Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Film Threat, MovieWeb, Seven Days
Official Websites: sevendaysvt.com

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) In a slate of assured, thought-provoking works, Detainment stands apart as exceptionally powerful and appropriately unsettling. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/5 93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Sometimes love is a battlefield. Cold War may leave you feeling like collateral damage. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) The pleasant surprise is that Stan & Ollie isn't the total snore it sounds like. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 88% Fyre (2019) Smith's film doesn't have all the answers. Of the two docs, however, it does have the more perceptive, levelheaded and compelling approach to the question. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
5/5 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins weaves the heart-wrenching beauty of James Laxton's visuals, Nicholas Britell's music and Baldwin's prose into an irresistible cinematic spell. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/5 66% Vice (2018) The filmmaker throws gimmick after arbitrary gimmick at the wall. Nothing sticks. Worse, nothing of consequence is examined, explained or excoriated. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
5/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Willem Dafoe is superb as the post-impressionist. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
5/5 80% Green Book (2018) What Farrelly has succeeded in assembling out of used parts is a gleaming crowd-pleaser that fires on all feel-good pistons. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
45% Miami Vice (2006) Mann does deserve credit for wanting to do something new with the material. It's just too bad he spent so much time making changes in costuming, art direction, soundtrack and character, only to turn around and tell the same old story. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) A little John Wayne here, a little John Wayne Gacy there, the brothers' latest is freaky frontier fun and the definitive riff on how the West was weird. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) One of the most frustrating things about Boy Erased is that it isn't stunning. Between the deeply felt source material and the powerhouse cast, it's easy to imagine it could have been. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) This is the sort of screen magic that can't be faked. Miss it and, mark my words, you'll never forgive yourself. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2/5 80% Overlord (2018) The imprimatur of J.J. Abrams notwithstanding, Overlord is so been-there-done-that that a more fitting title might've been World War ZZZ. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
5/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Carrie Mulligan cinches a Best Actress Oscar nod with her dazzlingly calibrated performance as Jeanette Brinson. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Let's leave it at this: Redford's film farewell reminds us of what made his career so memorable, but it definitely won't be among the many movies for which he's long remembered. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
5/5 98% Free Solo (2018) Those few moments are so amazing and beautiful, they make you want to rewind and gape at them over and over. Which I'm still doing. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/5 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) This is a remarkable, moving, one-of-a-kind picture. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
1/5 29% Venom (2018) Sound. Fury. Nonsense. A franchise is born. Beats me what moviegoers thought they hadn't seen a hundred times before in this one-man buddy film. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
1.5/5 28% Night School (2018) Where's the sense in taking Hart off that stage, sticking him in a classroom and paying him to write on an actual chalkboard? - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
4/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) The director's latest is the movie he was born to make. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
1/5 85% The Wife (2018) Everything's so high-toned and important that viewers clearly are supposed to think Merchant Ivory, when, beneath the tuxes and tiaras, this is closer to a second-rate soap. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
.5/5 12% Peppermint (2018) That's right, the race for Worst Picture of the Year looks like a lock. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
.5/5 60% Operation Finale (2018) In addition to being tasteless, shoddily written and unimaginatively staged, Operation Finale is just amazingly dull. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4.5/5 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Moretz delivers a quietly nuanced turn as a young woman dropped behind enemy lines and taken prisoner but determined not to crack. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
1/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) It doesn't have a thing to say other than that our weapons of mass destruction are bigger, more advanced and, you know, cooler than everyone else's, and it manages to say it with a borderline Breitbart air of supremacy. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3.5/5 45% The Meg (2018) The bottom line: The Meg is never less than big, dumb fun. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3.5/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) What's this? I wondered. The answer, I discovered two days later, is the breezy, completely bonkers buddy film for which we didn't know we'd been waiting all summer. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Phoenix pulls another odd, compelling creature out of his sleeve. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
5/5 78% The King (2018) It's safe, I think, to say few filmmakers are visionary enough to conceive of a project this ambitious, much less pull it off. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) [Director Debra] Granik's latest cements her standing as a filmmaker of extraordinary craftsmanship and humanistic vision. She's poet laureate of the dispossessed, an artist capable of seeing both the forest and the trees. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
1.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Even by Mouse House standards, this is puerile stuff. Plus a waste of serious comic talent. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4.5/5 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Who's out there right now consistently dashing off deeper, darker, more trope-twisting scripts than Taylor Sheridan? - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
5/5 93% First Reformed (2018) Given today's comic-book-driven climate, a picture this profound is honestly a little like a miracle. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
5/5 88% American Animals (2018) Not since A Clockwork Orange has the pack mentality of young males been examined this compellingly. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
1/5 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Jodie Foster's first film in five years also happens to be the lamest she's ever made (yes, I saw The Beaver). An artist as intelligent as she is should have had reservations about Hotel Artemis. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
1.5/5 70% Adrift (2018) The romantic backstory is terminally saccharine, and the flashback-flash-forward scrambling with the source material is likelier to induce viewer seasickness than the giant waves rocking the boat. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/5 32% Loving Pablo (2018) You might not wind up loving Pablo, exactly, but his story's a killer. Even without Pacino. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2.5/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) The reality, though, is that nothing the least bit subversive is happening here. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) Watching a gifted performer run out of gas creatively is never pleasant, but rarely does it make you feel like needles are being jammed into your eyes. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
1/5 54% Bad Samaritan (2018) Bad Samaritan proves bad news both for viewers and its once-mighty director. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
.5/5 71% Gemini (2018) It's the cinematic equivalent of a selfie. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) It's been downhill since Trainwreck, a film the star wrote herself. If her latest has anything to say, it's that it's time to remind fans what made her so appealing in the first place. Everything she needs to turn things around is inside Amy Schumer. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) It's difficult to fathom how creature feature crap like this winds up at the top of the box office. The same way, I suppose, that someone like Donald Trump winds up in the nation's top office. The American people get the monsters they deserve. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) It's a clever premise brilliantly realized, and never less than a big-screen blast. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) As I say, the movie has its moments. Just way fewer than expected and than many reviewers have promised. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4.5/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) The movie is great. And, if it helps people put themselves in the pumps of the Marinas out there, how could that be anything but fantastic? - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
5/5 76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) ... it's such a well-made, fantastically acted work that its last-minute prestige-season spin-out is dumbfounding. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
.5/5 40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Written by Mark Dujsik, the critique is so incredibly, obsessively dense with references to technique that it makes almost no sense at all. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
1.5/5 46% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow is many things. Regrettably, a good movie isn't one of them. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
4.5/5 84% Game Night (2018) ... Game Night is a gloriously preposterous comedy/thriller hybrid that pays homage to the oeuvre of David Fincher - a delightfully preposterous thing for an absurdist comedy to do. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018