Neil Pond

Neil Pond
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 24% Gemini Man (2019) Something to see if you want to see Will Smith beating himself up in a movie, in perhaps more ways than one. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 68% Joker (2019) Phoenix makes his mark as a severely damaged man who becomes an insane monster, a maestro of madness who sinks to the bottom of society but moves to the top of the DC Villains Hall of Fame. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 83% Judy (2019) 'Judy' and Zellweger show us a falling star going down in one final blaze of semi-glory...an icon whose fame had spread around the world long before the internet or cable TV. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.5/5 88% Hustlers (2019) It's fun, feisty, gaudy and glitzy and gritty, and it feels right, even when you know it has to be wrong. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) 'It' goes out with a bang---full of strangeness and suspense, a jack-in-the-box of jolts and jumps, oozing and clattering and shrieking with freak-show, gross-out, goose-bump weirdness and hair-raising, FX terrors. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) A red-meat grinder of gunfire and pyro built atop a gonzo storyline of political implosion, an astonishing amount of carnage and a tone-deaf disregard for the mood of much of the nation for seeing dozens of people mowed down by military-grade weaponry. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 79% Good Boys (2019) Childhood innocence intersects with a profane punch of wild, rollicking, ribald comedy, purified with the sunshine of genuine sweetness. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) Bullets fly, blood spills, splats and spatters, bones crunch. This is a different kind of ladies' night, for sure---a mobster movie with a gender flip. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The two alpha-male stars fall easily into the heady, diesel-fuel mix of banter, ballistics and beefy, bone-crunching, balls-to-the-wall beatdowns. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Meticulously crafted, masterfully curated and obsessively detailed, it's a cinematic sandbox of Tarantino touchstones. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) A deeply unnerving disturbia that scorches dark recesses of the imagination with savage, searing grotesqueries that linger long after the credits roll. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Even though he's now 23, Holland still manages to convey the youthful angst of one of Marvel's most popular characters as he grows into the responsibilities that go with his sticky superpowers. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/5 62% Yesterday (2019) An adorable Brit-centric rom-com fantasy set in a rock 'n' roll alt-reality where Beatles music lives anew, life goes on, ob-la-di, ob-la-da, and all you need is love, after all. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Meta, existential Disney-Pixar cleverness about lost toys that find their purpose, bittersweet partings, happy reunions and how--as the old saying goes-one person's trash can, indeed, become someone else's treasure. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Strands its cast and its franchise with a script that feels stale and cookie-cutter, underwhelming F/X, a messy, meandering plot and a shortage of the crisp, feisty zip and zing that made the original idea so much gosh-darn fun. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) A glittery goblet of tribute, a rollicking twist on rock biopics, and a stupendously inventive musical with a star-making performance by Egerton, who fills it with pitch-perfect performances. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Not a whole new world, but a bit brighter, bluer, and newer for a modern generation of young viewers who need to hear that a princess has more on her mind than marrying a prince. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) The best, brightest coming-of-age comedy in years. An easy A+. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
2.5/5 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) Warm and fuzzy but a bit lacking in substantial bow-wow-wow, this franchise nonetheless feels like it's turning into a faithful movie companion that's figured out its own secret to coming back again and again. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/5 34% Poms (2019) I kept wishing for a bit more rah to go with the sis-boom-bah, but the movie's heart is in the right place, with an uplifting message about teamwork, friendship and not letting age be a barrier, of any kind. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 81% Long Shot (2019) You've heard politics make strange bedfellows. In this smart, sharp, frequently hilarious, often raunchy odd-couple rom-com, strange bedfellows make some pretty interesting politics. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
3.5/5 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) Reminds us of the grand cycle of life not just for penguin Steve, but for nature in general--the mystery of animal instincts, the majesty of their domains and their marvelous, miraculous adaptability. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
3/5 47% Little (2019) A little of this, a little of that, Little is a pleasant enough springtime diversion, with a bigger, multi-generational, women-of-color message about empowerment. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) A playful, witty, clever, teen-centric jaunt that soars with a simple, uncluttered story, free of the past and full of both humor and heart. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Burton's signature, curveball spin edges into some deliciously dark corners, but the movie's big--and big-top--heart throbs with the rousing pulse of family, togetherness and freedom. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) A modern horror movie that has the feel of an instant classic, one that has staying power to shock and awe years or even decades from now. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Soars as an origin story with heart, cheeky humor, wit and warmth, zingy dialogue, punchy action, colorful characters and a hero--heroine--who breaks the glass ceiling on two worlds. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/5 60% Greta (2019) A tight, pulpy, nasty little crazy-train psychological thriller that takes a sharp turn into something even nastier in the homestretch. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The third time is definitely a charm---and a charm(er)---for the final, closing, soaring chapter of this popular, successful franchise about a Viking boy and his faithful, flying dragon. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) With a brisk streak of send-up humor, and outright comedy, stirred into the killer mix, it isn't a bloody slasher film, by any stretch---it's more Scooby Doo than Scream. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 44% What Men Want (2019) Pours on the yuks but doesn't have much of a feel about how to make this raunchy comedy about workplace inequality much more than a broad, lazy swipe at an easy, timely target. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan's geeky intersection of comic book culture, superhero backstories and pop mythology builds to a showdown, but it's more of a letdown. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 41% The Upside (2019) Offers a pleasant thaw from the January cold, but can't quite overcome the downside of stereotyping, clichés and an overlay of hokey, jokey sap and gloppy, predictable Hollywood goo. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/5 74% Destroyer (2018) A down-and-dirty walk on the wild side that few actresses ever take. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) An eye-popping charmer of song and dance with an all-star cast, cascades of old-school, feel-good warmth, audaciously entertaining showmanship and massive dollops of Disney enchantment. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Superhero flicks just got a whole lot more super, a bit more crowded---and much more inclusive. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) Hedges wraps up a tremendous year with another powerful gut-punch of a performance. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/5 78% Green Book (2018) The miles melt away with two of the most unforgettable characters from one of the best feel-good films of 2018. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/5 59% The Grinch (2018) This groovy, green, not-so-mean movie kickoff to the Christmas season will delight children and remind grown-ups why Dr. Seuss still rocks. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) This overcooked Christmas-movie meatloaf is a Disney dud. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Malek's remarkable, spellbinding performance almost makes you forget you're really watching a quasi-Queen with a faux Freddie. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
81% Mid90s (2018) Bumps, bruises and broken bones aside, the movie is kinda sweet, often dreamy, and ultimately a tribute to camaraderie among young, outlier, outsider friends of any stripe, anywhere, anytime. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/5 79% Halloween (2018) Full of pulse-pounding scares, enough "tasteful" slashing, stabbing, skull-smashing and impaling to keep gore-hounds happy, and terrific nods to the movie that started it all. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 87% First Man (2018) Maybe not the rah-rah, American-pie space-race victory lap you're expecting, but still a masterful, monumentally introspective moon-movie character study in a class all its all own. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star is Born is aptly titled--Lady Gaga has arrived. A movie star is born. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3.5/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) A deliciously, deliriously twisty tale of moms, martinis and a far-out gone girl that's way more fun than you'd likely ever expect. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 12% Peppermint (2018) A red-meat movie and a vicarious shooting gallery for people who are fed up, like Garner's character, Riley, and pent-up, about...well, whatever. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) I dug the dirty jokes, off-kilter humor and subversive spin on a crazy, grimy world with puppets and humans trying to make their way together. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) At this core of any Cinderella story is, of course, Cinderella. And Constance Wu is terrific in her first leading movie role, bringing the audience along for every magical moment. She's now officially a movie star. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2.5/5 46% The Meg (2018) A mega-chunk of summer-movie shark cheese. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018