Richard Whittaker

Richard Whittaker
Richard Whittaker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin Chronicle
Publications: Austin Chronicle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 80% Made In Abyss: Journey's Dawn (2019) The animation is a delightful mix of epic and kawaii, and if it wasn't for Riko's constant chirpiness, Journey's Dawn would be overbearingly bleak. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
99% Us (2019) "Not quite matching a masterpiece" is still high praise, but Us is a step forward for Peele the filmmaker, and a step back for Peele the storyteller. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 87% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) Is The Image Book really a film? Godard himself has re-engineered it as an art installation, to be shown on a TV. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) The Hole in the Ground is filled with all the tropes of the "sinister child" subgenre, but first-time feature director Cronin... deftly weds it with the same rural Gothic sensibilities that have made Irish horror such a vibrant and unsettling scene. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) She's the hero for anyone who has ever been told they couldn't, and who works out they could, and should have a long time ago. Higher, further, faster? Damn straight. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 72% Climax (2019) It's just testing the audience's patience. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Fighting With My Family may cut a lot of corners, but it's honest and earnest and heartfelt. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet FP2: Beats of Rage (2018) Because FP2 is all stupid surface, held together by Trost's surly charm. It may be filled with dumb "beat off" puns, but it's just smart enough to be all heart. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 88% Arctic (2019) Arctic, a chilly and straightforward story of survival. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 70% Lords of Chaos (2019) What starts as a typical tale of a hard-partying band soon collapses into a chaotic horror show. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 71% Piercing (2019) Pushing the concepts of consensual BDSM to their very furthest extremes, Pesce's curious, stylized, and perversely erotic romance will inevitably make the audience flinch. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/5 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki makes you want to squeeze into Zain's shoes, if just for a couple of hours. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
1.5/5 11% Replicas (2019) Ctrl+alt+delete this from your brain. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 83% Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2019) There are no signposts here, and every time you think you might be getting thrown a narrative bone, forget it. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/5 86% Modest Heroes (Ponokku tanpen gekijô: Chiisa na eiyû - Kani to tamago to tômei ningen) (2019) The writer/directors all give something unique - both visually and from a storytelling viewpoint - and that's a bold and heartening sign for Ponoc's future. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) It's the perfect depiction of the line between being a good person and being law-abiding, and how that's not a border, but a Venn diagram. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3.5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The lulls between these peaks rush by, and the elegance and heartbreak undoubtedly remain. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/5 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Bizarrely, the human-doll mishmash is the least unnerving component of the story. What takes the cake is Zemeckis smashing himself into the narrative, with an egregious and self-indulgent sequence homaging his own career-defining time-hopping story. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Lacking either the primal political brutality of Outlaw King or the delicious barbs of The Favourite, this Mary is a mere pretender. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) So what if it's a story we've seen already this year? It's still a blast, and with added Savage it manages to be a good-hearted cash-in that retains the original's mix of emotion and acerbic humor while providing a hilarious commentary on the film itself. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Throw in the family drama, and this could seem overloaded. But directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman have shepherded an extraordinary take on the Marvel universe that's gritty and lush, shadowy and colorful, epic and intimate. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2.5/5 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Honestly, the visuals let a stellar voice cast down. In trying so hard to escape Disney, Serkis just fell deeper in his shadow. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4.5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) That female power dynamic, and how Sarah and Abigail snipe, cajole, menace, flatter, and even bully Anne to get their way is a rare delight. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3.5/5 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Anna and the Apocalypse is like biting into a candy cane and getting jabbed by those sharp, sugary shards. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
94% CAM (2018) It's Brewer's show all the way, and she paints Alice as a fun flirt, with a co-ed vibe that's designed to attract her clients - a persona she determinedly projects and protects. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 62% Outlaw King (2018) There are also moments to make historians wince, most especially a third-act chronology that egregiously conflates details of Loudoun Hill with the Battle of Bannockburn seven years later. But Outlaw King gets far more right than it ever gets wrong. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 81% Overlord (2018) It's oddly sloppy and unambitious, mistaking loud for really crazy. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Queen enthusiasts will probably choke on some of the egregious sins against chronology and raw facts committed to cram the real story into the format. However, where the script succeeds is in the most complicated part of Mercury: his approach to love. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5/5 47% MFKZ (2018) Cue ultraviolence, gang stereotypes, and a bucketload of plots that never really go anywhere... MFKZ is about as subtle as a house brick. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/5 82% Liz and the Blue Bird (2018) What's most impressive is that Yamada gives delicate life to a wafer-thin story of two friends drifting apart. Without ever feeling choppy or over edited, the shots are composed in microscopic detail. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/5 92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Even with endless biographical facts, he remains an enigma. Maybe that's why that third act is the most successful: Bogdanovich highlights the work, rather than the man, and that alone is a master class worth taking. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) In Tina, she has crafted a central character that's easy to appreciate, and often fascinating, but hard to like, and equally often deliberately off-putting. Which is also a fair description of Border. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) A well-executed paint-by-numbers story of a family with a troubled teen,. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/5 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The Guilty is an exquisite reminder that all you need is four walls and a great performance. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) Green manages something that is both a tribute to and an evolution of the 1978 classic, with moments designed to create resonances that are not just re-enactment but part of his bigger theme of trauma-causing scars. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 87% First Man (2018) Chazelle never glosses over the immense danger; instead, it's ubiquitous. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
82% Ruin Me (2018) At first glimpse, neo-slasher Ruin Me seems to be running face-first into the razorblade traps of postmodern spoof. Yet that glib and well-worn trope is just a mask to hide a more incisive kind of fright. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3.5/5 96% Bisbee '17 (2018) With more intimate documentaries like Kate Plays Christine and Kati With an I, director Robert Greene has always found space for enigma in motivation, in a lack of resolution: Bisbee '17 cannot afford such space. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 92% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) It's no Metalocalypse (pretty much the only metal comedy to completely break the rules), and there are no new classic anthems here, but if you want to bang your head to a very familiar beat, Heavy Trip is a solid cover version. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
100% Robot Chicken: Star Wars (2007) The spoof is perfection, down to obsessive details of set dressing - again, the result of Green and his fellow proud nerds...Robot Chicken: Star Wars is certain to keep that inner problem child happy. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3.5/5 73% Assassination Nation (2018) Successfully taking on all these issues as parts of the same hideous whole, Assassination Nation works best when it is broad and sharp, but is at its weakest when it is too on the nose. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/5 98% Pick of the Litter (2018) It's not the kind of story to win Oscars, but it will definitely make you want to pet a pupper. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 86% A Simple Favor (2018) Kendrick is an equally improbable detective, but her fidgety energy has rarely been put to better ends. She has the wit and whimsy of a younger Steve Martin. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.5/5 26% The Nun (2018) The Nun is quite likely the best entry in the blockbuster The Conjuring cinematic franchise. However, this is still not much of an endorsement. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 71% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) The Apparition undoubtedly has timely points to make about the survival of medieval beliefs in a post-Enlightenment world, but sadly does not tell them in a timely fashion. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 48% Cold Skin (2018) Somehow [Gens] turns the vacation destination of Lanzarote into the ends of the Earth, and you'll feel that chill on your soul. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/5 75% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) Everything is visceral, like how raw disdain is communicated through an overcooked egg. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/5 55% The Bookshop (2018) It's a heavy-handed version of small-town rebellion that devastates any trace of subtlety like a heft tome smashing an errant spider. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) If you dissect what has happened, and take her POV away, it's a far less charming narrative than it seems. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/5 95% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) Yet while it's refreshing to see teen lycanthropy handled as something other than a metaphor for sexual awakening, Good Manners dawdles on its way to a surprisingly predictable and unearned resolution. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018