Robyn Bahr

Robyn Bahr
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T-Meter Title | Year
89% Hysterical (2021) Nevins instead hopes her film will serve as a nourishing broth extracted from the wisdom of veteran comics and newcomers alike. Frankly, though, I wanted something a little meatier. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
78% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) The most mature, and entertaining, of the three films. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
56% All My Life (2020) Sloppy sentimentality. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
47% Shawn Mendes: In Wonder (2020) When it was done, I wasn't sure I had watched anything at all. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
86% Transhood (2020) Offering no narration, expert talking heads or text interstitials, Liese forgoes contextualizing the culture wars and instead lets her subjects speak for themselves. Their pathos, however, doesn't always localize where you'd expect. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
44% Holidate (2020) Holidate distinguishes itself only through its reliance on boorish slapstick, exaggeration and vulgarity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
82% The Opening Act (2020) Lacking tangible emotional depth, and, frankly, much laugh-out-loud humor at all, The Opening Act is surprisingly underdeveloped for an intimate story about ambition and sacrifice. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
63% A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting (2020) The film often sinks beneath the weight of its viscous plot. However, it burbles and thrives in moments that rely on aesthetics over story... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
30% American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules (2020) Dashed together by a male director, two male screenwriters and a half-male producing team, the film appears to be the cinematic equivalent of two straight girls making out at a party for some bro's attention. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
27% The Kissing Booth 2 (2020) Frothy and puttering, but its attention to female sexuality distinguishes it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
100% A Secret Love (2020) Tender without being cloying, naturalistic without seeming contrived, A Secret Love may be the ideal antidote to your least-favorite queer tropes. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
79% Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story (2020) It ultimately does little to elucidate the wider social, racial or political contexts that led to her conviction or commuted sentence. In fact, it leaves enough gaps to make you question its entire point of view. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
75% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You is a charmless sequel to a charmless Y.A. rom-com. (Extra rom, hold the com.) - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
36% The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) Watching the show became an inevitable sine wave of delight and boredom. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
71% The College Admissions Scandal (2019) It's less an oily TV movie than an afterschool special for adults. You won't learn anything knew, but you may delight in witnessing a few insecure idiots get flushed down the toilet. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
74% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) By giving the protagonist a pitiable background here, the film's producers are actually weakening the structure of their entire raison d'etre. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
100% Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (2016) Her pregnancy helps her fire missiles at the sexism of her industry. It is as refreshing as it is vital in a culture that subliminally erases women's personhood as they approach motherhood. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) While Beyonce never formally earned a degree, Homecoming stands as her graduate dissertation, a grandiose masterwork that dissects, hallows and archives the arts of the African diaspora. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
No Score Yet Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (2019) Ricci, who's always done well by her darkly curious characters, is convincing as a marked woman. But it's Light who ravages the screen, her Matron Grady filled with the class-based self-hatred of a woman Inspector Javer. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
92% Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (2018) I just wish she gave us more of her own visceral humanness and trusted us to receive her with a little more darkness than her brand typically allows for. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
38% Queen of the World (2018) Despite the fact that Queen of the World can't shake its own artifice, this doc will appeal to those fangirls and fanboys who woke up early on May 19th and donned their craziest hats to sit at home and soak in the festivities. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
67% Nappily Ever After (2018) Bildungsroman disguised as rom-com, the refreshing script much more concerned with its heroine's emotional arc and personal growth than her ultimate relationship status. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
No Score Yet Betty White: First Lady of Television (2018) The documentary, without necessarily meaning to, reveals White as a cultural chameleon, shifting her roles to meet the needs of her audiences through time. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
27% The Last Sharknado: It's About Time (2018) Honestly, The Last Sharknado isn't bad enough to be good and isn't good enough to be good. It's kind of just... there, lacking the gore of splatterpunk and the sanitation of kiddie-fare. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
No Score Yet Black Women in Medicine (2016) Black Women in Medicine is a document of voices that need to be heard: the pioneers and the young medical students who sacrificed their youth to obtain their credentials. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
83% Front Cover (2016) [A] sexy, ambitious comic drama. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
86% Time To Choose (2016) In forgoing an emphasis on numbers in favor of heart-tugging images of natural beauty and rhapsodic talking-head testimonials, the film comes across more as a sales pitch than an invigorating plea for action. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
31% Welcome To Happiness (2016) Ultimately cloying and unfocused ... - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
No Score Yet A Moment of Silence (Un Minuto de Silencio) (2016) There's a juicy story in here, but Orgnani desiccates his narrative by relying on jargon-laden interviews with political wonks and dry intellectuals, presenting a byzantine account of the events with little context. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
78% We The People: The Market Basket Effect (2016) Combining court documents, footage of the protests, and interviews with reverent personnel, reporters, and politicians, Reid's fast-paced and engaging film appears to play out as a simple question-and-answer exercise. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
75% High Strung (2016) What it loses in thematic richness, the uncynical High Strung makes up for in pure joy. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016