Neal Justin

Neal Justin
Neal Justin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Minneapolis Star Tribune
Publications: Minneapolis Star Tribune

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T-Meter Title | Year
89% My Psychedelic Love Story (2020) Smith isn't the most reliable narrator, but she weaves a great yarn, one that suggests a jaw-dropping conspiracy, sprinkled with cameos from Francis Ford Coppola, Keith Richards and Andy Warhol. It's a trip. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
94% Crazy, Not Insane (2020) Focusing on Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis, a rebel psychiatrist who believed in multiple personality disorder long before her colleagues did. The videos of her interviewing mass murderers are riveting. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
56% Mary & Martha (2013) It has an important statement to make, but any semblance of a story keeps getting interrupted by the filmmakers' need to remind you that malaria in Africa is really, really bad. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
73% Mulan (2020) A big-budget, big-hearted adventure aimed directly at minority girls who all too often feel left out of the conversation. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
61% Cinema Verite (2011) An informative but somewhat plodding re-creation of the 1970s PBS special, An American Family. James Gandolfini steals the show as the producer who persuades the naive parents to invite cameras into their soon-to-be shattered house. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
49% Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) Kidman practically swaggers through the role, channeling Lauren Bacall to such a degree that I almost expected her to ask co-star Clive Owen if he knows how to whistle. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
92% Togo (2019) "Togo" captures the spirit of classic "Wonderful World of Disney" films with more than a little help from director/cinematographer Ericson Core and a scene-stealing pooch. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
No Score Yet Miranda Sings Live...Your Welcome (2019) I've never been a fan of YouTube sensation Colleen Ballinger and "Miranda Sings Live ... Your Welcome" did nothing to change my mind. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
80% Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward (2019) He's Andrew Dice Clay, but with better material. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
No Score Yet Bill Burr Presents Iantalk: Ideas Not Worth Spreading (2019) Ian Edwards makes the case that he's one of our most provocative new comics in "Bill Burr Presents IanTalk: Ideas Not Worth Spreading," with material that defends the seemingly undefendable. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
88% T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous (2017) Doesn't feature the sharpest material, but Miller, who is sweating through his slovenly suit before he even tells his first joke, gets points for commitment. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
80% Whitney Cummings: I'm Your Girlfriend (2016) Whitney Cummings is a smart, confident stand-up who shines on stage. "Whitney Cummings: I'm Your Girlfriend" reminds you of her immense gifts with a no-holds-barred takedown of romantic conventions. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
57% Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (2019) The comedian's first stand-up special in 23 years, feels like little more than a collection of pitches that were a little too risque for "Everybody Loves Raymond..." - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
38% Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho (2019) Jeong's enthusiasm and interplay with the audience make up for the lack of punchlines. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
71% David Cross: Making America Great Again (2016) "David Cross Making America Great Again!" is a shining example of how far the comic is willing to go to avoid familiar banter. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
100% At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) "At the Heart of Gold: Inside the U.S.A. Gymnastics Scandal," shows she [Erin Lee Carr] has the same keen eye for detail and gift for storytelling that made her father, the late David Carr, a celebrated print journalist. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
100% Ken Burns: The Civil War (2015) [Reminds] us of the punch simple narration and stark photographs can deliver when presented by a master. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2.5/4 92% Stan & Ollie (2019) I'm nuts about Laurel and Hardy, but the folks behind the bioflick "Stan & Ollie" clearly adore them more. Blame that love on creating a nice mess. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Wan has a great visual eye or, at very least, a master's degree in CGI. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 89% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Ethan and Joel Coen have a reputation for making films that shatter expectations, and "Ballad" is no exception. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/4 39% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Despite recruiting red-hot Claire Foy for the title role, both Salander and the film lack the biff!-bam!-pow! punch required to get into the Justice League. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
100% Notes From The Field (2018) [Anna Deavere] Smith is a national treasure. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
100% Trouble No More (2017) If the recent box set spotlighting Bob Dylan's gospel years hasn't made you a convert, the concert film "Trouble No More" should do the trick. The legend has never looked more spirited and engaged than he does in this footage from 1980. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
90% The Problem with Apu (2017) The Problem With Apu, is drowned out by frustration that he can't land an interview with the character's voice actor, Hank Azaria. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
100% Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine (2017) The documentary Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine may not be highbrow humor, but you'll end up feeling just a bit smarter about the sensibilities of teenage boys. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
3.5/4 83% Confirmation (2016) We may never know who was telling the truth, but there's no denying the ramifications, too deep and wide to fit on a T-shirt. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
2.5/4 28% Annie (2014) There's still a good film to be made of "Annie," but it'll take Broadway veterans, not box-office stars, to pull it off. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2014
36% Salinger (2013) Too bad that Salinger offers no real insight into the elusive writer and is fueled almost entirely by trivial anecdotes. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2014
3/4 82% Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011) The documentary makes the case that O'Brien is too passionate, too complex, too driven to simply snap out of it. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2011