. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
B 57% Aladdin (2019) If you were ever going to remake "Aladdin" - as beloved as it is - without the incredible Robin Williams playing the lovable Genie, I'd say 2019's version is probably the best adaptation you could wish for. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
C 61% Trial by Fire (2019) I give credit to "Trial by Fire" for making a compelling case against capital punishment and the two lead performances by Jack O'Connell and Laura Dern are noteworthy, but the lazy approach to the material undermines the overall emotional impact. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B+ 88% Framing John DeLorean (2019) Absorbing and does a flawless job at chronicling the rise and fall of the once powerful tycoon. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B- 63% Yesterday (2019) "Yesterday" is a flawed and hokey mess that's colorful, somewhat endearing, and the sort of crowd-pleasing delight audiences will be craving. If you don't think about the narrative ramifications that hard, odds are you'll be singing along too. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
A- 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Just when you think this series can't build or, rather, bring more precision and stylistic action sequences to the medium, "John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum" almost rewrites the status quo of what action blockbusters can be. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
C+ 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Thanks in large part to Reynolds spunk and charismatic energy, the film manages to salvage what it can of a plot that fails to catch on. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C- 66% Wine Country (2019) There's a generous pour here in terms of talent, but the longer the film meanders towards its half-handed conclusion - "Wine Country" loses its flavor. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
B 81% Long Shot (2019) Director Jonathan Levine is able to get millage out of his unlikely pairing between Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron, even if the political commentary becomes too heavy handed in the second act. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
C 31% The Intruder (2019) You've seen one, you've seen them all. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
C+ 55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) As a star vehicle for Zac Efron playing the alluring Ted Bundy, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" plays as such, but for the meatier and more context driven narrative - look no further. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
A- 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) "Avengers: Endgame" represents one of the best films in the MCU canon and provides an epic and emotionally satisfying finale to the characters we've grown with over the last ten years. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B+ 96% Little Woods (2019) "Little Woods" allows the stylish cinematography to open up a small slice of the wilderness that provides a striking geographical backdrop to a film that already had the benefit of impressive performances and bold narrative choices. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
D+ 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The Curse of La Llorona benefits from the occasional build of suspense, but this sloppy cinematic universe of horror has become the very definition of what 2013's "The Conjuring" was initially trying to combat: smart thrills over cheap scares. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
C- 60% Breakthrough (2019) Breakthrough has a resounding and obvious message of love, which is strong enough to tug at this critic's heartstrings. Except Roxanne Dawson has to glaze the film in Hallmark sappiness before the actual message starts to become clear. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
C 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Despite his eccentric characters, the whole experience never has a payoff worthy of its lengthy two hour run-time, Gilliam remains his own worst enemy; which is the need for artistic freedom, but never having the courage of saying enough is enough. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
C- 46% Little (2019) The only salvation "Little" has are in the big personalities which Rae and Martin bring to the table, and it's a shame their talent is squandered over material (and a message) that could use a sharper edge. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
D- 17% Hellboy (2019) Bloated and beyond repair, this loud and obnoxious "Hellboy" (that literally nobody asked for) goes down in flames. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
B 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Watching "Amazing Grace," though somewhat lackluster as on overall film, all you can do is admire the boisterous voice Franklin gave to the world. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
B+ 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) With the evolving relationship between Rockwell and Henson in the driver seat, it's hard to resist the sentiment of what "The Best of Enemies" puts together. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
B- 66% Storm Boy (2019) Storm Boy tells a familiar, but endearing tale - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
A- 93% Screwball (2019) Coming from someone who doesn't particularly care for baseball or documentaries on the subject in general, "Screwball" is a home run. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Hotel Mumbai has enough thrills and heart-wrenching moments to stay with you long after the credits roll. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
D+ 47% Dumbo (2019) An over-complicated adaptation, Tim Burton's dreary re-imagining of "Dumbo" fails to give the adorable and endearing baby elephant a solid reason to fly. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
B 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam excels best when the daffy and vintage performance by Levi soaks up the screen, this despite Sandberg's need to utilize and adopt every superhero cliché in the book. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
B+ 94% Us (2019) The final shot in Jordan Peele's astounding 'Us' proves that were currently living among one of the best horror directors of this century. Ten years from now we'll be sitting around a campfire discussing which Peele film is our favorite. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
B 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Sprouse and Richardson say more with their body language and eyes than any dialogue would allow them. They anchor this young adult weepie in reality. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
B 45% Captive State (2019) Captive State somehow feels authentic in its far-fetched approach, offering a unique spin on a genre that's been mangled one too many times - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
B 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is a messy origin tale that struggles to figure out what to do with its main character. Thankfully, the film finds its cinematic footing late in the third act. It should also be said: the cat rocks. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
B 60% Greta (2019) You'll see everything coming from a mile away, but the performances on display in Greta make the thrills savory - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
B+ 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) By the end - if you're like me - you'll already be reaching for the tissues. "Hidden World" concludes this series with a polished emotional resonance, and complements the themes of loss, loyalty, and bravery exemplified in prior installments. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
B- 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) You can't knock Cameron or Rodriguez for pushing the technology forward, even if "Alita" ends up playing like it was made from scrapped parts of better films. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
C+ 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Ambitious as it is Happy Death Day 2U becomes convoluted real quick. The more it tries to explain its wacky premise, the harder it becomes to root for. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
B 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Isn't It Romantic seems to gel on its own antics and nothing else. It's silly, a bit obnoxious, and works for those who consider romantic comedies a shameful guilty pleasure. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
B 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) You'd think after recycling the same material in, by my count, nine movies, the formula would grow tiresome, but the veteran action star's latest: "Cold Pursuit" is a deliciously fun and campy revenge flick that thrives on Neeson's appeal alone. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
C- 45% What Men Want (2019) The film wants to replicate the earlier films moral arc, but ends up playing to the double standards it's trying to combat. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
B- 44% The Prodigy (2019) Just spooky enough to work - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
B 92% High Flying Bird (2019) High Flying Bird doesn't represent Steven Soderbergh at his best, but it's a smart and savvy sports flick that doesn't take the audience for granted. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
B 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Not as "awesome" as its witty and stylized predecessor, but still offers a fair amount of earned belly laughs to earn its keep. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
D+ 19% Serenity (2019) Obnoxious and painfully dull, "Serenity" is an early candidate for worst film of 2019 - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
C- 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan - who was so keen on exposing film conventions in his prime - ironically turns "Glass" into a mockery of his past works. This film should've shattered expectations, and it ends up feeling broken. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019