Richard Propes

Richard Propes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Richard Propes is an award-winning film critic based in Indianapolis and one of the country's leading disabled film journalists with an outreach that spans web, print, and broadcast outlets. He is founder/publisher of The Independent Critic and a founding member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. In honor of his long history of community service, the Academy Award-qualifying Heartland International Film Festival annually presents the Richard D. Propes Social Impact Award to a narrative and documentary feature.
Publications: TheIndependentCritic.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.0/4.0 52% 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) 12 Mighty Orphans is entertaining from beginning to end. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
2.0/4.0 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ultimately falls short. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
3.5/4.0 45% Spirit Untamed (2021) It has been a long time since I've enjoyed an animated feature as much as I enjoyed Spirit Untamed. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
3.5/4.0 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) A Quiet Place II is Millicent Simmonds' motion picture as it should be. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
3.5/4.0 74% Cruella (2021) I had rather modest expectations for Cruella. They were far surpassed. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
3/4 No Score Yet Drought (2020) The film's real revelation is Owen Scheid, a young actor with autism making his feature film debut. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
3.5/4.0 No Score Yet The Runner (2021) The Runner is without question Danner's best film yet. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
3.0/4.0 No Score Yet Walking with Herb (2021) As Herb, George Lopez has one of his best roles in quite some time. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
1.5/4.0 65% Silo (2021) Silo is a rare Oscilloscope miss. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
3.0/4.0 46% Here Today (2021) Despite all its flaws, Here Today is an entertaining motion picture. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
3.5/4.0 94% Best Summer Ever (2020) An absolute delight from beginning to end. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
3.5/4.0 100% Apocalypse '45 (2020) To call Erik Nelson's Apocalypse '45 a jarring film is, quite honestly, an understatement. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
3.5/4.0 No Score Yet Kitty Mammas (2021) An engaging and meaningful film that is both incredibly funny and incredibly heartfelt. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
3.5/4.0 No Score Yet Chasing Childhood (2020) A consistently engaging and emotionally resonant film. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
3.0/4.0 No Score Yet Bad Impulse (2019) The kind of film that warrants multiple views to catch all of Danner's instinctive touches. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
3.5/4.0 100% Through the Night (2020) A remarkable film because Limbal so beautifully captures the political and cultural and social factors at work here while, simultaneously, giving us a film we enjoy. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
3.5/4.0 91% Together Together (2021) A wonderful little film featuring a breakout performance from Patti Harrison and a best yet turn from Ed Helms. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
3.5/4.0 86% The Sound of Identity (2020) The Sound of Identity may very well be Kicklighter's best film yet, though I'm fairly sure I've said that before. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
3.5/4.0 No Score Yet Intermedium (2020) Taylor Turner's pitch-perfect screenplay comes alive and out blossoms a story that hits all the right notes. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
3.5/4.0 99% Driveways (2020) I loved every moment of Driveways, a bit of a rarity these days. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
3.0/4.0 100% Mayor (2020) One can't help but wish that Osit would occasionally dig a bit deeper, though that's clearly not the intention here. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Evening Redness in the South (2019) This unique, inspired film deserves to be seen and won't soon be forgotten. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
3.0/4.0 69% Moxie (2021) Moxie may not be the revolutionary film it was born to be, but it's still a strong directorial effort from Poehler. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3.5/4.0 78% I Care a Lot (2021) It's a dark and cynical and relentlessly negative motion picture that made me laugh far more than I care to admit. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2021
3.0/4.0 50% Yes Day (2021) If you don't want to see Jennifer Garner in Yes Day, I don't even want to know you. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2021
2.0/4.0 65% Crisis (2021) It's a mid-range thriller with some absolutely terrific performances. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3.0/4.0 67% Dolphin Island (2021) There's nothing in the world like a feel-good story underneath a feel-good story and that's the case with Entertainment Squad's Dolphin Island. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
3.0/4.0 86% The House That Rob Built (2021) It's the kind of film that fans of inspirational sports flicks will want to watch and it's a definite must-see for fans of women's basketball. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3.5/4.0 85% Ten Minutes To Midnight (2020) A dastardly dark motion picture that will please devotees of 80's horror. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
3.0/4.0 100% The Ventures: Stars on Guitars (2020) A rather straightforward doc that will delight fans and possibly win a few new ones. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
3.0/4.0 87% The Grizzlies (2020) This is a film that could have gone wrong in so many ways, yet in so many ways it goes right. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4.0 80% The Night (2021) The Night is the kind of film where every little thing matters. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4.0 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) If Collective doesn't make you angry, you're simply not paying attention. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
3.0/4.0 97% The Donut King (2020) Gu keeps The Donut King an upbeat affair. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
4.0/4.0 94% Nomadland (2021) A film I long to see in the post-pandemic world on a bigger screen where the film's universality can be lived into even though the story itself feels intimate and small. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
3.0/4.0 No Score Yet Banging Lanie (2020) May not necessarily cover any new territory, but it's a light, refreshing, and meaningful comedy. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
3.0/4.0 79% I Am Greta (2020) While the documentary doesn't necessarily break new ground, it covers familiar ground exceptionally well. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2021
3.5/4.0 No Score Yet Tom in America (2014) A deeply thoughtful and emotionally resonant film. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
2.5/4.0 71% Trolls World Tour (2020) A kid friendly and reasonably entertaining lightweight film. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
3.5/4.0 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Fennell's script takes us into dark comedy that feels like truth all the way through an ending that feels necessary and real and complex and thought-provoking. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
3.5/4.0 88% News of the World (2020) Hanks is being given an awards season push here, no surprise, though he's bound to be hindered by the fact that he makes it all look so easy. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
3.0/4.0 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The real gem here, other than Gadot, is Pedro Pascal as Max, the obligatory megalomaniac in search of more money and more power and who discovers a way to achieve it all. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
100% Ghost (2020) ...for those who appreciate an emphasis on the characters amidst the action that unfolds this is an engaging thriller with a sort of lyrical quality that locks you into its rhythms and holds onto you until the story's finally been told. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
3.5/4.0 89% Dear Santa (2020) Nachman's work here is glorious, joy-filled, and celebratory of the human spirit. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
3.5/4.0 100% Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story (2020) A special film and an unforgettably raw and honest film that is simultaneously unflinching and utterly beautiful. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3.5/4.0 100% IRL (2019) An intelligent, intuitive, achingly vulnerable, and remarkably human motion picture that soars almost precisely because it doesn't soar. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
3.5/4.0 100% Pariah Dog (2019) There are films that simply draw you in and demand that you give them your full attention. Jesse Alk's Pariah Dog is such a film. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
3.5/4.0 76% The Croods: A New Age (2020) It's more than a little bit comforting to watch a film about getting along at a time in our American society when getting along seems so very difficult to do. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3.0/4.0 100% Small Group (2018) Matt Chastain gets it right and ends up producing a faith-based motion picture that entertains without compromise its faith along the way. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
3.0/4.0 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) If there's really an underrated performance here, it's that of young Owen Asztalos. - TheIndependentCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020