Reuben Baron

Reuben Baron
Reuben Baron's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): CBR
Publications: CBR

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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me? (2021) Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me? could easily be a short film (or even a short manga), but as a feature, it drags so little plot out over such a long time that it loses whatever spark it might have had. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
47% Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Dear Evan Hansen is earnest to a fault. Given the darkness of the story, it could definitely have used some more dark comedy. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
98% Petite Maman (2021) Sciamma is a genius at putting together incredible endings, and Petite Maman's ending is, in its own way, just as stunning as the opera scene at the end of Portrait of a Lady on Fire. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
83% The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021) Cumberbatch and Foy have great chemistry -- or as Louis Wain might be more likely to put it, "powerful electricity." - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
100% Inu-Oh (2021) Yuasa has tried out new animation techniques in almost all of his works, Inu-Oh features the greatest variety of styles he's worked into a single project since the founding of the Science SARU animation studio. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
93% Titane (2021) Ducournau always knows exactly how much to show to get a reaction but still makes everything feel purposeful -- even if it's hard to explain or understand what that purpose is. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
90% Dune (2021) Dune is a transporting cinematic experience, and parts of it are downright awesome... Where it falls short of greatness is how incomplete its story is -- a problem that should be remedied with Part 2. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
93% Night Raiders (2021) Night Raiders makes for a powerful conversation starter about this history. Where the movie falls short is in regards to crafting a science fiction story that holds up beyond the significance of its direct allegory. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
91% The Power of the Dog (2021) It's not the most propulsive narrative but manages to maintain interest due to its simmering tension, strong performances, and thought-provoking subtext. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
100% Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (2021) Thrice Upon a Time is as imperfect as anything in the Evangelion franchise, but as Anno's last word on the franchise, it might just be a perfect ending. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
100% Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist (2021) Satoshi Kon, The Illusionist an instant must-see for anime fans, but even just hearing the unfinished film discussed makes for an emotional conclusion to an interesting documentary. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
70% Annette (2021) Adam Driver's performance is absolutely incredible and carries the entire film. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
100% Junk Head (2017) The sheer passion behind Junk Head makes it the sort of film that would be interesting to watch whether or not it was actually any good. Thankfully, it is good. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2021
100% Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (2021) Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop is an adorable summer love story that deserves to be spared getting lost in the Netflix algorithm. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
100% Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (2021) Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes cost next to nothing compared to the megabudget Tenet, yet it manages to be equally inventive in its portrayal of time travel and far more entertaining to watch. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
100% Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2021) Some unnecessary love triangle drama pads out the movie's third act, but overall Josee, The Tiger and The Fish stays emotionally gripping throughout. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
100% Claydream (2021) [Vinton] was not the next Walt Disney, but Claydream makes a strong case that he's a figure in animation history worth celebrating. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
No Score Yet My Sunny Maad (2021) Audiences can agree with her decisions, or not, but whatever judgment is had of the situation, this mother's will to make her adopted son happy proves to be incredibly moving. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) For all its excesses, The Sparks Brothers succeeds as a documentary by making audiences love its subjects. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
87% Strawberry Mansion (2021) Strawberry Mansion is an extremely cool-looking film. It was actually shot on digital, then transferred to 16mm film and back again to digital, giving it a soft, grainy, almost handmade style. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
82% Arlo the Alligator Boy (2021) The wacky art style and strange characters make it appear as if it's going for a sort of surrealism akin to SpongeBob or Adventure Time, but its approach to storytelling is more formulaic, Disney-esque and undercooked. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
100% Wyrm (2019) The worldbuilding in Wyrm, expanded from a short film of the same name, is brilliant. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
67% Ride or Die (2021) So much time passes with so little happening that the tension keeps deflating, only to flare up again at the next exhausting argument scene. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
82% The Spine of Night (2021) Despite the intriguing aspects of its worldbuilding and narrative construction, The Spine of Night is more or less a style-over-substance film. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
94% Beans (2020) Tracey Deer uses her background as a documentary filmmaker to good effect in editing together news footage of the protests and fights... ultimately a powerful and compelling film. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
No Score Yet The Legend of Hei (Luo Xiaohei Zhan Ji) (2019) The Legend of Hei's storytelling is impressively sophisticated and morally ambiguous. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
86% Color Out of Space (2020) Even Nicolas Cage, compelling as he is, is interesting in spite of the underwritten script not because of it. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
100% Flee (2021) The sound design is particularly impressive in how it blends live sound and the foley required for the animated flashbacks, with period-appropriate pop hits further enlivening the soundscape. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
69% Cryptozoo (2021) There are some bursts of visceral body horror, a few solid laughs and some genuinely clever narrative turns, but generally, it's more a film to admire for its creative animation than the most interesting story overall. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
55% Mother Schmuckers (2021) The general problems with the comedy generally seem to stem from a general aimlessness; much of the film was unscripted but the actors' improv skills are nowhere near the level of a Sacha Baron-Cohen. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
95% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) Street Gang never gets too complicated or too heavy; it's a celebration first and foremost, but it's a subject that deserves celebrating. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
86% Passing (2021) A subtle, beautifully-made directorial debut for Hall. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
57% Mayday (2021) Consider Mayday an ambitious swing and a miss. There's clearly talent behind this low-budget fantasy war drama, but its incomprehensibility only seems to obscure the script simply doesn't have anything very interesting to say. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
66% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Hard as it can be to keep up with the (utterly ridiculous, maybe kind of bad) narrative or (surprisingly intelligent, maybe great) meaning, the thing that keeps the film so consistently entertaining upon first viewing is some of the coolest visual design. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
97% Sound of Metal (2020) It's an extremely well-structured and consistently interesting debut film, never wasting too much time on any particular plot point and concluding with the only possible appropriate ending for this story. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
88% Undine (2020) It has many intriguing elements and the actors are all great, but the story just doesn't come together as effectively as it could have with a bit more narrative and thematic clarity. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
88% Run (2020) Both lead actresses are great, with the young Kiera Allen holding her own as the empathetic protagonist against Sarah Paulson's increasingly psychotic villain. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
88% Survival Skills (2020) Survival Skills reminds one of the sort of twisted "infomercials" Adult Swim airs at 4 a.m. As the movie slowly drags it way to an hour and a half, it becomes extra clear why Adult Swim's programming sticks to 11- to 22-minute runtimes. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
94% Dinner in America (2020) Even at its best, however, Dinner in America never rises above passable outside of a couple musical numbers, and many of its best scenes have some sort of complicating factor dragging down the enjoyment factor. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
96% Frank & Zed (2020) Frank & Zed might be inconsistent as a whole, but the sheer joy of its production is infectuous. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
95% Lapsis (2021) The big problem Lapsis runs into as a piece of science fiction and social satire is that it's just so realistic that it barely works as either. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
81% Over the Moon (2020) Fortunately the ending comes together to deliver a worthy message about dealing with loss, one that's moving in its own right and all the more powerful knowing its personal backstory. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
98% Minari (2020) Lee Isaac Chung's Minari [is] one of the best films of the year. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
80% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) If you're hoping for something more than "basic," however, The Columnist underwhelms as a work of satire. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
88% Nine Days (2021) Its puzzles and big ideas are stimulating to the mind, and the cinematography and score please the eyes and ears. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
78% The Water Man (2021) The final act has aspects which are underwhelming and overwhelming, but overall is wildly successful at what matters most: bringing together all of the story's emotional points successfully. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) The result is a narrative that won't challenge or surprise adult audiences in the slightest, though it might have stronger appeal to kids if they're allowed to see it. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
94% Nomadland (2021) McDormand is amazing as usual, but in a way that doesn't call attention to herself. She's not going for big dramatic "Oscar moments" but instead blends in perfectly with the actual nomads revealing their life stories. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
96% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) Watching Night of the Kings, you feel like you're experiencing something both totally unique and building upon the culture of the past, from traditional griots to 1,001 Arabian Nights to Shakespeare to City of God. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
99% Wolfwalkers (2020) Wolfwalkers is easily one of the stand-outs of this year's Toronto International Film Festival. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020