Rick Kisonak

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 62% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) What elevates the material is its insightful, uplifting portrait of the artist as a new man. The movie was 10 years in the making. Ditto Liam Gallagher 2.0. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
63% The Sound of Silence (2019) I can't recall seeing anything last year that approaches its canny psychological clout. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) [A] marvelous, masterful new space odyssey. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 87% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) If anyone in the history of popular music can be said to have belted out a tune, it is Linda Ronstadt. Listen. Learn. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11 (2019) Eighteen years after the atrocity, can there really be anything new of significance to say? As it happens, there can. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/5 92% Luce (2019) It's so overloaded with hot-button topics that it threatens arctic ice, tropical rainforests and the viewing pleasure of anyone who thinks message movies should be clear about what they mean to say. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) The film's fatal flaw is that its creators clearly wanted to duplicate the formula behind the game-changing success of Get Out but lacked adequate imagination. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 79% Good Boys (2019) Lazily and cynically conceived, this is the closest thing to a child labor violation ever released by a major studio. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
5/5 69% Gwen (2019) Rarely in 35 years have I encountered a freshman effort as assured, inventive and relentlessly surprising as Gwen. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Neither an enlightening account of the eponymous affair nor a comprehensive portrait of the artist as a continually evolving man. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino is nostalgic and elevates that longing into a thing of elegiac beauty. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/5 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Writer-director Riley Stearns (Faults) makes the breakthrough of the year with this absurdist romp through the fun house of the modern male psyche. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
.5/5 42% Stuber (2019) Seriously, it doesn't get dumber, more pointless, less funny or more mindlessly violent. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 85% Pavarotti (2019) The film confirms but doesn't much augment what we already know. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
.5/5 62% Yesterday (2019) I'm trying to think of another film hinging on a phenomenon of towering cultural significance that fritters its running time on as many dumb gimmicks and dopey tropes as this one. I'm drawing a blank. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/5 94% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Both perceptive and powerfully poignant. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4.5/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) There are countless details to appreciate in The Dead Don't Die. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
1.5/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Perhaps the most problematic paucity is that of narrative cohesion. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) The script is a hoard of showbiz clichés, and the tone ping-pongs between self-satisfaction and self-pity. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Not every actor has what it takes to play a tween whose to-do list includes world domination without overacting. A pleasant aspect of both his character and performance, in fact, is how understated they are. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky (2018) If you're a fan of the man, it's a bittersweet blast to see him so funny, full of ideas and unbelievably young. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Much of the cast is outclassed by the leads, with several scenes jarringly stilted. Shannon proves up to the role, however. Who knew she could do ethereal? - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/5 81% Long Shot (2019) If you ask me what the most overhyped picture currently in theaters is, Long Shot easily gets my vote. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
1.5/5 76% Family (2019) Family is less a film than a cinematic recycling center. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/5 73% Teen Spirit (2019) It's beautifully written and masterfully acted, with a savvily curated soundtrack and performance segments gorgeously imagined by cinematographer Autumn Durald. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 66% The Public (2019) Estevez manages more than making pulses pound; he makes salient points concerning income inequality, addiction, mental illness, climate change, police brutality and the ailing state of literacy. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/5 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) Scripted with inspired revisionist deftness by the Brit team of Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett, and directed by Garth Davis (Lion), this is the greatest story ever told and told as beautifully as it ever has been, if not better. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
4.5/5 57% The Beach Bum (2019) The Beach Bum is one of the weirdest films I've ever seen. Also one of the bravest and most blissed out. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
5/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) It's a great, growling performance elevated by subtle shifts in tone and a palpable sense of righteousness. The kind Costner was born to give. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
1.5/5 43% The Wedding Guest (2019) From its opening scene, the narrative seems woefully short on compelling ideas. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) You know the story, of course, but you've never experienced it in the way [director Todd Douglas] Miller has now made possible. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
5/5 89% Arctic (2019) You owe it to yourself to see this. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
1/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Like WWI, this film was a dreadful idea. - Seven Days EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
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 92% 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 91% 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 95% 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 78% 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
46% 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 80% 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 81% 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 93% 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 97% 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