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
C 75% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2020) Nobody will doubt that "The True Adventures of Wolfboy" has its heart in the right place, but when the movie struggles to find a place for its main character, you know something isn't clicking. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
C- 47% Spell (2020) Contemptuous. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
B+ 55% Come Play (2020) Jacob Chase's "Come Play" is the scariest movie since 2013's "The Conjuring." - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
C- 47% The Craft: Legacy (2020) "The Craft Legacy" casts a pretty lousy spell and never makes the case for its existence. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
D+ No Score Yet The Empty Man (2020) Empty is an understatement. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
B 76% Over the Moon (2020) "Over the Moon" has enough gravitational pull to deliver a wholesome family friendly adventure. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
B+ 93% Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You (2020) "Letters to You" will age exceptionally, and we'll look back on this moment in history and be grateful we got to witness it. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
B- 62% Bad Hair (2020) "Bad Hair" has enough jolts to justify its existence throughout Halloween season. It won't linger too long, and the afterthoughts are mild at best, but thanks to some subtext around race you won't hate yourself for giving it a look. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
C- 53% The Witches (2020) "The Witches" biggest failure is not understanding the simplicity of Roald Dahl's imagination. Be it "The BFG" or "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," visionary filmmakers think the solution is more, when it's less. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) While it doesn't say much in 2020 that it didn't already in 2006, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" still provides gutsier and more outrageous stunts for Sacha Baron Cohen to accomplish. One of which is guaranteed to break the internet. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B+ 87% White Noise (2020) Might be the scariest film you see in 2020. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
B- 42% Rebecca (2020) "Rebecca" doesn't rewrite the book on period pieces or psychological thrillers but is a luscious escape with fine performances that captures the allure of uncertainty and the consequences of solitude. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
B+ 97% Nomadland (2020) Populated with real individuals (not actors) and an Oscar worthy take from the queen of cinema: Frances McDormand, filmmaker Chloé Zhao has concocted a small slice of film heaven, complete with small intricacies about finding yourself in unexpected ways. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
B- 83% The Opening Act (2020) Director Steve Bryne keeps "The Opening Act" light, immersive, and breezy, not pushing the boundaries of his script or characters beyond their capabilities with Jimmy Yang making the biggest impression among a sea of comedic giants. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
A- 97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) "David Byrne's American Utopia," reminded me of the intimate beauty that comes from making challenging forms of art and how, in the middle of a pandemic, we took those privileges for granted. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
D+ 33% The Devil Has a Name (2020) A disjointed and clumsy drama. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
B 80% The Kid Detective (2020) "The Kid Detective" reminded me how underserved the amateur sleuth subgenre is and when operating at full capacity can be a fun character study worth wrapping your head around. Sherlock Holmes would be proud. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
D- 19% 2 Hearts (2020) When Jacob Elordi began delivering one of the cheesiest voice overs in recent memory and the hospital gurney showed up, it was clear that I hopped on a sinking ship. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
B 90% Love and Monsters (2020) Michael Matthew's "Love and Monster" works as its own singular version, and doesn't get bogged down by fantasy mythology. Instead, we get an engaging love story populated with man eating creatures and an adorable pup that inadvertently steals the show. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
B+ 77% Clouds (2020) "Clouds" comes at a time when our emotions are all over the place and we could use a good cry. It's hard to explain why certain movies touch you more than others, but in this case it's best not to fight those feelings and let the story wash over you. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
C- 60% Nocturne (2020) Never finds the correct melody. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
C- 48% Evil Eye (2020) "Evil Eye" is the reincarnation of cheesy horror movies with no backbone. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
D 39% Honest Thief (2020) Another dull Liam Neeson action thriller. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
A- 99% Totally Under Control (2020) This scathing indictment of how Donald Trump's administration failed to corner this virus is both a shocking revelation and confirmation of what most Americans know. They blew it. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
F 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) You'd think Josh Gad farting dust and chomping through the ground in "Artemis Fowl" would be 2020's ugliest cinematic moment, but nothing compares to a running gag of Robert De Niro flashing his genitals to Rob Riggle. I weep for humanity. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
B+ 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Folks of all ages who are struggling with their own goals in 2020 should benefit from the uplifting message of "The Forty-Year-Old Version" with Radha Blank's middle-aged battle cry serving as the wake up call America could use right now. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
B+ 90% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Bloody Halloween season fun. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
B+ 81% Charm City Kings (2020) Presented as a hybrid of "Fast and the Furious" meets "Karate Kid" meets "Boyz In The Hood," this slight but serviceable adaptation has a ferocious energy, highlighting the thrills of streetlife mixed in with the speed demons who chase after trouble. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
B+ 94% Faith Based (2020) Hilariously pokes fun at Christian cinema without being cruel. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
C- 19% Books of Blood (2020) Everything in "Books of Blood" is rushed to completion, and the audience is left to pick up the pieces of all the nonsense In between. Any hope of jump starting a "Books of Blood" interconnected cinematic universe should be put to rest. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
D 76% Black Box (2020) Made up of recycled parts. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
B- 42% The Lie (2020) Despite its contrived narrative plot holes, at the end of day this is a drama about mending broken hearts, piecing together fractured relationships and practicing forgiveness. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
D 76% 12 Hour Shift (2020) Drenched in gore and bad taste - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
B+ 92% Possessor: Uncut (2020) One of the year's most unforgettable films, and I'm not sure whether to mean that as a complement or not. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
D- 33% Death of Me (2020) Feels like a death sentence. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
C 28% 2067 (2020) There's a decent assortment of VFX shots and the production design is polished way beyond what anyone would anticipate, except the contrived loopholes and genre cliches pile up faster than a politician saying climate change is a hoax. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
B 86% On The Rocks (2020) "On The Rocks" is a charming father-daughter tale about rekindling fractured relationships and understanding the frazzles life can throw at you. Best served shaken, not stirred. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
B 98% Spontaneous (2020) It's an explosive narrative that debut filmmaker Brian Duffield uses as the backdrop for a sweet and innocent romance. We all knew that high school was rough, now imagine your peers just bit the dust from spontaneous combustion. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
C+ 87% Save Yourselves! (2020) Directed by Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson, "Save Yourselves!" tries to blend social commentary with an extraterrestrial narrative, but despite the presences of two solid performers, the longer the film goes on, the harder it becomes to root for. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
B 68% The Glorias (2020) Though undermining certain events throughout history and the nontraditional approach hinders the impact, "The Glorias" still manages to honor Gloria Steinem's legacy which hits differently when you realize the battle for equal rights never ends. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
A- 85% American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020) The filmmaker is not sugarcoating the proceedings nor hiding certain, triggering, elements to coax the audience into submission. This is a genuine recollection of what happened, and doesn't go beyond the facts and it's gripping from start to finish. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
B+ 81% The Boys in the Band (2020) Built on stagey performances and soap-operatic tendencies, "The Boys in the Band" represents a rare breed of plays that successfully make the leap from the stage to the silver screen. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
A- 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Aaron Sorkin makes a triumphant return to the courtroom with a terrific ensemble in "The Trial of the Chicago 7," which packs a timely, relevant punch, showcasing both the mood of our country and the power of protest. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
D- 54% Shortcut (2020) One shortcut not worth taking. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
B 89% Kajillionaire (2020) Finds warmth in the strangest places. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
C- 83% Misbehaviour (2020) Instead of taking a deep dive into the realm of what feminism can mean to different generations of younger women, the tacky screenplay of "Misbehavior" holds it back from becoming truly empowering. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
B- 91% Enola Holmes (2020) In a time where producers have to mine the literary vaults to repurpose existing properties to turn a quick buck, I enjoyed the liberties taken with "Enola Holmes" despite the overabundance of "Sherlock Holmes" stories that exist in the medium. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
B 88% The Nest (2020) Sean Durkin, in his first feature since 2011's "Martha Marcy May Marlene," returns to the chair with "The Nest," a sharp assessment on marital struggles and discourse with two solid lead performances from Jude Law and Carrie Coon. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
A- 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) Essential viewing in prep for upcoming election - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
B+ 86% The Way I See It (2020) "The Way I See It" is a snapshot of history worth commemorating. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020