Rodrigo Perez

Rodrigo Perez
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Playlist

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 48% MacGruber (2010) It's not aiming to be anything other than an amusing send-up and celebration of self-assured idiot characters and acid-washed jean eras and in that it respect it mostly succeeds. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
C 44% Jennifer's Body (2009) Tart, largely humorless and tonally challenged, "Jennifer's Body," is what happens when good scripts go wrong or perhaps when directors completely miss the point of the text. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
C 80% Olympic Dreams (2019) Never really crosses the finish line, despite a winning dramatic turn from Nick Kroll. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
C+ 75% Adopt a Highway (2019) 'Highway' ultimately feels like the product of a first-time director still finding his footing, who maybe should've stuck with his bread and butter for this first effort. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
C+ 67% Red 11 (2019) Red 11 isn't revolutionary, but it's a manic, surreal journey into the creative process of Robert Rodriguez that serves as a nice allegory to the director's own observations on filmmaking. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
B+ 100% Booksmart (2019) Every generation needs a new anthem, and by and large, Olivia Wilde has done that with her exhilarating debut, Booksmart, that is going to absolutely destroy and dazzle audiences. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
B+ 89% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is a delightful, a roaring good time and massive crowdpleaser that should carve an ear-to-ear smile on even the biggest skeptic's face. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
B+ 72% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier is a violent and provocative collision of self-interest, dubious morality,and conscience through deeply flawed protagonists who get what they deserve and yet still deserve better. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
D+ 63% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) 'Extremely Wicked,' rings extremely hollow and false and is really just as interested in the sensational and salacious as any other reductive thriller. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
C+ 37% Glass (2019) There's a sense of drama and urgency throughout which helps, but one does get the sense Shyamalan thinks he's painting his masterpiece. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
D- 33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Robert Zemeckis' insipid Welcome to Marwen is a painfully schmaltzy misjudged disaster and superficial retelling that dishonors a layered and agonizing story about trauma. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
B+ 66% Vice (2018) Adam McKay employs exasperated indignation as his gleefully lacerating, razor-sharp weapon in the incendiary, hilarious, and blistering examination of Dick Cheney, Vice. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
C 65% Aquaman (2018) James Wan has absolutely no sense of taste, but he has a grand sense of scale, which he leverages throughout the ludicrously insane, but fun, Aquaman to great effect. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
B- 51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) An admirable and fairly engaging little adaptation of "The Jungle Book" tale that may find the most truck with tween-y Young Adult readers who want a little bit more bite and realism in their narratives. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
A- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) An inventive, irreverent and exhilarating new take on the Spider-Man mythos. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
B+ 84% Creed II (2018) Creed II is exactly what you want from a Rocky/Creed film: it's engaging, emotional, gripping, and entertaining, pushing the characters forward in all the right ways. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
C- 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Fuqua's movie, unqualified to create anything other than superficial poignancy, is empty, tiresome and uninteresting... - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
D 29% Venom (2018) How Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Riz Ahmed read this piss-poor script and decided it would make a deserving movie is an oral history worth reading 10 years from now. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
B+ 86% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) Holofcener understands human behavior and her sharp, well-observed Land Of Steady Habits is as lovely and near amazing as anything she's made thus far. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
B No Score Yet Fistful of Dirt (2018) A sincere, worthwhile, ultimately sad tale of death, holding on and letting go. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
C- 71% Kursk (2019) No catharsis ever arrives and the movie totally whiffs the crucial element of suspense that drives the movie. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
A 40% Donnybrook (2019) The world's gone to hell and Tim Sutton's film crafts a devastating howl. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
B+ 95% In Fabric (2018) Another off-the-wall movie from exquisite English filmmaker Peter Strickland that's also, at times, batshit crazy. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
B+ 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) A dark, comedic, idiosyncratic Western with the secret weapon of melancholic empathy hidden in its holster. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
B 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians employs the basic formula of a crowdpleaser while still injecting universal notions that are winningly and charismatically expressed about identity, self-worth and advocacy. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
C+ 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) However poisonous 'Soldado' may appear at times, it's a bit of fascinating creature. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
B+ 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Stories come in all shapes and sizes and "Ant-Man And The Wasp" proves not all their superhero movies need to be blockbusters about saving the world. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B- 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Entertaining, but heavy on the fan service-y and far too familiar. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
B+ 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) A filthier, funnier sequel that doesn't try so hard to be irreverent. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
B 64% The Boy Downstairs (2018) Built on credulity-straining contrivances this machination mars a familiar, but engaging story about boy meets girl heartbreak. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
B+ 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Marvel lays it all on the table for their latest super nova'd blockbuster Avengers Infinity War and then ruthlessly wipes it off clean. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
C 69% Paterno (2018) Barry Levinson has a real knack for inoffensive, perfectly safe drama that feels fossilized from another era of TV. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
D 52% Tomb Raider (2018) Impressively contrived. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
D 39% Gringo (2018) A Taco Bell version of the '90s crime genre; tasteless, cheaply made and just as inauthentic. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
A 88% Annihilation (2018) "Annihilation" is mesmerizing and its awe-inspiring conclusion will leave your mind blown and splattered against the wall. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
C- 46% Red Sparrow (2018) Marginally intriguing at first, as it progresses, "Red Sparrow" becomes more and more familiar and rote. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
B+ 97% Black Panther (2018) Once "Black Panther" gets out of its crouching position and goes on a sprint, it's an engaging ride that rarely lets up. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
A- 74% Clara's Ghost (2018) The toxicity of family is a limitless goldmine for eager therapists or autobiographical dramaturgists digging for story, but family dysfunction has perhaps never been as amusingly self-skewering as it is in "Clara's Ghost." - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
B+ 99% Eighth Grade (2018) A winning film. "Welcome to the Dollhouse" for the millennial generation. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
D- 25% Bright (2017) Middling Earth: a dreadful, misguided, ridiculous idea. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
B 78% All the Money in the World (2017) You may hate "All The Money In The World," and you would be well within your rights to feel that way, but there's no denying that the film is bold and ballsy. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
B 88% The Post (2018) Rousing, benevolent ideas of hope, resolve, and courage are all at the forefront of the well-meaning, compelling, "The Post." - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
C+ 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Ultimately, "Thank You For Your Service" is commendable and well, serviceable. But it's more of an honorable discharge rather than something you fete with medals of esteem. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
B+ 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) At the helm and in complete command of his movie with dark, ambient magic, Denis Villeneuve crafts a mysterious noir thriller the pushes existential boundaries, and nails the essence of the "Blade Runner" spirit. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
B 77% Last Flag Flying (2017) In its deeply affecting final moments, where Linklater beautiful folds the movie's threads and themes, "Last Flag Flying" coalesces into a poignant portrait of honor, the bonds of brotherhood and coming to terms with mortality. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
C+ 55% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) 'Ninjago' is mildly entertaining, and kids should find it pleasurable enough, but it's missing that special spark, the kind of joyful flicker that compels children to ask for the movie on DVD at Christmas. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
A- 92% Thelma (2017) Joachim Trier crafts a drama that is sublimely ambiguous, austere and also deeply sad and heartbreaking. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
C+ 90% Stronger (2017) Reliable and sturdy, but anonymously made. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
B- 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Frears' lightweight, charismatic movie isn't about to change cinema, but it's the kind of easy, breezy crowd pleaser that wins festival audience awards and easily enchants audiences of all ages. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
B+ 93% First Reformed (2018) "First Reformed" sees Paul Schrader return to his roots, and through the aesthetics of grace, find his way home. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017