Reuben Baron

Reuben Baron
Reuben Baron's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): CBR
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T-Meter Title | Year
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
84% 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 (2020) 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
71% 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
57% 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
56% 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
76% 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
94% 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
82% 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
97% 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
98% One Night in Miami (2020) One Night in Miami is entertaining, thought-provoking and emotionally resonant. If its staginess holds it back from being a capital-G "Great" movie, its intelligence automatically puts it into the awards season conversation. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
65% Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) (2020) If Shaun of the Dead is still the high-water mark of the "zomcom" genre, Wang's approach to this material is outdo Edgar Wright in the sheer speed and quantity of visual gags. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
40% Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku (2020) Even if you've already read the manga or seen the anime, the Wotakoi movie offers a fresh twist on a familiar story. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
100% Son of the White Mare (Fehérlófia) (1982) The lack of a strong emotional connection to any of the characters (except, perhaps, the suffering of the white mare in the first act) holds it back from masterpiece status, but it's still well worth checking out for daring animation fans. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
75% Tezuka's Barbara (2019) Tezuka's Barbara has enough strangeness and style to be worth a watch, but it's also a mild disappointment. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
93% A Whisker Away (Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu) (2020) The big problem with A Whisker Away is that main character Miyo Sasaki, nicknamed "Muge," is extremely annoying. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
96% Marona's Fantastic Tale (L'Extraordinaire voyage de Marona) (2020) More than anything, the film looks like no other film you've seen before. Just as Marona herself is a mutt of who knows how many breeds, the artistic DNA of Marona's Fantastic Tale appears to spring from a menagerie of disparate sources. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
19% Cats (2019) Well, some aspects of the film are genuinely good, but they're counteracted by so much stupid, creepy and pretentious awfulness that it all comes together into a fascinating train wreck. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
96% I Lost My Body (2019) I Lost My Body is one of those movies you can show those who still need convincing that animation is capable of telling serious stories for adults. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
95% Atlantics (2019) Atlantics comes out the stronger movie by virtue of more strongly tying its different story threads together and by not whiffing out on the ending. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) As a work of entertainment, it has enough drama and humor to keep viewers invested. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Fragtime (2019) The combination of its odd set-up and weak production values, however, makes it a hard sell for the general viewing public. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
94% Honey Boy (2019) While he's the writer and co-star, LaBeouf didn't direct Honey Boy. That credit goes to Alma Har'el, an experimental documentarian bringing her sense of stylistic fluidity to her narrative debut. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It gives you a lot to think about, with no clear heroes and extreme moral ambiguity. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
92% Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2019) The animation's as wacky and wonky as ever, a perfect stylistic recreation of the original upgraded to the widescreen HD era. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019