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 41% The Addams Family (2019) Think of this as entry-level Addams, and that's also its limitation. Directors Vernon and Tiernan don't add anything new, and their decision to stick to generic contemporary CG animation is a lost opportunity for something more innovative. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
81% The Lodge (2019) ... the biggest issue is that cruelty. It's all emotional, rarely physical, and almost bloodless, but it's so constant as to be grueling. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
No Score Yet Ride Your Wave (2019) [Masaaki] Yuasa entrances the eye, but he also know how to make your heart soar with this deft, delicate, and highly entertaining story of loss, of coming to terms with grief, of moving on without ever forgetting. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
95% The Deeper You Dig (2019) The Deeper You Dig may be a small production, but everything in it feels aspirational, so much bigger and heartfelt and horrifying than can be expected. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
83% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) [Johannes] Nyholm has a point to make: it's just unclear if even he can explain what it is. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 100% Chained for Life (2019) If the point of Tod Browning's Freaks was that it's what's inside that makes someone a monster, Chained for Life finds that everyone is awkward, everyone sees their own flaws, and everybody is just somebody. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
73% Cold Sweat (Sudor frío) (2011) Not only is his use of chemistry gruesomely ingenious, but he finds a convincing and tense way to make two doddering coffin dodgers into memorable screen villains. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3.5/5 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) One Cut of the Dead isn't just charming. It's an earnest and funny love letter to all the microbudget dreamers who use all their heart and ingenuity to make their movie. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/5 48% The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) (2019) This long slog through the gutter, from the first brutal murder to [Fritz] Honka's grisly yet comedic arrest, is a tough stroll that it's hard to recommend. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.5/5 76% The Death of Dick Long (2019) [Daniel Scheinert] can take something that shocks, something that will create a real, visceral response in the audience, and still find a way to illuminate the characters. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is undoubtedly aspirational in its intent -- but it's also trite. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/5 60% Tokyo Ghoul S (2019) While [Tokyo Ghoul S] never shies away from its own stomach-churning visuals, Ken is too milquetoast and Shu too histrionic for their dinner date to ever leave you satisfied. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 64% Rapid Response (2019) Its microfocus, anecdotal structure, and reliance on archive footage and talking heads, undoubtedly makes this one for the true devotees of motorsports, but they'll not want to miss it. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) A sublime mixture of dark social realism and magical fantasy. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/5 83% Before You Know It (2019) Before You Know It feels like it fell out of the mid-Eighties -- and that's not a bad thing. In the tradition of Mystic Pizza or Moscow on the Hudson, it finds its humor in the light and shade of its characters, with the odd broader gag. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 89% Aquarela (2019) At every stage, Aquarela is a voyage on the edges of elemental wrath. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
85% Empathy, Inc. (2019) The effects may be a little homemade at some points on this microbudget endeavor, but the riches are hidden in a script that refuses to spoon-feed any answers to its metaphysical conundrums. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 86% Ne Zha (2019) Conventionally animated but paced with kinetic glee, Ne Zha crams in a plethora of contemporary and pop culture references, and in those moments it's at its least fun and most obvious. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
1.5/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) There's a clumsiness here, a succession of setups and awkward payoffs that are so on-the-nose, so cringe-inducingly earnest, that it's hard not to laugh. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
1.5/5 41% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) In a summer when Alexandre Aja made the creature feature feel fresh again with Crawl, the ocean's most graceful apex predator undoubtedly loses out to a bunch of dumb Florida gators. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 89% Ready or Not (2019) A ripped wedding dress, bloodstained Chucks, and an elephant gun are this season's must-have ensemble, and [Samara] Weaving just became your new favorite underdog action star. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) As a writer, first-time director Andrea Berloff has a track record for solid, if unremarkable, adaptations and gritty true-life tales. Her take on the comic is, unfortunately, just clunky. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5 92% Luce (2019) Luce's power is that it refuses to ever pander to absolutes. Its commitment to ambiguity, to complexity, is defining. It never evades its stage roots -- nor should it have to, as its formality is pivotal. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) [Thurop] Van Orman's hands may be tied on the look of this film and on the constant pop-musical stings, but his nonsensical humor and willingness to have protagonists who are oblivious to their flaws flies through this film. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 64% Them That Follow (2019) While never screaming its message, the script by first-time feature directors Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage still finds a way to damn the sin more than the sinner. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/5 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Mike Wallace Is Here [is] an inversion of the normal documentary hagiographic format. Instead, it's an unflinching examination of a legacy of negatives and positives that extend far beyond the newsroom. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/5 87% Diamantino (2019) Sweet, wild, and openhearted, Diamantino is as charming as its muddle-headed protagonist. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/5 53% The Lion King (2019) While not the dead-eyed stare of The Polar Express, every time a creature delivers a line it's like watching an actor with too much Botox: The lips are moving, but the face isn't telling you anything. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/5 82% Crawl (2019) Crawl is lean, mean fun, and in a summer of overwrought art-horror and mean-spirited studio remakes of indie faves, this classic, old-school creature feature is the cleansing bloodbath we need. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Sound! Euphonium the Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day (2019) Fans of the series will undoubtedly feel the beats and rhythms more than newcomers to the story, but Sound! Euphonium plays all the right notes in just the right order. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2.5/5 55% Summer Night (2019) Summer Fun could have been made at any time in the last 30 years -- and that's oddly a strike against it. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Far From Home never forgets that it's a teen comedy-drama-romance, just wrapped up in a superhero story. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 83% Midsommar (2019) While Midsommar never bores or truly overstays its welcome, its languor wobbles into meandering tonal shifts, with unlikely intrusions of absurdist humor. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
1.5/5 64% Child's Play (2019) Aimed squarely at the late-night Friday night crowd, in its own right Child's Play 2019 is unexceptional. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 74% Papi Chulo (2019) [John] Butler's quiet, slow-moving comedy drama touches on so many aspects of contemporary L.A. life that it sometimes lands only glancing blows on those topics. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/5 91% Funan (2019) It's an education suitable for both children ready to see the world's shadows, and for adults who may still not comprehend Southeast Asian history beyond the Vietnam War. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.5/5 95% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) Yes, it's car crashes and fight sequences and dry jokes, but it's a mix that will make you wow, wince and guffaw in just the right amounts, all carried off with a gritty style. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.5/5 88% American Woman (2019) American Woman lives in the quiet spaces of Deb's life. Always suitably understated, it remembers that loss doesn't always swallow a life, but it always leaves a void. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) For all its flaws, what's most disappointing is that Dark Phoenix was the final chance for the Fox X-verse to really flex its muscles. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3.5/5 80% Late Night (2019) The boisterous energy of Late Night, amped up with just enough wry cultural analysis and media critique to make it feel timely, deserves to keep its slot. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Rather than building to a full, fun film, each subplot seems like the pilot to a spin-off animated TV show. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 57% Brightburn (2019) It's a fine and distinct funhouse ride designed to elicit cackles, then be forgotten about by the next ride. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir doesn't get under your skin. It clasps your hand tightly, and when it finally lets go, you will feel its absence. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Nothing Stays the Same: The Story of the Saxon Pub (2019) When Nothing Stays the Same is best is when it's about what it takes to survive, rather than indulging in handwringing. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/5 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) It's less egregiously tonally divided than A Dog's Purpose, but still the same weird mix of tearjerking dog death, soapy drama, and kid-friendly comedy. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 95% Running with Beto (2019) If its purpose is to explain O'Rourke's strengths as a candidate, it makes a solid argument that his aspirations should go back to his tactical strengths, and his ambition switch from nationwide back to statewide. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 95% Shadow (2019) Through these tiny, textured components, and with an unblinking eye on power and corruption, Shadow is a burning light on the souls of its questionable heroes. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 28% UglyDolls (2019) The script underwent a lot of sweetening after animation finished, with plenty of one-liners and exposition yelled in from just off-camera, almost all of it either unnecessary or just plain flat. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) This is Gilliam at his most Gilliam, and that's fine, but there's nothing left to say. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) What Hail Satan? really achieves is to show this new brand of Satanism as part of the same tradition as the Dadaists and the Church of the SubGenius, fighting for actual liberty and debunking falsehoods. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019