Rafael Motamayor

Rafael Motamayor
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
50% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Despite featuring latino actors and being based on a latino folktale, The Curse of La Llorona lacks any flavor, instead feeling like the blandest of the Conjuring movies. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
91% Pet Sematary (2019) In an age where every film is getting a remake or a reboot, Pet Sematary might actually be better than the original. It's terrifying, twisted, heartbreaking, morbidly funny, and a hell of a fun time. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
5/5 100% Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie (2017) A heartfelt and emotionally satisfying conclusion that reminds you of what made the TV-show so special, ties up loose ends from the show, makes you cry our eyes out while also laughing hysterically, but also opens the door to more adventures. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) You will be rewarded to a bonkers and entertaining horror film, if you manage to sit through the dull first half hour. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw may seem like a critique on greediness and our relationship to art on the surface, but what Dan Gilroy has created in nothing short of a surreal, campy and bonkers and entertaining ride through hell. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/5 57% Wounds (2019) Wounds will definitely gross you out, but there isn't enough meat in these bones to keep your interest through the millionth sight of a cockroach or jump scare at the sound of an incoming text. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
91% Little Monsters (2019) Little Monster has enough slapstick humor to lure audiences in, but its goodwill and heart of gold will leave you with a huge grin on your face hours after you leave the theater. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 79% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Rocky and uneven as it might be, The Death of Dick Long manages to lure you in with wacky characters and an interesting premise, and even if it loses you with its dull second act - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
5/5 80% The Lodge (2019) The Lodge will keep you on your toes with its constant sense of dread and claustrophobia, even if it draws you in with likable and relatable characters. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
94% Sweetheart (2019) Sweetheart is carried by Kiersey Clemons's stunning performance, as well as beautiful visuals that descent into a thrilling and heart-stopping creature feature. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
5/5 93% Blinded by the Light (2019) Blinded by the Light is corny, silly and as predictable as they come, but its charm is as irresistible as Bruce Springsteen's music. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
5.5/10 64% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Despite Zac Efron's performance, the film's humorous take on a serial killer as a rock star doesn't really work. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Fighting With My Family doesn't break the mold of sports movies, but it does a known story with enough heart and energy to easily win over audiences and make more than one kid pick up interest in pro wrestling. And really, isn't that the point? - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
36% Corporate Animals (2019) Eating your dead co-worker may not sound hilarious, but Corporate Animals makes you wonder how long you'd go before chowing down yourself. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
44% Relive (2019) As a murder mystery ready to solve, Relive leaves much to be desired, but as a pressure cooker for some strong performers, Relive is a thrilling and powerful film. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
32% Io (2019) This isn't enough to raise the stakes, and instead, Io resorts to a forced relationship and secrets each character hides for no reason other than to force a conflict. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The Hidden World hits the right balance between action and emotion. Just as Hiccup, audiences will find it hard to say goodbye to one of the best and most consistent franchises in the last decade. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse truly embraces what it's like to read a comic book, by making its characters and the tone of the film feel like part of a comic book itself. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
7.5/10 26% Mortal Engines (2018) This steampunk epic, which often feels like an over-sized Fury Road on steroids, has great world-building but an underwhelming story. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) If you ever wanted to see a kid in a knife-fight to the death with a blood-thirsty tiger, Mowgli is the film for you! - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
67% 2.0 (2018) 2.0's biggest draw is its impressive use of visual effects, and the film doesn't waste a moment to showcase its budget. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
No Score Yet Sabrina (2018) Sabrina introduces some new concepts to the tired haunted doll story... However, it quickly abandons its most interesting elements for a run-of-the-mill possession story that changes tone and focus every 20 minutes. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) The best Scottish musical zombie Christmas high school comedy you'll ever see. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
2/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Remember when Jude Law was cast as Dumbledore and we all thought it would pay off in this film? Well, think again. This is not much more than table-setting, and the boring kind at that. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The new Lisbeth Salander combines the coolest parts of James Bond and Batman. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
89% Bodied (2018) A film that feels as timely as it does timeless, both in regard to the jokes and its cultural critique of a culture. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 64% Rampant (2018) It takes a while, but once the zombies start attacking Rampant becomes a spectacular crowd-pleaser with epic sword fights and grand set pieces. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A- 83% I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai) (2019) I Want to Eat Your Pancreas may look like a traditional romantic drama about a dying character, but it is a heartfelt celebration of life and friendships with a tight script and round characters. - Collider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
33% Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018) There are some thrilling action sequences in this film, but they are buried under a convoluted conspiracy that amounts to nothing and wooden characters you won't care for. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Monstrum (2018) Monstrum crafts an intriguing and exciting film with political scheming, romance, and bloody action with a giant monster. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
88% The Night Comes For Us (2018) A two-hour parade of button-mashing fight-game mayhem. To the masters of excess before him, Timo Tjahjanto pretty much says "hold my beer." - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
3.5/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) The House That Jack Built is not just a deliciously gory film, it may also be Lars von Trier's funniest film to date. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/5 81% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) An extremely slow burn film with a pulse rate so slow you will want to check if there's any life left in it. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 100% The Man Who Feels No Pain (2018) A huge sense of humor and self-awareness, combined with kick-ass action and some killer songs make this a great midnight film. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4.5/5 89% Diamantino (2018) Diamantino is a bonkers and ambitious political allegory for the times we live in, one that is also incredibly funny and inventive. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
7.0/10 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) When one of your characters asks if there is a plot after being confused about what's happening, you know you have problems. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
6.2/10 51% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Under the Silver Lake never finds a reason for being as weird as it is, making for a confusing and frustrating experience despite its hypnotic visuals and great score. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/5 81% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) The Quake doesn't reinvent the wheel in any way, but it does offer more human emotion than any disaster movie in years. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/5 57% The Wind (2019) The good elements in The Wind only serve to remind you of the potential for this story, but the final product is just a lesser version of much better films. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/5 89% Legend Of The Demon Cat (Kûkai) (2019) At the core of it all stand a couple of goofballs that never stop entertaining, and a talking black cat that gives the film a much-welcomed fantasy element. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
1/5 43% Jessica Forever (2018) Jessica Forever starts up with a promising premise that it abandons after 5 minutes in favor of following the most boring group of characters in recent memory. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/5 100% School's Out (L'heure de la sortie) (2018) Tense without the need to show much, School's Out has some of the creepiest young actors in years. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 92% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) Heavy Trip will lure you with great original songs and hilarious gags, but you will stay because of the lovable characters and the sweet story about rebellion and following your dreams. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Bad Times at the El Royale starts promising, but by the time the film turns bloody, you will stop caring, since you have seen this before a million times. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
8.5/10 81% Overlord (2018) Overlord may not be the Call of Duty: Zombies movie you were expecting, but it is a damn entertaining film about the horror of war, and the thrills of a zombie invasion. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
66% Suspiria (2018) There is a great 90-minute film hidden somewhere under all the muss of this 153-minute-long motion picture, but it gets lost among a plethora of subplots and attempts at social commentary that lead nowhere. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
8.2/10 79% Apostle (2018) Gareth Evans has proven he can not only master action films with stunning choreography, but he can also deliver a bone-chilling folk horror tale rich in mythology and shocking in violence. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
5.7/10 71% Hold the Dark (2018) Hold the Dark may be pretty to look at, but all its Alaskan beauty can't help distract from its lack of plot and character motivation. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
9.8/10 96% Roma (2018) Roma feels grandiose, but it stays grounded in a powerful and personal story that pulls all the right strings at the right moments to make you feel like you've known this family your whole life. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
9/10 78% Mid90s (2018) Jonah Hill has made his version of Lady Bird, a directorial debut that is informed by personal experiences, yet presented with the distance of an outside observer. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018