Neil Pond

Neil Pond
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 67% Respect (2021) Hudson's tuneful tribute is a ringing, right-on reminder of Franklin's legacy that stokes the flame for a new age, lifting her story loud and long and strong. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2021
3.5/5 88% Nine Days (2021) No matter what you believe, 'Nine Days' makes you think that getting here, being alive and feeling the full spectrum of being human, is no trivial thing. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
3.5/5 79% Black Widow (2021) These superheroes weren't born gods, didn't get powers by being exposed to radiation or finding magical objects. They're just women---who were once little girls, now vowing to change things. Now that's a superhero. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
3.5/5 74% Cruella (2021) One of the most vivaciously deviant Disney properties to ever come flying out of the movie mousehole. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
4/5 94% In the Heights (2021) An exuberant summer explosion of salsa-flavored sunshine, this rousing, hopeful, break-out celebration of dance, culture, storytelling and song is just the shot of feel-good we need. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
2.5/5 66% Eat Wheaties! (2021) A quirky comedy that finds offbeat flavors of funny in its tale of a star-crossed schmo who becomes the stand-in for just about all of us. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
3/5 77% Stowaway (2021) A well-crafted, pressurized think-tank of a sci-fi space stewer that wants you to be thinking about-and maybe debating-its meaning as it ends. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) A brawl-y, rugged mega-monster mash that proves that, for pure escapism, we're all still suckers for seeing two giant palookas beat the beastly snot out of each other. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2021
3/5 49% Coming 2 America (2021) An uproariously entertaining sequel that resonates with rich Black humor, celebrating its heritage with a legacy of retro-keen laughter that reminds us of its leading man's cool confidence and his nearly infallible instincts for comedy. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 98% The Father (2021) Hopkins makes an indelible impression in the fading twilight grappling with an invisible foe that's taking pieces of him away. It's the ravages of senility by way of Shakespeare. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
3.5/5 56% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Holiday's legacy, and her song, lives on in Andra Day's triumphant performance and in this monumental musical history lesson. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/5 63% French Exit (2021) Sharply comedic, quietly quirky, magically beguiling and endearingly odd. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
2/5 28% Bliss (2021) This mind-bending mobius strip of a movie takes you to a happy place, all right. But happiness can be fleeting. And like a lot of things, it might just be all in your head. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
3/5 72% Palmer (2021) Timberlake's return to more serious, dramatic fare, in a strong, meaty performance with overtones of atonement, acceptance, inclusion and compassion. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
3/5 45% The Little Things (2021) 'The Little Things' is like binge-watching a whole TV crime-solving series in one big, Oscar-star movie gulp. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
3/5 85% Our Friend (2020) This lovely, finely tuned, brutally honest portrait of a marriage, a family and friend that went through something terrible...will make you weep. But you'll feel good about the tears. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
3.5/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Director Fennel deftly steers this righteous rape-revenge fable along its prickly path with deliciously dark humor, giving its gritty truths a hyper-stylized swirl of girly candy-cane colors and a swish of vampy camp. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
2.5/5 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) It's a lot, but Clooney ropes it all together, somehow, up there and down here, a big, bold fable about poisoned air, unlivable earth and undrinkable water, and the possibilities of the vast, unfathomable, unknowable future of space. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Boseman's red-hot performance, his swan song, burns a sizzling hole in the middle the film, leaving us with an emptiness that will take a long time to fill, the hollow space of an immensely gifted actor who gave everything he had for his last hurrah. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/5 80% I'm Your Woman (2020) A tight, terrific, fem-centric tale of lower-tier mob life from the mob-wife perspective, balancing soft, tender, contemplative moments with ripples of explosive violence. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
4/5 94% Nomadland (2021) A moving, majestically cinematic, poignantly thought-provoking, gorgeously contemplative portrait of outlier America. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
3.5/5 89% Black Bear (2020) A tale of tortured artistry taken to new, inter-dimensional intensity, the primordial process of destruction as a part of regeneration, a snake turning on itself to eat its own tail. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3.5/5 88% Run (2020) Full of edge-of-your-seat, wickedly inventive, twisty-turn, shock-ya surprises, compounded by the irony of a protagonist not being able to do what the title suggests. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3.5/5 89% The Nest (2020) A handsome, super-stylish portrait of a malignant marriage on a battlefield of scorching verbal warfare, bitterness, resentment and scorn. But ugly rarely looks so elegant. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
2/5 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Barrels into this year's gold-plated Oscars season like a truckload of rowdy, backwoods relatives. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/5 47% The Craft: Legacy (2020) A magic-sprinkled trick-or-treat for girls who'll harken to its timely theme of female outsiders finding each other, bonding together and harnessing their strengths to confront a world trying to quash them. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
2/5 39% Rebecca (2020) Too often feels like a cross between a posh, British period drama and a prime-time network crime procedural, maybe like an episode of CSI: Downton Abbey. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
2/5 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) Goes so low for yuks, it's comedic elder abuse. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3.5/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) Coppola's sparkling Big Apple comedy is a smooth comic elixir for our very troubled times, with Bill Murray pulling up in a red sports car, asking us a very simple question: "Feel like hoppin' in?" - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
3/5 85% Misbehaviour (2020) Leaves us with a lesson, about how things worth having are worth standing up for---and sometimes that might mean standing up with a banner, or a bag of flour, or squirt gun pointed at Bob Hope. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 79% Red, White & Wasted (2020) A kind of drive-through movie safari to a deep-red, pro-gun, casually racist, proudly anti-progressive (and extremely messy) place you'd probably never actually dream of going otherwise. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/5 90% Kajillionaire (2020) An audaciously engaging, eccentrically original, surprisingly charming L.A. story that walks a delicate line between humor and heartache. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
2/5 30% Antebellum (2020) Racism and America's deep-rooted heritage of hate are hot topics all over again, particularly right now, and this movie turns up the heat even hotter. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 91% Enola Holmes (2020) The juiced-up girl power of Enola Holmes makes for a right-on, righteously fun romp with a revved-up, fem-forward message that rings loud and true even today. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
3/5 73% Mulan (2020) Disney's new 'Mulan' presents a rousing role model for little girls ready to move beyond sleeping beauties, little mermaids, talking teapots and pumpkins that turn into coaches. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5/5 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) A devilishly dark gem of a demented dreamcatcher that takes a deep dive into the recesses of a wrinkled road map of the mind. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 59% Chemical Hearts (2020) You'll find out why Grace doesn't like to drive, the reason she wears baggy clothes, that love---like chemistry---is complicated, and why Reinhart and Abrams are shoo-ins for the year's hottest YA movie couple. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 58% Tesla (2020) A jazzily innovative cool-cat movie that looks ahead, in ways that remind you that Tesla's "future" is indeed now. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
3.5/4 100% Apocalypse '45 (2020) A stately, somber reminder of the soul-scarring god-awfulness of war and its catastrophic consequences, and a heartfelt salute to those who answered the call of something much bigger than themselves. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
2.5/5 72% An American Pickle (2020) A comedy built on a heartwarming foundation of sentimental silliness, it might surprise you--especially if you're expecting the kind of guffaws you usually get from a Seth Rogen movie. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/5 78% Summerland (2020) Proudly fem-centric--with women as the surging creative force of its substance and the focus of its story--this "little" independent film has a lot of big things on its mind. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3/5 74% The Rental (2020) A terrifically tangled little nerve rattler of a horror movie that takes a thoroughly modern idea and melds it to some sturdy, old-fashioned '80s slasher vibes. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
3/5 84% The Way Back (2020) Perhaps Affleck's most personal--and personal-feeling--movie, and movie role, ever. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3.5/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) A golly-whopper psycho-thriller of a horror show that's also a monster movie for the #MeToo movement, a creep show about toxic masculinity and how abused women are often told they're crazy. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3.5/5 87% Emma. (2020) A delightfully snazzy, dizzily entertaining, snappy-looking period-piece rom-com. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
3.5/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) I wouldn't want to live there, but Guy Ritchie's riotously raw ganja-gangland fantasy world sure is a great-escape movie getaway. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) A high-spirited, action-packed blowout reunion that plays to the comedic strengths of its two marquee stars while giving them plenty of room to roam, lots of things to blast or blow up and a flowing stream of bickering-buddy humor. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) Raunchy humor that feels like it was written with broad strokes of a mascara brush and highlighted with smeared lipstick. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) A gripping human drama, a bracing history lesson, a bruising survival saga and a blowout adventure yarn--and a jaw-dropping marvel of astonishing, immersive filmmaking. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
1.5/5 20% Cats (2019) This part-people, part-pussycat, faux-feline Hollywood hairball is a me-ouch. - Parade Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019