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 93% Val (2021) Kilmer's literal voice may be curtailed, but the artist is still in there, as wild and vibrant as ever. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
4.5/5 97% Pig (2021) At a time when so many people are struggling to find something of value in their lives, when people are fleeing jobs, cities, futures they thought they wanted, Cage has crafted a quiet soliloquy about grasping onto something that has meaning. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
2.5/4 No Score Yet All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic (2019) It may feel like you're auditing a fun lecture course (mercifully, no test at the end), but you'll definitely have a better grasp on the material at the end. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
2/5 63% Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) Like a decent milkshake, it's fine while you're consuming it, but chances are you won't remember it after the last slurp. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3/5 100% Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2021) Sumptuously animated and more optimistic than the source material because it is aimed at a broader audience, this version of Josee definitely swims in its own direction. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
3.5/5 81% Black Widow (2021) Black Widow gives Marvel's superspy the callback-filled swan song that she and the loyal audience deserve. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
90% Ultrasound (2021) Ultrasound is an intriguing and sometimes sickening look at what happens when you gaslight an unreliable narrator. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
3.5/5 98% My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To (2021) In this rusted nowhere, options are truly limited, and writer/director Jonathan Cuartas leaves their story open-ended at the beginning. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
3/5 60% Siberia (2021) Siberia is all interior, and the state of Clint (Dafoe) is unclear, the linear trajectory of his life fuzzy beyond recognition. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
4/5 86% Werewolves Within (2021) A new comedy classic whodunnit in the honored tradition of Clue, Werewolves Within finds the laughs in the jump scare, and brings back the uproarious joy of the "it's behind you!" creeping fright. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
87% 7 Days (2021) Just because 7 Days knows the beats of the classic rom com, that doesn't make it a cover version. Instead, it's a delightfully new riff, one filled with cultural specificities and timeliness. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
4/5 95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) Wright's debut documentary may seem a shift from his long career of modern screwball comedy, but he's almost accidentally perfect, channeling his own obsession with the understatedly quirky band into a pitch-perfect examination. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
4/5 95% In the Heights (2021) In the Heights is unashamedly romantic, fearlessly thrilling, endlessly optimistic and given life and voice through sheer love of people, of place - of community. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
2/5 46% Spirit Untamed (2021) Spirit Untamed never seems to know which trail it's taking. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
2/5 13% Under the Stadium Lights (2021) Under the Stadium Lights is pee wee by comparison to Peter Berg's All-American. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
3/5 96% The Amusement Park (2019) Finally recovered from the archive by the George A. Romero Foundation, and restored by New York's IndieCollect from two faded 16mm prints, its mere existence as a lost Romero is enough to make it worth watching. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
2.5/5 46% Hero Mode (2021) As a heartfelt feel-good story about industrial espionage and how to win the right way, Hero Mode is charming if undemanding, and feels at least a little authentic to its milieu. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
2.5/5 76% The Retreat (2021) Mills has a grasp of survival horror pacing that builds up a few good thrills and chills... Yet The Retreat always manages to take a step back from its innovative or even solid moments. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
1.5/5 20% Endangered Species (2021) Its story of the classic ugly Americans learning important lessons about the eponymous endangered wildlife of East Africa is undoubtedly well-meaning. Unfortunately, it's also graceless and predictable. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
2.5/5 62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Sheridan's flair has always been in ensembles, but here that trait is caught in a stalemate with the desire to provide an underwhelming Jolie with a star vehicle. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
3/5 98% Drunk Bus (2021) It's with a surprising low-key charm, with Pineapple bringing his gutterpunk Yoda vibe into Michael's carefully-constructed world of misery, and both getting a little learning from the experience. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
3.5/5 95% Riders of Justice (2021) Riders of Justice is a film of contradictions, but that's its purpose. With gentle, sensitive humor and pathos dominating the story, it's really about self-justification, as the scientists and the soldier form an unlikely team. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Great Green Wall (2019) The big picture is fascinating, as is Modja's plan to record an album along the Sahel with musicians she meets along the way, but focus keeps shifting to Modja's responses to interviewees, not the interviews themselves. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3/5 87% The Djinn (2021) With their debut, Charbonier and Powell proved a rare grasp of childhood horror, and keeping the perspective of youth among adult sins. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3/5 96% The Human Factor (2020) For experts in the field, who this is most undoubtedly aimed at, this is a rare and incisive look at one party's stance on one of the most important diplomatic initiatives of our time. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3.5/5 78% The Water Man (2021) The Water Man plays with the conventions of fantasy, as Chavis' perfectly wide-eyed Gunner is taken on a strange, winding path by Miller's suitably roguish and spiky Jo. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
3/5 65% Silo (2021) Sumptuously filmed by Hunter Baker, it's a testament to simple but effective filmmaking. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
4/5 95% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) Street Gang absorbs what was truly important about the show: that not every lesson is going to be fun, but that doesn't mean everything is terrible. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet In Silico (2020) In attempting to synthesize so much material into In Silico, he creates something that feels more like a series of encyclopedia entries than a story. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
No Score Yet Night Drive (2021) Quirky and small, it manages some very radical gear shifts without ever not feeling like its own fascinating, idiosyncratic self. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
69% An Unquiet Grave (2020) A tragic and sometimes ghoulish tale of necromantic romance, An Unquiet Grace is a very different take on piercing the dark veil than star and writer Nyland's last collaboration with writer/director Terence Krey. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
80% An Ideal Host (2020) It's not that director Robert Woods doesn't handle the relationship comedy or the splatterpunk giggles: it's just the juxtaposition, like a too-heavy cake after an already rich meal. Still, it's not enough to wreck an entertaining evening. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
85% Vicious Fun (2020) Vicious Fun is a hoot, packed with references without ever feeling like studied post-Scream meta chin-stroking. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
2.5/5 79% Beast Beast (2021) It's in the push to explain a moral that it stumbles over its own good intentions. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
3/5 84% Bloodthirsty (2021) The creatures of the night may make beautiful music, Bloodthirsty howls, but that often comes from an inner darkness. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
3.5/5 88% Sator (2019) It's a film that you absorb, until it slithers around and engulfs you. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
3/5 97% Slaxx (2020) It may stumble into heavy-handed moralizing around the checkout, but Slaxx is definitely a good look. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3.5/5 95% The Mortuary Collection (2019) Most of all, it's the sharp banter between Brown and Custer that keeps it perpetually on the right side of deliciously entertaining, and strikes a very usual balance. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
88% Clapboard Jungle (2020) As educational videos go, this may not be a replacement for film school, and it's definitely no substitute for doing the work. At least McConnell makes it clear what any wannabe Spielberg or Peele should know - it's all grind. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3/5 85% Jakob's Wife (2021) By turns funny, grisly, tragic and insightful, Jakob's Wife carries the smartness of years. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3.5/5 49% Monday (2021) That gorgeous stranger at the bar may stay gorgeous, Papadimitropoulos suggests, but the antics of youth and whirlwind romance have an undoubted expiry date. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3.5/5 79% In The Earth (2021) Sinister and hilarious, psychedelic yet grounded, absurdist while still gripping, In the Earth will take root in you. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3/5 65% The Tunnel (Tunnelen) (2019) The Tunnel may be shrouded in blistering embers and fumes, but it never loses sight of the victims and helpers, of whom there are many. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
4.5/5 97% Shiva Baby (2021) In that grasp of twentysomething aimlessness, Sennott and Seligman make Shiva Baby more fulfilling than grazing on a condolences basket. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
100% Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020) Within its established narrative there are emotional truths that will be familiar to everyone. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
2.5/5 63% The Toll (2020) Even at a sparse 80 minutes, the build of the tension and set-up of Cami and Spencer's mistrusting relationship is too extended. If the film is asking asking you to pay it in time, the return on investment may seem a little low. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Without Getting Killed or Caught (2021) Delicacy is the game in the documentary. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
84% Nobody (2021) Just like the best of the 1980s actioneers, Nobody has just the right mix of brains, brawn, and gut-busting laughs. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
80% Through the Plexi-Glass: The Last Days of the San Jose (2021) Perhaps that would be served better by a follow-up that can look more closely at Lambert's role as both gentrifier and gentrified: but, for now, Through the Plexi-Glass provides a view into overlooked lives that would make Studs Terkel proud. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
88% Violation (2021) Violation, much like Brea Grant's Lucky, strikes hard at the heart of the impossibility of revenge. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021