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+ 43% Noelle (2019) Make some hot chocolate, throw on some comfy PJs, and put "Noelle" on for a breezy Saturday morning watch. After that, it won't be long before it disappears into the pathos of the Disney engine and off your radar for good. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
C- 61% Lady and the Tramp (2019) "Lady and the Tramp" is fairly harmless and little ones unfamiliar with the original narrative will likely be enthralled by shiny scenery and mildly engaging songs, but you're better off just queuing up the animated classic instead. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
C 97% Knives Out (2019) "Knives Out" is witty and has an ace performance from Daniel Craig, but the mystery and big reveal left me underwhelmed. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
C- 42% Midway (2019) "Midway" - Roland Emmerich's clunky and loud remake - makes Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor" look like a Best Picture winner. Yikes. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
B+ 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Both inventive and thrilling, "Doctor Sleep" is a terrific sequel to the iconic story "The Shining" and represents a welcome and earned trip back to the Overlook. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
A 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong Joon-ho's wild 'Parasite' is 2019's first real masterpiece - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
C 73% Harriet (2019) "Harriet" lacks a sense of urgency nor does it rise to a level where it's more than just a fine piece of casual movie-going. In some circles, that'll be okay, but I think Harriet Tubman deserves better than average storytelling. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
C+ 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Give credit to Tim Miller for trying to take this convoluted series in a fresh direction, but "Dark Fate" ends up feeling like a rehash of the series. Despite all the best efforts from a bulky Linda Hamilton and an engaging Arnold Schwarzenegger. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
C+ 71% The King (2019) "The King" lacks the wow factor of something akin to "Gladiator" and you watch desperately waiting for something to elevate the straightforward, though inventive, narrative, and try as this exceptional cast does, "The King" leaves much to be desired. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
C 51% Black and Blue (2019) "Black and Blue" - though featuring a strong Naomie Harris in the commanding lead role - loses track of the message it wants to send regarding police corruption and brutality. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
C+ 25% Countdown (2019) Despite "Countdown" getting bogged down by cheesy one liners, unconvincing performances, and poor execution overall, I do give credit to the filmmakers for at the very least trying to be ambitions. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
D 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" never feels like a movie, instead it's a shiny Disney product that's going to look good on their streaming service. A total eyesore. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
C 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) "Double Tap" tries to push for any cheap laugh it can get, merely recycling old jokes, and then repackaging them for a new audience. Maybe there should be a rule for originality? Because ten years later, the zany freshness of 'Zombieland' has worn off. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
B- 60% Fractured (2019) Netflix's twisty 'Fractured' is so preposterous it kinda works. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B- 43% The Addams Family (2019) While it doesn't have the most original themes in a kid friendly film, there's still enough classic macabre "Addams Family" antics to help entertain the casual viewer and perhaps win over a new generation of fans in the process. Snap. Snap. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
D+ 26% Gemini Man (2019) Emotionless 'Gemini Man' represents a new low for Ang Lee and Will Smith - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B- 37% In the Tall Grass (2019) "In The Tall Grass" is an effective, if familiar, Stephen King adaptation. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B+ 83% Judy (2019) Zellweger delivers what is probably a career defining performance that soars well beyond the rainbow. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
C 82% Abominable (2019) Kids might get swept up in the colorful imagery and the occasional potty humor that lands. But in the lens of some of Dreamworks finest, it would seem "Abominable" could use a little more soul searching. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
C 60% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) An intriguing sci-fi frenzy that never lands. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
A- 88% Bad Education (2019) "Bad Education" is an engaging slow-burn investigative thriller sprinkled with hefty comic touches and represents the type of ace mid-budget adult targeted film audiences crave. Hugh Jackman gives one of his absolute best performances. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
C- 42% The Laundromat (2019) A rare miss for both Steven Soderbergh and Meryl Streep. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
B+ 84% Ad Astra (2019) An ambitious and authentic space opera that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen imaginable. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
D 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) "Last Blood?" How about "Last Nerve." - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
B 91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The attitudes of Damon and Bale give the film a dose of energy when not on the race-track, and when the engines start revving and the cars start throttling to the finish line, Mangold puts the viewer in the driver's seat and doesn't let off the gas. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B 77% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) "Between Two Ferns: The Movie" is a breezy watch that mine as well be made up of spare parts from the online portions. For something to toss on with your buddies on a Friday night, you could do a lot worse. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
A- 94% Uncut Gems (2019) "Uncut Gems" is the equivalent of a cinematic anxiety attack taking its toll on your senses. Pop a couple aspirins, bring a reliable pair of ear plugs, and watch as Adam Sandler has just pushed himself into the crowded Oscar race. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
A- 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Eddie Murphy returns to top form in the crude, hilarious, and funkadelic crowd-pleaser "Dolemite is My Name." - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
A- 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) One of the sweetest and more delightful films of 2019, this zany satire had me grinning from ear to war. Hail, indeed. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B 88% Hustlers (2019) Sure, it's not a revolutionary cinematic experience, but "Hustlers" has the swagger, and definitely captured my attention. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
C+ 69% Joker (2019) There's a more audacious film lurking in "Joker," yet there's no denying how the discourse that'll soak up the airwaves is exactly the type of conversation the iconic villain would want us to have. Whether we like it or not, the joke's on us. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ 97% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) In "A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood," Fred Rogers isn't the star, it's the journalist assign to write the cover story. But Hanks - embodying the red cardigan wearing icon - is about as pitch perfect as it gets. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
B+ 81% Just Mercy (2019) No question, "Just Mercy" is a conventional legal drama, but there's no denying that Michael B Jordan and Jamie Foxx power the real life story of Bryan Stevenson and his dedicated quest to fighting injustice. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
C+ 93% Honey Boy (2019) Shia LaBeouf and Noah Jupe have great chemistry in the autobiographical drama "Honey Boy," but it didn't resonant or connect with me on the level I wanted or needed it too. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
B+ 92% The Lighthouse (2019) "The Lighthouse" will give certain audience members the intoxicating aftertaste of a gothic sensation, while others could walk away in frustration. That's exactly how Robert Eggers wants it. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
B 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Much longer than it needs to be, the dedication to the visceral imagery of Stephen King's twisted novel and rock solid performances (notably Bill Hader) makes "It Chapter Two" worth the investment. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
C 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) For a third installment in D-level franchise, "Angel has Fallen" could have been worse. That still doesn't make it good. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
B 88% Ready or Not (2019) The performances are all devilish, strange, and off-beat, add in a script that packs the right amount of surprise within its grasp, and you get one nightmarish game that's actually worth playing. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
B+ 86% The Nightingale (2019) "The Nightingale" could use some cleaner touch-ups, yet this rather savage journey turns out solid, thanks to Kent's ability in understanding the demons that lurk inside our souls and how forging a path to empathy might be our greatest human instinct. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
A- 91% Luce (2019) Some of the films lofty themes are wide open for interpretation, "Luce" is still a brave and audaciously riveting cinematic experience that'll find longevity in the conversation it starts regarding stereotypes and the judgement brought upon others. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B 79% Good Boys (2019) "Good Boys" - which could be described as a live action "South Park"- somehow or another makes most of the material relatable if not downright hilarious. Full disclosure: DO NOT take your middle schooler to see this. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
B+ 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) If you've ever been touched or moved by a singer or a particular song - maybe some you're too embarrassed to admit, then "Blinded By The Light" should make for an evocative journey. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
C 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) "The Art of Racing in the Rain" is predictably melodramatic and goes straight for the heart-strings without stopping to dig deep enough into its characters. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
B 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Arriving at a time when our news-feeds are being clamored with violence and hate, I think the country could learn a thing a two about compassion and humanity from Dora in "Dora and the Lost City of Gold." - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
B+ 22% The Kitchen (2019) No doubt about it, "The Kitchen" is a late Summer sleeper that cooks up the goods. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
C+ 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Brimming with stylistic production design and genuine suspense, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is a rather mixed bag in terms of quality. When it works, it works, but the toned down PG13 rating ultimately sets the film back. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B- 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Equal parts lightweight and silly, 'The Angry Birds Movie 2' manages to be a slight improvement over it's nauseating predecessor - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
B 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Anchored by two strong performances from Shia LaBeouf and newcomer Zach Gottsagen, "The Peanut Butter Falcon" - though following a familiar path - finds salvation in its picturesque worldview of reality while offering a rousing look at life. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
C 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) For someone who generally enjoys these films (I've liked the last three "Furious" pictures) - I can't ignore the writing on the wall. This franchise is running out of gas. Quick. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
D+ 40% The Operative (2019) Painfully slow and hardly captivating, "The Operative" is another generic thriller that'll come and go without so much as making a blip on anyone's radar. - The Only Critic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019