Rex Reed

Rex Reed
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/4 72% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Ineffectual, irrelevant and amateurishly conceived from start to finish, this movie is so bad it could kill off Nancy Drew forever. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/4 24% The Aftermath (2019) I left with endless troubling questions unanswered. The melodrama turned shallow. I loved the beauty and tenderness, but I didn't believe The Aftermath. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/4 90% Never Grow Old (2019) It's too monstrous and mean-spirited to please everyone unconditionally, but I found it challenging and honest-and hair-raising enough to work as a modern morality tale in cowboy boots. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/4 85% Iceman (2019) One can imagine Richard Harris or Charlton Heston in the role, but without any star power, Vogel does quite nicely. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
1/4 46% I'm Not Here (2019) It was directed by Michelle Schumacher, better known as Mrs. Simmons, the actor's real-life wife. In Hollywood courtrooms, divorces have been granted on lesser grounds than this. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 94% Gloria Bell (2019) You won't find a more spellbinding performance than the inimitable star in the title role. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
1/4 33% Mapplethorpe (2019) You go away feeling soiled and confused, disliking and distrusting him more than you did going in. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
1/4 43% The Wedding Guest (2019) Nothing ever happens, and the two leads have the chemistry of olive oil and water. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 90% Giant Little Ones (2019) Aside from an awkward, confusing and pointless title that spells box-office trouble, Giant Little Ones is a very fine, immaculate and nuanced film indeed. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/4 54% Greta (2019) It's a nail-biter that sends ice down the spine and proves that in the hands of a master director, any genre is capable of achieving new heights of imagination. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
1/4 38% Untogether (2019) Another anemic and pointless stringing together of stories that are not worth telling, Untogether follows the truncated lives of a group of lost souls in Los Angeles with an overdose of paralyzing cinematic anesthesia. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/4 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) The emotions in Everybody Knows are palpable, but the storytelling stumbles. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/4 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit will not go down in history as one of Liam Neeson's most memorable efforts, but it's fun while it lasts, and he seems to have more fun than anyone else. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
1/4 19% Berlin, I Love You (2019) Another compilation anthology comprised of 10 vignettes designed to pay homage to the cities where the stories occur, Berlin, I Love You is an empty, boring flop with some famous faces in bit parts that add up to nothing of any substance. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 76% Never Look Away (2019) See it and prepare to be stunned and exhausted at the same time. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/4 34% King of Thieves (2019) It's a marvel to watch Caine, Courtenay, Broadbent and Gambon go at each other with an aplomb that dazzles. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2.5/4 77% The Invisibles (2019) Amazingly, the actors are so engaging and believable, and the facts are so riveting, that the movie, despite its flaws, held me spellbound. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
0/4 19% Serenity (2019) At the critics' screening I attended, the audience was reduced to hysterics. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/4 13% I Hate Kids (2019) I endured this modest, sometimes vulgar and often insulting family flick for one reason only: an unusual chance to watch the charming, likable and woefully underrated Tom Hanks clone, Tom Everett Scott, in a rare leading role. Big mistake. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
0/4 73% Adult Life Skills (2019) This is one of those so-called British comedies that is not remotely clever or amusing, even in the rare moments when you can decipher what comes out of the mouths of actors who sound like they could be from Mars. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 93% Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019) It's a very small movie with a very big emotional force that unfolds through the eyes of 16-year-old Mickey, sensitively played by promising newcomer Jeffrey Wahlberg. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
2/4 73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) There's nothing new in The Standoff at Sparrow Creek except the title. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
1/4 41% The Upside (2019) It runs two hours and five minutes, which in my opinion is two hours too long. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
1/4 45% Ashes in the Snow (2019) Filmmakers never seem to run out of footnotes to history during World War II. This one is better served in the pages of a novel. It doesn't work on film. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) It is aided immeasurably by the triumphant performances of the two stars, Steve Coogan as Stan and John C. Reilly as Ollie, who manage to avoid caricature while giving 150 percent of themselves from first to final reel. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
0/4 38% State Like Sleep (2019) About as thrilling as a power failure in Antarctica. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) I raise a glass to any movie about her, no matter how they tell her story. Long may she reign. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Although it leaves you wanting more, Cold War is a film that is both illuminating and haunting at the same time. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
0/4 44% Second Act (2018) Second Act has nothing to recommend it, even as a temporary refuge from traffic gridlock. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The movie is full of joyous, unexpected things to applaud... - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk is better than Moonlight, but that is faint praise indeed. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 70% The Mule (2018) There's nothing heroic about Earl, but in Eastwood's 38th film as a director, he makes the character a felonious centerpiece as likable as anyone could ever imagine. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1/4 62% Bird Box (2018) The only real shock in this one is that it stars Sandra Bullock, who should know better. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 53% Swimming with Men (2018) There is nothing remarkable or consequential about it, but it's not a waste of time, either. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The movie has numerous faults (especially with a number of literary liberties) but is consistently polished enough to keep history buffs fascinated. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/4 81% Ben is Back (2018) Ben Is Back doesn't sugar-coat the harsh reality of this family's struggle, but like the year's other astringent family drug drama Beautiful Boy, frames it with an abundance of life, love and hope. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Head Full of Honey (2018) Exaggerated, infuriating, and about as funny as a root canal without anesthesia. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
2/4 75% The Mercy (2018) It all seems doomed from the start-and never in the same throat-gripping class with such fateful horrors-at-sea epics as Adrift or Robert Redford's All is Lost. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/4 93% The Favourite (2018) Regardless of your tolerance for Restoration jabberwocky, you will be forced to admit the performance by Olivia Colman as England's dim-witted Queen Anne is a masterpiece of madness. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/4 100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) New York, New York, it's a wonderful town. This movie proves it like none other. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/4 78% Green Book (2018) Witty and warm as cashmere, Green Book is a two-hander in which both stars soar with humor and heart. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/4 91% Widows (2018) Other reviewers talk about the film's style and originality, but I found no evidence of either (unless you consider endless shots of reflections in mirrors and glass store windows "style"). - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 82% Instant Family (2018) Add up the ingredients and you get a mostly enjoyable dog-eared formula for escapist entertainment without critical perception. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) This is a responsible, educated, sophisticated and often deeply witty film about politics and journalistic responsibility in the tradition of All the President's Men, The Post and The Ides of March. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
1/4 50% Postcards From London (2018) Aside from bad filmmaking, I don't know what any of this means. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2/4 23% Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018) Here and Now is deliberately slow, hoping to provide viewers a chance to share the torturous mental anguish Vivienne is going through. The process only succeeds in boring us to death. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
1/4 64% Weightless (2018) The nicest thing that can be said about this demure little Canadian trifle is that it's a film that finally gives the gifted, self-assured and sadly underrated Alessandro Nivola a leading role. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) The no-fuss directness, no-frills honesty and deeply committed talent and conviction of 22-year-old Lucas Hedges infuses Boy Erased with a passion and decency it might lack without him. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 90% A Private War (2018) This is a movie worth seeing-a noble effort to polish the image of a superior journalist hell-bent on bringing the truth to the world. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
1/4 44% Don't Go (2018) Ennui sets in early in Don't Go, making you wish it would. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018